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Wiccan Church Seeks to Purchase Property for Pagan Community Center

By February 1, 2020August 4th, 2020No Comments
Altar display for community fair, 2018

Inner Ascended Masters Ministries was founded by Aaron Ayres in 2014 to provide a spiritual home for those without. For over five years, its 7-acre property at 5705 S. Washington Avenue provided a physical home for the Pagans In Need food pantry as well as meeting space for Christian spiritualists, Druids, Wiccans, and more. The space became a haven to those who have no other religious home in the area, hosting public worship services, drum circles, and healing events every week. The Director of Pagans in Need, Bill Ehle, said, “By having a more accessible space, we’ve been able to increase the amount of clients we can serve throughout the year.”

As Mr. Ayres left the area to move on to other things and sold the IAMM property, Weavers of the Web, an affiliate of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC), stepped up and is seeking to purchase a new property to provide a similar spiritual home to the greater Lansing community. Weavers of the Web was founded in 2018 by Rev. Elayne Glantzberg. Part of their mission, and that of the ATC, is to ensure that no-one ever need be alone in their spiritual needs. Weavers met at the IAMM property from their inception in 2018 until its sale in 2020, and worked to build and maintain outdoor worship space there. They conducted joint celebrations with the local druid grove, and they participated in fundraising events to support community outreach and education. Rev. Glantzberg hopes to add to their services in the new location, with plans to offer support groups for addiction recovery and LGBTQ+, a Spiral Scouts (a co-ed nature-based interfaith scouting group founded by the ATC) circle, and much more.

However, all of these plans now hinge on the ability to purchase the physical property. Weavers is looking to raise at least $22,000 for a down payment as soon as possible. In order to do this, they are reaching out to the community.

Their first fundraising event was on Halloween night, 2019, with a family-friendly party from 4-10pm for all ages, including Halloween movies, warm snacks, trick-or-treating, and more. Further events will be planned once quarantine restrictions have been lifted.

Solinox Silverstar is the High Priestess of Weavers of the Web, ATC, a second-degree priestess in the WISE-ATC tradition, a teacher at the Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary, the Editor of Wicca Press, and the owner of Keys To Manifestation. A talented ritualist and teacher, Solinox is dedicated to strengthening and growing local pagan community. A self-educated polymath and pursuer of strength and independence in mind and body, Solinox is a Lokean libertarian homeschooling mother of six who loves her husband of 27 years, knitting and crochet, science fiction and fantasy, and large quantities of coffee.

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