With everything that is going on I thought it might be nice to give everyone an update.
First, as many of you know, Chairmanship of the Steering Committee has transitioned to Alicia and Laura (co-chairs)
The transition was necessary for the advancement of the organization. I know many of you have concerns about the future of the "outer coven", but I can honestly say that I don't.
Both Alicia and Laura are fully committed to the core principles in which we are founded on and we are 100% in agreement with the direction in which things are progressing. I applaud both of them for responding in our time of need and helping keep the momentum moving forward!
Just so everyone is clear, the steering committee is answerable to the High Priestess and High Priest, and is being formed to help facilitate the secondary mission of the coven, to promote tolerance through education and community outreach programs. This will allow the inner coven to focus on the spiritual development of it's members.
The steering committee is not beholden to the inner coven other than to defer to it regarding ceremonies and rituals. It is not a requirement of inner coven members to actively participate in the steering committee, nor do you need to be a dedicant or initiate to participate on the steering committee.
That being said, the steering committee will be setting up processes to ensure it's membership will remain committed to the letter and spirit of the coven's mission. Since a large % of the steering committee volunteers are also initiates or dedicants, I do not foresee this as an issue, but it will be up to the organization to enact procedures to protect what we believe to be so very special about our organization.
We are building this part of the organization from the ground up, and if you have any concerns I strongly suggest you get involved and make your voice heard. I do not promise there wont be personality conflicts, but we are all committed to the same goal. Check your ego at the door and lets move forward!
Shifting focus here, as for the inner coven, our new format seems to be working extremely well. If you are currently a dedicant I want to make clear that when you complete your year-and-a-day you are invited to participate in monthly full-moon and other inner coven rituals, even if you are waiting for the next 2nd year class cycle to begin.
Gretchen has worked tirelessly to get as many of you involved as expediently as possible, and I applaud all her efforts. Please let Marylou, Gretchen or myself know if you have any concerns that are holding you back from progressing.
Finally, although sparse and barely populated, the new website has launched! Kind of.
I will be enabling features as they are developed and will alert you to any major updates. Everyone reading this can assist by making sure every time you see a "Like" or a "Tweet" button that you Like and Tweet us. I have integrated lots of things behind the scenes include FB placement and Google analytics etc. If you have no idea what I'm referring to that's OK, just trust me: "LIKE and TWEET!" :-)
We could not have reached where we are without the help of all of you, past and present, and I thank each and everyone of you from my heart. Now, we will not be able to reach our very ambitious goals without each of you here now, so whether it's Time, Money or Prayers, let me thank you in advance for all you contribute.
Truly, Be Blessed!