Hypocrisy is one of the quickest ways to turn people off to any sort of social or religious movement. Hypocrisy shows that the religion one follows is not a path to a life changing experience, or that the professed beliefs of the individual are not all that important to those who say they follow its tenants. Why would anybody bother with such a creature as that of a religion filled with hypocrisy of those closely associated with it? This is why integrity is so vital in everything that I do as a druid. My actions must match the words I speak. The words I speak must line up with the values and virtues of my religion. Integrity is all about the consistency of actions with values. This is also why training in what druidry is, is so very important. ADF’s Dedicant Path allows but the most basic training of what it means to be a druid, but it allows me to live my religion with integrity and clarity. This is also why we, as a grove, will be choosing a community service project. We must walk the talk.
Amanda Thomas is the Grove Organizer for the Ad Astra Grove. She also serves on the Topeka Interfaith Council.