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Church of the Spiral Tree
Age Range/Type: Family
Located in: Columbus, Georgia
Key Contact: Cathy Rankin
Spiritual Path: Ecumenical Pagan
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: The Church of the Spiral Tree (CST) is a non-profit, volunteer-staffed, ecumenical pagan/wiccan church, designed to foster and celebrate a sense of community and family among pagans, both locally and in other regions of the country/world. CST celebrates the unique pagan family: parents, children, elders, and extended family. It is an ecumenical church in that it encompasses all traditions, and is non-exclusive. It welcomes all who revere the Earth Mother and who respect themselves and others, regardless of which tradition one is affiliated with.
The Church of the Spiral Tree (CST) was incorporated in August 1997 by Linda kerr to provide a legal, tax-exempt status to the Pagan community. This status enables us to offer to the community a variety of open rituals that anyone may attend, to ordain ministers, and to extend our tax-exempt status to sub-groups of CST. One of our projects has been the forming of a Pagan cover school program for homeschooling families in Alabama. CST also has a Disaster Relief Fund, so we can collectively donate money in the name of an established Pagan church to disaster relief efforts, including the American Red Cross.
CST offers regular rituals on the sabbats, and occasional full moon rituals. Membership in Church of the Spiral Tree is not required to participate in our rituals; however, if you like us enough to come to several rituals and gatherings, we encourage you to join as a paid member of CST. Your membership fee helps pay for the ritual supplies, supplies for the gatherings, postage for mailouts, and helps support the web page. You also get that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you're supporting a worthwhile group that you yourself like, appreciate, and patronize!
Membership in Church of the Spiral Tree is open to everyone (under 18 may join the Church as Youth Members with a signature of parent or guardian granting permission and approval) , regardless of ethnic group, previous religious affiliation, gender or sexual orientation. Anyone may attend its public rituals and larger festivals. We are not a large organization, so there is ample opportunity for everyone to get to know one another and be an active participant in circles and other functions.
CST is currently seeking members!
Services of CST include:
Sacred Grove Academy: pagan cover school for Alabama homeschoolers
Pagan Prisoner Ministry
Military Affairs Ministry
Community Relief Fund
Regular sabbat rituals
Web site with lists of ordained ministers, festivals, and Pagan network contacts
Membership benefits include:
Newsletter for members only
Networking with other members
Discount on homeschool enrollment in Sacred Grove Academy
Discounts by church-affiliated individuals on certain festivals and functions; for example Linda Kerr's festivals Moondance and FallFling
Ministerial credentials (extra fee)
Option to begin a local chapter of CST
NOTE: We feel the church will have a better chance of successfully meeting members' needs if it is easily and locally accessible to them; therefore, we are encouraging members to begin their own chapter of CST.
How to contact us:
Church of the Spiral Tree
P.O. Box 8396
Columbus, GA 31908
Telephone: (706) 489-1017
CST Main Website: http://www.spiraltree.org
CST Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Church-of-the-Spiral-Tree/81596562207
CST's Festival: EARTHDANCE
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/198210423553295?ap=1
Telephone: (706) 489-1017
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