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Council of Elders and Pagan Prison Volunteer meetings

elan
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Eugene, OR
Post #: 181
On Monday 6/24/2013, CUUPs sponsored a meeting of Pagan Elders & Pagan prison
volunteers. These meetings were a great success.

The meeting of The Council of Elders began a bit late (about 2:30pm) after a coffee pot snafu.
There were 18 Pagan Elders in attendance. The Elders represented at least 15 Pagan communities from 12 towns. These are the towns that were represented Albany, Bend, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Eugene, Hill City, Milwaukee, Salem, Silverton, Springfield, Veneta and Waldport.

The main topics covered included increased networking with each other. In that vein we talked about events that were coming up, ie Oregon Coast Pan Pagan Days in Waldport, Pagan Pride Day in Salem and a possible one Day Beltane Festival in Eugene. Other topics included “How do we support one another,” a bit about who we were and why we had come together.

In the evening we held a meeting intending it to be a chance for the Pagan prison Volunteers who work in Oregon Corrections to get to know one another. There 14 prison volunteers & other interested folk. Also in attendance was Karen Campbell, who as OSP(Oregon State Penitentiary) staff, was instrumental in creating the program that allowed the Wiccan program to come into being. Also in attendance was a local gentleman who as an inmate had worked with Karen to get that and other programs going at OSP. These two people added an exceptional dimension to the event as they were able to give us a perspective that as volunteers we couldn't possibly be privy to.

Carl Neal also attended to film the prison meeting. He was filming for the public access program “Magic Moment.” The footage is also to be part of a
video that is to be used in other states. The purpose of this video is to share with both Pagans and prison staff in California. The idea is to help educate people on both sides to understand what is happening here and to reduce fear and misconceptions of each other as they develop a Pagan program in the California penal system. My hope is it might be used in other states as well.

Between meetings we held a Barbeque that was open to the public. Close to 50 people attended meetings and the dinner. Several people from the non-Pagan parts of our community attended with and had a chance to meet this amazing group of people.

Both of these meetings were historical events on their own merit. All together it was a day worth remembering. We are building bridges.

A former member
Post #: 50
Thank You Elan for being who you are. . .
You do help build bridges,
and help build days worth remembering. . .

Many Blessings Upon Us All,
Oakridge Michael and his Cat Still The Bed Hog Harley
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