• Open meeting of the Lilith Cabal
    Third open dinner meeting of the Lilith Cabal of the New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. This meeting will focus on the following: A ritual format we've been developing, both for solo rituals and for future group rituals of the Lilith Cabal. Answering questions by prospective members about the aims and purposes of both the Church of Azazel proto-congregation in general and the Lilith Cabal in particular. The Lilith Cabal is a group for those members and prospective members of the Church of Azazel who are drawn to Lilith, one of our five Rising Gods (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/risingGods.html) (Lilith, Prometheus, Ishtar, Pan, and Lucifer-of-Sophia). The Rising Gods are each associated with specific desirable aspects of the modern world that are seen as "Satanic" by those Christians (and Muslims) who most strongly believe in a Devil. For example, Lilith is associated with feminism, GLBT rights, sexual freedom in general, and various "dark" subcultures (such as the BDSM community and the Vampire community). The rituals of the Lilith Cabal will include blessings to activists in these causes (where "activists" means not just political activists but also writers, artists, etc. who promote societal change on other levels) and calls to Lilith to aid in the destruction of tyrannical traditions. There will also be rituals more focused on us as individuals and the exploration of hidden parts of ourselves. It is envisioned that the Church of Azazel congregation will eventually consist of five Cabals, one for each Rising God. Over the next few years we plan to build one Cabal at a time, starting with the Lilith Cabal. The Church of Azazel congregation as a whole, consisting of the various Cabals together, will perform rituals focussed primarily on Satan/Azazel. If you are not familiar with the Church of Azazel paradigm, please spend some time exploring the Church of Azazel website (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) before you attend this meeting. See also the collections of information about Lilith here (http://www.meetup.com/Church-of-Azazel-NYC/messages/boards/thread/7901653) and here (http://www.meetup.com/Lilith-NYC/messages/boards/forum/3714422). Also, if you are drawn to Lilith, you are encouraged to participate in the Lilith Cabal (http://www.meetup.com/Church-of-Azazel-NYC/messages/boards/forum/7827962) section of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation's Meetup message board. Please plan to arrive at our meeting between 6:45 and 7:15PM. We will aim to finish the most important parts of the meeting by 9:00 PM. Then, for those who can conveniently stay another hour, we will have a more informal discussion until 10:00 PM. We meet at a diner on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. (The exact address, and other details, will be visible to you on this page once you join this Meetup group -- or log in to Meetup, if you are already a member.) The nearest subway stop is 23rd Street on the 1 line (7th Avenue). We are also within walking distance of the 6th Avenue (F,M) and 8th Avenue (C,E) subways, the 23rd Street PATH station, and Penn Station. Please plan to spend a minimum of $5 on food or drinks, so that the restaurant where we meet will continue to welcome our business. You can find us in the BACK part of the restaurant. Please ask a waiter about "Diane Vera's meetup." At least one or two of us, though probably not most of us, will be wearing black shirts and/or point-down pentagram pendants of some kind. (If you arrive early and are the first to arrive, please have a seat in the BACK part and let the waiter know that you are here for "Diane Vera's meetup.") Newcomers are welcome. Diane Vera, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive and encouraging all attendees to tell the rest of us a bit about themselves and their beliefs, to facilitate conversation. However, please note that our open meetings are intended only for people who have a serious interest in the Church of Azazel and who, for the most part, are in agreement with the Church of Azazel's beliefs and principles (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/). If you are a Satanist but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel's paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings of NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/), which welcomes Satanists of all law-abiding kinds, not just prospective members of the Church of Azazel. If you are drawn to Lilith but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings and rituals of Lilith's Tribe in New York City (http://www.meetup.com/Lilith-NYC/), which welcomes people of all Pagan, polytheistic and occult paths (not just Satanists/LHPers) who are drawn to Lilith. Please RSVP as soon as you can. If you think you can attend but you're not sure yet, please RSVP now to show your interest, then change your RSVP later if necessary. The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group where they will actually meet some people. However, please change your RSVP if it turns out that you can't attend after all, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. For now, our publicly-announced meetings will be dinner meetings at restaurants in Manhattan. We will also hold private meetings (not announced on this site). At least for now, our rituals will be held at private gatherings only. (The only exception to this, so far, is the brief affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html), which may be said at some of our open meetings.) Prospective members of the Church of Azazel are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of both NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) and New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/) as well as the open meetings of of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation itself. Both these two other groups hold meetings more often than our own open meetings and are a good additional way to get to know us.

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  • Open meeting of the Lilith Cabal of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation NYC
    NOTE TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE: We are no longer meeting at the diner where we had been meeting, and we now ask that people arrive between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Second open dinner meeting of the Lilith Cabal of the New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. This meeting will focus on the following: A ritual format we've been developing, both for solo rituals and for future group rituals of the Lilith Cabal. Answering questions by prospective members about the aims and purposes of both the Church of Azazel proto-congregation in general and the Lilith Cabal in particular. The Lilith Cabal is a group for those members and prospective members of the Church of Azazel who are drawn to Lilith, one of our five Rising Gods (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/risingGods.html) (Lilith, Prometheus, Ishtar, Pan, and Lucifer-of-Sophia). The Rising Gods are each associated with specific desirable aspects of the modern world that are seen as "Satanic" by those Christians (and Muslims) who most strongly believe in a Devil. For example, Lilith is associated with feminism, GLBT rights, sexual freedom in general, and various "dark" subcultures (such as the BDSM community and the Vampire community). The rituals of the Lilith Cabal will include blessings to activists in these causes (where "activists" means not just political activists but also writers, artists, etc. who promote societal change on other levels) and calls to Lilith to aid in the destruction of tyrannical traditions. There will also be rituals more focused on us as individuals and the exploration of hidden parts of ourselves. It is envisioned that the Church of Azazel congregation will eventually consist of five Cabals, one for each Rising God. Over the next few years we plan to build one Cabal at a time, starting with the Lilith Cabal. The Church of Azazel congregation as a whole, consisting of the various Cabals together, will perform rituals focussed primarily on Satan/Azazel. If you are not familiar with the Church of Azazel paradigm, please spend some time exploring the Church of Azazel website (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) before you attend this meeting. See also the collections of information about Lilith here (http://www.meetup.com/Church-of-Azazel-NYC/messages/boards/thread/7901653) and here (http://www.meetup.com/Lilith-NYC/messages/boards/forum/3714422). Also, if you are drawn to Lilith, you are encouraged to participate in the Lilith Cabal (http://www.meetup.com/Church-of-Azazel-NYC/messages/boards/forum/7827962) section of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation's Meetup message board. Please plan to arrive at our meeting before 7:00 PM. We will aim to finish the most important parts of the meeting by 9:00 PM. Then, for those who can conveniently stay another hour, we will have a more informal discussion until 9:45 PM. This meeting is at a restaurant. The nearest subway stop is 14 Street on the 7th Avenue line (1,2, and 3). Other nearby subway stops are 14th Street on the 6th Avenue lines (B, F, and M), 14th Street on the 8th Avenue lines (A, C, and E), and the 6th Avenue stop on the L train. We are also within 15-minute walking distance of the 23rd Street PATH station. The exact address of the restaurant, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group (or log on to Meetup, if you are already a member). Please plan to spend a minimum of $5 on food or drinks, so that the restaurant where we meet will continue to welcome our business. You can find us in the BACK part of the restaurant. Please ask a waiter about "Diane Vera's meetup." At least one or two of us, though probably not most of us, will be wearing black shirts and/or point-down pentagram pendants of some kind. (If you arrive early and are the first to arrive, please have a seat in the BACK part and let the waiter know that you are here for "Diane Vera's meetup.") Newcomers are welcome. Diane Vera, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive and encouraging all attendees to tell the rest of us a bit about themselves and their beliefs, to facilitate conversation. However, please note that our open meetings are intended only for people who have a serious interest in the Church of Azazel and who, for the most part, are in agreement with the Church of Azazel's beliefs and principles (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/). If you are a Satanist but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel's paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings of NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/), which welcomes Satanists of all law-abiding kinds, not just prospective members of the Church of Azazel. If you are drawn to Lilith but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings and rituals of Lilith's Tribe in New York City (http://www.meetup.com/Lilith-NYC/), which welcomes people of all Pagan, polytheistic and occult paths (not just Satanists/LHPers) who are drawn to Lilith. Please RSVP as soon as you can. If you think you can attend but you're not sure yet, please RSVP now to show your interest, then change your RSVP later if necessary. The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group where they will actually meet some people. However, please change your RSVP if it turns out that you can't attend after all, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. For now, our publicly-announced meetings will be dinner meetings at restaurants in Manhattan. We will also hold private meetings (not announced on this site). At least for now, our rituals will be held at private gatherings only. (The only exception to this, so far, is the brief affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html), which may be said at some of our open meetings.) Prospective members of the Church of Azazel are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of both NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) and New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/) as well as the open meetings of of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation itself. Both these two other groups hold meetings more often than our own open meetings and are a good additional way to get to know us.

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  • First open meeting of the Lilith Cabal (Church of Azazel proto-congregation)
    First open dinner meeting of the Lilith Cabal of the New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. The Lilith Cabal will be a group for those members and prospective members of the Church of Azazel who are drawn to Lilith, one of our five Rising Gods (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/risingGods.html) (Lilith, Prometheus, Ishtar, Pan, and Lucifer-of-Sophia). It is envisioned that the Church of Azazel congregation will eventually consist of five Cabals, one for each Rising God. Over the next few years we plan to build one Cabal at a time, starting with the Lilith Cabal. If you are not familiar with the Church of Azazel paradigm, please spend some time exploring the Church of Azazel website (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) before you attend this meeting. See also the collections of information about Lilith here (http://www.meetup.com/Church-of-Azazel-NYC/messages/boards/thread/7901653) and here (http://www.meetup.com/Lilith-NYC/messages/boards/forum/3714422). Also, if you are drawn to Lilith, you are encouraged to participate in the Lilith Cabal (http://www.meetup.com/Church-of-Azazel-NYC/messages/boards/forum/7827962) section of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation's Meetup message board. Please plan to arrive at our meeting before 7:15 PM. The meeting will have the following format (times approximate): 7:00 to 7:15: Informal socializing. 7:15 to 7:25: Order food. 7:25 to 7:50: Introductions and announcements. Tell us a little about your own perspective on Satanism, Luciferianism, "Dark" Paganism, or "Left-Hand-Path" occultism, and also tell us a little about your own personal spiritual/religious history. 7:50 to 8:00: Break. 8:00 to 8:45: Brief presentation by Diane Vera about the aims of both the Church of Azazel proto-congregation and the Lilith Cabal, followed by discussion. 8:45 to 8:55: Break. 8:55 to 9:45: Discussion about the Lilith rituals we are developing. 9:45 to 10:00 or later: Informal socializing. This meeting is at a diner. The nearest subway stop is 23rd Street on the C and E lines (8th Avenue). We are also within 15-minute walking distance of the 6th and 7th Avenue subways, the 23rd Street PATH station, and Penn Station. The exact address of the diner, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group (or log on to Meetup, if you are already a member). You can find us in the BACK part of the diner. Please ask a waiter about "Diane Vera's meetup." At least one or two of us, though probably not most of us, will be wearing black shirts and/or point-down pentagram pendants of some kind. (If you arrive early and are the first to arrive, please have a seat in the BACK part and let the waiter know that you are here for "Diane Vera's meetup.") Newcomers are welcome. Diane Vera, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive and encouraging all attendees to tell the rest of us a bit about themselves and their beliefs, to facilitate conversation. However, please note that our open meetings are intended only for people who have a serious interest in the Church of Azazel and who, for the most part, are in agreement with the Church of Azazel's beliefs and principles (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/). If you are a Satanist but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel's paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings of NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/), which welcomes Satanists of all law-abiding kinds, not just prospective members of the Church of Azazel. Also, please plan to spend a minimum of $5 on food or drinks, so that the restaurant where we meet will continue to welcome our business. Please RSVP as soon as you can, with at least a "maybe" if you can't yet say "yes" or "no." The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group where they will actually meet some people. If you RSVP "maybe," we would appreciate it very much if you could then change your RSVP to a "yes" or "no" by no later than at least a few days before the event, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. This is important. Please remember to RSVP. For now, our publicly-announced meetings will be dinner meetings at restaurants in Manhattan. We will also hold private meetings (not announced on this site). At least for now, our rituals will be held at private gatherings only. (The only exception to this, so far, is the brief affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html), which may be said at some of our open meetings.) Prospective members of the Church of Azazel are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of both NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) and New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/) as well as the open meetings of of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation itself. Both these two other groups hold meetings more often than our own open meetings and are a good additional way to get to know us.

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  • Discussion about coordinated solo rituals (Church of Azazel proto-congregation)
    Open meeting of the New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. We will discuss our rituals. Because the NYC Satanists/LHP group (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) was very well-attended this past year, we expect that we will soon have enough people to launch a group (big enough to rent space) to do rituals based on the Church of Azazel paradigm. As a first step, while the group is still growing to sufficient size, people who are now interested can begin practicing the rituals solo, giving each other feedback on how effective the rituals are for us and on possible ways to improve them. Then, later in the year, we'll begin doing the rituals as a group. At this meeting, we will briefly discuss the Church of Azazel paradigm, and then discuss the rituals in detail. The first coordinated solo ritual to be discussed will be the self-initiation ritual (http://theisticsatanism.com/rituals/new/init-rite.html) on Diane Vera's Theistic Satanism website. After that, there will be other rituals using the same ritual format (http://theisticsatanism.com/rituals/standard/), including rituals aimed at improving our own material well-being. The ritual format, featuring four elemental Princes as aspects of Satan/Azazel, will be discussed in detail. Please spend some time exploring the Church of Azazel website (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) before you attend. Please plan to arrive before 7:30 PM. The meeting will have the following format (times approximate): 7:15 to 7:30: Informal socializing. 7:30 to 7:40: Order food. 7:40 to 8:05: Introductions and announcements. 8:05 to 8:15: Break. 8:15 to 9:15: Discussion of main topic: The rituals we'll be doing this year. 9:15 to 9:25: Break. 9:25 to 9:45: Brief discussion about the five Rising Gods (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/risingGods.html), and choose parts for the Affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html). 9:45 to 9:50: Final announcements. 9:50 to 10:00: Affirmation of our common purpose. 10:00 to 10:15 or later: Informal socializing. This meeting is at a diner. The nearest subway stop is 23rd Street on the C and E lines (8th Avenue). We are also within walking distance of the 6th and 7th Avenue subways, the 23rd Street PATH station, and Penn Station. The exact address of the diner, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group (or log on to Meetup, if you are already a member). You can find us in the BACK part of the diner. Please ask a waiter about "Diane Vera's meetup." At least one or two of us, though probably not most of us, will be wearing black shirts and/or point-down pentagram pendants of some kind. (If you arrive early and are the first to arrive, please have a seat in the BACK part and let the waiter know that you are here for "Diane Vera's meetup.") Newcomers are welcome. Diane Vera, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive and encouraging all attendees to tell the rest of us a bit about themselves and their beliefs, to facilitate conversation. However, please note that our open meetings are intended only for people who have a serious interest in the Church of Azazel and who, for the most part, are in agreement with the Church of Azazel's beliefs and principles (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/). If you are a Satanist but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel's paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings of NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/), which welcomes Satanists of all law-abiding kinds, not just prospective members of the Church of Azazel. Also, please plan to spend a minimum of $5 on food or drinks, so that the restaurant where we meet will continue to welcome our business. Please RSVP as soon as you can, with at least a "maybe" if you can't yet say "yes" or "no." The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group where they will actually meet some people. If you RSVP "maybe," we would appreciate it very much if you could then change your RSVP to a "yes" or "no" by no later than at least a few days before the event, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. This is important. Please remember to RSVP. For now, our publicly-announced meetings will be dinner meetings at restaurants in Manhattan. We may also hold private meetings (not announced on this site). At least for now, our rituals will be held at private gatherings only. (The only exception to this, so far, is the brief affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html), which may be said at some of our open meetings.) Prospective members of the Church of Azazel are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of both NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) and New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/) as well as the open meetings of of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation itself. Both these two other groups hold meetings more often than our own open meetings and are a good additional way to get to know us.

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  • Dinner meeting in Manhattan (Church of Azazel proto-congregation)
    Open meeting of the New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. The main topic will be rituals. We'll also discuss whatever other topics people at the meeting want to discuss that are relevant to the Church of Azazel paradigm. Please spend some time exploring the Church of Azazel website (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) before you attend. Please note the new location of this meeting. Please plan to arrive before 7:30 PM. The meeting will have the following format: 7:15 to 7:30: Informal socializing. 7:30 to 7:40: Order food. 7:40 to 8:05: Introductions. Tell us a little about your own perspective on Satanism, Luciferianism, "Dark" Paganism, or "Left-Hand-Path" occultism, and also tell us a little about your own personal spiritual/religious history. 8:05 to 8:15: Break. 8:15 to 9:15: Discussion of topics raised by attendees pertaining to the Church of Azazel (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) paradigm. 9:15 to 9:25: Break. 9:25 to 10:00: Announcements, discussion of possible future plans, and miscellaneous. 10:00 to 10:15 or later: Informal socializing. This meeting is at a diner. The nearest subway stop is 34th Street on the A, C, and E lines (8th Avenue). The exact address of the diner, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group (or log on to Meetup, if you are already a member). You can find us in the BACK part of the diner. Please ask a waiter about "Diane Vera's meetup." At least one or two of us, though probably not most of us, will be wearing black shirts and/or point-down pentagram pendants of some kind. (If you arrive early and are the first to arrive, please have a seat in the BACK part and let the waiter know that you are here for "Diane Vera's meetup.") Newcomers are welcome. Diane Vera, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive and encouraging all attendees to tell the rest of us a bit about themselves and their beliefs, to facilitate conversation. However, please note that our open meetings are intended only for people who have a serious interest in the Church of Azazel and who, for the most part, are in agreement with the Church of Azazel's beliefs and principles (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/). If you are a Satanist but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel's paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings of NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/), which welcomes Satanists of all law-abiding kinds, not just prospective members of the Church of Azazel. Also, please plan to spend a minimum of $5 on food or drinks, so that the restaurant where we meet will continue to welcome our business. Please RSVP as soon as you can, with at least a "maybe" if you can't yet say "yes" or "no." The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group where they will actually meet some people. If you RSVP "maybe," we would appreciate it very much if you could then change your RSVP to a "yes" or "no" by no later than at least a few days before the event, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. This is important. Please remember to RSVP. For now, our publicly-announced meetings will be dinner meetings at restaurants in Manhattan. We will also hold private meetings (not announced on this site). At least for now, our rituals will be held at private gatherings only. (The only exception to this, so far, is the brief affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html), which may be said at some of our open meetings.) Prospective members of the Church of Azazel are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of both NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) and New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/) as well as the open meetings of of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation itself. Both these two other groups hold meetings more often than our own open meetings and are a good additional way to get to know us.

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  • Dinner meeting in Manhattan (Church of Azazel proto-congregation
    Open meeting of the New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. No announced topic. We'll discuss whatever topics people at the meeting want to discuss that are relevant to the Church of Azazel paradigm. Please spend some time exploring the Church of Azazel website (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) before you attend. Note: This meeting will begin a half hour later than normal and will be a half hour shorter than normal. Please try to arrive before 8:00 PM. For now, our publicly-announced meetings will be dinner meetings at restaurants in Manhattan and sometimes in Queens. We will also hold private meetings (not announced on this site). At least for now, our rituals will be held at private gatherings only. (The only exception to this, so far, is the brief affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html), which may be said at some of our open meetings.) This meeting is at a diner, one block west of Penn Station. (The exact address, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group.) The nearest subway stop is 34th Street on the A, C, and E lines (8th Avenue). We'll be meeting at a table in the BACK part of the diner. Please ask a waiter about "Diane Vera's meetup." At least one or two of us, though probably not most of us, will be wearing black shirts and/or point-down pentagram pendants of some kind. (If you arrive early and are the first to arrive, please have a seat in the BACK part, but in an area from which you can still see the front door, and let the waiter know that you are here for "Diane Vera's meetup.") Newcomers are welcome. Diane Vera, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive and encouraging all attendees to tell the rest of us a bit about themselves and their beliefs, to facilitate conversation. However, please note that our open meetings are intended only for people who have a serious interest in the Church of Azazel and who, for the most part, are in agreement with the Church of Azazel's beliefs and principles (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/). If you are a Satanist but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel's paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings of NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/), which welcomes Satanists of all law-abiding kinds, not just prospective members of the Church of Azazel. Also, please plan to spend a minimum of $5 on food or drinks, so that the restaurant where we meet will continue to welcome our business. Please RSVP as soon as you can, with at least a "maybe" if you can't yet say "yes" or "no." The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group where they will actually meet some people. If you RSVP "maybe," we would appreciate it very much if you could then change your RSVP to a "yes" or "no" by no later than at least a few days before the event, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. This is important. Please remember to RSVP. Prospective members of the Church of Azazel are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of both NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) and New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/) as well as the open meetings of of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation itself. Both these two other groups hold meetings more often than our own open meetings and are a good additional way to get to know us.

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  • Q&A about the Church of Azazel paradigm
    Open meeting of the New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. This meeting will be devoted to whatever questions people at the meeting have about the Church of Azazel paradigm. Before you attend the meeting, please spend some time reading the Church of Azazel website (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/) so you can come armed with intelligent questions. Please plan to arrive before 7:30 PM. The meeting will have the following format: 7:15 to 7:30: Informal socializing. 7:30 to 7:40: Order food. 7:40 to 8:05: Introductions. Tell us a little about your own perspective on Satanism, Luciferianism, "Dark" Paganism, or "Left-Hand-Path" occultism, and also tell us a little about your own personal spiritual/religious history. 8:05 to 8:15: Break. 8:15 to 9:15: Discussion of topics raised by attendees. 9:15 to 9:25: Break. 9:25 to 10:00: Announcements, discussion of possible future plans, and miscellaneous. 10:00 to 10:15 or later: Informal socializing. For now, our publicly-announced meetings will be dinner meetings at restaurants in Manhattan and sometimes in Queens. We will also hold private meetings (not announced on this site). At least for now, our rituals (other than the affirmation of our common purpose (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/rituals/purpose.html)) will be held at private gatherings only. This meeting is at a diner, one block west of Penn Station. (The exact address, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group.) The nearest subway stop is 34th Street on the A, C, and E lines (8th Avenue). We'll be meeting at a table in the BACK part of the diner. Please ask a waiter about "Diane Vera's meetup." At least one or two of us, though probably not most of us, will be wearing black shirts and/or point-down pentagram pendants of some kind. (If you arrive early and are the first to arrive, please have a seat in the BACK part, but in an area from which you can still see the front door, and let the waiter know that you are here for "Diane Vera's meetup.") Newcomers are welcome. Diane Vera, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive and encouraging all attendees to tell the rest of us a bit about themselves and their beliefs, to facilitate conversation. However, please note that our open meetings are intended only for people who have a serious interest in the Church of Azazel and who, for the most part, are in agreement with the Church of Azazel's beliefs and principles (http://theisticsatanism.com/CoAz/belief/). If you are a Satanist but have strong disagreements with the Church of Azazel's paradigm, you are still welcome to attend meetings of NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/), which welcomes Satanists of all law-abiding kinds, not just prospective members of the Church of Azazel. Also, please plan to spend a minimum of $5 on food or drinks, so that the restaurant where we meet will continue to welcome our business. Please RSVP as soon as you can, with at least a "maybe" if you can't yet say "yes" or "no." The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group where they will actually meet some people. If you RSVP "maybe," we would appreciate it very much if you could then change your RSVP to a "yes" or "no" by no later than at least a few days before the event, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. This is important. Please remember to RSVP. Prospective members of the Church of Azazel are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of both NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists (http://www.meetup.com/Satanists-NYC/) and New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/) as well as the open meetings of of the Church of Azazel proto-congregation itself. Both these two other groups hold meetings more often than our own open meetings and are a good additional way to get to know us.

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