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February 4th, 2011


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11:00 am - CTP Revisions, and New Allies
Most recently, I've been spending a lot of time on the revisions to the Clergy Training Program in ADF. This has been at times tedious, joyful, annoying, refreshing, and often all these things and more at once. It has practically consumed every waking moment of my life for the past three months, all told.

I'm at a point now where the preliminary courses and the First Circle courses are pretty much ready to go. The support material is much more in-depth, there's ritual work along with scholastic work (and not just in the type where you do a course and finish it: no, this ritual work is life-long work that the student commits to), and some minor formatting changes that I thought would be silly appear to make a huge difference in the program.

I'm particularly pleased that the program has "been around the block" more than previous ones: I've sought opinions from outside the ADF Council of Lore (the body that approves these things) and outside the Clergy Council. The result has been that I have received a number of excellent suggestions from unexpected places. . . and I hope that will continue as I complete the next two circles (slated for around Trillium, I suspect, though Circle 2 might be as soon as the end of this month).

A key part of the training revisions is this "Spiritual Discipline" component, where the student commits to a level of ritual work and then does it. This introduces the allies that are required for a student to do the Clergy Order Work that we embarked on a couple of years ago, and which led to the creation of the ADF Initiatory Current. As we grow and develop this practice beyond the First Circle, I am finding new potential allies among the Kindreds, and considering the effects that those allies will have on my life and my ritual work.

It has become hard for me not to be excited about these changes again; whereas just a few weeks ago, the weight of trying to create these changes nearly bowed me over. I am back at the point of believing that we have a very good, very whole program that will teach students a great deal, and which will lay a very strong foundation for our entire church going forward.

There is so much to do, and I look forward to embarking on the path that will see it done.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: "Havana Daydreamin'", -JB

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From:prophet_maid
Date:February 4th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
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And as one of the people who are doing the new program, I too am REALLY excited about it.

I'm pretty close to finishing the old CTP, less so the new one, but I've been working more on the "new" courses lately. I know that they make me far more prepared to be a priest than the old CTP, which is, I suppose, the whole point. And the new appendix stuff is pretty neat.

Yay exciting stuff of yay!
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From:athenamsb
Date:February 4th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
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*watching this with great interest, but first things first.*

Congrats, Michael, on yet another job well done. It sure is rewarding, isn't it?

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