[ Note: This is from Last Year's Henge Happenings, Issue 100, Samhain 2013.]
This, our 100th issue of Henge Happenings, marks twenty-five years of publishing the newsletter. Over the years it as gone from a one-page, dot matrix printer letter to a replacement of Keltria Journal and on to it’s current form. I hope you find Henge Happenings useful and informative. I want to thank all of the contributors, officers, editors, and proof readers we have had over the many years. It has been a great twenty-five years.
Wren and I were “Special Guests” at the 46th Annual Fall Gathering of the Tribes & International Leadership Conference, held September 5th - 8th, 2013 near LaFayette, GA. The event was sponsored by Celtic Church of Dynion Mwyn. Wren gave a workshop about ritual based upon the new “ritual” chapter which will be in the Book of Keltria. I gave a workshop regarding views of deity (theisms) which I have given before at other venues. It is also covered in greater detail in the forthcoming Book of Keltria.
Speaking of which, the Book of Keltria is coming along nicely. The new theology and ritual chapters that replaced the previous correspondence course material is completed. The “Gods” is currently in a new rewrite to include more about myths and mythology as well as the Gods and Goddesses we celebrate.
I am working on a substantial rewrite of the Book of Ritual. I am adding a lot of fresh detail plus additional notes for solitaries. I would like to have the new version available shortly after the Book of Keltria is available, however, I suspect it may not be ready until next spring.
I am looking for individuals who will help with many of the Henge Projects. They include the following:
Keltria Listmaster (Admin.)
Keltria.org WordPress Administrator
Keltria.org Administrator (inc. eMail)
Keltria USPS Mailbox
Henge Happenings Editor
Henge Office Manager
I will work with anyone who volunteers to help them come up to speed. If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com.
[Positions lined through above have been filled. Thank you new volunteers.]
Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe and Annual Meeting
Wren and I have been busy with our many projects. Certainly the 2013 Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe and Annual Meeting of the Henge of Keltria was at the top of our list. Every gather is great, but this year was among the best. I hope we will have the gathering hosted there again sometime.
I enjoyed the field trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as workshops by Topaz Owl, Eibhlean Owl, and Steward of the Wood. It was really nice to meet our OBOD guests and a newer member from California who drove over 1000 miles to the gathering. She easily earned bragging rights for driving the longest distance to attend. There were many opportunities to connect with the nature spirits. Marmots, pikas, elk, magpies, and humming birds visited us throughout the field trip.
Book of Keltria
The big project Wren, Karl, and I are working on is the new Book of Keltria, which is our correspondence course in book form. There are new theology and ritual chapters replacing the previous versions of the correspondence course material. Also the Gods chapter has undergone substantial rewrite. A big change in the theology chapter is that the “beliefs” have been replaced with “hallmarks” of Keltrian Druidism. The fundamental difference between the beliefs and the hallmarks is that within Keltrian Druidism, what you believe is not as important as what you do. Hallmarks are based upon actions rather than words.
Book of Ritual
Another big project underway is a substantial rewrite of the Book of Ritual. There are many things that were not covered adequately in previous versions of the Book of Ritual. I hope to get this information incorporated and a new edition released soon after the Book of Keltria. This expanded edition will provide details on the how, what, and why of Keltrian ritual.