Temple of the Jedi Order 

What is the Organization’s classification? 

Jedi Order, 501c3 Non-profit 

 

How long has the Organization been in the Jedi Community?

Since December 25, 2005

 

What date was it established and by whom?

December 25, 2005 by John Henry Phelen (Br John)

 

How long have the leaders/teachers been active in the Jedi community?

This varies depending on the level of leadership: Members of the Council have been in the community from 5-17 years. The Knights Corps is the dynamic body of leadership and some of them have been around for just one year. We also have apprentices and initiates that lead teams. Our Synod (The Clerical Leadership Body) has members who have been here since the beginning of the community as well as those who have been here for just a few years 

 

Is the Organization online, offline, or both?

Mostly online

 

Does the Organization have a primary time zone?

No

 

What is the Organization’s purpose and mission? 

The Temple of the Jedi Order is a religious organization whose primary mission is to train Jedi

 

What is the Organization’s focus of study?

Jediism

 

What is the Organization’s attitude towards cosplay, role-play, or saber duels?

This is not our primary focus, but conversations about the above are welcomed in certain spaces.

 

What does being Jedi mean in the Organization?

Fundamentally, just a belief in the Force.

 

What does the Organization define the Force as?

The Force is  a ubiquitous and metaphysical power that a Jedi (a follower of Jediism) believes to be the underlying, fundamental nature of the universe. 

 

Does the Organization teach any other paths/philosophies?

No, at the same time, we do recognize them . We realize what we generally carve up as different paths or philosophies are actually a continuum.

 

What age ranges is the Organization available to? 

13+

 

How many active members does the Organization typically have?

Our current active membership is 373

 

How are they categorized?

There are two statuses: Guest and Member. Members are organized according to their level of training from Novice to Master. At Knight an opportunity opens up for those who want to be Ordained Clerics. That has a four step rank structure according to level of training as well. We also have offices.

 

What are the qualifications and expectations for the different categories?

Training as explained in our FAQ

 

Is the Organization hierarchical, democratic, holarchy, or other?

Depending on the need, we adapt our leadership strategy. The majority of our work is done democratically, but we do have hierarchy based on rank.

 

What is the administrative structure/ leadership like?

The Council is the final answer on anything that comes forward. The Council is made up of several people who are the leaders/co-leaders of committees of various names. The largest and most dynamic, is by far, the Knights Corps. Knights are automatically added to the Corps upon achieving Knighthood. Some things go through the Knights Corps, such as promotions and changes to education, but because of its large and dynamic body, most things are brought forward and decided by ad-hoc committees. The most frequent example of this is Knighthood trials. At the beginning of candidacy a panel is drawn up of volunteers. 2 Knights and one Councillor who sits as president. One may not sit on consecutive panels.   Another example of this would be our current revision of the education portion of our training. When the IP was put to the Knights Corps en masse, we found ourselves revising ad infinitum. Now, as we are working to create the next stage of the education scheme, we have found that a smaller working committee is more effective. 

A third example is the seminary restructure. The committee on this includes the members of the synod as well as members of the wider clergy and even a knight who is not a member of the clergy. 

 

Does the Organization have checks and balances on titles/power dynamics? 

Yes.

 

What is the Organization’s goal for each student?

We don’t have a goal for each student. A student sets their own goal and does their own learning, although there are many available for nearly constant guidance.

 

What type of learning environment does the Organization foster?

The gaining of knowledge, which is chiefly done through lessons is supposed to foster individual 

 

What is the course structure toward Graduation, Knighthood, or Mastery?

Initiate Program-Associate of Divinity and An Apprenticeship which lasts at least 6 months. 

 

How much time commitment is expected?

This is a life path. At the shortest it could maybe be done in a year and a half, but I have yet to see a solid Knight do it quickly and well.

 

Does training in the organization cost money?

Any member fees? No.

 

Are there other groups the Organization has positive affiliations with? 

Not organizations maybe, but certainly people. Many people find their way here through other Organizations just as some people join other organizations after having spent time with us. 

 

Does the Organization have political views/values that align with a certain party or disposition?

No 

 

Does the Organization participate in any philanthropic activities?

TOTJO as an Organization does not participate in philanthropic events. Its members are encouraged to do so. We do have a bit of fledgling prison ministry.

 

Is the Organization open to LGBTQ members?

Yes

 

Is the Organization open to members with mental illnesses/ disabilities?

Yes

 

What is the Organization’s website and/or discord channel?

Website: www.templeofthejediorder.org 

 

Who is the main point of contact for the Organization?

Any member of the Council.

 

Are the leaders visible or easily reachable for communication by initiates/students?

Yes 

 

Does the Organization host gatherings/meetings with its members?

Historically we have had offline meetups. In 2022 we had a gathering in Acadia National Park. Our most well attended has been the online Summer Camp. We are working on a few more offline as well.

What is the Organization’s classification? 

Jedi Order, 501c3 Non-profit 

 

How long has the Organization been in the Jedi Community?

Since December 25, 2005

 

What date was it established and by whom?

December 25, 2005 by John Henry Phelen (Br John)

 

How long have the leaders/teachers been active in the Jedi community?

This varies depending on the level of leadership: Members of the Council have been in the community from 5-17 years. The Knights Corps is the dynamic body of leadership and some of them have been around for just one year. We also have apprentices and initiates that lead teams. Our Synod (The Clerical Leadership Body) has members who have been here since the beginning of the community as well as those who have been here for just a few years 

 

Is the Organization online, offline, or both?

Mostly online

 

Does the Organization have a primary time zone?

No

 

What is the Organization’s purpose and mission? 

The Temple of the Jedi Order is a religious organization whose primary mission is to train Jedi

 

What is the Organization’s focus of study?

Jediism

 

What is the Organization’s attitude towards cosplay, role-play, or saber duels?

This is not our primary focus, but conversations about the above are welcomed in certain spaces.

 

What does being Jedi mean in the Organization?

Fundamentally, just a belief in the Force.

 

What does the Organization define the Force as?

The Force is  a ubiquitous and metaphysical power that a Jedi (a follower of Jediism) believes to be the underlying, fundamental nature of the universe. 

 

Does the Organization teach any other paths/philosophies?

No, at the same time, we do recognize them . We realize what we generally carve up as different paths or philosophies are actually a continuum.

 

What age ranges is the Organization available to? 

13+

 

How many active members does the Organization typically have?

Our current active membership is 373

 

How are they categorized?

There are two statuses: Guest and Member. Members are organized according to their level of training from Novice to Master. At Knight an opportunity opens up for those who want to be Ordained Clerics. That has a four step rank structure according to level of training as well. We also have offices.

 

What are the qualifications and expectations for the different categories?

Training as explained in our FAQ

 

Is the Organization hierarchical, democratic, holarchy, or other?

Depending on the need, we adapt our leadership strategy. The majority of our work is done democratically, but we do have hierarchy based on rank.

 

What is the administrative structure/ leadership like?

The Council is the final answer on anything that comes forward. The Council is made up of several people who are the leaders/co-leaders of committees of various names. The largest and most dynamic, is by far, the Knights Corps. Knights are automatically added to the Corps upon achieving Knighthood. Some things go through the Knights Corps, such as promotions and changes to education, but because of its large and dynamic body, most things are brought forward and decided by ad-hoc committees. The most frequent example of this is Knighthood trials. At the beginning of candidacy a panel is drawn up of volunteers. 2 Knights and one Councillor who sits as president. One may not sit on consecutive panels.   Another example of this would be our current revision of the education portion of our training. When the IP was put to the Knights Corps en masse, we found ourselves revising ad infinitum. Now, as we are working to create the next stage of the education scheme, we have found that a smaller working committee is more effective. 

A third example is the seminary restructure. The committee on this includes the members of the synod as well as members of the wider clergy and even a knight who is not a member of the clergy. 

 

Does the Organization have checks and balances on titles/power dynamics? 

Yes.

 

What is the Organization’s goal for each student?

We don’t have a goal for each student. A student sets their own goal and does their own learning, although there are many available for nearly constant guidance.

 

What type of learning environment does the Organization foster?

The gaining of knowledge, which is chiefly done through lessons is supposed to foster individual 

 

What is the course structure toward Graduation, Knighthood, or Mastery?

Initiate Program-Associate of Divinity and An Apprenticeship which lasts at least 6 months. 

 

How much time commitment is expected?

This is a life path. At the shortest it could maybe be done in a year and a half, but I have yet to see a solid Knight do it quickly and well.

 

Does training in the organization cost money?

Any member fees? No.

 

Are there other groups the Organization has positive affiliations with? 

Not organizations maybe, but certainly people. Many people find their way here through other Organizations just as some people join other organizations after having spent time with us. 

 

Does the Organization have political views/values that align with a certain party or disposition?

No 

 

Does the Organization participate in any philanthropic activities?

TOTJO as an Organization does not participate in philanthropic events. Its members are encouraged to do so. We do have a bit of fledgling prison ministry.

 

Is the Organization open to LGBTQ members?

Yes

 

Is the Organization open to members with mental illnesses/ disabilities?

Yes

 

What is the Organization’s website and/or discord channel?

Website: www.templeofthejediorder.org 

 

Who is the main point of contact for the Organization?

Any member of the Council.

 

Are the leaders visible or easily reachable for communication by initiates/students?

Yes 

 

Does the Organization host gatherings/meetings with its members?

Historically we have had offline meetups. In 2022 we had a gathering in Acadia National Park. Our most well attended has been the online Summer Camp. We are working on a few more offline as well.