ARTICLE 1 NAME & PURPOSE
Shadow Light Monastery (“SLM Society”) is organized to achieve the purposes set forth in its Articles of Incorporations for a Domestic Religious Corporation, and shall be situated in the State of Alaska.
ARTICLE 2 CODE OF CONDUCT
SLM Society has a code which all shall abide by. This code is as follows: Love Blesses & Conquers All - Love is the Perfect Expression of the Divine. Nothing is Impossible. Love is the source of everything. Remember this as you walk your path. Honor Self to Honor Others - You are a perfect manifestation of Divine Love. Treat your mind, body, and spirit as sacred. Treasure yourself as Divine Love reaches within and reaches out for you. It is in becoming aware of this and honoring yourself, where you will be able to honor others in Truth. Energy is Free - Energy is Freely Given and is Freely Taken, in Perfect Love & Trust, as a gift from Divine Creation. It is Freely Given to enlighten the mind. It is Freely Taken for a grateful heart. Death Before DisHonor - There is no sting of Death when one stands in the Light of Divine Truth. Make your stand. Passion with Duty - Whatever your duties are, fuel the intent of your task with Passion, knowing that duty is by Divine Design. There are lessons that can only be learned in service to Another. Change is Good - Change is transitional transformation. It is the caterpillar into the butterfly. Change is so that we may experience the Path of Humanity. Never Forget A Debt. - Your word is your bond. Everything has a price to maintain balance and harmony. Repay any debt owed as soon as possible in Perfect Trust.
ARTICLE 3 SOLE AUTHORITY
There shall be no worship, education, or service by Council Members conducted with which is in conflict with these By-Laws. The SLM Society shall not conduct any business transaction contrary to the ratified constitution. All rules, regulations, bylaws and policies previously approved, if any, by the SLM Society, in conflict with these By-Laws are each and all hereby repealed, set aside, and superseded.
ARTICLE 4 BANKING
Northrim Bank, based in Alaska, is the current bank for Shadow Light Monastery. In accordance with AS 10.40, a religious organization in Alaska does not have a board of directors. However, Shadow Light Monastery has appointed, a President of 1st Council, to satisfy banking requests and other functions as needed.
ARTICLE 4.1 FISCAL YEAR
Shadow Light Monastery’s fiscal year shall run October 1st through September 30th.
ARTICLE 5 MONASTERY COUNCIL
Section 1. Divine Council
The Divine Council is where the Divine Creator, Divine Spirit, and Divine Guidance is spiritually accessed as petitioned and prayed for by the 1st Council. For Shadow Light Monastery, the Divine Council is the nucleus to our SLM Society as everything is performed first and foremost under the approval and guidance of this specific council. This council is not physically bound, as it operates on a spiritual level, and as such, is not always recognized by the earthly governments. The Divine Council is recognized, acknowledged, honored, worshiped, and appreciated by the SLM Society.
Section 2. 1st Council
The 1st Council retains unto itself the right of exclusive self-government in all phases of its life for this spiritual society & religious organization. The 1st Council shall manage the affairs of SLM and shall include such matters as recognition & elevation of all council members, the discipline of its members, establishment of protocol, rules, and/or regulations, and the conducting of its own services and monastery program.
Section 2.1 1st Council Eligibility & Retirement
To be eligible for the 1st Council, the member shall have completed the spiritual coursework for the Apprentice, Knights, Adept, & Elder councils and be approved by Divine Council. Positions on the 1st Council are for life, however, an individual may choose to retire from the 1st Council as guided by the Divine Council.
Section 3. Council of Elders
The Council of Elders perform functions as determined by the 1st Council. The Council of Elders will align and govern itself by the Council of Elders Protocol/Charter.
Section 3.1 Council of Elders Eligibility & Retirement
To be eligible for the Council of Elders, a member must have completed the 333 day spiritual coursework of the Apprentice, Knights, and Adepts. These Elder members have been initiated into the SLM Society as drawn by Divine Council. Positions on the Council of Elders is for life, however, an individual may choose to retire from this council as guided by the Divine Council.
Section 4. Council of Adepts
The Council of Adepts perform functions as determined by the 1st Council and Council of Elders. The Council of Adepts will align and govern itself by the Council of Adepts Protocol/Charter.
Section 4.1 Council of Adepts Eligibility & Retirement
To be eligible for the Council of Adepts, a member must have completed the 333 day spiritual coursework of the Apprentice and Knights. These Adept members have been dedicated and bestowed the honor of being elected to the Council of Adepts by the Council of Elders. These Adepts are eligible for initiation into the SLM Society at the completion of their spiritual coursework with a specialization of their choosing. Positions on the Council of Adepts are for a limited time at the president of 1st Council's discretion. At the end of 3 years, the Adept shall take a walk with 1st Council to discuss their spiritual journey and the next course of action.
Section 5. Council of Knights
The Council of Knights is made of Knights that perform functions as determined by the 1st Council and Council of Adepts. The Council of Knights will align and govern itself by the Council of Knights Protocol/Charter.
Section 5.1 Council of Knights Eligibility & Retirement
To be eligible for the Council of Knights, a member must have completed the 333 day spiritual coursework of the Apprentice. These council members have been Knighted in ceremony. These Knights are eligible for dedication at the completion of the spiritual coursework. For apprentices who have the desire or are drawn to the SLM Society of Knighthood and have in their recent past, already received an Initiation through another religious organization or have been an active tithing member of a church, they must be "officially" released by that religious organization prior to Knighthood. Positions on the Council of Knights are for a limited time at 1st Council's discretion. At the end of 3 years, the Knight shall take a walk with 1st Council to discuss their spiritual journey and the next course of action.
Section 6. Council of Apprentices
The Council of Apprentices are made up of members and blood relations who have applied for apprenticeships within the SLM Society. The Council of Apprentices mainly focus on their 333 day spiritual coursework as it pertains to their particular journey. This council receives direction and guidance from the 1st Council and the Council of Knights.
Section 6.1 Council of Apprentices Eligibility & Retirement
To be eligible for the Council of Apprentices, a member must complete an Apprenticeship application and submit it to SLM for review. Once the 1st Council reviews the application, a meeting will be scheduled with the member or blood relation to discuss the reasons they are applying for Apprenticeship. A decision regarding Apprenticeship will be given to the member or blood relation within 30 days of submitting the application. Once an individual is approved for Apprenticeship, their name is included in the Council of Apprentices record book. Positions on the Council of Apprentices are for a limited time of 3 years. After 3 years, the Apprentices name is removed from the Council of Apprentices record books and placed into the Council of Friend record books.
Section 7. Council of Blood Relations
The Council of Blood Relations are generally under the age of 18 and have a relative or family member who are members of the SLM Society.
Section 8. Council of Members
In order to be considered and accepted to the Council of Members, an individual who is 18 years or older, must submit an application for membership for themselves (to include minor children) to SLM. Once the 1st Council reviews the application, a meeting will be scheduled with the applicant to discuss the reasons they are applying for membership. A decision regarding membership will be given to the applicant within 30 days of submitting the application. Once an individual is approved for membership, their name (including their minor children) is included in the Council of Membership record book. Individuals on the Council of Members shall intentionally contribute what they wish to share with the SLM Society. A member does not need to be a resident of the State of Alaska.
Section 8.1 Inactive Member
If a member has left the SLM Society and has refrained from connecting, communicating, or keeping in touch with the Council members, to include attending SLM Society functions, after a period of 3 years of no-contact, the member is removed from the Council of Members. If the individual returns to the SLM Society after removal, the individual must re-submit an application for membership.
Section 9. Council of Friends
The Council of Friends are made of Friends, Family, and Apprentices that are friends of SLM members.
ARTICLE 6 DISCIPLINE & DISPUTES
All disputes are to be brought to the attention of the 1st Council and governing Council. If a dispute arises within the Council of Members or Apprentices, it is brought to the attention of the Council of Knights and 1st Council. If a dispute arises within the Council of Knights, it is brought to the attention of the 1st Council and Council of Adepts, and so on. Discipline shall be administered on a case by case basis keeping in mind the Code of Conduct.
ARTICLE 7 RELATIONSHIPS
Shadow Light Monastery is subject to the control of no other civil or ecclesiastical body. However, SLM Society recognizes the benefits of mutual cooperation, which are common among other churches, monasteries, covens, associations, governments, and conventions. Insofar as practical, SLM agrees to cooperate with and support other like-minded spiritual societies as deemed acceptable by the 1st Council.
ARTICLE 8 ESTABLISHMENT & NOTARY
These bylaws shall be established and executed by the 1st Council and Notarized at its conception and at such time as changes or amendments are made. These bylaws shall be and are hereby established as the only “Bylaws” for this Monastery. No rules, regulations, bylaws or policies may be established which conflict with the Constitution. Any Bylaws established prior to the below date of notary are null and void as of the date indicated below.
SLM Constitution & Bylaws have been Ratified & Notarized 2015 - 2022.