Dear USUPA members and supporters,
I would like you all to know that it’s been a great pleasure to head the USUPA this year and am extremely grateful for the opportunity. Thank you all for making it an incredible year for me and for your meaningful friendships. May the hand of friendship always be so joyfully extended to all who meet USUPA members.
As we look to next year I would encourage you all to take the direction of the club in your own hands as well.
We learn nothing, if we do not make it our own.
Even if you don’t feel ‘knowledgeable enough’ or that you have the ‘experience’ to lead, I encourage you to take the leap and do so anyway. Rarely are we ready to take on our own selves, or let our own golden heart of joy shine without excuse…but we MUST.
You are all incredible, amazing people and there is a reason you are the founding members of this club ( which it is more than just a student club if you haven’t figured it out by now) One can not gain wisdom without making mistakes, our steps may be dogged by fear and insecurities but it is no mistake you are the ones taking the steps.
I would like to ask each of you to find a ritual to do for the group in the next year or a class to teach. It does not matter if we’ve already covered it.
All of you need to take a leap, as do I, to being your own guiding stars. Please submit an outline for the class or ritual a month before you would like to do it.
We will continue to grow as a group and welcome new people into our midst with each semester and I encourage you again to each make a point of welcoming everyone.
I’ve been perusing the Amhrán grade of druid training (as some of you know) and part of that training is to look at your death with eyes unafraid. I continue to see the USUPA as an important part of my life, but it will be wholly unremarkable if each of you do not take up part of the mantle as well, and come to know yourselves more deeply.
Remember I am merely the hermit with the lamp.
We are all equals, never think any different. Each one of us has our own power and no one should ever be afraid to reach out to any member of the USUPA for assistance or guidance. As always, myself and the officers are ever available to you for questions or just to talk. Sometimes work/obligations might force us to schedule time to talk but you and your concerns will never be ignored.
Each of you has a song that is different from my own and you must beat it out for the world to hear.
-Kassie, summer 2011