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Hands of Change Charter

(Revised January 2022)

Statement of Purpose and Beliefs

  1. Mission Statement

Hands of Change is a coven dedicated to spiritual growth, empowerment, fostering spiritual community, as well as promoting healing change in ourselves, our larger community, and our world.

B. Spiritual Growth

Our purpose is to provide an environment supported by our Principles and Practices, which develops spirituality in Hands of Change members and congregants through:

1. Worship

We provide public circles for the community to assist in aligning and balancing ourselves with the Wheel of the Year and the energies of the natural world.

2. Education

We provide an education program intended to increase awareness and understanding of the Hands of Change traditions both within our community and in the world.

3. Support

We provide spiritual counseling and create an environment where our members and congregants sustain each other on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms.

4. Celebration

Members and congregants of Hands of Change are our family, friends, and allies. As such, when we gather together, we do so in the spirit of love and trust that opens our hearts to deity and rejoices in the gift of community.

5. Service

We believe that the Universe is a place of abundance, and we seek to create balance in our world by giving service in equal measure to the gifts we receive from the Earth.

6. Empowerment

 We educate and nourish Hands of Change members to become leaders within the church and the community by applying equality-based decision-making, by supporting members’ ideas, and by undertaking projects in compliance with our Charter. We encourage innovation and the free exchange of ideas.

7. Spiritual Community

We come together in space where people feel safe to worship, learn, receive support, and create lasting bonds. Our gathering spaces are chosen to reflect a commitment to inclusiveness and are safe places to share a diversity of ideas, ideologies, and experiences. Members are encouraged to make our covenstead their spiritual home. We believe that spiritual community dwells within us. Thus, we carefully cultivate a feeling of family amongst our members and strive toward perfect love, perfect trust, and group mind.

8. Healing Change

We are aware of the world around us and work towards the improvement of the situations of our less fortunate siblings. We strive to understand important issues in the pagan community and the world, and work towards a safe, clean planet filled with love, understanding, and abundance.

  1. Tradition
  • Hands of Change is an Eclectic Wiccan-Pagan tradition that celebrates and honors world customs as they relate to the seasons and our lives.
  • We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythms of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal quarters and cross-quarters.
  • We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment.  We seek to live in harmony with Nature.
  • We believe all spiritual paths are equal in the eyes of the Divine. We respect all spiritual seekers and paths. 
  • We believe that every faith is a road which leads individuals to their Higher Self and the Divine. We do not proselytize but believe that each individual is unique and will find the appropriate path for them, which will lead to enlightenment.
  • We do not discriminate against anyone based on religion, race, sexual preference, gender, or social and political views.
  • We celebrate the different aspects of Deity as manifesting in all people in a “Panengendered” manner,  i.e. in an non-gender specific fashion.  
  • We conceive of the Creative Power in the Universe as manifesting through polarity – as active/dynamic and magnetic/intuitive forces – which support each other.
  • This Creative Power lives in all people, and when balanced, manifests itself as an integrated force which creates a mature, self-actualized person.
  • We seek to control the forces within ourselves that make life possible in order to live wisely and well, without harm to others, and in harmony with Nature. We use meditation and magic as tools to enable us to see ourselves clearly and with compassion, so we may constantly strive to keep our intentions and ourselves centered and in balance with the World.
  • We see religion, spirituality, magic, and wisdom-in-living as being united in the way one sees the world and interacts with it. We identify this worldview and philosophy of life as the Wiccan or Pagan Way.
  • We acknowledge that a depth of power far greater than is apparent to the average person exists in the universe. Because it is far greater than ordinary, it is sometimes called “supernatural,” but we see it as lying within everyone’s potential.
  • We recognize both outer and inner worlds. The inner (or psychological) world is sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, and other like terms. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
  • We empower those who join us by giving them a voice in coven matters, using an agreement seeking process and encouraging a permeable hierarchy of leadership.
  • We believe that by maximizing member participation in the decision-making process, we openly and continually improve communication skills. This enables every member to build upon the foundation of perfect love and perfect trust that is pivotal in our relationship with each other. 
  • We promote growth in our members by offering opportunities to lead rituals and teach classes. 
  • Our goal is to foster spiritual community through a policy of inclusion, which creates a diverse, powerful, and caring coven. 
  • We reach out to society through our actions and intentions to create healing change and a stronger, more viable pagan community.
  1. Beliefs

  1. Consent and Autonomy:

If it harms none, do what you Will.

  1. Karma: Honor all Life.

Whatever you do returns to you many fold.

  1. Balance: Seek balance in all things

Giving & taking, acceptance & action, protection & openness, self & other, thinking & feeling…

  1. Empowerment and Action:

We have the power to make positive change in our lives and in the world around us.

5. Humility and Tolerance:

We are all equal in the eyes of the Divine. We respect all spiritual seeking and paths

6. Community:

The coven is a family. We are bound to protect and support each other.

7. Service:

What we take, so must we give.

8. Leadership:

Leaders should nurture the following qualities: belief, knowledge, ability, patience, leadership, tolerance, inner balance, and a loving nature.

II. Membership

There are six types of membership within Hands of Change.

  1. Hands of Change Apprentice (HoC Apprentice).

    The purpose of a HoC apprenticeship is to allow an individual to form an understanding of coven principles, practices, and traditions and to form a connection with current members. The HoC foundation is built on service to Spirit and relationships grounded in perfect love and perfect trust. A HoC apprenticeship is open to respectful seekers who wish to study the Ninefold Path and demonstrate their potential to become a HoC Dedicant. This is considered a provisional membership level and does not guarantee permanent membership in HoC.


  • Apprentices experience a trial period where they get to know what being a HoC Dedicant would entail, without a full commitment.
  • Allows the apprentice to use the period of apprenticeship to get to know the members and vice versa.
  • Affords the Apprentice the time needed to complete their Dedicant eligibility and qualification obligations, {while remaining in balance} with the demands and obligations of the Apprentice’s own family, employment, or education. 
  •  Celebrate the seeker’s status via a formal consecration ceremony  at a HoC full moon ritual.  
  • In recognition of their special status, the new Apprentice receives a green cord, to be worn at all HoC events. The green cord will be presented and affixed as part of the Apprentice consecration.

Eligibility and Qualifications

In order to become a HoC Apprentice, candidate must do the following:

  • Attend at least three HoC events, including at least one public event and one Ninefold Path class;
  • Commit to completing the entire Ninefold Path training program.
  • Read and agree to adhere to the Hands of Change Charter; and;
  • Acknowledge an understanding of the responsibilities that are assumed when becoming a Hands of Change Apprentice. 

  Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Assist at HoC rituals and events, as needed, in the capacity of support clergy, ritual set-up, kitchen witchery, clean up, and miscellaneous tasks.
  • If not acting as support clergy, check in with the Altar Attendant or Gatekeeper-Summoner to see if help is needed with ritual tasks.
  • Get to know current full members of HoC, including Dedicants, Initiates, Kore & Clergy.
  • Participate in work service on the HoC covenstead.
  • Work towards completing the requirements for permanent membership.

 Other Considerations  

  • The Ninefold Path Dedication program, also known as Blue Cord, is discontinued with the establishment of Apprentice path. Recipients of the blue cord may continue to wear their cords at HoC events, should they choose to do so. 
  • HoC apprenticeships are time limited to a period of three years. When approved by Kore, this can be extended for up to one additional year when warranted.  
  1. Hands of Change Dedicant (HoC Dedicant)

Hands of Change dedicants – “Members” – become a full part of the HoC community. They are eligible to enjoy the benefits of membership in good standing. This includes being entitled to attend all coven family events and having an equal voice in coven decisions. Dedicants are also fully responsible for fulfilling the service requirements of the coven. An Apprentice may apply to become a HoC Dedicant after fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of their HoC Apprenticeship to the satisfaction of the current active full members.  Approvals/denials of the Apprentices’ application will be performed via  consensus of members present at the next regular HoC business meeting and will be recorded in the minutes.

  1. Benefits
  •  Becoming a member of a growing spiritual family.
  • Achieving spiritual and personal growth derived from commitment, service, and membership in a supportive, spiritual community.
  • Having the opportunity to attend coven-only rituals, workshops, and other events.
  • Practicing the consensus process in HoC decision making. 
  • Receiving training in writing and performing ritual.
  • Leading rituals and teaching classes.
  • Being mentored by an initiated coven member. 
  • Learning in an experiential, safe environment from a diverse group.
  • Participating in circle building at Sabbat rituals.
  • Having the benefit of an assumed RSVP to HoC Sabbat Rituals.
  • Receiving a discount on certain classes and workshops (not including HoC Sabbat and Full Moon Rituals).
  • Celebrating the Apprentices’ elevation as a HoC Dedicant in a formal ceremony at a Sabbat Ritual. 
  • In recognition of their new status, the Dedicant receives a gold cord and tie-dyed cloth, to be worn at all HoC events. The gold cord will be presented as part of the membership dedication ceremony.
  1. Eligibility and Qualifications 
  • A minimum of a year and a day must have passed since the Apprentice was accepted into the Apprentice program.
  • The Apprentice has completed a minimum of five of the Ninefold Path classes, including Classes 7, 8, and 9, with the understanding that, if approved, all Ninefold Classes will be taken within two years of the date of dedication. 
  • The Apprentice has attended at least one private coven-only ritual. 
  • The Apprentice has completed and submitted the appropriate application form for HoC dedication.
  • The Apprentice agrees to read and to abide by the Charter. 
  • The Apprentice must be accepted by consensus of the active full HoC members at a regular HoC business meeting. 
  • The Apprentice accepts the spiritual principles and practices as described in the Charter. 
  • After dedication, the new Dedicant must sign the Hands of Change Book of Shadows with their mark at the next private event attended in order to acknowledge acceptance of the below-listed responsibilities.
  • Modifications to the qualification and eligibility requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis due to medical, parental, employment, and or educational requirements. Such requests will be considered by Kore, which will present recommendations to the full, active membership for voting at a regular business meeting.
  1. Ongoing Responsibilities. The new Dedicant accepts a greater level of commitment and responsibility to the coven, including:
  • Taking a service role in the coven, with the expectation of two hours a month of service;
  • Attending at least two-thirds of coven meetings on an annual basis;
  • Attending coven events whenever possible; at least one per quarter. 
  • Fulfilling the work service requirement of 24 hours per year of land prep, set up, break down, and covenstead improvements, or the equivalent.  Monthly work days will be scheduled, but coven members may also make other arrangements to do their work requirements on their own schedule and according to their abilities. The Coven will maintain an ongoing maintenance list and group project list, and also a log book to keep track of hours worked.
  • Leading or assisting in the presentation of at least one HoC Ninefold Path class annually.
  • Creating or presenting as main clergy at a minimum of one HoC ritual per year. The Dedicant’s first main ritualist ritual role shall be co-led by a Kore member.
  • Serving as support clergy at least twice a year, with the understanding that they will take the role of main clergy should the main ritualist they are understudying be unable to fulfill their responsibilities.  Note:  Rituals which only have one initiate must be submitted to Kore two weeks in advance so appropriate backup may be arranged. 
  •  Letting others know when not attending events, otherwise attendance will be assumed and counted on.
  •  Helping seekers feel welcome at public and semi-private rituals by taking the time to greet them before or after ritual.
  •  Assisting with holding the energy of ritual by standing near non-HoC members.  
  • Taking an active role in peacekeeping and community-building. 
  • Being a role model by refraining from spreading gossip and dissension.
  • Abiding by HoC agreements, the HoC charter and bylaws, and Kore decisions; and 
  • Requesting a sabbatical (working or non-working) if unable to meet coven responsibilities for more than two months.
  1. Hands of Change Initiate (HoC Initiate). A HoC Initiate is commonly known as a HoC Priestess, HoC Priest, or HoC Priestx, as they choose. HoC Initiates constitute an integral part of the ritual leadership and spiritual life of the coven, including mentoring and training Dedicants in ritual and tradition. This is the equivalent of a first-degree initiation in other traditions.
  1. Benefits
  • Allows the Initiate to call themselves an initiated Priest/ess/x of the Craft in the HoC tradition.
  • Allows the Initiate to perform HoC Full Moon and Sabbats without an initiated advisor. It is recommended that a member of Kore be one of the clergy members for Grand Sabbats (e.g., Pagan Picnic, Witches’ Ball, etc.)
  • Allows the Initiate to develop the intimate bonds of a trainer or mentor with new Dedicants. 
  • Strengthens the Initiate’s leadership abilities.
  • Provides the Initiate with opportunities to create and present rituals.
  • Recognizes their elevation in a private ceremony. 
  • In recognition of their new status, the new PriestX wears a red cord along with the gold cord at HoC rituals. The red cord is created by the Dedicant, placed on the altar during the initiation to be blessed, and will be presented and affixed as part of the Initiation, which could be interwoven with their other cords. 
  1. Eligibility and Qualifications 
  • The Dedicant must submit an essay, speech, or other presentation as to why they wants to become a HoC Initiate. The presentation will identify the strengths they will bring to the coven and will describe how becoming a HoC Initiate will benefit them personally. This should be completed and given to the Master of Seekers. 
  • A Dedicant may submit a request to become a HoC Initiate after a minimum of nine months as a Dedicant ; however, the Dedicant must wait for at least a year and a day from the time of dedication before elevation to HoC Initiate can occur. 
  • The applicant must affirm they have read the latest version of the HoC Charter, Bylaws, Principles and Practices, and agree to abide by them. 
  • The applicant must attest that they are willing to take an oath to honor and serve the Goddess and God, both in daily life and in ritual; and to aid and defend siblings of the Craft.
  • The applicant will create a personal oath, declaring their spiritual and magical goals.
  •  The applicant will pledge to develop and maintain strong, wise, caring relationships with each coven sibling and to clearly communicate their needs, expectations, and resources to other coveners.
  • The applicant will pledge to actively participate in coven activities and to take a fair share of responsibility for planning, organizing, and leading.
  • If the applicant has not previously taken a Craft name, a naming may happen concurrently with the initiation ceremony. The new Initiate will share with fellow coveners the significance of the Craft name and describe how this new identity will be incorporated and manifested in the Initiate’s spiritual and magical life.   (Magical names may be changed later, as the individual’s work and needs change.)
  • The applicant shall pledge to support the needs of the coven through modest dues or financial contributions, donations of supplies, and time and energy toward specific coven projects.
  • The applicant shall pledge to arrange a suitable altar and space at home for doing personal ritual work; to create or obtain the basic tools of the Craft (i.e., athame or  wand, chalice, fire candle, thurible, pentacle, and Book of Shadows); and to read at least three books from the recommended list.
  • The applicant may be required to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
  • knowledge and ability to perform the HoC Wiccan building ritual, to cleanse an area, to ward an area, to cast a circle, to call the quarters, and to invoke Deity; 
  • knowledge of the basic correspondences to the quarters (the tools, colors, elements, etc.); 
  • knowledge and the ability to perform the basics of energy work, including progressive physical relaxation, the ability to center oneself emotionally, to ground, meditate, and enter a trance state, to self-purify or cleanse, to  channel energy from the ambient field, or specifically from the lunar, solar, or earth sources, to channel energy to a specific target or purpose, and to earth or ground excess energy;
  •  knowledge and understanding of the three-fold law;
  •  knowledge of the basic deity names and mythology in at least one pantheon or tradition;
  •  knowledge of the names and meanings of the eight Sabbats and the HoC traditions associated with them;
  •  knowledge of the history and philosophy of the tradition of HoC Eclectic Wicca;
  •  introductory knowledge in some form of the healing arts, e.g., herbology, massage, emergency medicine, Reiki, crystal healing, etc., or knowledge of and skill in one or more forms of divination, e.g., tarot, I Ching, runes, astrology, pendulum, etc.; and
  •  knowledge and understanding of the Wiccan Rede.
  1. 3. Candidate Evaluation and Recommendation. Upon receipt of the Initiate’s application, the current Master of Seekers will arrange an interview by at least two current Initiates. Prior to the interview, Committee members will discuss items that they feel are important for the applicant’s development as a HoC Initiate, and how to best fulfill items that may need attention or development. These concerns or considerations will be conveyed to the applicant during the interview and a mutually agreed upon process for tracking progress on action items will be established. One of the interviewers will be responsible for tracking the candidate’s progress and reporting as necessary to the Committee. The HoC Initiate Committee is comprised of all HoC Initiates. The Dedicant seeking initiation is responsible for all follow-up needed to complete all tasks conveyed to them during the interview. All coveners may be used as resources; outside sources may be used as well. When the applicant feels they have completed the self-study program, they will meet with the interviewer(s) again to describe the results of their course of study. A successful completion of the course of study will result in an initiation presided over by available HoC Initiates. Kore and Clergy may also attend as available.
  1. Ongoing Responsibilities. The Initiate accepts a greater level of responsibility with the increased freedom of performing rituals without supervision, including:
  • Assisting the training of Dedicants in the creation and implementation of ritual;
  • leading at least two Full Moons and or Sabbats per year without the need of a ritual advisor;
  • participating in the initiation of new HoC Initiates;
  • acting as a ritual advisor on at least one ritual per year;
  • serving on the HoC Initiate Committee, including being available to serve as an interviewer of potential Initiates; and
  • all other duties and responsibilities consistent with HoC membership, as listed in HoC Dedicant responsibilities, except as superseded above.

  1. Hands of Change Kore (HoC Kore) Kore membership is a position of responsibility and service. Kore members commit themselves to furthering their own spiritual growth, that of the coven and its members, the wider community of pagans and non-pagans alike, and Mother Earth. This is the equivalent of a second-degree initiation in other traditions.
  1. Benefits 
  • having the opportunity to serve Spirit by accepting a greater responsibility on behalf of the coven.
  • having a greater role in shaping the vision and accomplishments of the coven.
  • having the opportunity to mentor a Kore apprentice.
  • being afforded the privilege of bonding with Kore siblings and experiencing the spiritual growth that ensues from working closely and frequently with a small, spiritually-focused, and committed group.
  • Having the opportunity to lead larger workings, such as Grand Sabbats, and to lead Samhain ritual as clergy.
  • Representing HoC in the greater pagan community as guest ritual leaders, teachers, and through membership in organizations, such as the Pan Pagan Council.
  1. Qualifications & Eligibility
  • Petitioning the Kore: Any HoC Initiate who feels called to serve as Kore may petition Kore to start Kore Apprentice training. This can be done by approaching any Kore member, who in turn will bring the matter before the full Kore.
  • If accepted as a Kore Apprentice, the candidate must schedule the time and place for a Commencement Interview during which at least two active Kore members must be present.
  • The Commencement Interview will allow Kore to assign an appropriate Kore mentor, and a course of study and self-improvement.
  • In preparation for their interview with Kore, the Kore candidate will be asked to do some soul searching, considering their strengths and weaknesses, motivations, and potential contributions.
  • After the interview, if the Kore Candidate wishes to proceed, they must serve as a Kore Apprentice for a minimum of one year and a day, dated from the time of their commencement interview.
  • The period of apprenticeship is designed to:
  • assist the apprentice in their spiritual growth thereby preparing them for initiation;
  • familiarize the apprentice with the work of the Kore; and
  • familiarize the Kore with the apprentice.
  1. Preparation for Commencement Interview 

The following are to be completed prior to the interview:

  • be an Initiate for a year and a day;
  •  lead ritual with at least four different Kore members (or at least four rituals with Kore members if there are less than 4 active members in Kore);
  • read the most recent version of the HoC Charter and Bylaws and affirm that they are in agreement with them before proceeding;
  • carefully consider the list of questions regarding Kore candidacy provided by the Kore Membership Coordinator. The candidate’s responses should be completed and given to the Kore prior to the interview;
  • obtain a natal chart, study the chart, and consult with the Coven Astrologer (or other astrologer known to Kore) to explore strengths and weaknesses and the spiritual path depicted on the chart. The chart and analysis should be completed and given to the Kore prior to the interview; and
  • prepare an essay, speech, or other presentation on their reasons for joining Kore and their qualities which will enhance Kore. This should be completed and given to Kore prior to the interview
  1. Kore Apprentice Assignments

During their apprenticeship, the candidate will do the following:

  • deepen their capacity for service through completing a project to further the work of the coven;
  • continue to serve in the capacity of HoC Initiate;
  • participate in an individualized course of study developed and supervised by their mentor;
  • participate (as a non-blocking member) in at least two Kore meetings, in which they may participate as scribe, facilitator, or agenda preparer when requested by Kore;
  • have at least quarterly check-ins with Kore mentor on progress;
  • may also to serve as support clergy for Samhain rituals
  1. Apprenticeship Review
  • At the end of the apprenticeship and as agreed upon with their Kore mentor, candidates will request a second interview with Kore to review their progress. This interview will allow Kore to determine the success of the apprenticeship.
  • After the interview, the Kore will either prepare for the Apprentice’s initiation into Kore or ask the Apprentice to extend their period of apprenticeship. 
  • Extension of an apprenticeship will not be considered lightly; it will be used only when it is decided that further work by the Apprentice is necessary to prepare them to be a productive member of Kore.
  • If necessary, because of life or other circumstances, a Kore Apprentice may put their apprenticeship on hold for an agreed-upon period of time with their mentor and the consensus of Kore. 

Initiation: At the conclusion of a successful apprenticeship, the Kore Apprentice will participate in a Ritual Initiation by Ordeal, create a braided gold cord, and sign the Book of Shadows as a Kore member.

  1. Ongoing Responsibilities
  • Time Commitment. A Kore member should expect to average about eight to ten hours per month (two hours per week) on HoC Kore duties (not including event attendance), as well as continuing their work service to the land. Kore will meet regularly.
  •  Communication. Kore members will:
    • maintain communications with HoC and Kore members — in person as well as through phone, email, and coven communications applications — and will keep others updated on personal progress both in their spiritual growth through teaching and leading workings, and in their duties and tasks via committee reports at business meetings;
    • strive towards ever improving their abilities to make decisions by consensus and agreement-seeking in the group;
    • use clear, non-violent, and honest communication; and
    • whenever frustrated or concerned about an issue either with the group, another person in the group, or a group policy, do an internal check first to see if emotional “baggage” is the cause; then take up the matter with the appropriate person(s). They shall not allow concerns, frustrations, or issues to pile up, since to do so would hinder their spiritual growth, as well as limit the ability to make clear decisions or the group’s ability to come to consensus.
  • Decision-Making. Kore members will:
  • bring any concerns regarding members or policies to Kore;
  • share and resolve their concerns with the rest of Kore before discussing in public or with the coven; and 
  • be mindful that it is important for Kore to reach consensus before discussing or advising HoC members or the congregation on issues.
  • Responsibility. Kore members will:
  • perform their HoC and Kore duties in a timely and consistent fashion;
  • let Kore know and ask for assistance or ask to go on sabbatical whenever they cannot perform their HoC or Kore duties for a period of time; and
  • ask to step down from active Kore membership or request Elder status if they find they cannot maintain their duties over a longer period of time.
  • Mentoring. Kore members will:
  • continue on their path of spiritual growth in order to encourage others by their example;
  • ensure their public conduct is consistent with the role;
  • embody the HoC Principles and Practices;
  • be prepared to listen to frustrations, ideas, and concerns about HoC from all sources, and seek to deal with them in a manner consistent with the HoC charter; and 
  • serve as a mentor for Kore Apprentices and HoC members.
  • Rituals and Classes. Kore Members will:
  • fill in as needed to assist in leading rituals;
  • take over ritual roles if the assigned initiated clergy cannot perform the ritual; and
  • be prepared to teach classes in an emergency when others cannot do so.
  • participate in Samhain ritual


  • Decision-Making and Organization. Kore Members will:
  • attend Kore meetings, committee meetings, HoC business meetings, and the annual Kore retreat;
  • create business meeting agenda, in rotation with other Kore members;
  • collaborate in creating HoC tradition, theology, and policies;
  • plan initiations of future Kore members; 
  • oversee, write, plan, lead, listen, meet, uplift, and communicate in other ways, as needed; and
  • adopt a crucial role in the group. 
  1. Hands of Change Clergy (HoC Clergy). HoC Clergy officially represent the coven in a ministerial capacity both internally and externally. This is equivalent to the third degree in traditional Wicca.
  1. Benefits
  • recognized as a Minister by the State of New Jersey;
  • able to perform weddings, handfastings, funerals, rites of passage, and other functions reserved for state recognized clergy;
  • represents HoC to other non-pagan religious groups;
  • represents HoC to governmental agencies, as needed;
  • are able to start other Hands of Change satellite covens in a different location.
  1. Qualifications and Eligibility
  • must be an active member of Kore for a minimum of one year and a day;
  • must effectively perform public rituals;
  • must be able to train and engage in personalized study of how to conduct spiritual counseling in the community;
  • must be recognized by Kore as an effective leader, mentor, and teacher;
  • must be able to work with other spiritual groups in the community;
  • must understand and comply with the limitations of clergy as untrained in psychological services.
  1. Ongoing responsibility
  • represent and convey the agreements made by HoC membership to other spiritual groups;
  • represent and convey the agreements made by HoC membership to governmental agencies; 
  • provide counseling for participants for rites of passage ceremonies over which they preside;
  • provide pagan clergy and counseling for the HoC spiritual community
  • meet responsibilities of HoC membership as listed in HoC Dedicant responsibilities, except as superseded above.
  1. HoC Elder. This status is designed to acknowledge former Kore and Clergy members who for a variety of reasons are no longer able to serve in an active capacity and meet the duties and responsibilities consistent with regular HoC membership.
  1. Qualifications & Eligibility
  • petition the Kore – Any eligible member who feels it is necessary to stand down from active participation in Hands of Change may begin the process by bringing the matter up directly at a Kore meeting. 
  • be an active member possessing a Kore or Clergy status within the group 
  1. Responsibilities
  • Kore will review with the Elder candidate the following:
    • The reasons for the request 
    • Any duties and responsibilities which would need to be transitioned
    • And, together with the candidate, formulate an action plan for the orderly passing of all Coven duties and responsibilities as may be necessary.  This should include ensuring the recipients of any duties are properly trained, as well as joint conversations with any Mentees and their new Mentors in order to ensure the mentees’ development plans are understood and may continue uninterrupted.  
    • Kore will be responsible for overseeing and ensuring the orderly passing of all responsibilities.
    • Kore will coordinate with the Elder Candidate regarding an “Elder Consecration” ceremony to be conducted at an agreed upon Sabbat.
    • HoC Elders may retain and continue to wear their gold braided cords if they choose.
    • Elders retain the rights to participate in all public, semi-private, and private celebrations as befitting their status in the community but should not be responsible for the creation and delivery of such events. 
    • After at least 6 months of active re-involvement, Kore may consider their return to Kore by consensus.
  1. Sabbaticals

Hands of Change offers its members the option of taking a sabbatical when they need to take time off to deal with personal issues.   

Coven members have the responsibility to inform the Coven Membership Chair if they need to go on sabbatical. If a HOC member is unable to attend coven events (ritual, class, workshop, or meeting) or perform service roles in 3 months and has not contacted Kore in 2 months, the Master of Seekers shall contact the member about their intentions. If they are unable to participate in coven events, they will have the option of taking a sabbatical or leaving the group and taking on the status of Sabbat attendee. The length and type of sabbatical will be determined at that time.

If the coven member does not respond to the Master of Seekers inquiry in one month, the Master of Seekers will send the member a certified letter asking about their intentions. If the member fails to contact the Master of Seekers within one month after the letter has been sent, it will be assumed that the member has other priorities to devote their energies to in lieu of membership, and they will be signed out of the Book of Shadows.

When on sabbatical members understand that they are to:

  • focus their energies towards regaining balance in their life. 
  • inform the coven as to the level of support they need so the coven can offer assistance or direct the member towards a source of help.   

Being on sabbatical requires focus and energy, so the covener is excused from energy raising work and administrative duties depending on the type of sabbatical they need to take. 

A sabbatical is a serious commitment to regaining balance in one’s life and should not be taken lightly. It is recommended that coveners not cut themselves off from the group, but retain communication so they may receive the support they need during the process. 

Toward the end of a sabbatical, coveners shall contact the Master of Seekers to update the status of their sabbatical and request an extension if needed. The covener must inform all coven members upon return to active status.


  1. Types of sabbaticals are working and non-working.
  1. Working Sabbatical: 

Benefits: While on a working sabbatical, the coven member;

  • is excused from all coven events;
  • does not have a voice in coven matters but may attend meetings as an observer;
  • may attend coven-only rituals, workshops, and events; 
  • is not taken into consideration when determining quorum; and
  • may build circle with the coven.

Responsibilities: While on a working sabbatical, the coven member must: 

  • contact the coven to inform members the reason for going on sabbatical and intended return date;
  •  inform members how often and by what means they would like to be contacted;
  • periodically provide the Master of Seekers with updates on how the Sabbatical is going at least once a quarter; and
  • perform their service role.
  1. Non-working Sabbatical: 

Benefits: While on a non-working sabbatical, the coven member… 

  • is excused from all coven events;
  • retains status of Sabbat attendee (may attend rituals);
  • is excused from participating in high energy coven-only rituals and workshops so they may utilize their own energies for healing and attending to their personal life;   
  • is relieved of the responsibility of building circle with the coven (building is high energy magick); and 
  • is excused from fulfilling their previous service job and land maintenance responsibilities.

Responsibilities: While on a non-working sabbatical, the coven member must; 

  • contact the coven to inform members why they are going on sabbatical and when they will be returning;
  • inform members how often and by what means he/she would like to be contacted;
  • stay in contact with Master of Seekers with updates on how the Sabbatical is going;
  • contact members about needs which members can assist with during sabbatical; and
  • May attend workshops open to the public.

B.    Returning from a Sabbatical

In order for a member to return from Sabbatical, they must agree with the following:

  • Their coven siblings have assumed the responsibility of running the coven on their behalf and have chosen wisely in their decision-making. Therefore, choosing to return from sabbatical implies agreement with any changes that have occurred in their absence. However, as any member, they have the right to offer a change as new business. A returning member should review the minutes of all meetings which happened in their absence.
  • When a coven member wishes to return from sabbatical, the coven must be in agreement that this is in the best interest of the coven for the person to return at that time.  This decision is reached via consensus of the attendees at the next business meeting.
  • Returning Kore members must re-apply for Kore membership. Kore have the discretion to approve reinstatement unconditionally or require a new apprenticeship.
  1. Separation

Leaving the Hands of Change Coven – Separation Voluntary & Involuntary

Members who leave Hands of Change may do so in good standing or not in good standing

Separation Not in Good Standing

Leaving the coven when not in good standing: Members not on sabbatical may be separated from the coven whenever any one or more of the following conditions have been found to exist by the members at a regular business meeting:

  • Member has failed to complete ritual obligations for a calendar year.
  • Member has failed to complete work requirements for a calendar year.
  • Member has continued to behave in a manner determined by the members to be inconsistent with our practices after having been notified by a coven representative (usually a mentor) that our standards of behavior have been transgressed.
  • Member or members have been unable to resolve conflict on their own and no agreement has been reached as to whom should leave the group (see below):

When members are in a conflict they cannot resolve on their own, Kore have a responsibility to investigate the situation, causes, and behaviors of those involved and bring the conflict to resolution in accordance with our ethos and the language in the Charter. If two or more people are not able to resolve their conflict on their own, Kore will, by consensus, make a recommendation to the membership at large about the resolution of the conflict. This may include actions through to and including separating some or all of the involved members from the group as “not in good standing.” Kore will consider the issue according to our practices and the behavior expected from members as guided by the Charter. General membership, not including the involved party or parties, will engage in the Agreement-Seeking Process at the next business meeting, considering whether to accept the Kore recommendation. If the membership cannot reach consensus, Kore will consider the option of a vote. 

Standards of behavior: 

  • Members do not talk to non-members about a coven sibling in any manner that would be considered to reflect negatively on the sibling being discussed. If in doubt about how the sibling might react, say nothing. (“To keep silent”)
  • Members who feel imposed upon by one or more siblings, either by actual word or deed or perception of covert or overt words or deeds, shall bring the matter to the attention of their mentor, with the expectation that the mentor will present the concern to Kore. If the person (or one of the persons) responsible for the perceived harm to the member is their mentor, the member shall be free to address the concern to any other Kore member.
  • Members will fulfill their ritual obligations on a calendar year basis as set forth in the charter. If unable or prevented from doing so, the member will explain in a letter to Kore the inability to meet coven commitments and indicate when and how to get back on track. Kore will consider the reasons discussed and the time and likelihood of being able to meet expectations, and then make a recommendation to the membership to be discussed at the next business meeting, including the following:
    1. No Action Required – reasons for not meeting obligations were acceptable, and those causes will not continue to affect the obligations.
    2. Sabbatical Appropriate – reasons for not meeting obligations were acceptable and conditions are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, thus leading Kore to recommend that member be placed on working or non-working sabbatical until impediments have been cleared and the member (with Kore’s concurrence) has expectation of being able to fulfill future obligations.
    3. When member has been unable to meet the obligations and responsibilities of membership and is unwilling or unable to address the reasons why, Kore will consider the known information and make a recommendation to put the member on sabbatical or to declare a finding of intentional disregard by the member of their coven obligations and responsibilities, with a recommendation of separation from the coven not in good standing. 
  • The norms of appropriate behavior are inherent in each member’s dedication to follow the HoC Charter and to always strive to interact with their coven siblings in ways that embody perfect love and perfect trust. 

Why we have work requirements:

  • We are a community and as such, we all contribute to the good of the whole.  
  • Furthermore, by contributing equity in the group, we grow spiritually, increase our connection to each other and the group, and become an integral part of the whole.
  • We are in service to the Divine. Our jobs and our work on the land is our way of showing it, which in itself, is a form of devotion.
  • We are physical beings with a desire to connect to each other and Spirit. Through the work of our hands and our minds, we set the intentions for our future and create the home that we all live in. When we approach our work as loving service we are more likely to enjoy our spiritual connection with one another. 
  • By successfully contributing to the group, we can take pride and build fellowship in the group we have helped create. 


IV.    Administration and Operation

A.    General Organization

  • Hands of Change is a non-profit organization recognized by the state of New Jersey and the US Federal Government as a church. 
  • All donations made to Hands of Change are tax-deductible. 

B.    Decision Making

  • If you are unable to respond to our communication system (currently Slack), let your mentor know.
  • Kore is the administrative body of the coven and recommends policies for coven consideration. Kore are responsible for bringing issues before the general membership which may need to be discussed. 
  • If a HoC member has an issue with a recommendation made by Kore, the matter should be brought to the attention of a Kore member. This Kore member will present the issue to Kore at the next Kore meeting. 
  • In cases where a decision was made at a business meeting and a member has an issue with it, the member should approach Kore to ask the issue be added to the agenda for the following business meeting.
  • Disputes are settled with reason, the agreement-seeking process, and justice. If agreement cannot be reached in cases of serious dispute, then one person or side should leave the Coven. 

C.    HOC Business Meeting.

  • Kore will have a meeting prior to HOC Business meetings to decide what needs to be put on the agenda for the Coven to discuss. 
  • HoC members may request items be added to any business meeting agenda by submitting it to a Kore member at least 1 week prior to any Kore meeting.  This is in order that Kore can be prepared to comment, and ensure it is added to the next available business meeting agenda. 
  • At each HOC meeting, a ritual for the signing of the Book of Shadows may be held for new members, as needed. 
  • HOC meetings are run on an agreement-seeking decision making basis. 
  • To hold a HOC meeting, a quorum must be reached of 51% of the active coven members. This excludes all HOC members on sabbatical. 
  • All HOC members should RSVP to the Parlimentarian at least 1 week prior to the meeting, or as soon as possible. The Parlimentarian will notify all attendees if the meeting has to be canceled for any reason. 
  • Accountability: All business meetings will include reporting on the progress of action items agreed to at prior business meetings. 

D.    Kore Meetings

  • Kore will meet on a monthly basis or as close to that as possible, to conduct the business of the Coven.
  • Once a meeting date has been selected that all Kore Members agree to, attendance is mandatory.
  • Kore Members should get agenda items to the Kore Scribe as soon as possible prior to the meeting.
  • Scribe and Facilitation duties are shared on a rotating basis.  The scribe prepares the agenda for the next meeting, at which time the scribe becomes the facilitator.
  • Kore meetings are run by Consensus Decision-making process.
  • Kore will seek balance at meetings by including at least one of the following: education, spiritual/ magical work, or bonding activity.
  • Once a meeting date has been selected that all Kore Members agree to, attendance is mandatory. 
  • Kore Members should get agenda items to the Kore Scribe as soon as possible prior to the meeting.
  • Kore meetings are run by Consensus Decision-making process. 
  • Kore will seek balance at meetings by including at least one of the following: education, spiritual/ magical work, or bonding activity. 
  1. Policies

This Disclaimer should be read at all HoC events


“Although congregants are welcome to bring instruments and other personal items to events, Hands of Change and its affiliates are not responsible for any damages by fire, theft, or any other cause what-so-ever.  Items brought and/or left at one of our events are brought/left at your own risk.

If you have brought musical items and wish to add music to the ritual, please speak to the ritual leaders prior to the ritual. Hands of Change appreciates your cooperation in this matter.”

V.    Rituals

A.    Types of Rituals

In order to attract more potential HOC members, as well as to encourage our magical community to become more adept, we adopt the following policies:

  • Effective January 1, 2012, HOC sponsors several types of ritual events: 
    1. Private events – Private events will be for full HOC members only. HoC Apprentices may be invited by informal coven consensus. 
    2. Semi-private events – SP events are for coven members, apprentices, and individuals who had earned Sabbat Attendee status.
    3. Public events and rituals – are open to all respectful seekers. 
    4. Public classes (e.g. Ninefold Path) – are open to all respectful seekers. 


  • HOC provides a standard ritual to minimize time needed to create new ones. 
  • HoC provides a standard set of classes for public and coven-only instruction
  1. Ritual Guidelines. 

Writing and performing a ritual is how we express our community’s issues and offer support, education, and healing around this.  It is a time of celebration and joy.  As ritual leaders, we are responsible for helping the congregants experience what we offer in a positive way so they may manifest this in their lives.  Ritualists have the unique capability to display the dichotomy of being present in the now and ecstatic at the same time.  They also work hand in hand with the other members of the ritual team to ensure that the event is truly meaningful and “bears fruit.”  Being respectful, timely, and considerate plays an important role in this.

  • Anyone can perform the body of the ritual. However, the ritual leaders have the authority to oversee activities that take place in the body of the ritual and to supervise them as needed.
  • The Ritualists are responsible for the writing and execution of the ritual.  However, all rituals must be reviewed and approved by the Ritual Advisor.  The only exception to this is if one of the ritualists is either a HOC initiate or a Kore member.
  • Ritual must be done with a partner; never alone. 

  • Former HOC members and allies may continue to be invited to be “guest” ritualists at HOC rituals. This policy will be reviewed annually at the last business meeting of the calendar year.
  • The Ritual Leader agrees to be coached by the Ritual Advisor.
    • Timeline: 
  • A minimum of 1 month prior to ritual, the ritualists approach the Ritual Advisor with a concept and idea for execution.
  • A minimum of 3 weeks prior to the ritual, the ritualists present the Ritual Advisor with an outline of the ritual.
  • A minimum of 2 weeks prior to the ritual, the ritualists present the Ritual Advisor with a completed ritual for review.
    • If the ritualists are unable to complete the ritual 2 weeks prior to the event, the ritualists should pick out one of the predesignated rituals mentioned below to execute. 
  • The Ritualists are responsible for ensuring their understudies have received copies of the Ritual at least a week in advance, so they may familiarize themselves well enough to perform their roles, if needed.
  • 1 Week prior to the ritual, the Ritualists will announce the date and time of each ritual and will inform everyone how to prepare for and what to bring. 
  • The Ritualists are responsible for alerting the Web Weaver. If there is a change in plans for ritual, alert the Web Weaver ASAP. 
  • If you are not able to perform ritual, you are responsible for ensuring your replacement is identified and prepared to carry out your duties.
  •   The Ritualists are in charge of the main points of ritual.
  1. a.      The challenge and anointing of congregants
  2.     Raising energies and bringing them down
  3.     Supervising any activities that go on in circle.
  4.     Performing the Great Rite
  5.     Ritualists reserve the right to hand off these to others if they see fit.
  6.     If they decide to have other people write quarters they should be assigned    and checked ahead of time to make sure they are appropriate.
  7.   All that come to the circle — congregants, tools, and space — should be
      cleansed and purified.

Coven arrival time

For Sabbats: clergy and support clergy should arrive 1 hour prior to ritual; coven members 1 half hour prior to ritual. In case of emergency, if you’re late and you’re clergy, call your support clergy so they can set up without you.

  1. Ritual Roles

Lunar Priestx is responsible for:

  • Holding or representing magnetic, intuitive, or lunar energy. 
  • Co-writing & co-leading ritual with the Solar/Balefire Priestx. 
  • The altar is this person’s domain – they activate it.
  • Directing the energy of the ritual

Solar Priestx is responsible for:

  • Holding or representing dynamic, active, or solar energy. 
  • Co-writing & co-leading ritual with the Lunar/Altar Priestx. 
  • The balefire is this person’s domain – they bring the fire to the altar and light the fire candle.
  • Directing the energy of the ritual.

Please note: There may be additional ritualists if working with more than two deities

Altar Attendant is responsible for:

  • Watching the altar
  • Making sure the candles, including the fire candle, and incense stay lit. 
  • Distributing and collecting objects to and from the altar.
  • Setting up the altar before ritual and packing it away at the conclusion of the ritual
  • Advising the Coven Sexton of any missing, needed, or damaged Altar supplies or tools in order that the issue may be corrected.
  • Is the designated Understudy for the Lunar Priestx

Summoner/Gatekeeper is responsible for:

  • Helping the Solar Priestx build the balefire 
  • Sets up torches and grooms the circle.
  • Gathers and leads congregants to circle after meditation
  • Keeps the bale fire lit during ritual
  • Is the designated understudy for the Solar Priestx
  • Helps pack up altar and circle items after circle.
  • Puts away torches, torch holders, chairs, etc…

Welcomer is responsible for:

  • Giving people directions 
  • Directing non-ritual set-up and where everything goes.
  • Making sure donation money is collected and given to Finance Wizard.
  • Calling everyone to gather at the beginning of ritual while clergy prepares to work with the deities.
  • Help put ritual items away at the close of the rite
  • Can be chosen from present members on day of ritual
  • Can act as Kitchen Witch if no one else is designated

Ritual Advisor: Being a full moon advisor gives the member a chance to enhance teaching and leadership skills. It is an excellent time to bond with another coven member and empower that sibling to write and lead ritual effectively.

Qualification: Must be a Kore Member or a HOC Initiate who is active or on working sabbatical.

Responsible for:

  •  Reviewing public rituals in advance and advising clergy of any areas that may benefit from reworking.
  •  To act as vibes watcher in circle, monitor body language and facial expression. If a situation is too inflammatory, the vibes watcher should step in to assuage hostilities and return to balance.
  • To provide feedback after the ritual about what worked and what did not to help the clergy grow as ritual leaders.

                Apprenticeship Training Program. 

Any HOC member may request one Apprentice to train as an AA, Summoner, or Gatekeeper at open rituals. If the apprentice agrees, the HOC member shall let the other members know who that is.

  1. Full Moon Circles

 Full Moon Circles are generally open to the public, unless otherwise indicated by clergy.

Full Moon Circles are held on the date closest to the Full moon that space can be secured. If space cannot be secured on the date of the full moon, if possible it should be held in the waxing stage of the moon, or via electronic means, such as Zoom. 

Coven members should be writing the ritual. However, they have the option to ask qualified congregants who have experience writing and performing open ritual to assist in the process. {Note: Guest Ritualists should be approved by Kore}

The first Full Moon Circle at which a HOC member officiates must be with a Kore Member or a HOC Initiate.

The general format to be followed in preparing a full moon ritual is outlined in Appendix A1.  A Welcomer should be assigned to help keep the ritualists free of distraction during the time prior to the ritual starting. This person will also act as Gatekeeper. All participants at a Full Moon Circle are expected to abide by the laws of building circle (appendix B) and the HOC Principles and Practices.

A donation is requested of attendees to help defray the cost of space and supplies.

The purpose of Full Moon rites – To help people come into contact with their sense of spirituality and empowerment, and to help them open their third eye. It is a teaching and community circle.

(The Rules of Circle Building will be read before congregants go into meditation. See Addendum I., “Rules of Circle Building”)

  1. Sabbat
  • Sabbat rituals are held on the 8 holidays: Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon.
  • New members will be dedicated to HOC during Sabbat rituals. The clergy who dedicate a new HOC member are the Deity Representatives, Altar Attendant/Guardian, and the Summoner. After the dedication is completed, the new HOC member goes around the circle receiving the congratulations of the other coven members.
  • Open Sabbats are for all respectful worshippers. Semi-private Sabbats are open to HOC members and Sabbat attendees only.   Closed Sabbats are open to HOC members and, if previously decided on, their guests.
  • Only Coven members are allowed to bring guests to Closed Sabbat, and this is done with the full agreement of all other coven members. The coven member bringing a guest must be able to vouch for the behavior of the guest and is required to orientate the guest.
  • A seeker who desires to attain “Sabbat Attendee” status with HOC must attend 3 HOC public ritual events, as well as complete any three (3) classes of HOC’s “Nine-fold Path” introductory training program. 
  • All Sabbat attendees must observe the RSVP policy, which is as follows:
  1. It is necessary for all who plan to attend a Sabbat to RSVP two weeks in advance of the ritual date, by either phone or e-mail to the Attendance Coordinator. Coven members will be given an assumed RSVP but should call if they cannot attend. This is to allow the people planning the ritual to know how many attendees to prepare for.
  2. If a person has not RSVP’d by the two-week cut-off time, the sabbat attendee can still call the Attendance Coordinator. If there is still room for that person to attend, the sabbat attendee will be allowed to attend. However, if the ritual is full, then the person will be asked to wait until the next Sabbat.
  3. Everyone attending a Sabbat is expected to honor the laws of circle building and to follow the HOC Principles and Practices.
  4. The WebWeaver will announce the date and time of each Sabbat and will inform everyone how to prepare for and what to bring to the Sabbat.
  5. Sabbat rituals are generally held outdoors unless weather is inclement.
  6. A cash donation is requested of all attendees to defray the cost of the space and supplies.
  7. Sabbat ritual usually involves a love offering from the attendees to be given to the community at large, i.e. canned goods for a food bank.
  8.  When arriving at the Sabbat space, each person should check in with the Welcomer and the Kitchen Witch to get instructions to prepare the food and set up.
  9. Everyone attending the Sabbat ritual should avoid distracting the ritualists prior to the ritual.
  10. A Kore Member or HoC Initiate must be actively involved with each Sabbat ritual as one of the ritualists.
  11. The Sabbat ritual for Samhain should involve Kore Members and Kore Apprentices.  In cases where there are not enough Kore members, HOC Initiates should take any needed roles.
  12. The format for the Sabbat ritual is provided to all new members.
  13. Policy on Minors: Any full moon attendee who is between the ages of 13 and 17 who wishes to attend a Sabbat, and has met the requirements to do so, must submit to Kore a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian with their names and all contact information. A Kore member will then contact the parent or guardian and receive verbal permission as well. Minors will be encouraged to bring parents to full moon circles. See Addendum II. Permission Slip for Hands of Change Coven Sabbats. 
  14. Child Policy

     General policy:

  • At any event, the parents/responsible parties is responsible for the welfare of the children they have brought to the event. Therefore, they are responsible for watching the child. At times Hands of Change may subcontract out with a childcare worker to provide overseeing at certain times during events. The parents/responsible parties will understand that they are still responsible for the welfare of their charge and will be asked to leave the event they are participating in at the time to attend to their charge if there is an issue with their charge.
  •      Child Care at Adult-focused Rituals – Semi-private and Coven-only
  1. At HoC’s discretion, the coven may hire a childcare provider on the Saturday evenings of semi-private and coven-only sabbats and workings, at the cost of $50 per event, paid for by coven funds and donations collected at each event, $10 per child of non-coven members. This will allow coven members to all be present at higher energy magical workings to strengthen our egregore and group mind. Parents will be responsible to obtain childcare for longer coven events, such as sweat lodges and the retreat. Childcare will not be provided for children with special needs at this time, as we do not have the resources or insurance to support such an endeavor. The coven Childcare Coordinator will locate a childcare provider using a list to be compiled of approved sitters. A minimum of $50- for the event would be paid to the sitter if fewer than 5 children were to attend, the difference to come out of coven funds. Childcare will start at the opening time for the event. There will be no adjustments in money for those who come late. Parents will be expected to pay $10 for each child who requires watching.
  • If a parent chooses not to pay for childcare, the parent is responsible for the child’s welfare. They must either provide childcare of their own (co-op care) or watch the child themselves. In any event, the parent is primarily responsible for the welfare of the child and will be responsible for watching the child or locating the individual providing childcare if the child is not attended.

     All Day events:

  • Parents will be required to register their child who then will be given an arm band with the names of their parents and their phone numbers written on it. Parents are responsible for their children under 10 years old at all times.
  • A parents’ Meet-Up will be scheduled for early in the day. If a parent wants to make an arrangement with another parent for Co-op childcare, that is entirely that parent’s responsibility and the coven will not be involved in arranging Co-op childcare for liability reasons.
  • All children under the age of 11 must attend events with their guardian. They must be registered with the reception table at the event and wear an armband marked with their name, guardians’ names, and any allergies or medical conditions. The child’s guardians are primarily responsible for the welfare of their child. If a child between the ages of 0-10 is discovered unattended at a HOC event, the guardian will be reminded of this policy, and will be asked to leave the event if the child is discovered unattended again. An unattended child is a child who is: (1) Not registered with the event, or (2) found without adult supervision.
  • Child Friendly Events – Fire circles and family-friendly events, such as the Pagan Picnic, Ostara egg hunt, and Samhain kids’ activities, will continue to be places where children are welcome to attend and participate.
  • Should clergy choose to present a child-friendly ritual, they will read and adhere to the guidelines in Addendum IV Creating child friendly/tolerant rituals.
  • The playground at the HoC Covenstead may be used with parental supervision only, and at the participant’s own risk. Hands of Change and the Homeowners can not be held responsible for any injuries incurred.  
  1. Coven Workings
  • Coven workings are for coven members only.
  1. Miscellaneous Rituals
  • Sweat Lodges
  • IshtarFest
  • Pagan Picnic
  • Drumming circles
  • Rites of Passage: Ordained clergy may perform rituals including handfastings, wiccanings, and funerary services.
  1. a.     Clergy members may charge a fee for a handfasting or commitment ceremony with ½ of fees collected to be given to coven according to the guidelines agreed upon annually by the Kore.
  2. Unless a particular clergy member is asked to perform the ritual, clergy members will rotate this responsibility.
  • Before performing a handfasting or commitment ceremony, the clergy shall discuss with the couple the ramifications and spiritual meaning of such a joining.
  1. Finances
  2. Coven income

Coven income shall include donations, fundraising activities, and interest from banking accounts, if any, established by the Coven.

  1. Minor expenses

Minor expenses, defined as less than $25.00, shall be disbursed at the discretion of the Treasurer.

  1. Major expenses

Major expenses shall be disbursed at the approval of Kore.

  1. Reporting

The Treasurer shall make a monthly report on all income and expenditures. This will be presented at the Kore meeting with a summary report presented semi-annually at the HOC business meetings

  1. Filing of Forms

All required forms and reports should be filed with the state and federal government as required to maintain the church’s legal status.

VII. Privacy of Members

  1. Confidential Information

The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and other information relating to individual members shall be considered confidential and may not be disclosed to non-members without the permission of that individual.

  1. Disclosure of information

Disclosure of confidential information may, at the discretion of the Kore, be considered a violation of the Guidelines for Appropriate Behavior and grounds for expulsion from membership.

VIII.           Revising the By-Laws

  1. Recommendation and approval

Changing an existing by-law will be done at the recommendation of the Kore and the approval of the coven.

  1. Adding new policies

Adding new policies will be done at the discretion of the Kore and the approval of the coven.

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