Politely-Unasked Questions

What crazy kind of church is this, anyway?

Welcome, friend, and thank you for asking.  You have found our on-line door, which is always open to people of any faith, or none, or who wonder, as we do, what being a person of faith is.  The technical details are in the regular pages, of course, but this may be a new experience.

We are a bunch of people who share an urge to, in the words of an Elder, Think cosmically; act neighborly.  For most of us, this is the closest we come to organized religion.  We gather, physically or virtually, to do for ourselves what brick-and-mortar churches or temples or mosques do for their congregations and for their communities.

Cosmically, our underlying spiritual path is Pagan, owing no allegiance or submission to any particular texts or teachers.  Rather, we each being to this community the fruits of our exploration, experience, and gathered wisdom, and we grow as we share.  We have a formal spiritual tradition that provides a default framework and liturgy for our rites, but we are also free to craft ritual from scratch or to adapt others’ rituals to the needs of our guests and the moment.

The Bhakti Wiccan Tradition of Sacred Grove is a growing and living tradition, with deep roots in the past and branches growing into the future.

Locally, we are recognized as one of the northern Virginia faith communities that serves needs outside our congregation, near and far, and participates actively with other congregations to support the wider community.

So who is running this outfit?

Hi, I’m RedBird.  I am the Community Faith Group Leader (CFGL) — to use the term derived from the military usage, Distinctive Faith Group Leader (DFGL), for persons authorized to work with the uniformed chaplain to meet the spiritual needs of personnel outside the religious mainstream.  I maintain this site and our Facebook page, handle the administrivia, and keep us in compliance with the (minimal) requirements of Sacred Well Congregation.

How many members are in your congregation?

Hm.  Good question.  We have not been keeping membership rolls of late, since our rituals are public.  People are fairly mobile these days, and we keep in touch through the web.  When we need to take more formal notice of affiliation, we handle that on an individual basis and recognize that each of us may be affiliated with other faith groups as well.

 

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Khalila RedBird

Khalila RedBird is Priestess and CFGL of Sacred Grove SWC and a Dedicant of the Fellowship of the Sacred Grove, where she was ordained Priest in 1995. She is Ordained Minister and Cleric Priestess of Sacred Well Congregation and holds a Master of Divinity in Pagan Pastoral Counseling from Cherry Hill Seminary. She serves as on-call Chaplain in a local hospital and in the Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps.

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