The beginning of the year is a time in ADF when a lot of the administrative tasks happen. While we have quarterly reports that are filed on a more frequent basis, by February we’re also ramping up to the compiling of the ADF Annual Report, Priests are filing their annual reports, and organizational elections are in full swing.
One of the really cool things I’ve been able to do this year as Vice Arch Druid is read a whole bunch of the reports that people have sent in. Everything from SIG, Guild, and Kin reports, to Grove and Regional Druid reports, to Priest reports. Now, I know what you might be thinking: “Reading administrative paperwork? Ew!” But honestly it has been really fulfilling and has helped me feel more deeply connected to the membership as a whole, as well as to my peers in leadership.
This report is designed to illustrate how each individual priest has chosen to fulfill their oath to love the land, honor the deities, serve the folk, and continue in their studies as best suits their individual vocations.
Teaching Ritual Performance was designed to assist students to instruct others in ritual performance. In this course students are required to journal their work directing several rituals. Students do not necessarily need to write the rituals, nor do they need to write all the parts for the rituals. In fact, students may find it more challenging to allow others to write the ritual and then simply teach others how to work with the text they are given or come up with on their own.
The primary goal of this course is for students to enhance their skills for directing group ritual performance.
Students will increase their knowledge and skill in celebrant selection for assigned ritual roles and develop an awareness of how their selection impacts ritual performance.
Students will enhance their skills for effectively directing ritual performances.
Students will develop the skills necessary to effectively instruct the celebrants in working with ritual text, as well as specific elements of ritual performance, including movement, voice, and the internalization of text.
Building on the theories in Theatre for Ritual 1, this course delves deeper into the practicum of how we work in public ritual.
The primary goal of this course is for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively utilize physical techniques, such as voice, internalization of text, props, etc., to enhance ritual.
Students will increase their awareness of the importance of internalization of text and effectively apply this technique in ritual.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the importance of voice in ritual to include developing an understanding of projection and diction.
Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of physical techniques, such as internalization of text, the use of space, props, theatricality and movement in ritual.
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.
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)