An Introduction

About the Covenant of the Goddess

The Covenant of the Goddess is a confederation of covens (congregations) and solitaries (solo practitioners) from various traditions of the religion called Wicca or Witchcraft, who share the worship of the Goddess and the Old Gods and subscribe to a common code of ethics. The Covenant was incorporated in California on October 31, 1975 as a non-profit religious organization to increase cooperation among Witches and to secure for Witches and covens the legal protection enjoyed by members of other religions.

We have created this packet to give the press and other interested individuals some basic information about our religion and our Church. Until the last few decades, the very existence of our religion was in doubt in the larger culture. People calling themselves Witches would likely face derision and/or fear. As anti-Witchcraft laws and attitudes have begun to fade before the greater tolerance of our modern pluralistic society, the legitimate members of this ancient religious practice are coming forward and reuniting with their co-religionists and attempting to practice their beliefs openly.

Unfortunately, there still exists a great deal of fear and misunderstanding as to who we are. Admitting to being a Witch openly can lead to losing one's job, the bullying and ridicule of one's children, and/or other forms of harassment. Thus, we feel there is a need to distribute basic information about who we are and what we really believe to members of the communities in which we live so that we may enjoy the right granted to all Americans by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- to pracice our religion in freedom.

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