Earth-Centered Spirituality Group
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend?
All events listed on these pages are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member of the group or of the church to attend. All are welcome, regardless of faith, beliefs, spiritual background, or religious leanings. (It goes without saying that race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, and sexual orientation are non-issues here.)
What to expect from this group?
This is an eclectic group, which includes members and participants who are Wiccan, Druidic, Heathen, Buddhist, animist, shamanic, and generally and comprehensively pagan. We share a respect for each other's beliefs and a joy in celebrating the divine as manifest in nature and the various gods/goddesses, and in the turning of the seasons. Visitors and seekers are welcome at all public events.
Depending on weather, day of the week and any number of other factors, we usually have somewhere between 35 and 70 people at each ritual. The Winter Solstice is in a category by itself, drawing between 150 and 200 people each year.
We have found this article about the four centers of paganism to be very helpful in understanding what it means to be an eclectic group. Our rituals are varied and reflect different aspects of these four centers - but not all at the same time! It
Although the group is eclectic, we do celebrate the seasonal holidays recognized by most Wiccans - the solstices and equinoxes, as well as the four "cross quarter days" between them. Rituals are casual - most folks wear street clothes, but ritual robes are welcome as well. All rituals are appropriate for children, but be aware that attendance by very young children can be a trial for both the child and his parents, particularly during quiet, meditative moments.
The church has a lovely grove with a fire pit where we gather for outdoor rituals when the weather permits. Indoor rituals are generally incense-free, and take place in the parlor, with views of the lawns and woods, or in the larger Fellowship Hall when we need to spead out.
We believe it is a parent's right and responsibility to guide the religious education of their children. If you are under the age of 18, please bring your parent or guardian with you so that we know it's ok for you to attend. Thank you!
How do I become a member?
All events listed in these pages are open to the public, and you do not need to be a member to attend. However, you may become a member by first attending at least two of our public rituals, then helping with the planning and presentation of two rituals and participating in a two-hour Membership Orientation class. After that, membership is maintained by leading or assisting with three public or private rituals per year.
It is important to understand that this group is not a coven. There are no degrees of priest(ess)hood, there is no formal initiation process, and we do not follow or teach any specific tradition. We occupy a middle ground between solitary practice and the formality of a coven.
What are the benefits of membership?
Members have the opportunity to participate in full moon circles and social gatherings that offer more personal connections than the larger public holiday celebrations. In addition, members have a voice in the shaping of the group and it's future.