Traditions and Paths forum: What is your local pagan community like?
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|What types of events do you have in your community?
What type of pagan community would you like to see where you live?
My local pagan community is planning their Pagan Pride Day festival. That got me to thinking about my local pagan community. I suppose that I'm lucky to live in a place with a large, well-established pagan community. I have been aware of my local pagan scene since the 80's and it well-established back then.
In my community, some of the paths represented in my area are Traditional Wicca, Eclectic Wicca, Thelema, Shamanism, Asatru, Druidism, and Hellenismos. Plus those who don't identify with a path and those I've probably forgotten to list.
Besides events and classes at metaphysical bookstores, some Circles, Covens and Groves host various public events in addition to their private events. There is always at least one public event for holidays. These groups also have seminars, camp-outs and classes. There are also several pagan clergy in the area who do weddings, funerals and hospital visits.
Some of the events that we have are:
Pagan Night Out (PNO) on the 13th of every month
Pagan Gathering on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Witchesâ€™ Meetup on the 4th Tuesday of every month
Drum Circles every Thursday night
Drum Circle on the second Sunday of every month
Tarot Gathering on the 3rd Thursday of every month
CUUPS Gathering every Sunday afternoon
Yearly Pagan Pride Day festival
At one time there were also monthly Spiral Scout meetings, bi-monthly Kidsâ€™ Craft nights, and a Pagan Parent Play Group every Friday afternoon.
Once our community had a Witches Costume Ball.
There were a few Pagan breakfast meetings but the turnout was low. There were also Pagan gatherings at a local college. I know they met for a couple of years but I donâ€™t know if they still exist.
For years, people have kicked around the idea of having a pagan community center. People seem to want it but no one wants to chip in to pay for it. So I doubt if that will ever happen.
Having said all of that, I've never attended any event regularly (even though I met my wonderful hubby at one). I've always worked nights so most events are impossible for me to attend. But even when they happen on a night when I don't work, I usually don't go. I don't know.....it just has never interested me much. When I go, it's nice to see old friends and meet new ones. But I just don't have much motivation to go.
So, what's your local pagan community like? Are you active in your community? If you don't have an active pagan community, what services/events would interest you?
|In my own little area of Somerset there is no acknowledged pagan community. All events are in Lexington, Louisville, and Bowling Green, Ky.
Since there is a church on every corner and the locals are unfriendly toward anyone who is not christian, even the City and County mounties, the pagans in this area keep a very low profile...deep closet.
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
|I have no idea. I haven't met any pagans in person here and I've been here for almost 4 years.
|Houston? I've heard of a few pagan groups down in that area. There's a pagan meetup group that has 691 members. Wow.
I did a search on Yahoo Groups and the first one is an 8 year old group that has 558 members. The second one listed is a group for Houston PNO (Pagan Night Out). That group is 6 years old and has 235 members. It looks like they meet on the first Saturday of every month.
Houston also has a Pagan Pride Day but I can't find the schedule for 2010.
Of course, that doesn't mean you'd be interested in any of the events going on. But it looks like they're available if you're interested.
|when i first moved here, i had finally decided i might benefit from interacting and learning with other pagans because it was too hard to motivate myself to do seasonal rituals when myself and my son were the only participants. but i was sure there would be no one in the town i was moving to with a liberal enough outlook to have an extra-christian group (i won't even say non-christian since much of my background is christian magic, but certainly not fundamentalist!). there was a uu church, which i had always wanted to try, but was being a chicken about walking in to a place where i didn't know anyone. so i joined meetup.com, which was brand new at the time and still free to use. found out there actually was a pagan circle (eclectic, mainly wiccan, not formally organized) that held sabbats. so i went and liked the people a lot and became a regular.
we were a very small group for a few years. then the person who had started the group decided she wanted to form a coven, that was the natural progression in her path. i was against that but still loved the people in the group so i argued for all sabbats to continue to be open to anyone as long as they were participating and not simply observing (that's just creepy and makes me paranoid), and for the coven teachings to be as eclectic and inclusive to non-wiccan pagan beliefs as possible. we still frequently butt heads but it is working well, and i feel the group benefits from having an elder who is willing to argue or at least remind people that there are other ways to look at things, where if i had simply left because the group wasn't "exactly" the way i wished it was, no one would be exposed to that. in other words, i try to be a balancing force, which isn't always easy.
the group now has close to 20 members who at least come to sabbats, although not all of them are involved in classes to attain degrees. we are basically the only group in the immediate area, and the priestess is clergy so she can perform legal weddings etc. we're on witchvox now, when i first moved here only about 5 people were within driving distance on witchvox and none wanted to meet anyone else... people around here seem unhappy that there is no group (or they didn't know about it), but don't want to even try it out once they find out there is one and they just didn't bother to look. i don't think everyone needs a group to practice with, but i do think that psychologically it helps to know that there are others nearby, and intellectually i think you learn more from discussion than just from reading and digesting in isolation. but if you're not prepared to stand up for yourself in a way that is still respectful, then being in a group would probably make you feel oppressed and i can understand that fear. we don't have a cuups group at our uu fellowship but i'm probably going to start one soon since there has been some interest expressed.
as for events, some people want to have a witches' ball but others of us are concerned about fundamentalist backlash. personally i would prefer to carpool to albuquerque and go to someone else's witches' ball, but that's one of the things we're at odds at right now. we do hold all eight sabbats and take turns writing them so that you always get a different person's perspective and take on things. we have done a few esbats/drum circles but it's hard to get people together, and we had to abandon the meetup group once they started charging to use their website. i guess i would say if you want something to happen, you have to start it yourself.
|Thanks Val. I'm exploring some options at those links.
I guess I should have added that I hadn't made much of effort to meet anyone, lol
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