Frequently Asked Questions
We're happy to answer the most common questions about us right here. But if you have other questions you need answers for, send us an email through the Contact Page. We try to reply within 24 hours.
Q: I saw that Turning Circle is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Does that mean Turning Circle is a Christian group?
A: No. Turning Circle is an eclectic Pagan fellowship. While people of all faiths are welcome, Turning Circle is a part of the Pagan community.
Q: Is Turning Circle a coven?
A: No. Turning Circle is an open fellowship. Members have voting rights concerning the group's charter and planning, but non-members are free to attend and participate in any scheduled ritual, service, or gathering. We don't make members swear oaths of secrecy/loyalty or submit to having their Measure taken. You can join us or leave as your needs change. We also do not impose a particular religious dogma on our members and guests. We are a fellowship of equals.
Q: Is Turning Circle a Wiccan-only group?
A: While we have several members who are Wiccan, Turning Circle is an eclectic Pagan fellowship. Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, Pantheists, and all manner of Pagans are welcome. People who are open to what Paganism has to offer but are still searching for their own spiritual path are also welcome. There are a variety of rituals practiced at Turning Circle. Our group never gets stale!
Q: Is Turning Circle an exclusive fellowship? Can I be a member of Turning Circle and another religious organization at the same time?
A: No, Turning Circle is not exclusive; it is an open fellowship. Yes, you can be a member of Turning Circle and another religious group at the same time. Several of our members (and leaders) have dual-participation with Turning Circle and other spiritual venues.
Q: Is there a dress code for Turning Circle?
A: No. Most of our members are pretty informal. Some where cloaks and capes while others wear regular casual attire. You can bring your wand/Athame if that works for you, or not if you don't want to.
Q: Must I be a member of Turning Circle to attend Turning Circle events?
A: Absolutely not, all are welcome! Non-members are welcome at all events listed on our calendar. Visitors are welcome. The simply-curious are welcome. Non-members fully participate in our rituals and may even lead rituals.
Q: How can I become a member?
A: You must attend three gatherings in a six month period, be a active participant, show an interest in joining, and be voted in. There is a suggested annual donation of $10 for being a voting member ($15 for couples and families). However, we can waive that fee for reasons of financial hardship.
Q: Are Pagan children welcome?
A: Of course they are! Several members bring their children to our rites and services. Just remember, however, that we don't have a separate activity program for children.
Q: Is Turning Circle welcoming to the LGBT community?
A: Absolutely! So is our parent organization (the UUCC).