On the second day of their annual business meeting, known as the Grand Council, the Covenant of The Goddess elected a new slate of officers for their governing Board. The new First Officer/President, who will guide the organization for at least the next year starting on Samhain, is COG member Peter Dybing. Dybing has come to prominence within the larger Pagan community lately for his hands-on activism in places like earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince in Haiti, and in clean-up efforts on the Gulf Coast in the wake of the massive oil spill there. The election of Dybing seems to hint at a new engagement with the larger Pagan world, and a new commitment towards communicating the ethics and goals of this long-standing organization that has boasted Margot Adler, Starhawk, Diana Paxson, and many other well-known figures, on their membership rolls.
Peter Dybing, center, along with the rest of the newly elected COG Board.
“I wanted to serve the Covenant, they do some really wonderful things in terms of interfaith work, public information work, and people doing work in prisons. There’s some great things [COG does] I want to support. I think it’s really important because we’ve made so many inroads over the years that those things continue to get our support.” – Peter Dybing
I was able to sit down with Dybing shortly after his election to talk about his new role as First Officer, the many activities COG engages in, and his vision for the future of the organization.
You can download the entire interview, here.
Dybing will assume duties starting on Samhain 2010, the start of the organization’s new fiscal year. Outgoing First Officer Sylvia Webb, in a conversation with me shortly after the election, expressed her happiness with Dybing’s election, and confidence in his abilities.
“As the outgoing First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess I have been honored to be a part of the COG Board for the past year. I know that we are incredibly blessed by the Goddess and the God to have individuals of great quality who are willing to sacrifice time, personal resources, personal creativity and magickal skills in the service of all Witches, Wiccans and Pagans throughout the world. Our new incoming First Officer, Peter Dybing has a long history of service in many arenas and we are glad that he is willing to engage in spiritual service (long an Elder tradition in Covenant of the Goddess and all Wiccan Paths) by lending his administrative and organizational experiences and talents to the Covenant of the Goddess during these times of rapid technological and ideological change. Thank you Peter for taking on this task.” – Sylvia T. Webb (aka AmberIsis), First Officer of Covenant of the Goddess 2009/2010
I wish Peter Dybing good luck in his new leadership role, and look forward to what the COG Board will achieve during his tenure.