Additional Information

Confidentiality

All information given to the Covenant of the Goddess or any of its officials is considered strictly confidential, unless you indicate otherwise.  No information about members is published or given out without explicit written permission.  Direct access to the Covenant’s mailing list is limited to the Board of Directors.  Maximum privacy is assured.

 

Affinity Groups

Within a Local Council, Affinity Groups may be established to further the interests and aims of two or more Local Council Members who share common interests and aims other than their tradition of Our religion.  Covens may, at their discretion, join one or more Affinity Groups.  Affinity Groups will approve Affinity Group membership, determine the frequency and purpose of their meetings and select and follow through on their own projects and activities.  Affinity Groups shall keep the Local Council First Officer and other appropriate officers informed of their activities.  Affinity Groups are encouraged to invite membership by CoG Members beyond Local Council boundaries.

 

Newsletter

At every Sabbat the Covenant publishes a newsletter of Craft and Pagan news, original articles, poetry, humor, rituals, and announcements.  Member covens and solitary members receive the newsletter electronically.  Individual coveners and non-members who donate a suitable tax-deductible gift will also be placed on the mailing list, to receive a physical copy of the newsletter and other mailings.  Circulation is limited to members and friends of the Covenant.

 

Finances

An annual membership tithe is set every year at the Grand Council to cover bare expenses, based on the previous year’s expenses and any projected cost increases.  The annual financial statement is published in the newsletter.  Other activities are supported by fund-raising.  All contributions to the Covenant of the Goddess are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible.

 

Voting

When a matter requiring a decision is presented before the Covenant in council, it is discussed by the members in attendance until a consensus is reached.  If a consensus cannot be reached, then a vote may be taken.  A coven holding a current Full Membership is entitled to one vote.  Each such coven also holds the power to veto, though this is exercised only in extreme cases.  A coven with Provisional Membership is entitled to one vote, but does not hold veto power.

Solitary members may choose to form a Solitary Caucus for the sole purpose of participating in the annual meeting.  A Solitary Caucus shall enjoy the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any Member Coven for the duration of that council.

 

Local Councils

A Local Council is a smaller branch of the Covenant, consisting of at least three member covens of at least two different traditions, in reasonably close geographic proximity to each other.  The Local Councils meet at least twice a year and usually more often.  They may choose to initiate independent projects, sponsor local festivals and workshops, and generally work together for common goals close to home.  As the Covenant continues to grow, we encourage new member covens close to one another to form their own Local Councils.

 

Assembly of Solitaries

This is the term we use to collectively represent the Members who are Solitaries, i.e. practicing alone.  Each Local Council may devise its own standards for admission of Solitaries, in harmony with national guidelines.