|What is Kemetic Orthodoxy?
Becoming Kemetic Orthodox
At this writing, Kemetic Orthodoxy is primarily a religion of converts, and we enjoy slow yet steady growth, as we do not actively recruit members or do missionary work. The Kemet.org website is
maintained and updated with information about our faith, including image
libraries, an extensive glossary of gods and goddesses, a
"virtual" ancestor shrine, and
inspirational writings from our spiritual leader, Her Holiness the Nisut (AUS). An additional website specifically for the House of Netjer temple is located at Netjer.org and includes events calendars and reports, live discussion boards and other materials.
At present, the Kemetic Orthodox membership draws from around the globe, and therefore the Internet unites a large segment of our devotees. As the House of Netjer is a temple of an African Traditional religion, and not a "mystery school" or study group, membership represents more than simply an education in Kemetic Orthodoxy. A potential member is first enrolled in a free beginners' course for approximately four months, during which (s)he is provided with education on the faith and an introduction to the community.
After completion of the beginners' course, a potential member may opt to continue on as a community member without a formal commitment to the religion as a Remetj (the ancient word for the "people of Kemet"). If further dedication is desired or indicated, the Remetj can choose to formally convert to the Kemetic Orthodox religion and undergo divination and initiation as a Shemsu, "follower," (a formal member and after training, potentially a lay priest) of Kemetic Orthodoxy.
In order to maintain Ma'at and
respect to all religious choices, including our own, we do not ask members to renounce any previous or current religious beliefs, ordinations or titles gained in other faiths, although Shemsu undergo a rite of initiation dedicating them specifically to the service of a particular god or goddess and generally make a total commitment to Netjer setting aside behind previous non-Kemetic Orthodox work as part of that vow. (Remetj members do not take such a vow and as such are not bound by the oaths of Shemsuhood). Persons who after probation, or at any time during their sojourn with the faith conclude that Kemetic Orthodoxy is not their spiritual path are supplied with guidance on where to achieve that as best as can be supplied; we do not believe our faith to be the one and only path to spiritual success and Kemetic Orthodoxy may not be for everyone.
The House of Netjer's online ministry is extensive. It includes 24-hour emotional and spiritual support and counseling, daily, weekly and biweekly chats via Internet Relay Chat (IRC) for fellowship and ritual at all membership levels, as well as structured courses in Kemetic Orthodox spirituality and religious topics provided by our spiritual leader and the Kemetic Orthodox clergy. In addition, distance-worship, or online ritual, is convened twice monthly in the form of an IRC chat called Dua (the Kemetic word for "worship" or "praise").
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