Membership - Frequently Asked Questions
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For those interested in joining Degarrin refer here.
Degarrin has been around since 1997.
Degarrin meets every Sunday, with the exception of certain established dates, for worship, fellowship, classes, Sabbats, Esbats, and/or other activities. The Coven also meets on other days for special occasions.
The number of members has varied over the years; however, we have not exceeded twenty members at any given time. We feel that keeping our number of members limited helps promote better attunement and group dynamics.
The Coven has a hierarchical structure comprised of four main sections: the Magistry, the Camarilla, the Clans, and the Plenum. The Magistry is the overall ruling body of the Coven, and consists of at least one ordained minister (known as the Magistrate). The Camarilla is the Elder Counsel of Degarrin, and its members oversee the administration of the Coven in conjunction with the Magistry. The Clans are comprised of the general Coven Elders, while the Plenum contains the members who encompass the Coven congregation. All members who have successfully completed the required Coven training and attained Camarilla status for a minimum of four years may be eligible for appointment as a Primogen of their Clan. Members of the Magistry and the Camarilla must have verifiable educational experience and/or degrees or credentials that relate to the interests of their position.
Degarrin provides its members with a Seminary program that offers several different theological degrees. Some of the topics discussed include the Suldarrian Tradition, parapsychology, religious tolerance, ethics, psychic sciences, magickal arts, paranormal phenomenon, wellness, organization, time management, communications, and general personal development. The program is a system of coursework that includes online and correspondence learning, workshops, seminars, group process, and one-on-one mentoring. A member’s progress is assessed through status reports, exams, ministerial session(s), performance appraisals, and group attunement. Upon successful completion of the program, each member is eligible for advancement within the Coven. All members are required to complete the program through the Master's Degree level.
As a whole, the Coven is non-Deity specific. However, members are expected to dedicate to a specific Deity or Deities of their choosing. This is usually decided after much inner-reflection and meditation. Members are never forced by the Coven to dedicate to a specific Deity or Deities; it is considered a personal choice for each individual member.
We have sponsored and supported a variety of national and local organizations over the years, some of which have included: ACLU, Action Against Hunger, Aids Research Alliance, Alliance For Climate Protection, Direct Relief International, Human Society International, Lexington-Bluegrass Pagan Pride, Nature Conservancy, Pagan Educational Network, PETA, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Save The Children, United Interfaith Ministries, Witches' Voice, The Wizards’ Guild, World Wildlife Fund, and more.
Degarrin does not require or coerce its members to have sexual relations with unwanted persons, nor are they restricted from sexual relations with consenting adults. Members' relationships are kept separate from their positions within the Coven as much as possible.
The founding members have a collective experience of over fifty years in the Craft.
No. Degarrin is involved in the community and expects all members to provide service to the public when needed.