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Formed?: June 21 2000

New Members OK?: Yes

Incorporated?: Yes

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Poster Id: 201704

Posted: Jul.5.2004

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Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple

Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Sylva, North Carolina
Key Contact: Giovanna

Spiritual Path: Pagan (several paths here)
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available

Group Overview: Our physical Temple is located in Sylva, NC, on 7 acres of land. We DO meet in person!

We would like to let folks know right up front that we do not condone the appropriation of Native (or other) ceremonies or culture in general. This is a respectful place. There is no such thing as "Native American spirituality". Native American people are not a monolith. If you would like to learn about the tribe specific to this area, the Cherokee people, the Qualla Boundary is just up the road. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about Cherokee language and culture there, as well as at WCU wth the Cherokee studies program. There are appropriate ways to be good allies.

Here is our contact info:

Facebook: "Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple"

Giovanna Sforza, HPS

The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple owns private properties on which all rituals, workshops, festivals and social gatherings occur. We are very careful about not disclosing the physical location of our Temple to non-members for safety and privacy reasons. If you are interested in visiting, please contact us for a visit off-property first.

Our Temple is incorporated in the state of NC as a legal church, with 501c3 status pending. We have experienced, competent clergy, ritualists and educators here. Our clergy are legally ordained to serve their various communities.

The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple is an umbrella organization for the many diverse Pagan individuals and groups of various traditions and paths forming under it, independently and autonomously, and using our facilities.

See our Statement of Inclusion on our website.

We are governed by a Board of Directors, a spiritual Council and core values which can be found on our website.

We do own 2 fair sized pieces of property, legally in the name of the Temple, that currently houses:

*A parsonage
*2 large Circles, a Summer one, and a Winter one (a covered traditional British wood-henge) ;
*A very large deck with a fire table & gas grill (social space)
*A Memorial Garden;
*An island with a gazebo;
*An indoor Temple;
*A fairy glen with a spring head and wishing tree;
*A Spring and stream;
*A pet cemetery;
*A human cemetery (limited space) ;
*A Maypole;
*Camping pads for overnight campers

See our website at for photos as we post them. Many more will be posted as projects are completed on the property.

We are also creating a bigger, nicer website which will soon replace the one listed above on squarespace. Stay tuned!

The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple provides:

*The "Rise Up" women's group

*All 8 Wiccan Sabbats of the year for the community at large

*Campus ministry for the Pagan students, faculty and staff at Western Carolina University who seek it and support for the PSA (Pagan Student Association) there

*Hospital ministry for Harris Regional and Mission hospitals

*Prison ministry at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, GA

*Legal handfastings (weddings) , including legal same-sex weddings!

*Coven training and Initiation / membership in the Wiccan & Neo-Wiccan / Magickal Hearths

*Lectures at WCU on various Pagan topics

*A large research (and some lending) library, including books, magazines, DVDs and music

*All rites of passage (under Hearths currently in operation)

*Regular Pagan Nights Out

*A 5-day Summer festival (in July)

*Fall campout weekend

*Interfaith work

*Assistance in cases of discrimination (legal advocacy)

*Cultural competency training

*Environmental activities

*SpiralScouts and the Strega Nona Story hour for children

*Charitable activities: our Sacred Harvest food, clothing and cash bank; assisting with the local charitable institutions

*Our Hearths and Houses (see the website)

We would love to network with other Pagan groups and projects we support, such as:

The Sacred Well Congregation and Greencraft Tradition
Circle Sanctuary and Lady Liberty League
Coven Highland Wild
Mother Grove of Asheville
Pagan Pride Day organizers

We respect these groups and their members (and others) a great deal and regard them as AWESOME and important organizations and individuals, and we recommend them very highly to everyone! (see their links on our website)

Best wishes on your path, whatever it is! And if you're a local Pagan who plays well with others, you are welcome here!


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