Rev. Angie Buchanan is the senior minister of Earth Traditions, a Pagan church, and an instructor in its Pagan Ministry Training program. She is the spiritual director of Gaia’s Womb, a women’s interfaith spirituality group she helped found in 1998. She developed and teaches a certificated class in death midwifery, which provides hands-on, intensive training in providing compassionate end-of-life care, and information about ecologically sensitive funerals and burials. She also is the religious advisor for Pagan students at the University of Chicago.
A lifelong advocate of religious freedom, Rev. Buchanan consults with schools, religious and interreligious groups, and law-enforcement and government agencies to educate and promote understanding of and dialogue among the world’s religions. She taught “Introduction to Interfaith” at Cherry Hill Seminary from 2004 to 2007. In 2006, she played an integral role in persuading the U.S. military to permit the pentacle to be engraved on the government-issued grave markers for Pagan and Wiccan veterans.
Rev. Buchanan is the first Pagan to have served on the Board of Trustees for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the oldest and largest interfaith organization in the world. She was elected in 2002, and has been an active emerita since 2010.
Rev. Buchanan is a Family Tradition Pagan of European indigenous descent; she works to decipher rather than reconstruct the practices of her ancestors. She also is a published poet, and photographer. She resides in the Mid-west with her husband, Dr. Drake Spaeth, and their two dogs.