Robert felt a call to ministry at an early age, even while attending the Methodist church where he grew up. He became fascinated with New Age faiths in his early teens and at 16 self-dedicated as a Wiccan.
Having very open-minded parents gave Robert the opportunity to study broadly on his own. It wasn't until he went to college that he had the opportunity for group worship, however. For the next several years he worshiped, led and studied with various groups and as a solitary. During this time he was exposed to many different Pagan traditions, but throughout it the Goddess called him to the Wiccan path.
In late 2007 Robert found a group of friends that celebrated together and joined them in several religious services. They shared a desire to establish a church-- a place of open and life-affirming worship as Wiccans. The next spring when he attended Spring Mysteries in Seattle with the Aquarian Tabernacle Church, Robert found a group that shared his goals and calling. Further, he discovered that many of the books and materials he had been using for so long were written by ATC members! He was initiated into the Tabernacle Tradition in April of 2008.
In May 2008 Robert had the opportunity to fully realize the call to service that had begun in his teens, as he and two friends founded the Crossroads Tabernacle Church as an affiliate of the ATC. Since then, he has worked hard to establish Crossroads as a visible presence within the Pagan community as well as in the larger faith community in Michigan. In 2009, Crossroads became the first Wiccan church in the state to be given the Governor's Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer and Meditation. Later that same year, Crossroads was invited to engage in prison ministry, again a first for Wiccan churches in Michigan.
As High Priest of Crossroads Tabernacle Church - ATC, Robert continues to serve the Goddess and God by expanding the opportunities for public worship, study, and ministry services for Wiccans and other Pagans.
Robert is an avid fan of world music as well as the music of medieval Europe and loves to surround himself with the music of places and times that he has seen as well as those he has not.
We are all saddened by the loss to our community. The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Lansing will be honoring Chris Keith on Sunday 9 December:
The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty will be having a special time during this Sunday's service at 11:00 for honoring our former members, Chris Keith and Isaac Miller. The Sunday service will feature a holiday children's program for the bulk of the service, based on a Lemony Snicket story. The children will be dismissed from the service, unless parents wish for their children to stay, and then we will have a brief time which will feature a candle-lighting, a time of silence, and a special collection for the memorial fund that has been set up to help support Chris Keith's three surviving children, age 4, 6, and 8. We will have literature on hand about how to talk to children, about tragedy, and other related literature.
Following the service, a trained psychologist will meet as a group with people who wish to process deeper feelings about these tragic deaths.
Next week's service at UUCEL is titled "In the Bleak Midwinter" and focuses on the sadness of the winter season. The service is still being shaped, but may include a section in honor of Chris Keith and Isaac Miller, as well as honoring the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, CT.