Precepts (Our Purpose)
Tenets (Our Beliefs)Every person’s religious belief is correct, for them. As we expect others to respect our beliefs, we must respect theirs. We may not agree with their path, but we must respect that it is the right path for them — that it is the path they need to follow.
The Earth is our Mother, we should cherish and protect Her. If we do not care for the Earth, She will stop taking care of us. By practicing conservation and recycling as individuals, we set good examples, doing our part towards saving the planet.
Old ways and our elders should never be ignored just for being old. We must always listen and learn, carefully weighing truths from the past against new knowledge. We create a better future by combining ancient wisdom and modern knowledge.
You, and you alone, are accountable for your actions. What you think and do has consequences, both physical and spiritual. “And It Harm None, Do What You Will”, “Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You”, and Karma are good examples.
Council and Commitees
The Church of the Earth is run by the Council and its committees, all made up of volunteers.
The Council is the ruling body of the Church, making decisions concerning policy and finance. Our sitting Council includes:
Laurel – High Priestess, Council, Events & Education Chair
I was ordained High Priestess for Church of the Earth at Imbolc 2014. Living in many places has given me a broad experience of Paganism, spirituality, & life. My spare time seems to involve cutting & pasting, and attempting to acquire ALL THE COLORS!
Richard Moore – Council Chair
I have been a solitary practitioner of various pagan traditions since 1997, and I have been attending services at the Raleigh Church of the Earth since 2011. I am an elementalist and a student of British folklore and Celtic druidism.
Tamara – Council Secretary, Membership Chair
Pagan by birth, COTE member by choice. Council Secretary for CotE, Pagan Pride Raleigh Co-Local Coordinator, and a nifty little dancer too.
Jenny – Council, Treasurer
Although I had long considered myself a pagan, I didn’t explore those beliefs until joining COTE. I follow my own path, fully embraced my calling as a Green witch and found folks as silly and crazy as me. I'm usually the one knitting. ^_^
Allison – Council, Librarian
I have always been a pagan at heart; it just took me a while to realize it. I lean strongly towards Wicca in my spiritual path, but I find that every path has wisdom to offer.
Dodde – Council, Librarian
All my life I was a Pagan and didn't know it. Now I am following an Eclectic path full of discovery. Here, I get to learn/experience all sorts of amazing things with fantastic people. Lucky me!
Heather – Council, Family Programs/Education Coordinator
I like to refer to myself as a Kitchen Witch, since most of my Magicks and all of my ingredients come right from the pantry. Celtic-Heathen Kitchen Witch, if I had to give a full label. Proudly walking the Pagan Path showing the kids to do the same.
Mg Phillips – Council
I've been coming to COTE since I moved here in 2009. I have found a great group of friends and it has added alot to my mostly solitary practice.
Stephanie Shinn – Council
Eclectic, wiccan-based pagan and tech-savvy baker.
The Trustees help run the Church, heading committees and holding working officer positions. Our trustees include:
George S Whittemore –
Jason – Trustee, Facilities Chair
Ordained minister for the Circle of Salgion Church of Wicca
JD (Jess) – Trustee
I am a nerdy, crazy, lovable, Kitchen witch.
Jessica – Trustee
Hello. My name is Jessica and I am an Ordained Priestess from Sacred Earth Grove in New Bern, NC. I currently live in Havelock but love COTE so much that I continue to attend events as much as possible.
Johnson – Trustee, Web Master
I'm a practical animist, which means I believe everything has its own intention, our actions must be tempered by ethical thought, and the world would be more fun, more fulfilling, and less crowded if we took down all the guard rails. Weeee!
Rose Zane – Trustee
Our Committees and Groups
We have a number of permanent and temporary committees appointed by the Council to take care of day to day operations, research issues that might require a decision, and provide services to the congregation of the church and community at large.