Dear fellow Pagans, Witches, Fey, Polytheists, Reconstructionists, and others:

WorthyAdvisor has an excellent point. I’ve already given my further thoughts in comment over there, but I’ll cross-post them here:

Exactly!

One of the reasons I really enjoyed studying early Christianity along with all the polytheistic traditions I could get my hands on working on my RS degree is that the way religious groups and movements get going is relevant to our work. We’re still in those first couple hundred years, the pre-Nicean Creed time, so to speak. Of course, the process is accelerated in many ways because of modern communication technology.

People remember that Christianity schismed and reformed and divided into the many denominations it has now, but amazingly few people recognize how varied things were early on before there was a clear single authoritative Church, when people were still figuring out what to DO with this new movement, this new inspiration, how to be recognized in positive ways, how to differentiate themselves from what they weren’t, and the many different interpretations of what the source of their inspiration really signified.

Mind you, I’m hoping we don’t have our forceful unification battles trying to shove all our variations into a few specific boxes – we didn’t all come out of one box in the first place, so there’s no real chance of shoving us all into one box. But for each of our traditions, there’s a lot to be learned from how other traditions have grown and stabilized and stumbled and festered and split and grew apart and stabilized separately again.

–Ember–

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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