NeoPagan Liturgy: Earth Ritual

Many denominations (Unitarian Universalist and others) are drawing upon Earth-based Pagan traditions for worship and/or liturgical inspiration. Religious people are drawn to Paganism’s connection with nature and its relationship with and inclusion of the divine feminine. Course is designed to help ministerial students (who may later serve congregations with interest in Paganism and Neo-Paganism) understand Neo-Pagan liturgy. Course provides intensive exposure to Neo-Pagan liturgy and encourages respect for the cultures from which these traditions are drawn. Neo-Pagan liturgy, most often called ritual by Pagan practitioners, is rich in symbolism and aesthetics. Students will learn about the Wiccan/Neo-Pagan Sabbats, tools used in Wiccan circle, gender and sexuality in contemporary Paganism, and the many traditions of the Neo-Pagan movement including Northern European heathenry. Course will be taught as a hybrid with residential and low-residential students. Requirements for residential and low-residential students will be equivalent, with adjustments made as necessary for the delivery of requirements, such as altar requirement. Students participating online should attend Tuesday 2-5 class meetings via Skype. Course also utilizes Moodle for residential and low-residential students alike. Course is taught by Wiccan priestess and GTU doctoral student Michelle Mueller, with support and supervision from Dr. Ibrahim Farajaj√©. SKSM Newhall Fellowship 2013-2014. Limited Skype attendance allowed.