Originally posted on August 28, 2017
Our 'About Page' starts with this statement.
For a quarter of a century, we have practiced our brand of Wicca and taught it to the public regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, political orientation, health, and class. We see more similarities than separation among people, and transform our differences into strength.
Inner Circle, in all it's incarnations, has always been inclusive and we maintain that stance even more so today.
The High Priest of our group, Lord Mordred, (whom we affectionately called the "Dark Lord") had many sayings we loved dearly... including this one: "Everyone has a right to the Goddess."
Anyone who wishes to join us will have to accept that we may have a gay couple leading our ring... we may have a trans-gendered person paired with a partner leading our ring... and they will kiss one another, as is the way of our rituals. We already have plenty of priests and priestesses who have no issue with performing these rituals so it is not required, but if you wish to join us, you have to be accepting of this. The "it's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" has NO place in our Wiccan coven.
There is a Wiccan chant that seems like it's been around forever that says:
We All Come From The Goddess
We believe that 'We All Come From the Goddess' and since We are a part of Nature and We hold all things in Nature in reverence, We ourselves hold each other in reverence. This is a core belief of Wicca and anything else is completely incongruent with that belief.
Board of Elders,
Inner Circle Sanctuary
June 28, 2020 Update
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will no longer support Temple of Sekhmet. Inner Circle Sanctuary will not attend any event that is held there and will not be holding any further events of our own there. Their founder has voiced opinions that go against our own teachings.
We have repeatedly heralded that "Everyone has a right to the Goddess." Trans Women are Women. Trans Men are Men. Non Binary People are People. We believe that the Goddess sees us as we are and not as society defines us.
Post edit: removed "we believe" as our High Priest said "Trans Women are Women. Trans Men are Men. Non Binary People are People." Belief is not needed.
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Lady Joyanna became the High Priestess of Inner Circle Sanctuary in January of 2016. In this interview she discusses the future of Wicca, Inner Circle Sanctuary, and reflects upon the past.
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.