By the time you read this you will all have seen the news coverage of the last event of the Democratic National Convention. First we heard from Al Gore, Joe Biden and other great speakers, and there was some wonderful music.
Barack Obama, the first African-American nominated by a major political party in US history and speaking on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's famous "I have a dream" speech, was even more inspiring that usual. But our Pagan delegates will long remember the opportunity we had to invoke the Gods at an official convention event, thus making history of a different sort.
Let me explain, because you may not have caught the final item on the agenda (CNN, at least, went to a commercial instead of airing it).
At the end of a wonderful, joyful night, complete with fireworks and confetti (including a cascade of white stars), came an invocation. Until the last, there was no hint of how it would close, but then it came: the minister said he would pause before the end of the prayer and encouraged everyone in Invesco Field to finish it as they would in their own faith tradition.
And so the Gods came to that venue, as I completed the invocation with "by the Gods of my people, so mote it be!"
Friends, Barack Obama continues to amaze me. In being welcoming to Pagans, he appears to be counting on our assistance, hoping that the help we will give him might balance the harm this could cause him among evangelicals. I, for one, intend to pay off on that gamble.
If he's this Pagan-friendly, if we continue to be given a place at the table, it bodes well for us all.