The 2012 Pagan Pride Day (PPD) season is ramping up. According to the Pagan Pride Project, “the primary purposes of this corporation shall be the advancement of religion and elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs." PPD events that are affliated with the Pagan Pride Project are required to have a harvest ritual, a food drive, and send out a press release to local media. Outside of those requirements, events are very diverse, and they can include workshops, live music, drum circles, other entertainment, vendors, group information booths, psychics/readers, kids activities, and more.
(Here is a list of local Pagan Pride Day events: Capital Witch: Gearing Up for Local Pagan Pride Days)
Current Schedule For The Day… May Change Again
Rites of passage are one of the most durable building blocks in the creation of community.They are also among the most underutilized. I was encouraged in my last post to continue exploring the ways in which we build strong organizations and community. Lasting growth comes from both momentum and inertia. I love ideas, perhaps as much as I love people, but this is not necessarily the case for others. For me, a cause is often enough motivation to persist in my efforts. Even if there is agreement about the goals and the visions of a group, the implementation of those in the real world often generates conflicts born out of a variety of sources. The stresses of conflict can bring about a loss of commitment, a loss of coherence, and perhaps a loss of membership. The uncertainties of the way forward can also sap energy that is needed to pursue collective goals.