About the Church

The Church of the Earth is made up of followers of many Earth-centered religions, including Wiccans, Druids, Heathens, and many other nameless Pagan paths. Our gatherings are led by the members rather than by a formal clergy, and within the very open precepts and tenets laid out below, we are each free to practice as we see fit. This means rituals vary widely, and all whose paths agree with these precepts and tenets are welcome to not just join us in ritual, but lead us in ritual when you are ready.

Precepts (Our Purpose)


  • Create a place for ritual and ceremony in which followers of Earth-centered religions can gather for holy days, marriages, funerals, blessings, handfastings, coming of age celebrations, dedications, and other such events.

  • Promote understanding and education for those of alternative beliefs and for the community in general.

  • Unite the community in times of need, making our community and the entire planet a better place to live.

Tenets (Our Beliefs)

I Respect All Paths 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.

I Love the Earth 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.

I Trust the Old Ways 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.

I Am Accountable 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

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 – Trustee, 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.


Rose Zane – Council


 

The Trustees

The Trustees help run the Church, heading committees and holding working officer positions. Our trustees include:


George S Whittemore –
Husband, father, lover of fur babies, ordained minister, practicing OBOD Druid and Celebrant.



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!


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.

  • Facilities Committee: The Facilities Committee manages Gaia’s Gardens, our primary social and ritual space, as well as virtual resources like this website. The current chair is Jason.
  • Events Committee:The Events Committee schedules leaders for our rituals, arranges social and educational events, and manages the meetup group and mailing lists. The current chair is Laurel.
  • Membership Committee: The Membership Committee handles public relations and communications with other groups in the area, and insures that church sponsored events are welcoming and comfortable for new and old members alike. The current chair is Tamara.
  • Financial Management Group:The Financial Group is a special committee that manages the finances of the church, including payment accounts, donations services, bank accounts and expense reimbursement. The current chair is Jenny.
  • Temporary Committees: Temporary committees are created and appointed for significant tasks as needed.