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Kansas City Pagan Pride Day Harvest Festival and Craft Faire Since 1999, we have sought to provide the public an opportunity to experience a first-person view of not only what Pagans do but how we do it. If you are a Pagan, we hope this event will help you grow in pride and confidence in your chosen path. If you are not Pagan, we welcome you to join us with the intent to experience and learn more about Paganism so that we might open lines of communication to identify common ground.

Sunday, 9 September 2018, 10am-6pm Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam KS



Table of Contents

Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Inc.

Schedule .............................................................. 4 Presenters .......................................................... 5 Entertainers ........................................................ 7 Information Tables ............................................ 10 Pagan Crafters and Vendors ............................. 11 Charity — Spay and Neuter Kansas City ........... 14 Food Drive for Harvesters ................................. 15 Charity Raffle Information ................................ 15 Paganism Frequently Asked Questions ............ 16 Festival Map ...................................................... 18 Why We Do It .................................................... 20 What is a Pagan ................................................ 20

Board of Directors Sam Shryock, Melissa Dainiak, Vicki Bleyenberg, Barbara Criswell 2018 Primary Planning Staff • Master of Ceremonies—Joe Bleyenberg • Dragons Nest - Ripley • Charity - Vickie Knueppel, Vicki Bleyenberg • Information Table - Misha and Melissa Dainiak • Main Ritual - Wolf Friedman • Security - Kit Fenderson-Peters • Venue/Vendors/Entertainers—Sam Shryock Sound system provided by Heartland Spiritual Alliance. Operated by Jackie Kelley

Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Inc. is a public benefit corporation (N009965626) as defined by the Missouri Nonprofit Corporation Act, and a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization as a chapter of the Pagan Pride Project, Inc.

Advertisers They made this publication possible! Spectrum All Roads Imports Aquarius Book Store DJ:Just Joe (2J) Fellowship of the Shops

Our purpose can be summarized using the following elemental correspondences: Earth: Community, Water: Charity, Fire: Activism, and Air: Education. We hope to empower the Pagan Identity and eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs, especially those religions falling under the definition of "Pagan." Inquiries and questions should be directed to: Sam Shryock, President Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Inc. 14510 S Ashton St, Olathe, KS 66062 3

Schedule Stop by Information Table to look for any updates





Vendor and Site Setup - We need your help!


Opening Ritual, Morning Announcements, and Welcome


Bran Cerddorion is a bard at heart, drawing inspiration from the realms Center Circle where Nature, Myth, and Dream come together. His Celtic-flavored folk music will capture your imagination.


Presentation: A Women's Perspective on Heathenism, by Annie Rose

Workshop #1


Presentation: A Chaos Magic Paradigm - Exploring Your Psyche through the Eight Magics, by Gabriel Sparks

Workshop #2


Main Ritual - Heimdall’s Hearth Kondred



Presentation: What’s Larp Got To Do With It?, by Silver Leaf LARP’ing

Center Circle


Presentation: To Be A Better Boss, Act Like A Witch, by Misty Bell Stiers

Workshop #1


Presentation: The Art of Letting Go, by Sneak

Workshop #2


Peaty Bog Water is a KC-based Indie Folk band. Their music draws you into a mystical, magical musical adventure! Avatar Dedannan, David Nebuloni, Megan Campbell, and Papa Joe Credit

Center Circle


Presentation: The Creation of Self through the Left-Hand Path, by Shannon Williams

Workshop #1


Voices of Gaia - A musical expression of Gaia Community Unitarian Universalist congregation. We sing pagan, earth-centered, seasonal, and justicefocused music throughout the year.

Center Circle


Presentation: L#KI and Other Giants in Eddic Heathenism, by Wolf Friedman

Workshop #1


Presentation: Parenting by the Planets, by Nivcharra

Workshop #2


Etoile and Friends - Belly Dancers. Etoile has gathered some of the best bel- Center Circle ly dancers in Kansas City and surrounding area to give us a demonstration of this beautiful and powerful form of expression.


CSA Award, Closing Comments, Closing Ritual

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Center Circle

All day Children’s Activities at the South Side of the Pavilion 4

Center Circle

Schedule (cont) ALL DAY • • • • • • • • •

Henna by The Embellished Body Silver Leaf Larping - Epic battles and demonstrations all day Charity Raffle and Food Drive - Support our sponsored charities Information Tables - Find out more about local organizations Vendors - Support our Pagan crafters! Scavenger Hunt - See KCPPD Info table for more information. KCPPD Info Table - Get updated information, Information Pamphlets. Drop off your Business Cards or pamphlets. Pagan Music spun by Jacki Kelley Master of Ceremonies performed by Joe Bleyenberg

Our Honored Presenters Please make a point to thank these people for sharing their knowledge, thoughts and ideas with all of us. The opinions expressed are their own, but we hope that they will help expand future conversation and thought as you grow in your own paths. They have volunteered their time and talents, so please make sure to thank them !

A Women’s Perspective on Heathenism (Workshop Area 1 - 10:30) A discussion of the important place of women in all levels of Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon Heathen society and cosmology: Goddesses, Valkyrie, Norns, Giantesses, Volvas, Shieldmaidens, Key-keepers and others. Presenter: Annie Rose is an Elder and Secretary at Heimdall’s Hearth Kondred and Gythia-in-Training at the Hogr Forn Sidr

A Chaos Magic Paradigm—Exploring your Psyche Through the Eight Magics (Workshop Area 2 - 10:30) Exploring Your Psyche through the Eight Magics: Chaos Magic is not as scary as it sounds. In many ancient traditions, Chaos was the first to come into being. It was the state of the universe from which all other things came into being. Chaos Magic has many forms and variations, in no small part due to the tenant that belief is a tool. It is a highly individualistic practice. In this workshop, we will explore a paradigm set out by one of its founders, Peter J. Carroll. All magic can be divided up into 8 instinctual drives. Under standing and developing these drives is an essential undertaking for any magician. We will explore each in turn and discuss strategies for using this paradigm to empower yourself. Presenter: Gabriel Sparks has been a practitioner of magic for 15 years. He has presented and facilitated discussions and groups on magic and queer experiences in witchcraft and paganism. For the last 9 years he has been exclusively working with Chaos Magic. Gabriel is an ordained minister and does volunteer work in the mental health community. He currently works in the tech industry and lives with his cat, Medea, and dogs, Ziggy and Bette. 5

Our Honored Presenters (cont) To Be A Better Boss, Act Like A Witch (Workshop Area 1 - 12:30) Our spiritual path influences all aspects of our lives, including how we handle the responsibilities of our jobs. Being a witch has provided me distinctive insight into how to be a better manager. If Wicca teaches anything, it’s that there is value in recognizing the moments that blow us away—whether it’s a beautiful garden, a shared laugh, or even a really productive meeting. Join me in discussing how the tenets of Wicca align wonderfully to what it means to truly connect with those you work with and in turn create a better business outcome. Presenter: Misty Bell Stiers is a creative director at Isobar US, one of the world’s leading digital agencies with 6,000 employees across 45 offices. She is active with multiple organizations for business women including The 3% Movement and The Wing. Prior to working at Isobar, she was a senior art director with Ogilvy and a visiting professor at the Pratt Institute. She has a BFA from the Ringling College of Art and Design and an MPS from the Pratt Institute. Misty was raised in Salina, Kansas and now lives in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City with her husband and two children.

The Art of Letting Go (Workshop Area 2 - 12:30) Sometimes its hard letting go, to say good bye and sever the ties that bind us to a person, thing, situation, or place. Growing up with Hoarders and becoming a Hoarder myself, I’ve had to constantly deal with holding onto things too long. Learn some tools on letting go and saying good bye. Presenter: Sneak is a kitchen witch knocking around the KC Pagan arena for 22 years. Prolific in Arts & Crafts with a degree in Literature & Fine Arts. Sneak is a long winded story teller.

The Creation of Self through the Left-Hand Path (Workshop Area 1 - 12:30) How well do you know your heart? Your mind? Your intentions? Allow me to share with you the concepts of Left-Hand Path that have assisted me in the reconstruction of my own self. I will be discussing the various concepts that have shaped my reality through the introduction of some base Left-Hand path concepts that have influenced me and how it allowed me to overcome many obstacles in my life. Through the creation of archetypes and the understanding of self, we are able to be in control of our life and to excel in all ways. Presenter: Shannon Williams is an occultist as well as an ordained Reverend who has studied various subjects for well over 20+ years. She works alongside other LHP organizations in the progression of the left-hand path. Also, she is actively working alongside organizations in her local community to support their humanitarian efforts. Through her work in the community, she hopes to get others to understand logic and reason in Satanism as well as to help others move beyond the stigma associated with it.


Our Honored Presenters (cont) L#KI and Other Giants in Eddic Heathenism (Workshop Area 1 – 2:30) A explanation of the Jotnar; the elemental, and often destructive, beings in ancient Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon Heathen religion. How can one Jotun be “in ever-accord with the Gods” and another be bound in Hel until Ragnarok? Presenter: Wolf Friedman is First-Among-Equals at Heimdall’s Hearth Kondred and Horg-Gothi at the Hogr Forn Sidr Temple.

Parenting by the Planets (Workshop Area 2—2:30) They say that “kids don’t come with a manual.” But they DO come with a manual, written specifically about them in the heavens. This workshop is designed to explore how Astrology in the form of Natal charts can help parents understand and collaborate with their children. Presenter: Nivcharra has been studying Astrology for 9 years and reading professionally for 7. She lives with her husband and two children and enjoys reading and religious study.

Our Awesome Entertainers These wonderful people have volunteered their time and talents to you in order to entertain you and make this a wonderful day of community. Please make sure you go out of your way to thank them (and buy their merchandise!!!) Bran Cerddorion (10:30) Bran Cerddorion is a bard at heart that draws inspiration from the realms in which Nature, Myth, and Dream come together. As a practicing Druidic bard, he focuses the creative flow of the Awen into writing songs that promotes peace and a veneration for the world around us with tales that capture the imagination, all wrapped up in a Celticflavored folk tradition. Check out his albums: "Four Branches" which is a lighthearted and often humorous retelling of the ancient Welsh Mabinogion, and “The Hour Before the Dawn” which explores Nature and his own spirituality.


Our Awesome Entertainers (cont) Peaty Bog Water(1:30) Peaty Bog Water is a KC-based Indie Folk band, recently reformed with seasoned performers. Their music draws you into a mystical, magical musical adventure! The three piece acoustical band performs Live music at Festivals, Night clubs, Coffee Houses & Parties. Their Genres are described as; Roots, Indie Folk, New Folk, Pagan. The music is of all original music performed with Acoustic Guitars and hand drums. AVATAR DEDANNAN, formerly of Elvendrums, Primitive Wisdom & many others. Singer Songwriter, guitar, hand drums, vocals. DAVID NEBULONI Formerly of The Druid Drummers, Whiskey for Breakfast, and The Sonic Sidhe Tribe. Hand drums, Bass & Vocals MEGAN CAMPBELL Backup Vocals PAPA JOE CREDIT, formerly of The Band Sona and many Solo performances. Singer Songwriter. Vocals, Bass, guitar, mandolin, Banjo, etc.! Voices of Gaia (2:30) A musical expression of Gaia Community Unitarian Universalist congregation. We sing pagan, earth-centered, seasonal, and justice-focused music throughout the year. Our director is Kitty Degler. We welcome new voices and instrumental musicians! Jane Carroll, Kitty Degler, Kimberly Reynolds-Gier, Jamie Bigford Peters, and Tamilia R. Etoile and Friends Belly Dancing (3:30) Etoile has gathered some of the best belly dancers in Kansas City and surrounding area to give us a demonstration of this beautiful and powerful form of expression. Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the mid-East. Probably the greatest misconception about belly dancing is that it is intended to entertain men. Instead, this ritualized expression has usually been performed for other women, generally during fertility rites or parties preparing a young woman for marriage. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form. Belly dancing is generally performed barefoot, thought by many to emphasize the intimate physical connection between the dancer, her expression, and Mother Earth. Silver Leaf LARP'ing (All Day) We are a larping group that meets every Sunday from noon until the last person is standing at Happy Rock Park in Gladstone Mo. We have loaner weapons to teach new players, so join us for some foam weapon fighting, role-playing and crafting. Great park with electric outlets, play ground, year round bathrooms and plenty of open ground to conquer. Be active and fight or be social and learn a new craft like making garb, leather working or making swords and shields. You can have the best of both worlds too. , Meet at the Happy Rock Park, 7600 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, Missouri 64119.


3936 Broadway Kansas City, Mo 64111 816-931-6303 Your Pagan friendly source for all your ritual needs with friends to help you make the best selection from a huge inventory. We are your one stop shop for A—abalone shell , athame B—books, Burners, bags C—crystals, chalice D—drums, dragons E—employees you love F—feathers, fairies G—gongs H—herbs

I—Incense, cone, sticks J—journals, jar candles K—knives L—lamp (salt) M—mortars and pestle N—natural and ritual magick O—oils, essential and magical P—pendulums, pentacles

Q—quartz balls, points R—ritual clothing, runes S—singing bowls, sage, T—tarot and oracle cards, U—what’s missing? yoU V—votive candles W—wall hanging, wands X, Y, Z—and more stuff

A coalition of local businesses that are brick and mortar and primarily retail oriented who emphasize serving the pagan community.

Aquarius—Barbara Criswell 3936 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64111 816-931-6303

Crescent Springs—Kat Lyman/Alison Neely 7312 West 80th Overland Park, KS 66204 913-341-2044

Enchanted Gifts—John Follick 2111 East 151st Street Olathe, KS 66062 913-397-7491

Gypsy Meadows Herbs-Kimberly Thompson Lay Featuring The Herb Charmer Products 6210 South 7th Street Leavenworth, KS 66046

Spectrum—Nikki Blackburn 7827 North Oak Parkway Kansas City, MO 64118 816-321-4327

Village Witch—Kerry Johnson 311 North 2nd Lawrence, KS 66044

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Crescent Springs

Information Tables Several local Pagan organizations will be on-hand to share information about their activities. organizations are instrumental in helping us build a stronger community.


Argenheim Norse Tribe of Kansas City. Established in 2014 by Councilmen Martin Vulf, Chieftain of Kansas Side of KC Jon Gaurmundr, and Chieftain of Missouri side of KC Tyler Thorstein. We will be providing information about our tribe and what it offers to the community such as food drives, clothes drives, paranormal investigations, gardening tips and gardens, seamstress training and sewing, hunting training, hunting, mining camps, mining training, and Lore Studies. Gaia Community. Gaia Community is an Earth-based Pagan congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We care for the earth and each other because our lives depend on it. Our congregation has provided monthly Sunday rituals, classes, workshops and forums for more than twenty years in Kansas City. You can join us every Sunday at 4:00 pm at 4327 Troost Ave. Heartland Spiritual Alliance. Heartland Spiritual Alliance has been serving the local Pagan community since 1987. HSA organizes the Heartland Pagan Festival, a five day event over Memorial Day weekend, and supports other activities in the community. HSA meets the second Sunday of each month from 2-5 p.m at Aquarius-Vulcans Forge, 3936 Broadway, Kansas City, MO. All meetings are open to the public and membership is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The Kansas City Witches Meetup. The Kansas City Witches Meetup is a group for educating, socializing, and building community with people from varying Pagan paths. We meet in multiple places in the city and we always love to hear from new people with different perspective whether you just started on the Pagan path, have been doing this your whole life, or are just curious about what we do. Come see us and find out what we are about! The Center Spiral (co-located with The Kansas City Witches Meetup). The Center Spiral is a communitycentered magazine for enhancing our collective knowledge, sparking fresh, new ideas, and building understanding within our community to bring our spiral closer to center. Educate, Inspire, Connect. We will be providing information on how to submit writing or artwork and other ways to participate with the magazine, as well as information on where to find us on various social media and where we publish. Grove of the Winding Spiral. Grove of the Winding Spiral is an Eclectic Wiccan coven founded in 2004. As a teaching coven, we are focused on providing Seekers with information and guidance regarding Wiccan and pagan concepts, in order to help them find their own spiritual path. We are, and have always been, inclusive and we welcome diversity. For our members we work to provide Safe and Sacred space in which to practice the Craft and work with Deity together. Blessed Be! Midgards Well. Midgards Well is a Norse Pagan Kindred that celebrates diversity, individuality, creativity, hard work, passion, and dedication. We work and thrive as a family, and hope to welcome more to our happy hearth. We have no clear defined leader, allowing each person to lead–especially in moments they are most passionate about. Our goal is to always be learning and to help others learn so that bigotry and ignorance may be washed from our specific brand of paganism. We will be providing information brochure, thought provoking articles written by kindred members, examples of projects that we are working on, possibly more. 10

Information Tables (cont) Fellowship of the Shops. The Fellowships of the Shops is a coalition of local businesses that are brick and mortar and primarily retail oriented who emphasize serving the Pagan community. They consist of Aquarius Bookstore, Crescent Springs, Enchanted Gifts, The Herb Charmer, Spectrum, and the Village Witch.

Pagan Crafters and Vendors We enjoy showing off the best of our local Pagan Artisans that have a gift in creating things of beauty and utility. With few exceptions, over 70% of their inventory is hand-made. These crafters have also donated a significant item to the charity raffle in support of sponsored charity I hope that you will spend some time with each one and admire their work and let them know we appreciate them. (Of course, it would be even better if you brought something home with you.) Embellished Body – Sheryl has become an important part of KCPPD as she “embellishes” the attendees with beautiful henna art and donates her profits to sponsored charity thereby raising thousands over the years. Sheryl offers henna and face painting throughout the greater Kansas City area and brings a sense of fun and excitement to your event, whether it’s a birthday party, corporate event or festival! Or you can just pamper yourself with a one-of-a-kind henna design! Book an individual appointment or let me liven up your party, festival or corporate event! Contact her at or telephone at 816-509-0301 Apothecuryous – Natural body care products made from the most potent organic and elemental materials: Natural and Organic body care products such as Activated Charcoal Tooth Powder, Pearl’s Pride Tooth Powder, Herbal Infused Vinegar Hair Rinse, Rhassoul Clay Cleanser, Rosemary Hair & Scalp Oil, Seeds the Day Body Lotion, Working Hands Cream, Bentonite Cream Cleanser, Sparkle Sister Cream Cleanser, Witch Hazel Astringent, Queen of Hungary Astringent, Amber Face Scrub, Coffee Addict Lip Scrub, Green Tea Eye Butter, Mineral Soak (bath salts), Eclipse Mask (powder), Matcha & Mango Mask (powder), Divine Cream, Seed the Dream Cream, Soap and more. Misty Bell Stiers – Misty Bell Stiers is an author and illustrator who lives in New York City, but has her roots in Kansas. She grew up in Salina and bought her first house in Prairie Village, and still has amazing family and friends in the area. She believes strongly in the power of finding magic in the every day and hopes to inspire just that through her book and artwork. Products include Prints of illustrations (black and white and color), Pins of illustrations, books. Owyn Gift and Goods – Owyn Gift and Goods is a wayfaring metaphysical shop with handcrafted bath and body, gifts and specialty items serving the Pagan community since 2010! Brenda Eubanks – Hand Beaded southwest jewelry and dream catchers other misc. items


Pagan Crafters and Vendors (cont) Crafted Stained Glass Designs – I started my own craft/hobby company almost 5 years ago. I believe that creativity is a positive outlet and love sharing my ideas with others. Stained glass is a unique way to bring light into your world. I also love providing ceramic (both finished and unfinished) items for people to purchase. There are pieces that can be used inside for decor or outside in the garden. You can also find me on Facebook – just look for Crafted Stained Glass Designs LLC. I can make custom stained glass items if you don’t find what you’re looking at PPD. Runeworks Magical Crafts – Runeworks is your one stop shop for most of your magical needs, suplying the local area with wands, pentacles, athames, jewelry and handcrafted items for over 10 years. Wands, staves, altar tables, pentacles chalices, athames, jewelry, statuary, crystal grids, pendulums, chests and boxes. Ravens Perche – Ravens Perche known for our gnome doors but we also offer inexpensive wooden lryes and other fine wood working projects that have struck our fancy. Magickal Nature – Magickal Nature is a place to find unique handcrafted spiritual, ritual, and metaphysical items. One of a kind jewelry, wire wrapping, dream catchers, hand beaded pendulums, washer pendants, metaphysical candles, and our unique beaded bugs. As well as natural bath and beauty products. https:// We’re Dying to Please Fabric and Clothing Co – We specialize in hand-made Batik clothing hand dyed silk scarves and wall hangings as well as small Fairy Paintings. I’ve been doing Batik for 50 years. Aurora’s Key – Artisan Soaps & More – Handcrafted all natural artisan soaps, shampoo bars, and skin care products. Handmade hemp macramé necklaces and bracelets, handmade pendants (metal, stone, and resin. Fox tails, fox and coyote faces, lucky rabbit feet, buffalo teeth and other animal bones, claws, and furs. Colorful tulle tutus for girls and boys of any age. Heena Harvest & Hedgewitchery – Providing hand made personal care\use products, some magical products, and some sweet treats. Hand made candles, bath bombs, magnesium oil, drawing salve, boo boo salve, smudge spray, four thieves vinegar, soaps, body care products, lozenges, black salt, candy, baked goods. Meditative Stones and Crystal Collections – Our goal at Meditative Stones and Crystal Collections, is to provide unique gifts and collections to help raise the energies and vibrations of your home or office. Our specialty is creating Personal Collections specifically designed alongside our customers to fit their personal needs. Little Sister is a Certified Crystal Practitioner, A Usui Reiki Level 1 Practitioner, and A Highly Intuitive Channel . She infuses her knowledge of Reiki, Crystal Healing, Meditation and the Support and Direction of her Spirit Guide, English, to create a balanced, energetic and dynamic collection, including using crystal stemware to display each creation.

Luma Holistics LLC – Luma Holistics offers a choice selection of organic and wildcrafted herbs, luxury herbal products, exquisite body butters, oils, hand-wrapped stones, and handmade, custom candles. We also offer traditional conjure oils, powders, kits, and curios. Our premium herbal products are hand crafted and pack12

Pagan Crafters and Vendors (cont) aged. Bewitching Baubles – Wire wrapped jewelry, earrings, bracelets, etc. Ivory Isis – Like Isis brought Osiris back to life, I bring old jewelry back to its former glory. I also sell beautiful artwork, pottery and essential oils. Heimdall’s Hearth Heathen Kondred – Heimdall’s Hearth Is a Non-reconstructionist Heathen organization whose mission is to research and share accurate scholarly interpretation of the ancient Heathen literature; The Eddas, while developing direct, personal and experiential relationships with our Gods and ancestors. Selling Handcrafted replicas of ancient game boards, hand-grown plants and herb sacred to the Northern European religions, Yule ornaments, and other handcrafted gifts.

KC Poppets/AB-Negative Arts – Poppets and Build a Poppet kits. Custom Handmade Poppets for All Occasions. Build a Poppet Kits to have the fun of making your own.

FOOD Kate’s Cafe is pleased to be returning to PPD this year. Come check out our barbecue, fruit infusions and other tasty food. Stop by for a meal or a snack plus we’ll have plenty of drink options for you. See you there! Heena Harvest & Hedgewitchery – candy, baked goods.


Charity Raffle for Spay and Neuter Kansas City (SNKC)

We are Kansas City’s only community outreach program whose mission is to end pet homelessness through preventative services. Our goal is to keep pets out of the shelters, off the streets, and in their homes. We focus on positive outcomes for all pets and the people who love them. We pride ourselves in acknowledging our diverse community with a non-judgmental and compassionate approach. Our programs target families who need assistance with education, wellness and resources to help their pets live a long, healthy and happy life. • • • • • •

Saving Lives - Saving lives by eliminating unwanted litters and pet homelessness. Reducing shelter intake - Reducing the amount of pets entering the shelter system. Improving Living Conditions - Improving the quality of life for area pets. Increasing Pet Retention - Increasing pet retention by keeping animals in their homes with the owners who love them Saving Money - Saving local municipalities from incurring future cost Impacting the Community - Making long term impacts for pets in our community

Accomplishments Our success depends on the support of our community, clients and generous donors who support our programs to help save lives. • SNKC focuses on 12 zip codes in KCMO Urban Core and 2 in KCKS– These zip codes are responsible for nearly 80% of animal control calls. • Nearly 100,000 spay and neuter surgeries have been performed since 2002. • Over 20,000 pets are served by our organization each year. • Your support helps provide approximately 10,000 spay neuter surgeries each year for low income pet owners. • Nearly 8,000 pets are vaccinated annually through our wellness clinics. • YOUR support to provide above services have led to a reduction in shelter intake and share in the successes of the community (1.2M) reaching a 90% live release rate from all community shelters. 1116 E. 59th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110 816-353-0940


Food Drive for Harvester's Many Pagans observe this time of year as a opportunity to give thanks and blessings -- and because of that, it is also recognized as a good time to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. This year we are collecting non-perishable items and other needed items for the Harvesters Food Bank. As a thank you for your donation, you will also be entered into a special raffle for only those that donated to Harvesters. About Harvesters Harvesters' mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. As this area's only food bank, Harvesters is a clearinghouse for the collection of food and household products from community and industry sources, distributing those products and providing nutrition services through a network of nonprofit agencies, and offering leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to alleviate hunger. Their network includes more than 620 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. As many as 66,000 different people are provided food assistance each week.

2017 Donors ($150 +) Lisa Byrd Vulcan's Forge Aquarius Book Store White Light Metaphysical All Roads Imports Bill Price PRS Psychic Fair Sheryl-Embellished Body WitchSchool

Continuing Contributors (3+ years) Sheryl Embellished Body Vulcans Forge White Light Metaphysical Vickie Knueppel Vicki Bleyenberg All Roads Imports Grove of the Winding Spiral

Crescent Springs Kat DeFreece PRS Psychic Fair Aquarius Books KC Metaphysical Tigger De Cat Heartland Spiritual Alliance Aquarius Book Store

Raffle tickets are $1/1, $5/6, $10/13, $20/27 Previous Charities: Hope House (1999,2006), Wayside Waifs (2000), Rose Brooks Center (2002), Solace House (2003), SAFEHOME (2005), Lake Mary Center (2007), Southwest Boulevard Family Health Center (2008), Youth Friends (2009), Dream Factory of Kansas City (2010), Synergy (2012), Operation Wildlife (2013), Furry Kid's Refuge (2014), (2015), Project Healing Waters (2016), National World War I Memorial Project (2017) 15

Paganism Frequently Asked Questions Q: What attracts people to Paganism? People are drawn to Paganism for a lot of different reasons. Many women (and men) find seeing the Divine in the form of a Goddess fills an empty space in their spiritual search. Others feel a spiritual need to reclaim the religious traditions and practices of their ancestors. Others seek to reconnect to the Divine by resacralizing the natural world, and enjoy the nature-centered spiritual practices. Others are drawn to the mystical and find spiritual connection through metaphysical practices. In short, people seeking to find a deeper and more satisfying connection to the Divine using approaches or "paths" not found in more mainstream religions are often drawn to the more accepting, supportive, and nurturing environment they find in Paganism. Q: Do you believe in God? Pagans understand that it is important for each individual to seek and find a connection to the Divine in a manner that best works for them. Most seek to resacralize the world by finding the sacred within the mundane. Most Pagans also feel that the divine lives within each of us and it is rare to find a Pagan who sees the gods as judgmental or punishing. Instead, most view the Divine as beings that are meant to be walked beside, hand in hand, and honored. Q: Are you trying to convert everyone to Paganism? Although most of us don't mind sharing our beliefs and ideas with you, or answering questions if you have them, we also believe everyone needs to choose their spiritual path for themselves. We feel that all paths are equally valid as long as they do not infringe upon the basic civil rights or free will of another. According to our beliefs, it is up to the individual to choose his or her own path. We do not try to manipulate others into our way of thinking, we only try to educate others about our religion so that they may better understand us. We do, however try to help guide those who have already expressed an interest in the Pagan belief systems or religions. Q: Are Pagans “against� other religions? Pagans believe in free will and free choice and that an educated choice is always better than blind obedience to any religion or dogma. We are not "against" other religions. Pagans are usually very well versed in the beliefs of other religions, and often adopt many of them into their own practices. Pagans have simply made a choice to be Pagan and they expect others to respect that choice by allowing them to practice their religion without prejudice or interference. Q: Are you worried about going to hell? Most Pagans don't believe in the Christian concept of Hell. Instead, we take responsibility for our actions, and accept that the universe gives back what we put into it. Q: Why do some Pagans wear the Pentacle? To modern Pagans, the pentacle is used as a symbol of their faith as a cross is to Christians or a Star of David is to the Jews. It is often associated to the elements Air, Earth, Fire and Water with the top point correspond16

Paganism Frequently Asked Questions (cont) ing to "Spirit". Pagans do NOT use it as a sign of evil. Many Pagan practitioners do not wear the pentacle at all, but have other symbols of special meaning to them. Q: Do you worship Nature? No. This confusion may derive from the terms nature-worship versus nature-centered. Many Pagans in today’s society hold nature in some degree of reverence, and most find inspiration from it and consider it sacred. For someone who believes the Divine is present in nature, it often follows that the Divine should be honored and respected. Everything from animals and plants to trees and rocks are elements of the sacred. As a result of this, you will often meet many practicing Pagans who are passionate about the environment. Q: Do Pagans perform magic and cast spells? Yes. Well, some do anyway. However, the term "spell" is widely misunderstood. Spells, are somewhat like prayers and are used to create needed change in one's own life or the life of a loved one. But while prayers are a petition to an external Deity to create the change, most Pagans believe that Deity is present in everything, including ourselves. Spells, then, are the channeling of our own divine selves, our own energies, to create the change. Q: What is the Pagan view on sex and homosexuality? Pagans consider sex as the generative force in nature and is seen by most Pagans as something utterly sacred. We feel that the physical act of love is to be approached with great respect and responsibility. As such, Pagans generally lack taboos regarding sex. We have no rules which prohibit homosexuality, nudity or premarital sex. Paganism does include a lot of fertility symbolism but so do most non-Abrahamic religions. Paganism also tends to be very tolerant of non-traditional lifestyles, so it is not uncommon to meet Pagans who may be part of same-sex relationships or polyamorous families. We do not really care who you're sleeping with, or how you're doing it, or how many of you participate with, as long as everyone involved is a consenting adult. Q: I'm interested in learning more, where should I start? For starters, evaluate where you stand and what your goals are in studying Paganism. Next, understand that you are embarking on a "path" and that understanding will not happen immediately. Since there are so many paths, consider this four step process: 1) Get Specific. Go online and research various traditions and paths and find a couple that are interesting. 2) Get Basic. Learn the basics of each of those traditions such as expectations. 3) Get Real. Begin your research. Consider finding books as on-line web articles tend to not be peerreviewed or have much depth. 4) Get connected. Start going to pagan events and gatherings and looking for like-minded people.


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Bewitching Baubles




Runeworks Magical Crafts

Misty Bell Stiers



Kate’s Cafe

Aurora’s Key



Luma Holistics







Heena Harvest & Hedgewitchery KCWMU / The Center Spiral Gaia Community/ Midgards Well

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Friendship of Shops



10 Water/KCPPD Info Table

Band Stand and Sound Equip

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Musicians CDs

Embellished Body



Ravens Perche

Argenheim Norse Tribe of Kansas City/ KCWMU



Meditative Stones and Crystal Collections

HSA/Grove of the Winding Spiral



Ivory Isis


Magickal Nature


Wolf Friedman

Owyn Gift and Goods



Brenda Eubanks

We're Dying to Please Fabric Co






KC Poppets/AB-Negative Arts Crafted Stained Glass Designs


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Grass – Dragon’s Nest

Other: Smoking Area—Behind Bandstand (West) Silver Leaf Larping – Front Lawn (South East) Main Ritual – Bridge (West)

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Why We Are Here We live in a society where many still discriminate against anyone who is different, whether it be on their sexual orientation, body type, clothing style, financial status, or even their religious beliefs. People are harassed and assaulted in the workplace, on the streets, in their neighborhoods, in the schools, and even by their own families based on these differences. Because of religious intolerance, fueled by misunderstanding and fear, those who have chosen to follow a Pagan religious belief often cannot live their lives openly and honestly. Pagan Pride Day hopes that we can improve attitudes towards earth-based spiritual practices as much as Gay Pride has towards sexual orientations. On this day we hope to challenge intolerance through education, community, charity and activism by creating a day designed to interact with each other and the public to show what we believe and how we practice our spirituality. We are part of the community and we come from all walks of life. We are your neighbors, teachers, business people, merchants, soldiers, doctors, nurses, students, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, wives, husbands and grandparents. We may not honor the Divine in a manner as you do, or even the same way as a fellow Pagan, but our beliefs are strong and we defy the stereotypes that Hollywood and the mass media have portrayed us to be. Kansas City Pagan Pride Day is also an important day for Pagans to build bonds, share information, and celebrate our Pagan Identity. Pagans will not hide in the shadows any longer. We have the right to practice our spirituality without the fear of reprisals from others. We are not ashamed of the Gods we honor and the ways we celebrate! We are coming "out of the broom closet". We are showing our PAGAN PRIDE!

What is a Pagan? Modern Pagans draw their beliefs from a rich diversity of traditions that range from reconstructed ancient religions, modern mainstream religions, and new religious movements. They may be follow a particular tradition or they may follow their own inspiration. They develop their own vision of the Divine and create a direct and personal experience. They accept that there has been and will continue to be many forms of worship and lifestyles. Despite its great diversity, hundreds of thousands of individuals have proudly selfdefined themselves as Pagan both here in the United States and around the world. In order to have a functional definition to help educate the public about Paganism, the Pagan Pride Project has created the following definition as a baseline for which communication can take place. We accept that some Pagans might define themselves in a different way, and others that fit the definition might not define themselves as Pagan. A Pagan, as defined by the Pagan Pride Project, 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, ecology; and/or Focusing religious or spiritual attention primarily on the Divine Feminine; and/or Practicing religion that focuses on earth-based spirituality. 20

KCPPD 2018 Program  

Program for the Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Harvest Festival and Craft Faire

KCPPD 2018 Program  

Program for the Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Harvest Festival and Craft Faire