Phoenix Arising: The 3rd Resurrection of the Church of All Worlds

Presented by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.

Founded in 1962 by Oberon Zell and Lance Christie, the Church of All Worlds (CAW) became the first Pagan church to achieve full legal recognition in the US and Australia. It was also the first to identify as "Pagan." Through the publication of 136 issues of Green Egg magazine over a 32-year span, CAW was a major catalyst in the growth and unification of the worldwide Pagan community; its influence acknowledged in Drawing Down the Moon and many other books on the history of the Pagan movement. But in 2000, Green Egg ceased publication, and with the transfer of HQ to Ohio, the entire Church was restructured in a manner inimical to its founders. At Starwood 2004, Oberon made a presentation on the decline of CAW, for which the President of the CAW Board threatened to sue him and everyone in sight. Within two months, that man had died, and the remaining BoD members voted to dissolve the Church itself. But CAW remains strong and active in NorCalifia and Australia, and with the dissolution of the Ohio branch, members in those places are now resurrecting their beloved Church, with Oberon at its head once again. Oberon will speak of the Phoenix Cycle of CAW, and present a new Vision for its future.

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