The YSEE is doing an admirable job of reviving the faith of Hellenic Polytheism, but they have some things that I simply cannot agree with as they do not take the modern world into account. These are things that can be argued using the philosophers of old as well.
One of the most important is the role of homosexuals in our community. For the record, I am a mother and wife to a wonderful man, who although he is not a “traditional” Hellenic polytheist understands the need I have for following the Theoi in a more traditional manner.
In both the ancient society and the modern one homosexuality existed, and it is my personal (and strongly held) opinion that homosexual unions need to be solemnized in the same way that heterosexual unions are. I feel that the marriage ceremony needs to be adapted in such a way that ANY union can be solemnized in the eyes of the Gods.
I know that this needs to be done with an eye to the past, but we need to acknowledge the present if we are going to have a future for our religious identity. We need to educate our children in the love of the Gods as well as encouraging those who are searching for the Theoi. We cannot afford to alienate the homosexual part of the population by making them feel like they are not accepted because of their sexuality. They can love the Gods just as much as the rest of us.
This is only one of the adaptations that is needed, and I know it is controversial because many of us have been brought up in the Christian mindset that homosexuality is sinful instead of natural. But the Gods have made it part of their design when they split the original men in two (as related by Plato). We are each looking for our “other half”.
There will be more on this and other subjects in the future, but for now, this is something to think about….