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Guest Post: Evergreen: A Topic Discussion Group   Leave a comment

by ReNauMoon, Guest Blogger
ReNauMoon considers herself a free spirit Pagan. She has been active in the Pittsburgh Pagan scene for well over a decade, from hosting the Evergreen meetings, helping organize the Unity Ritual series, a member of the Pittsburgh Pagan House Foundation, a contributor to the Steel Phoenix Writers Group, and many other activities.

Evergreen in Winter
photo by ReNauMoon

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Currently meeting at Barnes & Noble in Monroeville the first Thursday of every month. Meeting time is from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Evergreen is one of the longest running Pagan/Metaphysical and open/public discussion groups (NOT a coven or grove) in the Pittsburgh Area. It has always been open to all pagan and pagan-friendly folks to attend.

Evergreen was started by Moonshadow in collaboration with Three Rivers CUUPS/Isis in January of 1999 (if not actually earlier then that as the archives I have access to only go back to Jan 1999) with it’s first meetings taking place at the UU Church in Shadyside. In May of 1999 Moonshadow began Evergreen East at Borders in Monroeville, while still maintaining Evergreen at the UU church. For a short period of time there were two monthly Evergreen meetings.

In August of 1999 The Evergreen Shadyside UU Church meetings became The CUPPS Discussion Group ( Community Uniting Pgh Pagans – which subsequently and unfortunately disbanded in Dec. 1999) and the Evergreen meetings continued at Borders in Monroeville. It was also at that time (Aug or perhaps Sept of 1999) that Moonshadow passed the torch (chair) to ReNauMoon.

Somewhere in the Summer of 2001, Shari became the chair of Evergreen and for several years it switched back and forth between Shari and Eloria. Sometime in early to mid 2005 ReNauMoon became the chair again and is the current chair.

The meetings are always free unless you want to get yourself something to eat and/or drink in the cafe. The turn out for attendees can range anywhere from 4 (during VERY bad weather in the winter) to somewhere between 25-30, with the average ranging between 10-15. The topics are varied and we try not to revisit a topic for about a 2 year period to keep things interesting and informative. Over the years we have had key speakers who have given demonstrations and passed out information packets to the group. We also now have an annual energy exchange that takes the place of a topic, although if someone asks questions about Reiki, crystal healing or any other form of energy healing, folks are more then happy to answer as best they can. Many folks go over to TGIFridays after the meeting for further socializing and food.

This is the list of topics for 2012 for anyone reading this article that might be interested in attending any or all of the meetings:
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Posted January 9, 2012 by otterblossom in Groups

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Guest Post: Apparently Pagan   1 comment

By Marlise Ditchweed, Guest Blogger
Marlise Ditchweed is a wandering witch lost in Pittsburgh from her home of OKC. She has a family based group with her husband and two children that has set up shop in the North Hills. Her formal training is in Georgian Witchcraft but prefers the freedom of the eclectic mix of seeking many paths.

“You aren’t going to raise your baby in that strange religion of yours, are you?” Those words slipped from my mother’s lips as I sat rubbing my swelling stomach and picking out a pattern for the nursery. It hadn’t occurred to me before that moment that I had a choice. I was raised that when you belonged to a family, you were expected to be a member of that family’s religion. Beliefs were only up for debate once you left home and tried to ‘find’ yourself. “Why wouldn’t I?” I responded. The answer came out as very matter-of-factly, but over the next several years, I would contemplate long and hard on that answer.

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Posted January 3, 2012 by otterblossom in Personal Essays

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