Thursday, March 25, 2010

Episcopal Cathedral Hosts Mother Grove Goddess Temple's Spring Equinox Celebration

Now this is inclusiveness and hospitality:

Members of Mother Grove Goddess Temple will celebrate at 7 p.m. Saturday with A Breath of Appalachian Spring: A Ritual in Celebration of the Spring Equinox, in the parish hall of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village.

Saturday's event is open to all faith traditions, said Byron Ballard, wiccan priestess and a member of the temple. Mother Grove “isn't a wiccan group, though some of us are wiccans,” she said.

“Mother Grove is an outgrowth of the work of several people in the goddess/earth religions community,” Ballard said. “Its goal is to create a permanent sanctuary, where people of all faith traditions may openly and safely celebrate the divine feminine, the goddess.”

Wicca is a modern religion built on the ancient agricultural religions of Europe, she explained. “Wiccans may also refer to themselves as witches.”

"The celebration," we're told, "will consist of raising a circle, singing, 'whistling up the wind' and flying prayers written on paper airplanes."

There's nothing quite like a nice pagan celebration, with perhaps a bit of goddess worship thrown in, to complete Lent and to get folks in the mood for Holy Week.

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Bryan Owen said...

Before someone else points it out, I know, of course, that this was probably not an official Cathedral-sponsored event. And I know that churches routinely let other groups in their communities use their space for all kinds of purposes.

But churches also exercise discriminating judgment in making decisions about who uses parish space. And that's because permission to use church property for an event constitutes at least a tacit endorsement of that event.

I doubt, for instance, that anybody at All Souls' Cathedral would even dream of allowing a neo-Nazi group to meet in the parish hall. But a pagan group that worships the Goddess? Clearly, that's okay.

George said...

"... where people of all faith traditions may openly and safely celebrate the divine feminine, the goddess ...."

Ok am I missing something here, but how many faith traditions celebrate the divine-feminine, the goddess???? - who is kidding who!!!

JC Fremont said...

I have it on good authority that a former Roman Catholic priest, Malachi Martin, once opined that nature worship might lead to worship of the Triune God. That is, nature worship is kind of like a first step toward the real thing. OTOH, using Christian worship space for same is a whole 'nother ballgame.