The Church of the Spiral Tree (CST) is a non-profit, volunteer-staffed, ecumenical Pagan church, designed to foster and celebrate a sense of community and family among Pagans, both locally and in other regions of the country and world. CST celebrates the unique Pagan family: parents, children, elders, and extended family. It is an ecumenical church in that it encompasses all traditions, and is non-exclusive. It welcomes all who revere the Earth Mother and who respect themselves and others; regardless of with which tradition one is affiliated.

IMPORTANT: Church of the Spiral Tree is LGBTQ-friendly.

INACTIVE STATUS OF CST: As of 9/1/19, Church of the Spiral Tree is inactive. CST will continue to exist as a church, maintaining our tax-exempt status, but we will no longer have paid members and elected officers, and will no longer offer rituals, newsletters, and other services. At any point in the future, if there is enough interest and people who are willing and committed to running things again, then CST can be resurrected as a membership organization. We are not closing the doors entirely, just putting CST “to bed” for an undetermined length of time.

Marriages in Alabama

Effective August 29, 2019, the process for entering into a legal marriage in Alabama changes, pursuant to Ala. Act 2019-340. Beginning August 29, 2019, couples in Alabama will need to comply with a new process to become legally married.

Under the new law, persons wishing to become married are no longer required to file an application for a marriage license with the county probate court, and the courts will no longer issue marriage licenses. Furthermore, all Alabama probate courts will now be required to record marriage certificates.

The Alabama Marriage Certificate form represents a contractual agreement between the parties to the marriage, completed by both parties and delivered to the probate court for recording. Once properly completed and recorded, the marriage is valid. A wedding ceremony may be performed for the parties, but solemnization is no longer required for a recognized marriage in Alabama.

As of August 29, 2019, a couple desiring to marry must do the following:

  1. Fully complete the standardized Marriage Certificate form provided by the state. The fillable form will be available on the Alabama Department of Health Website via Alabama Department of Public Health. The completed form must be typewritten. Print the form, and DO NOT SIGN IT!
  2. Take the printed Marriage Certificate form to a notary to witness each person's signature.
  3. Deliver the original, fully completed, and notarized Marriage Certificate Form (along with whatever filing fee the county charges) to any county Probate Office (does not have to be the county where you live) for recording within 30 days of the latter of the dates of the signatures of the spouses. Generally this form has to be delivered in person, but some counties may allow it to be mailed.
  4. The effective date of the marriage is the latter of the dates of the signatures of the spouses.

Other requirements surrounding marriage, such as being of minimum age and not presently married, have not changed. The information requested on the marriage form is essentially the same as what couples previously had to provide, which includes basic information about each spouse.

CERTIFIED COPY OF CERTIFICATE: When you deliver the notarized form to the probate office, you should ask whether they will mail you a certified copy of the marriage certificate. Some probate courts currently provide a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate to couples and have announced that they will continue to do so, but the practice may be different from county to county. You can always purchase a certified copy from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Center for Health Statistics, after the certificate has been received and filed in the Center for Health Statistics.

FAQ abut the new Alabama Marriage Certificate.

Other Stuff to Check Out:

Sacred Grove Academy - Alabama's only Pagan homeschool cover school

Officers of Avalon - Pagans who work in the emergency services

FAQ: Officiating Weddings

The Hazel Nut back issues on-line!

Info on how to incorporate your own organization

International Pagan Pride Project

Last updated on September 4, 2019

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