I’m posting this here because I want opinions. I know that some of you that may be reading this have strong feelings about the Druid Network but I am asking that you put those feelings aside as much as possible and help me come to a decision about whether or not to renew my own membership to the Druid Network.
The terms of membership include the following words:
“As a member, you are asked to :
– respect the beliefs and practices of other members, even when their way seems very different from your own
– refrain from aggressive, judgmental or otherwise offensive behaviour or language towards other members
– be a positive expression of Druidry and The Druid Network”
I’ve no major problem with the first one as I strive to behave with respect towards those with different opinions to myself even if I do think they are nuts. I’ve no problems about the second one as I try not to offend people generally although I guess any time you express an opinion you are making a judgement on something. I’ even think I can be a positive expression of the Druid Network as although I may not agree with everything they do on the whole I think they do a good job and if I’m a member I’m not going to be slagging them off. But I have to question whether I can be a positive expression of Druidry? If this is assumed to be Druidry as currently defined by the constitution then I guess I can do this as the definition is broad enough to include just about anyone but that isn’t stated. I don’t consider myself to be a druid. I don’t consider my current practices to be Druidry so how can I be a positive expression of it?
Can I in honour renew membership to an organisation that asks me these things? Or am I just nit-picking here? I’m pretty sure that the trustees of the network wouldn’t have a problem with me renewing but that’s not the point. The point is can I do so given my own feelings about my path now?
Comments and opinions appreciated. I’m not asking anyone to tell me what to do but I do need help in working through this and coming to a decision.