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« Topic Start: January 27, 2008, 06:09:45 pm »

If you read my introduction I may have mentioned that I have been asked to start up a Pagan-awareness group...

So I'm coming to all of you who have been involved in a Pagan Path and have learned over a period of time...

Any advice or suggestions on how I can raise the awareness capacity of this group. Yes we have a lot of Christian groups on campus, but before this semester there was an existing Wiccan organization.

So any advice/suggestions?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1: January 27, 2008, 06:16:58 pm »

If you read my introduction I may have mentioned that I have been asked to start up a Pagan-awareness group...

So I'm coming to all of you who have been involved in a Pagan Path and have learned over a period of time...

Any advice or suggestions on how I can raise the awareness capacity of this group. Yes we have a lot of Christian groups on campus, but before this semester there was an existing Wiccan organization.

So any advice/suggestions?

Thanks!

The only thing I can think of to raise awarness is just put up a load of flyers, around campus, advertise online at your uni, perhaps do publ;ic speaking events about paganisim?  Sorry that my reply is not that great.

Only suggestion really  is that I have is make it clear that it is a pagan group not a wiccan one, that it encourages all different kinds of pagans.
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« Reply #2: January 27, 2008, 06:54:47 pm »

If you read my introduction I may have mentioned that I have been asked to start up a Pagan-awareness group...

So I'm coming to all of you who have been involved in a Pagan Path and have learned over a period of time...

Any advice or suggestions on how I can raise the awareness capacity of this group. Yes we have a lot of Christian groups on campus, but before this semester there was an existing Wiccan organization.

So any advice/suggestions?

Thanks!

Sometimes the beginning of fall semester is the best time to get group awareness.  At MSU we have something called 'Party at the Aud' (auditorium) every year right before classes start.  All the different student clubs and organizations have a booth set up.

If your group is registered with the university, you should show up in their list of students organizations, and they could even link to your website.

Put up flyers at your local new-age store, bookstore, and co-op.

Remember that if anyone disrupts your meetings, try to get their name and what group they are from.  At least on our campus, disrupting a meeting is in violation of a number of different campus ordinances (discrimination, harrassement, and just the act of being disruptive).  If the disrupter is from another campus organization, that organization can get into major trouble.  The individual too.  Harrassement is simply not tolerated. 

MSU's pagan club has regular meetings, mostly of a social nature.  Sometimes they bring in speakers on different topics, which seems rather interesting.  I don't go to their meetings because I feel old and out-of-place.  Wink  But I think it's a great idea. 

If you want to check out how they're doing it, their website is: www.msupagans.com
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« Reply #3: January 27, 2008, 11:42:33 pm »

The only thing I can think of to raise awarness is just put up a load of flyers, around campus, advertise online at your uni, perhaps do publ;ic speaking events about paganisim?  Sorry that my reply is not that great.

Only suggestion really  is that I have is make it clear that it is a pagan group not a wiccan one, that it encourages all different kinds of pagans.

One might also include the "nothing like Wiccan" ones, so as not to be flummoxed when the odd Odinist or Reconstuctionist drops by.

Poor Deaf.Witch.  Things always get a lot more complicated in practiceWink

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« Reply #4: January 28, 2008, 10:00:10 am »

One might also include the "nothing like Wiccan" ones, so as not to be flummoxed when the odd Odinist or Reconstuctionist drops by.

Poor Deaf.Witch.  Things always get a lot more complicated in practiceWink

Brina

LOL... poor me? Nah I'm fine...

I think I will call it (if I get agreement) "Sacred Milestones" and let it be for every path to learn about Paganism/Wicca/Witchcraft...

It'll be more like a learning group.
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« Reply #5: January 28, 2008, 11:00:08 am »


My university had a couple of pagan groups.  The "general" pagan group would have workshops on various topics and religions, and had members who were Wiccan, druids, Buddhists, atheists, etc.  This group did not have actual rituals or ceremonies, it was more workshop oriented and social.

The Wiccan group had actual rituals and ceremonies.  And of course it's main focus was on Wicca, and it didn't delve into topics un-related.

A lot of the membership overlapped between the two groups - which had its benefits.

Advertisement of these groups was pretty similar to how other student groups advertised - flyers, emails, etc.  We just made sure to be very specific in the descriptions of our groups, so people wouldn't be confused as to which group did what. 

Other events or activities you could try out could be candle sales, tarot readings, etc. on campus.  Those kind of things seemed to go over well on our campus.
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« Reply #6: January 28, 2008, 07:37:43 pm »

LOL... poor me? Nah I'm fine...

Well, sure you are...now.  Talk to us again when you're six months in.  Wink

Seriously, I wish you all the luck in the world, but do your best to foresee the potential pitfalls before they bite you in zee butt. Cheesy

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