Temple of Nephythys Constitution & By-Laws

Temple of Nephthys By-Laws/Constitution

Temple Head Rt. Rev. Anna Rowe AP

The Temple of Nephthys, located in Hertfordshire, England, UK.
They submitted this constitution on November, Year 8 Aquarius.

Article I: Name and Purpose

Section 1.1 - The name of this organisation shall be Temple of Nephthys, or as stated herein, the Temple

Section 1.2 Temple exists to provide a non-threatening, supportive environment for Pagans, nature spiritualists, Goddess worshippers and others of a like or open mind in which to exchange ideas and practices.

Section 1.3 Our primary mission is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment in which people can meet, learn and to discuss their spirituality, regardless of what it may involve, without the threat of ridicule or reprisals.

Section 1.4 We welcome anyone who is willing to have an open mind and is willing to study the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca and strive to give the best possible guidance.

Section 1.5 We provide occasional opportunities for group worship through healing ritual, sabbat and esbat rituals and Egyptian themed rituals, with an attempt to accommodate the spirituality of each individual who participates.

Section 1.6 We will provide information regarding our spirituality to any that ask and attempt to correct any misconceptions about our spirituality that we may encounter.

Section 1.7 We welcome all individuals or groups who may be curious about our spirituality, and will answer, to the best of our abilities, any questions openly and honestly.

Section 1.8 We do not engage in proselytizing of any kind, as we feel that each individual must be allowed to seek and find their path.

Section 1.9 We consider discrimination based on race, creed, disability, nationality, sex, sexual preference, or religious belief highly offensive.

Article II: Membership

Section 2.1 – Temple does not discriminate on the basis of age, colour, gender, handicapped status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.

Section 2.2 – If any persons wishing to become a member of the Temple, and whom are under the age of 18, parental/guardians signature is needed

Section 2.3 - A member remains in good standing by adhering to the rules of the as stated in this Constitution.

Section 2.4 - A member may be asked to leave the on the basis that they cause disruption and/or defamation to the Temple, or to the Correllian Tradition and/or as stated in this Constitution.

Section 2.5a General Members
General members shall be any qualifying person who wishes to join the Temple, be it online or in person.

Section 2.5b Active Members
Active members shall be any qualified person who attends at least eight meetings/rituals during the year, or who maintains a presence in group. There are online study groups, for those wishing to take courses through the Temple.

Section 2.6 Membership Fees
There will be a small membership fee, (due to the United Kingdoms tax laws and the constitutions of religious entities). All members shall be eligible for membership of the Temple upon payment of the
membership fees. The Temple Membership Fee shall be payable, and shall be determined by the
Temple Head, provided that the fee shall be no less than the minimum set by the Temple and the Correllian Tradition of Wicca. All fees are non-refundable.

Section 2.7 Membership shall not be limited by any factor other than the ability to study and discuss topics in an open, non judgmental and polite manner. The membership may include all members of the Temple, students and clergy members. Participants shall either be General Members, or Active Members.

Article III. Finances

Section 3.1 There shall be one account in the name of The Temple at the Hertfordshire Branch of the Halifax Bank. The account shall be a Savings (visa for paypal services?) Account.

Section 3.2 All funds of the Temple shall be kept in the Temple’s bank account and appropriated only by the purchase and/or the sale of any Temple materials.

Section 3.3 The Temple Head shall keep proper books of account for the Temple and shall prepare such statements of the Temple's financial affairs as the Tradition directs. The Temple's books shall be kept at the Temple Heads Home and will be accessed only by those persons nominated by the Temple Head or others nominated by the Tradition.

Section 3.4 The financial year of the Temple shall be from the 30th of June to the 30th of June.

Article IV: Leadership

Section 4.1 - Temple of Isis shall be directed by one elected Shrine Founder/Keeper/Head and one Advisor, chosen at the discretion of the Tradition. The Shrine Founder/Keeper/Head is the initiate/imperium/clergy of the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca.

Article V: Operating Procedures

Section 5.1 - Frequency of study groups shall be determined by the membership-at-large.

Section 5.2 - Temple of Nephthys has no standing committees. Ad hoc committees may be formed at the discretion of the Tradition Head and/or the Temple Founder/Keeper/Head or by the Temples Advisor. Committees shall cease to exist upon completion of the assigned task, or at the discretion of the Tradition Head and/or the Temple Founder/Keeper/Head or by the Temples Advisor.

Article VI: Rules of Order

Section 6.1 In situations not covered by this document, the Temple’s by-laws and/or the Correllian By-Laws may be invoked.  Any member may do this; however, it should be reserved for extreme cases.

Article VII: Alcohol and Drugs

Section 7.1 There will be NO alcohol or illegal drug use permitted at any Temple hosted meeting, Sabbat, festival, or other event.

Section 7.2 Anyone who attends a Shrine hosted event while obviously under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will be told to leave that event immediately. Clauses section 7.1 does not pertain to private parties.

Section 7.3 ONLY EXCEPTION There will be only one exception to this article, if the alcohol to consumed is for ritual purposes only.

Article VIII: Amendments

Section 8.1 - Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by any active member in good standing and may be presented at any meeting.

Section 8.2 - Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by, or to the discretion of the Tradition Head and/or the Temple Founder/Keeper/Head or by the Temples Advisor.

Section 8.3 The constitution and by-laws of the Temple may be amended by the nominated High Priest/ess, or by the nominated designate of the Correllian Tradition, or by the Temple Keeper. All amendments and revisions shall be submitted to the Correllian so that the agenda may be scheduled accordingly.

Temple Keeper: Rt. Rev. Anna Rowe AP
Tradition Head: M. Rev. Don Lewis-HighCorrel FP