Q: How can I become a Pan Society, LTD minister?
We don’t have “ministers” in Pan Society, LTD. We have members that we call amocaras. A lay amocara can be any person who commits to using his life, talents, and skills to promote the well being of other creatures. He (or she) is a bit like a Bodhisattva.
Amocaras commit to walking beside the people in their care and are never above or in front of them.
Anyone who lives within our belief system and desires to serve in the capacity as “Servant” may initiate himself as an amocara. It doesn’t matter if his gifts have an outwardly spiritual slant or not. He may serve as a singer, accountant, writer, substance abuse counselor, psychic, or whatever gifts he has. This is a personal covenant and may be entered into or broken at any time. This does not constitute a formal relationship with Pan Society, LTD Headquarters.
To act as a formal amocara requires training and an initiation by Pan Society, LTD. Amocaras may serve as teachers, healers, or celebrants.
Teacher amocaras use their leadership skills and wisdom to help others become more wise. They may teach through story, song, lecture, or experiential means.
Healer amocaras uses herbs, ritual, energy, song, movement, touch, or any of a number of healing modalities both traditional (like nursing or doula work) and non-traditional. Pan Society, LTD does not teach healing modalities. These must already be a part of your training or gifts. We train our Healer amocaras in ethics and boundaries to assure that sovereignty, connection, and Oneness are always part of the work.
Another form of healer amocara is called the duo utres. This person creates healing at the level of the spirit.
A Celebrant amocara is one who holds ritual and ceremonies for the community. These may include birth rituals, coming of age rites, marriage ceremonies, funerals, holy day ceremonies, moon circles, and other rituals as members or the community require.