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Temple of the Jedi Order (TotJO) FAQ

This FAQ provides essential information and answers some of the most fundamental questions about the organisation. All new members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this FAQ. Further inquiries can be directed to a member of the Council. If there are any errors or issues with the FAQ please contact a Librarian.

Jediism and TotJO

Making your Account

Training

Clergy

Council and Offices

Help

Temple Policies

What is Jediism

Jediism is the religion of those who regard their Jedi practice as a religious vocation. Jedi observe a metaphysical entity called the Force and often practise meditation. Jedi beliefs at this Temple are outlined by our Doctrine and developed through participation in our training programmes.

The Temple is welcoming and you do not need to be religious, or even a Jedi, to accept our Doctrine or participate in our training programmes or on our forum.

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What is TotJO

Temple of the Jedi Order (TotJO) is a legally recognised Jedi Church and ministry of Jediism. While our focus as an organisation is on Jedi religious practice, our doors are open to everyone and participation with us does not require Jedi faith.

We are a group of individuals coming together in a community to promote goodwill, understanding, compassion and serenity. We pursue a spiritual and human awareness so we may serve the world.

Here are some things TotJO is not: we are not a role-playing site, we do not teach mystical powers or how to build lightsabers, we are not a dedicated Star Wars fan site, we are not affiliated with George Lucas or Disney and we are not for people who just want to wear a badge reading "I'm a Jedi".

There are many Jedi communities across the internet with a great variety of beliefs, customs and policies. As a community we will do our best to address your concerns and take on board your views, but no one community may offer you exactly what you are looking for. If you would feel more comfortable elsewhere maybe one of the other Jedi communities would correspond more to your needs.

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What does the TotJO Symbol(TM) Stand for

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1. The Jedi Code (5 star)
2. The 16 Teachings (inner 16 star)
3. The interdependence of Light and Dark.

The TotJO symbol (above) is owned by TotJO. People are free to use it, but we ask that it is not used to misrepresent our organisation. If the symbol is used in some piece of work then we would appreciate the appropriate citation to be made.

If possible please contact a member of the Council before use to ensure no issues arise.

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Other TotJO presences

TotJO has an official presence on Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter #TempleJediOrder. There is also an unofficial Skype group, however the TotJO organisation cannot be held accountable for actions in unofficial TotJO groups.

These presences are operated by TotJO staff and can provide useful information such as times when the website might be offline.

There is also an Offline Activities sub-forum which includes details of Jedi gatherings run by both TotJO and the wider Jedi Community.

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Special Interest Groups

The Special Interest Groups (SiGs) are optional classifications some choose to identify with. The SiGs have no effect on rank or status within the Temple.

There are currently five SiGs: Abrahamic, Eastern, Pagan, Science, and Philosophy.

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Days of Significance

Mar 21 - Day of Recognition - to honour each other and the bonds between us all (also International Earth Day)

May 25 - Jediism Day - to honour Jediism and the path (also International Jedi Day)

Sep 21 - Day of Harmony - to honour peace and our connection with the Force (also World Peace Day)

Oct 31 - Memorial Day - to honour those that have passed back into the Force (also Samhein/Halloween)

Dec 25 - Anniversary Day - to honour the Temple and its founding (also Christmas Day)

Dec 31 - Day of Reflection - to honour our own past and future (also New Year's Eve)

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Monthly Reflections

 January - Reflecton: Tradition, yet Originality July - Reflection: Corruptibilty, yet Integrity
February - Reflection: Attachment, yet Freedom August - Reflection: Fickleness, yet Discipline
March - Reflection: Despair, yet Hope September - Reflection: Iniquity, yet Justice
April - Reflection: Cowardice, yet Courage October - Reflection: Foolishness, yet Wisdom
May - Reflection: Ego, yet Humility November - Reflection: Recklessness, yet Responsibility
June - Reflection: Chaos, yet Harmony December - Reflection: Greed, yet Generosity

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How to Join TotJO

Submit this Application https://www.templeofthejediorder.org/application

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Making your Account

I am under 18 years of age

Anyone under 18 must read through the Minors' FAQ and follow the instructions there.

Making your Account

What if I want to wait before committing myself

You do not have to submit the Membership Application to participate in discussion or training.

Making your Account

I have filled out the Membership Application, why hasn't my rank changed

Rank changes are not automatic, because of this please bear with us as they are normally processed in batches during the week.

If however you feel that your rank has not been changed after a significant amount of time please send the Vice President of Membership Affairs a Private Message (PM) to ensure he is aware of the situation and can address it.

Should there be a problem with your Membership Application that is preventing your rank from being changed you will be notified of the issue so that it can be addressed.

Making your Account

Membership Oaths

The Simple Oath is a non-mandatory Oath of dedication to the Jedi Path.

The Solemn Vow is taken by Apprentices when they become Jedi Knights and binds them to the Jedi path for life.

The Oath of Office is taken by TotJO staff for each position they hold.

The Oath of Confidence is taken by Ordained Clergy persons.

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Member in Good Standing

A Member in Good Standing is someone who has filled out and taken a valid Membership Application and who has not been excommunicated by TotJO for any reason.

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Guests and Visitors

A Guest is a registered website user who has not had their Membership Application processed. A Guest is not a member of TotJO. While your Rank Bar is Guest you will be unable to reply to threads in the Jediism sub-forum. There is an Open Forum for everyone to have discussions in.

A Visitor is an unregistered user, someone viewing the forum without logging in.

Most sections of the forum cannot be viewed without logging in.

Making your Account

How to begin training

The first part of training is the Initiate Programme (IP). The IP can be found under the "My TOTJO" drop-down menu then "Studies", or at the bottom left of each page under "Learning".

You do not have to be a Temple Member to begin training.

Please do not post "I want a Master", we first like to get to know you and teach some background training.

Training

Ranking Structure

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 Status is related to the rights and responsibilities (some legal) a member has.

A Rank is related to the amount of study that has been accomplished.

An Office is a specific organisational position held by a person.

A Clerical Rank is the position within the Clergy.

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Training

Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship is a personal one-on-one mentorship with a senior member who is there to help guide the Apprentice into becoming a fully fledged Jedi Knight.

An Apprentice is an Initiate who has been taken on by a Teaching Master and is receiving personal teaching and guidance. The Training Master will teach that person until Knighthood.

An Initiate must be at least 16 years old before being considered for apprenticeship.

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Training

The Degree Scheme

The Degree Scheme helps individuals develop their understanding of their Jedi path. There are three separate levels of Degree:

Associate Degree of Divinity (A.Div) - required for Knight rank

Bachelor Degree of Divinity (B.Div) - required for Senior Knight rank

Doctorate Degree of Divinity (D.Div) - honourary

The Degree is not accredited.

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The Clergy

Our clergy are not mental healthcare professionals, they are guides, and if a member is feeling particularly emotionally distressed they should seek the appropriate clinical help.

The Clergy deal specifically with the spiritual well-being of the Temple, entrusted with helping people along their Jedi journeys.

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Clergy

The Synod

The Synod is a clerical body which oversees the Clergy. The Synod facilitates, administrates and organises the Clergy by providing direction and implementing changes and updates. The Synod is subject to the authority and decisions of the Council.

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Clergy

How to join the Clergy

All applicants must be the rank of Initiate and at least sixteen (16) years of age.

The Seminary is the section of TotJO that deals with clerical training. To join the Clergy you should first contact the Assistant Pastor for the Seminary. You will then be interviewed by one or more members of the Synod and, if successful, invited to join the Seminary.

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Temporary Minister License

If you wish to officiate a ceremony as a commissioned Jedi minister without going through the seminary training then we are able to grant a Temporary Minister License for that occasion.

To apply contact the Secretary for the Synod or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and explain you wish to apply for a Temporary Licence to be a Temporary Minister for a special occasion.

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The TotJO Council

TotJO Council is our General Management as well as Supreme Court to act and decide on appeals. The Council is meant to provide a sense of direction without inhibiting the latitude and trust each Master, Knight or member deserves.

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Council and Offices

Other Roles or Offices

There are many offices of responsibility at TotJO. They dutifully serve the Temple to ensure the smooth running of services. Offices require an Oath of Office to be taken.

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Council and Offices

How to use this Website

There are useful links at the top and bottom of every page.

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Help

Contacting the Temple

There are a number of email addresses one can use to contact various members and departments at the Temple. These addresses are regularly monitored and can be used instead of Private Messaging (PMing) someone (which requires an account on our website).

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Help

Contacting the Clergy

Our clergy are not mental healthcare professionals, they are guides, and if a member is feeling particularly emotionally distressed they should seek the appropriate clinical help.

If you would like someone to talk to you then you can send a member (or two) of our Clergy a Private Message (PM).

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Help

Making Complaints

It is a rare occurrence for complaints to be made, however we at TotJO treat any complaint very seriously and no one is beyond disciplinary action. Please contact a Security Officer if you wish to make a complaint.

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Terms and Rules

We are a spirit of the law, not a letter of the law, community. These rules cover all Temple areas online.

For Terms and Conditions see here.

  1. Please use respectful language, do not be abusive and swear only where appropriate.
  2. Do not spam with either posts, private messages (PMs) or in chat.
  3. Do not advertise anything which is "for profit" and do not use the Temple to promote non-Temple services.
  4. Please give warnings if something you link to is Not Safe For Work (NSFW) or contains mature content.
  5. No stealth adervtising such as trying to poach members by promoting other organisations.
  6. No usernames with titles such as "Darth", "Knight", "Lord", "Master" etc.
  7. One account per person.
  8. Please don't post in other people's journals unless they have given you permission to do so.
  9. Do not needlessly change your username.
  10. No unofficial teaching.

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Copyright

If you are a copyright holder and believe we have infringed on copyright then you may contact our copyright agent via phone: (409) 866-0806 or
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Privacy Settings

The Temple does not and never will redistribute any of your personal information provided as part of your application for membership to third parties unless ordered by a court to do so.

Sensitive parts of the forum, such as Oaths and Journals, are not accessible to "Visitors" and search engines. You have control over what is or is not visible on your profile. There are additional,mostly administrative, forums which can only be seen by certain Officers or ranked members.

As a Church any posts made on the forums become part of our records and we have the right to keep those records. If you have any concerns about posts containing private or sensitive information you wish to be deleted then please contact a Councillor.

Posts can be edited up to one hour after posting or after a post has been edited - you make a post and wait 59 minutes and then edit it; the timer is reset and you now have another hour in which to make changes and so on.

As a general rule whatever is written on the Temple is written in ink and cannot or will not be erased.

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Funding and Merchandise

As a non-profit church the Temple is primarily funded through donations. There are other sources of income such as merchandise and fundraising.

Currently nearly all funding is used in maintaining the website which is where all future funding will be sent to unless clearly stated otherwise. If someone makes a donation they can earmark that donation for a specific purpose or project of their choosing.

Donations are only managed by one individual and cannot be used to 'buy' loyalty or advancement in ranks.

We publish the state of our finances at the end of every year (starting in 2012).

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