UVa-Wise’s Spirit Haven organization on campus meets every Monday at 6 in the classroom in the inner part of the third floor of the library. At weekly meetings they discuss different topics pertaining to the broad term Paganism.
President of the organization, Lillian Bright, says, “We celebrate the major holidays, such as Halloween, Imbolc, Beltane, Ostara, Yule, Litha, Mabon, Lughnasadh and Samhain.” When they celebrate those holidays, they usually have a potluck dinner on campus or at advisor Angie Harvey’s house.
Every semester Spirit Haven does a mandala-coloring event as a stress buster at the end of the semester. They also do activities with the Multicultural Alliance on campus and have volunteered at the Celtic Festival in Big Stone Gap.
Bright also says, “Paganism includes any religion or belief system that does not fall under Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. Buddism, Shinto, Native American religions, anything that has a pantheon, which is a multiple God system, falls under Paganism. “
Spirit Haven does not consider themselves a religious group on campus. They are as Bright says, “more of an educational group, because you don’t have to be Pagan to be in the group.”
Topics at weekly discussions can include things such as the soul event, where Dr. Cashio, Beth Tipton, and Brad Mathisen served on a panel and talked about the soul.
Students are encouraged to come to weekly meeting and learn about Paganism as well as discuss topics surrounding the educational learning of the group.
Email Lillian Bright for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org