The following definition is for the purposes of the Pagan Pride Project. Others may define themselves or their group in different ways, and that’s OK. Some groups that fit the categories we list may not call themselves Pagan, and that’s ok too – that’s why we say that first and foremost the definition of a Pagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan. But the following was created in order to have a functional definition to help educate the public about the spiritual paths we cover:
A Pagan or NeoPagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories:
- Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, aboriginal, or tribal mythology; and/or
- Practicing religion or spirituality based upon shamanism, shamanic, or magickal practices; and/or
- Creating new religion based on past Pagan religions and/or futuristic views of society, community, and/or ecology;
- Focusing religious or spiritual attention primarily on the Divine Feminine; and/or
- Practicing religion that focuses on earth based spirituality.
Eugene’s local event is affiliated with the Pagan Pride Project, a global organization whose mission is to reduce discrimination against Pagan religions. By providing accurate information, and by showing communities that their own neighbors and co-workers practice these religions, they hope to lessen prejudice against them.
The Pagan Pride Day Project is a completely volunteer organization and no one within our organization, including our Board of Directors receives compensation for our time or involvement. It is our dedication to the organization and the success of our events that rewards us. We realize that our organization would not be successful without support of others and therefore, the Board of Directors and the Regional Coordinators would like to thank everyone involved with our past events including but not limited to: our local event coordinators; event volunteers; public sponsors including businesses, covens, churches, groves and groups; vendors at our events; and all the attendees for their support of their local Pagan Pride Day events and communities around the world.
Last year 17,494 people attended the 76 Pagan Pride Day events held in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, and Brazil. Together, they collected $15,090.21 and donated 15,175 pounds of food and goods to charity. More than 115 events are scheduled for this year.
Eugene’s Pagan Pride Day celebration, August 27th, 1:00 PM, public ritual will have a Community Harvest theme. This will be a time of giving thanks and sharing blessings. The charity food drive is a way to give thanks for the abundance of the year, and share it with our community. The ceremony will celebrate the diversity of the Pagan community and bless the results of the charity drive before it is given away. Participants are encouraged to bring percussion instruments for drumming.
Modern Paganism, or Neo-Paganism, is a rapidly growing religious movement based on combinations of ancient polytheism, modern eco-spirituality, and reverence for the Divine as both masculine and feminine. Some common traditions found under this umbrella include Wicca, Witchcraft, Asatru, and Druidry. Just to name a few. Pagans are found in all walks of life from professionals to homemakers, and hold ethical standards that emphasize respect for nature, humanity, and oneself.
For more information about the event or about Pagan religions:
Local Eugene info – Joy Germack Dances
National info – Duke Egbert
Executive Director Pagan Pride Project, Inc, http://www.paganpride.org,
PO Box 441422
Indianapolis, IN 46244