On August 8, 2015, Michigan will be the site of Pagan Pride Day Detroit 2015: Between Dimensions, Between Communities festival in Green Acres Park. For the the eighth year, Pagan Pride Detroit, Incorporated will be hosting the event. The local grass roots organizational body working with the Pagan Pride Project, an international organization dedicated to promoting tolerance and understanding of the Pagan communities.
Today, July 28, the organization released the news that the the Author’s Chat will be a completely free affair for all authors who wish to participate. Writers can come and speak to other writers, publishers, and the community in a friendly space. Buy, sell, trade, or just chat, it is open to all. This is in honor of the fact that
Janet Callahan has chosen the event to be the site of her exclusive new release for Parenting Pagan Tots.
This year, they have greatly expanded programming to include not only favorite events and speakers, but some unexpected offerings as well. The class list, ritual list, and activities menu has become something that the whole family can enjoy in every time slot.
Classes and presenters include the following:
The do’s and dont’s of seeking magical help – Shetan Noir, Shetan Noir Publishing
Working with the Tree of Life – Jane Pierce
Numerology – Keith D Young (HERO), Afro Perspectives
The Influence of Tantric Yoga on Neo-Paganism – Vratya Sangha
Hey kids! Let’s belly dance! – Nikki Ashendorf
Midwifery Where is the outrage? – Nyasia Bey, Ancient Wisdom Birth Services
Past Lives – Award Winning Author, KC Bouma & Laura Eileen
Beyond Rescue Remedy: Flower Essences For Every Mood – Janet Callahan, author
Easy Divination With Stones – Janet Callahan, author
The Wiccan Way – Geralyn Mystic, Pagan Pathways Temple
On The Path of an Eclectic, How I Grew Spiritually Through Witchcraft – Jackie Burkeen, The Collective of Solitaries
Clay amulets – Aria Skye, Bluewater Pagan Conference
Kitchen Medicinals Natural Healing from you Pantry – Starr Morgayne, Author
Silver- The Magic Metal – Dari Little,The Silver Penny
Regaining Your Balance: Learning to maintain your center – Jaime Black, River Earth Wonders, LLC
Unscript It!You have lost inspiration – Aurora Shirina Lee, A Celebration of Colors
How to make smudge bundles and incense from your kitchen – Matti
Exercises in Privilege: Learning to recognize the impact of social-economic privilege on yourself and others and making vows to work for change – Phoenix Nightshade
Ritual Construction: Theory to the Madness – High Priestess Morgana Moonwater, Coven of the Raven Moon
Breastfeeding The Nation: The History of My Chocolate Milk – A Documentary – Afrykayn Moon
Lakota Spirituality – Glenn Brown
Satanism 101 – Corvis Nocturnum, author, media represetative and Reverend of the Church of Satan
Herbal Faeries for Children – Susan Morgan
Casting my own Star: Finding what brings you joy – LeAnn Crouch, Twisted Willow Soap Company
African Traditional Sprituality – Awoyade Kefentse Akim, Yoruba Study Group of Detroit
Covens, Circles, and Groups, oh my! – Oak Moon Coven
Manifesto of the Unwelcome: a sometimes humorous look at how we police ourselves and our community – Figment, 3rd degree Pythonic HP and 2nd degree Georgian
Universal Society of Ancient Ministry Meet and Greet – HPS Gerrybrete Leonard
Also, this year, there is a generous amount of ritual. Something for everyone, the selection leaves the attendee spoiled for choice. The rituals this year are listed as the Feast of the Horned God – Oberon, Light Side / Dark Side – Jane Pierce and Jessica Crutchfield of House Kheperu, Creatrix Ritual – Kris McLonis, MoonFire Esbat: A Traditional Full Moon Ritual – MoonFire, Why faith isn’t enough for Awakening – Ho Kyo Yoi Inu of Thunder Drum Zen, and a Children’s Ribbon Ritual -Rowan Moss of Pagan Children Learning Series.
Dawn Black will be enchanting the proceedings in by performing Storytelling Between Worlds. She will be “telling stories from traditional Celtic and Hellenic sources, focusing on those that relate to traveling between worlds as the theme.” She will also bring information, and chat about, about her websites PaganMichigan.net, Witchipedia.com. For children, she is providing some colorables related to the stories for as take-aways for children.
The Sacred Fire by Shining Lakes Grove, ADF returns this year. The Druidic presence in Metro Pagan Detroit has been growing. This fire is a tangible sign, and rite, that many can appreciate signifies the ever growing diversity of the participation in the many societies in the state.
Harvest Games, Boffers, and expanded Craft Area are many of the favorites that the families who have chosen to make this event an annual gathering can look forward to experiencing. New programming has been added as well, such as making divining stones and clay amulets. And as always, there is the return of the crowd favorite, the infamous Pickle Roll.
Bringing the Heathen presence to the festivities is Northern Mist Kindred. A force of fun and joy at the Seeds, Sun, and Sustainability Festival in April, this group has returned to join forces with Pagan Pride Detroit to set their noble stake in the celebration. A major gift from them is the Free Clothing Swap. Families and friends are encouraged to bring gently used clothing and swap them for different ones. However, whether they have an item to bring, or not, all are welcome. Donations of clothing will always be welcomed.
In addition to this, they are also bringing an added flavor to the Harvest Games. A Hammer Toss and Mini Caber Toss are a challenge issued to all comers. They will also be presiding over additional children’s activities.
For those with little ones, the SpiralScouts Meet & Greet – Intro to SpiralScouts will be held later in the day at this event. If ever interested in scouting, but not in harmony with the vibe of other scouting programs, this may be the one many are looking for in their search. This is a great time to explore what it is involved in this program with people who are actually participating in it.
Entertainment this year includes performances by the band Plum Street Unplugged, The Secret Bellydancers, Jade Aurora, The Sugar Island Chippewa Tribe, and Troupe Sabba Zimora. Suitable for all ages, there is no charge for the performances. The genres are diverse enough to keep the whole party of festival goers entertained.
“Pagan Pride Day Detroit also continues its community partnership with the Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund and will again be hosting the fundraising raffle so that the children of our Pagan Michigan societies can have a hand up in their pursuit of education.”
Weddings have seemed to become a tradition at Pagan Pride Day Detroit. This year, the Mid Day Ritual event will be the Wedding of Enafae Moore and Joseph Sweet. Long beloved of the communities, near and far, this will be the event of the season.
For those who are so inclined, volunteer clergy have also come forward to perform vow renewals and weddings later in the day in a grove. There is no cost for this service. They are doing it as a part of the Spirit element of the event. All clergy are legally ordained to perform this service. All paperwork must be obtained prior to the day.
Also, new this year, the Pagan Business Network has donated free Swag Bags. These are mystery goodies from vendors locally and all across the country. Supplies are limited, so it is wise to get there early to make sure to grab some swag.
Organizations from many walks will be in attendance this year to offer their hands in merry meeting to those who would like to see what they are really like. These include the Magical Education Council, Covenant of the Goddess, Michigan Council of Covens and Solitaires, Pagan Pathways Temple, Michigan Pagan Fest, Pagans In Need, Universal Society of Ancient Ministry, and more. A few will be actively accepting registration for membership, so if you have always wanted to be a part of the move toward community service in Pagan Michigan, this may be your opportunity.
Remember, admission is the donation of one nonperishable food item, if able, so that none may hunger, and none may thirst. As always, give only what you would like to receive. And please, check expiration dates. This is a vital part of the purpose of the day, the celebration and sharing of the harvest. Though usually, Mabon is the time for most Pagan Pride Day events to be held, in Michigan, the weather necessitates it be held nearer to Lammas, so a heavier emphasis on grains is not unexpected. Rice, cereals, and pasta are very in theme, as well as beans.
Since this is an all day event, festival goers are advised to dress appropriately for the weather by bringing layers for cool down in the afternoon. Blankets, camp chairs, and beach umbrellas are all encouraged. And, as always, the Detroit Paganism Examiner would like to remind you to bring feast bundles for yourself and others in your party if able. If we honor the Earth, we are showing love for all.
Pagan Pride Day Detroit is an inclusive event. All faiths, nationalities, religions, creeds, genders, states of ability, and races are welcome. This is for all communities, and in line with their creed
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For more information, organizers can be contacted via at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the schedule, which this writer has been informed is subject to change, visit their page at paganpridedetroit.org.. There, you can check out their newest sponsor, Pagans Learning Online, a great supporter of their organization.
Green Acres Park is located at 899 W Mapledale Ave in Hazel Park, Michigan. Parking is free, but it is advisable to come early. Facilities are wheelchair accessible. Hope to see you there.