American council of witches pagans and friends

***This is an open Group to American witches/and friends only***
IF you are from another county you are welcome to join but , this is an american based group. we have many Covens ,groups, and organizations that from this groups please be respectful ...American council of witches , pagans and friends (Wiccans)post who your state reps are and the counties each coven is over yet remember we will still always work together and network and share info as well we are here to help each other, thanks! Blessed Be... Reverend High Priestess Char Norton M.W.R   Press Release-"UNITY" american-council of witches pagans and friends

Charlene Norton changed the group description to "founded in 1973 disbanded later that yearhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Council_of_Witches and new and renamed all inclusive Group started January 21, 2012

Group home page:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/americancouncilofwitches

Group email: americancouncilofwitches@yahoogroups.com
RULES:
-Be respectful. No harassing or bashing allowed.
-Debating/opinions are always welcome, but keep it nice. Anyone who can't act like an adult will be banned.
-Advertising for Wiccan related products, events, etc. are welcome but please don't be abusive about it. 
-Spammers (and trolls) will be banned!(american council of witches Open Group claims no rights to this artwork/links, or any on our page. If this work belongs to you and you would like for us to remove it, please contact us and we will certainly do so. Being a non-profit educational site, we operate under the Fair Use rule of the US Copyright Law - please refer to the page information for full details. Blessings!)

 

*****American Council of Witches, or Star Coven Of Wicca and WPA's next meeting are @ Springville, UT 84663  (not holidays).@ 

 

ALL ARE WELCOME! (we are a sanctuary for those who feel different)Merry Meet this is our new Coven Site.Were all Coven info will now Be written up for all wiccans to see and join us. in Utah at the coven sted or as a cyberspace convener or by taking the right classes and learning all you can to be come a High Priest/ess to start to you own branch coven under us.we  want to unite wiccans eclectically all magicks and types of peoples witches, wiccans, pagans, druids, shamans, heathens, ,wizards, vampires, werewolves, dragons, faeries, psychics,goths and all magickal being in the magickal community. more to come in the coming days Blessed Be...High Priestess Char (Master Of Wicca) ,Utah We are a group, an organization, a house, court, A clan, A coven, a family and a Haven for all those in the Magickal Community. For meeting dates go to Facebook

 
Our Mission :is to create a place where all who wish to worship and learn more of the God and the Goddess may feel welcome to express their ideas, safe to practice their own way, supported in a family of fellow members to grow spiritually, and challenged to expand their knowledge every day. We promote tolerance, respect, and communication. We foster discovery, uniqueness and empower each member to envision their personal impact on the universe.
Our Motto:"All Are Welcome!"
My Saying: "live everyday as it was your last !"'Crape Diem/Crape Nocturne" "cease the day/cease the night.!"
My monteras are:"Get over it!" "Be the Wizard!"

 
We are an eclectic group studying all forms of alternative spirituality and enjoy the blessing of members that share their wisdom and diversity.We encourage families and children to take part in the circle but respect the beliefs of parents and guardians who may not be ready to support their children in their decision to embrace an alternative religion and therefore we ask that members under 18 get permission before attending circle or wait until their 18th birthday to attend. We are happy to answer questions of young seekers at any time. We meet for child-friendly gatherings for ages 8 and under. We host many activities including Sabbat and Esbat celebrations, Witchy Crafts, Pagan Lunch, want to bring together the notoriously shy pagans of, and ,in United States,  to join us at the coven sted,online as an egroup or as a branch coven were you are under us.)  for communal ritual, mutual learning, and social enjoyment  . a meeting place for pagans of all paths who are tired of hiding, solitary, in the closet.The purpose of this group is for local wiccans and pagans to be able to gather and share information and learning with each other. To allow new people to the path to find a welcoming environment and allow for older people to help guide those who may need it.
Parental Permission form for any one under 18(must be signed and parent must attend first meeting with child)
Your child's name: ________________________________________________

Your signature: ___________________________________________________ Date _____________

Your printed name: ________________________________________________ Date _____________

Signature of person obtaining consent: ________________________________ Date _____________

Printed name of person obtaining consent: _____________________________ Date _____________

________________________________________________________________________________

*Note: UTAH state law classifies anyone under 18 years old as a child/dependent.

By Charlene Norton on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:11pm
***This is an open Group to American witches/and friends only***
IF you are from another county you are welcome to join but , this is an american based group. we have many Covens ,groups, and organizations that from this groups please be respectful ...

American council of witches , pagans and friends (Wiccans)post who your state reps are and the counties each coven is over yet remember we will still always work together and network and share info as well we are here to help each other, thanks! Blessed Be... Reverend High Priestess Char Norton M.W.R

 

Charlene Norton changed the group description to "founded in 1973 disbanded later that year  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Council_of_Witches and new and renamed all inclusive Group started January 21, 2012 

 

 

to postulate a summary set of principles which would clarify the actuality of Neopagan religions in North America, unify and define the many differing beliefs across the many paths and traditions prevalent in Neopaganism at that time, and to counteract misinformation, cultural stigma, stereotypes, and governmental lack of recognition. This council was assembled by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, the president of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., one of the largest publishers of occult, Neopagan, and New Age books in the world. These principles, officially titled "Principles of Belief" within the document (but also referred to as "The Thirteen Principles of Belief" or "The Thirteen Principles of Wiccan Belief"), are still endorsed by many American Witches, Neopagan groups and individuals.[citation needed]In 1978 these principles were incorporated into the United States of America Army's Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains in a section on the Wiccan religion[2]. This section was prepared under the direction of Rev. Dr. J. Gordon Melton, director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion and editor of the Encyclopedia of American Religion The American Council of Witches disbanded later that year due to difficulties in reconciling differences among its members' traditions [3] Why this new page was stated and the name was changed.to make united american wiccan community so that we work together and network. Just like the original we kept the 13 wiccan beliefs , because many wiccans, pagan, covens and the US military use them, But we changed the name to be more inclusive and to not infringe on Original members copyrights. Why I Started this group was I ways wanted to have a safe, caring place, the whole American Wiccan Community could come together, for advise, news, information, links,posts, help, where to find anything in the wiccan, pagan community. (To share and network,to work together) I was bullies on another site that claimed to be for all. When I was approached by some people by email to help start a new group ,I jumped at it , but they just gave up and diapered .I took over making my own facebook webpage,Yahoo group, and page part of my  Covens Web Site. I have been up and running for years. I have networked and helped many.We are a web group and hope to be one offline soon and to start an international group as well. Recently I made the choice to out of respect Found elders in the community that had been on the page and make the honorary Admin. I did at the sometime ask for those who want to be on the council as a elder or admin and want do help please tell me, we need it !  I at no time wanted to do this to use them or make our group legitimate, because we stand on our merits and are already legitimate. ALL  ARE Welcome! WE Are All ONE! Anyone is free to leave at anytime. Our information is free to you, we operate under the Fair Use rule of the US Copyright Law    

RULES:

-Be respectful. No harassing or bashing allowed.
-Debating/opinions are always welcome, but keep it nice. Anyone who can't act like an adult will be banned.
-Advertising for Wiccan related products, events, etc. are welcome but please don't be abusive about it. 

-Spammers (and trolls) will be banned!(american council of witches Open Group claims no rights to this artwork/links, or any on our page. If this work belongs to you and you would like for us to remove it, please contact us and we will certainly do so. Being a non-profit educational site (meaning we take no money for what we post),we operate under the Fair Use rule of the US Copyright Law - please refer to the page information for full details. Blessings!)  

americanpagansnwitches@yahoo.com, charnorton@aol.com,  https://www.facebook.com/groups/americancouncilofwitches/ ,https://sites.google.com/site/officialstarcovenofwicca/home/american-council-of-witches-pagans-and-friends/american-council-of-witches-pagans-and-friends."

Phase II: selecting a state rep to coordinate the committee members and  create a database of all federal, state and county government  departments. most information shall be found in the local telephone book  the rest of the information shall be found online, especially the  jails.
example:
 all city-town-villiage-township facilities.
name-department-office#-address, city, state, zip-phone#-
we do not need post office addy's
 
 all county facilities: including the local jails.
name-department-office#-address, city, state, zip-phone#-
 
all state government facilities:
name-department-office#-address, city, state, zip-phone#-
 
all united states~federal government facilities, in your area: including local jails.
name-department-office#-address, city, state, zip-phone#-
 charnorton@aol.com

We hope to make the manual as comprehensive and as representative of the current Pagan world as possible.
 
Contact Name:    
Contact Email Address:    
 
The name of the group or organization.    
Complete Mailing Address:    
Website:    
Phone:    
 
Center: Do you operate an established, permanent physical location that is open to Pagans on a drop-in or by-appointment basis? If so, please describe.
 
Gathering: Do you sponsor one or more regular festivals, conferences, conventions or other gatherings? If so, please describe.
 
Group: Do three or more people meet face-to-face at least four times annually to take part in spiritual activities? If so, please describe.
 
Periodicals: Do you publish (in paper form) a newsletter, journal, magazine or newspaper focusing on topics of interest to Pagans? If so, please describe.


 
Your job is to check the  information and send/enter information you are received. We are working  on a database. We will let you know how to proceed when information is  finalized.
 
 
Chaplains Manual Project: Define  goal: to update the information on Pagans referenced by the military and  prisons for their chaplains.
the Pagan reference sections in the Chaplain’s resources for the US  Military and Federal Prisons can be dealt with. The earlier draft  composed in 1995 and revised in 2010 should be presented to the full  Committee to be reviewed and updated. The revised “Pagan Precepts” and  “Statements of Wiccan Belief” can be incorporated into the proposed  revision, along with “9 Virtues of the Folk” (Asatru), “CAW Trad,” “What  is Druidism?” and similar statements by whatever Pagan Paths may wish  to offer them.  And finally, arrange an effective means to submit the revised  material for Prison and Army Chaplains to the proper authorities to get  it into the system.
 

Principles of the Wiccan Belief:

1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility towards our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called "supernatural", but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine-and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship. 2

5. We recognize both outer and inner, or psychological, worlds -- sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. -- and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

7. We see religion, magick and wisdom-in-living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it -- a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft, the Wiccan Way.

8. Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch -- but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature. 3

9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning to the Universe we know, and our personal role within it.

10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be "the only way," and have sought to deny freedomto others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the origins of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil", as defined by Christian tradition. 4 We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor do we accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

The Views of The Council

By Charlene Norton on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11:23pm

The Views of The Council

The position of the Witches expressed in the document is that modern Witches are not bound to any modern interpretation of historical evidence or any contemporary hierarchy, but are rather subject only to their inherent Divine connection: "We are not bound by traditions from other times and other cultures and owe no allegiance to any person or power greater than the Divinity manifest through our own being."

The participants also expressed a desire to include anyone wishing to be affiliated with a Neopagan tradition, as long as their views, attitudes and opinions do not contradict or oppose those of the tradition: "In seeking to be inclusive, we do not wish to open ourselves to the destruction of our group by those on self-serving power trips, or to philosophies & practices contradictory to these principles. In seeking to exclude those whose ways are contradictory to ours, we do not want to deny participation with us to any who are sincerely interested in our knowledge & beliefs, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national or cultural origins, or sexual preference."

welcomes

By Charlene Norton on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9:29am

"All are Welcome ,None shall be turned away!"

 

 

"With a warriors heart go I to lay down my weapons and make peace with my enemies"

 

The Serenity Prayer

Godddes and God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as you both did, this world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that you both will make all things rightif I surrender to both your Will;That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with both of you Forever in the next.Blessed Be...

--Reinhold Niebuhr

In loving memory ofFr Bertram Griffin -- 1932-2000Requiescat in Pace

 

"Many hands make light work."  ~John Heywood

 

"One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites".  ~Jin Kwon

 

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent."  ~John Donne

 

"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable."  ~Kenyan Proverb

 

"Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success. " ~Henry Ford

 

" None of us is as smart as all of us."  ~Ken Blanchard

 

"Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder... [T]eamwork can be summed up in five short words:  "We believe in each other.""  ~Author Unknown

 

" A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."  ~Author Unknown

 

"We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately."  ~Benjamin Franklin

 

"A single leaf working alone provides no shade."  ~Chuck Page

 

 Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.  ~Vince Lombardi

 

 If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.  ~Henry Ford

 

Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.  ~Bill Bradley

 

In union there is strength.  ~Aesop

 

 

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.  ~Alexander the Great

 

Gettin' good players is easy.  Gettin' 'em to play together is the hard part.  ~Casey Stengel

 

 

It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.  ~Author Unknown

 

 If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world. -– Kofi Annan

 

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don't do them. -Charles D. GillSubmitted on 2 November 2004 by Caitlin Rohrer, Girl Scouts - Trillium Council, Pennsylvania

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.Submitted on 26 October 2004 by Marjorie Moore, Minds Eye Information Service, Belleville, IL, USA

Don't ever question the value of volunteers. Noah's Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals. Submitted on 8 Septemer 2004 by Dave Gynn, Coleman Professional Services, Ohio, USA

To serve, not to be served.--The charge to service for AARP members from Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP founderSubmitted on 6 September 2004 by Carolyn Hunter, ASD, AARP Utah, USA

Too often we under-estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -- Dr. Felice Leonardo BuscagliaSubmitted on 12 August 2004 by Marjorie Moore, Minds Eye Information Service, Belleville, ILUSA

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor is given by what he gave. -- Calvin CoolidgeSubmitted on 7 July 2004 by Joe Hammontree, 4-H AmeriCorps VISTA, Shiawassee MSU Extension, Michigan, USA

You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.-- Winston ChurchillSubmitted on 17 June 2004 by Elise Slobodin, Planning Executive, UJA-Federation, New York USA

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is tied up with mine, then let us work together.-- Lill Watson, aboriginal activistSubmitted on 15 June 2004 by Keith Goheen, Volunteer Coordinator, First State Community Action Agency, Delaware USA

It is only through the eyes of others do you see yourself. It is only through the work of your own do you find the difference in others.Submitted on 9June2004 by Foo Ji-Wei, Volunteerism Through Oneself, Nanyang Technological University, Welfare Services Club, Singapore

Being a man or a woman is a matter of birth. Being a man or a woman who makes a difference is a matter of choice.--Byron Garrett, staff member of Arizona's Governor Submitted on 26 May 2004 by Nicolette Ryan, Volunteer Coordinator, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Phoenix, AZ

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.-- Tom Brokaw

organal members on Council

By Charlene Norton on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11:27pm

Members on the Council

This is a list of some of the members on the Council of American Witches:

  • Carl Llewellyn Weschcke -- Chairman (acting)
  • Gavin Frost
  • Herman Slater
  • Isaac Bonewits
  • Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (then Otter G'Zell)

New Members on the Council

This is a list of some of the members on the Council of American Witches:

  • Reverend High Priestess Char Norton M.W.R.-(Head High Crone.Grove women)Admin
  • Carl Llewellyn Weschcke -- (High Elder)Chairman (acting)(honorary) 
  • Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (then Otter G'Zell) -(High Elder)(honorary) 
  • Raymond Buckland-(High Elder)(honorary) 
  • Selena Fox- (High Elder Crone/Grove women)(honorary) 
  • Jenine Trayer (Silver ravenwolf)- (High Elder Crone/Grove women)(honorary) 
  • D.j. Conway(High Elder Crone/Grove women)(honorary) 
  • Laurie Cabot- (High Elder Crone/Grove women)(honorary) 
  • Grimassi Raven-(High Elder)(honorary) 
  • Raven Digitalis-(High Elder)(honorary) 
  • Christopher Penczak-(High Elder)(honorary) 
  • Sirona Knight Author-(High Elder Crone/Grove women)(honorary) 
  • High Druid Priest “John” Spirit whitewolf -(High Elder)
  • Brandon Insho-(High Elder)Admin
  • And YOU if you join and live in the US.

Introduction:

By Charlene Norton on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11:37pm

Introduction:

There's an old saying that if you ask any ten Wiccans about their religion, you'll get at least fifteen different answers. That's not far from the truth, because with nearly half a million Americans practicing Wicca today, there are dozens -- perhaps even hundreds -- of different Wiccan groups out there. There is no one governing body over Wicca, nor is there a "Bible" that lays down a universal set of guidelines. While specifics vary from one tradition to the next, there are actually a few ideals and beliefs common to nearly all modern Wiccan groups. Origins of Wicca: Wicca as a religion was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Gardner's tradition was oathbound, initiatory, and secret. However, after a few years splinter groups began forming, and new traditions were formed. Today, many Wiccan groups owe their basic foundation to the principles laid out by Gardner. Wicca is not an ancient religion, but Gardner did incorporate some old esoteric knoweldge into his original tradition, including Eastern mysticism, Kabballah, and British legend. Who Is a Wiccan, and How Do You Find Them?: Wiccans come from all walks of life. They are doctors and nurses, teachers and soccer moms, writers and firefighters, waitresses and computer programmers. In other words, anyone can be Wiccan, and people become Wiccan for many reasons. In fact, there are nearly half a million Wiccans in the United States today. As to where to find them, that might take a bit of digging -- as a mystery religion that doesn't proseone eventually. Calling Upon the Divine: Wicca acknowledges the polarity of the Divine, which means that both the male and female deities are often honored. A Wiccan may honor simply a non-specific god and goddess, or they may choose to worship specific deities of their tradition, whether it be Isis and Osiris, Cerridwen and Herne, or Apollo and Athena. In Gardnerian Wicca, the true names of the gods are revealed only to initiated members, and are kept secret from anyone outside the tradition.lytize or actively recruit, it can sometimes be difficult to find a group in your area. Never fear, though -- the Wiccans are out there, and if you ask around enough, you'll bump into

 

http://www.slideshare.net/jinnykins905/the-beauty-of-paganism

PRESS RELEASE

By Charlene Norton on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:09pm

Here is something to think about regarding this topic,Sorry about the long read.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Statement from Oberon Zell and Kenny Klein regarding the US American Council of WitchesDecember 5, 2011

 

Re: Oberon Zell and Kenny Klein, and the US American Council of Witches

 

In the past few months, there has been a good deal of concern over the organization and web presence of the "US American Council of Witches." The original ideaas proposed by Kaye Berry of Illinoiswas a resurrection of the old American Council of Witches that was convened in Minneapolis in 1973- 1974, and which drafted and ratified the legendary "13 Principles of Wiccan Belief." Kaye proposed reforming the ACW to re-examine the "13 Principles" for possible updating; and also to update the information on Witchcraft and Paganism for the US military and prison chaplains' resources. To distinguish the current Council from the original one, it was retitled "US American Council of Witches."

 

While some saw the reviving of this Council as a good idea, or perhaps as an interesting venture, in the weeks after its presence was announced on social networking sites those researching the project brought to light serious issues concerning the organizers and apparent misrepresentation of nonprofit status.

 

In various postings by representatives of the Council, and in various missives by those concerned about the Council, mention of Oberon Zell and Kenny Klein have come up several times. There seems to be an assumption that either or both Oberon and Kenny have some affiliation with the Council, or according to some posts, that either or both lead the Council. Oberon and Kenny would like to take this opportunity to voice their own positions on this matter.

 

Oberon was contacted by Kaye Berry simply to provide the "reformed" Council with documents and information from the original 1973-`74 Council records, which he happily agreed to do. He also offered to try and reconstruct the roster of the 73 people who had met in 1974, and contact those who are still alive regarding their possible participation in a new Council. In the ensuing months, suggestions were made that Oberon was an actual member of the new Council, or that he was taking an active role in reforming the Council. Neither of these were true.

 

Kenny saw mention of the Council being "reformed" on a social networking site, and offered to help in what was being represented as the primary goal of the Council, an updating of the Army Chaplain's Manual entry on Wicca. Within a day or two of this offer, Kenny was asked to draft a press release, which he did, using the information given him at the time (this press release was to be represented as a document released by the Council, and was not to have his name personally attached to it).

 

In the next week or two, Kenny found that much of the information that had been given to him was erroneous, and when Kenny asked for clarification or simple answers, he received answers that he felt made no sense, or met with avoidance of resolution to important questions. The press release was also posted as being written by him. Kenny also found that various Council web sites named him as a member of the Council, a position to which he had never consented. And then Kenny began hearing from other Pagan figures that they too were "placed" on the Council without giving their consent. On October 18, Kenny informed the Council by e-mail that he was very upset with these actions, and was no longer to be considered as a member or a resource.

 

Unfortunately, two months have gone by, and both Oberon and Kenny still seem to be answering questions and clarifying rumors about their Council involvement. Therefore, please let it be known that while both Oberon Zell and Kenny Klein believe strongly in Pagan networking and organization, both of us also feel that there are already strong organizations serving the needs of our community. Further, neither of us have ever been official Council members; each of us have served in limited capacities (Oberon as adviser, Kenny briefly as editor), but neither of us has ever taken an active role or a leadership role in creating any official "US American Council of Witches" policy or program.

 

Kenny spoke out quite actively last month against certain Council activities on the Modern Witch Podcast, denouncing many of the posts and e-mails created by the Council, and he encourages any interested persons to listen to that episode of the Podcast to be aware of his views on the matter.

 

Oberon was in Australia for the entire month of November, and had no involvement with the Council during his absence from the U.S. Meanwhile, as he has learned, all manner of rumors had been wildly circulating regarding his alleged involvement with the Council, and his name had even been invoked in threatening admonitions to people raising awkward questions. Now that Oberon has returned, he and Kenny have consulted with each other and decided to draft this joint statement.

 

Considering the controversies and ill-will that this project has engendered within the Pagan community, it is our joint opinion that the US American Council of Witches can no longer be regarded as a viable enterprise, and we strongly recommend that the entire project be abandoned at this time and the USACW be dissolved.

 

Thank you for your interest, and please feel free to repost this letter in its entirety only.

 

Oberon ZellOberon@mcn.orgKenny Kleinwww.kennyklein.net

 


P.S: Several other people who have been pulled into the "gravity well" of the US American Council of Witches have also asked that they be allowed to add their signatures to this letter to indicate their agreement with what Kenny and Oberon have written. We have agreed to this, and here they are:

 

Christina Nyx (Caffy, The Caffeinated Witch)Sylveey Selu (Webmistress for the Green Egg)Ariel Monserrat (Editor/Publisher of Green Egg; co-host of "Over to Oberon & Ariel" on blogtalk radio)Steve Provost (publisher of The Provocation; co-founder of Pagans of California networking group)Rowan Pendragon (co-host of The Modern Witch Podcast; author of One Witch's Way blog)



www.patheos.com

pagan wiccan.about.com

jesscarlson.com(what?,no we didn't!)

the wiccan way

shadowlore.org

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