Recently there have been many company policies and government decrees mandating COVID19. Many individuals are attempting to use their spiritual faith in order to gain exemptions from receiving vaccines and to avoid these Covid-19 mandates. Upon discovery and inspection of these manipulations, the Order of the Red Grail was appalled. In the spirit of Love and Trust, The Order of the Red Grail - Church of Transformational Wicca, declares:
The Order will not grant a religious exemption to receive the vaccine for Covid-19.
Individual rights end at the boundary of the rights of another. One person's right to not be vaccinated does not take precedence over the rights of another to remain safe, especially when many in our community are already at risk due to age or pre-existing conditions. Barring medical cases where an individual is allergic to the vaccine as it can harm the individual, the clergy and church board agree that it is a societal responsibility to receive vaccinations. If there are medical exemptions, these are to be issued by authentic medical practitioners and not by licensed clergy. In examination and in accordance with the Rede, the danger of causing harm to ourselves and to the community at large would go against one of our main tenets of our faith. Upon further meditation on the Rede and other Pagan texts regarding ethics, the Order holds that the danger of causing harm to ourselves and to the community at large by choosing to remain unvaccinated goes against the foundation of our beliefs.
Please enjoy our offering for April's Full Moon Circle. Our own Lily Bee worked hard to present this meditation. Please know that we miss you all, and can't wait to be able resume regular FMCs.
Ran across these on Facebook and I thought I'd share them here. A little something to do to keep the kids (or the your inner kid) busy. Check out Primaryplayground.net for more ideas!
Unfortunately, the Beltane Bash has been canceled. Hope to see everyone for FMC in June. Fingers crossed!
While we are all hanging at home, it can be difficult to find fun or interesting things to do. We decided to compile a list of websites that you might find interesting, outside of the Grail's Facebook Group and Forum. Check back often; we expect this list to grow.
Coloring Our Collections- printable coloring books and pages from libraries around the world.
Duolingo - learn a new language for free.
Google Arts and Culture Collection- Google teamed up with over 2500 museums to create virtual tours.
Irish Pagan School- free (and paid) courses dedicated to Irish Paganism.
JetPunk- tons of quizzes to challenge you. I recommend the Countries of the World quiz.
Lincoln Library E-books - free eBook downloads.
Milk Street Cooking School- learn new cooking skills for free through April 30th, 2020.
My Bayut- information on the 17 tallest buildings in the world. Shout to Amelia and LouAnne for reaching out to us with this resource!
Pooka Pages- content for Pagan Kids.
Project Gutenberg- free eBook downloads.
Scholastic Learn At Home- online learning from Pre-K through 9th grade.
The Science of Well-Being- free course from Coursera
Title Max Virtual Roadtrips- A vast collection of landmarks, museums, and zoos that you can virtually visit. Shout out to Sam, Jake, and Michele who sent a thoughtful email regarding this resource.
Winchester House- a free, virtual tour of the iconic house. Available until April 7th, 2020.
There’s scam going round involving impersonating ministry leaders. You’ll get an email from someone posing as clergy member or church leader asking you to buy gift cards for some charity or on behalf of some people. The scammer also asks that you just keep in contact via email rather than try to call because of limited phone access.
I know most of y’all are savvy and wouldn’t fall for this, but during this time of uncertainty, scummy people will come out of the woodwork to take advantage of others. If you know someone who might vulnerable to these schemes, please take the time to warn them.
The Grail will not be contacting anyone for gift cards in this manner.
Update: Our High Priestess Isa is our herbalist within the Grail and on her Facebook page, Knee High Nettle, she shares information and can provide herbal concoctions (local only, at this time). No Facebook? No problem. Feel free to shoot an email to redgrailinquiry at gmail dot com and your questions will be forwarded to her.
Regarding Full Moon Circle, as with winter weather, if the Unitarian Church is open, we will have Circle. If the church closes, We will not have Circle.
The church is closed until March 31, and April's Full Moon Circle is canceled until further notice.
We can all hope that we will be able to enjoy our Beltane festival.
We also extend an invitation to our online community for those seeking fellowship. Please check our Get Involved With the Grail section for more information.