The Circle of the Sacred Earth, is a church of animism that fosters traditional shamanic practices. Ministers are located in most states and several foreign countries.
Shamanism is not a religion, nor are many other modes of spiritual practice and healing. However, because the practice of shamanism and many forms of spiritual healing beg the belief in Spirit, or spirits, the practices fall under the umbrella of animism, which is a religion.
The Circle of the Sacred Earth, Inc., is a church of animism based on the belief in Spirit, including the indwelling spirits of all species and natural phenomena of the Earth, under the oversight of the Great Mystery or Great Spirit. This belief implies a sacred reverence for all of the life forms dwelling upon the planet, including its waters, plants, land, air, and for the universe of which we are all part.
Purposes of the CSE:
Membership in the CSE is either general or ministerial. Anyone holding a belief in spirit and the sacred nature of the Earth is eligible to join the CSE as a general member.
The CSE clergy functions in traditional roles as requested, empowered to perform all rites commonly recognized and enforced by the state, but not in an administrative or governing capacity. The ministers are appointed by the Board of Directors, which is the governing body of the CSE, who perform secular and organizational services rather than theological. Information and requirements concerning ministerial appointment may be obtained by emailing, calling, or writing Roy Bauer, DD, CSC, the director of the CSE.