So I’ve started attending a Unitarian Universalist Church (info about the U.U. here, here, and here) in my area. They have a Pagan group but not a CUUPs Chapter. There’s another U.U. Church in the area that has an active CUUPs chapter, but I know folks at the first Church through local Pagan events already. I’ve needed some real-world spiritual fellowship for a while now, and I hope that the U.U. will help me find it… so far I’ve been enjoying the experience.
I’ve tried finding that fellowship in my local Pagan community, in part through a local Pagan church / community organization; but while there are a number of good folks involved in that organization I really just haven’t found a good fit for myself in that group. So I am still seeking fellowship.
I’ve tried attending a local meet-up or two but haven’t had much luck. Some of the problem has been that my school and work schedules haven’t left me much time for anything else, now with the hard times hitting the theme-park industry I am being scheduled one or two days a week, if at all; and I have to very carefully pick and choose what I want to attend. Some of this has also been due to the fact that all of the meet-ups in my area are of the ‘let’s-attend-a-lecture’ style of meet-up or social, which I cordially dislike.
The title for this essay comes from a sentence on the website of my chosen “local” U.U. church’s fellowship page. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the last week or so. I have attended a few of the U.U. Sunday services and was made to feel welcome by everyone I encountered and it was obvious that there was a lot of thought and effort put into the newcomers experience of the service for those attending and for welcoming new folks.
I haven’t always encountered the same level of welcome, and ease of interaction, in Pagan venues. This has me thinking about how we in the Pagan movement seek to build community. It sometimes seems that building community or group relationships is one of the biggest challenges we in the Pagan movement have in creating Pagan community.
This sentence has me thinking about Paganism and the communities I have been in and encountered and of the building of relationships.
More on this theme soon…