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Paganism & Wicca - What Is The ATC - AQUARIAN TABERNACLE CHURCH ll?


Although The ATC AQUARIAN TABERNACLECHURCH ll has had a presence in France since April 24, 1999, France does not recognize any religious groups, including Catholicism, and has lately implemented severe legislation against all minority faiths. 

In March 1985, after Davis was hired as an expert witness by the Washington State Attorney General to educate a federal court in Tacoma about the tenets of the Wicca religion in a lawsuit brought by a prisner, the state department of corrections recognized Wicca as a religion worthy of recognition for inmates to practice. 

Wicca was soon included in the department's first edition of the Handbook of Religious Belief: and Practices, which was intended for institutional chaplains. 

The ATC was approved as the coordinating organization for the appointment of Wiccan delegates to the Inter faith Council of Washington (state) in 1992, and in 1992, Reverend Pete Davis was overwhelmingly chosen as the Inter faith Council of Washington's president. 

He was reelected unanimously twice, the first time towards the conclusion of his first term. 

The first outdoor circle of tall standing stones was constructed as a site of Wiccan worship inside the boundaries of the Twin Rivers Correctional Facility in October 2001. 

The ATC officially integrated a young people's natural lore and woodcraft program, which had been started in 1999 as a local activity for the mother church, on April 2, 2001. 

Spiral Scouts was founded as a worldwide organization in response to a desire for an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America's gender-biased, and often Christian, activities. 

Spiral Scouts was created by an Internet online committee with over 500 members, foreshadowing its extraordinary acceptance and development in the Pagan community across the globe. 

The curriculum was designed to be used as a vehicle to teach youngsters in a specific tradition by any minority religion-based community (or those 12 AR NDRAIOCHT FEIN: A DRUIDFELLOWSHIP (ADF) with no faith at all). 

Any non-hostile religious community may use the software. 

There are more than forty chartered Spiral Sconts organizations in the United States and Canada as of January 2002, nine months after Spiral Scouts "went public." The program is quickly expanding. 

The ATC's Woolston-Steen Wiccan Theological Seminary, which opened in April 1998, obtained approval from the Washington State Department of Higher Education's Degree Authorization Board in August 2000 to provide academic degrees in Wiccan ministry under the agency's religions exemption rules. 



Pierre C. Davis (aka Pete "Pathfinder" Davis) established the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) in Index, Washington, on November 1, 1979. 

Davis was born on March 22, 1937, in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Joseph A. Davis, a Catholic, and Adele Claveloux Davis, a self-proclaimed Pagan, during a period when there was no prominent Pagan movement in the United States (1940s). 

The ATC is still headquartered in Index, Washington, where it built the Moon Stone Circle, an outdoor circle of tall standing stones behind the church buildings amid a forest of tall old cedar trees. 

This worship location was dedicated and consecrated on December 29, 1984, by twenty-nine Wiccans who traveled from three states for the event, which took place amid a blinding blizzard. 

Davis was initiated into the Craft for the first time on August 14, 1974, in Paterson, New Jersey, into the Dorpat tradition, a tiny, restricted, and highly clandestine ‘tradition. 

After moving to Seattle, Washington, he was initiated into the Kingstone branch of British Traditional Wicca (see Wicca) on September 21, 1983. 

Although his initial intention was to establish a small Wiccan retreat in the mountains near Seattle for local area Pagans to worship without interference, it quickly became his goal to establish a Wiccan church with federal government recognition, tax-exempt status, and tolerance—if not acceptance—by local mainstream religious bodies. 

The Goddess, on the other hand, had a far bigger picture in mind, and the ATC was officially recognized by the US government on November 12, 1988. 

On December 30, 1991, it received IRS group exemption umbrella certification as a Wiccan tradition. 

Through this ‘group exemption, every ‘congregation that the ATC recognizes as an associated organization in the United States gets immediate recognition as a tax-exempt church. 

The ATC was recognized in Canada on November 15, 1993, and was registered and recognized in Australia in 1994 via its affiliate there (which received its original recognition in 1984). 

The church was founded in Ireland on February 24, 1999, by Janet Farrar and Stewart Farrar, and was later recognized by the Irish government as the first (and only) legally Wiccan/Pagan church in October 2001, thanks to the work of the Reverend Barbara Lauderdale, presiding elder. 

The ATC was officially recognized by the South African government in August 1998, and was consecrated on December 29, 1984, by twenty-nine Wiccans who traveled from three states for the ritual, which took place amid a blinding blizzard.