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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.

Signed:
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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