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NOD Nemetons

Today, the Council has taken an important step by approving a set of regulations for NOD Nemetons.

Nemetons are another word for "groves", meaning physical and local groups of NOD members that organize meetings, workshops or other activities. This gives NOD an important opportunity to reach out to the members on a far more personal level than can ever be achieved through the internet.

There's still some work to be done before actual Nemetons can get started, but rest assured that we're working on it and that it's coming soon!

NOD Nature Donation Fund expanded

We have expanded our NOD Nature Donation Fund, in where we endorse The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org.  For each Upgraded Membership, we donate 5 € per year, and now it is also possible for both members and non-members to make their own donations directly to our Fundraiser.  More information can be found at this URL:

http://support.nature.org/goto/neworderofdruids

Acceptance of Druidry as a Religion

The New Order of Druids is affiliated with The Druid Network (www.druidnetwork.org) since 2006. Today, we have received the following announcement from TDN, which we would like to share with you.

It is with great pleasure we announce to the membership that at a meeting of The Charity Commission on the 21st September The Druid Network was accepted as a charity that furthers religion. This is the culmination of many years of hard work, the Charity Commission did not grant this lightly and questioned all aspects of druid practice, belief,coherence and the public character of The Druid Network (whether TDN is beneficial to the public).

What this means is that Druidry is now accepted as a valid religion under English Charity Law. This gives Druidry equal status with other accepted religions in all areas including the workplace; a huge step and cause for great celebration.

Further details will be given on the website once registration has been completed.

Phil - on behalf of The Trustees.

Vacation of main administration

Please be aware that the main NOD administration will be on vacation from August 10 to 15. After August 16, we will try to get back to you.

During this time, support tickets directed to membership administration, general questions and webmaster will not be responded to until after August 16.

Support tickets for the College Coordinator and Oran Mor e-zine will still be monitored. Please make sure that, when filling out a support ticket, you choose the correct department.

Also an important note: when seeking help regarding the website, college, courses, membership, etc... please DO NOT use the private messenger or email member system on the website. Please go to "Contact Us" to use the support ticket system, where we will be able to help you much faster and more efficient!

Thank you.

New Podcast edition!

The latest Podcast edition for Lughnasadh has been released. You can now listen to it at: 

http://neworderofdruids.mypodcast.com/

New College courses for Upgraded Members

We are happy to announce that the Grove of Dana - Online Druid College, now has "specialisation courses" available.

Specialisation Courses are additional courses (aside from the standard Bardic/Ovate/Druid Course) that are available only to Upgraded Members. Each of these courses come with a mentor who will guide you through your assignments.

The current Specialisation Courses available are the Celtic History Course, and as of today also the Celtic Gods & Goddesses Course.

To sign up for either of them, go to "Druid College" and follow instructions.

New Druid Course available in our Online College!

We are happy to announce that a new version of the Druid Course has now been made available.

While the old Druid Course was intensive in itself, its format was very difficult to maintain for students and mentors alike. A new Druid Course is now available, which provides the necessary reading material already without the need of buying or borrowing books. That doesn't mean that students should not go beyond the course material, we always encourage everyone to read as many books on the subjects as they are able to and feeling up to.

This announcement concerns specifically the Druid Course. If you are currently taking the Bardic Course or Ovate Course, nothing will change for you. The Druid Course is only available to students who have succesfully completed the Ovate Course.

Particular thanks go out to Maya for writing the course, and Elke for editing.

Stay tuned for more news - new specialisation courses are soon to be added as well! The Celtic History Course is already available to all Upgraded Members!

Our website now on 100% green energy!

The website of the New Order of Druids has been running for some time now, using the webhosting-provider Priorweb. But their most recent news overjoys us, because Priorweb has now switched for a full 100% to green energy! We gladly share with you their message:

We are proud to announce that our products and services are now running for 100% on green pwer. Additionally, we are happy about the efforts we do every day, to reduce your environmental footprint. For this reason, we have created a new page on our website, which you can find at http://www.priorweb.be/eco.

New website online!

We are happy to announce that the new website of NOD has been launched! Aside from the new look, we also present new features: the chatbar on the bottom of the page (once you're logged in), better integration of the Druid Blogs into the site, logging in is possible using username or email address, and last but not least: the Activity Wall that will enable you to stay up to date on what your friends say and do!

N.O.D. now also on Facebook!

If you are on Facebook, we invite you to join the new Facebook group for the New Order of Druids.  You can find it at this URL:


http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=359180900290

Don't forget to invite your friends to join our group too, and help our community grow!

We would also like to remind you that the New Order of Druids has a profile on Myspace.com to which you can add yourself:

http://www.myspace.com/neworderofdruids

Thank you for your support!


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