The Ten Noble Values of Deeply Rooted Clergy – Draft (Not voted upon)
Our Lay Clergy training program is designed to have the individual confront the self and find out the abilities one has collected over a lifetime. During this process, it can be confusing to understand our expectations of you. We encourage growth beyond just the idea and title of what Clergy should be and value the input input of our community. Please read the following carefully, for it is the morals and ethics that make up Deeply Rooted’s culture. These are the values embraced by Deeply Rooted’s Clergy and is expected to be followed by all members of the Clergy council. If you need any information on what’s written here, don’t hesitate to contact an ordained member of Clergy for further clarification of these concepts.
We expect courage from our trainees and our Clergy. There will come times that members will fight among themselves or we may have a personal disagreement with one of our peers. This is to be expected and will continue to happen as long as continue to interact. It is our expectation that all miscommunications be handled in a professional manner. You are expected to handle your conflicts quickly and directly. If you need assistance, ordained Clergy can provide that for you.
We expect individuals to be true to themselves as well as truthful with their Mentors. This does not mean that individuals are encouraged to push agendas or lifestyles that may not be suitable for the community at large. Be truthful with your intentions when performing rituals, leading discussions, or engaging with our community. Know your own reasons for your actions and be ready to answer questions with patience when they arise.
Your word is your bond. Without honor, we are nothing. If you are asked to complete an objective by a Mentor, you are expected to complete that objective without excuse if you agree to that assignment. We expect you to complete assignments within a reasonable amount of time (1 Month from the event) so that we have a chance to review and evaluate your progress in our training program. If you chose to participate in a ritual or lead an event and you are absent from that event, you are expected to find a replacement member to cover the celebration. We understand that life happens and there are events beyond our control, yet please don’t leave the responsibility in some one’s lap without consulting some one first.
Being Clergy at Deeply Rooted is much like a marriage. Everything you do, including your public interactions, decides the course of how that relationship will evolve. You are committing yourself to Deeply Rooted and you very much are an example of our culture to the outside world. If you’re rude or unpleasant in public while wearing something that reflects the community (pentacle, Deeply Rooted t-shirts, etc) you are now representing not only Deeply Rooted; also the larger picture of Paganism. While you are encouraged to assist as many Pagan communities that exist, you are also expected to be only Deeply Rooted’s Clergy. Your word and bond are as good as the land we stand upon. Live up to that standard.
This is also true of your interpersonal relationships throughout the community. If you engage in behavior with our congregation for the sake of ego or selfish pursuits it will have a negative impact on your work. Please consider your relationships carefully, whether they be romantic, sexual, or otherwise. They have a dramatic effect on your future. If you have any questions before engaging with others in relationships, please consult the members of Clergy.
There will be times that you will find yourself tempted to take advantage of situations. Having the ability to emotionally disconnect from tense situations is an asset that should be in practice in everyday life. This ensures impartial decisions are made that benefit not only the individual but support the entire well-being of the community. Having the self-discipline to separate your inter-personal issues from your professional issues is also a trait we look for in our trainees. There will be times in the future you will need to stand between two good friends and give them the best possible advice you can find. It is not built on a foundation of feelings, it’s built on a foundation of facts and observations that is the regular practice of all members of Clergy.
Clergy does not exist to be served, we exist to serve. It is our honor and privilege to conduct rituals, assist in Rites of Passage and collaborate with others to make the kind of future Paganism is worthy of having. There are no ‘atta-boys’ or ‘atta-girls’ that will cover the sheer exhilaration of assisting your community. If you’re looking to rest on your laurels after completing a project, you’ll be sorely disappointed. There is always work to be done and always the reward of more hard work expected from you.
Clergy and Lay Clergy are expected to make the members of the community, its Caretakers, and visiting members from other communities feel like guests of honor. We provide whatever we are capable of giving to furnish the needs of a diverse spiritual path. This includes companionship, intellectual discussion, meals or whatever form of nourishment that is required for an individual to grow along their path.
No one likes monotony. While consistency is a good thing, we expect our Clergy and trainees to frequently step outside their comfort zone and learn new things. This includes attending as many different types of ritual as possible, studying different pantheons outside of one owns chosen path, and also taking the advice from different stages of personal development. We also expect our Clergy to add their own unique flare and creativity to all that they do. The uniqueness of the individual only shines when in the spotlight.
While many of us are familiar with the ill-effects of slothfulness the other side of the spectrum can be too much enthusiasm. It’s important to not go beyond your means to meet the demands of Clergy. This includes health concerns, family obligations, and financial matters outside of the community. We want this experience to be healthy and effective for you in your journey. This means that spending a lot of money on a ritual or event and going beyond what you are able to contribute for the sake of ego or the sake of martyrdom is damaging to the process. If you plan on spending more than you can afford on something, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. The Clergy of Deeply Rooted appreciate your conviction to providing an immersive experience to our congregation yet we do not expect you to go without the things in your life that are important for you to survive.
Part of the process of transformation from Lay Clergy to ordained Clergy is backsliding. There will be times in your growth that it may feel like you are losing your mind. You are changing who you are on the inside to match a picture of what is expected on the outside. This is a arduous task and it can seem overwhelming. What we ask of you is honest communication as to where you are in your progress. We do not expect you to ‘fake it until you make it’ and we would rather have small changes that can be sustained than large changes that can be damaging in the long run. Everyone makes mistakes, and as long as you are honest and own those mistakes we will be here for you.
You aren’t expected to face these challenges alone. You are encouraged to seek out support from teachers, counselors, doctors or whoever else can help you. Deeply Rooted is built upon and subscribes to a tribal structure and seeking the support of friends and family alongside those members in your Tribe will only add to your experience in this training program.
This training program is 100% what you put into it and Deeply Rooted Church. You get what you give and reap what you sew. Karma is very much a part of everything that we do. When one individual fails, it sends ripples throughout the community that can trigger larger effects. Be mindful of what you involve yourself in, what your intentions are, and what message you are really sending. If you complete your assignments as required, you’ll have more tools to help you in this process.