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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...

Control-F

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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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Pagan Faith-Based Social Programs?

Author: Wren
Posted: February 5th. 2001
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There has been much talk this past about the Bush administration's plan to institute a 'faith-based initiative' designed to allow religious groups performing or providing social programs to receive federal monies. The Pagan Perspectives forum has been lively with comments and the emails have been flying. Wren couldn't resist the urge to coin her two-cents on the topic and you can find her Wren Wramblings at My Place or Yours?, Finding A Neutral Meeting Place in Religious America.

This question has also been raised: Do Pagans even have such programs? The answer is: Yes, we do. Not many as yet-modern, public Paganism is only fifty years old, after all-but we do have some groups who are expanding outward to reach not only other Pagans in need, but also to the general populace at large.

The creation of a nationwide Pagan oriented scouting program, known as SpiralScouts (TM) has been announced by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of the Seattle (Washington) area, to fill the void left by prejudicial treatment of other established children's programs. It is formally incorporated at Imbolc, 2001, and an appropriate venture for the new millennium.

SpiralScouts, a program for girls and boys working, playing and learning together, has existed within the church to benefit member's children for over a year. Recently word about it spread on the internet and, due to the great demand, it has been formalized into an expanded program under the name SpiralScouts International, Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary of the ATC. SpiralScouts supplies leadership handbooks, awards, merit badges and pins, embroidered shoulder patches, and activities handbooks to make the program work for you on a local basis.

The Blessed Bee is an internet Pagan store which sponsors a scholarship open to students following a Pagan spiritual path who are continuing their education beyond high school. It is also open to currently enrolled students in associate, baccalaureate or trade school programs. The criteria for awarding the scholarship is based on a combination of spiritual growth, scholarship, need, and community service --with no particular percentage attached to any of the categories.

Students applying for The Blessed Bee Pagan Scholarship should be following some type of Pagan/Neo-Pagan spiritual path, such as (but not exclusively), Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidism, Asatruar, Shamanism, Native American Spirituality, Stregheria, Voodoun, Santeria, etc. It is open to students belonging to a group, coven, clan etc., as well as those whose spiritual path is a solitary one. For information, consult the Pagan Scholarship Page.

Note: If you know of any other Pagan faith-based social programs, let us know. If we receive enough listings, we'll add a category for them in our Networking section. In some other Pagan public service announcements this week, we find:

C.R.A.F.T., Creating Religious Acceptance, Freedom and Tolerance, was formed as an organization "to maintain the religious freedoms of all citizens of the United States as they are protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution and all clauses thereof. No citizen of the United States shall be controlled by the Government in that individual's pursuit or denial of the Divine as they see it. Said rights shall be maintained and fought for using peaceful and law-abiding methods and the pursuit of this cause shall not infringe upon the religious freedoms or legal privileges of any citizen of the United States of America."

"This campaign was started in response to President George Bush Jr.'s proclamation of Sunday, January 21, 2001 as a National Day of Prayer, stating, "I ask Americans to bow our heads in humility before our Heavenly Father, a God who calls us not to judge our neighbors, but to love them, to ask His guidance upon our Nation and its leaders in every level of government." The language he used, and put in writing, is exclusionary of all who do not follow the Christian path that President Bush follows. He has defied the separation of Church and State and insulted all who do not follow his path. Adding this act to others he has made in his short time in office thus far, and his previous statements discounting Wicca and Witchcraft as valid religions, specifically saying, "That's not a religion", we cannot assume that our religious freedoms are inviolate during President Bush's term in office. President Bush has also recently created a White House Office to distribute billions of dollars of tax revenue to Faith-based organizations. And while he has stated that this is not an infringement upon the First Amendment, there is cause to be concerned as there is no set guidelines for determining exactly how the money will be spent once it is in the hands of the Religious groups, or who will monitor the money's use. It is for these reasons that C.R.A.F.T. has been formed to educate the community as well as the Government that the citizens of this country will not be complacent when it comes to our Constitutional rights."

And when you really to relax from all over your labors (No one enjoys being around a burned-out Priestess!), plan a Pagan friendly, earth-respecting trip. Sia offers some links and suggestions in this addition to the Pagan Merchants section: It's The Journey That Matters:Neo-Pagan Travel and Retreats.

Sia wrote: "My perfect vacation combines the experience of natural beauty, a look at the local wildlife and a bit of education on the side. I can get all that from Footloose Forays, a company which specializes in natural history trips. These excursions are lead by the Owner, Michael Ellis. Michael has degrees in botany and marine biology and is an outstanding Field Naturalist and teacher. Every year he leads natural history tours to the Serengeti, Zimbabwe, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, Turkey, Antarctica, and the wilder parts of California. Want to get in touch with nature and learn something at the same time? Then check out his website at footlooseforays.com." Wow! I am feeling more refreshed just reading about it!






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