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Laura M. LaVoie is a professional writer living in the mountains of North Carolina in a 120 Square Foot house with her partner and their hairless cat, Piglet. Laura graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Anthropology. She has been published in magazines and anthologies on the subjects of mythology and culture. She spent nearly 15 years in the temporary staffing industry before deciding to become a full time writer. Laura works closely with the Zulu Orphan Alliance volunteering her time and the skills she's learned building her own small house to build a shelter for orphans and other vulnerable children living near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Laura also enjoys simple living, brewing and drinking craft beer, and popular culture.

Atlanta Pagan Pride

Saturday, October 9th, Atlanta area Pagans gathered for Pagan Pride. The event was held at the Quaker Meeting House in Decatur and ran all day.

I was extremely impressed at how well-organized the event was thanks to the combined efforts of many community members including Lord Luminias, Lady Arden, Vianna,  and Onix. The main ritual was conducted by Lady Arsinoe. The event booklet was created by Lady Rune. Also, North Georgia Solitaries assisted with volunteers and I have been told their contribution was invaluable.  The organizers mentioned to me issues with the food vendor and they are working to correct those issues for next year’s event.

I arrived around noon and the event had been in full swing since 9am.  Vendors, local organizations and performers were all set up around the church available for conversation or to sell their products.  Just as you walked in the front door, I was impressed by the House Of Ravenwood’s table where they had with them the original wooden sign from the house opened by Lady Sintana in the 70s.  It was a lovely tribute celebrating the life of an important figure in our community so soon after her passing.

Other organizations in attendance included the ADF Grove of the Red Earth, House of Ravenstone, the Georgia State Pagan Student Alliance, Oakspring, and the Pagan Marketplace of Ideas.

Vendors including Simple Strands in Cumming, area psychic fair regular Hannah-Fey, and others were spread throughout the venue inside and out.

Emerald Rose brought their singular brand of Pagan Rock to the afternoon.  They played all the best dancing songs like “Pagan Girl”, “Four Jacks”, “Lord of the Dance”, and more.  Other fantastic performances included Spiral Rhythm and the Cross Cultural Dance Company.

The official numbers for the event were around 890 people in attendance collecting 1315 pounds of food for the food bank.

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Georgia Area Pagan Pride Events

Recently, Georgia has celebrated Pagan Pride in Athens and Augusta.  On Saturday, October 9th both Atlanta and Savannah will be holding their Pagan Pride events.

Support your community and join the action at your nearest Pagan Pride celebration.  Stay tuned to PNC-Georgia for updates, articles and stories about these local Pagan events.

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Freedom of Religion and Body Modification

RALEIGH, NC – 14 year old teen was suspended from school for violation of the school dress code policy. This has launched her into a fight with the school over her freedom to express her religion.  This issue has drawn the attention of the ACLU.

Ariana Iacono and her mom belong to an organization called the Church of Body Modification which believes the rituals of body modification connects them to the divine.  Their mission statement, from their website, reads:

We, the congregation of the Church of Body Modification, will always respect our bodies. We promise to always grow as individuals through body modification and what it can teach us about who we are and what we can do. We vow to share our experiences openly and honestly in order to promote growth in mind, body, and soul. We honor all forms of body modification and those who choose to practice body modification for any reason. We also promise to respect those who do not choose body modification. We support all that join us in our mission and help those seeking us in need of spiritual guidance. We strive to share a positive message with everyone we encounter, in order to act as positive role models for future generations in the body modification community. We always uphold basic codes of ethics and encourage others to do the same. We are a dynamic community, always growing and changing, continually promoting safety, education, and experience in body modification.

Contact with the church has not yet received a response at the time of publication.

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Freedom From Religion Foundation Billboards in Atlanta Area

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to educate the public about the separation of Church and State has unveiled a series of billboards in the Atlanta area.  Several billboards feature a quote from Butterfly McQueen, a long time foundation member and the actress who played Prissy in Gone With the Wind.  “As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.”  Other billboards quote John Lennon’s “Imagine” as well as suggest that we “Praise Darwin” and “Evolve Beyond Belief.”

When reviewing their website for information on their campaign, one of the most intriguing billboards is the “Heathen’s Greetings” sign.

It is likely that Pagans are as interested in the cause of separation of Church and State as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, however is the foundation alienating possible allies in other religious communities by creating such a divisive advertising campaign?

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Events in Georgia: Hellenic Themed

09/24 – 09/25 | Battle of Marathon Celebration at Emory:

“…To celebrate this remarkable achievement, Emory’s Departments of Classics and Art History, the Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum are convening a weekend symposium, ΦΑΟΣ ΑΦΘΙΤΟΝ ΑΙΕΙ(Immortal Light): The Battle of Marathon and its Athenian Legend, and holding a 2.62 mile race through the Emory campus.”

Andrew Stewart, Professor of Greek Art at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the keynote address for the symposium, “Go tell the Spartans…” War and the Warrior in Archaic Greek Art, on Friday September 24 at 7 pm. The symposium continues Saturday afternoon, September 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Seven Emory faculty will present short papers highlighting the importance of the battle and its electrifying impact on the society and artistic production of the time.

Featured speakers and topics include:
Niall Slater, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin and Greek
‘Aristophanes and comedic responses to Marathon’

Philipa Lang, Assistant Professor of Classics
‘Five ways to extract an arrow: a user’s guide to battlefield surgery in antiquity’

Bonna Wescoat, Associate Professor of Art History
‘Memorializing Marathon’

Sandra Blakely, Associate Professor of Classics
‘Heroes, Horses, and Hoplites of Unusual Size: Ghostly Apparitions at Marathon’

Cindy Patterson, Professor of History
‘Herodotus & Marathon: Myth and Memory’

Peter Bing, Chair and Professor of Classics
‘The Marathon Epigrams’

Jasper Gaunt, Curator of Greek and Roman Art
‘Heroes at Marathon: The great burial mound at the battlefield and other Athenian dedications’

10/07 – 10/31 | Georgia Shakepeare Company Presents: The Odyssey: a Journey Home [a play adapted from Homer]

directed by Richard Garner
based on the work of Homer
adapted by Richard Garner and the GS Company

Sometimes the greatest adventure a person can undertake is the journey home. In our original adaptation of Homer’s epic, we’ll look at the challenges Odysseus overcomes in his quest to finally return home after ten years away fighting the Trojan Wars and see how they mirror the challenges our modern warriors go through to get home physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Home: A place worth fighting for and worth fighting to get back to.

 

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Events in Georgia: Fall Equinox Celebration

Celebrate the Fall Equinox with Nancy Daniell & Beth Remmes, who will construct a model of the Wheel of the Year and discuss the cycle of energies in an interactive presentation. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall on Monday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. Love offerings to Atlanta Unity always gratefully accepted.

September 20 · 7:30pm – 9:30pm

3597 Parkway Lane, Norcross GA 30092

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Hellenic Tradition in Sandy Springs GA

Artemis Mounykhia, a devotional Hellenic Pagan group based in Atlanta Georgia holds monthly libations to the gods.

Saturday September 11, 2010
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(This event repeats every month on the second Saturday.)
Location: John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve
Street: 7645 Roswell Road
City State Zip: Sandy Springs, GA 30350

The Artemis Mounykhia Congregation cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate our monthly libation ritual at Big Trees Forest Preserve in Roswell, GA.

We plan on meeting in the parking lot by the entrance to Big Trees by around 12:45 and proceed down to our ritual spot around 1:00.

Our schedule:
January: Hera
February: Aphrodite
March: Hephaistos
April: Artemis
May: Apollon
June: Zeus
July: Athene
August: Hermes
September: Demeter and Persephone
October: Poseidon
November: Ares
December: Dionysos

For more information on the Big Trees Forest Preserve, please visit: http://www.bigtreesforest.com/

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