Celebration unites East Tennessee pagans : Religion : Knoxville News Sentinel: “A Pagan Pride Festival raised $750 to benefit the victims of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist shooting and sent an SUV full of food, blessed in a harvest ritual, to Second Harvest Food Bank on Saturday at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Farragut.
The event was sponsored by the East Tennessee Wyrdoes, a group organized on Internet meeting sites and associated with the international Pagan Pride organization, which works to give Pagans a chance to celebrate rituals together, help the community and correct public misconceptions.
‘It’s sort of an evolving subculture, fraught with misunderstanding,’ said Archer Luxley, who led a workshop and had copies of his book, ‘A Field Guide to the Gods,’ for sale. He explained that there is no formal head or organization to Paganism. It’s an umbrella that encompasses countless religions or paths from Wicca to American Indians’ beliefs to Shamanism. Almost all of them hold a love of nature in common. Satanism is completely unrelated, Luxley noted.”