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Pagan festival planned for Ogden park

By Paul Nelson

Ogden residents could see something they’ve never seen before in their city. It’s a religious festival of a different sort. If you go to Monroe Park in Ogden this Saturday, you may run into Craig Funk.

“I practice what we would call high magic, I guess,” he said. I asked, “So I’d . . . → Read More: Pagan festival planned for Ogden park

Focus on the Family Weather Magick Fails

by Scott Michael Stenwick

In the lead-up to the Democratic National Convention, a video producer from James Dobson’s Focus on the Family group asked their supporters to pray for rain during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. They failed, and what that says about them is pretty darn pitiful.

Prayer is magick, at least when you are . . . → Read More: Focus on the Family Weather Magick Fails

Figures reveal shift in religious beliefs

by Julie McNamara

THE number of Anglican worshippers in Geelong has dropped from 16 per cent of the population to six in the past decade. Census figures show that in 1996 there were 24,243 people who nominated their religious affiliation as Anglican, while in the latest census, conducted in 2006, only 23,538 listed their affiliation . . . → Read More: Figures reveal shift in religious beliefs

THE CHANGING FACE OF CAMPUS

by Shannon Proudfoot

Canadian universities are abandoning a one-size-fits-all approach to facilities and services as they grapple with issues from faith to sexuality. The University of Victoria is including “de-gendered” washrooms in all its new buildings for the comfort and safety of transgender students. Simon Fraser University juggles room bookings for Muslim students whose prayer . . . → Read More: THE CHANGING FACE OF CAMPUS

Paganism? Not In Our Neighborhood!

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

In Warminster, PA, just twenty miles north of Philadelphia, a modern-day witch-hunt is emerging. Local resident Rick Fire, a licensed social worker, wants to have his home rezoned to allow for limited grief counseling. This seemingly innocuous request has rallied around 70 residents of Warminster to protest the rezoning. The reason? Paganism.

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Rossville witch school plans gathering

BY ANNA HERKAMP

ROSSVILLE — There are more festivities in northern Vermilion County than just Labor Day activities. Practitioners of the Correllian Nativist Tradition — which may be described as a denomination of Wicca founded in Vermilion County — will gather this weekend for the Witch School Conference and Correllian Lustration. Events begin with a . . . → Read More: Rossville witch school plans gathering

Annatto

Traditionally, the crushed seeds are soaked in water that is allowed to evaporate. A brightly colored paste is produced which is added to soups, cheeses, and other foods to give them a bright yellow or orange color. Annatto seed paste produced in South America is exported to North America and Europe, where it is . . . → Read More: Annatto

Pagan Prayer Beads

Pagan Prayer BeadsAuthor UnknownFrom: Tryskelion

Timing: Make at either a Full or New Moon, or on a Monday, or when the planetary hour is in the Moon, or when the Moon is in Aries.

Materials:

1 one-and-a-half to two yard long piece of raw hide, choose the colour carefully. 1 bead for every year of . . . → Read More: Pagan Prayer Beads

Hallmark debuts gay marriage cards

Most states don’t recognize gay marriage — but now Hallmark does.

The nation’s largest greeting card company is rolling out same-sex wedding cards — featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, with best wishes inside. “Two hearts. One promise,” one says. Hallmark added the cards after California joined Massachusetts as the only U.S. states . . . → Read More: Hallmark debuts gay marriage cards

Neighbors at odds over use of house

By DOM COSENTINO

Rick Fire says he is a family man, a licensed social worker and counselor who is also an ordained minister. He wants to see clients on a limited basis at his Warminster home, and he has gone through the proper zoning processes as required by law to get that done. Some of . . . → Read More: Neighbors at odds over use of house