Tuesday, 5 June 2001
From: CAW Board of Directors
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
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
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.)