The Wiccan Rede

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God's
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.
These Eight words the Rede fulfill: "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"

 

Bylaws for Kindlers of the Sacred Rhythm

Contents

Article I – Preamble
Article II – Name
Article III – Organizational Authority
Article IV – Type of Entity
Article V – Offices
Article VI – Purposes
Article VII – Members
Article VIII – Officers
Article IX – Organization
Article X – Committees
Article XI – Execution of Instruments, Deposits and Funds
Article XII – Corporate Records, Reports and Seal
Article XIII – IRC 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption Provisions
Article XIV – Amendment of Bylaws
Article XV – Construction and Terms
Article XVI – Founders

Article I - Preamble

1.1 Intention: Kindlers of the Sacred Rhythm (“Kindlers”) is organized as a nonprofit church serving members of the local Pagan spiritual community who choose to follow a spiritual practice in accordance with the ethics and doctrines of this church (see appendix A for ethics and doctrine statements). Kindlers is a nonprofit religious, charitable, scientific, literary, artistic and education corporation, organized to practice the full spectrum of legal activities practiced by any church, including, but not limited to: worship services, spiritual leadership, clergy functions, spiritual counseling, rites of passage and spiritual celebrations.

1.2 Definition – Pagan Spirituality (Modern Paganism, Neo-Paganism): Pagan Spirituality, as defined in these bylaws is any of a number of spiritual practices based on indigenous, tribal or classical beliefs about the nature of the Universe, the nature and purpose of existence and the connection that exists between physical life and the unmanifest life force inherent in the universe adapted to the needs and sensibilities of modern people. These practices may be monotheistic, polytheistic and/or a blend thereof. They may approach spirituality in many ways, but usually find common ground in the ideas that the earth is sacred, life is sacred and practices which focus on one’s direct and personal experience with the life force. Most also cite the Wiccan Rede (Appendix B) as a source of spiritual and ethical guidance.

Article II - Name

The name of the organization is Kindlers of the Sacred Rhythm (“Kindlers”).

Article III. - Organizational Authority

Kindlers of the Sacred Rhythm is incorporated in the United State under Virginia law, as a religious nonprofit, Limited Liability Corporation

Article IV. - Type of Entity

Kindlers of the Sacred Rhythm is a not for profit religious organization desiring tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code.

Article V – Offices

5.1 Principal Office: Kindlers’ principle office is in the Commonwealth of Virginia and shall be located in the County of Fairfax. The church shall have and continuously maintain in the State of Virginia a registered office and a registered agent whose office is identical with the registered office. This registered office may or may not be the principle office, and its location may change as needed. Placement of all offices and officers will be in accordance with the State, Federal, County and local ordinances that may apply.

5.2 Other Offices: Kindlers may also have such other offices, either within or without the State of Virginia , as the Kindler and Tender may determine or as the affairs of the church may require from time to time.

Article VI - Purposes

6.1 IRC Section 501(c)(3) Purposes: This corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

6.2 Resources: To accomplish the goals outlined in Article I (Preamble), Kindlers advocates and practices, as an integral part of our faith, many sciences, arts, disciplines and any such fields of inquiry which may serve the furtherance of our goals, both mainstream and alternative, in order to create change in ourselves and the world around us.

6.3 Specific Goals: Kindlers is organized for the following purposes

6.3.1 Religious services (“rituals”): Kindlers will provide rituals in accordance with our ethics and doctrines (Attachment A) to our members and guests as other churches do. Our rituals fall into three general categories: moon rituals, seasonal celebrations and special rituals. These rituals may be discrete separate spiritual events, or they may be combined with each other in any arrangement as called for by current circumstances. Rituals may vary in location and type as needed. (See Attachment C: "Three Examples of typical religious services" and Attachment D:"A Kindler Handfasting")

6.3.1.1 Definition - Moon Rituals: Moon rituals will occur approximate every 28 days on, or near, the occurrence of the new moon. Moon rituals may also be held to honor any other phase of the lunar cycle as desired.

6.3.1.2 Definition - Seasonal Celebrations: Seasonal celebrations occur, but are not limited to, approximately every 6 weeks throughout the year at the sabbats recognized by the Pagan spiritual community. These are Samhain, Yule (Winter solstice), Imbolc, Ostara (Spring equinox), Beltane, Midsummer (Summer solstice), Lughnasad, Mabon (Fall equinox).

6.3.1.3 Definition - Special Rituals: Special rituals may be requested by a member or guest of the church. They may also be organized by the Kindler or Tender of the church. Special rituals include, but are not limited to: marriage (“handfasting”) rituals, rites of passage, rites of ordeal, healing circles, trance work, funeral (“crossing”) rituals.

6.3.2 Religious education: Kindlers will provide and support the education of our members in the practices of our ethics and doctrines and, when possible, the ethics and practices of the larger Pagan spiritual community in order to assist our members in being self actualized, responsible members of the Kindlers church and the larger Pagan spiritual community.

6.3.3 Spiritual support: Kindlers will provide spiritual support for our members and those who come to us for spiritual support as other churches do. This support includes, but is not limited to, spiritual counseling, training in meditation practices, shamanic healing, healing circles, the formation of special interest groups and discussion groups.

6.3.4 Personal development: To explore the nature of Spirit through education, support, personal exploration and ritual unification with the Divine. To explore, know and imagine the nature of the Spirit as it reveals Itself to each individual is the core of our tradition. There are many ways to know the Divine. It is up to the individual to learn the way that is best for them. Kindlers strives to educate and support its members as they learn about their own unique way to reach Spirit. Through ritual transformation, we work to incorporate what we learn into ourselves and to share our insights with others.

6.3.5 Religious research: Kindlers advocates and practices, as an integral part of our faith, scientific, scholarly and experiential research and debate among our members and with those outside our membership into the practices of indigenous, tribal and classical spirituality, comparative religion, folklore and every other relevant field of inquiry. All inquiry is to be conducted with an open mind and heart and respect for the culture and time that such research is focused upon. All debate is to be conducted in a framework of an open heart and mind with respect for all those involved in the exchange.

6.3.6 Community development: Kindlers supports and promotes community building activities within the larger Pagan community: As we are able and to the limit of our ability to do so, we will support the creation of Pagan spaces. We will work on our own and in concert with others to create and host spiritual gatherings to worship, learn and heal ourselves and our community and participate in the larger community of faith within which we exist

6.3.7 Spiritual family: The members of Kindlers strive to create a spiritual family of choice where the members support each other in their spiritual and physical growth and healing.

6.3.8 Clergy training: Kindlers works to identify, develop and train caring and competent Pagan clergy and ritual leaders to be of service to its members and the Pagan community of faith as they are called to do so by Spirit.

6.3.9 Holding contributions: Kindlers may receive money, property and valuables of every kind which might be donated, contributed or collected and held for the use and benefit of this religious organization and will not inure to the benefit of any one individual.

6.3.10 Community outreach: Kindlers seeks to serve as a resource to the community at large regarding Pagan spirituality. As we are able, we will participate in our community to create opportunities for others to learn about modern Paganism and its spiritual foundation as well as our own tradition. This outreach may be accomplished through volunteer opportunities, the hosting of public events such as drum circles and dances, public rituals and holiday celebrations, participation in religious boards or any other activity which the church deems appropriate.

Article VII – Members

7.1 General Qualification: The nature of spiritual inquiry is a uniquely personal path. There will be times when an individual needs to make decisions about how they approach Spirit which will effect other aspects of their lives. We expect all members to be empowered to make decision for themselves. Because of this expectation we require that all members of Kindlers, except for Fire Gazers, meet the following standards:

7.1.1 Age: Be at least 21 years old

7.1.2 Competency: Be competent to make decisions for themselves and willing to be responsible for the outcome of those decisions.

7.1.3 Ethics: Be willing to adopt and uphold the basic ethical principles of modern Paganism and the specific ethics and doctrines (Appendix A) of Kindlers.

7.1.3.1 Definition – Basic Ethical Principles of Modern Paganism: Though modern Paganism is a vast and varied spiritual group, we are bound together by a few commonly held beliefs. These basic beliefs can be stated simply as:

  • The Rede: An It Harm None, Do What Ye Will
  • The Law of Return: All actions and thoughts return to their originator.

Though these ideas are open to vast interpretation, as any religious ideas are, these two have stood the test of time for the modern Pagan community and bind us each to the other. These ideals are contained in a commonly accepted document referred to as the Wiccan Rede.

7.1.4 Non Discrimination: No person shall be denied access to Kindlers functions or membership on the basis of gender, race, ethnic background, sexual preference or physical handicap.

7.2 Types of Members: Each person is responsible for where they are along their path towards Spirit. Every act we make, every experience we live through moves us forward on our path. To meet the needs of those we serve, Kindlers honors several levels of membership.

7.2.1 Fire Gazer (Gazer): Anyone attending a Kindler function for the first time, or someone who does not meet the general qualifications of membership(6.1) of these bylaws is a Fire Gazer. Fire Gazers are welcome to attend any public function of Kindlers as they choose. A Fire Gazer may attend an open function with a sponsor who is willing to be responsible for them at the function they are attending as long as the Fire Gazer is willing and able to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the function and venue. A person not of age of consent must have a guardian present to attend any Kindlers event and may only do so as a Fire Gazer.

7.2.1.1 Definition – Public function: A ritual, celebration or any activity sponsored by Kindlers which has been designated a public event.

7.2.1.2 Definition – Open function: A ritual, celebration or any activity sponsored by Kindlers which has been designated an open event. Unless otherwise specified, sabbats are open functions.

7.2.1.3 Definition - Sponsor: Any member of Kindlers, other then a Fire Gazer, may sponsor a Fire Gazer to a Kindlers function. The sponsoring member is responsible for the actions and well being of the Fire Gazer they sponsor, up to and including removing themselves and the Fire Gazer from the function if circumstances call for it.

7.2.1.4 Definition - Guardian: A person who is a parent, legal guardian or has been granted guardianship by a parent or legal guardian of a minor. A guardian is responsible for the actions and well being of the minor in their care and is expected to act in their charges best interest at all times.

7.2.2 Fire Thief (Thief): Anyone who meets the general qualification of membership (6.1) and chooses to associate with the Kindlers community of faith by attending public or open functions. Fire Thieves may also attend closed function with a sponsor and the approval of the Kindler. Fire Thieves may contribute or donate to Kindlers if they choose to do so but are not required to do so unless a fee is being charged to all participants of a particular function. Fire Thieves do not have voting privileges.

7.2.2.1 Definition – Closed function: A ritual, celebration or any activity sponsored by Kindlers which has been designated a closed event. Unless otherwise specified, moon rituals are closed functions.

7.2.3 Fire Starter (Starter): Anyone who meets the general qualification of membership (6.1) and chooses to associate with the Kindlers community of faith for a year and a day may be offered the opportunity to become a Fire Starter. The offer of Fire Starter membership shall be made after consideration of any available candidate by the Kindler and the Ring of Fire. If there is consensus among the entire Ring of Fire and the Kindler then an invitation will be extended to the prospective member. Fire Starters are individuals who choose to dedicate their time and effort to furthering their spiritual growth and development though the teachings and practice of the Kindlers tradition. A Fire Starter may attend all Kindlers events with no restriction. Fire Starters are responsible to pay dues to the church. Fire Starters are voting members of the Kindlers organization as part of the Ring of Fire(Article 8) Fire Starters are a part of the clergy of Kindlers with the privileges and responsibilities which come with such office. Fire Starters may be asked to fill such offices within the organization as needed by the Tender and Kindler in accordance with the demonstrated skills and interests of the particular Fire Starter. Fire Starters are responsible to themselves and others to act in accordance with the ethics and doctrines of Kindlers.

7.2.4 Embers: Embers are the respected elders of our faith. This level of membership is purely honorary. There are no specific requirements to attaining this honor. It may be granted by the Kindler, after consultation with the Tender and the Ring of Fire. Embers may attend any Kindlers function they choose. Embers may contribute or donate to Kindlers if they choose to do so but are not required to do so unless a fee is being charged to all participants of a particular function. Embers do not have voting privileges, though their counsel may be sought on any subject by any member of the church. The status of Ember may be revoked by action of the Kindler in conjunction with the Tender and the Ring of Fire.

7.3 Membership Book: The church shall keep a confidential membership book containing the name and address of each member. Termination of the membership of any member shall be recorded in the book, together with the date of termination of such membership. The membership book shall be kept in a safe location at the discretion of the Kindler and Tender.

7.4 Nonliability and Indemnity of Members: The members of the church shall not be personally liable for the debts, liabilities or other obligations of the corporation. The members are indemnified by the corporation to the fullest extent permissible under the laws of Virginia.

7.5 Nontransferability of Memberships: No member may transfer a membership or any right arising there from. All rights of membership cease upon the member's death.

7.6. Termination of Membership: The membership of a member shall terminate upon the occurrence of any of the following events:

7.6.1 Notice to Terminate Membership: Upon his or her notice of such termination delivered to the Kindler of the church, in person or by mail. Membership will terminate upon the date of delivery of the notice or date of deposit in the mail.

7.6.2 Non Payment of Dues: Upon a failure to renew his or her membership by paying dues on or before their due date, such termination to be effective thirty (30) days after a written notification of delinquency is given personally or mailed to such member by the Secretary of the church. A member may avoid such termination by paying the amount of delinquent dues within a thirty (30) day period following the member's receipt of the written notification of delinquency. Any member who finds themselves in this situation is urged to meet with the Kindler and Tender to find a remedy to the financial burden.

7.6.3 Expulsion: After providing the member with reasonable written notice and an opportunity to be heard either orally or in writing, upon a determination by the Ring of Fire that the member has engaged in conduct counter to the ethics and doctrines (appendix A) of the Kindlers church. Any person expelled from the church may be allowed to request membership at a later date at the discretion of the Ring of Fire.

7.6.4 Termination of Membership Rights: All rights of a member in the church shall cease on termination of membership as herein provided.

Article VIII – Officers

8.1 Officers: The primary officers of the Kindlers church are the Tender and Kindler. Together they share the duties and responsibilities of organizing and administering the Kindlers church. The Kindler and Tender share the officer responsibilities of the corporation. Unless otherwise appointed, the Kindler will act as president and the Tender will act as vice president. By consensus, the Kindler and Tender may choose offices from the current voting members. Officers hold their position by appointment of the Kindler. The duties and functions of such offices may vary as needed by the Tender and Kindler. A member may serve in more than one office as the Tender and the Kindler feel appropriate. Officers report to the Tender and Kindler their progress and needs so long as they hold a given position. Officers serve in their position for a period of one (1) year except for Kindler who serves until he or she resigns or is no longer able to perform the duties of the office.

8.2 Fire Tender (Tender): The Fire Tender works with the Kindler to co-facilitate the spiritual and day to day functioning of the Kindlers. The Tender must be a Starter for at least a year and a day, demonstrate an ability to work with the Kindler and a desire to serve the Kindlers community of faith in this capacity. The Tender is appointed by the Kindler and serves for a period of one (1) year. If the Kindler finds no appropriate candidate for this office, it may be left vacant until an appropriate candidate can be found. In such cases, the Kindler acts as both Tender and Kindler. A Tender may serve multiple terms of office. There is no more than one Tender at any given time within the Kindlers church. The Tender retains his/her vote within the Circle of Fire and acts as chair person if the Kindler is unable to perform such duties. The Tender retains the responsibilities and privileges of Starter membership. The Tender is one of two offices which may ordain and govern the clergy of a Kindlers church (Article 8.4.3). The Tender is responsible to his/her self and others to act in accordance with the ethics and doctrines (Appendix A) of Kindlers.

8.3 Fire Kindler (Kindler): The Fire Kindler is the guiding influence of the Kindlers church. The Kindler works with the Tender to co-facilitate the spiritual and day to day functioning of the Kindlers. A Kindler must meet the general qualification of membership(Article 7.1). A Kindler must also have been a Starter for at least a year and a day and have a desire to serve the Kindlers community of faith in this capacity. The Kindler of the church may ordain such a candidate to the status of Kindler. There is only one Kindler at any given time within a given Kindlers church. The Kindler is responsible to pay dues to the organization as other members are. The Kindler is a voting and governing member of the Kindlers church. The Kindler is a part of the clergy of Kindlers with the privileges and responsibilities which come with such office. The Kindler is also one of two offices which may ordain and govern the clergy of a Kindlers church (Article 8.4.3). The Kindler is responsible to his/her self and others to act in accordance with the ethics and doctrines of Kindlers. The Kindler is further responsible to teach others about as well as guide and direct the evolution of the ethics and doctrines for their Kindlers church.

8.4 Powers and Responsibilities of Tender and Kindler: The Kindler and Tender are the executive branch of the organization. By consensus they may choose other officers from among the Starters to assist them in these duties.

8.4.1 The Tender and Kindler are the spiritual and functional center of the Kindlers church. Their work is to fulfill the goals of the organization, and support and encourage the members to do the same.

8.4.2 The Kindler and Tender create the ethics and doctrines, the “laws” of the tradition, and by consensus may changes them as needed.

8.4.3 They ordain clergy for the tradition and maintain governance of the clergy with their own church.

8.4.4 The Tender and Kindler are responsible for overseeing the spiritual growth and addressing the spiritual needs of the members of the Kindlers. They are empowered to carry out this duty with their best judgment. They are responsible to each other and the Ring of Fire for their actions in this regard.

8.4.5 They are responsible for Kindlers and its operations.

8.4.6 They are expected to set fees and dues, etc., as needed to provide for operating expenses for Kindlers of the Sacred Rhythms.

8.4.7 They serve as a legal entity in charge of the organization.

8.4.8 They provide for the dissemination of tradition information, and for the protection of proprietary information and intellectual property.

8.4.9 They shall act in an accountable and transparent manner.

8.4.10 Their decisions should be unanimous whenever possible. If they are unable to resolve a question they may seek the advice of the Ring of Fire.

8.4.11 They divide the duties and responsibilities of running the church between themselves according to the strengths and interests of each. Information on the division of responsibilities will be available to the Members.

8.4.12 They are responsible for determining their duties and projects, and how they benefit the organization.

8.4.13 The Kindler and Tender make the final decision regarding the extending of Starter membership to an individual as well as their continued membership.

8.4.14 If a consensus of the Ring of Fire supports the reversal of any decision made by the Kindler and/or Tender, that decision will be set aside. The Ring of Fire must then advise the Kindler and Tender on what action to take.

8.4.15 The Kindler and Tender have the power to perform any and all duties imposed on them collectively or individually by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, by these Regulations, or by proper act of the members

8.4.16 Except as otherwise provided in these Articles, they may appoint and remove, employ and discharge any individual to prescribed duties and fix the compensation, if any, of all officers, agents and employees Kindlers

8.4.17 They will supervise all officers, agents and employees of Kindlers to assure that their duties are performed properly

8.4.18 They may borrow money and incur indebtedness on behalf of the corporation, and cause to be executed and delivered for the corporation's purposes, in the corporate name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, hypothecations, and other evidences of debt and securities.

8.4.19 The Kindler and Tender are indemnified by the corporation to the fullest extent permissible under the laws of Virginia. They shall not be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of the corporation, nor shall they be liable to either the corporation or its members for monetary damages for a breach of fiduciary duties unless the breach involves:

8.4.19.1 an issue of duty of loyalty to the corporation or its members;

8.4.19.2 acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of the law;

8.4.19.3 a transaction from which the Kindler and/or Tender derived improper personal benefit.

8.4.20 They shall receive compensation for actual and necessary expenses incurred in running the organization which may be advanced or reimbursed to them and such compensation as decided by the Ring of Fire. Any such compensation shall be subject to the requirements of Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Article IX: Organization

9.1 Principle Officers: Kindlers shall be run by a council composed of the Kindler and Tender who strive to keep our rules just and protective, while being as unrestrictive as possible. Details of their powers and responsibilities, appear in Article 8. The Kindler and Tender are advised and guided by the decisions of the Ring of Fire (Article 9.2).

9.2 Ring of Fire: An advisory council made up of all voting members of the church (Starters, Tender and Kindler).

9.3 Duties of the Ring of Fire: The Ring of Fire acts to:

9.3.1 Review of Primary Officers: Review the actions and decision of the Kindler and Tender regarding their duties to the church and make recommendations as they see fit.

9.3.2 Advise: Advise the Kindler and/or Tender on matters they bring to the Ring of Fire.

9.3.3 Peer Support: Provide peer support to all members of the church.

9.3.4 Grievance Review: Review grievances between members which cannot be resolved by the members concerned.

9.3.5 Disciplinary Review: Review of disciplinary action taken by the Kindler and/or Tender towards any member of the church.

9.4 Meetings: The Ring of Fire shall meet at least once a year during the last month of the church’s fiscal year (October). Meetings may also be called by the Kindler with appropriate notice to the voting members as needed. A quorum exists if more then 50% of the voting members are present. Meetings shall be presided over by a chair person. Normally this will be the Kindler, unless the Kindler elects another chair. Decisions of the Ring of Fire shall be by consensus when possible. When consensus cannot be reached, the Chair shall make a decision based on the options available. Any decision made without consensus shall be reviewed at least once by the Ring of Fire at a later date. Decisions of the Ring of Fire are recommendations to the Kindler and/or Tender. They are binding to the Kindlers church and it’s officers only if recommendations are approved by the Kindler.

9.5 Voting Rights: Each member of the Ring of Fire is entitled to be heard on every matter submitted to the Ring of Fire for discussion. Decision at duly held meetings of the Ring of Fire shall be by consensus of those present as provided by these bylaws. Proxies are not permitted as part of the decision making process of the Ring of Fire.

9.6 Kindler’s Review: Any decision made by the Ring of Fire which conflicts with the ethics and doctrines of the Kindlers church may be set aside by the Kindler after review and consideration.

9.7 Fiscal Year: The operating calendar for the Kindlers church shall be from November 1st through October 31.

Article X - Committees

10.1 Executive Committee: The Kindler and Tender, in their role as corporate officers shall form the executive committee with the authority to manage the business and affairs of the Kindlers church. Additional members may be added to or removed form the executive committee by consensus of the Kindler and Tender. The executive committee shall keep regular minutes of its proceedings, cause them to be filed with the corporate records and report the same to the Ring of Fire from time to time as the Ring of Fire may request.

10.2 Other Committees: The church shall have such other committees as may from time to time be designated by the executive committee. These committees may consist of persons who are voting and non-voting members of the church and shall act in an advisory capacity to the Ring of Fire and executive committee.

10.3 Meetings and Action of Committees: Meetings and action of committees shall be governed by the chair of the committee in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws concerning meetings of the Ring of Fire, with such changes in the context of such Bylaw provisions as are necessary to substitute the committee and its members for the Ring of Fire and its members. The time for regular and special meetings of committees may be decided by the committee. The Ring of Fire or executive committee may also adopt rules and regulations pertaining to the conduct of meetings of committees to the extent that such rules and regulations are not inconsistent with the provisions of these Bylaws.

Article XI - Execution of Instruments, Deposits and Funds

11.1 Execution of Instruments: Kindler and Tender, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, may by consensus authorize any officer or agent of the corporation to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances. Except for the Kindler, no officer, agent or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the corporation by any contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or to render it liable monetarily for any purpose or in any amount without the authorization of the Kindler and Tender.

11.2 Checks and Notes: Except as otherwise required by law, checks, drafts, promissory notes, orders for the payment of money and other evidence of indebtedness of the corporation shall be signed by the Kindler and/or Tender.

11.3 Deposits: All funds of the corporation shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Kindler and Tender may elect.

11.4 Gifts: The Kindler and Tender may accept, on behalf of the church, any contribution, gift, bequest or device for the nonprofit purposes of this church.

Article XII - Corporate Records, Reports and Seal

12.1 Maintenance of Corporate Records: The corporation shall keep at its principal office:

12.1.1 Minutes of Proceedings: Minutes of meetings of officers, committees and the Ring of Fire, indicating the time and place of holding such meetings, whether regular or special, how called, the notice given and the names of those present and the proceedings thereof;

12.1.2 Record of Assets: Adequate and correct books and records of account, including accounts of its properties and business transactions and accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses;

12.1.3 Members: A confidential record of its members indicating their names and addresses and level of membership held by each member and the termination date of any membership;

12.1.4 Corporate Records: A copy of the corporation's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended to date, which shall be open to inspection by the members of the corporation at all reasonable times during office hours.

12.2 Corporate Seal: The Kindler and Tender may adopt, use and at will alter, a corporate seal. Such seal shall be kept at the principal office of the corporation. Failure to affix the seal to corporate instruments, however, shall not affect the validity of any such instrument.

12.3 Periodic Report: The Kindler and Tender shall cause any annual or periodic report required under law to be prepared and delivered to an office of the state of Virginia and held on file for member review, to be so prepared and delivered within the time limits set by law.

Article XIII - IRC 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption Provisions

13.1 Limitations on Activities: No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall be used for the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided by Section 501(h) of the Internal Revenue Code), and this corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Bylaws, this corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.

13.2 Prohibition Against Private Inurement: No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors or trustees, officers or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation.

13.3 Distribution of Assets: Upon the dissolution of this corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this corporation shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Such distribution shall be made in accordance with all applicable provisions of the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Article XIV - Amendment of Bylaws

14.1 Amendment to these bylaws: These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new Bylaws adopted by approval of the Kindler and Tender.

Article XV - Construction and Terms

15.1 Structural Conflicts: If there is any conflict between the provisions of these Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation, the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation shall govern.

15.2 Unenforceable: Should any of the provisions or portions of these Bylaws be held unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions and portions of these Bylaws shall be unaffected by such holding.

15.3 Founding Documents: All references in these Bylaws to the Articles of Incorporation shall be to the Articles of Incorporation and other founding document of this corporation filed with an office of the state of Virginia and used to establish the legal existence of this corporation.

15.4 IRS Code: All references in these Bylaws to a section or sections of the Internal Revenue Code shall be to such sections of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended from time to time, or to corresponding provisions of any future federal tax code.

Article XVI- Founders

16.1 Founders: The Kindler and Tender of the Kindlers church at the time of the adoption of these bylaws are considered to be the Founders of the church.

16.2 Right of dissolution: The Founders shall have the authority to dissolve the Kindlers at any time, by mutual consent. In the event of the dissolution of the Kindlers, these bylaws shall become null and void and no member of the church, with the exception of the Founders, shall use the name of the church in connection with any other Neo-Pagan organization.

16.3 Exemptions: The Founders are exempt from time of association restrictions placed on holding any level of membership within the Kindlers.

 

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