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Orange County Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Orange County, California
Key Contact: Janine
Spiritual Path: open to the Wiccan community
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Legal Clergy...
Group Overview: As the Local Council, in Orange County California, for the national organization, Covenant of the Goddess, we hold monthly council meetings the 2nd Thursday of the Month. Please contact us if you are interested in attending our meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We also host events throughout the year; including rituals, psychic fairs and workshops. Our events will be listed on our current media sites along with Witchvox.
The Covenant of the Goddess is one of the largest and oldest Wiccan religious organizations. Wicca, or Witchcraft is the most popular expression of the religious movement known as Neo-Paganism. Wicca or Witchcraft is the fastest growing religion in the United States according to the Institute for the Study of American Religion. It's practitioners are reviving ancient Pagan practices and beliefs of pre-Christian Europe and adapting them to contemporary life. The result is a religion that is both old and new, both traditional and creative.
The Covenant is an umbrella organization of cooperating autonomous Witchcraft congregations and individual practitioners with the power to confer credentials on its qualified clergy. It fosters cooperation and mutual support among Witches and secures for them the legal protections enjoyed by members of other religions. The Covenant is non-hierarchical and governed by consensus. Two-thirds of its clergy are women.
The Covenant is coordinated by a national board of directors. Many of its activities are conducted at the regional level by local councils.
The Covenant holds an annual national conference open to the Wiccan community, as well as regional conferences, and publishes a newsletter. In recent years, the Covenant has taken part in spiritual and educational conferences, interfaith outreach, large public rituals, environmental activism, community projects and social action, as well as efforts to correct negative stereotypes and promote accurate media portrayals. Its clergy perform legal marriages (handfastings) , preside at funerals and other rituals of life-transition, and provide counseling to Witches including those in the military and in prisons. The Covenant also provides youth awards, sponsorship of college and university student groups, and legal assistance in instances of discrimination. For more information please visit the national organization at Cog.org.
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