Monday, September 8, 2014

A Message from the Covenant of the Goddess' Vision Team




Thank You


To everyone who took the time to answer the CoG Vision Survey, we'd like to relay our sincerest appreciation and thanks. In the coming months, the information and data offered by the survey will help us grow as an organization and better meet the needs of our expanding community. 

The world is changing and CoG must change with it. The needs of Wiccans and Witches today are not the same as the needs back when we were founded in 1975. The CoG Vision Survey results will be used to help us redefine our mission in order to better meet present and future concerns.  In doing so, we hope to thrive, supporting our community, for another 40 years and beyond. 

Thank You
The CoG Vision Team
The CoG National Board

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Covenant of the Goddess establishes an Award of Honor for outstanding service to community

  

The Covenant of the Goddess 
P.O. Box 12193, San Bernardino, CA 92423-2193


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ATLANTA, GA - The Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) has established an Award of Honor for outstanding service to the greater Pagan and Heathen communities in areas such as religious rights, international peace, environmental protection, interfaith leadership and education, the creation of lasting institutions, and the promotion of social justice and civil rights. The CoG Award of Honor was approved at this year's annual business meeting, held at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta.

Covenant of the Goddess currently offers other award programs such as one for Pagan military service and various youth achievements. The new CoG Award of Honor will join these other programs but is broader in spectrum and seeks to recognize those people who serve in a variety of ways, whether not they are a member. CoG First Officer Kathy Lezon says:

Our Craft history is rich with examples of service and advocacy, both in lives already lived and those currently serving. These people have moved all of us forward in so many ways. The establishment of the Covenant of the Goddess Award of Honor for outstanding service is important and timely. Our first 8 recipients are so deserving of this honor.

After the proposal was approved, CoG members nominated eight people to receive the honor in the very first Award of Honor ceremony held Saturday afternoon, during the final hours of the annual meeting. The first eight recipients of the award included Margot Adler, Alison Harlow, Sparky T Rabbit, Deborah Ann Light, Kathryn Fuller, Don Frew, Selena Fox and Judy Harrow.

After all the recipients names were read, the attendees gave the group a standing ovation for their service to the community. Present at the ceremony were Selena Fox, Don Frew and Kathryn Fuller. Rev. Fox says:

I was deeply moved to be among the 8 selected by Covenant of the Goddess at this year's Grand Council to receive the newly created Service Award. It means a lot to receive recognition and appreciation by peers.

The award program was originally proposed by longtime member Amber K from New Mexico. In the coming months, she will design the medallion and an accompanying certificate while the National Board develops a equitable nomination process. All future recipients will be honored each year at the annual meeting. Next year's meeting will be held Aug. 13-15 in Ontario, California.


For more information about the Covenant of the Goddess Award of Honor or Covenant of the Goddess, contact Heather Greene, pio@cog.org


The Covenant of the Goddess is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that has represented Witches and Wiccans for 39 years. Beginning in 1975, the Covenant of the Goddess has worked diligently to secure legal protection for Witches and Wiccans, provide minister credentials, offer education through interfaith outreach or collaboration, and foster community within its membership. For more information go to www.cog.org 



In a first-ever joint presentation ceremony, Covenant of the Goddess and Circle Sanctuary honor Military Pagan men and women.


The Covenant of the Goddess
P.O. Box 12193, San Bernardino, CA 92423 



Circle Sanctuary
P.O. Box 9, BarneveldWI 53517



                                                               
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ATLANTA, GA - On Aug. 22, 2014, the Covenant of theGoddess (CoG) and Circle Sanctuary together presented medals and ribbons to a number of Pagan men and women, recognizing them for their military service. For years, both organizations have been presenting separate military service awards to Pagans. Last Friday's ceremony marked the first time that the two national Pagan organizations came together to honor veterans and active duty military. Several awards were accepted on behalf of veteran and active duty service members unable to attend. Three awards were received by family members on behalf of deceased Pagan veterans.

Representing CoG was the National First Officer, Kathy Lezon. She presented each recipient with CoG's new Military Service Award Medal. During the ceremony, Lezon said:

It is an honor to recognize the service of our military Pagans. For your sacrifice of time, safety and service we are grateful, so on behalf the Covenant of the Goddess, I present to each of you CoGs award for military service.

Representing Circle Sanctuary was Rev. Selena Fox, Senior Minister, and Rev. Dawnwalker, coordinator of Circle Sanctuary’s Open Circles on U.S. Military installations. They presented recipients with the Pagan Military Service Ribbon. Rev. Fox said:

On behalf of Circle Sanctuary’s military ministries, the Pagan Military Association, and other endeavors, we present the Pagan Military Service Ribbon to you and thank you for your service. We are thankful to you and to other Military Pagans who are serving and who have served. Thank you for your contributions to our nation and the larger world.

The ceremony was held during CoG's 2014 annual meeting at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, in Atlanta. Circle Sanctuary members were invited to this year's meeting as guests of Dogwood Local Council, the local Southern CoG chapter hosting the meeting. Once plans were finalized, the two organizations felt it was an opportune moment to honor Pagan military men and women together. Jack Prewett, a Vietnam Veteran and former Sergeant United States Air Force, said:

As a Vietnam veteran, I didn't get much of a homecoming. So I felt both honored and humbled to be recognized by both Circle Sanctuary and Covenant of the Goddess for my service to my country. To have both these organizations recognize servicemen both past and present is truly a gift from the Gods and I know from personal experience how much it means those that do and have served.

Covenant of the Goddess awards its own Military Service Award Medal every year during its annual meeting called Grand Council. The current award was designed by longtime member Amber K in 2012. Circle awards its Pagan Military Service Ribbon at a variety of festivals around the country each year and has also done so via its weekly CircleTalkRadio podcast on Pagans Tonight Radio Network.

For more information about the Military Service Award Medal or Covenant of theGoddess, contact Heather Greene, pio@cog.org.

For more information about the Pagan Military Service Ribbon and Circle Sanctuary's Military Ministries, visit www.circlesanctuary.org/militaryministries.


The Covenant of the Goddess is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that has represented Witches and Wiccans for 39 years. Beginning in 1975, the Covenant of the Goddess has worked diligently to secure legal protection for Witches and Wiccans, provide minister credentials, offer education through interfaith outreach or collaboration, and foster community within its membership. For more information go to www.cog.org

Circle Sanctuary, also known as Circle, is a nonprofit Shamanic Wiccan church and international Pagan resource center serving Wiccans, Druids, Heathens, Pantheists, and other Pagan and Nature religion practitioners and organizations worldwide since 1974. Circle Sanctuary’s services include public education, events sponsoring, interfaith endeavors, publishing, Pagan civil rights activism, and other work. Circle Sanctuary helps people from many spiritual orientations connect with each other as well as with the spiritual dimensions of Nature. For more information go to: www.circlesanctuary.org


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