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Q:  What is Reformed Druidism?

 

A:  Reformed Druidism is that feeling when you see a bird hatching from an egg in the spring or the wind blowing in the trees. It is a deep personal drive for religious truth, a drive so important that you will follow it no matter where it takes you. It is a journey, perhaps with occasional wayside rests, but still a journey whose only distant destination is truth.

 

 

Q:  Do Reformed Druids have scriptures?

 

A:  The closest thing to scripture is contained in A Reformed Druid Anthology, the updated and expanded edition of The Druid Chronicles (Evolved), available free. Also available at http://orgs.carleton.edu/Druids/ARDA/. Many Druids seek inspiration from various other philosophical and religious writings that they find attractive. 

 

Q:  What do Reformed Druids think about the Earth?

 

A:  Everyone today realizes that we have to be environmentally aware of the Earth’s cycle and the Druids often go a step further. While many of us find spiritual fulfillment in the lofty aeries of theoretical theology, we also realize that the material world can also teach us spiritual lessons. We can find truths in the eternal cycles of life and death and in the passing of the seasons. We recognize these lessons by marking the seasons with rituals to express these lessons.

 

Q:  Do I have to abandon my previous religion to become a Druid? Do I have to be Pagan?

 

A:  We welcome people of all religions and philosophies to the group, provided they can interact respectfully and maturely. Reformed Druidism does not require that you change religion. It only asks you to examine your beliefs and expand your understanding of alternate systems. It is far better to be able to expand the understanding of one’s own religion than to wander aimlessly, although for some members, such wandering may lead them to new religions or philosophies that they may find better suited to their life.

 

Q:  What kind of activities do Druids do?

 

A:  Reformed Druids do a number of other activities besides ritual: individual research and study, philosophical discussion, nature walks, field trips, gardening, and story telling.

 

Q:  Are you a cult? Do you do animal sacrifice or brainwashing?

 

A:  No, No, and No. We are a group of people looking for truths and who are willing to share their insights. We do offer up the occasional oak-branch or wild flower at our services. Any “sacrifice” is simply an offering, we don't like the idea of killing things.

 

Q:  How do I become a member?

 

A:  Read the Basic Tenets and see if you agree with them. Read over the Outline of the Foundation of the Fundamentals in Part One of A Reformed Druid Anthology (also available by mail). To become a full member of the Reformed Druids you must attend a service of a Grove during the summer half of the year, state that you want to join, state that you agree with the Basic Tenet “Nature is good” when you are asked this by the Arch Druid, and share with the Grove a sip of the Waters-of-Life. Or you may be accepted by a Solitary Third Order (clergy) Druid who performs the standard service and shares with you the Waters-of-Life.

 

If neither of these opportunities are available to you, you can become a Proto-grove member until you can meet an ordained Third Order Druid or attend an active Grove. Perform the Proto-grove service yourself. Tell Deity(s) that you agree with the basic tenets. Let us know and we will announce your new Proto-grove in the next Missal-Any. For a copy of the Proto-grove service and/or the Outline of the Foundation of the Fundamentals, send us two First Class Stamps and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Q:  What are the services about?

 

A:  Reform Druid services are scheduled to mesh with the movement of the Sun and the Stars. They must start on time, such as at solar noon when the Sun is highest in the sky, or at Sunset. If you are late, stand quietly outside the circle; please don’t interrupt. The service is not a party. While Reform Druidism is not grimly solemn, Druids are serious in their religious purpose. If you are not seriously interested in spiritual development or meditative skills, the Druidism is not for you.

 

Once the service begins, focus. Talking, joking, laughing, etc., are rude. They break from the concentration of others and prevent the Grove from achieving its goal. If you are drunk, stoned, or uncontrollably disruptive, you will be asked to leave. While everyone is not a scholar, you are expected to learn some historical background about the Ancient Druids. We are in no way connected with any other neo-pagan religion, Wiccan, Craft, or the secular, charitable organizational style Druids. In respect for Nature and the Earth Mother we leave no trace and clean up any trash we find once the services are over.

 

Q:  So what is the point?

 

A:  The Search is its own reward.

 

 

 

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With thanks to Isaac Bonewits, Mike Scharding, and Emmon Bodfish.