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September 2nd, 2009

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01:54 pm - Order of the Crane: first steps
Time to let the Crane out of the Crane-bag, since both Skip and seamus_mcnasty have already done so on various fora :)

I have been spending a lot of time recently working on this Order of the Crane, which is partially a way to extend what our Grove does to the rest of ADF, but mostly a way to get people dedicated to doing work within their daily spiritual lives.

The focus will be on the Crane as a symbol of transformation and service: we expect to cover, in particular, healing and rites of passage (birth, marrying and burying), but also have a commitment to service projects (because what good, really, are transformative rituals if you can't be out there doing transformative work for others?). There's devotional work required, as well, but to join and do the work, it's really just a simple process. . . and you don't need to be a member to do the work, either.

It's a full curriculum, really, with very simple rules and reliant on existing SP's for some of the advancement work. The structure is pretty darn simple, and I'm starting to think that the skeleton we have is actually pretty neat.

In the past week or so, Seamus and I have worked out most everything we need: bylaws, devotional rites, a method of joining, a prepared e-mail list (with public archives), and (as of early this morning) an initiation rite. There's even a place to submit healing requests. We're up to about a 50 page guide for the Order, as well, with rituals and requirements set out pretty clearly. I'm just waiting on a few final things from Seamus to put the lid on it and call it "finished" (for now).

I'm not opening the pages up to many people yet, but they're at least as complete as some Guild pages, even if they're just sitting on the 3CG pages so far. We'll probably wait until the book is finished before we open the Order to new members. . . and I cannot wait to do that!
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Guilds and Orders are inherently different. A guild is meant to provide training in a specific skill set. Whereas an Order is a ... well we haven't really figured that out yet but we think a system of spiritual practice connected to ADF but working within a specific focus.
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
My concern was that the Healers Guild just started doing a Healing circle with people making requests to be put on the list, and now the Order of the Crane looks to be doing a very similar thing.

That is a direct conflict/overlap/competition.
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Why should this be a problem, I wonder? (Assuming there is an overlap, that is.)
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Only that it draws attention away from what the Healers Guild is trying to get going and steals a bit of our thunder so to speak.
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think there needs to be any perception of competition when it comes to healing and service. Even if two groups were providing exactly the same service -- which is rarely the case -- folks often seek aid from both. I just don't see a conflict, particularly when it comes to service or creative endeavors.
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
*nods* The aim is never to conflict, only to supplement or provide something perhaps a bit different that has a central symbol and a uniform method of doin' stuff.
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, but my concern is the relatively newness of the Healers Guild efforts being overshadowed by something similar before it can get established
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
It seems like there's room for both to work together. When I was a priest it wasn't uncommon to share prayer request lists with other priests/parishes or groups.

It has been a long while since I've been a part of ADF, so perhaps I'm looking at this from the wrong perspective.
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
How about working together on the same list? Perhaps providing links from the respective guild/order pages to a single list? Or counting the healing work from the guild for the order's requirements...

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