The name of the corporation shall be:
The exact name of the incorporated religious organization is “California,” a private nonprofit corporation, herein after known as the “Organization” within this document.
The object for which this corporation is established is:
The mission and purpose of the Organization shall be to aid the training of practitioners and clergy in the religious and spiritual traditions of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Heathenism and other Earth based traditions. We shall encourage, publish and teach these traditions and the arts associated with them. Further our organization shall provide a place where both public and private events may occur in accordance with our mission. Such events that will be included in our mission shall be educational workshops, classes, seasonal and astrological celebrations, rites of passage, spiritual guidance, interfaith outreach and community building events. Our focus shall be on the Spiritual Arts and Sciences, along with the personal and community development that occurs through such arts and sciences. The study of the aforementioned traditions includes; the study of mythology, culture, healing and mysticism.
Ravenmoonshadow Temple, as an organization wishes to incorporate as a religious, educational, cultural, nonprofit, which shall be organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt private organizations.
We shall provide these services through our organization and from time to time with other spiritually based organizations that share our similar philosophies. Our aim is the regeneration and advancement of the rich cultural, philosophical and religious heritage drawn from the related traditions of Witchcraft and Earth-based spiritual paths. We will also strive to provide to the public and the media accurate and concise information about Witchcraft and related Earth-based traditions.
Our organizational direction shall be guided by a Board of Directors who wish to contribute to the education, growth and evolution of our Community.
To better serve the community, we seek to incorporate as a nonprofit religious, educational and cultural organization in the State of California.
ARTICLE III: Officers
The Officers of the Church and their duties shall be:
Founding President: Shall serve in this capacity for life, or until resigning or retiring. The Founding President shall call to order and conduct all meetings of the Church, and shall preside in all official matters.
President: Shall be one who has been ordained as a Church Minister and appointed by the Board to serve in this capacity, once the Founding President no longer serves in this capacity. The President shall serve in this capacity for a 5-year term subject to a vote of reappointment by the Board. No term limits exist for reappointments to 5-year terms. The President shall call to order and conduct all meetings of the Church, and shall preside in all official matters.
Founding Vice-President: Shall serve in this capacity for life, or until resigning or retiring. The Founding Vice-President shall assume the position of President in the event that the Founding President terminates that post for any reason. The Founding Vice-President shall serve in the capacity of President for life or until resigning or retiring.
Vice-President: Shall be one who has been ordained as a Church Minister and appointed by the Board to serve in this capacity. The Vice-President shall serve in this capacity for a 5-year term subject to a vote of reappointment by the Board. No term limits exist for reappointments to 5-year terms. In the event that the President is incapacitated or has deceased, the Vice-President shall be President throughout the remainder of the term of the President. At that time, the Board shall appoint a President for a new 5-year term. In the event that the Vice-President has become President, or is incapacitated or has deceased, the Board shall appoint a new Vice-President to complete the term. The Vice-President shall assist the President in running meetings and conducting official business of the Church.
Secretary: Shall be appointed by the Board to serve in this capacity. The Secretary shall serve in this capacity for a 5-year term subject to a vote of reappointment by the Board. No term limits exist for reappointments to 5-year terms. The Secretary shall keep records of meetings, carry out correspondence of the Church, and perform other duties designated by the Board.
Treasurer: Shall be appointed by the Board to serve in this capacity. The Treasurer shall serve in this capacity for a 5-year term subject to a vote of reappointment by the Board. No term limits exist for reappointments to 5-year terms. The Treasurer shall keep track of Church monies and speak to Church financial matters at Church business meetings.
Any Minister of the Church shall meet the following qualifications:
Be a Member in good standing as outlined in Article Five.
Complete the Minister Training Program conducted by Ravenmoonshadow Temple and approved by the Board and Minister Credentialing Committee.
Undergo examination and approval by the Minister Credentialing Committee.
Participate in an Ordination Rite conducted by a Ravenmoonshadow Temple Minister appointed by the President.
The Minister Credentialing Committee shall be composed of existing Ministers who have been selected by the Church President.
The duties of a Minister are as follows:
To conduct religious ceremonies, which may include but are not limited to: seasonal and full moon worship services and festivals, handfastings, baby blessings, funerals, burials, and other Rites of Passage.
To counsel Church Members and others in need of spiritual counseling, and perform rites of support for life transitions, personal healing and other purposes.
To teach Church Members and others spiritual concepts, and approaches for spiritual living and advancement.
To advocate for religious freedom and dispel misconceptions about Paganism and Nature Spirituality by engaging with media and other outlets as needed.
To engage in specialty ministries (e.g. hospital, hospice, military, prison, campus, interfaith, others) and thus serve people who may not otherwise have access to a healthy and sound path of spiritual growth.
To carry out other duties and perform other services as deemed appropriate by the President of the Church, serving both their home communities and the work of Ravenmoonshadow Temple.
The Board shall set out requirements for Church Membership, and designate a Membership Coordinator to review, approve, and maintain Membership rosters. If questions arise about a Member’s conduct, the Board is empowered to conduct an inquiry and adjudicate accordingly.
Church Members are entitled to one vote each in voting matters concerning the affairs of the Church. Voting matters and mechanisms shall be determined by the Board.
An Annual Meeting shall be held on or near the last weekend of October as part of the Samhain Festival. All Directors, Officers and Members shall be notified of the day, time and location of the Annual Meeting at least two weeks in advance. All Officers and Directors shall be present or have designated a proxy in writing. All Members in good standing, as described in Article Five, are entitled to one vote each in any voting matter.
A Board meeting shall be held on or near the last weekend of October and April, at a time and place agreed upon by all Directors. All Directors must be present or designate a proxy in writing.
Special Meetings may be called at the request of any Director, and shall be held at a time, date and location agreeable to all. All Directors shall be notified in advance of any special meeting, and all rules of an Annual Meeting shall apply.
Records of all Annual Meetings and Board meetings shall be kept by the Church Secretary or a designated alternate. Evidence of these meetings shall be stated in resolutions and minutes kept by the Church Secretary, and must be made available to Directors and Church Members upon request in a timely fashion.
The Church shall have the power to assess its Membership for support of the Church by the following methods:
Annual or monthly donations
Fees for services rendered to Members or non-members
The religious authority of the Board shall be absolute and not subject to review by the Membership.
These Bylaws may be altered or amended by a ¾ vote of the Board. In addition, the Church’s Constitution may be altered or amended by a ¾ vote of the Board. A current copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall be filed in the Corporate records as well as with the State of California Department of Financial Institutions, as required by law, and shall be published for the benefit of Church Members and other interested parties.