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Our Articles of Faith
(to be updated)
ARTICLE 1. The members of this temple shall be known as Pagans, the polytheistic followers of the Old Religions who accept, “An it harm none, do as ye will”, as their highest ideal.
ARTICLE 2. We are a community made up of a myriad of Wiccan, Pagan, nature-based, and polytheistic religions. We advocate the tolerance of other faiths, however monotheistic religions and those who do not follow the “harm none” ideal have no place within our church structure. Having a church gives us a place to worship, lends credibility to our religions and begins the process of reclaiming them. It is our hope that the firmness of our convictions will be our greatest gift to future generations. Our
temple, by its very nature, is meant to be a place of worship, peace, and healing.
ARTICLE 3. It is our belief that “An it harm none, do as ye will” shall constitute a policy within the church of karmic law that is followed by many religions under many other names. Harming none shall be considered as, but not limited to; physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual actions taken against another person(s) with the intention to cause injury (with the exception of self defense); and this includes, but is not limited to physical injury, lying, performance of spells or
magical rites specifically against another person(s), group, being(s) or property. This can also be defined as:
I. Harm: Shall be defined as interfering with another’s free will, lessening someone’s freedom of choice, causing unnecessary injury, damaging someone physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, or wantonly destroying something.
II. None: Shall be defined as “no one”, including the self and may also extend to other beings, the public, or property.
III. Will: Shall be defined as intention, purpose, focus of action.
ARTICLE 4. Within the definition of this church, referring to oneself as a “Pagan” does not necessarily make one a Pagan; but neither do hereditary lines, the collection of titles, degrees, or initiations. A Pagan respects the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with nature.
ARTICLE 5. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythms of life forces marked by, but not limited to, the phases of the moon, seasonal quarters and cross quarters.
ARTICLE 6. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility for our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness with an evolutionary concept.
ARTICLE 7. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person, because it is far greater than ordinary, it is sometimes called “supernatural.” We see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
ARTICLE 8. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting as masculine and feminine, and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other.
ARTICLE 9. We see religion, magic and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it.
ARTICLE 10. We acknowledge the need for respect for others, their beliefs, and ways of worship. We recognize that the quality of each individual’s religious experience may differ; and therefore, each individual’s experience has value. Thus courtesy, respect and tolerance is expected.
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