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The Rowan Tree Church
A WitchVox Sponsor
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Houston MN, Washington
Key Contact: Rev. Paul V. Beyerl
Spiritual Path: The Tradition of Lothlorien
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: Welcome to The Rowan Tree Church
The Rowan Tree Church is designed to be an Earth-focused network of Communities and solitary practitioners dedicated to the study and practice of the Wiccan Tradition we call LothloriŽn. We encourage spiritual growth through support, resources and educational opportunities for our Members. We also offer formal pathworking leading to an understanding of the Inner Mysteries. [our mission statement]
We offer classes and rituals locally which are scheduled through Meetup.com
What is LothloriŽn?
LothloriŽn is an Earth-based religion, with our roots in mystery religions of the world. As an Earth-based religion, we celebrate the seasons and the cycles of life. We recognize that Truth is found in many cultures around the world and draw our archetypes from many paths. What makes LothloriŽn unique is our acceptance of all people regardless of their culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion or sexual orientation.
Through the archetypes of Unicorns and other universal symbols we extend our beliefs into an inclusive view of reality. We seek to transcend gender-limiting expressions of the Divine and embrace all peoples and cultures upon our planet. LothloriŽn strives to be inclusive in all ways.
Our humble origins were formalized in 1977, when Rev. Paul Beyerl (trained and initiated into a neo Alexandrian Tradition) , began teaching the Craft to a small group of people on Oak Grove in Minneapolis on Sunday mornings. Out of those early rituals, The Tradition of LothloriŽn came into manifestation. It was in 1979 ce that Rev. Paul and the group of students sharing the emerging Wiccan Tradition he was teaching and creating made a commitment to the name The Rowan Tree Church. The Rowan Tree Church was centered on Oak Grove in Minneapolis when it received legal recognition as a Church February 4, 1980 ce.
As The Rowan Tree Church turned fifteen and Rev. Paul joined with his partner gerry, we relocated our publishing and administrative office to Kirkland, Washington. The Rowan Tree Church has its Ďhome officeí in the Beyerlsí cottage on Rose Hill in the Puget Sound area of western Washington. The 45, 000 square feet of garden and paths, ritual and sacred spaces are home to many species of medicinal and magickal herbes, fruits and sacred trees. In 1997 ce, the acre of land which gerry purchased originally in 1983 ce was given as a gift to The Rowan Tree Church toward securing the future of The Tradition of LothloriŽn. This land plus the cottage and classroom which are the Beyerlsí home on the front lot are often known as ĎThe Hermitís Grove.í
Since that time, we have evolved and made many changes. Today, we exist as solitaires and as Communities scattered throughout North America. A variety of personal preferences based upon affection or sexual orientation are accepted. One need not be Wiccan to seek Membership in our Church: LothloriŽn encompasses Members of a variety of beliefs. We have Members who, in addition to LothloriŽn, practice other Wiccan Traditions and other faiths (including Christian) .
Our goal is not quantity in membership but quality. Our Members are found in both the United States and in Canada. We are a collective dedicated to our Mother Earth and to The Tradition of LothloriŽn.
We are not a building: we are our Members...
The Tradition of LothloriŽn is described in detail in the book A Wiccan Bardo, Revisited by Rev. Paul V. Beyerl. Anyone interested in participating in our Church is advised to read this book to learn more about our Tradition. We work with archetypes and symbols which are compatible with most Wiccan, Buddhist and Native Traditions. We do not derive our beliefs from any specific culture but seek a more universal approach to our views of Nature.
From the first time Rev. Paul read the Hobbit books (beginning in the early 1960s) , the name LothloriŽn spoke to him strongly. It resonated in a way he could not explain. When the time came to select a name to identify our Wiccan Tradition, there was but one name he felt appropriate. By adding the umlaut we wish to indicate that, although derived from Tolkien, LothloriŽn is not part of Tolkienís realm. In our context LothloriŽn remains a land which is a tree of life, one about which we sing the joys of our Mother and Father of Nature. Those who seek the deeper mysteries of our Tradition must, like the elves, be raised into the tree blindfolded as they enter Initiation. While we respectfully acknowledge Tolkien for his creation of the word, the philosophies, mythologies and customs practiced within The Rowan Tree Church are not based upon Tolkienís writings. Our Land of LothloriŽn is the Rowan Tree, not Tolkienís mallorn.
As an Earth Religion, we perceive our Mother Earth as being sacred. We observe the evolution of Nature and view it as a role model. We take a non-violent approach to life, both of body and of mind. We practice tolerance and seek the good in all religions. Whether gathering with a Community in Circle or doing ritual as a solitary, we use tools such as communication, timing, and herbal magick in our rituals to be connected with other Members. We do not require Members to remove themselves from other religions or traditions, but Members must be comfortable in their acceptance of The Tradition of LothloriŽn and it must play a role in their lives.
Membership in The Rowan Tree Church provides the monthly RTNews, our monthly newsletter, a copy of the Annual Report and invitations to participate in rituals and gatherings, whether as a solitary or with a local Community. All Members are offered access to our central library and, for a modest subscription fee to cover shipping, may check out books for research and pleasurable reading. An archive of past tapes is kept in our archives and is used for research by Mystery School students and other Members seeking information about our Churchís history.
If you are considering joining The Rowan Tree Church, we ask you to read A Wiccan Bardo, Revisited. If you want this Tradition in your life and you want to join the church, send us a note with your thoughts. Membership is open to any person age of 18 and over. We require parental permission for minors. Individuals who have been incarcerated may be asked to participate in our Transitional Membership program prior to attaining Full Membership.
We do not follow a coven model but see the growth of groups as Communities. The goals of a Community include one or more Sunday Circles per month and gathering for Full Moon and Sabbat Rituals following The Tradition of LothloriŽn. Communities also work on Church projects and promote supportive activities for The Rowan Tree Church.
Sunday Circles are informative and fun, casual discussions. Many are recorded and sent by duplication to Members living elsewhere. Through Sunday Circles, we share ideas, explore our Tradition of LothloriŽn, and share news.
We invite you to join us for a ritual or Sunday Circle. Reservations are handled in our meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/The-Rowan-Tree-Church/?a=fd_new_rsvp_grp
Permanent Communities may evolve where we have lay ministers, clergy or bards and two or more Church Members who are able to make the commitment to the larger Rowan Tree, having the time and training to sustain a group and its work.
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