Workshop 21: Neo-Paganism: The Sacredness of Creation Part of Building Bridges In This Section Introduction From Building Bridges When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means [they] follow[s] an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine manifest in all creation.... Spiritual Preparation From Building Bridges Spend time communing with nature to prepare for today's workshop. Is there a place outdoors that helps you feel renewed and strong? Go to that place.... Welcoming and Entering From Building Bridges Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers, and tape Leader Resource 1, On the Altar Drawing paper and pencils, pens, and/or color markers Preparation fo... Opening From Building Bridges Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity Chalice, candle, lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape Leader Resource 2,... Activity 1: Find the Pagan From Building Bridges Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity Handout 1, Pagan Beliefs? Pencils and red pens Newsprint with questions about Paganism generated in... Activity 2: Wicca From Building Bridges Activity time: 10 minutes Description of Activity Share background about the Wiccan religion, in these words or your own: Gerald Gardner, an Englishman,... Activity 3: Neo-Pagans From Building Bridges Activity time: 10 minutes Materials for Activity Apples for all participants Knives Preparation for Activity Gather a few knives for youth to share.... Activity 4: Story - The Goddess and the God From Building Bridges Activity time: 30 minutes Materials for Activity Story, "The Goddess and the God" Leader Resource 3, Wheel of the Year Handout 2, Lyrics – Chant for the... Activity 5: Fact Sheet From Building Bridges Activity time: 10 minutes Materials for Activity Handout 3, Neo-Paganism and Wicca Fact Sheet Preparation for Activity Copy Handout 3 for all participants. Activity 6: Time Line From Building Bridges Activity time: 3 minutes Materials for Activity Religions Time Line (Workshop 1) Sticky notes and fine-point markers World map or globe Preparation for... Closing From Building Bridges Activity time: 2 minutes Materials for Activity Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Taking It Home handout Optional: Newsprint,... Leader Reflection and Planning From Building Bridges Review today's workshop with your co-leader. Did the participants engage the subject with respect? Did they accept Paganism as a true religion? If you... Faith In Action: Community Clean-up From Building Bridges Materials for Activity Optional: Copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook or copies of Handout 2, Lyrics - Chant for ... Alternate Activity 1: Engagement From Building Bridges Activity time: 90 minutes Preparation for Activity If your congregation has a CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) chapter, contact that... Alternate Activity 2: Tree of Life From Building Bridges Activity time: 30 minutes Materials for Activity Leader Resource 4, Celtic Tree Art Art paper and other materials, such as pencils and color pencils,... Taking It Home From Building Bridges When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine manifest in all creation.... The Goddess and the God From Building Bridges The Catanna website published by Catresea Ann Canivan was a source for this story and offers deep information about Paganism.... Handout 1: Pagan Beliefs From Building Bridges Circle in red the beliefs that are commonly held among most Pagan sects. Circle in pencil beliefs held by some sects, though not universally. It is... Handout 2: Lyrics - Chant for the Seasons From Building Bridges Hymn 78 in Singing the Living Tradition; words by Mark Belletini; musical arrangement by Grace Lewis McLauren.Summertime has turned the starwheel, autum... Handout 3: Neo-Paganism and Wicca Fact Sheet From Building Bridges Emerged: Neo Paganism is based on what is assumed to be ancient, indigenous religions, but modern day Wicca is dated as beginning in 1959 and the curren... Leader Resource 1: On the Altar From Building Bridges Chalice Candles Altar cloth Water Cell phone Hymnbook Bowl of soil Incense Photographs of family and friends Feather Money Photographs of the sick or... Leader Resource 2: Paganism Background From Building Bridges "Pagan" comes from the Latin word "paganus." Its original meaning is not clear. Leader Resource 3: Wheel of the Year From Building Bridges Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this Handout (PDF) for printing. Leader Resource 4: Celtic Tree Art From Building Bridges Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this Handout (PDF) for printing. Find Out More From Building Bridges The Witches' Voice is a Pagan news and networking site, a resource for finding local Pagan groups. A nice site for basic information is A Rainbow of... PREVIOUS: Find Out More about Workshop 20: Cults UP: Building Bridges NEXT: Introduction Download all of Building Bridges (Word) (PDF) to edit or print.