Mourning Deena Butta, Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis

Selena Fox at Circle Sanctuary contacted me today with the news that Deena Butta, priestess of the Fellowship of Isis in Chicago, died on Sunday from a terminal illness.

Selena writes:

Deena was active in interfaith endeavors, Goddess awareness education, Pagan networking, and other work for many years.

I first met Deena at the start of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago — we both were among the delegates that were part of the Procession that opened the 1993 Parliament.

Over the years, Deena, I, and Fellowship of Isis founder Lady Olivia Robertson of Ireland collaborated on a variety of interfaith and multicultural endeavors. Deena was very active in Fellowship of Isis work in Chicago where she lived as well as across the USA and internationally. She also served the greater Pagan community, including participation in Chicago Pagan Pride Day.

Deena will be much missed by her community. For more information, check out the Fellowship of Isis blog or her obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

About Christine Kraemer

Christine holds a PhD in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University. She has published widely on literature, popular culture, and Paganism and is the author of Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies (Patheos Press, 2012) as well as Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective (Routledge, 2013). Christine is also an instructor at Cherry Hill Seminary, where she served for two years as chair of the Theology and Religious History department.