The Community Church of Inclusive Wicca Incorporated (CCIWI) was formed in 2008. It is an officially registered church and not-for-profit body under the South Australian Associations Incorporation Act 1985 and its Public Officer is Dr. Ziggy Smith (Amethyst Treleven).
CCIWI is the underpinning body that supports members of the tradition of Inclusive Wicca and Spiritual Witchcraft and it was formed to provide a range of support mechanisms for its members. Oak and Mistletoe is the founding coven of CCIWI and also recognized as the official, online teaching coven for the church. CCIWI’s main aims are to;
- Provide an opportunity for people to learn about Inclusive Wicca and Witchcraft no matter where they live or what their colour or ethnic background is.
- To foster a safe and supportive community where Wiccans and Witches can discuss their Wiccan practice and learn from one another.
- Promote the core values and practice of the Inclusive tradition of Wicca.
- To provide support and teaching materials to suitably trained and qualified Inclusive teachers and Ministers.
They say the success of an organisation is often dependent on the need and in the case of CCIWI, this is most certainly true. From a little acorn of an idea by its founder Dr. Ziggy Smith (Craft name – Amethyst Treleven), and with the blessed support, encouragement and contribution of the growing student body, CCIWI developed from a single face to face coven into a global online teaching community surprisingly quickly.
Amethyst’s goal was always to provide an open, non discriminatory avenue for people to learn about the fundamentals and practice of Inclusive Wicca and Witchcraft even if they didn’t have access to a local coven. Amethyst has Celtic roots that she can trace back to the 6th century and while she was raised in the homeland of Wicca, England, she has lived and practiced as an initiated Wiccan and Witch in Australia for many years. Like the USA, Australia has a population that’s often geographically isolated and in many instances, she noticed that people simply weren’t able to learn from a traditional face to face coven. In other instances, people chose, for whatever reason, to learn as solitaries and were often excluded from teaching opportunities as a result. Amethyst felt this was discriminatory and absolutely detrimental to the spiritual needs of potential Seekers. Thus, she grew the acorn of an idea for a non discriminatory Inclusive Wiccan teaching school into the mighty Oak tree of a Community that it has become.
The benefits of joining CCIWI as well as Oak and Mistletoe include:
- Supported progression of training that eventually may allow teaching rights and a legally recognised clergy title within the tradition.
- Access to all the teaching materials, student record systems and related materials provided through Oak and Mistletoe for your own students once you become an officially recognised teacher.
- Access to the Oak and Mistletoe publishing house for members who have authored their own Wiccan or Witchcraft book, CD or artwork and who wish to have that professionally published.
- The right to seek nomination to the Council of Elders.
- The right to free online links and web based promotion for your recognised teaching coven where it has Associated Coven membership.
So if you’d like to support your Wiccan tradition, Inclusive Wicca, please consider also joining CCIWI. Your support helps us provide more shared services to the thousands of people who follow Inclusive Wicca.