Amos Kelley is the High Priest and co-founder of the Temple of the Sacred Gift. In part one of this article Amos was introduced with his personal background and how the temple was formed.
Part two continues with a question and answer format which discusses the Temple of the Sacred Gift and the wonderful experiences that it has to offer.
Deborah: Is the Temple open to all? Who are you trying to attract?
Amos: Yes, the Temple is open to all. Sonya and I are aware that almost everyone’s paths are different, and so we strive to create inclusiveness when writing public rituals. We provide an environment where our members feel at home and at peace. We encourage our members to practice their pagan traditions on a daily basis and assist them by providing open full and new moon rituals, Sabbat celebrations and Rites of Passage (weddings, Wiccanings etc). It is our goal to attract those in our community who need/want a place to worship their gods in a safe environment and who enjoy family-friendly fellowship with people who believe the same as them spiritually.
Deborah: What does the Temple have to offer, or teach its friends/members? Its community?
Amos: The Temple of the Sacred Gift provides a Training Program, designed to provide a well-rounded education in the Craft of the Wise. Our Elders draw upon almost 200 combined years of experience with the Craft. The Program is not required of our members unless the member is seeking legal ordination with the Temple. It includes various colleges of learning, community service hours as well as a host of other things that we feel will help the member grow within their own spiritual path. The Temple also gives back to its community. We ask everyone to bring non-perishable food or clothing items to each Esbat/Sabbat and these are taken on a regular basis to the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center to assist them with feeding and clothing youth who have been displaced because of their sexual orientation. We will also be looking into assisting other local charitable organizations as we continue to grow. We try to help local charities since Memphis is our immediate home.
Along with public full and new moon esbats, the Temple of the Sacred Gift offers public sabbat, holiday, celebrations. The next scheduled esbat, a full moon rite, is Sunday, August 22, from 6:00 – 9:00pm. The rituals are family friendly and you can visit their website for further information.