31 July 2008

Native religion...

Rev. Margaret R. Rose is the Director of Women’s Ministries in the Episcopal Church. She had this to say, regarding the ministry of women:

Just 2 years ago, January 2004 a gathering of 25 women, diverse in age, race and career path, all ordained 20 years or more gathered to take a look back, and a look forward. The questions we pondered were various aspects of: Was it worth it—for ourselves, for the church? And where do we go from here?

What emerged was that our call to priesthood, as shamans, as a way of representing the holy was as strong as ever. But that our commitment to the church as institution — well, we could take it or leave it.

…as “shamans.” That’s the way they see their ministry, apparently. And the commitment to their church? They "could take it or leave it." If they're shamans, they're not very dedicated ones.

This from the American Heritage Dictionary:

sha·man (shä'mən, shā'-) n. A member of certain tribal societies who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events.

According to traditional understanding, combined with Rev. Rose's understanding, here are some shamans: