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|IntroductionHow Do I Use It?|
How Do I Use It?
The main purpose of the e-book is to help strengthen communities by helping to show all fully mature, adult members how to fulfill their role as an Elder. The course outlined in the e-book is for existing Elders, who want to improve their skill sets, or for those about to become Elders, who want to know what's involved. Its ultimate purpose is build viable long-term communities within Neo-Paganism and Wicca. It proposes to do this through creating a framework for mentoring Elders within a community. Most communities wind up surrendering a good portion of their power and autonomy to outside specialists for services that could be fulfilled from within the community. By creating and maintaining a pool of "trained" Elders, a community can reclaim that lost power and autonomy.
What Can You Expect from Mentoring Elders?
Recommended Methods of Use
The above methods are variations of a method we use to teach within a Wiccan training group. Our version evolved during the group's fifteen-some years of existence, and has proven effective in helping people learn how to teach themselves.
* Okay, maybe not rinse, but definitely repeat. This is one of those never-ending cyclic things.
The Mentoring Elders Program (MEP)
Stone Dragon Press has joined with Evenstar Bookstore and with Evenstar School of Sacred Paths in sponsoring the Mentoring Elders Program, based on this e-book. The MEP is a circle of Elders. It's presented via a study circle format, where the more experienced members act as facilitators, guiding the discussion through the synopsis.
An Overview of MEP
The organization of the topics within the program, a short description of each topic, and our reasons for including it under the rubric of elders' responsibilities.
A Final Caveat
This e-book is just a synopsis of the MEP, and is only meant to be used as an aid to a group of Elders, who act as mentors to those who are already or about to become Elders. It is not geared towards creating an Elder as a specialist, but rather as a generalist, who needs to know enough to be able to make informed decisions for her or his community; including knowing when to call in the specialists.