Above: The sigil of
Celtic Cross Temple
Episcopal churches, Rev. Power became a teacher of Anglican Theology and
a learned the value of service. Twice
rejecting appointment to seminary, his lay ministry included teaching,
serving as a chalice bearer, delegate to diocesan conventions, and
chartering a new mission.
By the end of the
millennium, however, he had realized his personal concepts of the Divine
had outgrown the church of his youth.
In fact, he recalls with humor, the day an Episcopal priest first
used what Terry calls the “H word” during a conversation.
“There was actually a name for the particular heresy I had
uttered in that discussion,” he chuckles.
“I knew then it was time to move on.”
With that encounter, he realized his
understanding of the Divine was now at odds with his church.
He discovered a short time later that it was more in line with
the rapidly emerging Pagan movement – particularly the Wiccan faith.
In 2000, he found the
Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca and has been deeply involved
since that time. As a
mentor, he has worked with students all over the world.
He has also assisted directly with the establishment of at least
three Shrines in the Correllian Tradition as well as his own Celtic
Cross Temple. As a Temple
Head, he continues to work with students on the internet and in-person,
sharing his relationship with the Divine.
Above: Rev. Terry Power attends the Deemster's Council at the Lustration
of the Living, New York, Year 5 Aq. / 2005 AD.
Since embracing his
Wiccan path, Lord Terry has become a prolific writer on Pagan topics,
beginning with a regular column in the Dayton (Ohio) Area Pagans’
Network newsletter entitled “A Spellcrafter’s Perspective” that
chronicles his practical magician’s take on all things Wiccan.
His Sabbat articles, called “pagan sermons” by friends, speak
to the deeper inner growth of pagan faiths using the Wheel of the Year
as the vehicle for his message of Love and spiritual development.
Above: Rev. Terry and
members of the Correllian High Priesthood
at the Lustration of the Ancestors, Olympia, WA, 23 April Year 7 Aq.
L to R: Rev. Terry Power HP, Rev. Debbe Tompkins HP, Rev. Virginia
Rev. Don Lewis HP (back row), Rev. Moonstorm HP, and Rev. Windy Lajoie HP.
Not bitter, Lord Terry has brought the experiences he gained in the
Episcopal Church, along with his unique understanding of theology and
the Divine to his Wiccan ministry.
He continues to write on pagan topics, works on pagan community
building, and decries intolerance in any form.
His article “The Disease of Denominationalism” has been
widely distributed on the internet and speaks to the very heart of his
Current projects include the development of a workshop on Clergy Ethics
in the Pagan communities (attended by Oberon Zell in 2007), continued
writing and teaching, and an ever-expanding ministry of religious unity,
mutual respect, and tolerance.