On June 3rd, at OBOD's Summer Gathering in Glastonbury, Philip Carr-Gomm announced that he will be stepping aside from his role as Chosen Chief in 2020. He also announced that he will spend the next two years mentoring his successor, and that I will be that successor.
I am extremely glad of the fact that Philip has allowed me two years to learn from him before I take up the role. I expect to continue learning from him long after those two years have passed.
Under his care, OBOD has become the single largest Druid organisation in the world, with a membership of more than 25,000 people.
It has developed a distance-learning training which guides people through the three levels of Bard, Ovate and Druid, and which Professor Ronald Hutton described in the following terms: "When the history of late twentieth century alternative spirituality comes to be written, the OBOD correspondence course will take its place as one of the most significant bodies of spiritual writing in the western world."
Philip has also worked with a wide range of talented individuals to build an organisation where creativity is fostered. Members begin as Bards, and may choose to move on to become Ovates or Druids, but are under no obligation to do so.
Philip and I recorded the following video to go with his announcement. In part of it, we discuss how OBOD works best with permissive leadership. I also explain what OBOD means to me.
OBOD's official website can be found at www.druidry.org The short YouTube documentary below was filmed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of OBOD. It includes some of the story of the order and showcases some of the wonderful creativity of Order members.
One of the most enjoyable resources produced by the Order is the regular monthly podcast, DRUIDCAST. You don't have to be a member to listen to it. It can be found at: http://www.druidcast.libsyn.com