Edmonton Pagan Pride Day

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September 16, 2010 by Lain

Saturday, September 11th marks the 9th anniversary of the day when nearly 3000 innocent people of every faith died at the hands of a small group of religious extremists. The horrors of that day will  never be forgotten.

As protests and threats of Qur’an burnings seem to be how this day will be remembered, Pagan communities across North America have chosen this day to celebrate and reach out to their larger communities. And Edmonton was no exception.

Edmonton’s 5th annual Pagan Pride Day, held this year at the Bellevue Community Hall, 7308 – 112 Avenue, included workshops by Ali Ravenwood, of the Congregationalist Wiccan Association of Alberta, as well as Sue-Rae’s Intro to Tantric Breathwork.

The Edmonton Pagan Learning Centre presented a Drumming Labrynth.  There was also a ritual by Shaman’s Journey Drumming Circle, the newly formed group who has taken over the twice-monthly drumming circles formerly hosted by Kriket, Edmonton’s favorite Shaman, who presented her one act play “The Witch”.

Organizer Patti Lawrence, of the Pagan Services Association, the sponsors of this event, said that she was pleased with the turnout this year.  She hopes that public events such as this will help local Pagans who may not have an opportunity to see ritual, or socialize with like-minded folks, know that they are not alone in the Edmonton community.

And, according to Patheos.com, the largest online source for information about world religions, faith and spirituality, they are not alone. Patheos reports at least one million followers of Wicca, Paganism, and earth-based spiritual paths.

Over at The Wild Hunt, Jason made the point that Sept 11th should be a day to honour our dead;

As Pagans, as polytheists, as those who hold and recognize many truths at once, let us wrap the tragedies of 9/11 into the tapestry of history. Let us recognize this day as a part of something far larger, let Pagans show the world how to find progress from the stalemate we now find ourselves in. Let us honor the dead and the sacredness of this day to create a new festival of veneration and hope.

Wise words, indeed.


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