Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hills & Rivers Local Council offers a healing message to an ailing community in its region

From the Hills & Rivers LC Board

The members of Hills and Rivers Local Council of Covenant of the Goddess are shocked and deeply saddened by the school stabbing in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts reach out to the community, students, teachers, and parents with offerings of healing, care, and love.  
May the experienced medical teams in the larger Pittsburgh area continue to find the energy and resources needed to care for the victims and bring them to a full recovery in body, mind, and spirit. We pray that those indirectly hurt by this tragedy find themselves wrapped in comfort and safety. We hope the perpetrator of the attack obtains the help he desperately needs.

The devastating actions of this troubled young man are impossible to condone. We pray to Goddess and God that we can be open to understanding how some children, teenagers, and adults make such unfathomable decisions so we can create a community in which this sort of violence does not happen.

Peace and Blessings

Hills & Rivers LC serves Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Western New York State. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

In Memoriam: Judy Harrow (1945-2014)

Judy Harrow (1945-2014) Wiccan Priestess, Author, Teacher, Friend

The Covenant of the Goddess takes a quiet moment to say farewell to one of its long-time members and elders as she crosses. Judy Harrow was instrumental in expanding CoG’s reach from its birthplace in Northern California to the East Coast. She helped to establish the North East Local Council that assisted the growing number of Wiccans and Witches in that area. Judy was also a dedicated National Board member and one of the only East Coast members in attendance at the very first Merry Meet in 1981.

Judy’s work for CoG was only a small part of who she was and of what she contributed to the growth and well-being of the Pagan community. In all her efforts, Judy was keenly aware that history was being made step-by-step. On this day in early spring, we honor all that she did, all that she was and all the beauty in the legacy that she left. What’s remembered lives. And what lives, will bloom forever.

(Posted on Facebook on Saturday, March 22)

Many CoG members have expressed their feelings and shared stories on Facebook and in blog posts.  Here are some places to go to learn more about Judy's life and her legacy from the voices of the people that knew her and loved her.

Broomstick Chronicles

The Wild Hunt 

Judy Harrow's Facebook Page

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Springtime Around the Covenant of the Goddess

Springtime Around CoG

Northern California Local Council (Northern California)

On Saturday April 26th, NCLC COG will hold a Witches' Meet & Greet at the Fireside Room at the Berkeley UU Church,  at Cedar and Bonita, from 1-5 pm. We invite all local Witches and covens to join us for refreshments and for conversation.  The goal of this event is to introduce ourselves, our organizations, and our projects to one another.  We hope we will all learn more about each other and what we are all doing.

Chamisa Local Council  (New Mexico and Colorado)

Ostara, Spring Equinox  - Sunday March 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM at Overlook Park (White Rock)
We assemble at dawn and face the east to drum up the sun and welcome the spring. Dress warmly in layers, bring your drums and rattles, and get ready to have a very good time coaxing the first rays of light up over the clouds. At the time of the equinox, with day and night balanced, we focus on creating our own balance. The ritual is followed by a potluck breakfast nearby.

Our Lady of the Woods, member of Chamisa Local Council, sponsors a monthly Pagan Dinner Out at the Pyramid Cafe, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Los Alamos, NM. Details are on our Website.
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Grove of the Sacred Spring (Las Vegas Nevada)

Eostre celebration  - Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7pm
Hosted by Grove of the Sacred Spring at Well of the Moon in Las Vegas Nevada. 702-666-7200.  In honor of the Goddess Eostre, please join us to in a Norse style Blot and Sumbel. Gather at 7pm, the ritual begins promptly at 730pm. Potluck feast after the ritual. Families welcome.

Midwest Regional Local Council (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana)

Oberon and Banshee will present an Ostara ritual at the Smokey Crystal LLC in Woodhaven, a Downriver community near Detroit. Oberon and Banshee are HP/S of Circle of Wondrous Stories, who have hosted many public rituals and other events, for over 20 years. They are credentialed Priests of the Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) and also hold Officer positions in CoG's Midwest Regional Local Council (MRLC) which includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, as well as Michigan. For more information go to our website: MRLC
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Northern Dawn (Minnesota)

Northern Dawn Local Council will host a Beltaine ritual, “The Union of Earth and Sky” at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul, Minnesota. There will be a feast afterward, please bring a dish to share and your own eating utensils. This ritual will be child-friendly. For updated information, go to our Facebook page or call our voicemail line 612-871-2519.  Anyone interested in helping with the ritual may attend a planning meeting at Hosmer Public Library. Contact us for exact times and dates.

Dogwood Local Council (Georgia and Alabama)

Dogwood Local Council members will be hosting a table at the Atlanta Pagan Marketplace of Ideas (APMI) on Saturday April 5th.  APMI is a yearly springtime day-long event that attracts Pagans from all over the area including vendors and workshops. It is a great chance to meet and socialize with other Pagans from across the Southeast.  The event is held at the One World Spiritual Center in Marietta GA.

CoG Member Andras Corban-Arthen will be visiting Atlanta that same week to attend a meeting for the Parliament of the World's Religions. Together with Phyllis Curott, Andras will be hosting a talk called "Pagans in the Parliament" at Phoenix and the Dragon Bookstore in Sandy Springs on Tuesday April 1st at 7pm.  He and several Dogwood Members will also be attending a Thursday Night interfaith awareness event at Morehouse College sponsored by both Morehouse and the Parliament. 

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