Paganism

Crowds Gather to Witness Magical Winter Solstice Light Ceremony At Newgrange

December 21, 2009

Author: Donal Thornton

Source: Irish Central

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Crowds-gather-to-witness-magical-winter-solstice-light-ceremony-at-Newgrange-79790807.html

The World Heritage site in Newgrange drew a large audience this morning to witness the winter solstice.

The 5,000-year-old Stone Age tomb is older than the pyramids, and over 32,000 people worldwide...

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Hardy Souls Brave the Cold to Celebrate Winter Solstice

December 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Swindon Advertiser

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/4815405.Hardy_souls_brave_the_cold_to_celebrate_winter_solstice/

People braved freezing temperatures to mark a yearly milestone.

Yesterday a group gathered at the stone circle at Avebury to celebrate the winter solstice.

It marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

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For Some, Winter Solstice Is the December Holiday to Observe

December 16, 2009

Author: Lisa Kintish

Source: NorthJersey.com

http://www.northjersey.com/community/79379722.html

The holiday lights that illuminate December nights in the northern hemisphere are a wonderful distraction from the fact that daylight is becoming more limited as it leads up to the day with the least amount of sunlight, the Winter Solstice.

These long, dark nights did not go unnoticed by ancient people, who found their own ways to deal with them....

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Wiccan to Sit Out Two Christmas Songs

December 12, 2009

Author: Brenda Bernet

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

http://www.amarillo.com/stories/121209/new_news2.shtml

Fifteen-year-old Katarina Keen won't sing along to "Silent Night" or "Listen to the Stars," two Christian songs planned for her choir's upcoming Christmas concert at Borger High School. But she will sing "Jingle Bells" and "A Carol in Winter."

Katarina and her family are Wiccan.

The Borger High choirs have given a concert every...

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Atheists At Christmas: Eat, Drink And Be Wary

December 9, 2009

Author: Patrick Condon

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091209/ap_on_re/us_rel_religion_today

Angie O'Neill recently moved into a new apartment complex for seniors and she's trying to make new friends. But Christmas is a tough time of year for an atheist.

"All the planned activities at this time of year revolve around the church," said O'Neill, a retiree and...

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UI Senior Is Paging All Pagans

December 3, 2009

Author: Tommy Morgan Jr.

Source: The Daily Iowan

http://www.dailyiowan.com/2009/12/03/Metro/14676.html

The mention of the term “pagan” often connotes thoughts of the dark arts, ritual sacrifices, and any number of Goth stereotypes.

But for UI senior Kirk Cheyney, it’s not about any such thing. It’s more about nature and a deep personal spirituality that he can share with his family.

Cheyney serves as the...

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ADL, AJC Join Brief On Wiccan Clergyman

December 1, 2009

Author: Eric Fingerhut

Source: JTA

http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/12/01/1009477/adl-ajc-join-brief-on-wiccan-clergyman

The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee have signed on to an Americans United for Church and State amicus brief arguing that a Wiccan clergyman should be able to challenge a state prison policy that limits paid chaplaincy positions to people who are...

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Winter Solstice Is a Time Of Renewal, Reconnection With the Earth

November 29, 2009

Author: Lauren Yanks

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20091129/LIFE/911290310/1005/LIFE

Throughout the ages, a variety of cultures have viewed the winter solstice as a time for celebration and renewal. The tilt of the earth’s axis makes the winter solstice the shortest day — and longest night — of the year. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word...

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Pagan Spirituality Group Offers Opportunity to Explore Beliefs, Rituals

November 24, 2009

Pagans Reach Out to Community At Workshop

November 13, 2009

Author: Nora Ibrahim

Source: The Daily Illini

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/2009/11/12/pagans-reach-out-to-community-at-workshop

Pagans of the Champaign–Urbana area reach out to followers and non-Pagans alike to foster discussion of their faith – partially to clear up previous notions people may have about their beliefs.

David Kees, member of the Pagan Student Association and...

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'Devil Worshipper’ Retort May Burn Employer

November 9, 2009

Author: Christian Nolan

Source: Connecticut Law Tribune

http://www.ctlawtribune.com/getarticle.aspx?ID=35454

Like many people, Gina Uberti wanted to take time off from work for a religious holiday.

Unlike most Connecticut workers, her religion is Wicca, the largest of the neo-pagan, earth-based faiths. Wiccans worship multiple deities, use magic in their rituals, adhere to a basic code of morality, and hold four major seasonally based...

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