Different Types of Druidic Organizations (a very rough draft)

Here are 4 of the larger groups in U.S. Others might be added for comparison in later editions (e.g. OMS, MOCC, Whiteoak, UAOD)

Category

RDNA

ADF

Keltria

OBOD

Founded

1963

1983 off-shoot of RDNA

1986 off-shoot of ADF

1962 off-shoot of A.D.O.

Current Size

450 in Groves, 4000 overall

25-40 Groves & Proto-Groves

600+

60+ Groves & Proto-Groves

300+

5 Groves & study groups

2500+

60-85 Groves & seedgroups

Geographic Distribution

Midwest, North East, Far West, Japan, Canada, France

Evenly distributed across U.S., with UK & Canada

Midwest, Northeast & CA

British Isles, Canada, US, Australia and Europe

Largest Website

www.geocities.com/mikerdna

www.adf.org

www.keltria.org

www.druidry.org

On-line Conferences

RDNAtalk on

www.yahoogroups.com

 

Keltria-L on

www.yahoogroups.com

Message board on

www.druidry.org

Orientation

Eclectic overall

Some Groves have a more limited mixture of inspirational sources.

Indo-European overall

Groves tend to pick one or two sub-ethnic groups

Celtic overall

Groves tend to pick one sub-ethnic (Irish or Welsh)

Eclectic overall

Groves tend to have a few ethnic orientations or more "New Agey"

Overall Organization

Defunct national legislature, with largely-autonomous Groves and numerous fiesty independents. Like the U.S. Articles of Confederation in mid 18th century. Clubby with tendencies to a church.

Similar to Federal system of balance between National centralized power and local Groves, as in the U.S. Constitution since the 18th century. A chuch.

Similar to Federal system of balance between National centralized power and local Groves, as in the U.S. Constitution since the 18th century. A tribe.

Semi-functional core body with semi-autonomous Groves scattered about. More of an initiatory fraternity than a church.

Judiciary Mechanism

No formal method of expulsion nationally. Groves may do so.

Formal expulsion and defrocking is possible.

Formal expulsion and defrocking is possible.

Uncertain

Official Statements

Very rare. None recently

Frequent

Infrequently

Infrequently

Detailed By-Laws

None

Yes

Yes

Uncertain

Elections

National has a council of 3rd Orders, who are appointed, but it is mostly inactive.

Grove offices usually by elections

National and Grove offices by election

National and Grove offices by election

National offices appointed

Grove offices by election

Leadership

Not prominent, less than esteemed in many cases

Council of 3rd Order priests is mostly ceremonial.

Central office is inactive

Groves have Arch Druids

3rd Order Priests select folk to become priests.

Prominent & esteemed

Central office.

Arch Druid of entire ADF

Groves have Senior Druids

Seminarian graduates may be given 3rd circle priesthood

Esteemed

Central office

Groves have Senior Druids

Seminarians graduates raised to 3rd Circle priesthood.

Prominent & Esteemed

Central office

Groves have Senior Druids

 

Fees

None overall. Groves might.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Membership Rules

Just the 2 Basic Tenets.

Groves have local rules.

Yes.

Yes.

A few perhaps

Written Records

Extensive collected archives and compendiums produced.

Numerous liturgies and some essays collected and a few small manuals

A few small manuals, more oral based.

A few small manuals

Several books by prominent members.

Digitized Records

Mostly digitized

Partially

Partially

A small amount

Magazine

Druid Chronicler 1977-82

Druid Missal-Any 8/ year

1983-1991, 2000-now

Druid's Progress 1984-1995

Oaken Leaves 4/year

1997-now

Keltria 1989-1999

Henge Happenings 4/year

1999-now

None

Seminary Program

Nothing formal.

Formal program

Formal Program.

Nothing formal

Study Program

Nothing formal

Formal Program

Formal Program

Formal Program

Tax-Exempt Status

No Groves currently have this status.

Most Groves

Most Groves

Some Groves

Grove Set-Up

Simple

Complicated

Moderate

Moderate

Humor

Prominent

Moderate

Moderate

Less Prominent