Statement from the Supreme Grand Council

It is no secret that Aleister Crowley’s writings include a number of statements that are demeaning to women and to specific racial or ethnic groups. We make no attempt here to justify or explain away those statements. They are what they are, and they are now part of our history as an organization. However, at this time, we find that ideas of the inherent superiority of one sex over the other, or of the inherent superiority or inferiority of specific “races” or ethnicities of humanity, relative to each other, are not supported by the best science, and are contrary to our stated goals of promulgating the Law of Thelema and realizing the age-old vision of the Universal Brotherhood of Man, which includes all Humankind. Therefore, the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis hereby formally and unequivocally rejects all such ideas. O.T.O. draws strength from diversity; we welcome the participation and friendship of Thelemites of all sexes, genders, “races,” and ethnic groups, and from all cultures; and we are committed to opposing their unfair treatment, within and without the Order. We further remain committed to opposing ideas and doctrines–whether religious, political, philosophical, or pseudo-scientific–that tend toward the enslavement of the human spirit, which indwells “every man, every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual.”

Adopted unanimously, An. Viii Sol in Leo, Luna in Leo; 20 August, 2017 e.v.

Formally ratified and endorsed by the Executive and National Grand Master General, same date.

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NOTOCON XI keynote address

The Grand Master Sabazius has published his keynote address from NOTOCON XI. All eleven of his NOTOCON keynote addresses are available here.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2017/08/notocon-xi-keynote-address/

Policy Statement about Establishment of Good Report

While the attestation of two sponsors of the requisite degree in good standing is normally considered sufficient to establish the good report of a candidate, the Executive may rule, on a case-by-case basis, that a candidate’s good report has not been established by the attestation of the sponsors. In such a case, the Executive may either reject the application or return it to the local body for reconsideration, with or without a time delay. In addition, the Executive may, at its own discretion, disqualify one or more of the original sponsors from serving again as the sponsor for the same candidate.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2017/07/policy-statement-about-establishment-of-good-report/

USGL annual report for fiscal year 2016

U.S. Grand Lodge has published its annual report for fiscal year 2016 (Vii AL). The report includes financial and statistical information about the ongoing work of U.S. Grand Lodge.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2017/06/usgl-annual-report-for-fiscal-year-2016/

Registration open for NOTOCON XI

The eleventh biennial National O.T.O. Conference (NOTOCON XI) will be held in Orlando FL on August 11-13 2017. Registration for this event is now open. You can also reserve a hotel room at the venue. Watch the NOTOCON XI website for updates on speakers, scheduling, and more.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2016/09/registration-open-for-notocon-xi/

Calendar events outage

We are having technical difficulties with providing information about upcoming U.S. Grand Lodge events on our website. We will have these back in working order as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can always consult the full calendar hosted by Google here.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2016/09/calendar-events-outage/

USGL Annual Report for 2015

The U.S. Grand Lodge annual report for AL Vi (fiscal year 2015) is now online. This and previous annual reports are available on our Mission and Planning page.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2016/07/usgl-annual-report-for-2015/

NOTOCON XI website

Though the eleventh biennial National OTO Conference is more than a year away (August 11-13 2017), preparations for it are already in progress. The event website is now available, and presentation proposals are being accepted. Registration instructions, hotel reservations, and more are coming soon.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2016/02/notocon-xi-website/

Registration open for OTO Women’s Symposium 2016

Registration is now open for the O.T.O. Women’s Symposium 2016, to be held August 5-7 in Minneapolis. The theme of the conference is “Ladies of Force and Fire”. This conference proposes to examine how women’s issues present in the larger community—such as sexism, mainstream media, the “glass ceiling”, social inequality, and violence against women—play out in the smaller communities encompassed by OTO bodies. Initiate members of all genders are welcome to attend.

Permanent link to this article: http://oto-usa.org/2016/02/registration-open-for-oto-womens-symposium-2016/

North American OTO centennial conference proceedings published

On May 16, 2015 ev, Ordo Templi Orientis celebrated its North American Centennial with a day-long conference hosted in Vancouver by O.T.O. Canada. The proceedings of that conference, titled Success Is Your Proof, have now been published. Many luminaries of modern Thelemic scholarship contributed to this volume.

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