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Is it worth adding to this page about the real-world CAW, since they seem to be defunct on a national level these days? Just seems somewhat unlikely that it would be tagged with "Fictional religions" as a category. -- nae'blis(talk) 23:58, 1 February 2006 (UTC)
Good question. The "Fictional Religions" tag seems to mostly apply to "religions which appear in works of fiction." Although there was a "Church of All Worlds" which appeared in Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", and although that CAW was part of the initial inspiration the real-world CAW, the real-world CAW afterwards evolved into something quite different. So some disambiguation would seem to be in order here. In any case, it doesn't seem appropriate to have this tagged as a "fictional religion", since it actually exists; there should probably be a separate page describing the SISL version of CAW, with that tagged as the "Fictional Religion". (I suppose that one could argue the same thing about the Jedi religion, except that I don't believe it was ever as organized or had as many actually serious adherants as CAW).
To address the first part of your question, I do believe that it would be worthwhile to expand this article. Even though the official national CAW organization is now defunct, there continue to be a number of functioning Nests that I am aware of, still practicing the CAW philosophy and identifying it as such. Furthermore, since CAW was the first Neopagan church to receive governmental recognition, published an influential pan-neopagan Magazine (Green Egg), and in general was one of the stronger influences in the development of Neopagan philosophy and culture, I think that it would be of historical interest if nothing else. Skybum 00:18, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
I just spent some time reading at [caw.org] and they claim to be undergoing a "third renaissance"; in other words, their own claim is that they are not in any way defunct, and have kept continuous registration as a corporation in the State of California. Rpresser 15:47, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
This is indeed true... the Church is not defunct, and as a corporation was not allowed to lapse, although a previous Board of Directors first attempted to dissolve the church (through what appear to have been extralegal means according to CA corporate law) and then resigned, attempting to leave the organization "fallow" so that it would become inactive due to lack of activity under California law. The original founders and several elders have stepped back in to renew the organization and it has been undergoing it's "third phoenix ressurection" since 2005. I'm the Reorganization Projects Administrator for the Church, and have been actively working within this 3rd incarnation, so I can confirm it's truth (and review of the California Secretary of State records will verify the truth of my statement.) I've just passed the content of this article on to the founders, elders and "old timers" (original members) of the Church to fact check, and I'll drop by sometime soon to update the page and to add citations. CatDeville (talk) 23:05, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
As this article only references the real world Church of Al Worlds, inc. of Cotati, California I removed Category:Fictional religions. If someone wants to write an article about the CAW in SISL, then they can add that category. --Eric J. Hebert (talk) 20:39, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Not to be confused with Reverend Peter Nichols CAW, Enfield, London, UK