Six of us got together and decided to setup the legal structure of a Pagan church. Our vision is to provide more formal community ministry to the people we know in Southeast Florida. At the 2006 Summer Solstice, we incorporated as a not-for-profit.
We are documenting of our ongoing activities so that we will be easily recognized in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) church. There are many other Pagan groups that have already obtained this recognition.
Our purpose is to bring people in closer acquaintance and reverence with the Goddess and the God and our Planet Earth. We worship, teach, sing, educate, ordain clergy, and build community.
To become a member of our Circle, one must be at least fourteen years of age, be in sympathy with our purposes and principles, and be invited to sign our membership roll. It is expected that all members shall have a familiarity with the history of our Circle.
We have been known to hold worship events on sabbats, full moons, new moons, and other appropriate occasions such as a child blessing, handfasting, handparting, house blessing, a requiem, or other rite of passage for people we know.
We have been known to provide education for members and others in the ways of the Goddess and the God.
We have been known to use graphic arts to further worship, teaching and education.
We have been known to perform acts of charity using money, materials, and service.
We ordain selected members of our Circle as Elders in Communion to be Clergy for the purposes of performing legal ceremonies and ministering to the outside community. An Elder in Communion is a member who is linked to us by affection, association, and loyalty, and shares in the essential elements of our spiritual values. Ordinations are renewed each year at Imbolc.
We have a Code of Ethics:
An ye harm none, do what ye will.
Every person associated with this Circle shall respect the right of each person to oversee their own spiritual, mental, emotional and physical development in their own way, and shall exercise reasonable caution against infringing upon that right.
All persons associated with this Circle shall respect the traditional secrecy of our religion.
Members of this Circle should ever keep in mind the underlying unity of our religion as well as the diversity of its manifestations.
All persons have the right to charge reasonable fees for the services by which they earn a living, so long as our religion is not thereby exploited.
These ethics shall be understood and interpreted in light of one another, and especially in light of the traditional laws of our religion: