The Conclave of the Craft originally incorporated in 2013 under the name Missouri Conclave of First Temple of the Craft of W.I.C.A. Its intention was to be a fellowship and training group for clergy who drew their initiatory lineage from First Temple of the Craft of W.I.C.A., a Wiccan church that incorporated in 1974 in Illinois. Upon receiving feedback from its members, it restructured in 2016, merging with Mid Missouri Pagan Pride and expanding its purpose to become a full-fledged church under the direction of High Priestess Victoria Chance. It hosts four Sabbats a year at the solstices and equinoxes.
The Conclave's mission is to make the world a more welcoming place for Pagans through quality worship experiences, education opportunities, and community-building efforts. Its primary objectives are to serve as a church at which to venerate and co-create with Deity, honor the Ancestors, and respect the Spirits, and to facilitate the spiritual enrichment of its members while celebrating the holy days and providing infrastructure resources for the greater community. Secondarily, the Conclave is organized to provide fellowship and support for clergy who trace their initiatory lineage to First Temple of the Craft of W.I.C.A., to develop policy for the preservation and advancement of that religious tradition, and to educate the public in order to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on religious belief.
The flagship project of the Conclave is Sacred Circle Seminary, which offers training and education for clergy from both within and outside of the First Temple Tradition. For more information about this project, see our Clergy Training page.
For more information about our priestesses and priests, see our Leadership page.
The Conclave of the Craft was featured in an article in Vox Magazine in March 2018. We invite you to read it and let us know what you think!