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    Wiccan Invocation: A Canary in the Mineshaft of the United States’ Non-Establishment of Religion (2004)

    New 2005 developments in this case are written up in a separate research report, Wiccan Invocation: Update 2005.

    In the mining industry, at one time canaries were lowered into mineshafts to test the air quality. If the canary lived, the air was sufficient to support the lives of the workers who then entered the mines. In the United States, cases of Wiccans pursuing religious rights can be seen similarly as canaries, as barometers of the degree of religious freedom available not just to the Wiccans...

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    Samhain (Halloween) in Boston (2005)

    While the cultural celebration of Halloween involves children, costumes, treats and perhaps tricks, the religious celebration of the same day, called Samhain, is celebrated by Pagans in both public and private rituals. In Boston in 2005, there were at least four public ceremonies available over the weekend and on Samhain, October 31, itself.

    Women's Lodge

    On Saturday night, Women's Lodge held their annual circle in a rented church space in Newton. Over 50 women were in attendance. The ritual included circle dancing, singing, and...

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    Wynne v. Great Falls, SC (2005)

    In the rural town of Great Falls, South Carolina, Darla Wynne requested that prayers used to open Town Council meetings not privilege a deity exclusive to one particular faith. Wynne, a Wiccan priestess, won her court case putting a stop to the use of the name Jesus Christ in legislative prayer. She also won upon the town's appeal to the 4th circuit court, which in July of 2004 found the “Town Council's exclusive practice of explicitly advancing exclusively Christian themes to be unconstitutional.” The town of Great Falls had been in the habit of opening each and every one of their Town...

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    Wiccan Invocation: 2005 Update (2006)

    This report continues the work presented in Wiccan Invocation: A Canary in the Mineshaft of the United States' Non-Establishment of Religion (2004).

    The County Wins on Appeal

    The three-judge panel from the Fourth Circuit Court found that, since the local government's policy does not "'proselytize or advance any one, or disparage any other, faith or belief', Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783, 794-95 (1983), we believe it fits within the...

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    Starhawk: The Earth Path (2004)

    Starhawk, the writer, activist and co-founder of the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, has just published her ninth book, The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. Her first book, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, first published in 1979, has been a foundational book for the growth of eco-feminist Witchcraft in the United States, with over 350,000 copies sold. The Earth Path provides a thorough updating of the applied spiritual practice that Starhawk has continued to develop.

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    Growing Religious Diversity in South Carolina: Implications for the Palmetto State (2003)

    Abstract

    This paper documents the growth of religious diversity in South Carolina, drawing on interviews with members from the traditions represented, previous scholarly research on religion in South Carolina, newspaper articles, census data and interviews with religion reporters and educators across the state. After presenting basic outlines and historical sketchs of each faith in South Carolina, the paper goes on to explore the implications of this growing diversity for a Southern "Bible Belt" state like South Carolina, highlighting controversies over...

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    Pagans and Associates Network (PAAN)

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 480-884-8787
    Email: aleeaw@yahoo.com
    Website: http://www.asu.edu/clubs/paan
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    Overview

    PAAN (the Pagans and Associates Network) started at Arizona State University in 2002 when two students organized an official Student Association for Pagans on campus. This new community reflects a larger Valley-wide interest in Paganism and Neo-Pagan...
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    Kent State NeoPagan Coalition

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 1 November 2006.

    Contact Information

    Address: Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242

    Green Spiral

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 17 November 2003.

    Phone: 248-346-2224
    Email: pagan@msu.edu
    Website: http://msupagans.com
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    Wisdom Circle

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 1 November 2006.

    Contact Information

    Address: Unity College, Unity, ME 04988

    Earth Religions

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 17 November 2003.

    Contact Information

    Address: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
    Email: earthrel@indiana.edu
    Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~earthrel/index.html

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