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 five main bodies: Plenum, Clans, Camarilla, Magistry, and Synod. The Plenum contains the members who have not yet attained Elder status that help make up the congregation. The Clans are comprised of the general Coven Elders. The Camarilla is comprised of the Clan Primogens and represent the individual needs of their Clans. The Magistry is the overall Ministerial ruling body of the Coven. The Synod is the High Council of Degarrin, and its members oversee administration in conjunction with the Magistry.
Degarrin provides its members with a Seminary program that offers several different theological degrees. All members are required to complete the program through the Doctorate degree level. Some of the topics discussed include the Suldarrian Tradition, parapsychology, religious tolerance, ethics, psychic sciences, magickal arts, paranormal phenomenon, wellness, organization, time management, communication, and personal development. The program 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 Seminary, members are eligible for advancement within Degarrin.
As a whole, the Coven is non-Deity specific. However, members are encouraged to dedicate to a specific Deity or Deities of their choosing. This is usually decided after much inner-reflection and meditation. Members are are not required 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, Humane 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 shall they be restricted from sexual relations with consenting adults. Members' relationships are to be 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 community when needed.