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- 21 March: Jedi Creed Day (International Earth Day)
- 25 May: International Jedi Day
- 31 October: Youngling Day/Vocations Day (Halloween)
- 25 December: TotJO Anniversary Day (Christmas)
- 31 December: Day of Reflection (New Year's Eve)
\"The global celebration of Earth Day on March 20, the first day of Spring, is a matter directly related to St. Francis and the amazing results of his vision and life. Were he here today, he would undoubtedly focus all his prayer and effort on achieving Earth Day's original purpose.
Earth Day is on the March Equinox, which determines the annual date of Easter. (Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the March equinox.)
Not only that, the equinox is also the New Year in Iran and other Islam countries, which makes possible attention for a common purpose - the sustainable care of Earth, with justice and peace for all.
This will help us show real love for our world neighbors and the web of life that covers our globe.
ST. FRANCIS AND THE BIRTH OF EARTH DAY
The first Earth Day was inaugurated in San Francisco - The City of St. Francis. I had long been familiar with the Prayer of St. Francis: \"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love...\" In 1969 we obtained backing of the Mayor, city officials, churches, schools, businesses - a really all out event with massive coverage in media. While the event was backed by Franciscans and Catholic churches, participation included synagogues and many other denominations. The Red Cross delivered plants to schools for children to take home.
In succeeding Earth Days at the United Nations, we demonstrated that people of diverse creeds and cultures can leave room for their differences and come together for \"peace, justice and the care of Earth.\"
A factor in the choice of the date was my own history. In 1957 I obtained global attention for an editorial in my weekly North Carolina \"Toe Valley View\" newspaper. The first Sputnik Satellite had just been launched on October 4th. None of the media seemed to note that this was the \"Feast Day of St. Francis.\" And launched by the then Godless USSR! (The person who chose the date must have been a secret Christian.)
My editorial called for a visible \"Star of Hope\" satellite. It would be launched as a symbol of hope to further understanding and peace on our planet. It obtained front page attention around the world.
My own study and prayer life led to the conviction that we needed a common purpose that would appeal to people of all creeds and cultures - and a way to get attention for it. We needed something that would end history's terrible record of war and injustice.
These thoughts planted the seeds that led to Earth Day.
Another factor was my efforts in 1963 to get global participation in a daily \"Minute for Peace.\" I was responsible for the Minute for Peace on radio world-wide, which followed the period of mourning for President Kennedy. \"Peace begins in the mind.\" We asked for a one minute radio spot on all stations that would carry the sound of a bell and a thought or prayer for peace. We invited all listeners to join in this special minute - to deepen their commitment and increase their efforts for world peace.
Minute for Peace became the centerpiece of Earth Day. When we ring the UN Peace Bell we invite people world wide to join in two minutes of heartfelt prayer that we will overcome \"doubt with faith\" and strive to be a responsible Trustee of Earth.
Pray that every year St. Francis Day and Earth Day will bring a new sense of identity with the whole human family and a commitment to see peace through understanding and love -- the love that Jesus revealed. And may we put feet to our prayers with action to help make it happen.\"
St. Francis and the Birth of Earth Day by John McConnell
The International Day of the Jedi is an \"annual Star Wars fan holiday\", started on the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars film... The International Day of the Jedi is ment as a celebration of the entire Star Wars saga. The observance of International Day of the Jedi in May coincides with the release months of each Star Wars film. The date of May 25th was selected because the original Star Wars film, A New Hope, was released on May 25, 1977.
\"A vocation as defined in a religious environment is an occupation for which a person is suited, trained or qualified. Often those who follow a religious vocation have a inclination to undertake the work, often called a calling. This type of vocation is either professional or voluntary and can include many different religious backgrounds.\"
A Jedi Vocation can be seen as fulfilling the spiritual need of a potential Jedi, and explains the specific task for which that Jedi is specifically gifted, and usually implies that this same Jedi in question has a form of \"calling\" for the task. \"The word \"vocation\" comes from the Latin vocare, meaning \"to call\"; however, its usage before the sixteenth century, particularly in the Vulgate, refers to the calling of all humankind to salvation, with its more modern usage of a life-task first employed by Martin Luther.\"
Appart from its innate serriousness as a Pagan feast day, Halloween presents an opportunity for kids and adults alike. In its liberating spirit this day was chosen to reflect our Jedi Joungling Day and Vocations Day.
It is a day for us to honour our future and pass on our legacy and traditions. A simple tradition of making a child smile, and for one day putting aside all the normal rush and routine and spending time with our future.
Today, we not only celebrate TOTJO anniversary but also the community of people who meet here.
Today we are celebrating everyone who visits and are members here no matter what walk of life they may come from nor in what way they may participate.
In the Force each individual is unique in his own image where everyone has different talents. And just like the ingredients in a recipe we all bring different elements into the community.
In addition to celebrating all the different groups and people who are part of our present community, we also remember the people who came before us. We remember the people who founded this Temple years ago and we remember the people who built this Temple site 4 years ago.
The purpose of this remembering is not to dream nostalgically about the past, but to thank the Living Force for the life, work and witness of those people. We remember how they lived and the love and the concern they showed to us, and we acknowledge all of that before Community and Force.
Human relationships are not always easy, and the difficulties we have are part of being human and part of the risk of being a member of a community.
Relationships are at the heart of what it means to be human. Some relationships are easy and some are difficult. Some take a lot of effort and some very little effort.
TOTJO has shown that our relationship to the Force can be like that too: sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s difficult. Sometimes, our relationship to the Force flows swimmingly for weeks, months, or years, and other times we struggle: either with faith, with closeness, or with perceiving the presence of the Force.
But to acknowledge the difficulties as well as the goodness in our relationships is a truthful thing, and an authentic thing. And the best relationships are the ones in which we are free to be truthful and authentic. Because, when we acknowledge our differences, our disagreements and even our faults, we can make amends and start to move forward constructively.
We can learn to forgive and we can learn to be forgiven.
There is one group of people here not mentioned yet. We’ve mentioned the people who are part of our community today. And we’ve mentioned the people who have come before us. But we’ve not mentioned the people who will come after us.
As we think about who we are now and who we want to be in the future, some of us will have different ideas; I’d be surprised if there wasn’t some disagreement, but all of that is OK.
Let us be mindful as we move forward into what is for us a new year, that the Living Force will move with us and give us the strength to continue to be a community which is forgiving and forgiven.
May the Living Force open our eyes and our ears to it`s work in our lives and in the world and help us to respond as we are each called.
May The Force Be With Us!
This is a day on which we honour the secular festivity called New Year`s Day. We clarify once again in our mind`s eye our place in the world and the context we live in. It is a constant reminder that we are given opportunity on each day of the year. So it does not really matter when the year or for that matter the month or week starts. It is the day, it is the now which matters. We want to honour that which the Force has made possible. We as a part of history are still moving with the times. Ironically history is becoming our future.
January - Reflecton: Tradition, yet Originality
February - Reflection: Attachment, yet Freedom
March - Reflection: Despair, yet Hope
April - Reflection: Cowardice, yet Courage
May - Reflection: Ego, yet Humility
June - Reflection: Chaos, yet Harmony
July - Reflection: Corruptibilty, yet Integrity
August - Reflection: Fickleness, yet Discipline
September - Reflection: Iniquity, yet Justice
October - Reflection: Foolishness, yet Wisdom
November - Reflection: Recklessness, yet Responsibility
December - Reflection: Greed, yet Generosity
The Reflections are dichotomies of, for lack of better terms, 'vices and virtues' human nature. One cannot reduce all the variables of the human experience into 12 dichotomies of vice/virtue, nor insist that these are the most important. These periods encourage reflection, whether that be on a vice and virtue they promote or a vice and virtue not listed. They serve as reminders to the Jedi that we shall never be 'more than' human, which should be embraced not regretted
As reflections on human nature it is important that we remember not only the goals we strive for, but the shortcomings that hold us back, we accept this fact, about all of us, with humility. We should recognise all variations of human nature, we would not wish to forget or reject charateristics which many in society organise their lives by. While these dichotomies are complimentary opposites the limitations of language encourage us to see them broadly, to see the nuances and extended meanings behind each of them and how they have, do and might apply to us in the past, present and future.
Reflect and learn.
"To everything there is a season"
- Ecclesiastes 3:1
- The Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn!
Our religion is syncretic in nature, meaning it is based in part on existing traditions. The Temple keeps (and often neglects) a calendar of feast days, many of which are drawn from other faiths; but often these religious festivals take their inspiration from broader trends related to the passage of the year. The passage of the seasons is familiar to people the world over, albeit at a six month remove depending on which hemisphere you reside in: the hope and promise of new life in the spring, the heat and light of summer, the autumn harvest, and the cold and dark "death of the year" in winter. Humans live on one planet, and this cycle of seasons is part of us all.
As we move through the months, religious, spiritual and folk festivals remind us of a variety of sentiments and call on us to reflect on a wide range of values and ideas. From New Year and the familiar resolutions to change our ways, through Valentines Day and its emphasis on bonding, ultimately to create life, moving into the stories of hope in both the Easter and Holi festivals of Spring; then on through the year, the courage reflected by both Passover and Vaisakhi, the harmony enshrined by the summer solstice, integrity at Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah and its focus on judgement; and as the Autumn evenings begin to draw in, the celebration of the light of wisdom at Diwali, a recognition of human conflict and our responsibility around Memorial Day, finally into the period of Advent with its focus on generosity. The flow of these festivities is common to us all, whether we choose to join with them or not.
Whether we remember to consider these very human traditions on given days seems less relevant than remembering to reflect on each of them at some point of the year. As such, the Clergy of the Temple have voted to replace the existing and oft-forgotten Feast Day calendar with one based around monthly seasonal Reflections.
These Reflections take their inspiration from the passage of the year described above, and like our Code and Creed are based around apparent dichotomies in human nature. We are all familiar with phrases such as "emotion, yet peace", or "where there is doubt, faith". One reason our values are presented in this way is that we recognise that humans are not perfect. We may be peaceful one day and emotional the next. We do not seek to deny or ignore emotion - just to prioritise and cultivate peace. The Reflections follow this same pattern, and Jedi are asked to consider these related ideas, "sliding scales" or paths, in their own lives.
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Offices are positions of official responsibility within the Temple. Officers dutifully serve the Temple to ensure its smooth running. Offices require an Oath of Office.
The Councillors act as the general management as well as the Supreme Court to act and decide upon appeals. The Council is meant to provide a sense of direction without inhibiting the latitude that each Master, Knight and member deserves.
The Council Secretary helps organise the running of the Council and should be used as first point of contact for anyone wishing to talk to the Council as a whole rather than any specific Councillor.
Council Secretary: Adder
The degree administrator is responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating the progress of members undergoing the degree system.
Degree Administrator: Ryujin
As soon as a member begins a journal, or makes an introductory post, the Intake Officer (as well as possible other members) will greet you. If you have questions, and do not know who else to ask, this officer (as any other member would) will be happy to answer your questions.
The Knight's Secretary is responsible for organising and chairing the Knights' meetings, managing discussions and organising votes. Furthermore the Knight's Secretary is a contact person for all Temple Members who wish to contact the Knights directly.
Knight's Secretary: Adhara
The main focus of the Librarian is to ensure that information available on the Temple's website is kept up-to-date as well as ensuring that the Library contains relevant and useful resources.
Assistant Librarian: Darren
Honourary title reserved for the longest serving members of the Temple.
Matriarch: Neaj Pa Bol
Patriarch: Br. John
The Moderator is tasked with ensuring that participants on TotJO's forum and Chat abide by the appropriate behaviour and courtesy towards each other.
A Pastor is a minister responsible for overseeing the spiritual welfare of the Temple. When the Pastor is unavailable the Associate Pastor is acting head of the clergy.
Pastor: Alexandre Orion
Associate Pastor: Akkarin
Assistant Pastor for the Seminary: Cabur Senaar
Retired bishop awarded this honourary title for their services to the clergy and to the Temple.
Pastor Emeritus: Kana Seiko Haruki
In our case the President is the chief secular operations officer of the corporation and deals with legal affairs and keeping the corporation legal under Texas and Federal law. He files the reports with the state. The President also concerns himself with the structure of our Temple.
President: Br. John
Public Relations and Marketing Officers
The "Head of Public Relations and Marketing" co-ordinates the "Marketing Team" and acts as spokesperson for the Order. The "Marketing Team" is tasked with community building and informing the public about the Order.
Head of Public Relations and Marketing: Brenna
Secretary for the Clergy
The Secretary for the Clergy is tasked with the day-to-day communication and secretarial tasks of the clergy such as contacting clergy members, making announcements, arranging schedules, filing reports and maintaining records.
Secretary for the Clergy: Rosalyn J
Secretary for the Synod
The Secretary for the Synod is tasked with the day-to-day communication and secretarial tasks of the Synod such as filing reports, maintaining records and recording meetings.
Secretary for the Synod: Darren
An invaluable service guaranteeing the Temple`s membership safety and image a high degree of credibility. Security Officers are persons of trust who can and should be contacted in the case of any anti-social or illegal activities. All contacts are treated seriously and confidentially.
Security Officers: MartaLina
Honourary title for a former Pastor who has retired from day-to-day activities but still oversees the spiritual welfare of the Temple.
Senior Pastor: Br. John
Special Interest Advisors
These are members that have particular experience with individual Special Interest Groups and have taken on the responsibility of providing help and guidance to those seeking information. If you have any questions about a specific Special Interest Group, the relevant Advisor will be happy to answer them.
Special Interest Advisor for the Pagan Special Interest Group: Alan
Special Interest Advisor for the Abrahamic Special Interest Group: Neaj Pa Bol
Special Interest Advisor for the Eastern Special Interest Group: RyuJin
Supplemental Initiate Programme Administrator
The SIP Admin provides additional lessons to Initiates.
Supplemental Initiate Programme Administrator: Firewolf
Manages and maintains the web server and forum software that TOTJO runs on.
The treasurer is responsible for the management of the TotJO funds and paying for our hosting and related expenses.
Treasurer: Br. John
Vice President of Membership Affairs
Handles matters of membership such as answering enquiries, account issues, rank changing and moderation.
Vice President of Membership Affairs: Jestor
Due to increasing interest shown by younger members and the potential vulnerability of such members, a youth officer (trusted members of our community) has the duty of accommodating for those under eighteen (18) years old. The youth officer is a person of trust who can be contacted in confidence on any issue. One important aspect of our youth work is the direction of discussion for under eighteen (18) year olds in the youth forum which can only be accessed after first talking with the Youth Officer.
Youth Officers: J_Roz
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We are now offering digital status certificates (physical copies are being discussed still at this time.)
Each certificate is numbered and recorded in our archives for verification purposes.
We are offering three kinds of certificates;
3. Clerical Status
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You can identify the ranks of members by the Rank Bar which can be found underneath their profile picture.
These are the types of ranking in the Order:
A Rank is related to the amount of study that has been accomplished at the Temple.
A Status is related to the level of rights and responsibilities (some legal) that a member has in the Temple.
An Office is a specific position held by a person that relates to specific tasks and responsibilities.
A Clerical Rank indicates the level of clerical duty and responsibility.
For additional details, please look at the laws that define Ranks and Statuses here.
An Ordained Clergy Person who is mentoring a Licensed Minister.
Temple Member - Status
An individual who has completed a valid Application. A Temple member must be at least thirteen years of age (13) and those under the age of eighteen (18) must have parental permission to join.
Training/Teaching Master - Status
A Knight who has gone through the preparations needed to be ready to train an Apprentice.
Novice - Rank
A Temple Member who is currently studying the Initiate Programme.
If you are studying the Initiate Programme and already have the status of "Temple Member", you are considered to hold the rank of 'Novice'. Please contact Kit once you have posted your first lesson so she may make this change on your account as it is not an automatic process.
Initiate - Rank
A Novice who has completed the Initiate Programme.
Apprentice - Rank
An Initiate who has been accepted by a Teaching Master as their Apprentice. This involves tasks and lessons and it relies on a good working relationship, dedication and recognition of mutual improvement. An Apprentice must be at least sixteen years of age (16)
Knight - Rank
An Apprentice who has successfully completed their apprenticeship to the satisfaction of their Teaching Master and the Council. They uphold the principles of Jediism as defined by the Solemn Vow, and have completed the Degree to A.Div level. They can take on Apprentices of their own. A Knight must be at least eighteen years of age (18).
Master - Rank
A Senior Knight who has successfully taught three apprentices.
Grand Master - Rank
An honorary title bestowed upon Masters for exceptional dedication and service to the Temple of the Jedi Order. As such it is not “higher” than the rank of Master.