Pagan Wedding, Veterans Ceremony, Religious Freedom Talk, part of 2016 Pagan Pride Day
Fort Wayne Indiana Pagan Pride (September 10, 2016) – Fort Wayne’s 3rd International Pagan Pride Day will be held on September 10, 2016 at Conklin Pavilion at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana starting at 11:00 AM and going until 5:30 PM. The Pavilion is located at 6401 St. Joe Rd. Fort Wayne, Indiana. This free, public event is open to people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs. This year for the first time, the event will include a keynote address by a national Pagan leader. The keynote speaker, Rev. Selena Fox, of Wisconsin, is executive director of the Lady Liberty League and senior minister of Circle Sanctuary, which has been serving Pagans of many traditions worldwide since 1974. Selena will begin her keynote at noon at PPD with a Military Pagan Honoring Ceremony that will include the presentation of Pagan Military Service Ribbons to Pagans who have served and who are serving in the US Armed Forces. Immediately following this she will begin a public talk on: Quest for Pagan Religious Freedom & Civil Rights. Selena will talk about the work that Lady Liberty League, Circle Sanctuary, and other organizations have been doing over the years to have equal rights for Pagans in society in the USA and other countries. Her talk is part of a series of keynotes she is presenting at events across the USA leading up to the 10th anniversary of the Veteran Pentacle Quest victory in 2007, which resulted in the US Department of Veterans Affairs including the Wiccan/Pagan religious symbol, the Pentacle, on its list of emblems of belief that can be included on grave markers that the VA issues to honor deceased veterans. Reverend Selena Fox will also be conducting a Pagan wedding, the handfasting of David Mehling & Rhonda Avery at 2:30 pm, free & open to the public. Selena will also be giving a cultural diversity talk on Friday evening September 9, 2016 at 7pm at the IPFW campus. She will be in Neff Hall Room 101. The International Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of prejudice and religious discrimination through education, activism, charity and community. Pagan Pride celebrations are now held annually around the world, and usually within weeks of the Autumn Equinox. Over fifty cities participated in 1999 and this year there are more than 200 scheduled events in more than 40 states. There are also scheduled celebrations throughout the world for the 2016 Pagan Pride Day season.
This year’s event will include information booths, entertainment, vending, and other activities celebrating the Autumn Equinox, a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions. Any item of non-perishable food or dog/cat food will be accepted as admission and donated to Community Harvest Food bank or ASPCA charities. This year’s event will feature a carry-in potluck lunch with soups provided by the officers of FWIPP. The food drive gives participants a way to help those of many backgrounds and beliefs in the area who are in need and is part of Paganism’s work to contribute to the well-being of society. The Pagan Pride project also is an opportunity for the general public to develop a better understanding of ancient and contemporary Paganism, Nature-centered polytheistic religions which celebrate the Circle of Life and honour the Divine in diverse ways, including as a Great Mother and Great Father. Donations of non-perishable food will be given to the Community Harvest Food Bank and donations of dog or cat food will be given to the ASPCA in Fort Wayne. This event is sponsored by Pagan Pride Fort Wayne and area stores. For more information about the event or about Pagan religions, call Pandora Silverfin (Tina Horton CMT) Local Coordinator at 260-908-0976 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information regarding Pagan Pride Day is located at http://www.paganpride.org For more information about Circle Sanctuary, its military ministries, religious freedom work, and other endeavors: www.circlesanctuary.org