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January 2nd, 2013

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03:59 pm - Goodbye, friend Raven
Nearly eight years ago, I sat in romandruid's living room across from a guy who had done a silly thing: he'd read the ADF Preceptor's quarterly report and decided to volunteer for a job in ADF! I'll be honest, I thought that those reports that romandruid had been writing were going out into the ether and just being ignored by everyone. How fortunately wrong I was!

The man in across from me was Raven Mann, an affable guy I'd never met before but who clearly had a passion for mentorship and building bridges for others. It was Raven who first helped us put together a mentorship program for ADF Dedicants, and Raven who worked hard on the first edition of the DP Rubrics at a time when we were still trying to transition to the current edition of DP requirements. He also created the first draft of the DP Mentor Handbook that many of us have used over the years.

Just a year after that first meeting, I was working for Raven as his Deputy Preceptor. Now, he may never have bought me a silver star and a six-shooter, but it was good to work with him and for him during his term. He took over in a time many ADF members are not even aware existed: when we had no way to track students or completions electronically, meaning that he got a spreadsheet of completions and away he went!

He reviewed my first version of the Nine Virtues coursepack, and was encouraging about making more (though neither of us would get around to it, perhaps I will now). Shortly thereafter, he became the first person to review one of my clergy courses, and the first to return one of my courses for forgetting to cite my works. A few years later, he rejected a photo of all of the books I'd used on GSP 1 as a "Works Cited" page.

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My very first CTP "Works Cited"
Honestly, I'm glad he rejected it

I remember his first trip to the Mound during our clergy work, and his oath that he would complete the CTP 1 work that resulted. I remember his ordination (called a "consecration" back then) at Summerland, and feeling very pleased for him and for Carrion.

I wasn't able to stop by to see him in October after the clergy retreat, though I wish I had been.

So it is with heavy heart, but yet still with pleasure of such good conversations and times, that I remember my friend, Raven Mann, today, the day of his passing.

May the road be lit by the torches of your forebearers,
May the light reveal their loving faces,
May you be greeted by those who have gone before,
And may your allies guide you when the road is uncertain.

Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "Growing Older but Not Up", -JB

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Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
The post, quite honestly, wrote itself.
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for the loss of your friend. He's in good hands, certainly. Every time someone I'd read material from (because sadly, that appears to be the breadth of my involvement with ADF folks that are further away than I can afford to travel)passes away, I am also struck with a sadness. In this case, I feel as though I missed out on meeting another kindred spirit. The folks who inspire others and encourage them to do their best appear to have attained an immortality; they continue to inspire others to help others...who then pass it on and pay it forward and the cycle continues. I think further work in his memory is definitely a great idea.
Don't know if you know, but the mentor program I worked out for CLG members is heavily based around the nine virtues, too. :)
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
It is sad, but I remember the good things, not the pain of missing someone. You're right: immortality can be found in the work we do, when it helps others.
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. I never met him, but that's a name I've seen so often over the years in ADF.
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
May the name never be forgotten :)
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
Well said, Michael. I will miss him very much... but then I've been missing him for a few years already since I hardly ever see the WLG folks anymore. I do appreciate the selfless dedication he brought to the position of Preceptor. I also remember -- partially fondly -- standing in the pouring rain at Wellspring (was it 2006) with Kirk as we bore witness to Raven, Carrion, and Robb's oaths to complete their CTP work by the next Samhain.
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
I am sad that I didn't know him very well, but I am grateful for the time that I spent with him this past Wellspring, brief as it was, talking in the tent with him, Missy, and several others.

He will be missed.
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd known him better. He always seemed like such a gentle soul to me.
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Date:January 3rd, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
I am saddened greatly by his passing. He was a good man and I will miss working with him on the Order for Odin and Freya. Raven was really excited about that.

In a lot of ways he reminded me of my father.

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