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On November 13, 2012, the first in a series of four Pagan Way 40th Anniversary Lectures took place at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by the recent publishing of Michael Lloyd's Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan, the lectures aimed to recount the origins of the New York Pagan community, highlight issues that have shaped who we have become today, discuss how we as a community can help effect positive change in the world today, and imagine what our next steps might be together.

New York Pagan - 40th Anniversary Lecture Series - #1

Photo: (L to R) Gary Suto, Brian Brewer, Margot Adler, Michael Lloyd, Rev. Jude Geiger

"New York Pagan History: How We Got to Where We Are Today," the first in the series, featured author Michael Lloyd, whose painstaking efforts to chronicle the historic and cultural forces that influenced the establishment, rise, fall, and rebirth of the New York Pagan community have produced a treasure trove of well-documented insights into the earliest beginnings of the Pagan movement.

Joining Michael for this first lecture was Margot Adler, award-winning NPR correspondent and author of Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America, a seminal work on modern Paganism's origins and the renaissance of Earth-centered, Goddess worship in today's world. Margot, who provides the foreword to Bull of Heaven, shares in this talk how her earliest encounters with the Craft were deeply influenced by Eddie Buczynski and the emerging New York City Pagan community of the early 1970s.

The lectures also featured a collection to provide Hurricane Sandy relief to the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit that provides shelter to homeless LGBT youth. Attendees generously donated $670 over the course of the four lectures. Please make a donation to the Ali Forney Center today to continue growing the good karma.

These lectures are presented by the New York Pagan Alliance, the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, New York, and the New York pagan community.

You can read more about this lecture at The Juggler, a blog featuring New York Pagan, author, and blogger Puck Zan Fraser's reflections on each of the four Pagan Way 40th Anniversary Lectures.

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