Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

June 19, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

On June 19, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "the world of Wicca will become more accessible in East Central Illinois because Chicago-based Telepathic Media has purchased the former town hall building in Hoopeston for use as a school to teach Wiccan principles, which include a belief in a god and goddess of nature... The staff envisions the school at 200 E. Penn St. eventually becoming a four-...

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Pagans and Associates Network (PAAN)

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

Phone: 480-884-8787
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PAAN (the Pagans and Associates Network) started at Arizona State University in 2002 when two students organized an official Student Association for Pagans on campus. This new community reflects a larger Valley-wide interest in Paganism and Neo-Pagan...
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Mistaken Link between Witchcraft and Satanic Worship

May 15, 2003

Source: News Net 5

On May 15, 2003 News Net 5 reported that "Mark and Elizabeth Sommerer, adoptive parents of four cats, are self-described 'regular people...' 'We shop like everybody else does. We go to the Laundromat. We play with our kids. We pay taxes, work jobs,' Elizabeth said... And Lee said they cast spells... They contacted News Channe l5 after seeing news reports of so-called Satan worship linked to the discovery...

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Multifaith Community in San Diego, CA

May 8, 2003

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 8, 2003 the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Harvard scholar Diana Eck calls America the most religiously diverse nation in the world – and San Diego is no different, home to faiths ranging from Baha'i to Wicca... Here is a look at representatives from four of these other faiths – a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Sikh and a Jew. They talk about their devotion to their beliefs – and how they feel about attempts to convert them."

Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly reported that "Maine’s Pagans are part of one of the fastest-growing religious movements in the U.S. Columbia University’s American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) found in 2001 that nearly 300,000 Americans identify themselves as Pagan, Wiccan or druid; all terms that Pagans use to describe themselves."

Beltane Celebrations in the U.S.

May 7, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On May 7, 2003 St. Petersburg Times reported that "in St. Petersburg, some Wiccans celebrated [Beltane] several days before the traditional May 1 date by dancing around the maypole in the courtyard of the Unitarian Universalist Church near Mirror Lake. Thursday through Sunday, many more are expected to converge on Boyd Hill Nature Park at the...

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Beltane Celebrations in the U.S.

May 3, 2003

Source: The Southern

On May 3, 2003 The Southern reported that "the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance will host an open Beltane Celebration at noon today at the Giant City State Park Shelter 2 near Makanda... Fire, light and fertility are the focus of Beltane as it celebrates longer days, the return of spring and summer warmth, and the creative splendor of nature as...

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Beltane Celebrations in the U.S.

April 28, 2003

Source: The Cincinnati Post

On April 28, 2003 The Cincinnati Post reported that "the 10-year-old boy was listening in Sunday school... But David Gordon-Johnson wasn't learning about the Bible -- he was learning how to become a good Pagan... David's Sunday school class is part of Earthspirit, the St. John's Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans in Clifton... The lesson for David and other youngsters in Clare...

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Update: Pagan Family Sues Union County School

April 14, 2003

Source: Knox News,1406,KNS_347_1886670,00.html

On April 14, 2003 Knox News reported that "the family of a 14-year-old girl embroiled in a lawsuit with the Union County school system over religious freedom said Sunday they endured years of harassment before taking legal action... India, her older siblings, Tyla and Garrett, and their mother, Sarajane [Tracy], described how years of alleged verbal...

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Second Annual Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade

April 13, 2003

Source: The Argus

On April 13, 2003 The Argus reported that "even though this is only its second year, today's Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade will have an old soul... The theme is 'Ancient Voices,' honoring nature-based traditions throughout history that have 'revered the Earth as a church itself, the divinity within and around,' said parade organizer Micha Dunston... 'In Interfaith dialogue, the word pagan represents people who follow indigenous, tribal, polytheistic, nature-based and Earth-based beliefs,' Dunston...

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First Unitarian Universalist Church in Louisiana

April 10, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On April 10, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "members of First Unitarian Universalist Church are celebrating their congregation's 170th year in New Orleans as a small bastion of spiritual liberalism embedded in conservative New Orleans... Continuing a recent tradition, members of the congregation of 100 or so ended a regular Sunday service March 23 by laying a wreath on the grave of the Rev. Theodore Clapp, a robust, colorful figure who in 1833 founded what would become First Unitarian Universalist after being expelled as a...

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