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The third collection of articles written by Morgan Drake Eckstein for the Hearthstone Community Church monthly newsletter. 2012 was a busy year for the Denver Wiccan community. Besides it being an electional year, several important local Wiccans passed over. Plus Hearthstone was busy looking for a new board member. As always, Morgan Eckstein proves that he is a lunatic with a soapbox as he comments about what is going on.

Contains the following articles:

Are you registered to vote?
Wiccan maintenance
To share or to hoard
Our future elders
Calling upon strange and forgotten gods
Who promised you a safe Wicca?
But we can promise you reasonable safety precautions
A threefold interpretation of the cakes and ale
What are the responsibilities of a leader?
Responsibilities that we all have
Competition and the modern pagan
Memory and Drawing Down the Moon

Excerpt from “What are the responsibilities of a leader?” (September 2012 newsletter article):

So what are the responsibilities of a leader in my universe?

One, they have chosen to put the interests of a group ahead of their own personal interests. A leader serves the needs of a group. It is an unpleasant job. Occasionally, this involves “herding cats” and moving the group in a direction that the individual members do not want to go. A true leader knows that one sometimes has to make unpopular decisions. One cannot please everyone when they are a leader. A leader also has to place the interests of their group ahead of other groups—if all opinions and interests were the same, we would not need leaders in the first place.

A leader leads by example and/or suggestion. They do not need to be officially in a position of power. Their ability to lead does not spring from the position that they hold in a group, rather it springs from their innermost being. Sometimes, a true leader seems more like a force of nature than a human being.

And most importantly, a leader needs to know the following two sentences: “I do not know,” and “I made a mistake.” A leader has to be able to admit when they do not know something, and they have to be willing to admit to occasionally (or often) making mistakes. A leader does not need to be right all the time, but they do have to be willing to admit mistakes and ignorance, and be willing to change directions when necessary.

Leaders are not leaders because they are popular or agree with everyone. They are leaders because they are willing to make unpleasant decisions, and are willing to put the best interests of others ahead of their own personal interests. A true leader will not change their behavior just because someone says that they are wrong. Being a leader is unpleasant on most days—which is why I am glad that I am just a lunatic with a soapbox.

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