Stone Creed Grove is a congregation of Druids located in the Cleveland, Ohio metro area. As a chartered grove of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, an international organization for public Neopagan Druidry, we hold public High Day rites regularly throughout the year based on the seasonal cycle of equinoxes and solstices, honoring the religious rituals of our Indo-European ancestors. Our public rites are open to all regardless of background or current religious belief.
The Summer 2016 Newsletter is available.
Remembering Raymond Liptak
It is my sad duty to announce that Stone Creed Grove member Raymond Liptak has died at the age of 59, after a long period of coping with cancer. Ray was much beloved for his jokes, his hard work, his dignity and grace, and his joyful smile. Ray had also built a cobbler business known as Brass Tack Shoe Repair in downtown Cleveland until he was unable to continue his work.
A small and low-key memorial gathering at Tredara is in the process of being planned, in accordance with Ray's wishes.
Thank you for all who attended Wellspring 2016! It was a great joy to see so many local folk and so many of the folk of Ár nDraíocht Féin from as far away as Australia come to join us on the land of Tredara. We at Stone Creed, as well as local friends and volunteers, have been steadily improving the site for many years in preparation to host these sorts of events, but it was the arrival of so many that truly turned that dream into reality.
Thank you as well to all the staff, Stone Creed members, presenters, and volunteers (both pre-planned and impromptu) who helped create this event. This would not have been possible without your efforts!
This was a truly monumental year for Wellspring, as we saw the creation of an ancestor mound with many grave offerings and relics of A.J. Gooch, Rev. Raven Mann of nearby Whispering Lake Grove, and the founder of Ár nDraíocht Féin Isaac Bonewits. In addition, we were proud hosts of the installation of a new Archdruid of our organization, Rev. Jon "Drum" Pagano. We at Stone Creed are honored to be able to continue to serve the gods, the land, and the folk of ADF through the restoration of pagan religion, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Remembering A.J. Gooch
A.J. Gooch, a long-time leader of Stone Creed Grove, died suddenly at the age of 48. A.J., among his many other activities and roles within the community, served many years as the Senior Druid of Stone Creed Grove, and was serving as the Assistant Senior Druid at the time of his death. In late May, gifts to A.J. and a portion of his ashes were interred under an ancestor mound constructed at his beloved land of Tredara. This unique structure is designed so that further gifts may be given to A.J.'s spirit in the future. If you wish to visit the ancestor mound outside of a regularly scheduled event at Tredara, please contact Grove officers.
We know that AJ touched many lives in the many groups he was involved in. He will be remembered with honor as he joins the Mighty Dead in the summerlands.