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Gaianist Free Church
Age Range/Type: Family
Located in: Live Oak, Florida
Key Contact: Rev. Joshua
Spiritual Path: All Paths are welcome.
Status: Group Forming
Community Support: Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: About our Church
The Gaianist Free Church provides an earth-based approach to Interfaith networking. It is our view that by portraying ourselves in an open light and demonstrating understanding and acceptance of all cultures and beliefs, we are better prepared to both teach and learn.
We do not limit ourselves to a singular thought or direction, but rather choose to include all in our passion for increased spirituality. Our Church makes a conscious decision to look beyond the barriers created by the mainstream society and open our hearts and minds to the individual, eliminating the stigmas associated with belief, race, social status, sexual orientation or fiscal position.
Our dedication to the Earth Mother Gaia also encourages us to be particularly aware of our responsibility to the stewardship of our planet and the restoration of the many things that have been damaged by the disregard of mankind as a whole.
We provide a number of services based on the needs of both the Earth and the people we serve. As a Church, we strive to provide excellence in spiritual education, we also will offer services such as; Handfastings, Weddings, Wiccanings, Naming Ceremonies, House Blessings, Life Passages/Funerals, among many other belief based services. As an Earth-Based Tradition, we will provide environmental service in areas as small as “trash walks” to volunteering our services in habitat restoration projects.
In providing these things, we will bring to light the spiritual and service nature of our belief which in turn will help to open doors to the mainstream community at large.
Gaianist Free Church
Principles and Philosophies
The Gaianist Free Church, an Earth-Based, Spiritual Tradition, subscribes to the belief that mankind was placed on this planet, not to hold dominion over all other livings things, but as a steward; responsible for nurturing, maintaining and restoring those gifts made available to us by the Divine.
Our beliefs require us to work towards communication, cooperation and understanding between the many beliefs found in our world. We realize that no single belief can prove that they are the "One true religion" and as such, strive to be accepting of all faiths. Because of this, any attempt, by our followers, to convert or sway the belief of another is an act of ill will and is considered unacceptable in the eyes of Deity. Our followers can, at their choosing, discuss our beliefs and philosophies with anyone who approaches them and asks for information.
We follow the "Harm None" philosophy and work diligently in our daily lives to consider our actions. Our goal is to do no harm physically or emotionally to any other person. This philosophy extends to doing no harm to yourself as well. The singular exception to this philosophy is when in defense of ourselves or others. It is not considered a breach of our tenets to utilize the minimum means necessary to solve an issue of this nature.
As a Tradition, we hold all life to be sacred. We also understand mankind is of a somewhat predatory nature and accept the taking of livestock and wildlife as a source of sustenance. We however do not accept the taking of any animal as a "Trophy" or the waste of any animal's life.
While not a belief system steeped in Ritual, the Gaianist Tradition does incorporate Ritual in celebrations of our Holy Days. Rituals of a public nature are always presided over by a fully ordained member of the Clergy. At no time is blood sacrifice practiced as this is considered a violation of the "Harm None" philosophy maintained by our members.
Magick is used within the Tradition, but is often misunderstood. Our view of Magick is the gathering of the energies found around us at all times, coupling those with the basic energies found within each of us and focusing those energies for a specific, positive intent or purpose. This is similar to the term prayer in many other beliefs. Our followers do not "sell" magic potions or spells. This would be considered a corruption of our philosophy. The use of energies is only used in a positive manner and is given freely.
Our Tradition follows the old belief in the Wheel of the Year for our religious endeavors. This is in conjunction with many of the Pagan belief systems around the world. All Celebrations and Holy Days coincide with the Wheel. We only acknowledge the Gregorian calendar in the "Mainstream" aspect of our lives. There are four quarters and four cross-quarters contained within the Wheel; each is representative of a specific Holy Day. Many of these days are also found to one extent or another in many other belief systems.
Gaianist understanding of Deity and the creation of mankind
There are many stories depicting the creation of mankind and the involvement of Deity in this. We do not subscribe to any specific story in regard to this subject as we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt which, if any, is the accurate tale. We encourage each of our members to choose, through faith, which is most appropriate in their personal relationship with the Divine. We remind our members that each person is ultimately responsible for their own path and it is unacceptable to judge any other person.
The Gaianist Tradition does teach that the Divine plays a significant role in our day to day lives, allowing us the opportunity of free will to make the correct decisions and choices in our walk on this plane.
We view Deity in Two categories, the Universal and the Personal. The Universal aspect of Deity is that which no one can place a face or name to. This aspect encompasses all things physical and meta-physical. The Personal aspect is that which the individual can create and maintain an intimate relationship with. This aspect is often given a name by the practitioner and it is a name usually associated with any one of the Gods and Goddesses found in the great Pantheon.
Our view of Godhead is further explained in the feminine and masculine aspects. In the feminine, we see the Goddess in three forms, the Maiden (the eager student learning and growing) , the Mother (the nurturing and compassionate familial protector) and the Crone (the wise teacher and healer) . The masculine aspect is seen as the Father God, guardian and protector. These aspects are not separate, but four views of the same entity.
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