Driven by a sense of oneness, love and a deep longing to reach out and share, Patrick is involved in many religious and human rights movements.
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In 2009, Reverend McCollum made history, by receiving support from a vast interfaith contingency who signed on to an Amicus Brief for the United States Court of Appeals, supporting his challenge to the State of California's infamous Five State Sanctioned Faiths Policy.
In October 2010, Reverend McCollum was honored with an invitation to give a keynote speech at The World Forum of Spiritual Culture, Astana, Kazakhstan. Since that speech, Patrick has been initiated in many spiritual traditions. In India, He is known here by many as the Venerable Shide Gyarpo, which means simply, the King of Peace. He was originally given this name by Rimposche Lama Gangchen at Borbodur on the Island of Java, but it seems to have carried on to other places. There are many Hindus who now recognize Patrick as a Pagan Hindu Saint, and has been given the name “Babaji,’ meaning ‘Revered Father.’ To Native Americans he is known as ‘He Who Speaks With The Mother.’
He has been invited to many major world events as a speaker and spiritual leader representing The Goddess. Among the most recent was the Maha Kumbh Mela Ji in 2013. The Kumbh Mela is a month long event. It happens every 12 years, and every 100 years is a Maha Kumbh Mela, but this Maha Kumbh Mela Ji is the celebration of a 1000 year cycle, and this was the 7th anniversary of this grandiose event, marking the 7,000 anniversary of the first Kumbh Mela.
The event is dedicated to the three sacred rivers and the three sacred Goddesses of India. Yamuna, Saraswati and Ganga. There is a place where these three rivers intersect. At the center of their intersection is a swirling vortex that creates a small island called the Sangham. This island is considered by Hindus to be the most sacred spot on Earth as the power of these three Goddess is swirling around together and becoming one as they move past each other with different attributes.
Reverend McCollum sits on the Executive Board of Directors of the United Nation's NGO, Children of the Earth and is also a Board Member of the Monarch Bear Institute. He is also the Director of Our lady of the Wells Church.
Patrick serves as the Chaplaincy Liason for the American Academy of Religion, the worlds's largest and oldest convocation of religious scholars, theologians, and clergy.
Reverend McCollum has served for over a decade as the Statewide Wiccan/Pagan Chaplain in the California Department of Corrections, and has served inmates in 33 correctional facilities. He also advises numerous state and federal correctional systems and other government agencies across the country on religious accommodation and chaplaincy issues for all faiths, and serves as an expert on Wicca, Paganism, and Earth-Based religions in general internationally. He received an official commendation from the California State Senate for his work on religion in prisons in 1999.
Reverend McCollum has appeared in numerous articles on Wicca, Earth Religions, and Paganism, and has been interviewed dozens of times on both radio and on TV. He also appeared on the History Channel's prime time documentary on Wicca narrated by Leonard Nemoy, in addition to providing technical support in the production.