Make connections over dinner

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By Kirsten Laskey

If your're looking for some conversation, a way to satisfy curiosity or just make a connection, there is a simple to accomplish these objectives. Just sit down to dinner.

For several years, the Our Lady of the Woods has hosted a dinner the first Friday of every month. The event is not to escape the chore of cooking at home but to provide outreach to the community.

Rowan, the high priestess of Our Lady of the Woods, explained while the local Wiccan coven opens its Sabbaths to the community, the events do not really give participants an opportunity to socialize.

“There really isn’t any time to get to know people,” she said.

As a result, the coven hosts the dinners so anyone in the community can socialize or learn a little more about Our Lady of the Woods.

“It is really important to connect with individual people in the organization,” Rowan said.

Typically, about eight to 10 people attend the dinners.

Our Lady of the Woods is unique from other Wicca groups because it is more public.  Therefore, the dinners are opportunities for other Wiccans to socialize with those who share their beliefs as well as provide information with those who are interested in Wicca.

The next dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Pyramid Café.

Our Lady of the Woods has been in existence for more than 15 years. This is another distinct trait; Rowan commented at one time it was documented that the average coven only lasted seven years.

She credited the local coven’s longevity to its level of stability. “We got some very committed people,” Rowan said. “We got some really committed people who want to do this and want to be public.”

It also helps that Los Alamos is diverse community, she said.

“We really feel like because it is a well educated community and a diverse community and New Mexico is a diverse spiritual (state). (There is) not the level of prejudice find in other states. And that is a real gift,” Rowan said.