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Mana Pottery
is the support organization of the Peyote Way Church. When you buy Mana Pottery, you not only support American handmade products, but you are also helping to support Peyote conservation.

My experience was incredibly intense and unpleasant, but this later turned into an incredibly positive life-changing event for which I am very grateful to you all.
—C.M.
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The Peyote Way Church of God is a non-sectarian, multicultural, experiential, Peyotist organization located in southeastern Arizona, in the remote Aravaipa wilderness. It is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Native American Church, or any other religious organizations, though we do accept people from all faiths. Church membership is open to all races. We encourage individuals to create their own rituals as they become acquainted with the great mystery. We believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote, when taken according to our sacramental procedure and combined with a holistic lifestyle (see Word of Wisdom), can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life.

Peyote is currently listed as a controlled substance and its religious use is protected by Federal law only for Native American members of the Native American Church. Non-Indian Peyote use is protected in five states : AZ, NM, CO, NV, and OR. We do not have access to Peyote where it grows in South Texas and Mexico. As it is an endangered species, we believe an essential and inseparable part of our religious practice is the growing and stewardship of the Holy Sacrament Peyote.

The Church records 140 Associate members and 12 clergy. Vowed clergy members steward church grounds near Klondyke, meeting the church's financial obligations by producing and selling "Mana" black-rimmed earthenware pottery and paintings. The pottery is the work of Rabbi Matthew S. Kent, Rev. Anne L. Zapf and Rev. Immanuel Trujillo. Mana is the secular vehicle and financial arm of the Peyote Way Church of God.

Peyote is a spiritual medicine. It can bring us in touch with the God within us, our Heavenly Father and our Earthly Mother. Peyote puts us in balance again with the Earth underneath our feet... Peyote is a plant sacrament. It is a plant teacher. It is a way of life. Our time in these bodies is brief. When we eat the Peyote we experience time and eternity, and it is from that vantage that, the next day, we can live our life in a very positive and non-trivial way, realizing that this day could be the last and everyone around us is our brother and sister and we need each other.
—Rabbi Matthew S. Kent
NEWS
August 2014
Village Voice Publishes Article about the Peyote Way Church
DEACON TRISTAN ZAPF-KENT GOES ON SABBATICAL

September 29 2014, we celebrated the anticipated sabbatical of Deacon Tristan Zapf-Kent, who has served the church for 9 years as Church Deacon, student of Mana Pottery and caregiver of now deceased Rev Immanuel Trujillo. We are grateful for his energetic service and faithfulness to serving visitors and Spirit Walk communicants with humility and grace. He now plans to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he will continue to carry out his caregiver skills to earn money while continuing in his artistic pursuits. We hope to be able to offer t-shirts and prints inspired by his designs. Thank you Deacon Tristan. Any letters of support can be sent to the Church.

Monstrous tranmission lines through Aravaipa and other irreplaceable lands in Arizona are not the answer!
This is a long battle to save our sacred wildlands that is being waged heroically by The Cascabel Working Group, a grassroots organization concerned with the cultural and ecological integrity of the lower/middle San Pedro Valley. Learn more about the dangerous SunZia project here. Keep our sacred lands sacred!

THE TRINITY AND THE ALWAYS
by Immanuel Trujillo
Before passing out of this material realm (see blurb below), Rev Immanuel Trujillo spent a great deal of time writing beautiful words of wisdom. We are pleased to offer one of his essential and existential teachings in a 24 page 6X9 booklet with a color cover picturing one of Immanuel's last paintings. The Trinity and the Always gives insight into coexisting in the realm of the spirit while still in the material world. We hope to offer more of his insights and revelations in the near future. Go to order form at formstack.com to purchase The Trinity and the Always ($12.95 ppd) or $10 with Church membership ($60.00)
Return of the Corn Mothers
This exhibition, which has traveled around the Southwest for 3 years, features the stories and portraits of women of the southwestern U.S. These modern unsung heroines are multi-generational, multi-cultural and true wild west women, who have earned the respect and admiration of their community for their activism and creative endeavors. The exhibition is based on the Pueblo myth of the Corn Mother, a legendary entity synonymous with Mother Earth, who represents growth, life, creativity and the feminine aspects of the world. Other Corn Mothers include: world-renowned Isleta Pueblo potter Stella Teller; fine artist Evelyn Valdez-Martinez, who paints the Tarahumara; Concha Allen, a curandera from Mexico; Patricia Sigala, education outreach coordinator at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe; Rita Wallace, a famed Mexican folk artist and Amy Banker, an arts activist for youth. Also featured: civil rights activist Barbara Shannon Banister; Dora Esquibel; muralist Arlette Lucero; Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham and Dr. Ella Marie Ray, professors of African/African American Studies MSU Denver; and storyteller Lois Burrell.

MORE at the Corn Mothers website...

Mana, the heart of Mana Pottery and the co-founder of The Peyote Way Church, left us on June 24, 2010. He is survived by sons Billie, Veran and Will, daughters Bonney Lou, Tamara and Faith, many grandchildren and numerous members and visitors to the Peyote Way Church of God, who loved him. Memorial date is set for 9/11/10 from 1-5pm. Read obituary...

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