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 Tenets of Misfit Sanctuary

  • We believe that the source of All things is both masculine and feminine in nature.
  • We believe that all humans have a spark of divine within themselves.
  • We believe in love, life and harmony as the spiritual foundation of our ways.
  • We believe in the Law of Action and Reaction, and that what we do affects others, and
    what others do affects us. Therefore we always strive to live in peace with everyone.
  • Do not belittle another’s religious beliefs, but simply state your own truths.
  • We believe in Karma, we believe in responsibility and consequences.
  • We Strive to be compassionate to others, and to be aware of the hearts & minds
    of those around you.
  • We believe in the expression of religious beliefs through rituals and festivals.
  • We believe in Earth Energy, we acknowledge places and objects of natural power
    existing upon the Earth.
  • We believe in a positive afterlife and a successful spiritual evolution.
  • We believe that everything in Nature is of equal importance. Everything is linked and
    entwined beyond all separation.
  • The Left-Handed Path WILL NOT be Tolerated!!!!

Misfit Sanctuary By-Laws

ARTICLE I Membership
Section 1. Admission into membership
a) A written application for membership shall be placed with the Chancellor or the Secretary of the Council. Applications will consist of ones legal name, contact information, name applicant wishes to be known by and a valid State ID. As well as and acceptance of the constitution, by-laws, and the Tenets of Misfit Sanctuary.
b) After attending 6 Misfit Sanctuary Holy Days those requesting membership, will be presented with Misfit Sanctuary’s Tenets of Belief.
c) Applicant shall make public confession of their acceptance of Misfit Sanctuary Tenets of Belief.
d) At this point an Application may filled out. Must include a valid State ID, which will be used to obtain a Sex Offender back ground check. The Sanctuary then will file a copy of State ID with the written members application.
e) Before becoming an Official Misfit, an applicant must have attended at least 6 Misfit Sanctuary Holy Days, 2 Adopt a Highway/Business Meetings, as well as participate in at least 1 Misfit Project, which can include Community Service/Outreach Projects within the span of 13 months.
f) New members of the Sanctuary shall be welcomed in true Misfit fashion at the next
Service of the Sanctuary.
g) Classes of membership.
Officers and members of council of this Sanctuary or any congregation of this Sanctuary will be known as Sanctuary Elders. Elders of the Sanctuary are charged with the overall business management of the Sanctuary under the leadership of the Chancellor. The spiritual and educational needs of the membership are attending by the Clergy known as Priest or Priestess who are ordained in accord with the provisions of these by-laws. From among the Clergy, the council will appoint one Priest and one Priestess to serve the congregation at the leisure of the council in the position of High Priest and High Priestess. Together the High Priestess and High Priest are known as the senior clergy, each equally responsible for the spiritual and educational needs of the Sanctuary and community. All other members, accepted by the council for membership and in good standing will be known as initiates. Initiates may ascend to any office of the Sanctuary in accord with the provisions of these by-laws.
Section 2. Children of members
Children of the members of the Sanctuary and its constituency shall be nurtured under its spiritual care when so desired by the child’s parents. At the time they choose to do so, children may make application for membership as specified in Article I1,a) above
Section 2.1 Associate Membership
Any person desiring an association with the Sanctuary yet not wishing to be a full member, make application in the manner of Article I1a above for associate membership. Associate members are granted all rights and privileges of members with the sole exception that they may not ascend to the clergy and may not hold office in the Sanctuary.
Section 3 Responsibility of membership
All members accept responsibility for their own actions as they reflect upon the name of the Sanctuary. Members are responsible for living life in a manner that inspires respect for the Sanctuary. Members respect the faith of all people and the right of all to choose a path which is correct for them.
Section 4 Discipline
a)Negligent members
Members who willfully neglect their duties as outlined in Section 3 above shall be admonished by the council. If this admonition is not heeded, they shall be dealt with as erring members.
b)Erring members
Any member known to err in conduct which brings discredit on the Sanctuary shall be counseled. If he or she does not heed this counsel, the matter shall be brought to the attention of the council. If he or she fails to heed the counsel of the council, the error shall be brought before a congregational business meeting. Discipline shall then be administered with due regard for the welfare of the individual as well as the Sanctuary.
c)Dismissal of members
Dismissal of a member under paragraphs a) and b) of this section must be acted on by the Sanctuary, which alone has the authority. A two-thirds vote of those present and voting at a congregational business meeting is necessary for such action.
d)Forfeiture of rights
A member who has been properly dismissed from the Sanctuary, or has withdrawn membership, has forfeited all rights and privileges of membership in the Sanctuary.
e)Non-active members
The Sanctuary council shall have the responsibility of contacting non-active members prior to each annual meeting to determine their intention with regard to membership. Further action may be taken at the annual meeting. All members of the Sanctuary are required to have contact with the Sanctuary at least once each year.
Section 5. Removal of membership
Request for withdrawal from membership in the Sanctuary shall be made in writing to the chancellor or the council. All requests for removal from membership of any member will be verified with the member and will be so honored. Membership may also be withdrawn from non-active members who
have not had contact with the Sanctuary for a period greater than one year, per section 4e above.
Section 6. Nonmember friends
The Sanctuary as a part of its total constituency shall enroll nonmember friends. The Sanctuary and its clergy shall serve them in all their spiritual needs, and they shall be encouraged to consider this as their Sanctuary home. They shall be kept informed of the activities of the Sanctuary.
ARTICLE II Clergy
Section 1. Qualifications
The clergy of the Sanctuary shall include those members that have studied within the Sanctuary for a period of one wheel of the year or whose experience, within the Sanctuary or as an individual, is deemed by the council to be sufficient, and have accepted a calling to the clergy. On request of any member of the Sanctuary that meets that requirement, the Chancellor or the council may give an examination. Such examination may be written or oral and may include any such material as the council may from time to time establish as requisite knowledge of the clergy of this Sanctuary. Any member requesting admission to the clergy that does not meet the requirements of the examination will be guided and aided by the Chancellor until they are accepted. They shall by virtue of their call be members of the Sanctuary and will be known as Priest or Priestess.
Section 2. Duties
The clergy shall be devoted to the service of the Sanctuary, teaching what they know, administering ceremony, and faithfully giving themselves to the needs of the Sanctuary. They shall provide the Sanctuary with an accurate record of their ministerial acts and present a written report to the congregational annual business meeting. They shall practice good administrative procedures and cooperate with the Sanctuary council. They shall be ex officio members of the council and all committees of the Sanctuary. All clergy of the Sanctuary are expected to perform those rites and services normally expected of ministers whenever asked to do so.
Section 3. Co-operation
The clergy shall, both in word and precept, work in harmony with the Chancellor, the council, and the membership of the Sanctuary.
Section 4. Ordination
a) The clergy shall be trained for a full Wheel of the year before being ordained.
b) The clergy shall be ordained at a regular or special Sanctuary business meeting, the purpose of which shall be announced two weeks in advance. The clergy shall be nominated and accepted by council.
Section 5. Charges against a Priest or Priestess
Charges against a clergyman shall be submitted in writing to the Sanctuary council, charging a clergyman with indiscretion, immorality, doctrinal error, unethical behavior, or disloyalty to the Sanctuary. If in the judgment of the Sanctuary council there is substance to the charges, the council will offer a hearing where the accused and accuser may state their points. Once the case is stated by each the accused and the accuser and any available witnesses or testimony is heard, the Council will make a decision regarding what action to take. The decision of the council will be final.
Section 2. Duties
a) Chancellor
The chancellor shall preside at all business meetings of the Sanctuary and of the council. The chancellor shall take care to confer with the senior clergy in preparing the agenda for such meetings, and to utilize the counsel that the clergy may give by virtue of training, experience, and calling. The chancellor shall be responsible for leadership of the Sanctuary services.
b)Vice- Chancellor
The vice-chancellor shall assume the duties of the chancellor in his or her absence, assist in his or her duties, and undertake other tasks as assigned by the chair, the council, or the clergy.
c) Secretary
The secretary shall keep and preserve the minutes of all congregational business meetings of the Sanctuary and meetings of the council, and shall conduct and preserve all official correspondence as shall be delegated. The secretary shall also be responsible for the official seal and documents of the Sanctuary as well as the records of membership.
d) Treasurer
The treasurer shall be responsible for all funds committed to him or her and shall make disbursements as authorized by the Sanctuary or the council. The treasurer shall also present a written report of the receipts and expenditures to each regular meeting of the council and to each congregational business
meeting.
Section 3. Election and Tenure
The chancellor, vice-chancellor, secretary, and treasurer shall be elected at an annual congregational business meeting for terms of three years. They shall not be elected to serve more than two consecutive full terms in the same office.
Section 4. Vacancies
Such vacancies as occur among the Sanctuary officers may be filled by appointment of the chancellor, with the concurrence of the council. The appointee will serve until the next annual congregational business meeting; if an un-expired term continues beyond the date of that meeting, the position will be filled by election as under Section 3 above. Such appointive service will not disqualify a person from serving two full terms under the terms of Section 3.
Section 5. Discipline
Should an officer neglect his or her duties or become a hindrance to the works of the Sanctuary, that officer shall be admonished by the council and/or the chancellor in a manner consistent with Article I, Section 4 of these bylaws. Should such admonition not be heeded, a vote of two-thirds of the council,
with the concurrence of the senior clergy, will be sufficient to remove that person from office, the vacancy to be filled as under Section 4 above.
ARTICLE IV Sanctuary Council
Section 1. Qualifications
Members of the council shall be members in good standing who are active in the total works of the Sanctuary.
Section 2. Size, composition, election, and tenure
The council shall consist of up to thirteen (13) members, not including the clergy, who are ex-officio members. Those members shall include the Sanctuary officers, elected in accordance with Article III, Section 3 of these bylaws, and other members, elected as the chairs of administrative committees as
defined elsewhere in these bylaws. Members shall serve for terms of three years in such a manner that the terms of approximately one-third of the members shall expire each year. They shall not be elected to more than two consecutive full terms. Members of Council are required to attend no less than four Misfit Sanctuary Rituals, as well as 2 Sanctuary business meetings within the year.
Section 3. Duties
The council in its administrative responsibility in co-operation with the clergy shall fulfill the functions defined by the constitution and bylaws, including the following:
a) Supervise Sanctuary membership, in conjunction with the senior clergy.
b) Assist the clergy in nurturing the spiritual life of the Sanctuary, in cooperation with the chair of the council.
c) Establish administrative and program policies in conformity with the spirit of the Sanctuary constitution.
d) Evaluate the total Sanctuary program on a continuing basis.
e) Recommend the annual budget, as proposed by the executive committee, and review stewardship opportunities for the Sanctuary.
f) Review and approve the schedule of the Sanctuary activities and personnel.
g) Appoint administrative committees and church workers as defined by the bylaws and as the council may deem appropriate.
Section 4. Administrative committees
Implementation of policies and programs established by congregational or council action may be accomplished through the following administrative committees, each of whose chairs shall be a member of the council as established under Section 2 above:
a) Ritual Committee
b) Finance Committee
c) Community Service & Outreach Committee
d) Advertizing Committee

The council member who serves as chair of a committee assumes responsibility for directing all congregational activities that fall within that functional category, in cooperation with the clergy.
Section 1. Executive committee
The executive committee, consisting of the Sanctuary chancellor, the vice chancellor, the secretary, and the treasurer, together with the senior clergy, shall strive to promote effective working relations and communication in the Sanctuary. The committee shall have no legislative power, but shall function in
an advisory capacity to the council, unless the council or the Sanctuary shall have assigned specific responsibilities to it.
Section 2. Nominating committee
The nominating committee shall consist of not less than three (3) members, including at least one member of the Sanctuary council and one non-member of the council. These members shall be elected at a business meeting at least three (3) months prior to the annual meeting. The senior clergy shall be
ex-officio members of the committee. After being convened by the Sanctuary chancellor, committee members shall elect their own chair and secretary. The responsibility of the committee shall include the following:
a) Prepare a ballot for the annual meeting of the congregation listing at least one qualified candidate for each office to be filled.
b) Confirm the willingness of each candidate to serve before listing his or her name on the ballot.
c) Present a complete ballot to the annual meeting of the congregation. This shall constitute completion of the committee assignment, unless it be given specific responsibilities at said annual meeting.
Section 3. Ritual committee
The Ritual committee shall consist of the clergy members of the executive committee and two members of the congregation selected by the council. It shall meet at least semiannually in keeping with the program and purpose of the Sanctuary. The appointive members shall serve terms of two years.
Section 4. Special committees and task forces
Special committees or task forces for specific purposes may be appointed by any duly constituted business meeting of the congregation or by the council according to need, but shall be automatically terminated at the next annual meeting unless specifically extended by said annual meeting.
ARTICLE VI Meetings
Section 1. Public services
Public services shall be conducted regularly when deemed appropriate.
Section 2. Celebrating the Holy Days and Full Moons
The congregation of the Sanctuary will come together as a whole on each of the Holy Days for the purpose of celebrating the day. The Ritual Committee is charged with planning the location, activities and liturgy of the celebration. The celebration of Full Moons will be co-ordinated by the Ritual Committee and will occur approximately once a month at such time and place as determined by the Committee.
Section 3. Congregational Business Meetings
Congregational business meetings shall be held regularly and not less than semiannually, as specified in Article VIII of the constitution. The chancellor of the Sanctuary in consultation may call special business meetings with the senior clergy or by the council.
Section 4. Sanctuary Council and Administrative Meetings
Regular meetings of the council shall be held not less than monthly. Administrative committees, special committees, and task forces shall meet not less than at a frequency specified by the council. Their respective chairs may call special meetings of the council, the executive committee, the administrative committees, and the task forces.
Section 5. Organizational Meetings
Meetings and activities of the organizations of the Sanctuary shall be planned and conducted regularly under the direction and supervision of the council.
ARTICLE VII General Provisions
Section 1. Quorum
a) Fifteen percent of the membership present and voting at a business meeting properly called shall
constitute a quorum.
b) The quorum for the council, committee, and task force meetings shall be a majority of their
respective memberships.
Section 2. Rules of Order
All business meetings of the Sanctuary and of the boards, committees, and organizations of the Sanctuary shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VIII Amendments
Section 1. Amendments
Amendments to these bylaws not in conflict with the constitution may be adopted at any regular congregational business meeting, or at a special business meeting called for that purpose, by a two thirds vote of the members present and voting, providing that such amendments have been presented in
writing to the council and at a preceding regular congregational business meeting.

Misfit Sanctuary Constitution

ARTICLE I Name
The name of this church shall be Misfit Sanctuary
ARTICLE II Affiliation
The Sanctuary is not affiliated with any governing religious body. The Sanctuary will always strive to cooperate with others of like or different faith while maintaining its privilege of self-rule.
ARTICLE III Confession of Faith
The Sanctuary believes in the privilege of all to seek and follow that which is right in their own faith. The Sanctuary holds faith in the Law of Action and Reaction, and that what we do affects others, and what others do affects us and in such necessary corollaries and axioms as the above Tenets entails. Therefore we always strive to live in peace with everyone. We believe in love, life and harmony as the spiritual foundation of our ways.
ARTICLE IV Purpose
The purpose of the Sanctuary shall be to unite Pagans in worship and fellowship for their personal spiritual development as well as the greater community.
ARTICLE V Membership
Membership in the Sanctuary is granted to all who apply, declare their acceptance of our Tenets as a guide for life, and are approved by a body of Misfit Sanctuary Elders.
ARTICLE VI Officers
The officers of the Sanctuary shall be a chancellor, a vice-chancellor, a secretary, and a treasurer.
ARTICLE VII Sanctuary Council
Section 1. The general administration of the Sanctuary shall be vested in a body known as the Sanctuary Council. In circumstances or where law requires action(s) by “Trustees” the council shall be known as “the Board of Trustees” and the members of it as “trustees.”
Section 2. The council shall consist of up to thirteen (13) members, as specified in the bylaws, including the High Priest and High Priestess, who shall be ex-officio members of the council.
Section 3. The council shall organize itself including the election of Sanctuary officers in a manner specified in the bylaws.
ARTICLE VIII Business Meetings
Section 1. Regular business meetings shall be held at stated intervals, but not less than semiannually. The annual business meeting shall be held as near the first of the year as feasible. At the annual meeting, written progress reports shall be submitted by the High Priest, High Priestess, and by each committee of the Sanctuary . The treasurer for the Sanctuary and each of its organizations shall submit financial reports. Officers of the council for the ensuing year shall be elected by ballot.
Section 2. Members shall be informed of all Sanctuary business meetings not less than one week prior to the meeting. Such information shall include the date, time of meeting, and an agenda of business to be transacted.
ARTICLE IX Property
In the event of dissolution, all Misfit Sanctuary assets will be distributed accordingly among founding members
ARTICLE X Amendments
Amendments in harmony with this constitution and not in conflict with Misfit Sanctuary principles and practices, may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting in an annual meeting of Misfit Sanctuary, providing the proposed amendment was presented in written form at the preceding business meeting.

 

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