Paganism

Nature Church Honors Divine Mother

May 11, 2009

Author: Melissa Nann Burke

Source: York Daily Record

http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_12339729

Many gave thanks in church Sunday to mom.

At the spiritually eclectic Nature Church, which attracts followers of Earth-based and nature religions, congregants also remembered the divine mother -- mother goddesses first revered by ancient cultures for qualities of motherhood, fertility or creation.

"She is the oldest, most primal, most universal of deity concepts...

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Group Issues Southeastern Request to End Prayer At Graduation

May 11, 2009

Author: Jona Ison

Source: Chillicothe Gazette

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20090511/NEWS01/905110301

Southeastern Local Schools has received notice from a Washington group that it would be a violation of the Establishment Clause to include a prayer at the graduation ceremony.

Traditionally, the school has had a reverend deliver an invocation and benediction at the ceremony, but the practice recently was...

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Stonehenge Summer Solstice Will Not Be Like G20, Police Pledge

May 7, 2009

Author: Steven Morris

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/may/07/stonehenge-police-g20-jon-tapper

Police today tried to allay growing concern that a "zero tolerance" approach during the summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge could lead to serious trouble.

Officers maintained they would police the ancient site in a fair and sensitive manner and played down comparisons to the tense build-up to last...

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Modern-Day Pagans Trying to Revive Wiccan May Day Festivities

May 4, 2009

Author: Matthew McGrath

Source: App.com

http://www.app.com/article/20090504/NEWS02/905040364/1070/NEWS02

May Day, or Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival of fertility revived by Wiccans and neopagans alike, sprang to life again on Saturday.

Members of the Sanctuary of Universal Life, a Wiccan church — danced around the holiday's chief symbol, the maypole, weaving bright ribbons into a braid around it. The ritual symbolized...

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Shop Aims to Dispel Witchcraft Myths

April 18, 2009

Author: Richard Weizel

Source: Connecticut Post

http://www.connpost.com/ci_12174545

Dressed entirely in black, with a silver pentacle star necklace symbolic of the Wicca religion hanging over a white tie, Keith Fiermonte's eyes are barely visible behind dark, tinted sunglasses.

A black fedora is tipped down over his forehead, adding to the mystery and showmanship he admits he strives for.

Fiermonte carefully lays out Tarot cards on a table from...

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KU Cauldron Student to Give Wicca Lecture

April 1, 2009

Author: David Ugarte

Source: The University Daily Kansan

http://www.kansan.com/stories/2009/apr/01/ku_cauldron_student_give_wicca_lecture/

Jeremy Adkison wants to help fellow students understand Wicca. He’s the vice president of KU Cauldron and is giving a lecture and presentation tonight called “Wicca: The Religion of Witchcraft.”

Adkison, Leavenworth sophomore, said that one of his greatest...

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Occult Hit: Witches Bucking Religion Trend

March 30, 2009

Author: Mike Thomas

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/1501781,CST-NWS-witch30.article

They don't toil over bubbling caldrons or cook lost kids. They have no use for flying monkeys. And their spice racks are more apt to contain ginger or paprika than eye of newt.

Still, witches are far from fictional. And according to the most recent American Religious Identification Survey,...

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NIU Student Pagan Association Holds First Meeting And Discusses Pentagrams, Pagan Ethics And Witchcraft

March 29, 2009

Author: James Tschirhart

Source: Northern Star

http://www.northernstar.info/article/6965/

Talk of pentagrams, Pagan ethics and witchcraft was heard in DuSable Hall Thursday, as the NIU Student Pagan Association held its first group meeting.

The group’s founder and president, anthropology graduate student Paul Herrick, said despite Paganism being misunderstood and disfavored, NIU has been open-minded about the group.

Anastasia...

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Nature-Based Faiths Celebrate Arrival Of Spring

March 29, 2009

Author: Dana Massing

Source: Erie Times-News

http://www.ldnews.com/news/ci_12019440

Rich Konkol Jr. lay on the sanctuary floor, covered by a black cloak, practicing his religion.

He snored.

His loud nasal grunts were exaggerated, as befitted someone playing the role of a gatekeeper put to sleep by a Holly King who didn't want to make way for the Oak King's new season.

The mythological battle between kings took place March 18 at the...

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Muslim Priest And Buddhist Bishop-Elect Are Raising Questions About Syncretism

March 27, 2009

Author: George Conger

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/marchweb-only/112-53.0.html

Jesus saves, the Episcopal Church teaches, but a growing number of its clergy and leaders believe other faiths may lead to salvation as well. Long divided and distracted by questions of sexual ethics, the Episcopal Church (along with most mainline Protestant communities) are facing a cultural and theological shift...

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Pagans Celebrate the Arrival Of Spring With Ostara Ritual

March 26, 2009

Author: Magdalena Wegrzyn

Source: Longmont Times-Call

http://www.timescall.com/faith/Faith-Story.asp?id=15302

Kat Lindgren used a flat feather to expertly fan burning sage over the small huddle of pagans gathered Saturday in the backyard behind her Lafayette home.

As the pine scent settled over the circle and the sun started to set, Lindgren — a clergy-level Wiccan priestess — began the Ostara rite, a pagan ritual that...

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Paganism Returns to the Holy Land

March 22, 2009

Author: Ofri Ilani

Source: Haaretz Newspaper

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1072829.html

Like many other soldiers who took part in the Gaza operation, Omer, 20, occasionally took a few moments to pray, but he did not pray to the Lord of Israel. Omer considers himself pagan, and has sworn allegiance to three ancient gods. During combat, he says they appeared before him, giving him strength during the most arduous moments.

Omer is still in...

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