March 15, 2021 at 10:12 pm #40883
Appia Claudia HeminaDenarii: 𐆖 128.45PlebeiusGallia Mississippia
The post outlines the perfect program for how we could prepare citizens for priesthood training.
The best priesthood training programs would equip candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to serve a single cult of group of related cults well. That means a quality education in the subject area, religious rituals, in-depth exploration of traditions, and historical sources. Equally important is some practical experience outside of the classroom. This is what any good priesthood training program would provide.
An effective training program will also include a healthy dose of critical thinking skills – the ability to analyze information, make sense of it and determine how best to apply that information. This is important because they won’t always have the information they need in order to do the job effectively, and at times one may be given incorrect or misleading information. A big problem in the CDR… They’ll need to know how to evaluate information and sources critically – sort truth from misdirection — and come up with the best plan possible given the circumstances.
The ability to effectively communicate is another skill that should be taught in most priesthood training programs. This is important because they will be required to do a variety of tasks, communicate with a great many people, often over contentious topics. Such candidates will need to be concise and clear in what is communicated. In order to do this effectively, they’ll need to know how others are communicating. They need to know how to effectively use media – audio, video, printed materials, and verbal communication. They will also need a working knowledge of the theory and practical application of public speaking.
Some training programs include physical fitness as part of their curriculum. Such candidates should be role model Romans in mind and body. If this is included, they should be prepared for some training in physical fitness. Generally speaking, any good priesthood training program would include a comprehensive curriculum that teaches one about the history of the CDR and its related subject matters. They should also teach them about the beliefs, traditions, myths and practices of Roman religion and the particularities of its cults.
They should provide them with an in-depth understanding of the sacra publica that exist today and how it could be expanded. They should also provide them with an in-depth understanding of the ancient and modern Roman Republic, including its history and doctrines, as well as how it is organized today.
Finally, a good priesthood training program would include some sort of internship or mentoring program for the first year after graduation. This would be a chance to learn about the practical application of what they’ve learned and to apply it to real-life scenarios. The candidates should also have the opportunity to learn from others, especially those who are currently serving at a high level in the cult or sacra publica. Maybe pontifices would act in this role?
A good priesthood training program would provide much of what is needed to serve a cult well. However, even the best programs wouldn’t substitute for actual experience. Priests will need to get out there and start applying what they’ve learned as soon as possible, even if that means doing what they think is right without knowing if it is 100% right or not. Experience from cultores shows that most of what is learned will come from experiences with the gods directly.
Now I ask you all, how do we make this happen?March 16, 2021 at 12:44 am #40884
Paullus Trebatius MinervalisDenarii: 𐆖 160.10PlebeiusFlorida
This is a fantastic outline of a program and I would love to help see it realized. I think an outline should be created. There give as much breakdown as you can about which of these topics are general – as in all those wishing to be part of the priesthood will take the exact same classes – and which of these topics are specific to one of the gods or a small group of them. As you said, training should be tailored in some areas to one cult or a small group of gods.
In the area of critical thinking… I think it’s going to be important for our priests to know how to address new issues as they arise. Because the application of some of our beliefs will bring up new issues to do with technology, the society we live in, and a new understandings of the rights of all beings.
Practically, I think we should look into online courses with a platform such as Moot or Coursera. Something where we can combine textual information for students, videos, and testing to make sure they’re comprehending the information. I believe Google Classroom could also be an option. Just my two-asses. Thank you for bringing up this incredibly important topic for the revival of our faith Tribune Hemina.
March 16, 2021 at 3:59 pm #40894
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Gaius Florius LupusDenarii: 𐆖 237.65PatriciusNo Province
Apart from training, recognition of priesthood is also important. We could do this alone just as the online community of the Roman Republic, which would give the ordained priest a very limited recognition, or we could do this jointly with other communities of the Cultus Deorum, like Nova Roma, Communitas Populi Romani, and Associazione Tradizionale Pietas. For this purpose we would need a Collegium Pontificum, which is universally accepted by all these groups. I think, this should be the first step. Then we can really train new priests and ordain them in a way that they are recognized by all followers of the Religio Romana worldwide.
Valete!March 16, 2021 at 6:51 pm #40895
Caeso Cispius LaevusDenarii: 𐆖 873.40PlebeiusBritannia
We will not get all these disjointed groups to agree on one collegium pontificum. They might all agree on a collegium pontificum for their own community, but not for the world as a whole. Case in point – Nova Roma with its “collegium pontificum”.
Each community should have its own religious council or whatever they want to call it. Ideally these groups would communicate. But some probably are more willing than others. For example, I do not foresee Nova Roma working well with anyone…
I suspect the collegium pontificum that is the most authentic and genuine in their spiritual leadership will be viewed as the world-wide authority even if informally.
Ultimately, we probably we will need more than one collegium pontificum in this world-wide community. If all these groups can come together under a single collegium pontificum, then they will still need to have their own religious councils or whatever they want to call it… So it’s all somewhat fluid.
We’ll see how this all pans out.
valeMarch 17, 2021 at 12:06 am #40900
Publius Aurelius BarbatusDenarii: 𐆖 7.05PlebeiusGallia Mississippia
I agree that teaching critical thinking skills would be essential to a training program. Being able to address issues as to how they relate to RR is extremely important. Furthermore, I think teaching about the methods of Reconstructionism should be considered. In the modern age of publishing, there’s just too much misinformation that circulates about the gods. New Age publishers like Llewellyn will print just about anything, and there’s a lot of Wiccan/witchcraft writings that are ahistorical. While these are valid systems of belief and we are all free to follow our own sacra privata paths, such things should not cloud the sacra publica practice. It’s important to know exactly where information comes from and be able to use critical thinking to evaluate its worth.
I’m very excited to see how this training program develops.
March 17, 2021 at 2:08 pm #40903
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Paullus Trebatius MinervalisDenarii: 𐆖 160.10PlebeiusFlorida
Barbartus, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about critical thinking and why it’s important. I think learning and truly internalizing the ways of the gods/ the CDR is equally important for these same reasons. So when one of our priests is asked by a peregrinus or new citizen why we’re not doing something the way they read in some other text, that priest needs to know where that version of events came from and why the RR and the Collegium Pontificum chose to go another way. This is of course regarding the nuances of worship that have been lost to us or are debated by people far more knowledgeable in the CDR than I am.
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