In Memoriam Lola Moffat

On the evening of Friday September 18, 2015, Lola Moffat passed away less than a year after being diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. She was only 37, and is survived by her sister, Katie Daly, and a niece and nephew. She was a talented massage therapist, graduating from Centerpoint School of Massage this year. She was an active and beloved member of the Paganistan community. A member of the Wiccan Church of Minnesota, and regular attendee of the Earth House Midsummer Gather, she touched the lives of many Twin Cities and upper Midwest Pagans. Known for being a kind and loving person, the community was able to come to her aid after her diagnosis with a fundraiser last May.

 Lola received a healing blanket and necklace at her fundraiser and healing ritual in May.

Lola received a healing blanket and necklace at her fundraiser and healing ritual in May.

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Magic to the People Indiegogo Campaign

Drew Jacob, Rogue Priest and the former Twin Cities resident, has been on a spiritual journey that has led him to create a new project. Jacob is currently fund-raising a successful Indiegogo campaign called “Magic to the People,” to establish a magical work-site to provide free magical services to New Orleans residents and visitors. Jacob, featured previously on PNC-Minnesota for his work at the Temple of the River and then on his incredible cross-country travels on the heroic path, has found a new home in Louisiana.

The Indiegogo campaign, which is going on right now, has already reached its initial goal of $1,100. This exciting news led Jacob to revise his plans to reach a new goal of $2,000 to create a book of magic for the fundraising backers. On top of that, if they reach $3,100, then Jacob will have a guidebook sent to backers that shows a step-by-step guide to setting up your own Magic to the People work-space.

Jacob is a hounsi (initiate) of New Orleans Vodou but not yet a Vodou priest. He is a fully initiated priest of the Irish gods holding the rank of clí in draíocht (druidic practices). He has practiced magic for 17 years, founded and ran an Irish polytheist temple for 7 years, and is now traveling as a journeyman to learn from other traditions. He blogs about his spiritual journey at http://roguepriest.net.

Jacob took a little time out of his busy campaign to speak with PNC-Minnesota:

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Podcaster Releases First Coloring Book For Pagan Kids

by Tasha-Rose Mirick

Many of our readers often tune in to Lamyka Lampry’s “Wiccan Podcast” or even her “Pagan Women’s Podcast.” To the delight of Pagan parents such as me, she also has her podcast “Pagan Bedtime Stories.” Recently Lamyka released a coloring book based on the stories shared on her show. I got the chance to turn the tables on this usual interviewer and ask her a few questions about her coloring book “Pagan Bed Time Stories: How Maui Slowed the Sun” and a fundraiser started to support her work.


TRM: What inspired you to make a Pagan coloring book?

LL: I was inspired to make a Pagan Bed Time Stories coloring book because I saw a severe lack of children’s materials in the Pagan community. When I was growing up I had Hawaiian coloring books that taught me the names of native plants & animals–you know, color in the Hawaiian Monk Seal or the Iwa Bird (frigate bird). I grew up with amazingly beautiful story books about our gods and heroes, the stories of our people. When I got a little older, maybe first or second grade, I had books telling the tales of other peoples. I grew up with stories from all over the world: Greek, Chinese, Japanese, African, and so many more. I wanted to bring and share my childhood with other Pagan children, who like I did, are growing up Pagan. I also wanted to help be a small part of creating the heritage that one day future Pagans will look back on.

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TRM: Have you long been an artist?

LL: I wouldn’t really call myself an artist. I have the gift of words and storytelling but I’m not an illustrator, though I am pretty amazing at glass working. However, I think that’s in line with my storytelling, in a way, like Emerald Rose’s ‘Fire in the Head’ song–both require fire to slowly mold and reveal.

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Pagans Standing By Japan: How You Can Help

Reprinted from Patheos

On Friday, as I watched the news and saw the damage caused by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami that swept the Pacific, I began to reach out to Pagan charities and get as much information as possible on the best way to help the Japanese people rescue, heal and restore. I wish I could claim I was overwhelmed with responses.

Peter Dybing has been reaching out to his contacts to find the best way for folks to effectively aid in the disaster relief. He’s posted his recommendations on his blog. Here is his primary suggestion, and he’s asking folks to match his $54 contribution:

My primary suggestion for donations is ‘Doctors without Borders. This organization now has two teams on the ground in Japan setting up medical treatment centers. While this is a well-known NGO, I am recommending them due to their level of accomplishment in Haiti saving lives. Additionally, when this organization raised enough funds for its Haiti response it stopped accepting donations. It is important to recognize that organizations have a logistical limit as to how much they can accomplish. By suspending fundraising this organization demonstrated a commitment to spend funds wisely and not just take the opportunity to raise unlimited cash as other large NGO’s did. With this in mind, a Pagan Community donation Page has been set up to enable donations to this organization.

The Delaware Valley Pagan Network is also raising donations for disaster relief.

I’ll be contributing what I can and hope you will too. If you know of other ways to show support and solidarity with the Japanese people and the peoples of the Pacific Rim as they respond to this disaster please let us know in the comments.

Article by Star Foster, Pagan Portal Director

Addendum:  via The Wild Hunt

the Unitarian Universalist Association has set up a fund that sounds very promising.

“Following Friday’s devastating earthquake and resulting tsunamis, the UUA has been in contact with our religious partners in Japan to express our concern and our willingness to partner with them in recovery efforts.  Our partners, including Rissho Kosei-kai, Tsubaki Grand Shrine, the Konko Church of Izuo, the Tokyo Dojin Church, and the Japan Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom are all in discernment about the specific efforts they will be taking to support recovery work, and the UUA will walk with them in the directions that are ultimately chosen.  Please join with UUs throughout the United States by contributing to the UUA’s Japan Relief Fund which will support the work that our Japanese partners pursue.”

A partnership of UUA, Buddhist, Shinto, and Japanese religious freedom organizations would seem to help avoid the allegations and scandals that some international aid organizations are encountering, and work towards immediate and locally directed assistance.