We had a recent discussion in the clergy group about our upcoming ordination. Planning this is getting quite exciting. I am still a bit anxious but less so as we focus on how that will take place in ritual. Even more exciting as we plan our special guest list (many of which are not Goddess worshipers!). The date is set for Aug 17th in the evening. It’s so close and yet so far away too LOL.
We also talked about where we saw ourselves. What is our ministry individually? I panicked as I always do initially because I wasn’t sure how to answer the question. And as each of us took a turn, I realized I had panicked because I wanted to be a good Priestess and do it all. But the reality is, I can’t. There are 4 of us to take on the work that must be done and we can share those responsibilities and support each other. No one has to do it all on their own. And as the discussion took place I saw how each one of us had different ministries and really complimented areas of need.
So what is my ministry? I am taking on the role of Advocate and Interfaith worker. I see myself as wanting to right the wrongs and take good care of my community (both geographical and religious). When someone is afraid to speak out, I will be there to help them. When someone wants dinner on the table, I will help. When someone is unsure of what step to take to get housing or medical care, then I am there. I will work with other Clergy members in the community to help our community grow in strength and harmony. I will have to work on my networking skills, public speaking, engaging with the media, and navigate who to speak with in terms of public assistance. I will have to be extremely public with my position. In terms of Rites and Holy Days, my focus will be on weekly devotionals/meditations. I will perform some Holy Days but not as many as others in the clergy group as I prefer to work with the small groups. I will mostly be a workhorse in making sure things are set up and participate with quarters or invocations and the like. I am also less interested in Rites of Passage (unions, First Blood, Wiccaning/Baby Blessing, funerary). However, all of this may change in time. It’s simply where I am right now.
It brings to mind what is it I see in myself in my mundane life? What is my ministry on being a mother? A wife? A sister? A daughter? That’s a lot to ponder, isn’t it? I think I might save that topic for another day. But in the meantime, give it some thought. What is your mundane ministry?