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14 Apr 2013 19:15 - 14 Apr 2013 19:16 #103173 by Mark Anjuu
Today marks the 3 year anniversary of my joining TOTJO and becoming a Jedi. Some of you may know me, others may only have heard of me and others still may have no idea who I am! So what have I done in my time here?

Well, I took over the Pagan Rite and held it firm through the transition to Special Interest Group. Even today I still honour these ways and have renewed my commitment to try to celebrate certain festivals here in this Temple. I was ordained as a Bishop and have since created the Clerical Training Programme (currently in the final stages of its most recent update), shepherding students in the Seminary through to their Minister's License and/or Ordination. It has also been my pleasure to officiate at ceremonies to welcome members to the Clergy and to Knighthood.

I have trained apprentices through to Knighthood and am honoured of their achievements. I am also continually amazed and humbled by them and by the apprentices that I continue to guide. As well as contributing to the advancement of learning within these walls in such a direct way, I also set up the Degree Qualification Scheme, initially to encourage continuing study and to set a tangible foundation for the awarding of the religious degrees. This has now been adapted for use as an integral part of the advancement through ranks and is continually being improved and evolved according to the needs of our community.

As far as official publications are concerned, I edited the first edition of The Way of Jediism, our fledgling work that shows the world what we believe. There are ongoing plans to update this tome in the light of the developing nature of our Order and I hope that I will continue to play a part in this process.

I have been on the Council and Executive Committee for almost 3 years and am still dedicated to helping to guide the Order for the benefit of our members and the future of TOTJO. It has also been my privilege to be awarded the rank of Grandmaster Knight of Jediism. As Vice President of TOTJO, I share in the responsibilities of governance and as Archbishop of the UK, I have a specific Clerical jurisdiction over the lands that I call home.

All of these achievements and events have led me to where I am now so where is that exactly? Well, the constraints of outside life have led to a need to focus on the affairs that most of you do not see in progress but know only from their results. Along with our VP of Clergy, V-Tog, I still guide our Ministry and it is my role of Pastor of the Church that occupies the bulk of my attention. Although the physical work still involves Council and Clergy activities, it is my honour and duty to support the spiritual space of this Temple alongside Br.John and our fellow Ministers.

Sadly this has meant that I am no longer as “visible” in these halls as I once was. Whereas I used to write in Initiates' journals and appear regularly in Chat, my duties have taken me away from this regular interaction and this is one of the regrets and necessities of such a position. The next few months will see a massive change in my personal life as well the the completion of several “behind the scenes” projects here so it is my firm hope that I will be able to engage more fully with you all in the near future. But for now, I hope that I am still approachable and that anyone can feel they can get in touch if they want or need to.

Despite all of my titles and projects, I remain as I always have been – a simple Jedi. As a Bishop and the Pastor of the Order, I am a servant of the servants of the people. As a Minister, I faithfully uphold and deliver the teachings of our Doctrine and faith. As a Jedi, I remain committed to the ideals and spirit of Jediism as we see and live it. As a human being, I have my faults and triumphs, my fears and strengths, my sorrows and my acceptance of what is and what must be.

All of you have the capacity for greatness, not as a way of proving yourself to others but as a means to fulfil your own needs and potential. It is my dearest wish that you find happiness and fulfilment, whoever you are and whatever you do. May the tenets of focus, knowledge and wisdom light your way as you tread the path of a Jedi and may I have the honour to call you brother, sister, friend.

My deepest thanks and sincerest love to all those who have walked with me on this journey, however brief or profound. To all those who have yet to cross my path, I look forward to our meeting and trust that it will be of service and joy to us both. The past three years have enlightened as much as they have strengthened and I hope that the future may prove to be as excellent. But for now, as always, I shall endeavour to appreciate the moment and the lessons that each one brings.

May the Force be with you all.

Rev. Mark Barwell OCP
  • Pastor of the Order
  • Vice President, Bishop and Councillor of TOTJO
  • Arch-Bishop of the U.K.
  • GrandMaster Knight of Jediism
  • Paganism Special Interest Advisor
Apprentices: Leena, Darren, Slydogstags, meatloaf, Rosalyn J
Former Apprentices: Karn, Angelus, Adder, Phortis Nespin
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14 Apr 2013 19:23 #103177 by ren
Replied by ren on topic 3 years and counting.....
You forgot about the live services... you started those too :)

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

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14 Apr 2013 19:25 #103180 by Mark Anjuu
Ah, so I did! It's been a busy three years so I can't keep track of it all! lol

Rev. Mark Barwell OCP
  • Pastor of the Order
  • Vice President, Bishop and Councillor of TOTJO
  • Arch-Bishop of the U.K.
  • GrandMaster Knight of Jediism
  • Paganism Special Interest Advisor
Apprentices: Leena, Darren, Slydogstags, meatloaf, Rosalyn J
Former Apprentices: Karn, Angelus, Adder, Phortis Nespin

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14 Apr 2013 19:27 #103181 by LTK
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Thank you for this post and I'm glad to see you're doing so well.

I'm only in the beginning stages of the Degree Program, but now I know where it had it's genesis, so a THANK YOU for helping get that off the ground.

Keep up the good work...and please accept my small token of gratitude for your hard work and making this Temple such an enjoyable place to learn Jediism and many other fascinating subjects.

MTFBWY,
LTK

Master: Jestor
τελευταία ευκαιρία

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14 Apr 2013 19:46 #103189 by Darren
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Thank you for all you've done for the Temple, Master. I had no idea you were behind so much of what goes on now (the services, the Degree Qualification, Clerical Program, etc). You've done us all a great many of services.

Apprenticed to Master Alexandre Orion
Master to Competent and Knight Nicole Judge

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14 Apr 2013 21:59 #103194 by Alexandre Orion
I would also like to thank you, Maître Mark, for all of the work, the labour of love and the support you have provided. Inspiration, instruction as well ...

... thank you.

faithfully
Alexandre

"Chaque homme a des devoirs envers l'homme en tant qu'homme."
~ Henri Bergson

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15 Apr 2013 01:03 #103211 by Adder
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Almost had a kitten... I hope you keep counting Mark :lol:

Congratulations and thank you!!!!!

Jou ~ Deg ~ Vlo ~ Sem ~ Mod ~ Med
TM: Grand Master Mark Anjuu

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15 Apr 2013 01:18 #103216 by SeanChing
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Thank you for all you have done for this Temple, Grandmaster Mark Anjuu. You are inspirational!

Teaching Master:
V-Tog

Fellow Apprentices of V-Tog:
Metsu Desal
Reacher

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15 Apr 2013 23:00 #103351 by Zanthan Storm
I have always valued your work, this just proves your humility and dedication to our shared community and faith. I am proud to call you Brother.

Zanthan Storm
AKA Rev. Michael Ziskovsky OCP D.D.

Arch-bishop Abrahamic Rite
Master Knight of Jediism
Founder of Roseville, MN Chapter of TOTJO

3rd Degree Master Mason
Past Master: GM Neaj Pa Bol
Past Apprentices: Sr. Knight Kira, Knight Myos, Doriann
Current Apprentices: Bren

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16 Apr 2013 03:16 #103386 by Phortis Nespin
Thank You for your service, your insights, your dedication.

Keep those years coming!

The Force is not about what you are wanting to achieve, it is about your ability to listen to the Universe, and answer its call!

I am a Jedi, My continuing goal is the balance of all things in life. It is to treat everyone with kindness and compassion.

I do not believe in social tolerance...I believe in mutual respect!
I don't tolerate you, I respect our differences, our similarities, and your right to whatever I have a right to.


Master: Grand Master Mark Anjuu
Apprentice: none
Apprentices who attained Knighthood: Arcade, J-Roz, JLSpinner

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