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Fellowship of Druidism for the Latter Age
Age Range/Type: Family
Located in: New York, New York
Key Contact: Rev. Michael McGuinn
Spiritual Path: Neo-Druidism
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: FoDLA is a fellowship of American polytheistic Pagans following the path of Draíocht Nua or Neo-Druidism.
The fellowship is organized as a church, after the Internal Revenue Code's use of the word, and is not dogmatic, but limits its membership to American polytheist Neopagans who seek to follow the central spiritual values of traditional pre-Christian Celtic societies, best exemplified by the figure of the ancient Druid. These include, most particularly:
A commitment to study: To honor the past and the path that has shaped us.
A commitment to piety: To honor the gods and spirits that guide us.
A commitment to hospitality: To honor the community and the Land it shares.
Within this simple framework of shared values, FoDLA does not engage in passing judgment on matters of metaphysics. How each member of the fellowship conceives of the deities, the Otherworlds, and indeed the ultimate nature of the Cosmos, is a matter for the individual alone--guided by the commitment to study--and FoDLA advocates for tolerance of diverse beliefs within a bond of shared values and a set of basic worship practices.
The Fellowship recognizes three central mysteries:
The mystery of the hearth fire, wherein the fire is a living presence and is to be present in all acts of worship;
The mystery of the otherworldly feast, wherein the making of offering is seen as a gesture of respect and hospitality and is to be part of all acts of group worship; and
The mystery of the union with the Land, wherein an offering to the Land by a fit representative is seen as a way of promoting unity and prosperity and is to be part of all acts of public community worship.
The Fellowship recognizes nine yearly festivals:
The four Celtic fire festivals, known as Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine, and Lughnasadh (and by other spellings as well) ;
The solstices and equinoxes, in common with the Neopagan community of which we are a part; and
The Conclave of the Druids, the annual gathering of the Druids of the Fellowship and a time for rituals expressing unity among the hearths of the membership.
The Fellowship is committed to promoting and preserving a safe and non-abusive environment for worship.
Telephone: (917) 734-2956
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