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Conclave August 2016

 

By-laws and Guidelines of the  Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light

 

1. We has a Priestly Society within the Independent Catholic/Sacramental Movement that preach and teach to all of mankind the " Evangelical Universalists or Inclusive Orthodoxy" or "Universal Restorationists", that Christ came into the world to save all of mankind, and that all individual person has to answer the call of the Holy Spirit within them to follow Christ Jesus as taught by the Bible.  

 2. We maintain all historical sacramental devotions of the seven sacraments, and we do outreach in each of communities spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And we encourage the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to be expressed in each of our clergy and lay members lives not only during Sunday mornings but also during the rest of the week. We encourage this both through prayer, devotion and worship.

The following scriptures states this fact

"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." -James 4:8

"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." -Acts 6:4

3. We welcome all people regardless of race, ethnicity, expression of the Christian faith or Spiritual Practice or gender. We affirm the expression of the highest spiritual principle is found in unconditional love, mutual respect for the Universal Human Rights of all people.

4. We also believe that we should be kind, do good deeds for others, and others will do likewise thus we believe in that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. For every day is a new beginning in each of our lives. As well has following the Great Commission- Go ye into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature." -Mark 16:15

 5. While we are strongly committed to a priestly society within Independent Catholic/Sacramental Movement, with high respect to the Christian Scriptures, with the goal of reaching out to our communities around us, as well as allowing the Holy Spirit to be expressed in each of our lives.  We also believe strongly in the integrity of all men and women.

6. To model collegiate relationships among bishops, clergy, ministers, communities, and people where all responsibility and authority is shared equally in non-administrated issues.

7. To be a model of priestly society within the Independent Catholic/Sacramental Movement that works in the world that expresses itself through to those who have been overlooked by the mainstream church, as well as those with very little resources. We bring unhappiness to ourselves by the errors we make and we will be happy if we obey the laws of life.

Thus we stand by what our societies’ motto states in Latin: 

•     Progressio aeternam- Eternal Progression.

•     Et plenius vivunt, omnes- A Fuller Life for Everyone.

•     Auxilium vivere, vive.-To Live and Help Live.

•    "Nos unum sumus."- "We Are One."    

8. We offer the help of the sacraments in their integrity and plentitude to all sincere people. We do not have rigid canonical barriers that prevent sincere people from full participation in the sacraments. We welcome all, including the divorced, remarried, those of no faith, those of other faiths, and those who thought that participation in the sacramental life of the church could no longer be theirs. Reverence and sincerity are our only requirements

1. Name of the Society

 

The Name of this Society shall be known as the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light other wise known as the PSICL.

 

II. Principles of Faith

 

Please see our State of Faith page

 

The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light also within these by-laws follows and beliefs in the Declaration of Universal Human Rights, which states the following:

 

1. We Are All Born Free & Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

 

2. Don’t Discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.

 

3. The Right to Live. We all have the right to live, and to live in freedom and safety.

 

4. No Slavery. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.

 

5. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.

 

6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go. I am a person just like you!

 

7. We’re all equal Before the Law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.

 

8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law. We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.

 

9. No Unfair Detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.

 

10. The Right to Trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.

 

11. We’re always innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.

 

12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.

 

13. Freedom to Move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.

 

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.

 

15. Right to a Nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.

 

III. The Rule:  The Manna and Mercy Rule

 

1. People who are living their lives separated from Christ are important to God and they are vitally important to us as a Christians, this we are to follow Christ by proclaiming the good news to the poor, proclaiming freedom in Christ for the prisoners both physically, emotionally and spiritually, help in recovery of sight for the blind in the faith by encouraging their spiritually being to be awakened and enlightened, and to set those who are oppressed free from themselves through Christ Jesus. And to proclaim Christ mercy and grace for this is the year, the month, the day, the hour, the minute and the second of the Lord for every spiritual believer should be serving in his or her spiritual gifted area.

2. Full devotion to Christ is normal for every spiritual believer, both in the Eucharist and daily devotion through Prayer, Christian Scriptures and spiritual readings for genuine worship can be meaningful and relevant to both spiritual believers and those who seek a relationship with God as expressed in the Sermon of the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
 

3. God’s power for ministry and life is released through prayer and meditation for within this Society we ask all to try to pray two to three times daily for through this life change can happens best in fellowshipping with one another as well as seeking a deeper spiritual life within one’s self. For this is the excellence that honors God, reflects His character, and inspires people to invest in God’s worship both through study but also through fellowshipping and worship. For we encourage the redeemed and sent out for ministry characterize to help heal individuals and communities around us.
 

4. This Society should continue to grow until every person in every community around the world has heard the healing power of Christ and his redeeming work within each of our lives.
 

5. Training and growth is best accomplished one person and life at a time in each individual.

 

III. Membership within this Society

 

1. Endorsement of the by-laws of the PSICL and

2. Commitment to support the PSICL with our prayers, presence, gifts and service

 

IV. Ministry in the PSICL

 

1. All members of this Society are members must share in the general ministry of the Society. As a member of this Society one share in the worship and service in the world. Each person is called to find their liturgy (the work of the people) and offer it as a spiritual sacrifice to the God and for the good of all. The PSICL seeks to enable all its members to participate in the general ministry of reconciliation committed to the whole creations of God.  The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light shall include lay monks, nuns, brothers, or sisters. Monastic clergy may be members of the Society. Each Convening Bishop of the Society can form a chapter that they lead called the Inner Circle. For lay members, we allow that Oblates (Oblati) who associate themselves with the Society and its works may be accepted into associate membership through our Third Order called the Inner Circle. Also, clergy of other Jurisdictions of Holy Church who do not join Society as full members or dual membership, but who attest that they are in agreement with the by-laws and rules of this Society who wish to associate themselves with this Society and its works, may be accepted into affiliate membership.

 

A. Requirements to Join the Society

 

The requirement for initial reception into the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light is a vow of stability in the Society for one year as well as the Application Process. Full membership in the Society shall require a vow of perpetual stability in the Society. The perpetual Vow of Stability is a vow of holy obedience under the by-laws and rule of long perseverance in the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light. Men and women who are already perpetually vowed religious clergy may be received into this Society by a renewal of their existing perpetual vows of stability. This is a lifetime commitment, not to be lightly entered into and not to be broken once made. Clergy are not required to take vows of celibacy and poverty. No man should hold any expectation of being dispensed from his vow at any time in future.

 

The Commitment to the Society shall be these.

 

*  Stability is to the rule only

 

A1. The Temporary Commitment.

 

 "Most loving, eternal God, Father Almighty, Thou Who art deserving of all my love, I, {full name} on this {date, month, year}, join myself, even though unworthy, to the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light, inflamed with the desire of consecrating myself entirely to Thy holy love, in accordance with the By-laws and Rules of the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light for a period of a year to serve you with all my strength, by imitating the holy life of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, you Son and our Savior, which is the only way of pleasing Thee, and to labor for the salvation of souls. Now, therefore, in the presence of your universal Divine Love; of the Blessed Virgin Mary; following the Rule of The Manna and Mercy Rule as witnessed by Saint Michael the Archangel and of the whole court of Heaven; prostrate on my knees, I vow, by this Holy Gospel, stability for one year in the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light ."

 

A2. The Perpetual Commitment.

 

 "Most loving, eternal God, Father Almighty, Thou Who art deserving of all my love, I, {full name} on this {date, month, year}, join myself, even though unworthy, to the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light and, inflamed with the desire of consecrating myself entirely to Thy holy love, in accordance with the the By-laws and Rules of the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light , bind myself to serve Thee all the days of my life with all my strength, by imitating the holy life of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Thy Son and our Savior, which is the only way of pleasing Thee, and to labor for the salvation of souls. Now, therefore, in the presence of Thy Divine Love; of the Blessed Virgin Mary; following the Rule of The Manna and Mercy Rule as witnessed by Saint Michael the Archangel; and of the whole court of Heaven; prostrate on my knees, I vow, by this Holy Gospel, holy obedience and stability, persevering until death in the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light ."

 

A3. The Renewal of the Perpetual Commitment.

 

"Most loving, eternal God, Father Almighty, Thou Who art deserving of all my love, I, {full name} on this {date, month, year}, once again join myself, even though unworthy, to the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light and, inflamed with the desire of consecrating myself entirely to Thy holy love, in accordance with the the By-laws and Rules of the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light , bind myself to serve Thee all the days of my life with all my strength, by imitating the holy life of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Thy Son and our Savior, which is the only way of pleasing Thee, and to labor for the salvation of souls. Now, therefore, in the presence of Thy Divine Love; of the Blessed Virgin Mary; following the Rule of The Manna and Mercy Rule as witnessed by Saint Michael the Archangel; and of the whole court of Heaven; prostrate on my knees, I vow anew, by this Holy Gospel, holy obedience and stability, persevering until death in the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light

 In all cases, the candidate signs and dates his vow; kneels, places his right hand on the Holy Bible or Book of Gospels, and makes his vow. A witness signs the vow form immediately after the candidate makes his vow.

 

2. Among the members, there are those who are specifically called to works of mercy, justice and proclamation of the Word and Sacrament. Such persons are deacons and after a time of discernment and preparation are ordained by the bishop to the diaconate to be signs of the Church's commitment to mercy in the world and to lead the faithful in these ministries.

 

3. Among the membership are those who are specifically called to the ministry of Word and Sacrament as Presbyters (Priests or Priestess). Persons called to the presbyterate (Priests or Priestess) will, after a time of discernment and preparation, be ordained by the bishop to share in the ministries of Word and Sacrament and in the ministry of general oversight of the local bishop of this fellowship and church.

 

4. Among the presbyters (Priests or Priestess) are those who are called to this society to serve as a bishop in providing oversight, teaching and sacramental ministry to the People of God. Bishops are elected by all the members of the PSICL and the House of Bishops and are ordained by other bishops in apostolic succession.

 

5. No person shall be ordained or licensed to the ministry of the Church who has not demonstrated a commitment to working in ministries as a member of this Church.

 

V. The House of Bishops

 

1. All the bishops of this Church shall be members the House of Bishops and must be in fully consecrated and ordained within apostolic succession.

 

2. The House of Bishops shall function as the administrative officers of the PSICL.

 

3. The House of bishops shall seek to explore and implement ideas and suggestions of PSICL members.

 

4. The House of Bishops may propose initiatives to the PSICL members.

 

5. The House of Bishops is responsible for the day to day general administration of this Society

 

6. The House of Bishops is responsible for establishing the legal affairs of the Society in relation to various civil entities

 

7. The House of Bishops as well as each convening bishop has general oversight over the clergy of this Society and may require of the clergy such reports of their ministry as necessary to provide oversight and direction.

 

8. The House of Bishops may act to temporarily suspend the faculties of clergy for a good cause.

 

9. The House of Bishops shall establish appropriate standards for clergy preparation and conduct. To assist the bishops in clergy formation a vocations committee may be created composed of those members whom the bishops believe well qualified to assist with this work.

 

10. Bishops of this society will not participate in the consecration or ordination of another bishop for this society without the election of the candidate by the House of Bishops and the Council of Three, nor will individual bishops ordain clergy for this society without the prior consent of the local convening Bishop of which they are working with as stated below:

 

11. The ordination of new clergy to the Society shall take place only after the Local Convening Bishop approve of individual candidates and certify that the person has met the approved standards of the Society and have posted notice to all members of the society of the eligibility of those nominated for Holy Orders. The each local bishops may or may not appoint a Vocations Committee responsible for screening all candidates and recommending qualified candidates to help them discern the candidate for Holy Orders.

 

12. If objection to a candidate for ordination or consecration is raised by a member in good standing of this Society, the local convening bishop shall appoint a committee of investigation which shall report its results to them for action approving or disapproving of the intended ordination.

 

13. The House of Bishops shall be responsible for establishing ecumenical relationships with other religious communities. Decisions beyond mutual recognition and intercommunion shall be subject to ratification by the House of Bishops.

 

The Standard shall be the following:

 

1. Each communion recognizes the independence of the other and maintains its own.

 

2. Each communion agrees to admit members of the other communion to participate

in the sacraments and worship of the other.

 

3. Full communion does not require from either communion the acceptance of all doctrinal opinion, sacramental devotion or liturgical practice characteristic of the

other, but implies that each believes the other to hold all the essentials of a religious or spiritual community.

 

14. Bishops may be removed from office by action of the House of Bishops after hearing charges and appointing a committee of investigation as set forth by the guideline by the House of Bishops. Lesser penalties may be imposed at the discretion of the House of Bishops and maybe appealed to the Council of Three for reconsideration.

 

15. Each Bishop within this society shall be the convening bishop for there  geographical area.

 

16. The House of Bishop is the Canonical authority of this Church

 

B. Responsibility of the Council of Three

 

The Council of Three shall be the founding bishops of the Society which are Bishop + Kirk Mason ( Alban), Bishop + Rodney Rickard, and Bishop + Thomas Mills, they are to serves as chief executive officers of the House of Bishop of the society and administrators of The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light. 

  1. There responsibility to is to resolve conflict that might happened within the House of Bishops by full consensus,

  2. Hear appeals of disciplinary cases of clergy and communities after the House of Bishop discuss the matter there is no consensus and t if the local convening bishop and such parties can resolve such conflicts.

  3. Be the final authority of disassociation of a bishop within the House of Bishop, after a disciplinary action has gone through full action within the House of Bishops. The said bishop has the right to appeal to the Council of Three for review and action. 

  4. And finalize all Intercommunion and Full Communion Agreements after they gone through The Council of Three for a vote.

If one of the members of the Council of Three shall fall ill, resign, or pass away, the Council of Three shall pick from the remaining bishops within the House of Bishops a replacement, and that individual shall be confirmed by the House of Bishops to sit on the Council on Three.

 

VI Board of Directors or Advisory Council

 

At the discretion and the consent of the House of Bishops and/or Board of Directors or another advisory body may be created to assist the bishops in the creation of policy and the carrying out of administrative responsibilities. The Board of Directors/Advisory Council would work in concert with the House of Bishops and decisions made independently by the Bishops or the Board would be subject to confirmation by the other body before action would be taken.

 

VII. Missions and Ministries

 

The House of Bishops has the authority to establish or recognize local churches, missions, religious orders, and ministries developed by this Church, its members, or by another agency. Only those missions and ministries approved by the House of Bishops and the Council of Three shall be entitled to be identified as being in relation to the PSICL.

 

IX. Incardination

 

We within the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light shall allow other validity ordained clergy in apostolic succession, as well as other ministers, who share in our vision and principles to be consider incardinating or transferring as clergy with us as full sacramental deacons and presbyters (priests or priestess) or ministers shall go through the application process shall be licensed a Episcopal Missionary for probationary period, and that shall be sub-conditionally reordained within the historical apostolic succession by one of our local convening bishops or a bishop that is in full apostolic succession that we had asked to do the ordaining on our behalf for. They shall be giving full faculties’ accordance to these by-laws, code of conduct and the society’s safety plan as set forth by the House of Bishops.

 

IX. Dual Affiliation/Associated Membership

 

We within the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light shall allow other validity ordained clergy in apostolic succession, who share in our vision and principles to be consider dually affiliated or associated clergy with us and remain with the jurisdiction or denomination they come from or wish to be independent in their ministry while being given the full authority to do their sacramental duties to the people they minister too .

 

a. Dual Affiliation: 

 

Priestly credentials or faculties within the PSICL to remain with their ordaining faith society and community and also wish to add another clergy affiliation. Thus such clergy shall have a full ecclesiastical standing within the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light as well as affiliation with another there other jurisdiction through the application process. They shall be giving full faculties’ as set forth in accordance with these by-laws, code of conduct and church safety plan as set forth by the House of Bishops.

 

b. Associated Membership:

 

Priestly associated credential or faculties are giving as an associate level with the PSICL within the understanding that the individual is given permission to perform the sacramental duties of a deacon or priest without being under the full ecclesiastical protection of the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light as set forth in accordance with these by-laws, code of conduct and church safety plan as set forth by the House of Bishops.

 

c. Episcopally Commissioned Missionary


The position of the license of Episcopally Commissioned Missionary (ECM) is a non-ordained ministry created to serve three purposes. First, it establishes for the society "presence" in a geographical area. Second, it licenses a qualified individual officially to represent the PSICL by allowing the individual to function in a quasi-priestly manner and start a local community. Third, the ECM may be a path to Holy Orders (the ordained ministry) if the individual feels so called. While in training.

 

d.  The Inner Circle

 

This Priestly Society also shall establish a third order for laymen that would like to be apart of this Priestly Society, but have no desire to seek ordination or clerical role within the Priestly Society of Inner Circle and Light and this laymen's order shall be called the Inner Circle.

 

VIII. Liturgical Worship

 

This priestly society shall be within the Liberal Rite expression of worship. Each local Bishop shall establish the ritual usages in his or her ordinary jurisdiction within these by-laws. From time to time other liturgical resources may be used within the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light but they are only authorized only by the Bishops Ordinary or House of Bishops.

 

IX. Civil Law

 

All members, in their civil business, corporations, etc., must comply with federal, State, and local secular civil and criminal laws and regulations, and must undertake everything honestly and ethically, holding the Church and the Order and all the other members thereof harmless and free of liability. Hereby, every member is strongly exhorted to honest, decent, moral, behavior, in accord with the Progressive-Liberal catholic teachings and beliefs, and to comply with federal, State, and local secular civil and criminal laws and regulations as a law-abiding citizen; anyone who fails to do so is solely and personally liable for his or her actions or omissions. All members of the Church and the Order are expected and required hereby to always act legally and with financial responsibility, both in their private lives and their ministries.

 

X. Policies of the PSICL

 

1. PSICL's Safety Plan (See Appendix I)

2. Code of Conduct and Ethics (See Appendix II)

3. Clergy Covenant of Financial Support

4. PSICL Periodical

5. Clergy Qualifications and Formation Policy

 

XII. Parliamentary Authority

 

The House of Bishops may from time to time may procedural questions not addressed by the by-laws and policies of this Church shall be referred to Robert's Rules of Order, revised edition. In general, the practice of this church will be to make decisions by consensus wherever possible among the House of Bishops.

 

XIII. Amendment of by-laws and Policies

 

These by-laws of the PSICL may be amended, added to or deleted by action of the House of Bishops. A two-thirds majority is required to change, add or delete by-laws of this society. It can be done by e-mail, mail, or by phone.

 

                                                                                                           Appendix 1

                                              

CODE OF ETHICS FOR ORDAINED INDIVIDUALS

 

In My Own Life

 

I will always devote time to seeking spiritual guidance through spiritual reading, studying, and prayer.

 

I will endeavor to keep myself physically and emotionally fit.

 

I will seek in all ways to be Christ-like in my personal attitude and conduct.

 

I will seek mutual accountability and spiritual friendship with spiritual enlightened human beings for personal encouragement and nurture in order to ensure faithfulness to my calling as a Liberal Catholic Deacon and Priest within the Liberal Catholic and Celtic Christian Expression of the faith.

 

In Relationship to My Family

 

I will consider each member of my immediate family as precious gifts from God, and will carefully, lovingly and responsibly meet their needs as a sacred obligation to Him.

 

I will give spiritual leadership in my home.

 

I will be faithful and loyal to my family members, loving them as Jesus Christ loves His Church.

 

In Relationship to this Church

 

I will remember that I am called to lead, but also to serve.

 

I will never violate a confidence given to me.

 

I will be diligent in my duties as pastor, never lazy, but with God

 

I will be spiritual and loving in all my preaching, presenting the whole counsel of God.

 

I will strive to introduce people to Christ within them.

 

I will consider my call to the ministry a sacred responsibility and stand by the decision.

 

I will seek the unity of other of like-mindedness and resist any attempts to divide.

 

In Relationship to Other Ministers

 

I will be a brother or sister with a mind of Christ within me to my fellow ministers and deacons, priest or bishops.

 

I will not seek to build my ministries at the expense of another ministry, nor my ego at the expense of another ministry.

 

I will not speak uncharitably or love when not provoked by the other to stand firm on the power of the Christ within me.

 

In Relationship to the Church

 

I will participate in the larger fellowship of the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light, and seek to support through prayer and action its aims and objectives as set forth in the by-laws of this church.

 

In Relationship to the Community

 

I will seek to be responsible for all my personal finances were I can.

 

I will seek to build a positive relationship with the community around me without sacrificing my ministry to those that I work with.

 

Appendix II

 

Safety Plan

 

I. Purpose

 

The purpose of this policy is to protect children as well as adults with severe physical and mental disabilities; who may come into contact with clergy of The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light in the context of ministry, and to ensure that clergy can work within a supportive framework that sets out clear guidelines for their actions.

 

II. Criminal Record checks

 

1. Every member of the clergy of The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light shall be required at the time of application for ordination or incardination to produce a recent check obtained from the criminal background checks. Regular and ongoing checks will be required thereafter.

 

2. No person who has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register shall be admitted to any form of ministry involving children.

 

 III. Ministry

 

1. In ministering to children and young people below the age of eighteen as well as adults with sever physical and mental disabilities, all members of clergy of The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light shall ensure that they are accompanied by a second responsible adult at all times. If the second responsible adult is not present, the ministry may not take place.

 

2. In the event that a member of clergy of The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light participates in the running of any youth organization such as a club or religious study group, they shall ensure that a register of attendance is kept of each meeting. If the group consists of members of both sexes, the second responsible adult present shall be of the opposite sex to the clergy person.

 

                                                                                IV. Avoidance of false allegations

 

Clergy shall conduct them in such a way as not to facilitate the making of false allegations by young people as well as adults with sever physical and mental disabilities.

 

In particular, in the event that they are placed in a situation where they feel that their integrity is at risk, they shall have the full support of the House of Bishops in immediately removing them from that situation or activity. Clergy must not give lifts to children and young people under the age of 18 without a second responsible adult being present.

 

                                                                        V. Child protection policies of other organizations

 

Clergy will observe the safety protection policies of other organizations when involved in activities within those organizations.

 

                                                                            VI. Designated child protection officer

 

The designated safety protection officer is designated by the House of Bishops for The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light to whom all inquiries concerning this policy should be address.

 

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