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This post is a little older and not targeted specifically at racisim, but is a good one on the topic of tone policing.

https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/12/tone-policing-and-privilege/

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Nekhtet! At such an exciting time of year too.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em hotep~
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:55:18 am »
Welcome Shasanya! :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: as the cool kids say: "Em hotep!"
« on: June 15, 2020, 12:53:53 am »
Em hotep and welcome friend! :D

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Not a reintroduction
« on: April 30, 2020, 07:45:52 am »
Welcome Selene! :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hi!
« on: April 29, 2020, 04:43:12 pm »
Welcome Jess! Nice to meet you <3

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A simple hello!
« on: April 23, 2020, 01:50:23 pm »
Em hotep and welcome!

My name's Khenne. I joined these forums at 16, became a remetj at 18, and have now been here for almost nine years! :) I can relate to your experiences exploring the religion as a minor. I had family that wouldn't approve of me joining the faith at the time (they were Southern Baptist), so I did wait. However, minors can take our class with consent of their guardians, if that is something you think they would allow you to do. We do have a few members with children who are also members, should they want to talk with another adult or our priesthood before consenting to such a thing.

Were any of you ever worried about diving into KO?
Oh totally. I was very anti-authoritarian. And being a small religion, anyone who had any negative thoughts or experiences about the temple had loudly expressed them at the time. However, there were not a lot of groups doing Kemetic religion that I could find, and community is very dear to me, so I gave it a shot. Frankly, I couldn't be happier. I've had three roommates now that I met through the House. I've made friends with people from walks of life I would never have dreamed of, I've learned a great deal about myself through them. Many of these people I've come to see as my blood family.

Like any community, Kemetic Orthodoxy isn't perfect. When you group several hundred people, each with their own cultural and psychological backgrounds, in one place online, they'll clash. I've been one of those people. But largely, I've found our members able to overcome situations of misunderstanding, and when there has been genuine malicious intent, it has been addressed. I appreciate that. If any negative reviews of the religion have you concerned, I'm happy to address these things with you privately.

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When did you know that this was the path for you?
I genuinely think part of being in the House is constantly re-knowing if this is the path for me. There is nothing stopping any member from stepping down from one rank to another, or leaving altogether. By the time I left my beginners' class, I had formed fast bonds with community members that I wanted to deepen, so at that time staying as a remetj made sense. Six months later, I had my RPD, and having gotten further involved in the faith, I decided to become a shemsu. I wanted to continue exploring my relationships with the Netjeru in the context of the people I'd gotten to know over the years I'd spent in the forums. I chose to become a Shemsu-ankh because I wanted to give back in acts of service to the community that, frankly, helped raise me in the years since I first came here.

Along the way, things have made me question that path - both events in the community and in my personal life. But it's always been my choice to continue being here, because this community has brought me endless joy over the years, helped me grow emotionally and spiritually, and supported me through some of my darkest hours.

Notice I say community here, not gods. Yes, my gods have been great supporters, teachers, and bringers of joy in my life, but I don't need Kemetic Orthodoxy to love and be loved by the Netjeru. Joining the House is not a decision about worshiping the Netjeru in a Kemetic fashion. Anyone can do that. It's a choice about becoming part of a group of other people.

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Had you worked with the Netjeru before becoming a Remetj/Shemsu/Shemsu-Ankh?
Yes! I started worshiping Bast around the time I was eight. In the beginner's class, we dive more into what being a remetj/shemsu/shemsu-ankh means, but there are time limits in place. One has to go through the beginners' class (~3 months) before joining the house as a remetj (a member who has taken no vows). A remetj has to be a practicing member of the faith for six months before taking shemsu vows (to uphold Kemetic Orthodoxy as their primary religion, and the gods of their RPD as their primary gods). A shemsu must have honored those vows for a year before taking shemsu-ankh vows, which can only be done at an in-person ritual, and a further year between those vows and the vows of priesthood.

These waiting periods exist to encourage people to better know their gods, their community, and their selves before stepping into a role with additional responsibilities.

Some people do take the beginners' class (and even join as remetj) without actively worshiping the gods beforehand (or after). These people are generally supportive family or friends of members who want to understand what their loved one is doing. :)

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What are little things I can do to welcome the Netjeru and Ma'at into my life since I can’t take the online class quite yet?
Opportunities are as endless as you. As Temi said, water and bread are perfect offerings for all our gods, and ones that can be very subtle. Make things - not perfect things, but things that make you happy - and invite the gods to share in that - draw, write, glue construction paper, sculpt, sew, whatever. Read widely. If you can't have a shrine in your home, make one digitally - I have one in Animal Crossing right now! Try meditating. Go on walks and observe the landscapes.

Whatever you do, if you do it with intention, you do with the gods too.

Hope this helps. :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep, everyone!
« on: April 22, 2020, 11:29:16 am »
Welcome Julia! Neheh always says such kind things about you, so I'm really excited to get to know you :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Been away so long I can't remember my info.
« on: February 28, 2020, 10:35:04 am »
Em hotep and welcome back!

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello!
« on: February 28, 2020, 10:34:31 am »
Em hotep!

I'm up near Boston. There are quite a lot of folks here in the Northeast, if you stick around :)

Hope the class is useful for you!

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A Wild Sobek Kid Appears!
« on: February 15, 2020, 08:48:54 am »
Dua Sobek!

Emiti, you have no idea how happy it makes me to see you here. You have had such a profound impact on my own journey. Welcome back.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: February 04, 2020, 04:12:52 pm »
Em hotep Shadae! Lovely to meet you :)

I can honestly say I've made life friends here. My beginner's class was in the spring of 2011, and I am still pals with folks from it... including someone who I went to visit for completely not Kemetic reasons.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hi! I'm back
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:20:47 pm »
Tjebni! HI!

It's so nice to see you back here again! I've missed you.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: August 30, 2019, 05:26:55 pm »
If you are trying to link to individual posts, those links seem to have not worked :(

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning...
« on: August 24, 2019, 11:49:42 am »
Em hotep, sibling! It is nice to meet you.

We do currently run an informal trans/nonbinary/gender nonconforming discord for HoN members, should you want to join us there :) There is also a general fellowship server, separate from that.

The evolving landscape of the House is liminal, especially for us Jackal kids ;)

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