A Goddess Inclusive Baptismal Ceremony

River and I still find water baptism to be an important ritual of dedication. We choose to hold a baptismal ceremony for those who are interested on Summer Solstice. It is on John the Baptist Day (June 24th) that we honor the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. This is also the time that we choose to renew our vows of dedication by simply anointing our foreheads and hearts with a drop of water.

Here is A Goddess Inclusive Baptismal Ceremony …

From Sinner to Saint, From Darkness into the Light
You are baptized into the Waters of Life
To be submerged once again into the Mother of All the Living
To Rise and Be Reborn to this World
To Walk in the Newness of Life
You are baptized in the name of
The Father, the Mother, and the Blessed Son, Jesus Christ
Through The Divine, all things are possible
Arise to be a living Testament for Their Namesakes.

CHRISTIAN WICCA: THE TRINITARIAN TRADITION

This ritual is included in our ChristoPagan Book of Shadows & Light.

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Principals of Wiccan Belief

In April, 1974, the Council of American Witches adopted a set of Principles of Wiccan Belief. We personally, subscribe to those principles and list them here. Read them carefully.

  1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal quarters and cross quarters.
  2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
  3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called supernatural, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
  4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity—as masculine and feminine—and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.
  5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc.—and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
  6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
  7. We see religion, magick, and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it—a world view and philosophy of life that we identify as Witchcraft—the Wiccan way.
  8. Calling oneself Witch does not make a Witch—but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within herself or himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with nature.
  9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.
  10. Our only animosity toward Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be the only way and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
  11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
  12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as Satan or the Devil, as defined by the Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
  13. We believe that we should seek within nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

As Christian Witches we abide by the Wiccan Rede.

“Bide the Wiccan Law ye must, In perfect love and perfect trust. Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An’ ye harm none, do what ye will. What ye send forth comes back to thee So ever mind the law of three. Follow this with mind and heart, Merry ye meet, and merry ye part.”

Adopt The Golden Rule

Our Transgender Jesus ChristoPagan Crucifix

This graphic was a merger of the pentacle and the crucifix with the addition of Jesus as a female.

I had this graphic created to be a symbol of my spiritual path which is a merger of Christianity and Wicca along with Jesus portrayed as transgender which is my (Willow’s) life experience.

The above two graphics come from the article:

Jesus: The First Transgender Man By Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Reading the Bible through the lens of a transgender person of faith this sort of interpretation seems obvious and is most certainly useful considering the need for the acceptance and affirmation of transgender people in churches.

The online home of Green Path Monastery is unapologetically open to and affirming of the LGBTQIA community of faith.

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Adopt The Golden Rule

“He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfill.” – Baha’i Faith Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 266

“Hurt not others in ways you find hurtful.” – Buddhism Tripitaka, Udnana-varga 5.18

“Therefore all things whatsoever you desire that men should do to you, do you evenso unto them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.” – Christianity Matt. 7:12

Tzu-Kung asked: “Is there one principle upon which one’s whole life may proceed?” The Master replied, “Is not Reciprocity such a principle? …what you do not yourself desire, do not put before others.” – Confucianism Analects of Confucius Book XV, Chapter XXIIl (Legge Translation 1861)

“Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.” – Confucianism Mencius VII.A.4

“This is the sum of the Dharma: do not unto others that which would cause pain if done to you.” – Hinduism Mahabharata 5:1517

“Not one of you is a believer unless he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” – Islam Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 13

“What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary.” – Judaism Talmud, Shabbat 31a

“A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” – Jainism Sutrakritanga 1.11.33

“All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.” – Native American Black Elk

“The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.” – Taoist Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49 trans. by John C. H. Wu

“An it harms none, do as ‘ye will.” – Wiccan

“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.” – Zorastrian Zend Avesta, Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5

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