Sarah Ragsdale was born into a Southern Baptist family. She realized that it wasn't the church for her when, at the age of 2, she was told that girls weren't allowed to say "Amen" along with the Amen Corner at church. It is one of her first memories, and it had a profound effect on her belief about a woman's place in worship services.
After spending a couple of teenage years thinking about becoming a missionary in the Wesleyan Church, Sarah discovered Paganism. The principle of an inherent sacredness of all beings, a reverence for the Earth, and the recognition of the Divine as both male and female appealed to her, and Sarah became a student of traditional Wicca. Her fascination for the ritual practice of a variety of religions led to an broadening of her beliefs beyond the rigid lines of Wicca to encompass a wider view of what it means to be a Pagan.
Sarah served the Charleston Pagan community for over a decade as a priestess. She was an active member of the Charleston CUUPs chapter, then served as High Priestess of The Foundry and the Spring, an eclectic spiritual community co-founded with her partner, Mina. Sarah served as Co-Chair of the Council of Alternative Spiritual Traditions and co-owned Jumping Water Metaphysical Books and Gifts before taking a sabbatical from public life in order to concentrate on her personal spiritual practice. She lives in Charleston with Mina and makes her living in tourism sales.
Please join us on October 16th at 4:00 pm for an opportunity to learn more about the modern forms of pagan worship that stem from ancient religions. Sarah will give us a general overview of the various sects and belief systems currently in practice.
This is not the first time that our meeting will feature a lecture from someone whose religious views differ from our own. In the past, we’ve had Christian ministers, a Muslim imam, a religious biology professor, and yes, another pagan. It is not only interesting and healthy for our members to learn about other viewpoints, but also important for us to maintain ties with the larger community.
As always, we'll meet in Gage Hall, located at 4 Archdale Street in downtown Charleston. The meeting runs until 5:30 pm, and we'll go out to dinner afterward.