The Reverend Angie Buchanan is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Earth Traditions, and of Gaia's Womb, an interfaith spirituality group that has been producing women's spiritual retreats for over 20 years. In 2002 she was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions and held the Office of Secretary on the Executive Committee, 2007-2009. In addition to CPWR, Angie has been involved with a number of organizations that encourage interfaith dialog and promote peace among the world’s religions, including, the Lady Liberty League, for which she served as the Public Relations Director for 10 years, Women For International Peace & Arbitration, and the Our Freedom Coalition. Angie was the instructor for "Introduction to Interfaith" at Cherry Hill Seminary for four years. She has been a religious freedom activist and an advocate for women's equal rights, and the protection and safeguarding of First Amendment since the 1970's. She was instrumental in securing the pentacle symbol for use as a religious symbol on the headstones and grave markers of deceased Pagan veterans. She is currently the Spiritual Advisor for Pagan students at the University of Chicago, a Certified Death Midwife, and an Instructor for the Death Midwife Certification class. (www.deathmidwife.org) Angie can be reached at Angie@EarthTraditions.org. Or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reverend Drake Spaeth, PsyD is the Co-Founder of Earth Traditions. He is a Clinical Psychologist, and a faculty member of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is the author of several entries in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Springer , 2010), as well as contributing a chapter (Psycho-spiritual roots of adolescent violence; The importance of rites of passage) in the book, Transforming Corrections; Humanistic Approaches to Corrections and Offender Treatment. ( Carolina Academic Press, 2009). Dr. Spaeth has been a presenter at the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions events in Barcelona , 2004, Melbourne , 2009 and Salt Lake City, 2015. He regularly presents papers on spirituality and psychology at conferences including the annual meetings of the Midwest American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He has been a staff member, presenter, and ritual facilitator at the annual Pagan Spirit Gathering (1995-2011). His interests include the relationship between spirituality and psychology, ecopsychology, Humanistic-Existential psychology, transpersonal psychology, Jungian psychology, shamanism, Celtic mysticism, and the Western Mystery Tradition. He holds ministerial credentials with Earth Traditions. Drake currently serves as a Director, and is the Treasurer for Earth Traditions. He can be reached at Drake@EarthTraditions.org.
A “Jill of All Trades and Mistress of Many” Nancy, who has a background in legal studies, is a corporate executive for three family owned businesses in Illinois; a multimillion dollar manufacturing company, which she operates with her husband, a pet shop; serving the exotic reptile market and specializing in educational exhibits for local schools and organizations, and a pet grooming salon. Additionally, she is a nationally certified massage therapist, Reiki Master and a student of herbalism. Nancy is a Founding Member of Earth Traditions. She currently serves as Secretary for Earth Traditions. She can be reached at Nancy@EarthTraditions.org
A student of comparative religions (thru emersion), dave has been a Wiccan priest since 1987, facilitating private and public rituals and Rites of Passage for covens and public Pagan festivals/gatherings for over 20 years. A Founding member of Earth Traditions community and one of the founders of the Columbian Wicca Tradition in the Pacific Northwest, he has also presented lectures and workshops internationally on a variety of magical technologies from an engineer's perspective and has been mentoring youth and new students of the Craft since 1993. dave currently serves as a Board Member at Large for Earth Traditions, and he can be reached at email@example.com
Paula has been active in the Earth Traditions community since it began in 2008. A former schoolteacher she has been instrumental in the development and contribution of our Seeds children's programming at Oasis, and for our Wheel of the Year events. She has both presented and and hosted of a variety of community events. She is currently the Personnel Manager for a large manufacturing company, a student of Natural Medicine, Mother of two, wife, gardener, keeper of dogs, cats, and chickens, Reiki practitioner, and a Certified Death Midwife. Paula serves as a Board Member at Large for Earth Traditions and she can be reached at Paula@EarthTraditions.org
So You Want to Be a Minister?
Earth Traditions: A Training Program for Pagan Clergy
Thank you for your interest in the Earth Traditions Ministry Training Program. This is not a Seminary, a program of magical instruction, or necessarily an ordination track. This is a practical certificated training program designed to provide Pagans who wish to be Ministers, (servants of the community) an array of tools and resources to inform and protect both the individual and the communities they serve.
The purpose of this training program is to cultivate skills and abilities essential in meeting the multi- faceted responsibilities of ministering to the community and representing our communities to the public. The title of minister bears a burden of responsibility; responsibilities that are, in fact, inseparable from the credentials.
The credentialing process fosters an awareness of the responsibilities of being a minister, develops competence, inspires confidence, and enhances our ability to be recognized as peers functioning within the same contexts as clergy in other faith traditions. Moreover; having a streamlined, practical credentialing process creates a professional and social support network for colleagues to use as a resource for sharing ideas and information, problem solving and self-care.
It is our hope that those who are already claiming ministerial credentials or working toward them with other groups, as well as those who aspire to be ordained through Earth Traditions, will find this training program to be vital to their personal growth and professional leadership.
Drake and Angie were featured in this 2009 article published on the EarthSpirit Voices site.
"Angie spoke of the reasons why it is so important to do this work and to go to workshops and rituals other than our own. "
EarthSpirit Voices is the online journal of the EarthSpirit Community, a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts that provides services to a nationwide network of Pagans and others following an Earth-centered spiritual path.
This article, from the Parliament of World Religions Web site, considers the appointment in the context of expanded presence of interfaith organizing on college campuses.
“I believe that as a culture we are recognizing the need for a diverse set of spiritual advisors in multiple environments, and we are beginning to embrace a positive attitude regarding the diversity of religious traditions co-existing in society.”
The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Dr. Drake Spaeth, and Rev. Angie Buchanan appeared on the Voices of the Sacred Feminine Internet radio show.
Drake Spaeth discusses Jung's Red Book and the Impact of Archetype in Pagan Spirituality.
Angie Buchanan, Founder and Director of Earth Traditions and Gaia's Womb discusses the Critical Need for Pagan Ministry Training - including ethics, codes of conduct, and the differences between a priest/priestess and minister.
Drake regularly publishes articles of a spiritual and scientific nature on Saybrook University's New Existentialists blog.
As I write these words, I suddenly realize with joy that my “knack”—my body’s blissful reaction to “rightness”—is in fact its natural and organic response to being in the presence of Beauty.
Read this and many other articles at Drake's author category on the blog.