If you’re on Facebook and interested in Pagan and Polytheist monasticism, there’s a brand new discussion group that I can highly recommend, for which I am a co-admin.
The group is turning out to be so fantastic – so full of brilliant and prolific writers, and so supportive and community-driven – that it has consumed nearly all of my available online time for the past week, and I don’t regret it for a minute. Our guidelines were inspired by the My Polytheism project founded by Jolene Dawe, which is a space of sacred hospitality focused on celebrating diversity in polytheism. The project was recently featured in The Wild Hunt in a piece by Crystal Blanton – I was interviewed alongside Alley Valkyrie, Celestine, and Yvonne Aburrow for this piece.
About the new discussion group, founder and co-admin Merri-Todd Webster writes: “It’s like people have just been dying to talk about this stuff. Starting the group was definitely the best idea I’ve had in years. I think my gods must have been nudging me.”
I’ve certainly wished for such a group for many years. I often thought of starting one myself, but kept hesitating for all kinds of reasons. I’m so glad Merri-Todd took the initiative!
Almost as soon as the virtual doors of the place were opened a week ago, the outpouring started. We were expecting there to be a just a handful of us, so we’ve been floored by the level of interest and enthusiasm. We had over 50 members within the first 48 hours, and as of this writing we have 70. Apparently there’s a need out there that we hadn’t known about.
A discussion among MGW attendees that followed the founding of this monastic discussion group also led to the creation of LANMIPP, a Loosely Affiliated Network of Monastically Inclined Polytheist Pagans. (Thanks to Silence Maestas of the Virtual Temple Project for the name and acronym!) Since there are no established monastic traditions within modern paganism and polytheism, and it’s clear that the need for such traditions is growing, this will be a way for us to gather together fellowship groups (online and in person) to further the discussions.
There is talk of a “Tea With LANMIPP” roundtable being planned for Many Gods West 2017. In the meantime, if you are interested in Pagan and Polytheist monasticism, feel free to join the Facebook discussion group.