ByLaws

As it is necessary for any legitimate religious and social organization to have its official codes of conduct and procedure, so do we, the Head Priest and Priestess, hereby establish the ByLaws for Temple Of The Greek Gods.

Section 1
Membership

Membership requirements are detailed and mandatory, for we are as protective of our temple and its people as those in ancient Greece were. The Head Priest and Priestess have the authority to rule on whether or not someone meets many of these standards. Membership is open to anyone who:

* is 18 years of age or older
* is of good moral character
* believes in and respects the Greek Gods
has and maintains some form of employment, trade or contribution to society (with the exception of people who are physically and/or mentally unable)
* obeys the laws of Illinois or their State, and the United States of America
* has no felony convictions

Attendance to all rituals and rites is free of charge.

Membership is free. However, should the member wish to seek formal education or advancement into the clergy, such training may require an affordable donation. This financial requirement is not only to help support the temple and the people giving the services, but also to show the dedication of the member to said pursuit. A record of at least one year of good standing membership is required before clergy positions can be sought. Members who have entered into such pursuits, or who pledge monthly donations, are automatic members of the Boule or Board, which is the temple's congress.

Section 2
Clergy

The Head Priest and Head Priestess are the sole owners of the temple, and the supreme, lifetime officers of the temple, its rites, and functions.

The Head Priest and Priestess are both allowed to form their own clergy cabinet of lower officers to assist them in their duties or the functions of the temple.

The Head Priest and Head Priestess shall have the sole power to appoint officers, accept members, or remove said people from the temple.

The Head Priest and Head Priestess shall have the right to form their own cabinets (Hierei/Hiereiai) of priests and priestesses to aid in the functions of the temple.

Ordination of lower clergy, including priests and priestesses, can only be carried out by the Head Priest and/or Head Priestess, and must be witnessed by at least 3 temple members or Hellenists.

All clergy must be active in the temple events as much as possible.

Each member of clergy shall have their own flag.

No clergy is allowed to charge excessive fees for their services, and should never act as representatives who speak for the Gods, but rather as caretakers of temples and sacred areas, protectors and advisers of members, and leaders of rites and sacrifices. Intentional neglect of these guidelines shall be considered conduct unbecoming. 

Section 3
General Codes of Conduct

Members and clergy below the Head Priest and Head Priestess can be removed from the temple and/or their offices for any of the following reasons: Criminal activity, bigotry against other people, neglect of duties, verbal or physical disrespect toward the Gods or their clergy (even in other organizations or establishments), intentional harm toward the temple or its assets, lack of belief in the Greek Gods or atheism.

Section 4
Public Events

The temple must hold a minimum of 3 public events per year.

Events are to be held in either the temple, its sanctuary, or a public area.

Section 5
Fundraising

All donations taken in by the temple shall only be used for the temple's support, educational programs, events, equipment, or the event which the temple is fundraising for.

Low income members or supporters may donate by giving their time and service to the temple events, which will be considered the same as a monetary donation.

Expense accounts must be kept and published.

Section 6
Representation Regulations

No one shall independently operate an event or group outside the temple which is in the temple's name, without the consent of the Head Clergy.

No one shall publicly speak for the temple without consent from the Head Clergy.

The temple flags shall not be flown at non-temple events or upon non-temple grounds without consent from the Head Clergy, with the exception of the private homes or residences of members or clergy.

Section 7
Boule and Voting

The Boule or Board shall consist of at least 3 individuals at any given time, which can also include the Head Clergy if needed. Otherwise no Boule or Board can exist.

The Head Priest and Head Priestess will have the deciding vote in the event of a tie.

The purpose of the Boule or Board is to plan for the temple's future, organize events, represent and protect members and the temple, authorize monetary endeavors, host pilgrimages, hold trials for members or lower clergy accused of misconduct, and authorize changes to the bylaws.

Boule seats each have a term of 1 year, after which the person holding the seat must be reauthorized by the Head Clergy.

Section 8
Trials

In the event that a member of clergy or of the member body is accused of misconduct that may demote or expel them from the organization, they shall have the right to contest such charges, or receive a fair hearing. The court of the temple shall consist of the Head Priest as the Judge, the Head Priestess as the Representative of the Temple, and the member body present shall form the jury. The accused shall have the right to their own counsel who can speak for them, chosen from the member body or the clergy, via the consent of said party. Or the accused can represent themselves entirely.

The Judge shall present the charges before the court. The accused can plead guilty, at which time the Judge can sentence. The accused can plead not guilty, at which time a trial will be conducted. At the end of said trial, the Jury shall decide whether or not the accused is guilty or not guilty, at which time the Judge will sentence.

After sentencing, the accused shall have the right to appeal the decision one time to the Head Priest.

For misconduct, the only sentences which shall be given are expulsion from the organization, temporary suspension from the organization, or demotion in rank.

ByLaws established October 30th, 2019.