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The election for ADF just ended, and I’ve been elected to serve as Vice Arch Druid for the upcoming term. I’m excited and humbled that folks have trusted me to do this job, and looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish over the next two years.
The members have questions they ask candidates before the ADF Elections. My answers are below. Fair warning, they’re long, but I think worth the read if you want a peak into my thoughts and vision of ADF going forward. If you’d prefer to read these questions with a Table of Contents, you can do so here.
I’ve accepted the nomination for Vice-Arch Druid of ADF for the 2022 election. The VAD is one of the two Mother Grove positions reserved for clergy, but beyond that doesn’t have a lot of specific responsibilities. This opens it up for the VAD to help define their role according to their specific talents.
According to the ADF Bylaws: “The Vice Archdruid (VAD) is the Vice President of the Board of Directors (the Mother Grove). The VAD exercises the functions of the AD in his/her absence. The VAD would replace the AD in the event of his/her recall, death, retirement, or permanent incapacitation. The VAD may perform all those duties that would otherwise be performed by a non-profit corporation Vice President. The VAD must also be an ordained member of ADF Clergy in good standing.”
I’ll be answering candidate questions at the upcoming virtual meetings (March 13, 2022 @12pm Eastern, others are TBD), as well as posting them here on my blog once I’ve composed them. If you have additional questions for me (or others) I’d encourage you to submit them to the ADF election officers (firstname.lastname@example.org) so all can answer them, or send them to me directly. In the meantime, here is my biographical statement that will be going on the ballot:
ADF’s Clergy Council developed a new form for us to fill out each year to report on our activities. This report (well, the activities) is required for us to maintain our clergy credentials. It is divided into sections based on the oath we take as clergy:
So a thing I’ve been working on ADF Initiate Preceptor is getting our courses modernized. To that end I’ve now got the initiate version of Liturgy 1 up and running in Google Classrooms, and one of the things I made to go with it is a supplemental website that contains useful information when working through the course.
The ADF Elections are coming up, and while the bios that candidates provide are helpful, they are by necessity too short to truly convey the things the membership would like to know before casting their votes. To that end I’ve compiled the many questions that folks have asked across social media. I’ll be sending out the questions to the candidates, and providing their answers here, in a separate post, so that they are all in one place for folks to read. If you’ve got any last minute questions you want to see added to this list, please send me and email at rev.jan.avende @ gmail.com
Additionally, sometimes it’s hard to know what all these leadership positions actually entail, so I’ve summarized the basics of them below. To see the full list of descriptions for the Mother Grove officer positions, look here: https://www.adf.org/members/org/mg/index.html (you will need to be logged in as a member)
Some thoughts on the upcoming ADF nominations and elections:
While we have groves and protogroves as the backbone of our physical community, solitaries make up the backbone of our online community, which is not only much larger, but also the only community many of our members get. That being said, if you know folks in our online groups who have thoughtful opinions, often seem to be starting or contributing to conversations, and seem like someone whose ideas you agree with: reach out to them and see if they’d be willing to run for an office. We want our leadership to be people who are passionate about ADF Druidry, and those who are active participants in our various groups often are. If everyone waits until they feel recognized enough or experienced enough, we will continue to have the same people in leadership, which leads to stagnation in any organization. A lot of people just need the little push of someone else thinking they would be a good fit to convince them to run.
Additionally, I always encourage diversifying our leadership. Diversity is important, and it doesn’t happen by accident. We have to deliberately cultivate it. We like to think of ourselves as a welcoming and inclusive organization, but we need to walk that talk by encouraging, electing, and supporting our minority members into various leadership positions.
Part of diversifying our leadership also has to do with giving more folks a chance to be involved in leadership. This means encouraging and electing folks to hold only one leadership position, rather than electing some who already holds one or more leadership positions. The more positions a person holds, the more likely things are to fall through the cracks, the more likely certain aspects of a particular job will not be a focus for them. We won’t get new folks in leadership if we keep stacking people into multiple positions and not giving new folks an opportunity to serve. Take a chance on someone new this election cycle.
Once the nomination and election period gets a little more underway there are often folks who put together a series of questions that they ask nominees to answer. Feel free to ask your own questions and listen to the answers that the nominees give. This is a chance to for you get to know them a little better, but more importantly to see if their vision for bringing ADF into the future matches your vision for what you want to see from your church.
Regarding what positions are up for election this year, Rev. Amber Doty has put together a great listing of our organization-level positions: http://bit.ly/2019ADFOfficers