There's a story today in my old college's newspaper, the Parthenon. Here's a rundown of the situation:
The Marshall University Pagan Association has not met this year, and thus the group considers itself disbanded. It is quite true what the leader of this organization says: pagan groups, especially in small numbers, flow together and apart faster and with more fluidity than a stream of water running down your windshield. I had the....experience...of not only being a part of, but creating a pagan group in this area. For the first couple of years it was an amazing experience. I developed friendships from that circle of people that I'm quite positive will last for the rest of my life, despite distance or life changes. It was not a coven, and I don't know that I will ever go the route of a coven, however it was fine for what I needed. I was young, inexperienced, and very new to living as a member of the pagan community openly.
After a few years, I realized that there was only so much that the group could offer me. The leaders of the group were not interested in the kind of development that I was needing in my life. I was in a relationship looking at starting a family in the future, and the nature of the group was a bit more adult-themed than I wanted. I then started my own group, which took off and gained a lot of members, but, quickly, became a source of the same sort of drama that the first group entailed. I ended that one within months.
I have been pagan group free for over a year, now, and I have to say... I like it. However, after the move I hope to find a group more fitting of my life. Perhaps a college group or a local pagan shop that offers classes. Actually, that would be ideal. I really got into the group dynamic, because I wanted to learn from those more experienced than me. If I've learned anything, though, it's that the modern pagan movement is nomadic. People come and go, sometimes forming groups for short periods, but we must remember this religion is founded on solitary practice and path-working. On a solitary path it is the tendency of the pracitioner to want to remain...umm...solitary. It is difficult in a religion that values personal experience and belief above everything to conglomerate and form some sort of group for this reason.
Then there are those that grew up in a Christian community that want to feel like they're going to church. I fall into this category. I wish I could go to a place that has classes (kind of like sunday school), presentations on different areas (like sermons), and fellowship (like fellowship). I suppose the Lord and Lady will guide me when I get to where I'm going.
If you have any tips or know of any good group-finding resources, please leave a comment.
Love and Lyte,