We list and provide basic info on key Pagan & Wiccan organisations (not for profit) that work in London, England & Uk.
The Pagan Federation (registered not-for-profit Company in England & Wales):
(The PF) has been in continuous existence since 1971, and has been publishing it’s journal (Pagan Dawn) since 1969 (previously `The Wiccan’), with current readership of over 10,000 quarterly.
The PF is one of largest and oldest pagan organisations in Europe and is run entirely by volunteers. A nationwide network, run by over 40 Regional Co-ordinators and additional local organisers now work to build a strong network and put members in touch with each other, via pub moots, social gatherings, talks, open rituals and National & Regional Conferences.
The PF became a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in the year 2000. The Pagan Federation Ltd. Company No. 4056879 registered in England & Wales. Registered Office: Town Farm, Tibshelf, Derbyshire, UK DE55 5NY.
The Children of Artemis ( Witchfest):
Children of Artemis is a UK-based Witchcraft membership organisation that organises Witchfests; regular Wiccan and Witchcraft themed festivals and conferences, periodically held in London, Glasgow and Cardiff. They publish the magazine Witchcraft & Wicca. The Children of Artemis (CoA) first started out as a ritual group, then continued as a small group until 1995, when it was transformed into a public membership organisation.
Initially it grew slowly until around 1999–2000, and then with the established of CoA’s website, magazine and events, CoA flourished. CoA is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who are given responsibility for their areas of expertise, which includes Witchfests, the magazine, the website, and all other areas of the organisation.
It has no hierarchy, no titles, and as there are no political positions, it holds no elections. It is a religious organisation dedicated to Wicca and Witchcraft. The first Witchfest event came in 2002, and in 2012, CoA is celebraying 10 years of Witchfest.
Visit Children of Artemis Visit Witchfest (info taken from Wikipedia)
The Centre for Pagan Studies
In 2009, The Centre for Pagan Studies came to major public attention, with the organising of `Charge of the Goddess: Day for Doreen’ in Central London. The following year, another conference, `Day for Gerald’ was organised. No conferences were held in 2011, but CFPS organised `Day with Professor Ronald Hutton’ in early autumn of 2012.
CFPS states in their blog that their intent is to create an open organisation which will be accessible to all for membership (“a company limited by guarantee”) and as such it will adopt its charitable objects from the recently formed Doreen Valiente Foundation’s own objects. Formed on the 6th March 2011, the Doreen Valiente Foundation has the the primary objects “To protect artefacts which are important to the past, present and future of pagan religions” and “To make the artefacts available for education and research”.
Fellowship of Isis
The Fellowship of Isis (FOI) is an international spiritual organization devoted to promoting awareness of the Goddess. It is dedicated specifically to the Egyptian goddess Isis because the FOI co-founders believed Isis best represented the energies of the dawning Aquarian Age. The FOI is a multi-faith, multi-racial, and multi-cultural organization, and despite worshipping pagan deities, does not consider itself to be a Neopagan faith. All members in the Fellowship of Isis have equal privileges within it, and membership is free. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join – once an individual has read through the Fellowship of Isis Manifesto and finds themselves in agreement with the principles laid out within it. There are no vows of secrecy. Members are free to resign at any time, if they so choose and to rejoin again at a later time.
- The stated goal of the Fellowship of Isis is to support and promote the idea of the Divine Feminine. The Fellowship of Isis Manifesto sets out the basic principles of this society. The Fellowship accepts religious toleration, and is not exclusivist. Members are free to maintain other religious allegiances. The good in all faiths is honoured. The Fellowship of Isis has no particular affiliations. It practices total religious tolerance, forbids sacrifice of any kind and discourages asceticism. The Fellowship is dedicated to spreading the religion of all the Goddesses throughout this planet. The Gods are also venerated. The Goddess is seen as Deity, the Divine Mother of all beings, as well as the embodiment of Truth and Beauty.
The Fellowship of Isis claims over 24,000 members in nearly a hundred countries. Members often blend their own traditions and beliefs with those offered by the Fellowship (info / extracts taken from wikipedia)
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The Druid Network (registered religious Charity in UK)
Mission: The Druid Network aims, through connecting individuals and groups together, through coordinating efforts and initiative, and through actively interfacing with public bodies and the media, to Inform, Inspire and Facilitate Druidry as a Religion.
- Work of TDN: The Network is not a Druid Order: it makes no attempt at defining or teaching one interpretation of Druidry, ancient or modern. Instead it aims to offer a rich blend of information and inspiration to all, expressing a philosophy that is a celebration of life, a reaching to understand the power of nature with respect and sensitivity. Druidry is not only a philosophy though; for an increasing number of people it is a deeply held religious practice, honouring the sanctity of nature and providing an ethical framework based on the understanding of sustainable, honourable relationship. The Network therefore also aims to provide conscious support of individuality, community, local diversity and environmental sustainability, promoting awareness of the divine within nature, helping to create a world beyond unnecessary consumerism and political paranoia. Put more simply the aim is to inform, inspire and facilitate the practice of Druidry as a modern living religion.
- Charity status: In September 2010, The Druid Network was informed that it met the requirements for registration as a charitable organisation under the ‘religious’ heading, operating in the public benefit. Subsequently, The Druid Network was registered by the Charities Commission (No 1138265).The first Druid group ever to be accepted by the Charity Commissioners and entered onto the Register of Charities, the move establishes Druidry as a bone fide religion under English Charity Law, and gives Druidry equal status with other qualifying religions. It also recognises that The Druid Network exists to advance religion for the public benefit.Emma Restall Orr, founder of The Druid Network, hopes this landmark decision will make it easier for other modern Pagan traditions to get charitable status for their aid organisations. – (info taken from sections of The Druid Network website)
Visit the website for The Druid Network >>
Pagan Future-Fest Events:
PFF organises 2 major events every year – Belostra in late April, and Halloween Festival in late October.
Event activities: Opening Ritual ; Live Music; Tarot Reading; Palm Reading; Pagan Supplies; Talks; Workshops; Raffle; Drum Out (Please join in); Closing Ceremony.
For further info see website www.PaganFutureFests.org.uk