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Acceptance In Our Community

Author: Leona Underwood
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Many people have said their peace about the different paths. You can be a Heathen, a Wiccan, a Pagan, anything. We are all here for the same reason though, to be connected. For a long time we have been prosecuted by others. We could not be open about our religion with our neighbors and friends. Some of us have problems with our families because of our choice, or we have not told them at all. However, through all the different sources and types of passages in Wiccan faith it says that we should accept and respect other traditions as equals. We should not be fighting amongst ourselves, right?

My great aunt for example was a Christo-Pagan, as you would call it. Though she died when I was young. Through my family, we have had all sorts of Pagans and Druids, Heathens, Witches, Spiritualist, and me as a Wiccan. However, the other side of my family is all Catholics and Christians. Nevertheless, I found this path on my own. I had no pushing from either side and I was guided this way.

As I read more about all the different aspects and sides of this religion, I saw the same thing. Every one of these is ways to honor nature and the Lady and Lord. So why are we judging and fighting amongst our own people?

The common bond we seek is rejoiced through the deities. Isn’t all of this about being open and true? Instead of fracturing our community and ourselves, we should all be joining. There is too much friction and controversy between us. We are all brothers and sisters no matter how we practice. We are all on the same path and if it appeases the Lady and Lord then what is the problem? There is no wrong or right way for we have no church. Moreover, there are so many different ways to express ourselves that no two people can be unison.

So we should not judge what our neighbor does and instead take their hand and join them in mutual celebration of the same purpose. For a Wiccan, a Druid, and a Christo-Pagan can all find something similar and through that, they have deity. Their hearts are open to nature and though each says their own prayer and dances to their own chant, each has truth in them.

Each is true to the Rede and true to deity and nature, true to themselves. That is what is most important. If we choose to stop trying to make one-way better than another is and just except each other’s own way them we will have a peaceful community. Pagans have had it hard enough and we should have learned this lesson long ago.

Acceptance is the key for all of the ways of our religions and for any other religion in the world... no hate or judgment towards each other or anyone. Solitary of coven, initiated of not, simply say I accept you for how you are and what you believe; this is who we are.

I believe this is how we will be respected and accepted by others too. That, one-day kids will not have such a hard time and we can be much more open about who we are and how we practice without problems. We will not have mixed feelings or have problems with each other anymore and we will all enjoy the kind of life we want.

But in order for this to happen, we have to be accepting in our own community and with each other and all religions. To accept is to be open with yourself and others; to accept is to give without understanding or agreeing. I don’t have to agree with a Christian to accept them and they don’t have to agree with me.

I have seen the different kinds of ways to celebrate deity and nature and each one I have enjoyed. I have also seen in the last few years some of this holier that thou attitudes. So like, I have said this is not the kind of attitude we need between each other. This "Purist" behavior is not really helping to unite us and connect our community. So what good is it if our goals are to celebrate nature and be more open to the world and each other? If you choose to be a Druid or a Celtic then that is your choice. Like wise if you choose to be a Christo-Pagan of a Neo-Pagan, It is your choice. Scott Cunningham said in Living Wicca:

“It is for those who have become enchanted by the moon shining through the trees; who have begun to investigate the sublime world that lies out beyond the fabric of daily life, and who stand in the smoke-shrouded circles, raising aloft their hands to greet he Goddess and God as the candles flicker on the altar . . . for those who, through choice or circumstance, meet with the Silver Lady and the horned God alone”

Could much more be said than that? In some way, don’t we all do this? Does it matter so much how we do it as long as we practice with the best of intentions? These are all questions that you should answer to yourselves. For each one is a personal question. This essay is not meant to preach but to enlighten.

When it comes to beliefs there are many different things each one of us could say. Each would have a tale to tell. Each person would have an opinion to express. Some would say that this essay is useless, while another might think it has some truth. I cannot tell what you will think all I can say is how I feel and what I see going on before me.

Scott Cunningham's quote from Living Wicca


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