by Rev. Jan Avende
- Resources for religious education for pagans are few and far between, and Rev. Avende’s program aims to fill this gap for elementary-aged children. The Kindling Sparks Religious Education Program is laid out in a week-by-week fashion, with each week focusing on a Key Topic that you’ll work on for the week, but there are also regular activities that form the base routine for the week. Descriptions of the holidays, rituals, and projects fill the book, helping guide you and your children through the wheel of the year. Topics range from learning about aspects that are important to our worship, to the many ways we pray, to ways that pagans navigate the modern world. With a structured weekly routine, young pagans can work with their families towards developing a personal practice, reverence for the earth and each other, and learning about myths and spirits that are important to their family.
by Rev. Jan Avende
- Many winter holidays center around the Winter Solstice. Most of these have some focus on lights in the dark, renewal, or the gifts of the season. In this book, Rev. Avende offers a modern Pagan liturgy, based on ADF’s Core Order of Ritual, to help families (especially those with small children) and solitary Pagans recognize the changes in our shared cosmos. As the world turns toward its darkest, a spiral of light warms our lives and brings us new hope with the coming rebirth of the sun on the Solstice.The basic outline for the liturgy is focusing on the ideas of Storm, Water, and Fire. This allows the liturgy to move from dark to light as we progress closer to the solstice. There will be more and more candles lit each day to combat the increasing darkness, up until the Sun is honored on the final day when the nights begin growing shorter again.An outline of spirits and a full ritual for each day, beginning on December 1st and running through December 21st ( adjustable to account for the date the Winter Solstice actually arrives), is included.
The Hearth Keepers Way (free)
- The Hearth Keepers of ADF are those individuals, families, and small groups that have aligned themselves and at least a portion of their practice with ADF. The Hearth Keeper’s Way is a method of worship for the folk of Our Druidry. To become a Hearth Keeper is to devote yourself to the basic work of druidry – to welcome the gods and spirits to your hearthfire, to keep the holy days simply, and to integrate paganism into your daily life. Being a Hearth Keeper is about keeping the flames of piety active for your Hearth.
- When we worship as Hearth Keepers, not only are we feeding the hearthfire of ADF, but we are also coming together with other Hearths. We know that though other Hearth Keepers are worshipping in different physical locations, they join us in the same practice. Each Hearth Keeper brings their own style to this worship, and by joining one another in shared practice we experience a new sense of belonging and fellowship.