About

Who we are: “IPCOD is a not-for-profit organization working to achieve greater acceptance and equity for Pagans at home, at work, and in every community.”

We exist to:

  • Provide resources and encouragement for Pagans who chose to come out.
  • Provide a voice for those Pagans who cannot yet come out.
  • Reduce stigma by putting a human face on Paganism
  • Partner with non-Pagan allies.

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Executive Committee:

Chair: Cara Schulz
Currently, Cara  is the editor of the Minnesota bureau of the Pagan Newswire Collective.  She is also the author of the soon to be released book Martinis & Marshmallows: A field guide to luxury tent camping.  Cara lives in the Twin Cities area and lives with her husband, Tracy, and her son, Justin. When not working, Cara enjoys attending Sci-Fi conventions in costume and putting the “camp” in camping at the Sacred Harvest Festival.

Dave Burwasser
Dave was born 1941 in Chicago and moved to Cleveland at age five. In his mid-teens he became a Unitarian Universalist (UU),  then a confirmed Humanist by mid-twenties and, after an epiphanal experice of the Goddess in 1987, a Pagan in his mid-forties. He has served on the national board of the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) and was made a Board Member Emeritus upon leaving. Dave organized a CUUPS chapter in his UU church and a UU Pagan campout (not formally associated with CUUPS) in Michigan. He married in 1995.  Currently he live in a small town and his wife is in a sensitive profession, with clientele in the community. He feels if he came out of the broom closet she would lose enough of her clientele to lose her practice. He is not a public Pagan locally, and will not for as long as she needs my discretion.  Because of his wife’s career situation, Dave brings a unique perspective to IPCOD.

Laura M. LaVoie
Laura lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works as a recruiter for a small staffing company in the area.  She is a contributor to the PNC Pop-Culture blog The Juggler and has been published in PanGaia Magazine, Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac and He Epistole.  Laura and her partner are building a 120 square foot cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina where they intend to live part of the year along with their Sphynx cat, Piglet.”

Jason Pitzl-Waters
Since launching “The Wild Hunt” in 2004, Jason Pitzl-Waters has become one of the leading voices for analysis and insight into how modern Pagan faiths are represented within the mainstream media. In addition, “The Wild Hunt” has also conducted in-depth interviews with prominent figures within modern Paganism, academia, and religion journalism. Jason wants to raise the level of discourse and journalism on important issues within the modern Pagan and Heathen communities, while advocating a broader commitment to encouraging religious multiplicity and solidarity (where appropriate) with surviving indigenous and non-monotheistic faith groups.

In addition to his work with The Wild Hunt, Jason has also written for newWitch Magazine, PanGaia Magazine, Thorn Magazine, and Llewellyn Worldwide. He also maintains a weekly podcast entitled “A Darker Shade of Pagan” that explores underground music from a Pagan perspective.

Jason is a former Board of Director member of Cherry Hill Seminary, and is coordinating The Pagan Newswire Collective, an open collective of Pagan journalists, newsmakers, media liaisons, and writers who are interested in sharing and promoting primary-source reporting from within our interconnected communities.

Drake Spaeth, PsyD
Drake is the co-founder of Earth Traditions. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, and a faculty member of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is the author of several entries in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Springer, 2010), as
well as a chapter (Psycho-spiritual roots of adolescent violence; The importance of rites of passage) in the book, Transforming Corrections; Humanistic Approaches to Corrections and Offender Treatment. (Carolina Academic Press, 2009). Dr. Spaeth has been a presenter at the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions events in Barcelona, 2004 and Melbourne , 2009 and he regularly presents papers on spirituality and psychology at conferences including the annual meetings of the Midwest American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He has been a staff member, presenter, and ritual facilitator at the annual Pagan Spirit Gathering for the past 16 years. His interests include the relationship between spirituality and psychology, ecopsychology, humanistic-existential psychology, transpersonal psychology, Jungian psychology, shamanism, Celtic mysticism, and the Western Mystery Tradition. He holds ministerial credentials with both Earth Traditions and Circle Sanctuary. Drake currently serves as a Director, and is the Treasurer for Earth Traditions.

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FAQ:

1.  What is “out?”   Being out means that you are no longer actively hiding your religion or living a double life due to fear of discovery.  However – it is not an either/or proposition as some Pagans are out in some people in their lives, but not others.

2.  Why should I come out?

3.  Isn’t this the same as Pagan Pride?

What is International Pagan Coming Out Day?
(Insert Missions Statement)

What does International Pagan Coming Out Day hope to accomplish?
(Insert Objective Statements)

Who is International Pagan Coming Out Day for?
IPCOD hopes to be an equal resource for Pagans who want to come out,
Pagans who aren’t ready to coming out yet, the public who has
questions about Pagans and for our friends and family who are not
pagan but wish to understand more about their loved ones.

Who is behind International Pagan Coming Out Day?
(link to Bios)

Where will events be held?
IPCOD envisions that local pagans or pagan organizations can do as
much or as little in regards to events for Coming Out Day.  Events
will be held where ever Pagans are, which is to say all around the
world.

When is International Pagan Coming Out Day?
Any day can be a good day to come out to friends or family, but the
official IPCOD is May 2, 2011 with the intention of maintaining an
annual observance

Why do we need International Pagan Coming Out Day?
Pagans have long been hidden in our society whether by choice or by
the constraints of societal expectations.  Some Pagans have
experienced discrimination for their religious beliefs in the
workplace or at home.  IPCOD provides a network of resources for
Pagans interested going public.

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How can I get involved:

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Contact us: The best way to contact us is by email – schulzcaral@gmail.com

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