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« Reply #1: July 28, 2009, 10:02:52 pm »

What are our obligations to community?

I'm not talking the larger pagan community; I'm talking about our smaller, personal worship communities. Members of established physical churches often have a financial obligation to contribute to the upkeep of the church building and pay staff. They also often have responsibilities that include teaching Sunday school, helping with child care, etc.

So what about us?

My obligations to my worship community are sometimes financial. I chip in for after-ritual feasts. When we have special workshops and gatherings, I chip in my share of the bill. When I run ritual, I help purchase supplies.

My obligations are also responsibilities. I'm required to help run at least one moon ritual and one holiday ritual a year. I've taken on teaching responsibilities (though I don't have any students yet) and organizational responsibilities in my group. I'm also there to help support covenmates through difficult times in their life.

Not everyone in our group takes their responsibilities seriously. There's been a lot of tension in the past year about keeping our Covenstead clean after holiday gatherings, since we're on someone's private property. People haven't been good about cleaning up their own messes, and by ignoring their responsibilities they end up hurting everyone... the folks who own the property get mad, the same folks who live nearby always get stuck cleaning up, and those of us who have taken on "Elder" responsibilities in the group have to hear about it and have to take on the responsibility of cleaning up ourselves.

What do y'all think? What are your obligations to community? If you're a solitary, how can you apply the ideas of community to your personal practices?

Karen

Most of the time, I hold circle at my house.  I bust my butt to get the yard in order, to get food made, to get everything set up and cleaned, and I am almost obsessive about being a good hostess to all.  I have never had a problem with anyone not picking up after themselves, and I appreciate that those who have come by have from time to time brought food, candles, and such. 

I have a strong ethic too about teaching - if someone asks, I have to answer as truthfully as possible unless it is oathbound material.  Now, I might say, "before you get into that, you really should study this first so you aren't confused," but I won't turn away anyone looking earnestly for information.  As of late, I have been finding it very nice to answer questions from someone very new to the path, and have spent a lot of time writing him well-thought-out and well-researched answers; I think it would be very irresponsible of me to do any less.  I consider giving what knowledge I can to those who ask to be the most important community responsibility, though. 

This is actually really nice for me, too... in answering these questions, I also get to write out a lot of my own thoughts on the matter.  I need to cut and paste some of those into articles for my blog.
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