Presented by John
The address above is the site of our rituals, but it is NOT our Church's Mailing Address. Please visit our Contact Page for WiCoM's E-mail and Earth-Mail addresses.
Samhain is the Celtic celebration of the Dead, where the recently passed are remembered, the Ancestors honored and our connections are reaffirmed. The name means “end of Summer” and the Celts considered this the beginning of the New Year. For many Wiccans this is a significant moment in the lives of the Gods. The Verdant God, who is injured at Midsummer permits himself to be sacrificed at the Harvest and becomes the Hunter of Souls. In the intervening six weeks, the world dies around us as He collects the spirits of plants and animals, and humans are collected by his Wild Hunt and taken into the underworld of Summerland. At Samhain, the Goddess descends to find her Lover and winter begins as the Gods retire to that land of endless summer between the worlds.
For those following Northern paths, this is approximately Dísablót where offerings are made to nature spirits and many believe this was also a time for honoring the Dead. In both paths, this is a time when communication can be made more easily than in other seasons.
Access to Ritual (Dates Through The Wheel)
Many Wiccans choose to practice their spirituality as solitary practitioners, others seek a group ritual experience. Not all who desire group ritual experience are members of a coven or other group to fulfill that need. WiCoM tries to meet the needs of these members by sponsoring group celebrations of the eight sabbats.
In an effort to promote well-crafted rituals, WiCoM will host a feedback meeting for the above ritual. If you attend the ritual, we would be very pleased to hear what you thought of it. In an attempt to present a balanced and thoughtful critique, we ask that you follow this format for presenting both your thoughts and your suggestions:
Discussion will be encouraged.
This Post-Ritual Critique meeting will be conducted:
Church-recognized Elders and Teachers have voting rights at their respective moots. Moots are scheduled consecutively: General, Teachers, Elders, and Executive.
WiCoM is governed by an Executive Board made up of an Elders' Representative, a Teachers' Representative and a General Representative, who are advised by our May Queen, Green Man and Fool, and assisted by the Treasurer, Secretary and Webcrafter. The operations of the Church are overseen by four Trustees, and the books are periodically independently audited. We are required by our bylaws to convene a minimum of four meetings, or "moots," each year to formally conduct the Church's business. All moots are open to the public and public participation is welcome. Dues-paid members of at least Voting Membership level may vote at the General Moot. Church-recognized Elders and Teachers have voting rights at their respective moots. Moots are scheduled consecutively: General, Teachers, Elders, and Executive.
The next round of moots is scheduled for:
Subsequent Moots: To Be Announced.
In the past WiCoM has co-sponsored various informational meetings with different groups for the purpose of community education and hospitality. Examples of such groups include the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments (community education) and sponsoring a suite at the Minicon science fiction convention (hospitality). At these and other events, WiCoM is dedicated to the portrayal of Wicca as a life-affirming spiritual path.
Many members of WiCoM are also members of other Wiccan and pagan organizations, both locally and nationally. Our newsletter, "The WitchTower", has been sent as a part of an information exchange to organizations in Minneapolis and to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Copyright © 2001-2014 Wiccan Church of Minnesota