Getting to know Amos Kelly has been a wonderful experience. Amos is the High Priest at the Temple of the Sacred Gift in Memphis, Tennessee. He is charismatic, caring, and full of energy for life. Sharing some history on both Amos and the church, that he co-created, will only make Examiner readers want to explore their spiritual options even more.
Separated in two parts, discover Amos in the question and answer session below.
Deborah: What is a brief background? Where are you from? How long have you been in Memphis?
Amos: I was born and raised in the Midsouth. The majority of my youth was spent in Northeast Arkansas. The majority of my family still lives in Jonesboro. Memphis was always the city of bright lights just across the river. My high school friends and I spent a lot of time on Beale on weekends, and a lot of time getting lost if we ventured past East Parkway! I have been living in Memphis for about seven years now, and I am a southern boy at heart.
Deborah: What is your spiritual background? What is your spiritual walk-Wiccan/Neo-Pagan?
Amos: I discovered Wicca at the age of 18 and found my first teacher in Rev. Terry Riley. I was one of the first members of SDCW and was with the church for a couple of years. I was ordained with SDCW as a priest in 1994. I practiced the craft as a solitaire for about 17 years before again feeling a great urge to practice with birds of a feather. My path is a personal variant of Hellenismos, which is the ancient polytheistic religion of the Greeks. My gods and goddesses are many, but I am led mostly by Zeus, Apollo and Gaia. I do not consider myself Wiccan, but still attune myself with the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. My religion may be over 3,000 years old, but I am not. I endeavor to worship Zeus in a 21st century manner, and the Temple encourages a modern practice in its members as well.
Deborah: What is your relationship with the Temple of the Sacred Gift? How was the Temple created? What is the Temple’s history?
Amos: I met Sonya Hill-Miller and Brian Miller, before they were married, at a full moon meet-up hosted by Cerea at WJ Freeman Park in Bartlett. Our magic and worship meshed well together (Greco-Egyptian) and we formed a coven and practiced with a small handful of people for a short while, with me leading as High Priest and Sonya as High Priestess. In the summer of 2009 we met with Revs. Terry and Amanda Riley and advised them we had intentions of creating a place where we could worship our gods with like-minded people on a regular basis. They graciously offered us their support and advice and in September of 2009 the Temple was fully licensed with the State of Tennessee and provided tax-exempt status as a church entity. In the past year the Temple has experienced immense growth and we have received support from all of our sister churches and groups in the Midsouth.
Part two will be published soon. For more information on the Temple of the Sacred Gift , visit the link at the bottom right of this page.