The Druid Network is a British druidic (neo-pagan) organisation providing a source of information and inspiration about modern Druidic traditions, practices and their histories.[1] It was founded in February 2003 by Emma Restall Orr, and approved as a religious charity in the United Kingdom in 2010.[2]

The Druid Network
FoundedFebruary 2003
FounderEmma Restall Orr
TypeReligious Charity
Area served
Officially an English and Welsh charity but with worldwide membership and interests.
c. 500
c. 20

Organization edit

The Druid Network was created in 2003 to help its members and those in society understand and practice Druidry as a religion. "Its practitioners revere their deities, most often perceived as the most powerful forces of nature (such as thunder, sun and earth), spirits of place (such as mountains and rivers), and divine guides of a people (such as Brighid, Rhiannon and Bran)."[3] "Although many see them as robed, mysterious people who gather every summer solstice at Stonehenge — which predates the Druids — believers say modern Druidry is chiefly concerned with helping practitioners connect with nature and themselves through rituals, dancing and singing at stone circles and other sites throughout the country believed to be "sacred.""[4]

A major project of The Druid Network is called Honouring the Ancient Dead, a programme developed in cooperation with the Manchester Museum (U.K.) for the proper and dignified treatment of human remains at ancient archaeological sites in the United Kingdom.[5]

Charity status edit

In September 2010, the Charity Commission for England and Wales agreed to register The Network as a charity.[6][7] This was in response to beliefs that of "nature as a core element of Druidry" that involves worship as "a divine being or entity or spiritual principle."[8] Through this decision, the ancient practices of Druidry that have been embraced in a new manner by has been determined to be a religion, with the result that The Druid Network has been assigned charitable status.[9][10][11]

The Inter Faith Network edit

The Druid Network applied for and was initially rejected for membership in The Inter Faith Network in 2012. Two years of dialogue followed involving a discussion at the House of Lords in November 2012, which involved representatives of some twenty different faiths in a debate which was led by the Reverend Peter Owen Jones and a legal opinion from human rights lawyer John Halford.[12] TDN was eventually admitted to The Inter Faith Network on 29 September 2014[13] and admitted as a full voting member on 19 October 2016.[14][15]

References edit

  1. ^ "What is Druidry?". The Druid Network. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ "Aims and Ethics of The Druid Network". The Druid Network. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  3. ^ "The Constitution Of The Druid Network" (PDF). The Druid Network. March 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "Druidism now recognized as a religion in Britain". Oct 3, 2010. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  5. ^ "British Archaeology, Issue 77 - Emma Restall Orr". British Archaeology. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
  6. ^ "Druidry to be classed as religion by Charity Commission". BBC News Online. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  7. ^ "The Druid Network - Decision made on 21 September 2010" (PDF). Charity Commission for England and Wales. 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  8. ^ Arlow, Ruth; Adam, Will (2011). "The Druid Network: Charity Commission for England and Wales: September 2010 Charity – druids – advancement of religion – public benefit". Ecclesiastical Law Journal. 13 (1): 127–128. doi:10.1017/S0956618X10001134. ISSN 0956-618X.
  9. ^ "Decision of the Charity Commission on Druid Network". GOV.UK. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  10. ^ Owen, Suzanne; Taira, Teemu (2015-01-01). "The Category of "Religion" in Public Classification: Charity Registration of The Druid Network in England and Wales". Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty: 90–114. doi:10.1163/9789004290594_006. ISBN 9789004290594.
  11. ^ Weller, Paul, 1956- (2 January 2014). Religion or belief, discrimination and equality : Britain in global contexts. Purdam, Kingsley., Ghanea-Hercock, Nazila., Cheruvallil-Contractor, Sariya. London. ISBN 978-1-4411-6620-3. OCLC 856194609.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Gledhill, Ruth. "Interfaith groups refusal to admit Druids sparks row". The Times. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  13. ^ "TDN to join the Interfaith Network". The Druid Network. October 2014. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  14. ^ "UK Druids trailblaze on interfaith row". The Wild Hunt. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  15. ^ "The Druid Network and The Interfaith Network". Church Times. Retrieved 2012-12-14.

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