Women’s Leadership Retreat

A Women’s Leadership Retreat sponsored by Kaaba Colloquium will be held March 9-10 2019 in Dallas. Registration is limited to 30, so please register soon if you would like to attend.

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Four issues of Agape available online

The most recent issue of the official U.S. Grand Lodge periodical Agapé (vol. 17 #2, Spring 2018) is now available online, along with three older issues which had not yet been added to the archive. Agapé solicits submissions from O.T.O. members.

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Discussion Groups on Facebook

As most have noticed, a variety of groups or forums have been established on Facebook for the discussion of Thelema from various perspectives. Aside from a number of small groups established for conducting local body business, none of these general Thelemic discussion groups are currently controlled, managed, or officially sanctioned by OTO International or by USGL, even though individual OTO members may participate in them and may be involved in their moderation.

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Two Inductions into the Order of the Eagle and Lion

At its meeting last Friday, the Supreme Grand Council inducted Phyllis Seckler into the Order of the Eagle, and James Branch Cabell into the Order of the Lion, based on essays submitted by Soror Harper Feist and Brother M. Dionysius Rogers, respectively. Essays will be posted after final editing and formatting.

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USGL annual report for fiscal year 2017 published

The U.S. Grand Lodge annual report for fiscal year 2017 (Anno Viii) has been published. This and all previous annual reports can be found here.

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The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius has a new home

Our Grand Master has long operated a site titled The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius which collects his essays, keynote speeches, ritual commentaries, and other material. That site has been moved to a new home at sabazius.oto-usa.org. The new site is linked from our library page. The change should be reflected in search results soon.

Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2018/07/the-invisible-basilica-of-sabazius-has-a-new-home/

EGC Conference 2018

United States Grand Lodge O.T.O. is pleased to announce its first-ever conference devoted entirely to Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. The conference will be held on the weekend of August 10-12 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Instructions for conference registration, lodging, and participation can be found on the linked website.

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Gérard Aumont

Frater Superior Hymenaus Beta has published an important biographical essay on Gérard Aumont.  Read here.

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Refusal of Initiation

Reminder to U.S. local bodies: The criteria for sponsorship of candidates and for eligibility for initiation are established by USGL, not by local masters. Local masters are not permitted to impose their own criteria on sponsorship or on eligibility for local initiation, beyond those established by USGL.

Further, “Whenever an individual is refused initiation on any grounds, the local master must make a written report to the Executive on said refusal and the reasons for it within 30 days. Such information may be included in the Initiation Report. Individual candidates have the right to appeal directly to the Executive.” (COLMH IV.D.5)

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Changes to Minerval Application Procedure

The Executive has adopted a revised Preliminary Pledge Form and Application For Admission (Minerval Application Form). There are two changes to the form:

  1. Applicants will now be asked if they have ever been refused initiation at any location.  Details are requested if the answer is affirmative.
  2. The sponsors’ attestation has been modified to affirm that the sponsors have actually met with the applicant in person before deciding to vouch for them.

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