A Spiritual Practice
On a more personal note. I’m currently undertaking the long slog of going back to school and starting over from scratch in hopes of eventually earning a Masters in Divinity. Right now I’m going part-time to a local community college to eat up some required courses and get some good scores for when I start full time at somewhere else.
Since it may be a long while till my course-work mirrors my interests I have decided to invest myself in regular religious practice. I have decided to start attending weekly services at the local UU church (the UUs being very Pagan-friendly and most likely my main choice at the moment for solid infrastructure to work in/with) and I will also be attending Catholic mass every week with my fiance’ (a heretical Catholic). This will be on top of my personal devotions as a modern Pagan. I’m hoping this will enrich me in my views on religion and how I view the divine.
I suppose one would wonder why I’m not attending some sort of Pagan function on a regular basis, and the answer would be that there aren’t any worth attending in my area. The reality of most modern Pagans is that our communities in many places are very small (even in a college town like mine) and our infrastructure almost non-existent. Our communities often gather around a metaphysical store or student group or planned social, and if none of those exist we are left to our own devices and the Internet. Even if you do find pockets of Pagans here and there, the chances that you will agree with them enough on spiritual matters that you want to form a almost-familial bond with them is rare.
The enviable thing about established faiths (of any variety) is that there is a place to go. In fact there are several places to go and usually you can find one that sits well with you with a congregation that (mostly) holds the same values you do. In our family of faiths it isn’t unusual for one antagonist to completely poison an entire faith community to the point that even years later it keeps locals from congregating for some sort of common worship.
I’m hoping that this can change, I’m hoping I can be a part of that change, I’m hoping that spending some time with and learning from older and larger faith traditions I can help my own community become one that survives the antagonists and the crazies and the selfish and the power-hungry. I’m hoping that I can make myself into a positive force for change not only within my faith but in the world.