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President Muad’Dib discovered while going through the Utah Pride Center private archives a photo of the “Salt Lake Pagan Community” from the the 1995 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. “I didn’t know that the Pagans had been marching in the parade back then. I had thought perhaps that SLPS was the first to march in the parade, but I knew others could have, just there was no evidence. This year is the 26th year of the parade, so now we know they have marched before. SLPS began marching in the parade in 2011 with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition.”

The LGBT community has had a long crossover into the Pagan community, as many of the members identify with both. It’s common that LGBT people find the Pagan community more accepting because of how personal the spirituality of Paganism is and how many various paths people walk. Paganism allows individuals to explore facets of deity, the inside self, and the universe they hadn’t previously without putting them into a box or creating a cookie cutter mentality. Often Paganism is more fulfilling than larger organized religion.

The Utah Pride Center has photographs from various events that will be transferred to the Marriott Library Special Collections Archives at the University of Utah this year under the leadership of President Muad’Dib, who works as the library director at the center. The picture below will soon be available for everyone to access in the Multimedia Division. If anyone can identify the individuals, please send SLPS an email or leave a comment.

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The Society exhibit “A Look at Paganism: Beliefs and Culture of the Neopagan Community” that was held at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah ran from January 17- March 16, 2014. It was an enormous success! All the hard work paid off. 8 people came together donating items or approving of their use for display in the wall cases at the library. It was headed, organized, and proposed to the exhibition committee by President Muad’Dib. All the explanatory cards were also written by President Muad’Dib. Sections included (As pictured in level one) music, art, literature, crafts, (as pictured in level 2) films, Pagan deities, Magical Arts and Sciences (top), Jewelry (bottom), ritual items and elementals.

Louise Poulton of the exhibition committee and Rare Book Division of Special Collections said the application was “very well written and put together.” A few of the members of the committee said they were very impressed with the display and that it received only positive feedback. Many students and guests stopped to look at the different displays and contemplate Paganism. It was one of the highest trafficked exhibitions to date!

The reserve desk on level two, which is next door to the display cases also reported many people stopping to look at the displays. SLPS is so happy that it succeed that there is a plan in the works to have the exhibition go to other schools and universities to teach people about Paganism. Currently Salt Lake Community College Library and the library at Utah Valley University are the best places.  Here are photos from the exhibition.

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Wall display cases l to r- music, art, books, crafts, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Wall display cases l to r- movies, deity statues, divination and jewelry, ritual items and elementals, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Art, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Art- Oak and Holly King plaques by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Ganesh painting by Lunar Oak Spirit, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Art-Horned God Plaque by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky, Digital print by Lunar Oak Spirit, The Sorcerer (Cave Art) plaque, and Green Man mug by Remembrances Potter of Sarnia, Canada, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Green Man mug by Natalie Dufort Sheldon of Remembrances Pottery in Sarnia, Canada, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, literature, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, tradition literature, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, The Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, tradition literature with Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart open, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-witches’ bottle and hand carved pork bone runes made by Muad’Dib, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-river wood wand by Muad’Dib, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-apothecary herbs, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-Wheel of the year, beading, and Lughanasadh corn dolly, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, beaded owl pendant necklace by Shy Fox and sunflower table cloth by Woman Between the Wolves, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Wall display cases l to r-movies, deity statues, divination and astrology, elements and ritual, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, movies, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, movies close up, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, deity statues, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, deity statues l to r-Gaia, Thoth, and Ganesh, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, deity statues l to r-Lugh, Kwan Yin, and Eostre plaque by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, divination and jewelry, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, divination-Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson, Ogham on river stones, Faire Oracle by Brian Fraud, and a Citrine crystal ball, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, jewelry l to r- Oak leaf circlet, Thor’s Hammer, Awen and skull bead necklace made by Muad’Dib, First Nation necklace, Pentagram Wicca ring, Copper and peridot Ankh, and right is an ancestral rosary made by Muad’Dib, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Ritual items and elementals, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Ritual items l to r: Dugway UT geode, drinking horn, smudge stick, wand made by Muad’Dib, silver chalice for water, pentacle for earth, and ancestral skull, J Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, ritual items elementals l to r-feather for element air, oak leaf offering tray, athame for fire, and incense, J Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Student exploring the literature in level 1 of the exhibition, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library, February 13, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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All the hard work has paid off! The Daily Utah Chronicle, the newspaper of the University of Utah has released a front page article for February 4, 2014 about SLPS exhibition “A Look at Paganism” at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the U. President Muad’Dib was interviewed for the article on February 3, and it was published the next day. Take a look at the story online or pick up a copy before the run out! You can also check out all the photos from the exhibit here, from SLPS Facebook page.

Daily Utah Chronicle February 3, 2014 Article Library Sets up Paganism DisplayLibrarylibrary (2)

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Don’t miss out on the upcoming exhibition by the Salt Lake Pagan Society at the J. Willard Marriott Library, at the University of Utah titled “A Look at Paganism: Beliefs and Cultures of the Neopagan Community” Jan 17-March 16 2014 which will feature different cultural and spiritual items from the Neopagan community. Artwork provided by Lunar Oak Spirit.

Daniel Flyer

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