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Pagan Federation

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The Pagan Federation is a Shenfield High School in Essex.[10][11]

There are many different regional bodies each organising its own events and functioning on a local basis [6]

Pagan Federation in the Media

  • Epping Forest Guardian reported on 24 July 2012 that an anonymous leaflet stuffed through letterboxes on Epping High Street on Monday (23 July) warns of a Pagan ‘plan to abduct a male member of the public for use as part of their rituals’. This claim was dismissed by a representative of the Pagan Federation. The Representative stated that the Pagan Federation works with the Government to create guidelines on recognizing Paganism.[12]
  • BBC online article on PF The Pagan Federation as saying that Pagans want the same recognition as other faiths, and that druids, Wiccans, witches and other pagans constitute a serious and growing religious group.[13]

Campaigns of the Pagan Federation

The BBC reported on 27 February 2011, that according to the 2001 Census, 42,000 people declared themselves as Pagans - the seventh highest number for any UK religion - but some experts believe the true figure was nearer 250,000[13] - and is significantly higher now. For the 2011 Census, The Pagan Federation was asking all Pagans to put aside their reservations and to put 'Pagan' in the box for religion. This is so that a truer value of the number of pagans in the UK could be determined.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Jordan, Michael, ed. (2000). Witches An Encyclopedia of Paganism and Magic.  
  2. ^ a b c The Pagan Federation (2008). "The Pagan Federation: Introduction". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Companies House company search". Companies House. 
  4. ^ a b c d Morton, Cole (2010). Is God still an Englishman?. Great Britain: Little Brown. pp. 335–336, 339.  
  5. ^ a b Morton, Cole (22 June 2009). "Everyone's a Pagan Now". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ a b http://pfwessex.org/
  7. ^ The Pagan Federation (2008). "The Pagan Federation - Pagan Dawn". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Mendick, Robert (2 April 2000). "Witches take pagan message to youth".  
  9. ^ Mendick, Robert (9 April 2000). "Pagan teacher to be disciplined by school". The Independent on Sunday (London: Independent Print).  
  10. ^ Lucas, Phillip Charles;  
  11. ^ Strmiska, Michael, ed. (2005). Modern paganism in world cultures : comparative perspectives.  
  12. ^ Bamber, Katie (26 July 2012). "Pagan Rituals will not include kidnap". Epping Forest Guardian (London). p. 5.  
  13. ^ a b "Pagans campaign for Census voice". UK: BBC News. 27 Feb 2011. 

External links

  • The Pagan Federation main website
  • The Pagan Federation International website
  • Pagan Federation London website
  • PF Wessex website
  • Guardian G2 Sunday feature `Everyone's a Pagan Now' by Cole Morton
  • BBC News `Pagans Campaign for Census Voice'
  • Epping Forest Guardian "Pagns deny "ridiculous" claims of Lammas Day abduction plan"
The organisation produces the magazine, [2] It is active throughout Europe and organises a large number of Pagan events.

According to the Pagan Federation Wessex website the Pagan Federation "seeks to support all Pagans to ensure they have the same rights as the followers of other beliefs and religions. It aims to promote a positive profile for Pagans and Paganism and to provide information on Pagan beliefs to the media, official bodies and the greater community." [6]

  • Promotion of contact between Pagan groups and genuine seekers of the Old Ways.[1]
  • Promotion of contact and dialogue between the various branches of European Paganism and other Pagan organisations worldwide.[1]
  • Provision of practical and effective information on Paganism to members of the public, media, public bodies, and the Administration.[1]

The Aim of the PF translates as the following core activities,

  • The Pagan Federation aims to represent all "followers of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion"[5] and has a membership that includes druids as well as wiccans, practising modern witchcraft; shamans, engaging with the spirits of the land; and heathens, worshipping the gods of the north European tribes.[5]

Aims of the Pagan Federation

  • Each person has a right to follow his or her own path, as long as it harms no one.[4]
  • There is a higher power (or powers),[4]
  • Nature is to be venerated[4]

The Pagan Federation believes that `Paganism is the ancestral religion of the whole of humanity',[4] according to Cole Morton who was awarded the`Pagan Federation National Journalist of the Year' in 2010. Pagan Federation states that for someone to be Pagan, they need only believe in the following:

Beliefs of the Pagan Federation

Contents

  • Beliefs of the Pagan Federation 1
  • Aims of the Pagan Federation 2
  • Pagan Federation in the Media 3
  • Campaigns of the Pagan Federation 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

The Pagan Federation publishes a quarterly magazine, Pagan Dawn, that features articles, reviews and research on Polytheism and cultural history.

lists the objects of the Pagan Federation as providing a service for pagans in Uk and abroad, provide information about Paganism to the public and all interested bodies, educate the public about pagan beliefs and traditions, provide access to pagan celebrations, and provide pastoral care for Pagans in the community including those in hospitals and prisons. [3]

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