What is Paganism?

The OKC Pagan Pride Day organization subscribes to the definition given by our national chapter, the Pagan Pride Project:

A Pagan or NeoPagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories:

  • Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, aboriginal, or tribal mythology; and/or
  • Practicing religion or spirituality based upon shamanism, shamanic, or magickal practices; and/or
  • Creating new religion based on past Pagan religions and/or futuristic views of society, community, and/or ecology;
  • Focusing religious or spiritual attention primarily on the Divine Feminine; and/or
  • Practicing religion that focuses on earth based spirituality.

When it comes to participation of various spiritual traditions in OKC Pagan Pride Day events, we also adhere to the Pagan Pride Project’s values of respect and neutrality:

We respect individual spiritual beliefs and backgrounds, and recognize the importance of spirituality in everyday life. Membership is open to anyone who defines him or herself as a Pagan or allied spiritual path who agrees to our event policies and Code of Expected Ethical Conduct. No commonality of belief, practice, or rites is implied by membership in this organization…

We are politically neutral. While we understand and expect differences among members of the Pagan community, we cannot afford to allow this to separate us when our goal is fighting prejudice and discrimination. We are not referees and will not be pulled into local disputes. On Pagan Pride Day, and in the planning of its events, we refuse to be involved in “witch wars” but proudly rise above differences of opinion to stand united and show the world that we are Proud to be Pagan.

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