A Note from the Eugene Pagan Pride LocalCoordinator

Bright Blessings,

Hello , my name is Joy Germack Dances.  I came to Eugene from Albuquerque having assisted for over ten years in building a very  popular and successful, community driven Pagan Pride Day.  Bringing this event to educate others about paganism and to host both a food drive for Lane County and a public ritual open to all comers to our fair cities of Eugene and Springfield.  This is a place of mystical mists for much of the year and magical people year round.  Bringing the Harvest Festival Pagan Pride event here just seems an natural outcome of who we are.  Pagan and pagan friendly volunteers will be welcomed and most likely fed. Many hands make light work and its more fun. Looking forward to hearing from you.

The Pagan Pride Project has approved our event @@@Eugene and Springfield Pagan Pride Day@@@.  I feel that the essence of Pagan Pride Day is important enough that this Eugene event will continue to be an annual event honoring the importance of community support involvement, charity for all, interaction, and education.

What happens at an Pagan Pride Event event?

At a minimum, the Pagan Pride celebration in your area will involve three main activities:

  • Public ritual: A public gathering where Pagans can network with each other and celebrate an Autumn Equinox ritual.
  • Food drive: A food drive or other charitable activity, to share our abundant harvest with others in need, and to make a clear statement to those who have misconceptions about Paganism. We know that our ethics, based on concern for ecology, personal responsibility, and individual freedom, mean that we feel strongly called to actions of social responsibility. It is important for us to highlight our similarity to other religions in that regard.
  • Press releases: Press releases and media coverage of our events in order to present the truth about Paganism to our communities, refute common misconceptions, and draw political attention to Paganism in order to try to prevent legislative discrimination against Pagans.
  • Other possible activities:Along with these three primary activities, many areas have chosen to add other events and make the gathering a full festival, with merchant booths, music, book-signings, workshops, and other activities. Broom stick races for the kids. Altar contests with witchy prizes. Information booths about your tradition, coven, group, space, meet up groups; or information about your favorite flavor of paganism or pagan-friendly practices.

Bright Blessings of love, light and laughter.

JoyJoy