Golden Thread Grove Church

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Phone: 208-333-0831
[flickr_set id="72157621942318114"] History Phoenix Rising was informally established in 1994 when the group began meeting at the New Age store, Crone’s Cupboard. Phoenix Rising was focused on feminine spirit studies and goddesses in general, but was not officially affiliated with a religion. In 2000, Jeanine and Jon Lesniak decided to make the group officially Wiccan, and it was transformed into Golden Thread Grove Church under the international Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC). Golden Thread Grove Church-ATC became more structured and developed a clearer understanding of its goals and identity. Challenges and Discrimination Golden Thread Grove Church has grown steadily over the years, and as a result, their current space is no longer sufficient for the size of the group. However, they are currently working on moving meetings to the warehouse of their building where they will be able to accommodate everyone. Golden Thread Grove Church has, for the most part, felt very accepted by the Boise community. The Church has great relationships with the local military, police and Department of Corrections. In fact, some members of the Church are religious volunteers at the prisons and facilitate Wiccan services for the inmates. However, the group has faced discrimination within the community. It was recently discovered that the Church had been paying a higher price to rent out the parks and there had been a number of additional fees tacked on in order to make it difficult for the group to continue renting out the park for events. The Church has also had issues obtaining public advertising for community events because of their faith. Demographics  Almost all of the members of Golden Thread Grove Church are Caucasian and all events are held in English. There are about 35 members that come on a weekly basis, but the community is actually a little bit larger than that, with ages of members ranging from infants to 80-year-olds.  Activities and Schedule Golden Thread Grove Church holds weekly inner and outer circle meetings; inner circle meetings are private, but outer circle meeting are open to the public. The open meetings are held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00pm in a big room at the back of Crone’s Cupboard, a Pagan retail store owned by the High Priest and High Priestess. The prayer circle begins with the creation of sacred space and drumming and music. This ritual opens the doors for individuals to enter the sacred space. Prayers are then acted out and the deity is called to prayer. Next, the focus of the meeting is addressed and is always based on experience by the leader or members of the circle. In each circle there can be dancing, music and storytelling. The ritual ends with the closing of the circle, which reopens the space to the secular world. Throughout the year, the High Priestess and High Priest offer personal empowerment quests, vision quests, handfastings (weddings) and funerals. There is also a nature-based girl’s group, Moon Spun Daughters, which is run through the church once a month and intended for girls ages 12-16. Golden Thread Grove Church celebrates the eight Wiccan holidays, along with some of the full moons and other festivals throughout the year. Their biggest festival is the annual Goddess Fest, which is held the last weekend of July in the park. The event celebrates diversity and love of Spirit, and the Church welcomes everyone to enjoy the entertainment, music and food offered at this two-day event. Prayer circles and meetings are held in a back room of Crone’s Cupboard. The room is big and open and has an altar on one side with colorful candles and flowers on a small table. Underneath the table is large black cauldron. There are chairs set up in a circle around the room for the members. Sometimes Golden Thread Grove Church will hold events in different locations, such as the grounds of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, where’s there’s more space and access to nature.