What I have learned about starting a Pagan organization.
1. You will spend an exorbitant amount of time defending any organization name.
It never occurred to me the name of the organization would be a pain point. It never occurred to me because, I’ve been of the mindset the purpose of an organization was the most important. I have found Pagan organizations with comical names, redundant names, traditional names, out of this world names….but did not judge, or condemn them, by their name.
My decision to interact with them, or let them go about their business, has always been based on two things:
a. Do they appear to be knowledgeable.
b. Are they actively raising awareness and benefiting the community.
I could add a ‘c’ also…do they promote other pagan organizations, whether in their local area or outside of it. That leads me to…..
2. When reaching out to local Pagan organizations, never expect a response.
I reached out to multiple pagan organizations within Colorado and Nebraska. I called phone numbers, left voice mails, and emailed. I did not receive one single reply. None. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Nothing! So… I thought maybe a letter of introduction would trigger a response. Nope.
I turned to Facebook to try to drum up some kind of response. That action lead to these lessons learned. I ended up deleting every post. The responses were not beneficial to either our organization, or the organization represented by the Facebook page.
I added a couple of groups to my ‘Never contact, work with, or support ever, ever!’ list. However, it is a personal list. If our organization would decide to work with them I would support it. I cannot fault an organization for the actions of its people. I would recommend caution. I would be very suspect of any request from them. I would put our organization first and break ties immediately if it adversely affected our reputation or relationships.
That leads me to….
3. When starting a Pagan organization, be prepared to be disappointed and disillusioned.
My belief that Pagan organizations, and Pagan path followers, were peaceful, proactive, supportive, and above pettiness was drastically blown apart. I blame my naive view on my own experience. I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by pagans who embody my beliefs. I am extremely lucky to be surrounded by these amazing people. Spoiled by them.
My only hope is, we as an organization, will go above and beyond to ensure we embody the values we’ve set forth. That we excel at being supportive, peaceful and proactive. And that we leave pettiness and judgement at the door.
The one last thing I’ve learned….
4. Do not give up!
It may be my stubborn streak. I may also be insane. Either way I believe in what we’re doing. Our organization may be young. It may be a challenge defining our true identity right now but, we’ll struggle through. And we will be there for other Pagan organizations. We may not have the answers, but it is only when we work together that we find the answers. All we can do is…
Have a little faith
Say a little spell
And live well!
Blessed be my friends!