Military Ministries

Military Ministries (15)

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 14:36

Veterans Day Circle

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123Every year, on or near Veterans Day, we hold a Veterans Day Circle at Circle Sanctuary headquarters near Barneveld, Wisconsin.  During this ceremony, we honor Pagans who have served and those who are currently serving in the US Military.

Our 2012 Veterans Day Circle will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 3-4 pm in the Temple Room of Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve.  Selena Fox, director of Circle Sanctuary Military Ministries, will be facilitating the ceremony.  The ceremony will include the presentation of Pagan Military Service Ribbons and Certificates.

This event is free and open not only to veterans but all who wish to attend Veterans are invited but not required to wear military symbols, hats, uniforms, and/or other apparel.

RSVP appreciated.  To RSVP and for more details, email: events@circlesanctuary.org or call 608-924-2216.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:21

Veterans Ridge at Circle Cemetery

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Gravestones with pentacles issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mark the remains of deceased Wiccan veterans at Circle Cemetery, a national Pagan cemetery maintained by Circle Sanctuary at its headquarters near Barneveld, Wisconsin. These pentacle-inscribed veteran memorial markers, which were among the first in the nation issued by the VA, were dedicated in a public ceremony on Memorial Day, 2007. The veteran gravestones are along Veterans Ridge, located in the original part of Circle Cemetery. Veterans Ridge has become a place of pilgrimage for honoring deceased veterans memorialized by pentacle gravestones and in remembrance of the Veteran Pentacle Quest victory. The cemetery is open for visitors at events Circle Sanctuary sponsors throughout the year: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/events. For information about Veterans Ridge, contact the Cemetery Director, Rev. Selena Fox: selena@circlesanctuary.org

In Remembrance:

Wiccan and Pagan Veterans with cremains interred and marked by VA-issued Pentacle gravestone.

  • Jerome Birnbaum (1935-2005) of Utah & New York - US Army - interred January 2006
  • Sgt. Patrick Stewart of Nevada (1970-2005) - US Army National Guard, US Army - interred Memorial Day 2007
  • A. Douglas Wilkey (1934-2003) of Kentucky - US Air Force - interred Memorial Day 2007
  • ATR3 Ronald Lee Naanes Sr. (1939-2007) of Indiana - US Navy - interred August 2008
  • Sgt. Jeffrey Koslow (1947-2003) of Ohio - US Army - interred Samhain 2008
  • Joel Gainer of Wisconsin (1948-2009) - US Army - interred May 2009
  • Lcpl. Eric Erickson of Wisconsin (1956-2009) - US Marines - interred July 2009
  • Bruce Kirk Parsons (1947-2010) of Wisconsin - US Navy - interred Samhain 2010
  • Captain Dennis Wayne Presser (1958-2013) of Wisconsin - US Army, US Army National Guard - interred 2013

Remembering Pagan War Dead


Images from Veterans' Ridge

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Selena with Vase Veteran Jeff Koslow Veteran Doug Wilkey
 
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Veteran Jerome Birnbaum Sculpture by Pagan Vet Eric Erickson Veterans' Ridge
 
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Veteran Ron Naanes Veteran Patrick Stewart Altar on Veterans' Ridge

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:20

Military Members Support Altar

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An altar of healing, protection, and support for Wiccan and Pagans troops, veterans, and their families is maintained in the Circle Temple at Circle Sanctuary headquarters near Barneveld, Wisconsin. If you would like to be remembered here, please email or mail a photo along with your name, postal address, email address, and telephone number(s) so that we have multiple ways of being in touch with you. Contact information will be kept confidential, unless you indicate otherwise. Please also describe your connection with the US military. Photos will be placed in our photo album of support kept on the altar. Email: circle@circlesanctuary.org or send to: Military Members Support Altar, Circle, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:20

Sponsored Circles

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FGOC1-smallCircle Sanctuary sponsors and supports open Circles at US military installations, including ships, across the USA and overseas, including war zones. Circle Sanctuary also provides Distinctive Faith Group Leader (DFGL) training and endorsement as part of its Circles sponsorship. The Circles and their DFGLs provide spiritual fellowship, study, and ritual. Membership in the Circles is free and is open to Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans of many paths. For more info, email Dawnwalker, Sponsored Circles coordinator: dfgl@circlesanctuary.org.

Sampling of Pagan Circles sponsored (past & present) by Circle Sanctuary

US Army

  • Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • DSCF7820-smallFort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Fort Wainwright, Alaska
  • Camp Hovey, Korea
  • Fort Hood, Texas
  • Fort Bliss, Texas
  • Camp Ripley, Minnesota
  • Camp Buehring, Kuwait
  • Camp Dehdadi, Afghanistan


US Air Force

  • Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
  • Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
  • Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
  • Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
  • Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • Osan Air Base, Korea
  • Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota
  • Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
  • Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar


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  • USS Ronald Reagan
  • USS Abraham Lincoln
  • USS Carney
  • USS Stennis
  • USS Bataan
  • USS Makin Island
  • Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington
  • USS Carl Vinson
  • Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
  • Mayport Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida


US Marines

  • Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • Camp Pendleton, California


..... plus others.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:19

Pagan Warrior Radio

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Wednesday nights, 8-9 pm central

Weekly internet radio show hosted by Pamela Kelly & David & Jeanet Ewing

Creating Community with Military Pagans & their families across the USA & around the world

Talk * News * Music * Discussion * Rituals * Networking

 

TUNE IN: www.blogtalkradio.com/witchschool - select Pagan Warrior Radio

PARTICIPATE: Call in (347) 308-8222 & join Live Chat during each show

PODCASTS: listen to archived shows on-line or download free podcasts of past shows from iTunes

 

IN THE NEWS:

 

Pagan Warrior Radio launches with Veterans Day Celebration (November 8, 2011, PNC Minnesota)
http://pncminnesota.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/pagan-warrior-radio-launches-with-a-veterans-day-celebration/

COMMUNITY: Follow Pagan Warrior Radio on Facebook & on Twitter: @PaganWarriors

CONTACT: Pamela Kelly, (940) 642-8736; paganwarriorradio@gmail.com

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:19

Military Pagan Prayer Cards

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These wallet-sized laminated cards contain a prayer of protection and blessing on one side and Pentagram with American flag on the other. Created by Circle Sanctuary in March, 2003, these cards are available free of charge to those serving on active duty and to their family and friends who keep altars of support for them.

Religious communities all over the world are rallying in support of their Military personnel being deployed to the Middle East. Most agree that in spite of the wide range of differing opinions regarding this war, those serving in the military still need and deserve the spiritual support of their communities at home.

Pagans from many paths and places serve in the US military and are currently among those being deployed. In response to this, Circle Sanctuary is making available Military Pagan prayer cards for those Pagans on active duty. The prayer card includes a graphic and an Elemental blessing on laminated cardstock, and is about the size of a driver's license or credit card, so as to be easily transported in a wallet.

If you, or someone you know is currently on active duty, and you would like to obtain a card for yourself or them, please contact the Circle office:

(608) 924-2216 or circle@circlesanctuary.org
P.O. Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507

There is no fee charged for these cards. However, donations to help Circle Sanctuary cover the costs of producing & mailing these cards are welcome and tax deductible in the US. Make checks/money orders payable to Circle. Credit card donations are also accepted and can be made below through our secure online payment system.

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Military Pagan Blessing

Powers of the Ancient Ways,
In this place far from my home and my family,
I honor you and call upon you.

Powers of Earth,
Strengthen my physical body and the bodies of my peers and commanders.

Powers of Air,
Keep me vigilant at my post,
My mind clear and sharp.

Powers of Fire,
Give me courage,
Even when my duty is hard or bitter.

Powers of Water,
Grant me restful slumber and good dreams after a long duty day.

Powers of Spirit,
Balance me in honor, nobility, and spiritual purpose.

Powers of Goddess & God & Their Unity,
Be with me & around me, bless me & protect me as I carry out my mission.

So Mote It Be.


© 2003, Circle Sanctuary, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507.
Copies of the Prayer and these credit lines may be copied without
additional permission & forwarded to Pagans in the military.

Prayer Card Project Staff:
Prayer by Dr. Drake Spaeth and Rev. Selena Fox.
Graphic by Kia.
Cards produced by Circle staff.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:18

Pagan Military Service Ribbon

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pmsr ribbonPagan Military Service Ribbon (PMSR) is a recognition award for Pagans who are serving or who have served in the US Military.

This Ribbon pin, created by Circle Sanctuary in 2011, is being ceremonially presented to Pagan veterans and troops by Circle Sanctuary Military Ministers at a variety of festivals, conferences, and other events across the USA.

Ribbon symbolism is embodied in its colors and shapes.  It is rectangular with six red and six white stripes surrounding a field of blue with a golden acorn at its center.

  • The Golden Acorn represents Paganism and the enduring power, strength, protection, and magic of the Oak, held sacred by many Wiccan, Druidic, Heathen, and other Pagan traditions.
  • The Blue field and the Red and White stripes represent the USA, its Flag, and Great Seal.
  • The color Gold represents Generosity and Honor.
  • The color White represents Purity and Dedication.
  • The color Red represents Courage and Valor.
  • The color Blue represents Loyalty and Steadfastness.
  • The Ribbon as a whole represents Recognition and Appreciation for Military Service.

Ribbons are presernted in ceremonies in-person, and also via internet radio which requires a live call-in.  In order to be eligible for a Pagan Military Service Ribbon, please share the following information with us:

 

Circle Sanctuary Military Ministries

www.circlesanctuary.org

(608) 924-2216 * circle@circlesanctuary.org

PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:18

Pagan Military Association

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pmaSocial network for Pagans who are serving and who have served in the military, their families, their friends & supporters.

Open to Pagans of many spiritual paths & organizational affiliations.

Sponsored by Circle Sanctuary as part of its Pagan Military Support services.

Join us on Facebook!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:18

Pagan War Dead

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DSCF7523List compiled by Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary
Current as of November 29, 2011 - Send additions to: circle@circlesanctuary.org
Gravesite for each has a pentacle marker from the US Department of Veterans Affairs

AFGHANISTAN: Operation Enduring Freedom

Sgt. Patrick Dana Stewart of Fernley, Nevada.
Nevada Army National Guard. Killed in action, died September 25, 2005, age 34.
Cremains scattered September 25, 2006, Nevada Highlands, Nevada.
Some cremains buried May 28, 2007, Circle Cemetery, near Barneveld, Wisconsin.


IRAQ: Operation Iraqi Freedom

Spc. James W. Price of Cleveland, Tennessee.
US Army. Killed in action, died September 18, 2004, age 22.
Buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, Tennessee.

Pfc. Stephen P. Snowberger, III of Lopez, Pennsylvania.
US Army. Killed in action, died May 11, 2006, age 18.
Buried in Brown Family Cemetery, Lexington, North Carolina.

Sgt. Jason Alan Schumann of Hawley, Minnesota.
US Army. Killed in action, died May 19, 2007, age 23.
Buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Spc. Charles Thomas Heinlein, Jr. of Hemlock, Michigan.
US Army. Killed in action, died July 31, 2007, age 23.
Buried in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Pfc. Juctin R. P. McDaniel of Andover, New Hampshire.
US Army. Died December 17, 2007, age 19.
Buried in New Hampshire State Cemetery, New Hampshire.

Sgt. Michael Bramer of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
US Army (2001-2006). Severe head injuries in combat in October, 2003.
Died in California of injuries on January 17, 2007, age 23.
Buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath, Maine.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:17

Operation Circle Care

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At Yuletide and throughout the year, Circle Sanctuary sends care packages with Pagan books, magazines, CDs, and other spiritual resources to Wiccans and other Pagans on active duty who are currently serving overseas (both on PCS and Deployment).

You can help this effort by sending us donations of new and nearly new items as well as funds to cover air mail postage.

DONATE ITEMS: contact our Operation Circle Care project coordinator: occ@circlesanctuary.org.

ITEMS NEEDED:
Pagan Spiritual Pendants -

  • Pentacles
  • Ankhs
  • Awen symbols
  • Thor's Hammers
  • Sun symbols
  • Moon symbols
  • Goddess and/or God symbols
  • Green Man/Woman symbols
  • Wheel of the Year symbols

Other items -

  • Pagan Music, Meditation: CDs & DVDs
  • Gift cards from stores that ship overseas, for example Barnes and Noble, Amazon
  • Gift cards can be used for online holiday shopping (So deployed service-members can send gifts home to their children from overseas)
  • ATT phone cards
  • Crystals
  • Mini God and Goddess statues
  • New or Nearly New Pagan Books (No nudity) on topics such as general Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidry, Shamanism, Norse studies, etc.
  • Incense
  • Oils
  • Herbs
  • Small Wands
  • Small travel chalices
  • Altar cloths
  • Amulets and Talismans
  • Personal Care Items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap etc)
  • Travel Durable Snacks (hard candies, granola bars etc -- things that don't melt)

DONATE FUNDS:Donate to this project on-line by credit card by clicking here:

or send check or money order payable to Circle - Operation Circle Care, Circle, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA.

SHARE CONTACT INFO: Do you know of a Pagan service-member who would enjoy receiving a care package from us? Please send the full name, rank, branch of military service, country where serving, postal address, email address, and spiritual path for the Pagan service-member, and also include your own name and contact info, plus your relationship with the service-member. We keep contact information confidential.

Wiccan/Pagan service-members may make their own requests for inclusion in our gifting program. Email: circle@circlesanctuary.org with cc to: occ@circlesanctuary.org

NETWORK: Please help get the word out to others about this project.

THANKS to everyone involved in this project!

Current Supporters for the 2013 Yule Package Drive

Organizations, festivals, & businesses making contributions of items and/or funds

  • Dogwood Local Council, Covenant of the Goddess (Georgia)
  • Everglade Moon Local Council of Covenant of the Godess (Florida)
  • South Jersey Pagan Pride (New Jersey)
  • Garden State Pagan Alliance (New Jersey)
  • Northern Virginia Pagan Pride (Virginia)
  • The Pagan Peddler (Virginia)
  • BBI Media

Past Operation Circle Care Supporters

Organizations, festivals, & businesses making contributions of items and/or funds

  • Church of the Eternal Circle (New York)
  • That Witchy Place (http://www.thatwitchyplace.com/)
  • Llewellyn Publications (Minnesota, worldwide)
  • Order of the Pentacle (worldwide)
  • Greater Augusta Pagan Community (Georgia)
  • Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival (Pennsylvania)
  • Sassafras Grove ADF, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Luna Rising, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Charter Oak Grove, Ware, MA
  • The Crystal Fox (Maryland)
  • Wizard's Emporium (Indiana)
  • Pagan Educational Network (Indiana)
  • Louisville, KY CUUPS
  • Joliet, IL CUUPS
  • Witches Hat Society of Northwest Indiana

 

Operation Circle Care Staff

Coordinators: David & Jeanet Ewing
Advisor: Selena Fox

Operation Circle Care is a charity sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization.

 

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