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Does your religion permit everyone to play the role of Lay, Cleric or Mystic at times?

by Tahuti:

i.e. in many Neopagan religions everyone is a Preist(ess), a Mystic or a Lay Pagan… and practitioners get to experience all these molds.
What are the benefits/drawbacks to this type of system?

Answer by Tim
hmm benefits none, drawbacks, one way ticket to a hot seat

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twoasonesfl
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twoasonesfl

In traditional paths, anyone with the desire to become one, may become a priest/priestess. There is no obligation to continue to the final degree of training that sets one as a priest/priestess. However since the traditional paths are all “mysteries schools” anyone who makes it to first, second and third (more in some traditions) degree is oathbound to not reveal their knowledge to anyone unless that person is learning that path. Because of this, a student, of whatever tradition they are learning, has the option to become anything within that path. We know of quite a few elders who are… Read more »

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Raji the Green Witch

“PLAY???” No, FILL, yes. Witches do not “play” at being Witches, it’s serious business. Yeah we CAN have fun as we worship and conduct our other business, but it’s always done with reverence and we generallykeep in mind just who and what we are dealing with. The benefits include a direct, personal, and intimate relationship with Deity without some other jerk telling us what to do, say, and think. We don’t need intercessors to speak FOR us, for we can do it on our own directly with Goddess/God in a personal and intimate dialogue with them. The only drawback is… Read more »

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Pagans don’t hold to a strict heirarchy, leaders are more about teaching and leading by example. Anybody can do rituals at home in whatever manner they wish, but in a group setting the leaders will take those that wish to perform ritual for the group and prepare them, coach them, and assist them. It Gives everyone a chance to feel like a part of the group. Drawbacks ? Only when someone with a little power decides to misuse that power for personal gain.

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bad tim, horned gods are sexy

what plain tim doesn’t realize is that pagans in general tend to have no problem with hot seats. tho i doubt he understands the term. i participate in two groups that work this way, one has an official leader because it operates on a more organized level by necessity of its size and public presence, the other is completely anarchistic in structure. the larger group is moving toward a more organized structure so it can handle an influx of strangers and the drifting off of members and remain stable, and that’s where the difference lies between structured and non-structured religious… Read more »

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lordbmcdra

Benefits of this type of system are the generating of discussion and promoting enlightenment by the convergence of ideas.

The drawbacks are that if practiceners don’t come to an agree then the group disbands and often friendships are destroyed. But that only happens in extreme cases.