I’ve had a new development in my role as clergy for the grove.Â Two member of the grove (three if you count their young child) are moving into a new home.Â They have asked me, as their Senior Druid, to do a blessing on the new home for them.
This is wonderful.Â I love this sort of thing!Â
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.
Possibly the best quote ever:
“Religion is like good underwear.Â It comforts you, it supports you, and it’s very rude to show it off in public.”
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? Youâre a Pagan, you donât 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 Iâm congratulating. He couldnât understand it.
Suddenly Iâm 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 donât 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 seeâ¦I actuallyÂ 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 â yes, I am now the only open Pagan in this entire company! â but that doesnât mean I donât have any respect for other peopleâs 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!