Deeply Rooted Clergy Training Manual Draft #1

This is my contribution to the Clergy training program that is in place at Deeply Rooted Church in Athens, WI. This is only a draft and all contents of this document will be agreed and voted upon by the members of Deeply Rooted Church. It is my wish that everyone has a chance to contribute towards it and that this copy is meant to be a template. Right now, the document is 8 pages. I would love for each and every member to add their needs, dreams, and wishes for Deeply Rooted’s Clergy into this manual.

Please excuse the grammar and language in this document, as I said, it’s only a draft. The entire contents of this manual belong to Deeply Rooted Church and may not be replicated anywhere without express written permission by the organization.

 

Deeply Rooted

Clergy Training Manual

Draft #1

Clergy Council Mission Statement

The goal of this training manual is educate and guide prospective members of Clergy towards active service to Deeply Rooted Church and ordination. It provides a path filled with diversity, ethical standards and personal growth that is reflected in the applicant’s personal “Book of Roots” and is reviewed and evaluated by a team of dedicated individuals with a passion for spiritual leadership. Grooming individuals for such leadership extends beyond our community and has a very direct impact on the larger Pagan society. If Paganism wants to advance, then we must have very dedicated Clergy in place ready to build connections to our land and assist us to restore our connection to the Gods, magick & positive values of our ancestors.

The demand to have individuals who are well-versed in social skills, anthropological and historical knowledge and counseling remains very high as we enter into the dawn of Paganism. Applicants will be immersed and challenged in all areas of Deeply Rooted’s existing culture, philosophy, traditions, rituals as well as an education on the basics and more advanced work in the field of magick. Deeply Rooted is a varied community of folks from many spiritual paths that make up the modern face of Paganism today, it is our wish to have leaders that inspire, teach, and mold the future of our still-developing traditions. This training manual was written to provide a very specific method of teaching such traditions so that the applicant will be as completely prepared as possible to serve our Tribe and also the Pagans that exist outside of Deeply Rooted’s sacred land.


Preparation

  • Application

    • This application will be submitted to the Clergy Council & the Board of Directors for review and approval. It will also be posted to our membership on the Face Book group. Members of our community can always their concerns about applicants to the attention of the Board of Directors or to ordained members of the Clergy Council.

    • The application will consist of questions relating to legal information, experience, prior background in Paganism and other questions relating to the applicant’s pastoral goals.

    • Applicant will review and sign the “Clergy Code of Conduct sheet and submit it to the Clergy Committee along with their application for acceptance.

    • Applicant will be a paid member of good standing for at least one year prior to applying for Lay Clergy.

    • Applicant is expected to uphold the “Clergy Code of Conduct” during the entire duration of their training and also after their acceptance into Clergy via ordination. This will include a social media policy on a separate document. If an applicant fails to uphold the Clergy Council’s Code of Conduct, they will be warned three times by an ordained member of Clergy before removal from the training program.

      The applicant will be allowed to resubmit an application after a period of six months however they will have to provide additional support in the form of service to the land and the community in order to be considered for re-acceptance into the Clergy training program. If any disciplinary actions have resulted from their deeds as deemed by the Deeply Rooted Board of Directors and the Clergy Council, re-admittance into the program can be denied without further discussions.

  • Pre-Course Assignments

    • What is your definition of Pagan Clergy?

    • Why do you want to become Clergy and what would you like to improve upon in the community? What are your goals?

    • What is your definition of service and how can you best serve Deeply Rooted?

    • What is your spiritual path and what pantheon, if any, do you serve?

    • Self-Evaluation of experiences, strengths, and opportunities for growth.

  • Expectations of Lay Clergy

    • Meeting with ordained Clergy on expectations.

      • Lay Clergy will be expected to complete all assignments for the year in a timely manner.

      • Lay Clergy will be expected to regularly attend major sabbats and the equinoxes (may miss up to 2 without excuse, more absences will require a reevaluation of progress by sponsor.)

      • Lay Clergy will be expected to attend and work (2) work weekends for the year on the grounds of Deeply Rooted or another approved sister community. If there is a reason that this can not be completed, it can be discussed with the teacher of the student beforehand to ensure that that accommodations are met to to the standard of the community.

      • Lay Clergy must remain a member in good standing as it is defined by the by-laws during the entire course of the training program. If there has been any sort of grievance filed, it is at the discretion of the Clergy Committee and the Board of Directors to remove the student from the training program with or without explanation.

      • Applicants with current disciplinary actions against them in progress at the time of submission of their Clergy application may be denied acceptance into the training program. The Clergy Council and the Board of Directors shall meet either in person, over the phone, or over video chat to discuss entrance into the program and any challenges that might arise from acceptance.

      • Ordained Clergy will also go over points such as confidentiality, pastoral counseling, and other matters that may come up during the course of the training program.

      • Lay Clergy will be expected to work as harmoniously as possible with previously ordained Clergy, other applicants to the Clergy training program, and all other members within Deeply Rooted. If there is a conflict that arises, the individual in training will be expected to bring up their concerns through the appropriate channels. Lay Clergy represents Deeply Rooted and Paganism in every action and that includes dealing with social challenges as maturely as possible.

      • Lay Clergy is expected to act appropriately on and off the premises of Deeply Rooted at all times. Lay Clergy represent the community and are expected to act accordingly on-line, at non-Deeply Rooted events or any other forum where Deeply Rooted is representing the larger Pagan community.

      • Lay Clergy applicants are expected to be “self-starters” and it’s encouraged for them to do extra curricular work to express their dedication to the progress of serving both Land and Tribe.

      • Lay Clergy are expected to assist with, write, or conduct at least 9 rituals in a three year time period. This could be solely performing the ritual, helping out existing Clergy with their rituals or writing rituals to be performed by other applicants or folks interested in rituals. The amount of rituals performed by the applicant can exceed 9, yet this is a minimum amount. It could be broken up into 3 rituals per year or all at once. This ensures the applicant is familiar and comfortable with performing public rituals for the community.

      • Lay Clergy will be expected to perform “field work” outside of the premises of Deeply Rooted. This includes attending non-Deeply Rooted events, visiting members from within our Tribe, or attending workshops held at other communities. If an event costs more money than the applicant can furnish, Deeply Rooted may provide a scholarship for that event or workshop depending upon the cost and transportation involved. The scholarship may cover all or part of the sum needed and will be awarded through hard work done for the community.

      • Periodic sabbaticals will be required from time-to-time to allow students a break from coursework and the ability to study or reevaluate themselves. This is not disciplinary or “personal” to anyone and remains at the discretion of both ordained Clergy or the Board of Directors based upon the situation. This also ensures that students are not burned out from the work that has been placed upon them.

      • Upon ordination, Clergy will only be recognized as ordained Clergy for Deeply Rooted unless it has been discussed as otherwise.

      • Acceptance into the training program and completion of the assigned materials does not guarantee ordination. This will be determined by the Board of Directors and the Clergy Council.

    • Review of previous assignments and application.

    • Selection of Sponsor / Teacher.

  • Sponsorship

    • Selection of a teacher / sponsor will be approved by Clergy committee.

      • Sponsor / Teacher must either be ordained Clergy or another clergy committee approved individual with at least 2 years of regular membership at Deeply Rooted.

      • Sponsor / Teacher will be in charge assignments, communication with their student and overall direction. They will also be instrumental in the evaluation process needed to determine the readiness or eligibility of the student.

      • Sponsor / Teacher will follow conflict of interest rules when chosen for a student. Teachers can not be romantically or otherwise involved with their students. If a relationship or something else develops, another teacher / sponsor can be found to eliminate a conflict of interest.

      • Sponsor / Teacher will also be assigning some work for their students that is relevant towards that student’s particular spiritual path. For example, a student who is passionate about the Kemetic path may be asked to write and perform a 2.0 Ritual after the major sabbat ritual has been performed. This ensures that our students will be challenged from time to time and be keeping a focus on their chosen pantheon. It also provides the community with a diversity in rituals.

  • Clergy Council & Board of Directors Approval

    • Meeting with the Clergy Council, consisting of the ordained Clergy, lay Clergy and Clergy Committee members as well as a meeting with the Deeply Rooted Board of Directors for final approval for training.

    • This provides the community with a “checks & balance” system for the Clergy Training Program.

  • Oath to serve Land & Tribe

    • Swear an oath to serve both the Land of Deeply Rooted and also the Tribe. The Tribe may bringing up expectations of their own during this time as well as well wishes or other challenges. This experience should give the student an idea of what will be required of them in the future.

    • Begin “Book of Roots” to store assignments, evaluations and other relevant coursework. This will be a wonderful way for both student and teacher to review the progress a student has made over the course of their three year training.

    • Lay Clergy applicants will be expected to chose a shrine or circle to manage and maintain. During the course of their training, they will be expected to provide upkeep for this area such as mowing the lawn, cleaning, or upgrades. This ensures that each of our shrines has some one to take care of them and also helps the applicant develop a relationship with the land.

Year 1


Theme “The Basics”, Public Ritual Work & Connection with the Land

Required Reading List (Teachers may assign additional)

1. True Magick by Amber K

2. Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland

3. To Light a Sacred Flame by Silver RavenWolf

4. Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham

5. Sabbats by Edain McCoy


Field Work

1. Managing and maintaining a shrine on the grounds of Deeply Rooted. Student will be expected to help with mowing, gardening or any other physical help needed to maintain the circle or shrine of their choosing. They are also encouraged to upgrade the existing shrine as long as any changes to the shrine are approved by the head of the Buildings and Grounds committee. They will also be encouraged to write and perform a ritual at that shrine as either a main celebration ritual or additional side ritual.


Assignments (One for Each Sabbat / Esbat)

1. What is Paganism? When did you decide to become a Pagan?

2. How do you define and view mental illness in the Pagan community?

3. What are the responsibilities of Pagan Clergy?

4. Who is the most influential Pagan in the course of our history?

5. Why is it important to build a connection with the land?

6. How are rituals important for the development of Pagan communities?

7. How is Paganism represented in Pop Culture? Is that view of our spiritual path accurate or skewed by fantasy?

8. Where and how do you see yourself in the future of Paganism?


Extra Credit

1. Read Coven Craft by Amber K

2. Write or perform a public ritual at their chosen shrine.

3. Read Taking Sacred Back: The Complete Guide to Designing and Sharing Group Ritual by Nels Linde, Judith E Olson-Linde

Evaluation takes at Yule and will determine progression to next level.

Year 2

Theme Diversity, Ethics & Service to the Community

Required Reading List (Teachers may assign additional materials)

1. Legitimating New Religions by James R. Lewis

2. The Truth about Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham

3. Hereditary Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi

4. Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals by Luisah Teish

5. The Secrets of High Magick by Francis Melville

Field Work

1. Visit a non-Deeply Rooted Pagan event and write a report about your experience to share on the Deeply Rooted website.

2. Attend 3 different Christian denomination Sunday services. Write a report about the differences and similarities between these denominations.
Assignments
(One for Each Sabbat / Esbat)

Assignments (One for Each Sabbat / Esbat)

1. What are the responsibilities of a Magickal Practitioner?

2. Pick a Path that you have never researched and answer the following question. What are the principles of that particular spiritual path that make it unique?

3. Write a ritual for cultural pantheon assigned to you by your teacher.

4. What is the view of Christianity as defined by a Pagan?

5. What is Christianity’s view of Paganism? Does Christianity feel that there is competition or any real spiritual threat?

6. Who was the most influential ancient Pagan society and what was their impact on our present?

7. Why is it important to practice Magick ethically?

8. Do you interact with Deities? If so, how do you view your chosen Deity?

Extra Credit

1. Read Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism by Crystal Blanton

2. Perform a 2.0 ritual from assigned to you by your teacher.

3. Help with hosting a Paganicon suite.

4. Run an event weekend by yourself, such as Women’s Weekend or Games, Crafts and Curry.

Evaluation takes at Yule and will determine progression to next level.

Year 3

Theme Pastoral Counseling, Death & Dying, Rites of Passage & the Future

Required Reading List (Teachers may assign additional materials)

1. On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

2. Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk & Diane Baker

3. Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner

4. Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca And Paganism in America by Chas. S. Clifton

5. Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle

Field Work

1. Visit or volunteer at a hospice or attend a workshop on death and dying.

2. Sit in on pastoral counseling as along as there is consent from all parties. All confidentiality rules must be followed. If no real counseling is available, folks from Clergy can role play a scenario with help from members for the sake of the lesson.

3. Lay Clergy must perform or assist in 1 Rite of Passage ceremony for at least 2 members that year which could be anything including Wiccanings, funerals, handfastings, etc.


Assignments (One for Each Sabbat / Esbat)

1. What is American society’s view on death and what are the challenges Pagans face in preserving our beliefs?

2. How does Paganism view death and the dying process?

3. Why is confidentiality important when dealing in pastoral counseling?

4. Rites of Passage: Why are they important to the longevity of a culture?

5. Why is is important to preserve ideas from our past? What lessons have you learned from ancient human history that apply in your own life?

6. Where do you see yourself as leadership in the future of Paganism? In what direction would you go if you were ordained tomorrow?

7. What do you think is the most valuable asset in the development of modern Paganism?

8. Why is it important to support other spiritual communities? What impact does the longevity of other communities have on Deeply Rooted and Modern Paganism?

Extra Credit

1. Visit or volunteer at a NiCU

2. Invent your own modern Pagan Rite of Passage and perform that ritual publicly.

Evaluation for Ordination

  • Evaluation for ordination occurs when the third year of the training program finishes and all assignments have been reviewed. A meeting with the Clergy Committee will take place to put forth a final vote. After that process, the applicant will be put before the Community. All paid members of Deeply Rooted will have a chance to voice their concerns or approval of the applicant. The applicant serves the Deeply Rooted community, so their approval is paramount and completely necessary to proceed to the next step. If no one from the membership voices any concerns, then the applicant may choose a sabbat that they feel connected with to become ordained.

  • The applicant will be assigned a 2.0 ritual to conduct after their ordination performed on the Sabbat of their choosing.

Ordination

As stated previously, the mission of Deeply Rooted’s Clergy Training Program is to provide the future of Paganism with honest, ethical, knowledgeable and compassionate leadership. The most important principles from this entire course are as follows.

  • The applicant involved in this course has seen it through from beginning to end and has put forth their best effort possible.

  • The applicant has demonstrated a knowledge of basic, intermediary, and advanced knowledge of a wide variety of different cultural beliefs and magick.

  • The applicant is a motivated self-starter who can take an assignment to the next level.

  • The applicant is a good representation of what Paganism is at Deeply Rooted. They are familiar with the culture, philosophies, traditions and values of the entire Tribe. They have grown as a person through their various interpersonal interactions and research.

  • The applicant realizes their potentials, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. They understand the need to take sabbaticals and have realistic expectations of themselves.

  • The applicant has demonstrated the compassion and objectivity to effectively resolve interpersonal issues within the Tribe.

  • The applicant has grown as a person. In doing so, they have effectively changed who they are and the course of their destinies. They are now Deeply Rooted Clergy.

Continued Education

The Deeply Rooted Clergy Training manual and program is only the first step. Even Ordained Clergy realize that they can not possibly know everything. They understand the need to stay relevant in order to effectively communicate to their community. Deeply Rooted Clergy makes every effort to attend whatever workshops are offered, read whatever books may be relevant to issues ongoing throughout the community and stay open-minded to the many teachers that life presents. Experience is the teacher that the lesson of life affords us. Mistakes captured by wisdom are seldom repeated.

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