We wanted to take a step back from Morrighan’s Trove and post something about a group that we feel benefits everyone within the Pagan community. The Forest Moon Grove.
This group has been formed to help not only Pagans, but military Pagans as well.
Started in 2004, as the Desert Moon Grove, this group was originally focused purely on assisting Pagan soldiers by not only receiving Care Packages of basic supplies, books, and music; but also in dealing with any discrimination that may arise.
I personally have received such help from Eric and the Desert Moon Grove while in Tel Afar, Iraq! That’s another wonderful story for another time.
In 2005 the Forest Moon Grove was created in the massive response by non-military pagans who wanted to help and be a part of a growing Pagan populace in the American Armed Forces. Eric was more than happy to oblige.
Not only did the Forest Moon Grove send care packages, but they also helped Pagan Soldiers become DFGLs. (Distinguished Faith Group Leader) They helped the DFGLs by supporting them with the paperwork and support in dealing with any hurdles that may arise while in the military. Free of charge!
On top of helping soldiers become DFGLs, they also worked to educate current military chaplains and leaders by educating them about the Pagan faith. This had helped curb some of the discrimination due to lack of education and understanding!
Eric Cooper, has since been medically retired from the military and is working full time for Forest Moon Grove. Since then, while still supporting our troops, he has added much more to his already heavy schedule. He is now working on helping the Pagan Community as a whole!
Forest Moon is a recognized, Non Profit, Pagan Church in the state of Washington. They currently have a Homeless Closet in Skagit Valley, WA that helps clothe the needy not only in warm clothes, but interview ready clothing to better their situation!
They also have a group for Pagan children called the Forest Moon Tribe. This caters to children from 5 – 18 years old and runs for 3 years and teaches them to survive in nature without harming nature. Most importantly, it teaches the basics of the Pagan Faiths and to respect other faiths, just as there own!
This Church also offers ordainment as well! This isn’t the 5 minute ordainment you find on the internet. This is an extensive process in which you will have to demonstrate knowledge on crisis counseling, suicide prevention, death and marriage ceremonies, and much much more!
I know that this has been a long post, it could be even longer, but I just want to paraphrase just a few things this wonderful group has done for my readers to see. This is an attempt to give back to the group that has helped me out in the toughest time of my life!
This group sets the example we all need to see to realize the good we can do in this world!