Updates: Sacred Paths Center, James Arthur Ray, The Winnemem Wintu, and Harry Potter

This Sunday, I have updates on some previously reported stories.Sacred Paths Center's Fiscal Crisis: As I reported on Friday, Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul area (aka “Paganistan”), sent out a message that they were in dire fiscal straits and needed over 7000 dollars immediately if they were to avoid closure. Now one of the SPC's board members, CJ Stone, has been interviewed by PNC-Minnesota about the situation. "We were working from a membership model. A Pagan Community Center has been the dream of several Twin Cities groups, working for the past thirteen years. You would think if the idea of a Pagan Community Center, supported by membe … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Center in Danger of Shutting Down

On Tuesday PNC-Minnesota reported that Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (aka "Paganistan"), had unveiled a new national public ancestor shrine and sacred spirit altar. Open for just over two years, Sacred Paths has been seen as one possible model for creating Pagan-centered and dedicated space within a local community. Their journey was profiled by PNC reporter Cara Schultz  in a special video series produced earlier this year (part 1, part 2). httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7zQe6H37t4 However, just days later, Sacred Paths Center posted an urgent message on their website saying they were out of capital, and that the center is in danger o … [Read more...]

Harassment in Alcester and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: The harassment of Pagans by intolerant neighbors isn't anything new, but it's rare to hear on-the-record confirmation of that hostility from prominent citizens. The Sunday Mercury reports on the plight of Albion and Raven, owners of the The Whispering Witch in Alcester, a small market town in England. Opened 15 months ago, Albion and Raven claim to have gotten threatening letters, and even had a bundle of wood stacked in front of the shop's door one morning, seemingly to imply that they should be burned. After talking to the couple, The Sunday Mercury interviews a local Baptist Reverend, and a member of the church who's a former mayor of Alcester, and they seem to corroborate the … [Read more...]