Archive for August, 2006

More clergy stuff

I’ve had a new devel­op­ment in my role as cler­gy for the grove. Two mem­ber of the grove (three if you count their young child) are mov­ing into a new home. They have asked me, as their Senior Druid, to do a bless­ing on the new home for them.

This is wonderful. I love this sort of thing!Â

Posted on August 27th 2006 by James

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15 August 2006

Late­ly, work has been…there’s no oth­er word for it…hellish. I am so close to burn­ing out that I’m sur­prised things I touch don’t burst into flame.

Posted on August 15th 2006 by James

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Quote of the Day

Pos­si­bly the best quote ever:

Reli­gion is like good underwear. It com­forts you, it sup­ports you, and it’s very rude to show it off in pub­lic.”

Anony­mous

Posted on August 4th 2006 by James

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People get to me sometimes!

I had an inter­est­ing lit­tle expe­ri­ence yes­ter­day that has made me think about some things.

My super­vi­sor is on vaca­tion this week, but yes­ter­day he sent the depart­ment an email telling us a cou­ple of things he need­ed us to know. Then, as a P.S. to his mes­sage, he added that his son had been bap­tized into their church on Sun­day. I wrote him an email con­grat­u­lat­ing him on that.

One of my cowork­ers saw the email I was send­ing and asked me “How can you con­grat­u­late him? You’re a Pagan, you don’t approve of that sort of thing!” I tried to explain that the con­grat­u­la­tions have noth­ing to do with my beliefs, but with those of the per­son I’m con­grat­u­lat­ing. He couldn’t under­stand it.

Sud­den­ly I’m inun­dat­ed by peo­ple in the depart­ment want­i­ng to know why I am doing some­thing that they see as demean­ing to Chris­tian­i­ty. (Yes, the one who saw the mes­sage decid­ed to talk to every­one about it.) I don’t under­stand the rea­son­ing, but sev­er­al peo­ple insist­ed that my “con­grat­u­la­tions” was noth­ing but sar­casm and I was intend­ing an insult to the prac­tice and the spe­cif­ic event by say­ing that.

No, I was intend­ing to con­grat­u­late my super­vi­sor and his fam­i­ly on the event. You see…I actu­al­ly like my super­vi­sor and I know some­thing like this means a lot to him and I was hap­py for him and his fam­i­ly that some­thing so impor­tant to them had hap­pened.

I may be the office Pagan – yes, I am now the only open Pagan in this entire com­pa­ny! – but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any respect for oth­er people’s reli­gion. In fact, see­ing how many peo­ple react to the beliefs of oth­ers, I think I prob­a­bly have more respect for the beliefs of oth­ers than pret­ty much any­one else in the place!

Posted on August 1st 2006 by James

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