Paganism

Wiccans Celebrate Autumn Holiday In Their Own Fashion

November 6, 2009

Author: Amanda Lutey

Source: The Daily Citizen

http://www.wiscnews.com/bdc/news/466590

An ancient celebration that evolved into Halloween and All Saints Day celebrations was observed this weekend.

A couple who live south of Cambria hosted more than 15 guests at their home on Saturday night for a Samhain ritual, led by the Rev. Peter Hertzberg.

Hertzberg is the chief priest at Northern Lakes Temple in Watertown, a Correllian Nativist Wiccan Church...

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Halloween Starts a New Year for One Clintonville Shop

November 6, 2009

Author: Kathleen K. Radcliff

Source: Columbus Local News

http://www.snponline.com/articles/2009/11/06/multiple_papers/business/allbowitch_20091102_0108pm_5.txt

While many think of Halloween as a day mainly for kids dressing up as ghosts, goblins and witches, for practitioners of witchcraft, Oct. 31 also is a special time of year.

"It is kind of considered the witches' new year," Psyche...

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Wiccan Sues Google for Discrimination

November 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Advocate

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2009/11/05/Google_Sued_for_Discrimination/

A former Google employee who practices Wicca filed suit against the company, alleging sexual and religious discrimination sparked by his attempt to defend a transgender coworker from discrimination.

In the federal complaint filed on October 29, James Bara charges that his supervisor,...

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Candidate’s Religion Is Point Of Contention In Queens Race

November 2, 2009

Author: Jennifer Lee

Source: The New York Times

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/02/candidates-religion-is-point-of-contention-in-queens-race/

Dan Halloran, the Republican candidate for a City Council seat in northeastern Queens, actively practices Theodism, a neo-pagan faith which attempts to reconstruct the pre-Christian tribal religions of the European Germanic people.

While...

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Local Pagans Prepare for “Samhain”

October 30, 2009

Author: Mark O'Brien

Source: News 10

http://www.wten.com/Global/story.asp?S=11416524

While most people know Oct. 31 as Halloween, Pagans call it Samhain (pronounced "SOW-an").

It's an old celebration with Celtic and Gaelic roots as a harvest feast and festival of the dead.

"Samhain has traditionally been a holiday where the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is thinnest," explains Rev. Leigh Dupee of the Pagan...

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Pagans Out Of the 'Broom Closet' In Southwest Riverside County

October 30, 2009

Author: Aaron Burgin

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_E_new_witches31.46d6183.html

It might never be easy to be a witch in southwest Riverside County, but it's getting easier, Ivy Lieberman said.

Lieberman, a Lake Elsinore resident, is a practicing pagan and a member of the Murrieta Witches of the Goddess, a pagan group whose membership has ballooned from...

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Columbia Pagans Discuss Samhain

October 27, 2009

Author: Gregory Zajac

Source: The Maneater Student Newspaper

http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2009/10/27/columbia-pagans-discuss-samhain/

With Halloween less than a week away, several Pagan organizations sponsored an event Sunday afternoon designed to better educate people about Paganism and how Pagans observe it.

"In the general public when I say the word, witch, they think of the media stereotype and the...

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Observance Of Wiccan New Year Ends In Religious Discrimination Suit

October 23, 2009

Author: Jeremy Smerd

Source: Workforce Management

http://www.workforce.com/section/00/article/26/75/37.php

Last Halloween, Gina Uberti took vacation days to celebrate the Wiccan new year in Salem, Massachusetts, the town infamously known for the witch trials of 1692 that ended with the hanging of 14 women.

Less than a month after Uberti took part in the festivities of Samhain, one of the holiest days in the Wiccan calendar, she was...

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CU-Boulder Junior Launching Pagan Student Alliance

October 18, 2009

Author: Melanie Asmar

Source: Colorado Daily

http://www.coloradodaily.com/cu-boulder/ci_13590243

When University of Colorado junior Emma Lee transferred to the state's flagship university this fall from the much smaller Mesa State College, she noticed there was one big thing missing: a Pagan Student Alliance. 

So she's doing the same thing at CU she did in Grand Junction -- starting one from scratch.

"I was shocked and appalled...

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A Day for Examining the Unusual

October 18, 2009

Author: Steve Mocarsky

Source: Times Leader

http://www.timesleader.com/news/A_day_for_examining_the_unusual_10-12-2009.html

Standing near Martz Pavilion in Kirby Park, Jay Fink lit afire two pieces of poi fruit attached to tethers and began spinning them through the air to the beat of music.

A fire spinner whose performance was modeled after the Maori poi dancers of New Zealand, Fink, 37, of York, was one of...

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Festival Honors Earth-Based Faith

October 9, 2009

Author: Dana Clark Felty

Source: The Ledger-Enquirer

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/251/story/868528.html

For hundreds, maybe thousands of years, forms of paganism reigned over human spirituality.

But after the rise of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the word "pagan" became synonymous with "evil."

Modern pagans want to change that image.

"Paganism is not something to be feared," said Paige McDuffie of Vidalia. "We're just...

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Pagan Pride Day Donates 343 Pounds Of Food

October 7, 2009

Author: Stacey Eidson

Source: Metro Spirit

http://metrospirit.com/index.php?cat=122309084390509&act=post&pid=12350710091689365

Augusta’s first ever Pagan Pride Day held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Lake Olmstead gazebo attracted more than 250 people and collected more than 340 pounds of food for It's Spooky to be Hungry.

The festival, which featured a variety of workshops including Wicca 101, Kitchen...

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1999 Nov 18

Symposium on Civil Society and Multireligious America

Thu Nov 18 (All day) to Sat Nov 20 (All day)

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12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
In 1999, the Pluralism Project hosted two groundbreaking consultations on multireligious America, where for the first time, activists and representatives of diverse advocacy groups shared a common table. The second of these two meetings was a“Symposium on Civil Society and Multireligious America," which took a broad look at the issues of civil society. This event included a panel on public and private schools, and involved representatives from the White House, the Armed Forces Chaplains Board along with Pluralism Project affiliates and advisors. [flickr_set id=72157622509133350]
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