Press Release from Ravenwood Church, Johns Creek, GA September 20, 2010:
Ravenwood and Seminary of Wicca, Inc
10945 State Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Contact: Lady Maia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 A.M. EDT, September 20, 2010
Ravenwood Church and Seminary of the Old Religion (a.k.a, The House of Ravenwood) announced today that on September 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm, Our Founder, Elder High Priestess and Witch Queen, Lady Sintana passed over into the Summerland. Her family surrounded her and aided her in her final journey. She is survived by her husband and best friend Lord Merlin, Elder High Priest of Ravenwood, along with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson.
Lady Sintana founded Ravenwood Church and Seminary of Wicca, Inc. in the mid 1970s in an old Victorian home on Moreland Avenue. She became a public figure in Atlanta and was known as ‘ The Lady’.
Our Lady Sintana’s life’s work was instrumental on both the local and federal level in the fight to insure the freedom for all witches to practice our religion. Through court battles, public education and continual spiritual guidance of those drawn to our faith, Lady Sintana led Ravenwood to become one of the first churches of Wicca to receive 501(c) 3 status as a not-for-profit church. Her pioneering efforts led to the granting of tax exemption rights, gathering rights and zoning rights for Ravenwood, setting critical precedents in the ongoing fight for religious tolerance. Many of the privileges that Wiccans and Pagans enjoy today are the direct result of her irrepressible will and courage.
Under her spiritual leadership and training, Ravenwood developed some of the finest ritual Priestesses and Priests. Her legacy and traditions continue through four active sister groups: Ravenwood Church, Myst of the Wildwood, House of Dragonwood and Sage Moon Grove. These groups provide services and training within the Ravenwood Tradition. In addition, many other groups around the country can trace their traditions and training directly to the Lady’s influence and teaching.
Lady had an exuberant spirit and was always willing to lend guidance and offer words of wisdom. We will miss her laughter, her smile, her warm heart and support. Our thoughts are with the immediate family at this time as we share their loss and celebrate a life of consequence and impact. She lives on through each of us who have been touched by her work.
The House of Ravenwood will hold a public memorial gathering on October 2, 2010. Location and time TBA. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Ravenwood Church.
Lady Maia, High Priestess of Ravenwood
Lord Merlin, Elder High Priest of the Ravenwood Tradition
Other Tributes to Lady Sintana:
House of Ravenstone Church and Seminary of the Old Religion
The Wild Hunt, a Pagan News Blog
Pantheon, the Pagan blog at Patheos.com
Previous PNC post on Lady Sintana