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Re-enchanting the world: A weberian analysis of wiccan charisma

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The rise of Wicca is largely a reaction to the modern disenchantment of the world. Sabina Magliocco argues that Wicca is a form of creative resistance against the dominant ontology of the Enlightenment, which marginalizes imagination and ecstasy. Charisma contains a sense of potentiality for changeit is flexible, not rigid. The term eclectic coven which is defined in opposition to the traditional coven indicates that the group performs new and different rituals in each circle. Berger assumes that if Wiccan ministry is to become institutionalized, it will do so through umbrella organizations like the Covenant of the Goddess or Circle Sanctuary. Because it is rooted in the larger institution of the Unitarian Universalist Church, some believe that The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) provides an opportunity, a means, and/or a model for the routinization of Wicca and Paganism, specifically the professionalization of a Wiccan or Pagan ministry.

Keywords: CUUPS; routinization; Wiccan Charisma



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