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Board of Directors of Hearthstone Community Church Inc.

Alia, President of the Board
~ 1959-2017 Rest in Peace ~

Alia's organizational skills, energy, and dedication have carried Hearthstone forward since 1991. Alia formalized Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. in August 1991 and began the monthly newsletter. She has been steadfastly committed to serving the Hearthstone community, which was especially remarkable in earlier years when she was working full-time, getting a Masters degree, and raising her daughter - all at once, of course. Now retired due to disability, Alia spends some of her time and energy providing clergy services to the Wiccan/Pagan community. Alia celebrates all the years that Hearthstone has been an entrance to the community for folks new to the community. She feels honored to be a part of the church.

Catherine, Vice President
Catherine joined the Board in 1998 as Secretary and newsletter editor, and became Vice President in 2012. She has continued her support of Hearthstone, and crafting Hearthstone's monthly newsletter, for well over a dozen years while working full-time and attaining a Masters degree. Catherine studied Wicca for many years, and loves both reading and music. Many summer weekends she entertained with her harp at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Any ritual she offers is sure to include music.

Arynne, Treasurer
Arynne joined the Hearthstone Board in 1998, and has served since then as Treasurer. She believes Hearthstone's Open Full Moons serve as an important welcoming portal into our wonderful and diverse community. Arynne's coven, Elvenhome, has been an enriching and integral component of her life since 1981. Her never-ending studies include Wicca, shamanism, Qabala, metaphysics, magick, healing, and related subjects. She volunteers also through the Women's Spiritual Leadership Alliance (WSLA) community service projects and through Alexandria Temple of Universal Metaphysics (ATUM) prison ministry.

Morgan, Communications Coordinator
Morgan Drake Eckstein, a lifelong pagan, received his first instructions about Wicca from his aunt. Besides his involvement in Wicca, Morgan has been a member of Golden Dawn for many years, advancing to the Grade of Adeptus Major (6=5). A prolific writer and blogger, Morgan has two Bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado in Denver (history and literary studies).

Amy, Social Coordinator
Amy joined Hearthstone's Board in 2012. She and her children have attended Open Full Moons for many years since her children were little, toddling around the room. Now two are teenagers! She appreciates that Hearthstone has always been family-friendly. Over the years Amy volunteered in our broader community co-leading children's rituals and learning activities, ensuring that our community's children have opportunities to meet other children with whom to share nature spirituality. Amy has also led a number of rites of passage for our children. Hearthstone is happy to have Amy's energy and ideas helping to lead Hearthstone into the future.

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History of Hearthstone Open Full Moons

-- M. Alia Denny
Written Aug. 2011

It's hard to believe, but Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. turns 20 years old in August 2011. I was a young (OK, 30) single witch when I started on all of this with Gypsy; she now lives in Portland. I've been married 19 and a half years, and have a very independent minded 17 year old daughter. I get called an "elder" now, and people seem to think that my opinion counts for something. It's been a very interesting trip.

The Open Full Moons were started by Morgan Stott and Bried Foxsong about 23 years ago. They drafted various Priests and Priestesses to perform the ritual, which at that time had a script. (If anyone has a copy of that script, I would love to have it for our archives.) When they became busy with other things, they passed it on to Gypsy and Dove, who started sending out postcards drawn by Dove to remind people of the ritual. At that time we met "informally" at Washington Park in Denver. Eventually Dove moved on to other things, and I started helping Gypsy with the mailings. I (gasp) computerized the mailing list, and printed it off on a dot matrix printer attached to my Apple //gs. Gypsy and I began to encourage officiates to present their own tradition rather than reading from the same script every month.

In August of 1991, we had an "informal gathering" of over 100 people for an Open Full Moon. Gypsy and I felt perhaps it was time for a more formal structure, and we incorporated into Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. that month. The original board members were Gypsy, Southwynde, and me. We discovered that to meet at the park legally it was $125 for the park rent, and about $400 for site insurance per site rental. We couldn't afford that. Someone suggested the Unitarian Church on Capital Hill, and we have been there since.

We started a newsletter then too, and it has been going on fairly consistently since then. We gradually moved more and more to an electronic format, and last year completed the move. I still mail the newsletter sometimes to an expatriate in Kansas; everyone else reads it on line, which is more efficient, ecologically sound, and saves money as well. E-mail, after all, uses 100% recycled pixels, right, Catherine?

Priestesses and Priests now schedule when they will be presenting rituals a year ahead of time. This year we managed to have a different group present every month of the year, a trend I hope to continue in the future.

Please join us on August 12 to celebrate 20 years of Hearthstone being an entrance to the community for folks new to the community; and a haven for some people for as long as 20 years! I'm honored to be a part of the church for so long. We will be having cake and goodies for a small celebration after the ritual.

August 2011

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