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Offline FORMER MEMBER

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Hello hello!
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:34:56 pm »
Em hotep, everyone! It's a pleasure to meet y'all. Pardon the verbosity to follow (and my laziness: I copied/pasted this from the Beginners' Intro thread...  ::))

My name's Dylan, and I'm a 25-year-old seminary student. Contrary to the "y'all," I'm a Midwesterner of the U.S. by birth. I grew up in an eclectic household: my dad's an atheist and my mom, now among the blessed dead, practiced a bit of everything. From her I learned to listen to the Gods and not be afraid of Them: They're here to teach us, even if it's not always pleasant.

Despite the freedom and beauty in that eclecticism, I wandered away from neopaganism in my early twenties; my mom's death saw me seeking fellowship in an unorthodox Lutheran church; the former had a solid hand in my call to becoming a hospice chaplain. My family didn't really deal with Mom's death: I don't want anyone to feel as lost or frightened or alone as I did.

I was an English and Religious Studies double-major in undergrad; after a few years of working in a print shop and then a coffeeshop, I ended up moving away from Wisconsin, my home, to attend a Lutheran seminary in Illinois. Since coming here, however, the linchpin of mystery has been taken away from the Christian faith for me; it doesn't fill me--at least not in its "orthodox" expressions--and it's hard to be a seminarian or see yourself as a chaplain at all when you're flailing spiritually.

Cue the Netjeru.

Back when I was a young adult (I still am, I guess), I mostly honored Djehuty and Yinepu. Over the past few months They've been making Themselves known to me--and it's been almost seven years since I've talked to Them. It feels very much like a homecoming, and it was really through Them that I realized I needed to seriously buckle down and rethink my seminary education and my call. (Surprisingly to me, Set's also shown up lately; I've always felt a little hesitant with him, but I think I've got some very good lessons to learn.)

In part because of this--the Gods slipping back into focus, I mean--I'm finally looking into Kemetic Orthodoxy. I'm excited!

Otherwise, on less-serious notes, I'm a Trekkie and a huge SF nerd in general. I have a Saint Bernard named Myshkin--he's just a baby now! I think Dostoyevsky is my favorite author, and I'm a diehard Cheesehead. I've also published two novels in a SF trilogy and am whittling at the third! Whoohoo!

Other tidbits: I love to draw and/(but?) am legally blind.

Looking forward to learning some shtuff and getting to know you all more! :)

Senebty and shalom,
Dylan.

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« Last Edit: March 27, 2016, 12:40:20 pm by DyllenniumFalcon »
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Offline Rev. Tjesi

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2016, 12:53:46 pm »
Em hotep, Dylan, and welcome!


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Offline Rev. Ma'atnofret

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2016, 01:00:52 pm »
Em hotep and welcome!

It is nice to see an open presence in chaplaincy, I know another pagan based person training as a chaplain. The hospice industry is tough but glad to see good people working towards it.
If you have any question just ask. Happy spring

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Offline Senui-Iry-I

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2016, 01:58:47 pm »
Em hotep and welcome!
Dostoevsky is my favorite too!
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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2016, 02:18:07 pm »
Thank you all for the warm welcomes! :) It's wonderful to know, too, that there are chaplains and Dostoyevsky fans around!
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Offline Senuwierneheh

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2016, 04:34:23 pm »
Welcome, Dylan!  Em Hotep!

It's nice to learn of your interest in being a hospice chaplain.  A serendipity, the local Unitarian Universalist service today featured a hospice chaplain.  She is Buddhist and had quite a twisty path to becoming one, as most programs are geared only to Christians.  That's a wonderful service, so very much needed.

Blessings to you!

Senebty,
Neheh...
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Offline Rayashi

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2016, 05:10:11 pm »
Em hotep and welcome, Dylan!

I did my B.A. at a Lutheran college in Greenville, PA and married into a Lutheran family.  However, he is now Hellenic and enrolled in this upcoming KO beginner's course. 

Senebty,
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Offline Rev. Shezatwepwawet

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2016, 10:27:42 pm »
Em hotep and welcome!
Senebty,
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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2016, 04:04:01 am »
Em hotep and welcome!  :)
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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 09:44:52 am »
Em hotep and welcome, it's very nice to meet you!
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Offline Mesetibes

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2016, 10:39:49 am »
Em Hotep Dylan!

I was looking into the chaplain program at a local university here, and still am entertaining the idea once I complete my Master's degree. I have an Advanced Major undergraduate in Native Studies (Native American) and a minor in Religion, and to work as a chaplain in any setting here, you must have accreditation through a major university. I had thought to apply to the "Indigenous Focus" chaplain program, which turns its attention to both Christian and Traditional teachings in an Indigenous setting.

I may still do so in the future, but right now I have submitted my application for the Master's Program in Indigenous Studies for the September session.

Welcome, and I am looking forward to speaking with you more!

Senebty!
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Offline Taqerisenu

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2016, 02:13:43 pm »
Em hotep! Welcome to the boards, Dylan!  :D
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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2016, 06:27:44 pm »
Em Hotep!

Thanks again to everyone! I look forward to getting to know y'all a bit better!

Rev. Shauna--oh, I'm fascinated by your story. Being in a weird state of religious flux, I'm struggling with the fact that not only do I need an M.Div., but also official ordination from someone. ;) It can be really difficult to find good programs. I'm currently trying to figure out if I can/should stick with the Lutheran seminary I'm at or squiggle onwards and look elsewhere.

May I ask why the emphasis on Native studies and traditions? :) I'm Potawatomi on my mom's side, and if I stay at my current seminary, might gear my studies in that direction, too (it's actually a possible area of emphasized study--surprise surprise!)

Senebty and shalom!
Dylan.
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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2016, 08:14:20 pm »
Em hotep, Dylan!

I wish you all the very best in your beginner coursework! Just remember your graphing calculator and the math section of the final won't be too bad. ;)

Senebty,
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Offline Mesetibes

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Re: Hello hello!
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2016, 08:03:13 pm »
Em Hotep!

Thanks again to everyone! I look forward to getting to know y'all a bit better!

Rev. Shauna--oh, I'm fascinated by your story. Being in a weird state of religious flux, I'm struggling with the fact that not only do I need an M.Div., but also official ordination from someone. ;) It can be really difficult to find good programs. I'm currently trying to figure out if I can/should stick with the Lutheran seminary I'm at or squiggle onwards and look elsewhere.

May I ask why the emphasis on Native studies and traditions? :) I'm Potawatomi on my mom's side, and if I stay at my current seminary, might gear my studies in that direction, too (it's actually a possible area of emphasized study--surprise surprise!)

Senebty and shalom!
Dylan.

Em Hotep Dylan!

The program geared towards Indigenous content is because Canada has a sizeable Indigenous population. When doing Pastoral Care work in areas like Hospitals or even in Corrections, that's where we tend to encounter many Indigenous peoples. The reason for the focus on both Christian (usually Roman Catholic and Anglican denominations) is because of how Christianity spread through Canada when it was first settled. Some Indigenous groups took to Christianity (like the Cree (Innu) and Inuit peoples), while others were very staunch in maintaining their traditional teachings (such as the Anishinaabe/ Ojibway).

Given the history of Church-run-but-government-poorly-funded Residential Schools (similar to the American Indian Boarding Schools), there are groups of Indigenous Nations that are trying to reclaim their Traditional Spiritual heritage, and many studies have been done in the areas of Corrections and Allied Health that show that Traditional teachings and Spiritualities have often been very helpful to Indigenous peoples in the system.

For example; an Indigenous inmate serving a sentence in jail for a criminal offence that is drug-related will often be given the opportunity to learn from a Traditional Elder. Via  components such as Sweat Lodges, learning of the Medicine Wheel, and being taught the Feather Teachings and Sweetgrass teachings, an inmate can see how his actions impact his community, as well as get the rehab help in order to break the cycle of addiction.

In the case of health care, it helps Indigenous people who live in remote Reserves (Reservations) be able to get the care that they deserve in a culturally respectful context. We have areas in most hospitals now where Indigenous peoples can smudge with any of the four sacred medicines, much like how practicing Catholics can take Communion in the chapel on Sundays, or Muslims have a room where they can perform their prayers as they would in a mosque.

At the heart, its being able to provide spiritually and culturally appropriate care to Indigenous peoples who need and want it.

Feel free to PM me if you have more questions!

Senebty!
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