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NW PAGAN PARENTS ORGANIZE Seattle -- A group known as the Pagan Parents Association has formed here in the northwest to network and share experiences and resources among Pagan parents. Their Statement of Purpose says it all: 1. Socialization for Pagan children. It is hard to be the only Pagan kid on the block. 2. Support for Pagan parents trying to raise their children in a Christian community. 3. Support for parents engaged in witchcraft--related custody battles. 4. Pagan religious education. Teaching the basic Pagan beliefs that are common to most Pagan traditions. Excluding no tradition as wrong. Touting no one as the one--true--right--and--only-- way. 5. Holding monthly potluck meetings for socialization, development of strong community ties, discussion of group business, learning activities. 6. Publication of a monthly newsletter. Topics include games to play with your children, book reviews of good Pagan oriented fiction, updates on court fights and custody battles, information on the eight major Grove Festivals and the phases of the moon, activities to do at these times, short stories, myths, poetry, rituals for children and their families. 7. Organization of workshops, games, lectures. Our community has a rich cultural background. Lets take advantage of it and pass our knowledge and traditions on to our children. Let's start some new traditions; remember, a tradition is anything you do more than once. 8. Answer letters from Pagans who are isolated from the Pagan community by distance. Give support to their efforts. 9. Have fun. Their first newsletter effort is a sixteen page 6 x 8 inch booklet brimming with news, traditions to share at Yule, poetry, and even a connect--the--dots picture for the wee folk in your house to do with their pencils. I especially liked the Trivia section (Hecate was sometimes known as Trivia by the Romans) as those sorts of questions and answers are a great teaching tool. There was also a very interesting Samhain ritual to be done with your children. This newsletter promises to be a handy thing for Pagan parents, both in the northwest and elsewhere. For those of you who'd like more info or would like to attend their next meeting, write PPA, PO Box 2643, Seattle, WA. 98111, or call Eric at (206) 548--0663.


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