Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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December 9, 2014
The National Board of the Covenant of the Goddess released the following statement about recent events and violence and racial inequality: 

"We, the members of the Covenant, acknowledge and share the concern that many in our world and within our Pagan communities have voiced regarding inequalities in justice. We find that all life is sacred, and as such, all lives matter.

Today, we the members of the Covenant especially stand together with people who are not privileged by race and class and say to you: Your life matters. We stand with you and work alongside you in ending the systems that disenfranchise you. We encourage and support all efforts by those within our communities to explore the realities of racial inequality and to work to find ways to eliminate these injustices. We hope this will create a wave of introspection and reflection throughout our world, bringing about new levels of understanding and an appreciation for the unique expression of the Sacred we each embody. We stand together with communities seeking nonviolent means of safety and reform, for the unnecessary harm of any person is an affront to the Sacred and is in contrast to our central ethical tenet: An it harm none, do what ye will. May the work we do together today create a peaceful and just tomorrow. "

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Orange County Local Council First Officer Yvonne Conway Speaks at Interfaith Event

On Sunday, September 21, the 2nd Annual Building Our Community Through Interfaith Harmony was held. It is an evening of prayer and songs.  The focus of this year's discussion was on “Justice, Peace & Faith” and the effort to bring different interfaith communities together. 
One of the featured speakers was Yvonne Conway, the newly elected First Officer of the Orange County Local Council (OCLC) in Southern California.  She said:
The request for a representative came a week and a half prior to the event. OCLC was having their September board meeting and I had just been elected their new first officer. The date for the event fell on a day when everyone already had Mabon plans with their coven. I did not wish to lose the opportunity for OCLC to get involved with local interfaith again so I volunteered to present ... We were asked to keep our presentations to 5 minutes. The topic was, "Peace, Justice, and Faith."
The "Building Our Community Through Interfaith Harmony" function was sponsored by Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council & Orange County Interfaith Network.  This year's work was considered part of the preparations for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions gathering to be held on October 15-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Midwest Regional Local Council attends Grand Rapids Pagan Pride Day

Submitted by Oberon Osiris
Midwest Regional Local Council

Members of the Midwest Regional Local Council (MRLC) were in attendance at the Grand Rapids, MI Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, September 20. The LC’s newest member group, Moonfire, performed The Rite of Fortuna and Jupiter: Banishing Blockages to Good Fortune.  Members of Circle of Wondrous Stories (MI) took part in the ritual.

MRLC also hosted an information table, offering readings, selling various used magical books, statuary and other items. A special silent auction was held for a new “Covenant of the Goddess” doll, designed by Oberon Osiris and created with the help of special doll clothier and accessory designers. The proceeds help fund MRLC events and the LC itself.  A similar one was auctioned in raffle held at this year’s Merry Meet in Atlanta.

Coming up in November, MRLC will be at the Wiccan Temple of the Celtic Way’s annual “Feast of the Fallen Warrior,” a special and well received ritual to honor our veterans and other service people. The event always holds special significance for HP Dan Coleman, a veteran and founding member of the Midwest Regional Local Council.

Members of MRLC