About the Grove of the Greenwood
The Grove of the Greenwood is a Druidic Grove serving the New York Mid-Hudson Valley area and is an affiliated Grove of FoDLA (Fellowship of Druidism for the Latter Age). It was officially established on Samhain of 2011. The Grove is led by Rev. James Ferrell Wood, Druid of the Fellowship, who was trained in Neo-Pagan Druidism by Rev. Michael Sean McGuinness and ordained by Rev.Todd Covert, Chief Druid of the Fellowship, and Founder of the Druid Academy.
The Grove holds public rituals including the four "Fire Festivals" of Imbolc, Beltaine, Lughnasadh, and Samhain as well as the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes and the Summer and Winter Solstices. Rituals are generally held at the home of Rev. Wood.
As an ordained Druid of FoDLA (recognized as an organized church by the IRS), Rev. Wood is available to perform marriages as well as hand-fastings, funerals and memorials, rites of passage as well as other rituals.
The Fellowship of Druidism for the Latter Age
FoDLA is a fellowship of American polytheistic Pagans following the path of Draiocht Nua or Neo-Druidism. The fellowship is organized as a church, after the Internal Revenue Code's use of the word, and is not dogmatic, but limits its membership to American polytheist Neopagans who seek to follow the central spiritual values of traditional pre-Christian Celtic societies, best exemplified by the figure of the ancient Druid. These include, most particularly:
- A commitment to Study: To honor the past and the path that has shaped us
- A commitment to Piety: To honor the gods and spirits that guide us
- A commitment to Hospitality: To honor the community and Land it shares
Within this simple framework of shared values, FoDLA does not engage in passing judgment on matters of metaphysics. How each member of the fellowship conceives of the deities, the Otherworlds, and indeed the ultimate nature of the Cosmos, is a matter for the individual alone-guided by the commitment to study. FoDLA advocates for tolerance of diverse beliefs within a bond of shared values and a set of basic worship practices.
If you can wholeheartedly affirm the principles above--including a genuine commitment to an atmosphere of tolerance of diversity of belief within shared core values--and the Founding Vision statement in which they are found, then membership in FoDLA may be for you.