About Green Egg

 Green Egg Magazine was the flagship publication of the Church of All Worlds. During its  long tenure it brought innovative, quality writing and information to the worldwide pagan  community. In 2001, financial circumstances forced the closure of the magazine.

 Even before Green Egg closed its doors in 2001, people were crying out for its return!  After a long wait, we are happy to announce the Revival of Green Egg Magazine as an online  publication!

" In 1968, following a move to St. Louis, the Church of All Worlds was incorporated. In  March of that year, the GREEN EGG appeared. From its inauspicious beginnings as a one-  page ditto sheet, it grew over 80 issues into a 60-page journal, becoming the most  significant periodical in the Pagan movement during the 1970s and made Tim Zell, its  editor, a major force in Neo-Paganism (a term which Zell coined). It was also the major  instrument of the Church's expansion."

  --J. Gordon Melton, Encyclopedia of American Religions, 1979

 "It is popular today to talk about 'synergy'-a combination that has a greater effect than the  simple addition of its components-and that perhaps best describes the effect of GREEN  EGG. It connected all the evolving and emerging Goddess and Nature religions into one  phenomenon: the Neo-Pagan movement."
  --Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, 1979 & 1987

 "GREEN EGG gives me a new perspective... I read the GREEN EGG because it has in it  things I do not find elsewhere."
 --Robert A. Heinlein, author of Stranger in a Strange Land

 Some History

 Tuesday, 5 June 2001
 From: CAW Board of Directors

 Dear Waterkin,

 As many of you know, Green Egg has been in deep financial trouble for quite some time. A  great many members of this church have made heroic efforts over the past several years to  support the GE staff, and keep the magazine solvent enough to continue printing. The church  owes a great debt to everyone who has sacrificed so much to keep our beloved magazine  coming out every season, in spite of the continuing difficulties.

 However, the time has come when we must acknowledge that these efforts have come at  great cost to the church; and despite all our collective sacrifices, the financial situation is  not improving. Our feeling is that the price that CAW as a whole is paying to sustain GE has  become too high,and that its demands are diverting far more of our financial and magickal  resources than the church can reasonably afford to spend on it at this time.

 Therefore, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to suspend the  operations of Green Egg magazine effective immediately, and release publisher Jeanne  Koelle and editor Maerian Morris with our heartfelt thanks for their many years of  dedication.

 Our intention at this time is to take a few months to re-evaluate the situation, with the hopes  of creating a new GE out of the ashes of the old one. We won't be able to offer you any  more specific plans until we've had a chance to look over GE's books, and get a clear sense  of what we have to work with. But, based on the tremendous numbers of talented people  who have offered their services to GE in recent months, we are optimistic that this church  has within it resources to build a new GE, drawing heavily on the wide variety of skills that  are already present within the church.

 We will be making specific decisions about the disposition of GE's current subscriptions  very shortly. If you're a subscriber, please rest assured we will make good on your  investment in GE. Similarly, we will be making plans to reimburse those holding open GE  advertising contracts, and examining our options regarding the disposition of GE's other  debts. In the meantime, you, the membership, can support GE's future by sharing with us  your best visions of what a new, re-designed GE might offer to the larger Pagan community;  and how each of you might be able to contribute to its re-creation when the time comes. If  we've all learned anything, it's that the job of putting together Green Egg is too big for just  two or three people to handle. For GE to have a future, we will need to have many more  people working together to help shoulder the load. It will also need to be financially sound  from the very beginning. We are resolved that GE will never put this church into financial  jeopardy again, and will not attempt to revive it unless we are confident that this goal can be  achieved.

 We, your Board members, have a busy summer ahead as we take stock of GE's current  situation, and plan for its future. Please hold us in your prayers, and bless us with your best  ideas. Putting out Green Egg has always been one of CAW's most amazing magickal acts.  May we all come together as a tribe to renew the magick, and once again create something  that glitters with all the best that is CAW.

 Re: Oberon Zell's non-involvement in the current Green Egg crisis
 The Ides of August, 2001

 Please forward and circulate throughout the Pagan community. Permission is given to  print this notice in Pagan periodicals, etc.

 Recently, the Church of All Worlds Board of Directors suspended publication of Green  Egg, its renowned international magazine, and dismissed its current Publisher and Editor  because of chronic financial problems and an enormous debt. In spite of the heroic efforts  of the Green Egg staff and many friends and supporters, frequent fund-raising efforts, and  huge patience on the part of the CAW BoD, these problems continued to worsen. Increasing  difficulty paying creditors is among the serious problems the magazine's staff and the CAW  BoD had to face. Oberon, as the magazine's founder, is being frequently asked about the  crisis. Unfortunately, he has had little access to information about the current situation, nor  any ability to influence it.

 Although it is not common knowledge, Oberon's official involvement with Green Egg ended  five years ago; the current difficulties arose long after he was removed as Publisher.  Because all concerned felt that airing the details of his removal as Publisher would  adversely affect the magazine, Oberon was asked not to discuss the matter publicly. Since  then Oberon continued to support the magazine by allowing his name to remain on the  masthead as "Publisher Emeritus," and by writing his columns and articles.

 People all over the world associate Oberon Zell with Green Egg, one of the most highly-  praised and universally-respected Pagan publications of all time. Dozens of books credit  Green Egg as a primary catalyst in the early coalescence of the Neo-Pagan community, and  name Oberon as its creator and primary influence. After founding Green Egg in 1968,  Oberon published 116 issues over 28 years. For much of that time he volunteered his time  and energy, building it from a single dittoed sheet to an award-winning 70+ page newsstand  magazine with no outside funding. Green Egg eventually supported a part-time staff and a  well-equipped office.

 Oberon's guiding influence over Green Egg ended abruptly in September of 1996 when he  was involuntarily removed from all decision-making power by the Church of All Worlds  Board of Directors, most of whom were at that time also members of the Green Egg staff  (the Minutes of that BoD meeting have never been released) [Those minutes have since  been located and released --Ed.]. Oberon's position of Publisher was assumed by the  newly-elected President of the Board, and Oberon was handed the "honorary" title of  "Publisher Emeritus," with no authority over any aspect of the magazine. The CAW  President/GE Publisher and most of that staff later resigned from the magazine in favor of  the current Publisher, recently dismissed. The Editor remained throughout the transitional  period until she too was recently dismissed.

 Our hope would be that out of the current ashes of the Green Egg, a new Green Egg may be  born that rests on a kinder and more responsible foundation. We hope that such a new Green  Egg will honor its Founder. If it cannot do so, perhaps it should find another name; for  Oberon's name and Green Egg's are forever linked in the minds of Pagans throughout the  world. Oberon is satisfied with much of the quality and content of the magazine since he  was ousted from the role of Publisher. Yet it is acutely painful to him that the magazine he  founded has now become a source of financial embarrassment and conflict in the Pagan  community. He remains deeply wounded and grieved by the manner of his removal, and  estranged from the people who effected it.

 We sincerely hope that the Church that took over the magazine from its Founder will be  financially responsible to its vendors, investors and subscribers. And finally, we hope that  people can pull together in this time of painful reappraisal and learn from all the mistakes  that have been made.

 Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart
 Liza Gabriel Ravenheart
 Wynter Rose Stiles-Ravenheart
 Wolf Stiles Ravenheart

 P.S: Oberon would deeply appreciate hearing from any Green Egg readers of how the  magazine he created, and the things he wrote in it, touched your lives. Perhaps a collection  of such little "testimonials" might someday even be published. Please send your notes to:  Oberon@mcn.org. (If you do not want your comments to be possibly reprinted, please  so indicate.)

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GREEN EGG is the official journal of the Church of All Worlds, whose mission is to evolve a network of information, mythology and experience that provides a context and stimulus for reawakening Gaea, and reuniting her children through tribal community dedicated to responsible stewardship and evolving consciousness. Copyright 2011 Church of All Worlds. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher or authors. Opinions expressed are those of the authors.

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