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Social Justice: Pagans and Ableism

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What do Haephestus, Odin and Hodr have to teach us about disabilities? In this session focused on social justice, we will explore the concept and manifestations of Ableism both in our society and in our religion. How can pagan leaders make paganism more accessible to people with disabilities? Can our disabled deities help us in this quest? Can pagan myths give us the tools to fight Ableism?  Explore these and other important questions with us in this informative and interactive session.

Tara Kiene (she, her/s) is the CEO of Community Connections, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing opportunities for people with disabilities to live healthy and fulfilling lives in their communities. She writes a monthly column on disabilities activism for the Durango Herald. Her life goal is to reframe society’s perspectives on disabilities and dismantle Ableist structures. Outside the mundane world, she’s an active Ardantane student and member of the Colorado Crow Women coven when she isn’t strumming her ukulele, belly dancing or playing with her pet rabbits.

Jeff Newman (he, him) is an autistic advocate active at the local, state and national levels. In advocacy, Jeff is currently most active in anti-ableism organizations and campaigns targeting disability services providers, most notably in the Applied Behavior Analysis professions. The focus of these organizations is on biases that normalize exclusion from input into one’s own services and view disability as something negative that needs to be “overcome” or “fixed” through “interventions.” Jeff works locally as the Director of Community Integration at Community Connections. When not working, Jeff is busy skiing and/or chasing his 3 year old neurodivergent toddler.


Maxfield Sparrow is an Autistic advocate, activist, and author of several books for and about Autistic people. They’ve had a life-long involvement with paganism and the mysteries of the earth and sky. Max has been a member of CUUPS since the early 1990s, an initiate of the Ordo Templi Orientis since 1996, and served an apprenticeship in evolutionary astrology with Adam Elenbaas in 2014.



Registration for this class will close on Thursday, April 7, 2021 at 5PM


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April 9
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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