Outed at Work

The door to the broom closet keeps getting more and more open…

As I’ve discussed here and here, I’m not one for wearing my religion on my chest. I don’t like it when religious conservatives inject their religion into the workplace and I don’t want to do the Pagan equivalent of that. If people ask, I tell them I’m a Unitarian Universalist and leave it at that.

Today at work one of our Human Resources managers stuck her head in my office. I thought she might have found one of the job descriptions I’m looking for, but instead she said “hey, I saw you at Winter Solstice – you were the Druid!”

Yep, that was me!

Turns out she’s a member of the Center for Spiritual Living who was attending her first Winter SolstiCelebration. We had a short but pleasant discussion of the Solstice and some of the work going on at the Cathedral of Hope. And then she went on to a meeting with someone down the hall and I went back to the project I was working on.

I work for a company that doesn’t always do the right thing, but that never does the wrong thing. They would never discriminate against someone because of his or her religion – at least not overtly. But get labeled as a flake and your future becomes rather limited. On the other hand, I think I’ve already shown I don’t fit the image of an all-business all-the-time executive, so I’m not sure what I’m worried about.

The truth always comes out, eventually. I’m rather enjoying it. And I’m thankful for that, because I know not everyone can.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06208142626285495635 Robin Edgar

    "Today at work one of our *Human Resources managers* stuck her head in my office."

    Who knows? You might eve get a promotion out of this "outing". ;-)


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