I took the plunge and bought my flights for PantheaCon 2017 next month. Will be my first time at this gathering (or any large, formal, pagan gathering), so expect to have more to share about it. Not sure where to begin, between fears and hesitations and uncertainties, but that is what being a Druid is all about — listen to and embrace the energies in nature to help us face the simpler human issues that we (far too often) create for ourselves.
Onward to PantheaCon!
I took the plunge in 2016 and took two courses at Cherry Hill Seminary — Paganism and the Body (taught by Christine Hoff Kraemer) and Living Systems (taught by Wendy Griffin).
The courses just ended so I am still processing the experiences, but I am thankful for the article in The Wild Hunt that alerted me to some of the challenges Cherry Hill was facing and, more importantly, that they offered such rich, diverse, intensively academic, and solid courses at all. I had not really thought about studying for another master’s degree, but I had such fun taking these two courses and, even though they were both much more work than I expected, found them so rewarding, that this just may be a 2017 goal of mine.
Hmm, what to take in the spring . . .
Just when I thought we were going to come to some resolution, at least on some levels, I feel more disoriented than ever.
I try not to get too involved in the political process, though must confess I am shaking my head at the election results. Short of being thankful at least that our new President Trump is not an Evangelical Republican, though overall I am just disoriented having a president who was elected through a constant pounding on those who were somehow different (gender, belief, race, class, ethnicity) without giving much of an indication of what he stood for. Without knowing what he believes or likes, I really cannot have any sense at all in what direction we are going to go.
Then again, is this really different than other areas of our lives, such as with the stock market, employer decisions, and general health and well-being? Nothing is guaranteed, and perhaps it is the permanence in nature (stones with their strength and weight and age resonate with me) that we need to rely on when little else makes sense. Change happens, and we can only manage our own reactions to it.
I am shaking off the electronic dust here and think I may share a bit more recent news. First off, nice and simple, is that I am taking two courses at Cherry Hill Seminary: Paganism and the Body as well as Living Systems. Both much more challenging than I envisioned and more fulfilling than I hoped. More about them soon.
Secondly, I am finding great satisfaction in being one of the Moderators of the new (AODA (Ancient Order of Druids in America) Forums, the internal member discussion space. This has proved more vibrant and engaging than any of us thought, and as such is becoming a rich learning opportunity.
More later, but for now, go vote!