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Conway Witches and Pagans Meetups Resume

 

Naked Hippie Cafe

On January 21st, 2017, the Conway Witches and Pagans group will resume it’s regular meetups. The first meeting of the year will take place at the Naked Hippie Café at 1205 Front Street between the hours of 1 and 4pm that Saturday.

The meeting, which is politics-free, is intended to provide a safe space for local witches and Pagans from the area to meet and get to know one another. There are usually several discussion questions presented to get the ball rolling, but guests are invited to bring any questions or stories they may have to share. Several attendees enjoy bringing their tarot decks for impromptu readings, so guests should feel free to bring theirs if they like (as well as runes, pendulums, and spirit boards).

The Conway Witches and Pagans group is a long-standing tradition within the City of Colleges and is not associated with any group, instead serving as a safe space for all to interact. You can contact them via their page on Facebook if you have any questions or concerns.

Arkansas Nonprofit Touches the World

Pentacles of Pride

 

2012 was a year of great things: Lionel Messi was paramount in winning the FIFA world cup, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 60th anniversary as queen of Great Britain, and Pentacles of Pride International was born.

Pentacles of Pride International is a Pagan run public charity that offers free pentacles to all. Its focus is on bridging the gap between Pagan groups and individuals by offering a unified vision of a future of shared support. Founded in 2012, over the past years the organization has grown and has reached beyond borders and has touched thousands of lives. However, this reach wasn’t always available. The first days of Pentacles of Pride resembled a child learning to walk. There was trial and error, but nothing that the wonderful volunteers and board members couldn’t handle. These hiccups taught those involved that the work being done changes lives and it’s worth the steep learning curve.

            In Spring of 2012, Sheldon Slinkard, the founder of the organization sat in his apartment thinking about all of the people that had asked him where to get a pentacle or other faith symbols. There was a need in his community and that formed a world vision of support. There was a population in need and an organization needed to step up to the call.

            “Honestly, when I started the nonprofit, I had no idea what I was doing. The best friend I had for months was The Idiots Guide to Non Profits and I still felt like an idiot when I started reading those government documents,” said Slinkard, “but, really, when it came down to it, it didn’t matter the amount of work involved. When there is a need that is not being addressed all we have is inequity and that’s something I can’t stand for. Everyone deserves a helping hand. Pentacles of Pride offers people the capability of receiving something that seems simple, but it is much more than that. It’s a symbol of hope, safety, and connection.” explained Slinkard.

            The organization had humble, but swift beginnings. August 2012 the initial website was formed. At this time it was a ‘.com’ and riddled with clunky graphics, but despite this, it had a purpose. The organization became an official nonprofit in Arkansas in November 2012 when the first pentacle request was sent.

            Those who have ordered a pentacle know that the delivery addresses are all handwritten. This practice wasn’t strategic, but financially necessary.

            “Handwriting the letters cut down costs by 78%. As a nonprofit, you make sacrifices. Sure, we may have hand issues later in life, but it’s worth it.” Slinkard admitted with a chuckle.

As more requests were met, a sea of messages came to the organizations inbox. They varied in their language and writings, but they shared a similar note. Each letter explained how wonderful it made these people feel when they saw the handwritten letter. At this point 600 requests were completed, so there was no turning back. Now, handwritten delivery addresses are a staple of the organization.

“I never thought that something so simple as handwriting addresses would be so powerful. The community really felt touched that we had done this,” admitted Slinkard. “Now, we do this because we want everyone to have that feeling. That we care enough to write out each address.” said Slinkard.

            The leadership of Pentacles of Pride has changed face throughout the years. Created while Slinkard was at university, members of the leadership team fell in the same category. As you can imagine, organizational duties for many slowed during finals testing. Yet, no matter the stresses of life, there has always been a person or group that steps up to help and continue the mission. The current Executive Director is the familiar, Sheldon Slinkard and the Associate Director is Ashley Nicole Hunter.

            Hunter came to Pentacles of Pride Summer 2014 after she relocated from Memphis, Tennessee to Conway, Arkansas. A member of the Conway Pagan Pride Day committee, she was ecstatic to hear about Pentacles of Pride and its mission. She had a passion to learn and to support not only the Pagans in her town, but also the community at large. These passions led to her appointment on the Executive Board in Summer 2014.

            “I just want better for the Pagan community.” Hunter revealed.

            Today Pentacles of Pride has touched every corner of the world. Other groups have championed for Pentacles of Pride, mentioned them in blogs, videos, radio ads, and the like.  The Cauldron online radio station is a continued supporter of the organization offering free radio advertisements. Frequent mentions on Youtube channels such as Cutewitch772 are also present.

            “It’s so cool to be surfing the web just for fun and stumble upon a post or video that is championing for Pentacles of Pride. It brings the biggest smile to my face to know that we are truly helping people.” Slinkard said with a large smile.

The message of the group has been passed around from brother to sister, friend-to-friend, and stranger-to-stranger. Recently the message has been passed to the United States Armed Forces. A continual bulk order is provided for the Fort Sill, Oklahoma army base. Over 200 Pentacles of Pride are hand packaged and sent every 2 months to this base.

            This level of outreach is fully supported by the Executive Board and donors like you. The organization does not have an official public office, but operates at local venues in Conway Arkansas. All donations go directly to supplies and pentacles to be sent. It is the hope of the Pentacles of Pride team to one day touch every heart and bring support to all in need. This is only possible through the generous donors and wonderful volunteers dedicated to the cause.

            Pentacles of Pride has experienced many changes in its life, but its mission remains: To provide pentacles to anyone in need – Pentacles of Pride, Share Pride in Style.

            For more information on Pentacles of Pride visit their website at www.pentaclesofpride.org or email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Door Group Revamped!

northdoorYou Are Invited!

You are invited to join us this weekend at Hollywood park in Hot Springs this Sunday August 16th at 4:30 pm. Bring something for a pot-luck while we all discuss our goals and ideas as a group, while getting to know new and old friends.  After the pot-luck we will proceed to the Adair park for an evening filled with drumming. If you can't make it to the whole thing, stay for what you can! Please bring a covered dish and a drum if you have it. Post questions or carpool requests below. See you all there!

About The North Door

You are invited to join the North Door, an open group for all paths Now Meeting Regularly for social outings and rituals in the Hot Springs and surrounding areas, with field trips and intensives 4 times a year.

Connect with others, learn about herbs, tarot, Witchcraft, crystals & stones, Pagan deities, gardening, energy work, sustainable living, Wicca and many other topics; or just bring a drum, bells or a rattle and have a good time.

Meetings range from a cup of coffee in Hot Springs to a full fledged ritual and crystal dig out near Mount Ida.  Get involved, or just observe from the sidelines, you are VERY WELCOME to come and find your niche!

Many of us deeply hidden in the broom closet, so privacy is always protected.

New Weekly Meetings:

Our first year we had a great field trip to a crystal dig, a good visualization and energy class, some interesting psychic experiments and much more.  Now that we have a year under our belt, girlinflowers will be helping to get us organized more regularly and you may join us for weekly social gatherings as well as the serious classes and field trips.

Upcoming Intensives:

Potion Making - intensive course for making incense, oils and brews.
Meteor Shower and Bonfire - come join us on the PaganPath Sanctuary near Story, AR for camping, drumming, stargazing and socializing around the bonfire.

Group Information:

Average Meet-Up Size:  2 to 12 people.Founded:

Summer Solstice - June 21, 2014

Contact For More Information: E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Phone: 870-279-2724

Regular Meetings:  Every weekend, usually Sunday afternoon in Hot Springs

Study Sessions, Field Trips & Intensive Classes: Quarterly as announces, usually at the PaganPath Sanctuary near Story, AR or at a field trip location as announced.

Travel Help & Carpooling?  Yes, contact us for help getting to meetings.

Stay Connected & Updated:  Facebook Group Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthDoor/  This is now a "public" facebook group, soon to be a "secret" facebook group.  Contact Friday if you would like to join after it is "secret" to protect your online privacy, or to be added to the private email list if you are not on facebook.

Arkansas Areas Served/Members From: Bauxite, Gurdon, Arkadelphia, Russellville Bryant, Prescott, Mountain Pine, De Queen, Glenwood, Bonnerdale, Mena, Amity, Norman,  Mount Ida, Hot Springs, Royal, Sims, Havana, Story, Onyx, Rover, Danville, Belleville and surrounding areas.

Services Offered:  One-on-one classes, pot-lucks,  legally ordained clergy services, open circles.