Paganism

Wiccan Chaplain Battles for State Recognition

February 18, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/02/wiccan-chaplain-battles-for-st.php

A volunteer Wiccan chaplain is headed to a federal appeals court in an attempt to get California to hire prison clergy outside five religious categories.

Supported by interfaith scholars and church-state separationists, the Rev. Patrick McCollum argues that the state policy has the "...

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Cross Found At Air Force Academy's Wicca Center

February 3, 2010

Author: DeeDee Correll

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-wicca3-2010feb03,0,3367750.story

The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions.

But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in...

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Defacement Of AFA Pagan Worship Area Causing Outrage

February 3, 2010

Author: Mireya Garcia

Source: KRDO News

http://www.krdo.com/Global/story.asp?S=11930031

The desecration of a pagan worship circle at the air force academy causes outrage.

A sergeant involved with the new site says he found a large wooden cross on January 17th and reported it. Now some religious freedom advocates say the Air Force Academy is not taking the right approach in dealing with what they consider a hate crime.

One former student...

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Advocates Of Pagan Church Near Bowdon Blame Prejudice for BOC Permit Denial

February 3, 2010

Air Force Builds Worship Space for Wiccans

January 29, 2010

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/01/air-force-builds-worship-space.php

The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado will set aside a worship space for followers of "Earth-centered" religions such as Wicca and Druidism, according to an Air Force news release.

A stone circle atop a hill on the base in Colorado Springs will likely be dedicated in a ceremony March 10...

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Pagan Groups Join Forces to Offer Assistance In Haiti

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Foster's Daily Democrat

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100129/GJCOMMUNITY_01/100129526

PaganFM!, a radio program and Pagan podcast, originating at WSCA-LP, 106.1 FM in Portsmouth, and Circle Sanctuary, located near Barneveld, Wis,m have embarked on a collaborative effort, with the support of musicians from around the world, to create a music album, the proceeds from...

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Finding Faith: Pagans Explore Spirituality

January 24, 2010

Author: Rachel Hare

Source: Carroll County Times

http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/articles/2010/01/24/news/local_news/1_pagans_spirituality.txt

Jennifer Harvilak had a normal wedding. She and her husband were married outside at a pond they had frequented when they were dating. She wore a white gown. The couple exchanged wedding bands and vows they had written.

But before the ceremony, the...

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Apple Growers In Somerset Prepare for Wassail

January 4, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/somerset/hi/things_to_do/newsid_8439000/8439726.stm

Wassailing is an ancient pagan tradition held on Old Twelfth Night which falls on 17 January.

Although many are held on this date, others observe the Gregorian calendar where Twelfth Night falls on 6 January.

The Wassail is held to scare off worms and maggots that are regarded as 'evil'...

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At a Botanica, New Year Means Renewal, And Jinx Removal

January 3, 2010

Author: Kirk Semple

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/nyregion/04botanica.html

Cecilia Oliver was having a problem with her lover and needed some help. “He’s being resistant,” she explained. “I want where he’s submissive to me at all times.”

She had come to the Original Products Company, a Bronx emporium where she had heard she could buy the ingredients for a magic...

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Comrie Procession Lights Up Village

January 2, 2010

Author: Joanna Skailes

Source: The Press and Journal

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1546182?UserKey=

Crowds of revellers turned out to watch the annual Comrie Flambeaux Procession in Perthshire on New Year’s Day.

The flambeaux were lit as the bells tolled midnight and then paraded through the village in an ancient pagan tradition.

Comrie Pipe Band and villagers donning fancy dress followed the...

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Group Helps Women Find Empowerment Through Nature, Goddesses

December 22, 2009

Author: Jonathan Morales

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_14051400?source=most_emailed

The holiday triumvirate of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa dominate December, leaving the winter solstice — which occurred Monday — as just another day to cross off the calendar.

But for a group of East Bay women, the official start of winter and the longest night of the year was a time for prayer, song...

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