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Charles R. Butler, III
Located in: Hyattsville, Maryland
Clergy Profile: Trained in Christian, Wiccan, Umbanda, and Santeria liturgy.
Currently advising several Federal prisons in relation to Wiccan and Santeria incarcerated persons. and writing prisoners in Arizona, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia, West Virgina, and North Dakota. Also run a house church ministry in a combined Umbanda/Voudoun household (Rising Sun Terreiro) . Available for public speaking, and as clergy witness for weddings, funerals, baptisms, child-blessings, and handfastings. Healer and reader of both cards and shells.
EDUCATION - Currently senior enrolled at Howard University School of Divinity in M.Div. Program (2014 to present) where I have been studying Ethics, Prison Ministry, World Religions, Early Ethiopian Christianity, Exegesis, Hebrew Bible, Interfaith Ministry..Cherry Hill Seminary (2010) , Northern European Paganisms. Wesley Theological Seminary (1980-1981) , Religious Education. Recently received a certificate as a Trainer of Trainers for Healing Ministries USA, a program devoted to working with returning citizens through a number of outreaches.
Christian - Child of Christian missionaries to Brazil. Reared in Methodist and Presbyterian church. House church ministry with Pentecostal fellowship from the age of 15. Continue to work with Christian congregations and pastorates in areas of mutual concern.
Wiccan - (25 years) Trained with Lady Ingrid Dennison (of Ravenwood) and Lord Thoth (Oscar Garcia-Vera) in Alexandria Wicca. Trained and ordained in Temple of Isis Rising under Rhiannan Maat. Currently ministering at Ordnance Road Correctional Facility for one Wiccan prisoner. Registered at Ordnance Road and Jennifer Road facilities in Anne Arundel county as available for Pagan-identified prisoners. Currently writing more than 80 prisoners in Missouri with lessons on the Wiccan Rede.
Santeria/African Diaspora - (20 years) trained with Baba George Rawlings in Temple of the Personal Path, Baltimore, MD. Active in teaching Umbanda and related traditions for the past 10 years. Actively working with Umbanda Terreiro in my home (2 years) . Currently corresponding with FCI Bremerton, WV, FCI Cumberland, MD, and FCI Beckley WV.
Umbanda (10 years) . First connected with tradition in Canoas, Brazil while studying Brazilian sign language. Personal teaching and training in Brazil in 2013 through Tenda de Caboclos do Cacique Vermelha e Ogum Yara and Tenda Maria Conga in Sao Paulo with Mae Sebastiana and Edenize.
5) Eclectic - Early Co-President of Free Spirit Alliance (1987-1989) .
6) Founder of Ecumenicon Fellowship (1987-2015) interfaith conference.
7) Founder of Rising Sun Outreach Ministry (2013) through which I am credentialed as clergy in Maryland (2014) .
8) Currently member of Center Faith - the interfaith network sponsored by the DC Center for GLBT people in the District of Columbia.
Registered in both Maryland and DC as interfaith minister with the state.
I have performed weddings and handfastings for Christian, Wiccan, and Buddhist couples. I have officiated at Christian and Wiccan funerals. I have performed child blessings, initiations, and other appropriate life passage ceremonies.
For handfastings/weddings, I work with each couple individually to best determine their liturgical needs, taking into account family traditions, music, catering, and other needs. For funerals, I act as spiritual advisor, helping the family mourn by taking the pressure off of trying to write a rite of passage. All relationships are precious, GLBT persons are welcome to apply for handfastings/weddings.
I regularly take part and create interfaith worship services. I am available as a public speaker to discuss Wiccan, Pagan Eclectic, and Umbanda world views.
I am actively involved in helping to credential chaplains for service in hospitals, prisons, hospices, and other areas of public service.
Rates: Handfastings/Weddings, $150 + travel (usually mileage) . I require 3 counseling sessions with all couples at mutually agreeable locations. , Child Blessings/Funerals, negotiable. , Counseling, $25/hour. Will refer.
Mailing Address: 3205 Kimberly Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Telephone: (240) 764-5748
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