My Week: Phil Ryder spreads the message about Druidry

The chair of The Druid Network recounts his week

Phil Ryder
Phil Ryder

MONDAY - The network is run entirely by volunteers, so we have to fit our work for it around our daily lives. I start my day by checking emails: I have received some about the Inter Faith Network for the UK, which promotes understanding between faiths. The Druid Network is seeking membership, but it is currently open to only nine faiths. I'm hoping to change this by telling it more about what we could bring to the organisation. In the evening, we hold our monthly trustee meeting online.

TUESDAY - At last night's meeting, the name of a possible new trustee was mentioned, so I approach this person by phone. We agree that it would be better to meet the other trustees and discuss the role at our annual general meeting in March. I then answer more emails and look at messageboards. There are two topics I feel I should contribute to: one is religious discrimination, the other how to give a eulogy at a funeral service. That is not easy at a mixed-faith funeral. I feel it is a moment to acknowledge release, so you should talk to the person who has journeyed on, not the congregation.

WEDNESDAY - I have to deal with more emails on the inter-faith issue, then spend the rest of the day searching for jobs - I am an engineer by profession but I recently lost my job. In the evening, I speak to our new website editor about the site. She is fairly new to the druid path, but her bardic skills are brilliant. I then start work on a Powerpoint presentation on Druidry for a talk in Preston (although I prefer a discussion in a circle).

THURSDAY - My attention turns to our AGM. We are always looking for ways to increase attendance and encourage people to share their views.

FRIDAY - I talk to a few members about the agenda for the AGM and, in the evening, I start work on a draft of the annual trustee report. I always enjoy this task because we achieve a great deal with limited funding. It is also a chance to see if we have hit the targets set last year.

The Druid Network is a charity that promotes the practice and understanding of Druidry

Phil Ryder is chair of The Druid Network

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