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Charles R. Butler, III
Located in: Hyattsville, Maryland
Clergy Profile: Trained in Christian, Wiccan, Umbanda, and Santeria liturgy.
Currently serving as religious services clergy for FCI Cumberland (Wiccan and Santeria congregations) , advising two other Federal prisons, and writing prisoners in Arizona, Maryland, Missouri, and North Dakota. Also runs 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 enrolled at Howard University School of Divinity in M.Div. Program (2014 to present) . Focused on prison ministry, pastoral ethics, world religions, Hebrew Bible, exegesis. Cherry Hill Seminary (2010) , Northern European Paganisms. Wesley Theological Seminary (1980-1981) , Religious Education.
Christian - Child of Christian missionaries to Brazil. Reared in Methodist and Presbyterian church. House church ministry with Pentecostal fellowship from the age of 15.
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 Federal Correctional Facility in Cumberland Maryland as a Wiccan faith representative. Also correspond with Wiccan prisoners in Missouri and Ohio.
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.
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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