The Pagan Federation was founded in 1971 to provide information on Paganism and to counter misconceptions about the religion. The Pagan Federation works for the rights of Pagans to worship freely and without censure. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Britain is a signatory, states:

'Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.'

The Pagan Federation publishes a quarterly journal, Pagan Dawn, (formerly The Wiccan, founded in 1968), and other publications. It arranges members-only and public events, and maintains personal contact by letter with individual members and with the wider Pagan community. Conferences and regional gatherings are held throughout the UK and in other countries.

The Aims and Objectives of the Pagan Federation as set out in the Constitution are:

  1. To seek to support all Pagans in their personal and public life, to help ensure that they have the same rights as the followers of other beliefs and members of other religions.
  2. To promote a positive profile for Pagans and Paganism and to provide information on Pagan paths and beliefs to the media, official bodies and the greater community.
  3. To facilitate effective communication, education and dialogue within and between Pagan communities and with non Pagans, through publications and events.

In more detail, the work of the PF is:

  • To provide open access to Pagan Worship, and to facilitate the celebration of the sacred festivals of Paganism.
  • To provide support, advice, and pastoral care for Pagans in the community, including those in hospitals, Hospices and Prisons: to act as a liaison body between Pagan Ministers and the authorities concerned.
  • To promote contact and dialogue between the various branches of Paganism and other religious traditions.
  • To promote contact and dialogue between the various branches of British and European based Paganism and contact with Pagan and other Ethnic or Tribal religions world-wide.
  • To undertake an educative role for people not familiar with Pagan beliefs and ways by providing practical and effective information on Paganism to members of the public, the media, public bodies and the Administration.
  • To maintain contact by letter, through events, and the publication of a Quarterly magazine, with individual Members and the wider Pagan community.
  • To provide members with local contacts where possible with other Members through correspondence or meetings.

Membership of the Pagan Federation (England & Wales)* is open to any Pagan aged 16 or over who supports our Aims and Objectives. Followers of all Pagan Paths are welcome.

*Please note: conditions of membership for PF Scotland and Ireland and for Pagan Federation International are different.

What do you get if you join the PF?

By joining the PF you join a nationwide network of Pagans, so that you can make contact with other Pagans through your local officer, through attending conferences, moots and other events.

You will also receive the PF magazine, Pagan Dawn and the Members' News supplement, your District Newsletter, invitations to Members-only events, as well as discounts on PF products and conference tickets.

Most importantly, by paying your subscription you contribute to the work which the PF carries out, such as:

- PEBBLE which is the "Public Body Liaison Committee for British Paganism", who are helping create government guidelines for recognising paganism.

- Prison Visiting

- Hospital Visiting

I- nterfaith work and meetings

- Response to Appeals such as the 2004 disaster in Boscastle, which affected the Museum of Witchcraft.

- Media Liaison on Pagan issues.

- General campaigning on issues of interest to Pagans.

For information for non-UK Pagans, please see the PF International web site.

The Pagan Federation welcomes all Genuine Seekers.

The Pagan Federation Ltd. Company No. 4056879 registered in England & Wales. The Pagan Federation is a not for profit company, limited by guarantee. Registered Office: Town Farm, Tibshelf, Derbyshire, UK DE55 5NY

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