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PAGANISM AS A PATH OF SERVICE

A copyright work produced by Ellen Evert Hopman, Druid - Order of the Whiteoak (Ord Na Darach Gile) whose permission of use may be inquired at http://www.geocities.com/gaias_song/willow.html

A guide to non-profit charitable organizations for individual Pagans of conscience, Covens and Groves.
  Last updated on Samhain 2000 c.e., report broken links to this site's webmaster, please.

PAGAN NON PROFITS

 

AAFA

The mission of the Ancient arts Freedom Association is to promote:
  • FREEDOM to practice the arts of Divination
  • FREEDOM of Religion
  • EDUCATION of the Ancient Arts of Divination
  • BETTER Our Communities by involvement

     http://hometown.aol.com/srvsmoon/page/index.htmDoesn't seem to be working now, may reestablish elsewhere?

    ANCIENT ARTS FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
    P.O. Box 543, Marshall, NC 28753
    1-800-861-0269 Voice Box # 7136

    ancientartsfreedom@yahoo.com
    or join its e-mail list from: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/aafa


    AREN


    The Alternative Religions Educational Network (AREN) upholds and embraces all parts of The Constitution of The United States Of America, especially those articles and amendments that pertain to Freedom of Religion and Right To Worship a Deity of Choice.

    The Alternative Religions Educational Network acts as an education, information and support Center for any persons who have been subjected to religious discrimination. Alternative Religions Educational Network offers and encourages others to offer, Educational services to any Person, Group or Entity who desire information about Alternative Earth Based Religions including but not limited to  Witchcraft, Paganism, Druidism, and other such practices and religions that follow a Female Deity or Goddess Figure.

    AREN petitions and educates legislators, lobbyists, activists and pagan groups.
    AREN Motto: Freedom of Religion means ALL Religions.

    Alternative Religions Educational Network,
    PO Box 821
    Connersville, IN 47331

    arenline@aren.org
    http://www.aren.org


    DL


    Dendrite List is an advocacy and support list for Earth-Based Religious individuals who are being discriminated against.   These individuals include, but not limited to: Wiccans, Witches, Pagans, Native Americans, Mystics, etc.

    http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/Dendrite


    ERAA


    The Earth Religions Assistance Association is an organization of Earth Religions' Rights activists dedicated to promoting, defending, and enforcing Earth Religionists' legal rights.

    ERAA creates legal materials, trains activists, educates Earth Religionists about their rights and how to protect them, provides legal reference materials to victims of religious discrimination and their attorneys, raises funds for these purposes, etc.

    Currently, ERAA is most active in northeastern Ohio, but it has members in Virginia, and New York, and is active at the national level through networking and other activities.

    or contact
    Larry Cornett, 890 Alhambra Rd.,
    Cleveland, OH  44110
    (216) 692-2124

    lcorncalen@aol.com
    http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/ERAA.html


    ERAL


    The Earth Religions Assistance List is dedicated to investigating and providing assistance to Earth Religionists facing legal problems associated with their religion.  ERAL is an international network of Earth Religion Rights activists in Cyberspace helping facilitate action by individuals and organizations in the real world.  Its area of operation is currently the entire United States and Canada.  ERAL has key members of most other Earth Religion Rights organizations among its members.

    ERAL is kind of a "911" assistance hotline/list for Earth Religion rights activists and organizations that provides research, and information to individuals and organizations assisting Earth Religionists and their Attorneys.  Sometimes the individual interacting directly with the individual with the problem or the associated attorney is a member of ERAL, and sometimes not.

    http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html
    To  receive a subscription registration form, e-mail eral-request@dreksys.com
    The body of the message should be ONLY the word:  Subscribe


    ERLAN


    The Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a service organization operating in the United States and Canada that helps Earth Religion Rights activists communicate so they can help people with problems.  However, ERLAN, as such, is not the direct provider of the help to individuals with legal problems (the members of ERAL and those who work with them do that, along with allot of independent individuals and organizations).

    ERLAN does the administrative work creating and managing communications mechanisms to help Earth Religionists with legal problems associated with their religion and those individuals and organizations that help them. These mechanisms include ERAL, at least one Earth Religions Assistance Website, at least one Earth Religions Assistance FTP site, and such additional communications mechanisms as deemed necessary and appropriate to fulfill its purposes.

    http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html


    FIRE


    An Internet-based mailing list/group for the discussion of and action around media portrayals of non-mainstream religions, particularly Paganism. Subscriptions are available through http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5883/


    FOTE


    The vision of the Fellowship of the Earth (FOTE) is one of spiritual growth within ourselves as individuals as well as a oneness with our community. To work together to dispel some of the horrible myths and lies that are being spread about those who are of Earth Spirituality. Education is our only tool to fight the fear many have of our beliefs.

    Rev. Sandy Johnson,
    c/o Fellowship of the Earth
    P.O. Box 612
    Salida, CA 95368

    goddess@partytown.com
    http://www.fote.org


    GR


    Gaia Rising is an organization focused on

  • Restoring and protecting sacred land, vegetation, etc., especially when used in worship, meditation, shamanism with nature spirits, and honoring the Goddess in Nature
  • Minimizing and overcoming legal barriers to those whose practice is to maintain, restore and/or create complex nature-friendly, organic ecosystems.

    Larry Cornett, 890 Alhambra Rd.,
    Cleveland, Ohio 44110   (216) 692-2124

    lcorncalen@aol.com
    http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/GaiaRising.htm


    LLL


    Lady Liberty League (LLL) is a global Nature religions civil rights organization.  It provides networking and information exchange among individuals and groups concerned with religious freedom issues pertaining to Wiccan ways, Paganism, and other forms of Nature Spirituality. The Lady Liberty League is the religious freedom activism branch of Circle Sanctuary (Circle), a legally established Shamanic Wiccan church and international Pagan resource center.  The annual networking meeting of Lady Liberty League takes place during Circle's Pagan Spirit Gathering in June at Summer Solstice time in Ohio.

    The Lady Liberty League does referrals as well as education, networking, counseling, and publishing as part of its work. News and updates of cases and other situations are summarized and published quarterly in the Lady Liberty League Report, which is a section in CIRCLE Magazine. LLL also publishes info on-line and does cyber networking through LLL NEWS, an email newsletter.

    Send news clippings, reports, and other information about Wiccan, Pagan, and Nature Spirituality cases, concerns, and issues to LLL.  To request help; to volunteer legal, counseling, or other services; for membership application; and/or for other information, contact:

    Lady Liberty League,
    Circle Sanctuary, PO Box 219,
    Mt. Horeb, WI 53572 USA;

    email: circle@mhtc.net;
    website: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty;
    fax: (608) 924-5961; phone: (608) 924-2216.


    MPN

    Among other things, the Military Pagan Network provides documentation, contacts, and regulations as support for Neo-Pagans and Meso-Pagans, on active duty, reserve, and National Guard, who feel that they are being discriminated against.  M.P.N. is not a legal service and does not provide legal advice.  However, M.P.N. will provide military and government agencies information pertaining to the religious rights of Neo-Pagans.

    or contact:
    Military Pagan Network
    P.O. Box 253
    Ellicott City, MD 21041-0253
     (410)750-3327

    coordinator@milpagan.org
    John Machate, Coordinator/CEO
    http://www.milpagan.org/


    NRADG


    The Natural Religion Anti Defamation Group (NRADG) is a Legal resources committee of the Southeastern Pagan Alliance (SEPA).  It offers networking services and legal resources to All Pagans throughout the Southeastern United States who are involved in a dispute involving their religious views. NRADG also refers regional Pagans to appropriate private and public agencies depending on the nature of the problem.

    SEPA has seventeen member Covens/Churches in the Southeast with twenty-eight applications pending.

    SOUTHEASTERN PAGAN ALLIANCE
    P.O. Box 674884
    Marietta, Georgia 30006-0006
    1-500-677-8500 or

     the Natural Religion Anti Defamation Group
    Lady Rebecca Morgan
    (at address above)

    rebecca@tylwythteg.com
    http://www.tylwythteg.com/sepa.html


    OCRT

    The Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance has three main purposes:
    1. To disseminate accurate religious information.
    2. To expose religious fraud, hatred and misinformation.
    3. To disseminate information on "hot" religious topics.
    We look upon ourselves as an information disseminator, not as an activist group or as a source of legal or moral support for persons discriminated against.

    http://www.religioustolerance.org

    or contact:

    OCRT, Box 27026, Frontenac
    PO, Kingston ON Canada K7M 8W5

    ocrt_qu@cgo.wave.ca
     


    OPC


    The Ohio Pagan Confederation is a network of Earth Religion Rights and Information activists engaged in various projects, including:


    For details on the e-mail list, contact Stacy at  (614) 261-1022 or e-mail   pcco@netwalk.com

    Larry Cornett has a Calendar of Events in Ohio on the web at   http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/CAL-OHIO.htm


    http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/ERAA.html
     


    PACT

    Pagans in Action Council for Truth (PACT)
    is a non-profit Educational and Religious Rights Council for Pagans. It has Four basic purposes;
  • To network between active groups and provide assistance for potential students of Pagan Religions,
  • To make available Pagan products through local  merchants,
  • To Educate the News, Radio, Schools, Law Enforcement, and general public,
  • To provide assistance in Religious Discrimination cases with contact to both religious activists and Elders in the Pagan Community.

    Rev. Kat Steingraber
    1373 Dunbarton Road
    Montgomery, AL  36117
    (334)  279-6071

    elemental@zebra.net   or
    Selena FireSinger: selena@pagans.org

    http://www.the-pact.org
     

    PACT (Texas)

    The Pagan Alliance of Central Texas (PACT) is an organization of Pagans of all types, headquartered in Austin, Texas, and serving the central Texas area.  We provide a forum for networking opportunities, information, and advocacy in the Pagan community in central Texas.

    PACT maintains teacher and student reference lists, serves as a channel of connection for Pagans and Pagan organizations in our area, and acts where appropriate to preserve the religious freedom of Pagan people in the central Texas area.

    PACT
    P.O. Box 12041
    Austin, TX 78711

    paganalliance@paganalliance.org

    http://www.paganalliance.org


    PAGAN COMMUNITY FUND


    Under the auspices of PEN (Pagan Educational Network) the fund makes cash grants to Pagans in need. Funded by donations from the Pagan community it is led by Lady Jana Heowulf-Noroan. Usually a Pagan sends an e:mail to explain their situation and Lady Jana responds with a few questions to determine the seriousness of the situation. Once the request is approved by the board a grant is made.

    Grants have included helping a Pagan get back home to their family, helping a man with rent when he lost his job, putting food in the cupboard of a woman so her children would not go hungry, sending money to a black congregation whose church was burned. Money was sent to someone who's medicines were lost in a fire and he needed them to live, money was sent to a man who had broken both legs in a construction accident and needed help with his bills. Funds were sent to Church of the Iron Oak to help with legal expenses in their battle with the state of Florida. Many others have been helped with small sums in their time of need.

    Donations are usually small so don't be shy about sending $5.00 or $10.00. All donations are tax deductible. \
    See PEN pen@bloomington.in.us below for contact information.

    (My suggestion is that every state or bio-region should have its own Pagan community fund for Pagans in need - so why not start one! - Ellen)
     


    PAGAN INTERFAITH EMBASSY


      Founded during the second Parliament of the World's Religions, 1993, Chicago, as a foundation to applying the Global Ethics established at that event. Since then it has organized three separate Pagan Leadership Conferences for Chicago which helped to open the city to Paganism and led to wide news and media coverage. The conferences were free to all attendees.  Pagan Interfaith has sponsored Pagan Expo 97 and Pagan Expo 2000. These free public outreach events were well attended. Founder Ed Hubbard attended the Third Parliament of the World's Religions, 1999, Capetown, and is presently working to establish a library in South Africa as well as helping to strengthen Pagans and Traditional Healers in a country that is building towards religious freedom.

    Ed Hubbard  - Pagan Mission To South Africa (773) 478 5570
    http://www.cynico.net/telepathic/pie/piesa.html
     


    PEN

    The Pagan Educational Network, Inc. is a national, non-profit, proactive organization dedicated to educating the public about Paganism and building community. Our newsletter "Water" publishes news on  discrimination cases and requests for support, as well as pieces on human rights, the environment, alternative technologies, appropriate economics, and positive social change.

    Members work within their local communities to achieve PEN's goals using whatever means they feel comfortable with, from  letter writing to public speaking to volunteering. We also offer memberships for those who wish to keep their faith private. We are  dedicated to getting results. See Pagan Community Fund, above.

    Pagan Educational Network,
    PO Box 1364, Bloomington, IN  47402-1364
    [please send business-sized SASE for snail mail requests]

    pen@bloomington.in.us
    http://www.bloomington.in.us/~pen/


    PILG


    Public Interest Law Group, Ltd. was  founded to organize a nation-wide web of civil rights attorneys who can be counted on to help pursue First Amendment freedom of religion cases.

    PILG investigates apparently marginal cases from any jurisdiction in the United States; develops the facts and the legal research to establish the merits of the case; and then either counsels the client how to resolve the problem or, once the likelihood of success at trial is clear, markets it to the private bar in the client's locality.  Civil rights cases arise under Federal laws that award attorney fees to prevailing plaintiffs, so we believe many of these plaintiffs can find attorneys who will take the case on contingency or agree to reimburse any fees paid upon settlement or success at trial.

    Public Interest Law Group, Ltd. (PILG)
    Attn: C. Creek Kelsey, JD, MSL
    Executive Director, National Att'y Liaison,
    1199 Brookfield Road
    Montpelier, VT 05602

    cckelsey@sover.net or e_pendragon@yahoo.com


    PROP (Texas)


    Proactive Pagans (ProP) is an all-inclusive group founded in December of 1999 by a Pagan and her Christian husband.  We work largely online at the present time through an email list to protect religious freedom and build bridges of understanding between all positive religions.

    We're happy to help in the form of e:mails, letter writing campaigns, phone calls, and applicable non-violent protest actions, charitable works, and anything else we're able to in order to promote our agenda and further our cause.

    Amethyst River at amtfool@aol.com
    http://hometown.aol.com/amtfool/prop.html Website seems to be down, perhaps will reemerge elsewhere?
    http://onelist.com/subscribe/Proactive_Pagans


    RLLN


    The Religious Liberties Lawyers Network is a national organization of Wiccan, neo-Pagan and civil liberties attorneys, para-legals and law students, providing legal counseling and representation in cases of religious discrimination.  Its other objectives include providing educational materials regarding First Amendment rights, providing a highly visible media profile to rebut negative stereotypes and respond to instances of religious bias and discrimination, evaluating and responding to proposed and existing legislation in the area of religious liberties, and establishing relationships with advocates of religious liberties from other faith traditions, providing them with support through amicus curiae briefs, advice, expert witnesses, etc.

    Phyllis Curott, Esq.
    372 Central Park West, #17K
    N.Y., N.Y. 10025
      212-663-5642

    aradia@mindspring.com


    SEA


    The Sacred Earth Alliance is an alliance of  Earth Religion information and assistance leagues,  including most of the organizations listed in this article. SEA  helps facilitate communications and cooperation between organizations and individuals fighting religious discrimination and those that need our assistance. Its main activities include


    Sacred Earth Alliance
    c/o Larry Cornett
    890 Alhambra Rd.
    Cleveland, OH  44110
    (216)692-2124

    lcorncalen@aol.com
    http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/SEAHomepage.htm


    TCP

    The Commonwealth Pagan is a clearinghouse, networking, referral and proactive organization that also alerts people to religious discrimination and corrects misinformation about Pagans and Paganism.

    There are no dues or fees in TCP; the only requirement for TCP membership is that one be a Pagan residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  TCP networks in Cyberspace, via e-mail ListServer(s), and meets in Terrespace four times each year to socialize and to conduct general organizational business.

    The Commonwealth Pagan
    c/o Kostya Branwen Sudice
    1438~B West Ocean View Ave.,
    Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, Virginia 23503~1015
    757~480~3503,

    kostya@pinn.net
    http://www.mindspring.com/~viragofreespirit/tcp.html
     


    TWV

    The Witches' Voice is a proactive educational network dedicated to correcting misinformation about Witches and Witchcraft.  Witchcraft is a legally recognized religion in the United States (since 1985) and it is our mission to protect that right through education and awareness.  We offer Pagan Political Neutrality to all God/Goddess Earth-Based Traditions and Solitary Practitioners that follow the Rede, the Law of Three or a similar compatible Code of Ethics.

    http://www.witchvox.com/

    The Witches' Voice Inc
    P.O.Box 4924
    Clearwater, FL 33758-4924
    813 723-0734 (press Star button for fax)
    WebMaster@witchvox.com


    WARD


    Witches Against Religious Discrimination, Inc. (WARD), is incorporated under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988 for religious, cultural and humanitarian purposes, regardless of race, color or creed as follows;

    To promote a better understanding of the art of Witchcraft as a religion, its history, and the discrimination encountered by its followers and believers; as to end such discrimination through education, knowledge and the affirmation of religious freedom.

    Anybody needing additional information about WARD should contact the Witches Against Religious Discrimination (WARD) National Director, Christine Craft (ja@epix.net) Assistant Director, Darla Kaye Wynne (AKlover@aol.com)

    http://www.ward-hq.org


    WLPA

    The Witches League for Public Awareness springs from a shared visionof a world free from all religious persecution.  Our volunteers and legal advisors respond to misinformation about Witchcraft from all over the world and we offer materials that explain the legal protection that the Religion of Witchcraft is afforded under the laws of the United States.

    While our main focus is education, we also have a Legal Defense Fund to aid those who face discrimination and need financial assistance.  We offer advice in those cases which fit the criteria of our internal case documentation.  The case must be a matter of religious discrimination with no other legal charges pending.

    http://www.CelticCrow.com/
    WLPA P.O. Box 909, Rehoboth, Massachusetts 02769
    hernesson@aol.com


    WPEA

    The Wiccan Pagan Educational Association (WPEA) is an affiliation of individuals, groups and organizations created to educate and inform the media, government officials, educational institutions and the general public regarding the various beliefs and practices of Wicca/Witchcraft, Druidism, Shamanism and other forms of contemporary Paganism. The WPEA is also committed to upholding and supporting the rights of all minority religions and peoples.

    The WPEA is dedicated to establishing an international networking web to facilitate the dissemination of news or actions which threaten the religious rights of its members; to provide knowledgeable spokespersons for schools, civic organizations and media; and to aid in the fostering of understanding and harmony between the growing Pagan community and those of other religions.

    WPEA, POB 13384
    Atlanta, Ga. 30324



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