Other Jedi Churches and Temples
That is the beautiful thing about Jediism. It is what you make of it.
Marguerite Rose wrote: How do we collectively feel about other Jedi organizations? I would really like to know the opinions of my fellow Jedi. These seem to be the biggest sites I know of. Church of Jediism and The Jedi Church I'm not sure if the later is active though.
Well if we were a cohesive collection we might have an official opinion but we are not and therefore we do not. In fact I don't think this temple takes an official stance on anything outside its own dogma. However some here do think the church of Jediism is full of hooey! But you must decide for yourself.
Build, not tear down.
Nosce te ipsum
None of them are restrictive. Meaning you don't have to pick and chose. You like five different sites - you can join in all five. Time management might become a concern, but certainly you are free to be involved as much as you like in as many groups as you like. So really you can get different takes on t he exact same concepts. As said, the core of the Path remains the same - just explored in different ways.
There is no one size fits all within the Jedi Community, so this diversity of other places allows for people to find and explore the Jedi Path in a way that speaks best to them. Some people really dig certain places over others. All good. Because in the end - regardless of what group one belongs to - we get more Jedi in the world. And that is definitely a good thing.
My two pennies. As noted - this is mroe a individual opinion rather than any sort of collective ideal.
"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."
The only two sites I end up suggesting to people are Force Acadamy and Jedi Living and that is because I have gotten to know the material they teach and the people that are in charge to varying degrees. Since I trust the people and material I am comfortable recommending them
The reason the Temple as a whole probably should never recommend any site is that people, material, and leadership changes. This means what is taught there now might not be so tomorrow never mind a year or more out. In order to keep from promoting something unsafe, unhealthy, or heaven forbid illegal its best to let individuals speak for themselves that way the leadership does not have to worry about keeping track on if the training of other places is something we would put our name to recommending if that makes sense?
Also as I side note we generally do not allow links to outside training sites so I removed them. But I intend to get something going in Council for clarification on this rule.
Knight of the Order/Youth Officer/IP Team lead.
Training Master: Jestor
Just a pop culture Jedi doing what I can
That being said, as others have said I would be cautious about taking on too much, focus on studying at one site at a time, feel free to visit and chat at others but you should really make sure your taking the time to take those studies to heart and to apply them to your life and learn from them adequately. Taking on too much at once or rushing through things will only cause you more problems in trying to understand stuff then it will help.
My only other personal bias I have on other communities, if any of them requires of you payment of any kind as a requirement for training....I don't find that acceptable or Jedi-like behavior, donations is one thing, but requirement is another. That's just my personal bias on that though.