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The national Pagan Pride Project began in the late 1990s as a way to help educate non-Pagans about our paths, and to promote unity within the Pagan community. The first official Pagan Pride Day was held on Sept. 19, 1998.

The core concepts of the Pagan Pride Project were to include three key elements: a public ritual open to both Pagans and non-Pagans; a food drive to promote charity at a time of year when Pagans are celebrating the harvest; and press releases and media events focused on promoting positive images of Pagans in the community.

Within just a few years, response to the national Pagan Pride Project became so big that regional coordinators were appointed to work with events in their own areas. By 2003, over 150 events were being held each September as part of the celebration. Pagan Pride Day Columbus was first held in 2003 at Unitarian Universalist Church. Each year the celebration is bigger and better, and we’re that you’ll be joining us for Pagan Pride Day 2007!

Our Mission Statement

The Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization. The primary purposes of this corporation shall be the advancement of religion and elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs. We try to keep our purpose balanced through the inspirations of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth:

Air: Education
We’ll never be able to practice our spirituality openly if we don’t share accurate information with others.

Fire: Activism
We must have the courage to act on our convictions and speak our minds.

Water: Charity
We know that what we do returns back to us, and so we must offer compassion where it is needed. By sharing abundance, we know it will be returned to us.

Earth: Community
By establishing webs and networks of like-minded people, we can show our support for one another and our spiritual paths.