The Order of the Stone Circle (OSC) has remained mostly dormant in recent years. It's heyday seemed to be the late 1990s through the mid-2000s.
There are several reasons for this dormancy. These include a general decline in interest in fraternal / revivalist druidry. Our sibling fraternal / revivalist druid orders (specifically the United Ancient Order of Druids (UAOD) and the Ancient Order of Druids (AOD)) have been experiencing similar declines in interest and membership in the U.S. More interest has been placed in reconstructionist and other forms of neo-pagan druidry. OSC was a split off group from UAOD in the 1990s and never built up a large membership or chapter base to begin with. It's estimated that no more than a dozen chapters existed with membership in the hundreds. Out of that a few major leaders in the group have passed on from this world, while others burned out or moved on to other things. Those remaining have not always agreed on the best path for the organization and some simply don't have the time to devote to making the Order what it should be. Many of the records we had of chapters and membership have been lost as a result of major transitions within OSC over the past decade or more. This has further complicated our organizing efforts.
While the future of fraternal / revivalist druidry looks bleak, we believe that OSC and fraternal / revivalist druidry and OSC specifically has something to offer modern druidry. Our relatively recent open source chapter model provides both connection and autonomy to individual chapters while offering a template that can be used to create your own unique chapters based on the interests of your specific membership. You can form a chapter and practice druidry whether you consider it a religion or a nice life philosophy; whether you are interested in the historical, spiritual, or fantasy elements of druidry; or whether you're simply interested the feeling of brotherhood, sisterhood, or fraternity associated with the group. While we've traditionally been a men's brotherhood with occasional women's sisterhoods, we currently open the way for brotherhoods, sisterhoods, coed groups, small triads, or whatever membership base you'd like to cultivate. Our Order is and generally has been sexuality positive, so we welcome many diverse sexualities. We're extremely affirming of LGBT folks. A large number of our membership is and has been made up of gay and bi men, but we also have many straight members. Lesbians, transgender folks, and other sexual and gender minorities are also welcome to use our resources to model their own unique flavor of druidry. While many druid organizations look exclusively to reconstruct and practice druidry as it was practiced by the ancient Celts, OSC has always taken the stance of adapting druidry to modern circumstances while honoring the past and looking toward the future.
We don't charge outrageous dues and fees to access our materials. If we charge dues or membership fees, they are relatively inexpensive and only act to confirm existing membership and interest. We accept individual members and also support the formation of chapters and triad groups. Members, chapters, and triads are free to access the materials in our online resources which include a number of UAOD documents, OSC rituals, a set of lessons introducing concepts related to druidry, and our member manual. Membership is required to access the member area on our website.
Given our general state of affairs, we are also in a position to offer leadership opportunities within the organization - whether you are looking to lead on a local level or become part of OSC Chapter One (our guiding board).
We currently only have a few surviving chapters (that we are aware of). If you are part of an existing chapter that we've overlooked, please let us know so we can add you to the roster. We welcome new chapters, new triads, and new individual members. All that is required is agreement to our statement of amity, that you have a general interest in fraternal / revivalist druidry, that you pay any member or chapter dues we may have in place, and that chapters request a charter and meet minimal chapter requirements (a base membership of three or more and celebrating at least four of the Druid high days yearly).
Our current chapters are:
OSC Chapter One
Formerly known as the High Council and OSC National, this is the main guiding and governing board for the Order. We maintain this website and our member area on the website, as well as any social media related to our Order as a whole. We charter new chapters and accept new memberships. We maintain a membership manual and historical documents related to OSC. Ideally we host an annual membership meeting / gathering and publish a newsletter, but these last two items require more interest and participation to put forward.
An online meeting place for both solitary members and chapter / triad members.
Based in Muskegon, Michigan this group was chartered 2006. It is believed to still be active.
Based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, this group was chartered as a men's brotherhood in 2003 and is still quasi-active. Most of the group's events and membership are merged with other local Pagan groups in the area that hold monthly and annual events including an annual men's retreat in the spring in Virginia Beach. There used to be a short lived Norfolk Sisterhood and a nearby Brotherhood in Richmond, VA, but these two related chapters have since disbanded.