Covenant of Avalon Theological Seminary (COATS) was founded, officially, in 2019, the vision of founder and TDF Archdruid, E.J. OakLore, to be the educational division of The Sacred Order of the Druidcraft Fellowship, to operate as a private religious college and university, preparing students for ordination in Pagan ministry with the aim of advancing spiritual enrichment and scholarship.
The Seminary is the evolution of the Druidcraft Fellowship Clergy Training Program, formerly administered by the Board of Esoteric and Pastoral Education. Before it was named “The Druidcraft Fellowship,” the Order was called the “Druidic Order of the Covenant of Avalon.” Thus when contemplating the Seminary’s formation, OakLore and the TDF Council chose “Covenant of Avalon” for its name as an homage.
The seal of the Seminary is taken from the vesica piscis design that appears on the cover of the Chalice Well, also known as the Red Spring, situated at the foot of Glastonbury Tor in the county of Somerset, England. It is widely considered to be among Brittain’s most sacred sites, figuring prominently in both Pagan and Christian mythology. In addition to the legends associated with Glastonbury, the Well has been portrayed by 20th-century writers as a symbol of the female aspect of deity, with the male symbolized by the tower of Glastonbury Tor. It is a popular destination for pilgrims in search of the divine feminine, including Neopagans. The Well is, however, popular with all faiths, for its peaceful garden, and its annual program of workshops and events honoring nature and the seasons.
Added to this unique arrangement is a torch, transecting the Chalice Well design, representing light; the light that shines upon us, grows within us, and shines forth from us when we commit ourselves to rigorous spiritual education and wisdom is therefore achieved.
For more information about COATS programs and education, how our degree system works within the initiatory structure of Druidry and Wicca, and other detailed program information including course offerings, credit hours, and transfer credits we award, reach out to us through the “Contact” page.