Kindling the Fire at Home & in the Community

Opportunity Knocks

Recently Rowan & I have been talking a lot about leadership and what our roles entail. We’ve also been discussing how we’d like to expand on our knowledge as leaders and grow our circle. There are a lot of ideas being tossed around. We’re both ordained and considering what that could mean for our circle and our lives personally. While we hold the title, both of us want formal training and some guidance from other people in leadership roles. It’s one thing to call yourself a High Priestess and another to actually fill that role appropriately. I feel that we both live up to the standards of what I believe a High Priestess should be, however, it doesn’t hurt either of us to ensure that we learn how to better serve our community.

The other day we started talking about formal Pagan clergy programs. Most of them are geared entirely towards Wicca, require that you are there in person or require such far-fetched time periods (2-4 years) that neither of us were sure we were going to find something we could both feel comfortable paying money for & committing to. It was about the time I thought screw it, that Rowan was thinking up ways to create our own training program… And then I remembered Covenant of the Goddess.

Prior to moving overseas I had considered joining CoG and went so far as to ask for letters of recommendation from my circle mates who were already members. They had provided me with them… and then life happened (divorce, move back to the states, being without my belongings for months) and I completely lost sight of that goal entirely.

A few days ago I asked a former circle mate who had previously vouched for me, Lady Justice, if she’d do it again and she said she’d happily write me as many letters as I needed. (Goddess blessed me with amazing friends!) She also mentioned that Merry Meet (annual CoG shindig) was going to happen this year in Albuquerque, NM. That just happens to be where my friend, Lady Justice, and her adorable family all live. Not only did she mention that Merry Meet was happening in her town, but extended an invitation to Rowan & I to stay with her, eat her food & get carted to and from Merry Meet via her chariot if we got our booties to Albuquerque for August 16-19th. Yikes! That’s only a little over a months time to save up. After figuring our travel expenses, overnight lodging in a hotel 1 night on the way there and 1 night on the way back, food/snacks on the road, general entrance fees for Friday/Saturday & the leadership conference… we estimated about $500 each. Gas alone is going to be about $400 because we’re driving 1,900 miles roundtrip.

Never fear… Bridey has a plan, because while I think we’re quite capable of saving $500 each, I’m not sure we can both do it in 6 weeks time. Well, not on our own.

SO, this is where you come in. If you think you’d like to help us make our way to Merry Meet for a much needed leadership getaway, then click on the little link provided below & contribute to our cause! Not only will you be helping our circle here in Beaumont, Texas thrive, but you’ll also be supporting the greater Pagan community when we become recognized clergy too!

Contribute to the Merry Meet Fund!

Thanks in advance & Blessings,

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3 responses

  1. This topic is one that I hope more Pagans begin to recognize as important. Leadership in our community has always been a precarious thing, given our tendency to buck the systems that be, but there are definite advantages to having some faces for the lot of us that don’t engage in some behaviors to which I personally do NOT ascribe. Part of the reason I went to graduate school was to learn more about effective community organizing in the hopes that I might find some way to contribute to the public perception of what it means to be Pagan in a positive way. While I can’t contribute monetarily (see comment about “graduate school”, I think that says it all), I am certainly sending you all of the positive energies I can in the hopes that they will help you to pull together the funds you need. Keep us posted, and I’ll encourage others in my circle to think about doing what they can for you!

    July 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    • Thank you so much! I appreciate your encouragement and your support greatly! Please do pass along the information to others.
      Blessings!
      Bridey

      July 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Rowan Hale and commented:
    Because she says it better than I could, I am re-blogging Bridey’s recent post that talks about our plans for the future.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:43 am

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