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CAW Chronology

A Brief (mostly) Personal Chronology of the Church of All Worlds, by Oberon Zell, First Primate, with edits and amendments, taken from the historical record, made by CatDeville Llewellyn.

1961 In Sept., Tim Zell begins freshman year at Westminister College, Fulton, MO, where he meets Lance Christie and Martha McCance. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein published as Sci-Fi Book Club “book of the month” (Oct.).
1962 Lance and Tim read Stranger in a Strange Land and share water (April 7), vowing to begin living according to concepts set forth therein. They form a water-brotherhood they call “Atl,” and Tim begins publishing The Atlan Torch.
1963 Tim marries Martha, and they have a son, Bryan (born Sept. 15).
1965 Tim graduates from Westminster; begins graduate school at Washington University in St Louis; begins new Atlan Nest there.
1966 Tim quits graduate school, begins working for Human Development Corp as Head Start Counselor. Star Trek premiers on TV (Sept. 8).
1967 On Labor Day, Tim Zell first goes public with Church of All Worlds, applies for incorporation. He begins using term “Pagan” as self-identification for this new religion. He completes Life Science College for a DD, becomes ordained as first Priest of CAW (Dec. 21).
1968 CAW receives corporate status on March 4; opens first coffee house/temple on Gaslight Square—the “Instead;” Tim begins publishing Green Egg; Lance Christie ordained (both March 21). Tim obtains a Teacher’s Certificate from Harris Teachers’ College and begins teaching grade school. Due to escalating violence on the Square, the CAW Temple closes in Sept.
1969 With Fred Adams of Feraferia and others, Tim co-founds the Council of Themis—the first Pagan ecumenical council. Tom Williams ordained at Beltane. CAW Nest meetings held at homes on Friday nights, for Star Trek. Tim attends Sci-fi Worldcon in St Louis (Labor Day), meets John Sulak & Bill Morris (later to be known as Orion Stormcrow).
1970 John Patrick “Tiny” McClimans ordained (Feb. 1) April: CAW opens a new storefront Temple on Kingsbury St. Tim does his first acid trip (at Solar Eclipse, March 7); he meets Julie Carter (April 1); CAW major participant at first Earth Day (April 22). CAW gets its IRS 501(c)(3) (June 18). Tim and Tom Williams begin Witchcraft training under Deborah Letter. On Sept. 6, Tim has major Vision of the Living Earth, which he writes up as “TheaGenesis.” This is the first publication of what later becomes known as “The Gaea Thesis.”
1971 Ravi & Toni Kristin ordained (May 1). Martha and Tim separate, later to divorce. Michael Hurley ordained (June 21). Julie, Bryan, and Tim travel to East Coast for sci-fi Noreascon (Labor Day). They meet Susan Roberts, Ray Buckland, Leo Martello, Robert Rimmer, and many famous Witches. Tim begins correspondence with Robert Heinlein.
1972 Council of Themis dissolves due to internal dissension; Council of Earth Religions formed. Julie and Tim attend sci-fi WorldCon in Los Angeles; win Grand Prize in costume contest as “Cernunnos & Cerridwen.” They meet many Califia Pagans, travel up to San Francisco and Greenfield Ranch to see the new land being bought into…
1973 Julie and Tim break up in Spring. Carolyn Clark ordained (May 1). Bobbie Kennedy ordained (June 23). Tim hitchhikes to Rainbow Family Gathering in Lander, WY (July 4). Gets arrested in Colo. for hitchhiking. Meets Bonnie Sherlock—receives initiation. Don Wildgrube ordained (Aug. 1). Tim attends Gnostic Aquarian festival in Minneapolis at Mabon, as a keynote speaker on TheaGenesis. There he meets and falls in love with Morning Glory.
1974 MG and Tim are married in huge public Pagan handfasting in Minneapolis (April 14). Isaac Bonewits & Carolyn Clark officiate; Margot Adler sings Gwydion songs. Tim & MG share water with Robert Anton Wilson. Morning Glory ordained (Aug. 1). Tim & MG attend sci-fi Worldcon in Wash. DC (Labor Day), win 1st prize in costume contest as “most primal.”
1975 On 33rd birthday (Nov. 30), Tim quits his job, rents out the house (now put into name of CAW). Tim & MG buy and fix up an old school bus: “The Scarlet Succubus.”
1976 MG and Tim leave St Louis for West Coast. After many adventures, they end up in Eugene, OR, where they teach classes on “Celtic Shamanism” at Lane Community college. Their research uncovers the lost secret of the Unicorn. Back in St Louis, GE folds. Soon, so does CAW.
1977 MG & Tim move onto 5,600-acre Greenfield Ranch as caretakers on 220-acre parcel named Coeden Brith, owned by Alison Harlow. Their plan: to raise Unicorns! Next door neighbor is Gwydion Pendderwen. They form Holy Order of Mother Earth (HOME) with Alison. They begin real land-based Pagan life, transfer CAW HQ to Califia.
1978 CAW incorporated in state of California (Sept. 14).
1979 Total Eclipse of the Sun (Feb. 26) over full-scale Stonehenge replica in Washington state. MG and IMG officiate at rites, along with many other Pagan luminaries. 3-4,000 people attend. They clear the clouds, get much media attention! Tim receives new first name of “Otter.” Orion Stormcrow ordained (June 21).
1980 March—first baby Unicorns. HUGE thing! OZ & MG spend most of year out in the world doing interviews, etc. They apply for patent on Unicorn process. Their life changes radically as they find themselves traveling to make appearances, do Ren Faires, etc. over next few years.
1981 OZ, MG & Bryan go on Chautauqua with performers from the Oregon Country Faire, traveling around Pacific Northwest in caravan of buses.
1982 March: “Goddess Rising” conference in Sacramento. Many prominent Pagan leaders attend—get to meet each other. MG & OZ doing Ren Faires all summer. At Samhain (Nov. 9) Gwydion is killed in a car wreck. First death in the Tribe. Serious grieving; begin creating darker rituals.
1983 OZ & MG found the Ukiah Hometown Festival, and lead the parade down Main Street in full Ren Faire regalia—with a Unicorn. In the fall, taking pottery classes at the local college, OZ meets and falls in love with Diane Darling.
1984 OZ & MG sign a 4-year exhibition lease for several of their Unicorns with Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus. Diane and her son, Zack, move in with them.
1985 OZ, MG & Diane mount a diving expedition to New Guinea to videotape and solve the mystery of the “Mermaids” sighted there. On the way, they visit Australia, connect with local Pagans. Anodea Judith ordained (May 1). In October, MG, OZ, Diane & Zach leave Greenfield Ranch and settle in at “The Old Same Place” on the Rushing River. OZ begins work as desktop computer designer.
1986 MG & OZ create their dream store, “Between the Worlds,” bringing in Diane and several others.
1987 In March, OZ goes on a month-long pilgrimage with Bella Dona to Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Crete. In August, CAW sponsors big public 20th anniversary of Summer of Love at the park, with live bands, free food, etc. MG & OZ create ritual passing of torch to next generation.
1988 April—MG & OZ present at CIIS (Calif. Institute of Integral Studies) Conference on Gaia Consciousness. At Beltane, OZ, MG & Diane resurrect Green Egg 20 years after first issue. MG & OZ win May Games to become King & Queen of the May. Robert Heinlein dies May 8. At Samhain, OZ has vision of recreating Eleusinian Mysteries.
1989 March 19—MG, Diane, and OZ handfast as Triad.
1990 April 20—20th anniversary of first Earth Day. CAW participates in major way. In Beltane issue of GE, MG coins term “polyamory.” Labor Day—Heartland Pagan Festival in Kansas City hosts CAW Grand Reunion, bringing many old CAW-folk together again. Deborah Hamouris ordained (Sept. 9). CAW begins conducting elaborate annual recreations of Eleusinian Mysteries (Sept. 21). At Samhain, OZ joins Anodea, Bella Dona, and others for a Magickal Mystery Tour to Peru, where they connect with Quechua shamans.
1991 At Midsummer Gathering of Tribes in GA, OZ founds the Universal Federation of Pagans (UFP). Summer—Magickal Mystery Tour to Crater Lake and lava caves, led by Richard Ely & Anodea. Labor Day—CAW does major presentation, opening & closing rituals, at first big Poly-Con in Berkeley.
1992 30th anniversary of CAW founding, CAW holds wonderful Grand Convocation at 94-acre VM Ranch; create circle of magick to bring this place into CAW hands as future home. With a newly-elected all-women Board of Directors, CAW becomes first legally-incorporated non-Christian church in Australia (Nov. 20).
1993 CAW conducts recreation of ancient Greek Panathenaia at Parthenon replica in Nashville, TN, with 42-ft. statue of Athena. Aeona Silversong ordained (Sept.25). OZ & MG meet Wolf at Samhain Gathering in Tenn.
1994 Fiona Judge ordained (May 23)—first Priestess in Australia. Diane quits GE and Maerian comes on-board as new Editor. In Aug. OZ drives to Nashville with Orion & Maerian for 2nd Panathenaia. In Sept. after serving as Hades in Eleusinia, OZ receives new name of “Oberon.” Avilynn Pwyll ordained (Nov. 7). Anodea’s husband Richard Ely ordained (Dec.21).
1995 In April, OZ meets Liza Gabriel at Craftwise Festival in New England. In Nov. Wolf moves from Houston to join MG & OZ.
1996 Wynter Rose moves in with OZ & MG in Feb. MG becomes High Priestess of CAW. Maerian Morris ordained (May 5). On Sept. 13, GE staff members who are also Officers of CAW BoD remove OZ from any control over the magazine he’d founded. On Sept. 29, MG, OZ & Wolf are handfasted as a triad. John Patrick McClimans dies of diabetes at Samhain. Night Freedom An’Fey ordained (Nov. 7). In Dec., Liza moves to Cal., and Liza, Wynter, MG & OZ all pull up stakes and move to VM Ranch, committing to 2-year lease with option to buy.
1997 Wolf moves in with MG, OZ, Liza & Wynter, and all take family name of “Ravenheart.” In Sept., MG leads tour to Greece and Crete.
1998 OZ finishes creation of “Millennial Gaia” statue just in time for Beltane. Mythic Images offers her as incentive for membership renewal in CAW, raising $4,000 for the Church. Ronn “Walks With Fire” Koester ordained (July 24). In Aug. OZ is “impeached” as Primate by CAW BoD based on what later turn out to be unsupported allegations, and takes 1-year sabbatical from Primacy. MG & OZ return to Australia for big Pagan festival. MG and Liza go to Hong Kong to arrange for production of Gaia statues. MG stays there for a month.
1999 Ravenhearts decide not to buy VM Ranch, due to escalating power struggles with CAW BoD, who want to control it, although not pay for it. They find new home for all Ravenhearts in Penngrove, supporting themselves with statuary business, Mythic Images: In August, OZ travels with Ariel Monserrat to England and France for final eclipse of 20th century, conducted at Boscanewen, an ancient stone circle in Cornwall. OZ meets Ken Kesey there, with his famous bus, “Furthur,” and gives him Millennial Gaia “On The Bus.” Ariel and OZ are knighted by King Arthur. Marylyn Motherbear Scott and her daughter LaSara Firefox both ordained (Nov. 1). CAW Central is moved to Toledo, OH, and Jim Looman as "Central Administrator" (later "Director of Operations"), contrary to California corporate code and CAW By-Laws, is made an "ex-officio" member of the BoD and given voting rights. At the July AGM, Jim Looman is elected Secretary and Ronn-Walks-With-Fire (Koester) Treasurer.  Odd comment in 10/17/1999 minutes state that Jim Looman has "waived $7200 in salary"..."to date.." which implies Jim was hired as an employee, but no prior statement of employment is indicated in the minutes.
2000 Kris Jensen and Jack Ingersoll both ordained (Feb. 12). OZ convenes Committee of Pagan leaders and initiates “Papal Apology Project” to ask Pope to include Pagans in his Apology for horrors of Inquisition, etc. Over 6,000 signatures are gathered. Pope does apologize for “crimes against indigenous peoples.” That Summer, major “Pagan Leaders Summit” held in Indiana—OZ attends with many others. Jim Looman, Maryann DeTray and Ronn D. Koester (Ronn-Walks-With Fire), under the auspices of Spirit Weavers Church, incorporate "The International Church of All Worlds" in Ohio without advising the membership or the CAW BoD of this action, setting the ground work for their eventual "hostile takeover" of CAW.
2001 Anthorr Nomchong of Australia ordained (Feb. 3). Entire Ravenheart Family conducts major “Mystery Play” at Walpurgisnacht at Annwfn. They also conduct spectacular Eleusinian Mysteries in Sept, with Wolf & Wynter as Hades & Persephone. This is final year of Ravenhearts’ involvement with CAW, whose current BoD is inimically hostile to OZ personally.
2002 Marilee Edel “Starwhite” Lewis dies of ALS (Jan. 6). 40th anniversary of CAW. OZ is not invited to attend Annual Meeting. "Ohio BoD" consults confidentially with a lawyer concerning problems with a California Corporation having headquarters in Ohio and they are advised on several areas where he believes the By-laws require amendment to conform with law. Using this letter as justification the BoD uses scare tactics, citing the rise in US politics to power of "NeoCon" forces, to convince the membership of the need to abolish the CAW Bylaws and replace them with a “Constitution." This Constitution, which goes well beyond the recommendations of the lawyer, removes key elements of the CAW tradition and doctrine from public view and member review by placing it into BoD generated  "Guidebooks" and by so doing removes many powers previously reserved to the membership or the Clergy and consolidates all power in the hands of the BoD. At Starwood (July) OZ formally disaffiliates with CAW. He is commissioned by New Page Books to write book of Wizardry for “Harry Potter generation.” OZ assembles “Grey Council” as advisory council for this project. Kyril Oakwind ordained (Aug. 9).
2003 OZ spends entire year writing Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. "Ohio BoD" begins working on "Guidebooks" to define those sections which were left out of the new "Constitution", including elections, councils, ethics, "investiture of spiritual leaders", local congregations, membership, RINGS (religious education), subordinate organizations and clergy/priesthood. 

Grimoire published in Feb.—enormously successful. OZ creates online Grey School of Wizardry (incorporated March 14, 2005). Jim Looman, Prez of CAW BoD in Ohio, threatens to sue OZ and Starwood organizers for presenting talk at Starwood: “The Rise and Fall of the Church of All Worlds.” He does anyway (July 23). Roughly half of CAW's remaining Priesthood Council, Jack Ingersol, Kyril Oakwind, and Kris Jensen "retire" in protest when it comes to light that the BoD has been creating a Clergy Handbook which would create Ministers with the privilege of Clergy and thus errode CAW's rigid Clergy standards. Aeona remains but expreses consensus with their concerns. Discussion lists become factious due to the level of member concern over mass Priesthood resignations, and begin to ask questions and expres concerns over many BoD actions. It is brought to light that there is an appearance of malfeasance with the CAW "Board of Elections" which contains only 3 members, not the required 4, all of whom are connected to the sitting President, Jim Looman, by marriage or waterbond. Those expressing concerns are dismissed and a fourth (inactive) member of the BoE surfaces.  Candidate statements of those running for the BoD who express the desire to resolve standing concerns are edited "due to space". The server containing all official CAW lists "goes down" and the email lists ae replaced by BoD controlled yahoogroups. The one member of the CAW feedback moderator's council who is not amicible to the BoD is denied moderator access. The sitting BoD members fight aggressively to retain their seats, and after the AGM, it is announced that all of them were re-elected, but no public count is made available, citing the fact that votes are "confidential." Within two months of the AGM, on Aug. 1, the Ohio BoD announces their intention to "implement the dormancy of..." CAW Inc., revoke all memberships and charters, advise that CAW has no remaining assets, and offer to transfer all memberships to their "new" corporation, "The International Church of All Worlds" (see 2000), actions which they take to allow them to dissolve CAW so as to avoid the section of CA corporations code which requires them to obtain the approval of the membership to dissolve a non-profit religious corporation (CA Corp Code 9680(a)(1).  A few weeks later, the entire BoD sends resignation letters to the membership lists en masse, (again, in violation of CA Corp Code, leaving CAW without the minimum BoD members required by law, and without the membership to elect new BoD members. Grey School of Wizardry opens its virtual doors to flood of students (Aug. 1). Jim Looman dies (Oct. 3)

2005 In preparation for the annual Beltane celebration at Annwfn, the caretaker, Jack Crispin Cain contacts the California Secretary of State and finds that CAW is still showing as active and in good standing. Jack files the required change of address to move the Corporation back to California. Oberon, Morning Glory, Jack and several long standing members of CAW hold the annual general membership meeting, and elect a new Board of Diretors, Birthing the 3rd Phoenix Resurrection of the Church of All Worlds.  Liza evicts everyone to sell the house, and all have to move in Oct. MG & OZ find a wonderful place in the country, outside of Cotati. OZ is writing two books, Companion for the Apprentice Wizard and Creating Circles & Ceremonies.
2006 Companion for the Apprentice Wizard and Creating Circles & Ceremonies.both published. MG & OZ travel to Australia in Jan., as guests of honor at CAW Summer Gathering and AGM. In March, MG is diagnosed with multiple myeloma (blood and bone cancer). With CAW now back in Califia, OZ is now Pres. of BoD, and begins total overhaul of entire structure. Cat DeVille is pivotal figure in this, creating new Canons.
2007 Julie Epona creates personal website for OZ: Ariel Monserrat and Tom Donohue revive Green Egg as an e-zine, publishing the first issue at Ostara at OZ is working constantly on latest book—A Wizard’s Bestiary. Another Magnum Opus, it comes out in November.
2008 Julie moves to Guerneville, and becomes OZ’s Personal Assistant. He spends much of year working on Green Egg Omelette—an anthology of 40 years of GE magazine. In July, right after returning from Starwood, OZ is diagnosed with colon cancer, and has surgery on July 29. In October, he begins six months of chemotherapy.
2009 Green Egg Omelette comes out in January. CAW makes major splash at Pantheacon (Feb. 13-16) with main ritual (“Phoenix Rising”) and hospitality suite. OZ & MG working on next book, an autobiography: The Witch and the Wizard OZ, with John Sulak. OZ is Artist Guest of Honor at ConQuest 40 sci-fi con in Kansas City (May 21-25), and attends with Julie. They win costume contest as “Mother Earth & Rising Phoenix.” MG begins series of “Great Goddess Retreats” (June-Sept.). OZ Travels to St Louis for Grey School Conclave and St Louis Pagan Picnic—attended by 5,000 people (June 13-15). CAW Annual Curia is hosted at RavenHaven, home of MG & OZ (July 11).
2010 CAW again has hospitality suite at Pantheacon (Feb. 14-18). OZ & Julie invited as guests of honor to Heartland Pagan Festival in Kansas (May 27-31). New CAW Canons adopted at annual Curia held at RavenHaven (June 27). Lance Christie dies of pancreatic cancer (Oct. 28).
2011 CAW again has hospitality suite at Pantheacon (Feb. 18-21). OZ returns to Australia for 3 weeks in November.

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