Community Center Hits Goal

Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, sent out a message in early July that they were in dire fiscal straits and needed over$12,000 dollars by July 31st if they were to avoid closure.  After a series of fundraisers,  matching funds, and individual donors from across the country CJ Stone announces Sacred Paths Center hit their goal and will remain open.

The board of directors has voted to keep the Sacred Paths Center open and will begin to further cut operating costs and to re-focus our staff and center on our core mission and competencies.

At the next regularly scheduled meeting (Wednesday, August 10, 2011), the board will hear proposals from several committees to improve the level and quality of service we offer our members and the community; to ensure SPC stays strong and has the resources to act; to become a strong advocate in the metro area for our essential mission and promise. – Statement from Sacred Paths Center

The center announced $13,140 had been raised during the past month.

One of the fundraisers held, a Harry Potter Birthday Party, took place at the center on Friday, July 29th.  Attendees were invited to come dressed as a character from the series and enter the costume contest.  Other activities included Potter trivia and wand crafting for kids.


Sacred Spaces Part 5 – Funding and Sustaining a Community Center

Sacred Spaces is a series that looks at successful examples of modern Pagans creating and maintaining permanent places for worship and fellowship. In this segment, we look at how Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center in St Paul, made it through a financial crisis that could have closed its doors and emerged financially sustainable.

In Part 6 of Sacred Spaces, we talk with Sacred Paths Center Executive Director Teisha and Board member CJ Stone about the profound impact the community center has had on the Pagan community in the Twin Cities and why it is worth the effort, sweat, and money to have a place where Pagans can be Pagans.

Previous segments of this series can be seen here:
Part 1 – Temple of the River: Getting started
Part 2 – Temple of the River: Challenges and Construction
Part 3 – Temple of the River: Funding
Part 4 – Sacred Paths Center: Birth of a Community Center