Grey School Testimonial
Grey School forum post by Elrik Agathos » 10 Sep 2015, 05:55
This month marks my first full year at the GSW. One of the classes I am currently taking had me go back and review my journal entries for the past year. It really woke me up to how much I have grown in that time! I thought I would share my thoughts on that journey here.
It all really started when my oldest son became a cub scout. My wife signed him up and was rather upset that I would not take him to scouts as it is “a guy thing.” As a Christian, I had a real problem with the scouting program as they did not allow homosexuals leaders. If Jesus could hang out with prostitutes, I saw no reason why homosexuality should be an issue for the BSA, and I didn’t want my sons in an atmosphere of bigotry. Also, I wanted something more spiritual for my boys, and really something our daughter could join as well.
We tried a local group, a break off from the Boys and Girls Club, but it didn’t really work. I was praying really hard on this when I found the Grey School last August.
I truly felt that God had led me to the GSW. I see myself as a Christian Wizard, so it just kind of made sense. Yet I had my doubts. The school was started not just by a pagan (which is not an issue for me) but a well known evangelical pagan. Let’s face it, Oberon is the Billy Gram of the pagan world! If you don’t know pagans, you may have heard of him. I liked the guy, but all I really knew about him was his work with unicorns, which had fascinated me sense I had first seen them on TV when I was younger.
Yet I felt compelled to sign up. I thought the Lord was directing me to join the school, at first, to go through it to make sure it wasn’t really there to evangelize paganism. I really don’t care what faith my children become as adults, as long as they have faith. Yet I do not want to feel like we, their parents, are forcing our religion or any other on them. I didn’t want them to think we were signing them up to learn about becoming pagans.
I quickly outgrew that fear, as I was caught up in being reminded of things I had forgotten and learning new things here at the school. It was a joy! I couldn’t get my papers graded fast enough! Then came a tight spot at work and I was not able to keep up. I am still currently struggling for time, though now for new work related reasons. But I this week felt God’s call to me, telling me to get back to the school, and back to work. And so I did.
This leads me to my recent homework. I was asked to review my journal entries for the past year. I found this fitting as I have now been attending the GSW for a year. The changes I saw in myself upon reflection were astounding. I have truly grown. All of my kids are excited about turning 11 so they can sign up. We have 7, the first will be joining the GSW in late January. She is very excited. Her two older brothers are a bit jealous that they have to wait. And I am excited for them.
So, thank you to those here at the GSW that truly keep the school non-religious, a place where those of all faiths can learn the secrets of magick and wisdom.