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« Reply #3: May 08, 2011, 12:14:31 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



Karen,

  That's an awesome question, and I'm sure there are a difference in answers that are as wide as the Grand Canyon.  Right now, my obligations have morphed/transformed from that of a simple temple priest to a student soon to be a teacher.  I feel it is my obligation to my community to not only learn about my craft, but also to build the credentials that outsiders view as necessary to hold sway in a non-pagan but religious forum.  In other words, it allows me to become the local SME (Subject Matter Expert) on pagan religion and to allow critical questions to be answered. 

  I am in the military, and the majority of my fellow brothers and sisters in arms are not pagan.  This sometimes requires a SME to bring to light, the misconceptions about our religion and present them with the facts thus dispelling "Satanic blanket statement" that has been consistently cast over us.  So in essence my obligations to my local community will soon be threefold.  Learning, Teaching, and helping pagans serving in the military.  Oh, and being that we can be anywhere, we have learned that we must be able to adapt our religious practices to "anywhere at anytime", and I feel it is an obligation to help fellow military pagans to be able to learn this "trait".

Brightest Blessings,
Josh
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