The Student Pagan Alliance at Utah State University is a newly formed cultural club spearheaded by USU student, Kassie Cressall.
The main goal of the SPA is to cultivate a place where students can safely explore spiritual paths without fear of harm or ridicule. Kassie believes:
“As a group I feel it is really important to foster community service as Pagans and provide a sense of strength and leadership for students of the Pagan/Polytheistic faiths. I’d like to encourage others, through honest study and interaction with other faiths to cultivate their own strengths. One of the lovely things about Paganism is that there are so many options! There are vast amounts of beauty through the Pagan looking glass and the goal of the SPA is to bring those vistas of faith together through fellowship, community service and education.”
As a group, the SPA members are hoping to attend Pagan events in and around Salt Lake City, such as the Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day and the Ogden Pagan Pride Day.
The USU SPA will also be holding regular classes on crafting, philosophy, medicinal herbs, Pagan history and ethics, meditation techniques, as well as a Pagan movie night and wilderness safety workshop. They are also planning on holding rituals for varying faiths during sacred times of the year. Within the community itself, the SPA will be helping with litter management around the community, as well as helping out with story time at local libraries, after school programs and soup kitchens.
According to Kassie:
“I would hope that SPA would provide more than just an opportunity for us to grow in our faiths as Pagans but for us to also grow as people, connected to our true selves, others and the land we live in.”
Another goal of the SPA is to raise enough money to attend PantheaCon in San Jose, California as a group or host seminars with noted pagan authors and teachers.
USU draws students from all over the world with academic reputation and it is the goal of the SPA to provide a place of spiritual comfort and friendship for them.
“We are a safe-house for faiths to come together in celebration and learning. We are open to all, curious visitors to seasoned practitioners. All will be most welcome. The SPA is not affiliated with any particular Pagan branch or faith nor do we offer any initiation into any faith system.”
If you are a student at the USU and would like to be a part of the Student Pagan Alliance (SPA), you can contact Kassie at [email protected] , or through the group’s website at http://usustudentpaganalliance.wordpress.com or their listing on Witchvox.com under Utah Adult and College groups.
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