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Religion, Ethics, Culture
I would really like to find a single word to express that topic, but so far,
no luck. The point is to teach a new mindset. Religion as a way of life, as
contrasted with the once a week participation that I experienced as a child.
Ethics as a serious and usual consideration, not as an abstract mostly unused
concept. Culture as conscious participation in a very large and extended family
that includes seeing non-sentient, and even non-alive things as ‘thou’.
The overall goal here is to learn what the Craft consists of; ritual,
techniques, tools, philosophy and more subtle aspects, oh, like ethics. What
deities and spirits do we
relate to and how do we relate to them? What responsibilities, both personal
and Craft, do we have? To who? Why? What are Ethics and what are they for? Not
to mention some practice in being conscious about them.
Shopping for a Better World a book that gives you the
information to look at the long term effects of some of your day to day purchase
Introducing Ethics by Garret and Robinson a cartoon style
book that raises some very serious questions. We'll go over this one in class.
The Pagan Ritual Scripts Students will receive copies of
the rituals that we do. After participating in a ritual, you will be in a position
to look at what it means to you, and why it means that.
Suggested Additional Reading
Or to put it another way, the stuff that isn't actually required, but may well
come up in discussions.
Living the Martial Way by Forrest E. Morgan A really good
look at what honor and internal ethics mean, and some very practical applications.
Considered realistically, this could be a very long list, but I'll start with
just a few things.
- Participation in ritual
- Take a turn leading a ritual
- Connect to the land
- Donate blood
- Go outside
- Howl with wolves (we have gone to the International Wolf Center in Ely twice)
- Visit the raptor center
- Join the Earth Day clean-up (Note: do wear gloves)