My name is Rev. Amber Doty and I am honored to be your new Vice ArchDruid. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and for trusting me enough to hold this position. This is a responsibility that I take very seriously and I am excited to continue serving the organization as a member of the Mother Grove.
I joined ADF in 2008, and knew I had found my spiritual home. I am a Senior Priest and Initiate. I have completed several of the Study Programs offered through our subgroups, each allowing me to explore my personal practice. I have spent time both as a member of a Grove and as a solitary practitioner, and know the importance and value of both options. ADF has given me many gifts. In an effort to give back to the organization, I have held a number of leadership roles. These roles have allowed me to take part in projects like handbook creation, bylaw revisions, and subgroup reclassifications. I take on these tasks to try to improve internal processes and clarify expectations for members and future leaders. While change is hard, I’m willing to put in the time and effort needed to make improvements where necessary.
I see ADF as an organization that encourages right practice and reciprocity. My vision is that we can be a safe space for all of our members, and move toward effective communication without hostility or animosity. I won’t write this essay and make promises that I can change things but I want to see our focus return to building reciprocal relationships based upon hospitality. I want us move away from the perceived divisions within members and the related feeling that people have to “choose sides.” I hope from here to be able to move forward and to continue to make improvements as we go. I know that there are still processes we can improve and changes that we need to make. I also recognize that those items will take time.
This spring was unlike anything any of us had ever experienced. Typically, this is the time of year where we are beginning to plan for festivals, outdoor spaces, and spending more quality time in nature and with our peers, but this year definitely looked a little bit different. With social distancing and quarantines in place, each of us had to find new ways to communicate and celebrate together. We may not know what the future holds, but I’m proud of the perseverance and hospitality that I have witnessed throughout our membership. I’ve seen people reaching out to each other, building relationships, opening their hearts, and lending a helping hand whenever they could. The members truly are what make ADF special, and I’m proud to be a part of it.
Rev. Amber Doty