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People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion


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Affiliated with the  Aquarian Tabernacle Church

  Upcoming Events
 
October 16-19
Hecate's Sickle Festival

The People of the Woods will be attending Hecate's Sickle Festival. We recommend that all Spokane area pagans also attend.
 
 
Wednesday, October 22
New Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (members only)
 
 
Friday, October 31
Samhain
  The People of the Woods meets at Midnight to celebrate Samhain, the final harvest, and the change in season from autumn to winter. We recognize that the days are short and nights are long from now until February. This is the dark and dead time of year when the veil between the worlds is thin and spirits may cross over more easily. (members only)
 
 
Wednesday, November 5
Full Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the Long Knife Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (members only)
 
 
Saturday, November 22.
New Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (members only)
 
 
Saturday, December 6.
Full Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the Long Night Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (members only)
 
 
Sunday, December 21.
Yule
  The People of the Woods meets to celebrate Midwinter's Night, also called Yule. This year the New Moon also falls on Midwinter Night so the darkness is complete. This is the shortest day of the year when Witches gather to call the Sun back from the south as we have always done. We light fires and candles against the darkness, and show the light that its time to return. In Spokane this is also the day with the coldest average temperatures. Beginning tomorrow our days grow a little longer and a little warmer. The Oak King takes over and rules the coming seasons.
The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion is a congregation and coven of the Old Religion, sometimes called Wicca or Witchcraft, one of the spiritual paths of pre-christian Native Europeans. We serve followers of Wicca who reside in the Spokane, Washington, USA, area.

We were originally located in Albuquerque, NM, USA, and named The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion, Incorporated. We were incorporated as a church in New Mexico in 1996. The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion, Incorporated was recognized as exempt from federal income tax by the IRS under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1997. We relocated to Cheney, WA. in 2004. Residual activity in Albuquerque has diminished. We still officiate at occasional rites of passages in New Mexico, including a wedding, or handfasting, in 2013. Our incorporation status in New Mexico expired after our clergy and officers left that State.

Our name was changed to The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion in 2013.

Clergy from the The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion now conduct religious rites, and teach the Old Religion near Spokane, WA. We also occasionally lead rituals and teach at Pagan gatherings across the US.

The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion became affiliated with the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) in 2014. ATC Mother Church and World Headquarter is located at Index, WA. There are ATC affiliated churches across the USA, and in Canada and Europe. Other ATC contacts are in Africa and Asia. ATC also sponsors an annual recreation of the Eleusinian Mysteries, now recognized as the best modern recreation.

Articles of Incorporation have been approved for The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religon by the State of Washington as a Nonprofit Corporation, UBI number 603423869. A new IRS registration is in process for the Washington Corporation. All donations to the People of the Woods Church are exempt from taxation by law even without the IRS registration, however an IRS registration makes it easier for deducting large donations.

The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion holds Full Moon and Sabbat observances near Cheney, Washington, USA. Wiccans of compatible beliefs are sometimes invited to attend our religious observances of Moons and Sabbats. The People of the Woods is also now on Facebook

The Church sponsors a Wiccan coven called "The People of the Woods," which is currently accepting a limited number of suitable new members. The Church provides training, initiation and ordination into the Wiccan clergy in the traditional Wiccan manner. A limited number of apprentices may be accepted for the priesthood of the Old Religion. We do not recruit new members, but we will welcome any who sincerely desires to participate in our religion with us. Read our About the Church page for more information on the coven. Our Wiccan tradition is an initiatory mystery religion. We are a smoke free congregation.

Ordained clergy of The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion are available to those of similar religious calling for pastoral counseling, marriages (handfastings), baby blessings, and other rites of passage.

 
CURRENT MOON
 
Special Event -- Teaching Magic and Witchcraft

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) is a scholarly group dedicated to language and literature studies. Members come to conferences from all across the Pacific rim nations. Their 112th annual conference is being held at Riverside California on October 31 (Samhain) until November 2, 2014. The theme of their 2014 Conference is "Familiar Spirits," a clear reference to the Witch of Endor.

One of the PAMLA intellectual panel topics this year will be Magic and Witchcraft. The topic of Magic and Witchcraft as an intellectual study was so popular this year that the panel session had to be divided into 3 sessions. This topic is presented by our own Eastern Washington University Professor, Dr. Logan Greene.

Also see PAMLA's Facebook Page. It must be nice to be teaching Magic and Witchcraft on Samhain at a prestigious conference of scholars from colleges and universities in many nations. Congratulations Dr. Greene.

 

 
 
 
About Our Church
 
People of the Woods on Facebook
 
Links to other pagan web sites
 
Our suggested reading list
 
Meeting the Witches
 
Site map of our web pages
 
 
Contact The People of the Woods Church in Cheney, WA    
 
 
 
 
This web site of the People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion has been on line since 1997.
 
 
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People of the Woods Church logo by Moonstar
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