‘ADF Structure, Customs and Policies’ Posts
Describe the duties and function of clergy in ADF. (100 words min.)
The duties and functions of clergy in ADF are vast and significant. Clergy are responsible for the spiritual guidance to those in need, as well as setting an example in leadership for others to follow suit. As a clergyman, we are also expected to be knowledgeable in ADF theology as well as experienced liturgists in ritual so that we can not only take any role needed in ritual, but also train future clergy and liturgists. In the mundane world, we provide services to the community through prison ministry, hospice ministry, as well as perform ceremonies for weddings, funerals, rites of passage, and all related types of commemorations. Essentially we serve the folk and the Kindred in whatever ways are appropriately necessary.
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Explain why public, inclusive ritual is important to ADF. (200 words min.)
Public, inclusive ritual is important to ADF because it allows us to exercise our freedom to practice which in turn exposes our spirituality to the public in a non-threatening manner. Theoretically this will bring in not only new blood to the practice, but also educate and provide understanding to those that are unfamiliar with what we do. Public ritual allows us to establish in main stream society through repetition and openness. When we eventually become an accepted public religion, then the more we actually have a voice in politics and environmental policy. We can help shape future policies that affect our children’s future, the direction our country is headed, and the future of religious prosecution that is rampant in America.
There are a lot of people, my mother included, that are very ignorant to the facts about druidism or neo-paganism in general. They are fed lies and stereotypes from movies, fiction, and alarmist Christians which unfortunately is imbedded in a lot of the public mind. We continue to fight against these stereotypes on a daily basis as we try to practice openly and within our rights.
If we tried to stay a closed private religion, these types of labels would remain simply because there’s no one actually educating them with factual information. Instead they are encouraged to believe whatever someone else wants them to believe.
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