Paganism

Exploring the Rituals of a Wiccan Wedding

February 18, 2006

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/lifebeat/content/projo_20060218_pagstory.21d87c99.html

On February 18, 2006 The Providence Journal reported, "Susan Asselin started James and Angela Gorin's wedding ceremony by using a broom to sweep away negativity... As incense burned, the four bridesmaids put out their dominant hands and circled around. They created their own venerable space and welcomed the 30 guests.

The...

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Faith Important in the Lives of Many Arizona Inmates

February 15, 2006

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0215prisonfaith0215.html

On February 15, 2006 The Arizona Republic reported, "Although religious services have long been a staple of prison life, officials across the nation are beginning to realize just how important faith can be in rehabilitating inmates... In Arizona, prison religious programs have grown to unprecedented levels in the past two years as...

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Women's Multifaith Center in Orlando Provides Opportunity for Active Engagement

February 12, 2006

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-orreligion1206feb12,0,995971.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-orange

On February 12, 2006 the Orlando Sentinel reported, "When it comes to promoting religious understanding, the Rev. Diana Reed Jackson believes that verbal dialogue alone falls short. Participation in a religious ritual or spiritual discipline is a more holistic...

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Sylvan Forest

Information about this center is no longer updated.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

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Website: http://www.sylvanforest.org

Though not a large community, Sylvan Forest is a vibrant Wiccan community with unique celebrations and rituals. Because Wiccan communities have been persecuted nationally and in the metropolitan Atlanta area, Sylvan Forest is very private. However, a GSU faculty member developed relationships with several Sylvan Forest community members. As a result of that...
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"Interfaith Week" Begins in Salt Lake City

February 7, 2006

Source: BYU News Net

http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/58324

On February 7, 2006 Brigham Young University News Net reported, "Seated around a table enjoying lunch, a Muslim Imam, dressed in long robes, sat next to a distinguished choir director in a gray suit from the Greek Orthodox Church. Next to them a lively nun with a bright Irish lilt made chitchat with her neighbor, a Pagan High Priestess with barely visible tattoos and vivid green jewelry. All of these individuals share one...

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Wiccan-Owned Coffee Shop is Successful in Lincolnton

January 27, 2006

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/north_carolina/counties/gaston/13723186.htm

On January 27, 2006 The Charlotte Observer reported, "There's a fair number of [witches] in Gaston and Lincoln counties, Kym Miller said this week... in her Witches' Brew Cafe on the courthouse square in Lincolnton. She should know. She's a witch herself. (A cafe sign reads: 'Yes, I'm a witch...

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Town Councils Debate Public Prayer After Great Falls Ruling

January 23, 2006

Source: WCNC.com

http://www.wcnc.com/news/topstories/stories/wcnc-ad-1_23_06-prayer.3144c8ab.html

On January 23, 2006 WCNC.com reported, "The York County Council will discuss the issue of referring to God in prayers at the start of public meetings. This comes months after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a case involving prayer at public meetings and the battle over keeping those prayers continues. Ironically, Monday night...

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Christian Activist Seeks to Remove "Pagan" Statue from Courthouse

January 6, 2006

Source: Grand Forks Herald

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/13561066.htm

On January 6, 2006 the Grand Forks Herald reported, "A lawsuit against a UND [University of North Dakota] law clinic brought by a Fargo Christian activist trying to remove a 'pagan' statue from atop the Grand Forks County courthouse should not have been dismissed so quickly, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reversed a district court...

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Central to Wiccans is a Reverence for Nature

December 31, 2005

Source: Austin-American Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/other/12/31interfaith.html

On December 31, 2005 the Austin-American Statesman ran a feature article on the beleifs of Wiccans. Ellen C. Friedman, an Elder priestess with Live Oak Local Council, Covenant of the Goddess, and a participants in the Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, provides her conception of Wicca: "Like other nature-based religious paths,...

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New Book Maps Spiritual Landscape of Maine

December 17, 2005

Source: Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=125338

On December 17, 2005 the Bangor Daily News reported, "Ever feel tempted to consult a shaman? Or learn how to be a shaman? Interested in finding out about solstice celebrations conducted by local pagans? Wondering what Swedenborgianism is all about? Curious about the much-persecuted Baha'i Faith? Looking to find a compatible meditation group? Information on these topics and many, many more can...

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Threatening Note Thrown Through Pagan Woman's Window in Florida

December 7, 2005

Source: Local6.com

http://www.local6.com/news/5480755/detail.html

On December 7, 2005 Local6.com reported, "Authorities in Flagler County, Fla., are investigating an apparent religious hate crime after a rock with a threatening note written in an ancient theological language was thrown into a self-proclaimed witch's home... Jill Pagan, who practices paganism and calls herself a witch, said she was in her home when she heard a loud sound. She found that a large rock was...

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Reorganized Kansas City Interfaith Group Draws Diverse Crowd

November 11, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/13137514.htm

On November 11, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported, "[Reverend Wallace Hartsfield], a longtime area Baptist minister, looked out from a podium Thursday at the more than 600 people who gathered for the [Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council's] inaugural luncheon at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Represented were American Indian spirituality, Bahai, Buddhism,...

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Student Club Offers "Paganism 101" at Portland State University

November 11, 2005

Source: Daily Vanguard

http://www.dailyvanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/11/11/437481fba7d67

On November 11, 2005 the Daily Vanguard reported, "Pagans are not atheists — they just show reverence in different ways from other religions, members of a small but dedicated Student Pagan Association said at an event Tuesday night. The association presented a 'Paganism 101' program in Smith Memorial Student Union. The program by association co-...

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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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