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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...


Coping with Grief

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings

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Community Power Who Holds it?

Author: Wren
Posted: November 29th. 1999
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Why YOU are more powerful than you may know!

Welcome back everyone,

For many of us, this past weekend (in America) was a celebration with family and friends. A time to give thanks and share a meal. Like many of you, Wren and I spent Thanksgiving with our immediate family on Thursday and then with our Pagan friends over the weekend. The original story behind Thanksgiving is quite a bit different that what many of us think it is. (Check out Re-Discovering Pilgrim America for details). This perception vs. reality is worth noting. Why? Because things evolve and things change, this is a constant and something you can count on. Thanksgiving IS what WE want it to be.

The Neo-Pagan community is in a constant state of change. In fact, it is quite different than it was just 3 years ago. We no longer have to prove that we are a spiritual movement. Our sheer numbers and the consistency in our root-level beliefs are enough to render this a fact.

Over the past two decades, one of the few things that Pagans engaging in discussions about the future of the earth-based religions could reach agreement upon was the idea that any form of organization would have to come from the grass-roots up. The hierarchical 'top down' model held no appeal for most pagans. "Ah, but who or what would steer this movement up from the local communities?", someone would inevitably ask. The suspicious glances which often accompanied this question usually prompted a tactful change of conversational subject matter.

Yet that bothersome question about 'how will this all happen' continued to nag at our psyches. As it turns out, the nagging question probably kept us distracted long enough to stay out of the way when 'it' actually DID begin to happen.

I think the first time that a newspaper columnist or television anchor did a follow-up (and turned around) article based on the sheer number of Pagan email that they received following a negative piece, we were (let's be truthful here) shocked. Then it happened again... and again... and again. "It" was the spirit of a real Pagan community embodied and empowered by the many voices which make 'it' up.

Today Neo-Pagans are empowered and organized in a way that we did not foresee just a few years ago. And it DID happen from the grass-roots level up and it DID happen without a central leadership or established hierarchy leading the way. It happened because YOU did it. This was and is an organic movement by the community itself.

YOU wrote the letters and sent the email. YOU passed along the news clips, the announcements, the contact information. YOU got together in your small towns, big cities and in the Pagan forums to plan public events, workshops and outreach programs. YOU decided to stand up, speak out and in doing so, YOU inspired others to do the same. YOU are "It."

The ultimate test on the validity of any work is found in the work itself. It is either sound or it is not; it is either empowering, energizing, thought-provoking, spiritually uplifting and useful or it is just a bunch of dead leaf words blowing the wind.

The thousands of Neo-Pagan communities have set down deep roots. Let the winds blow. We will stand up just fine

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