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Eugene Pagan Pride Project

Hello , my name is Joy Germack Dances.  I came to Eugene from Albuquerque having assisted 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.  So, I am looking for volunteers and coordinators.  I have booked Alton Baker Park for August 27th, Saturday, 2016.

Why Support the Pagan Pride Project?

Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.

What happens at an event?

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

  1. Public ritual:
    A public gathering where Pagans can network with each other and celebrate an Autumn Equinox ritual.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 coven, group, space, meet up group.

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