Fellowship of Isis Manifesto - Version 6
Note: “and new members” has been removed from the second sentence. And the sentence “Lyceums and Iseums are for F.O.I. members only.” has also been omitted. Also note that "and Isian News" has been added to the last sentence of this paragraph. All changes are in italics. This version was in use from 1996 - 1999. It was issued from FOI Foundation Centre for membership requests and published in Isian News during this time period.The Manifesto was changed in early 1999 due to the creation of the ArchPriesthood Union in January of that year.
Growing numbers of people are rediscovering their love for the Goddess. At first, this love may seem to be no more than an inner feeling. But soon it develops; it becomes a longing to help the Goddess actively in the manifestation of Her divine plan. Thus, one hears such enquiries as, “How can I get initiated into the Mysteries of the Goddess? How can I experience a closer communion with her? Where are her nearest temples and devotees? How can I join the priesthood of the Goddess?”, and many other such questions.
The Fellowship of Isis has been founded to answer these needs. Membership provides means of promoting a closer communion between the Goddess and each member, both singly and as part of a larger group. There are hundreds of Iseums all over the world and thousands of members, since the Fellowship was founded in 1976 by Lawrence, Pamela and Olivia Durdin-Robertson. Love, Beauty and Truth are expressed through a multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-racial Fellowship. The good in all faiths is honoured.
The Fellowship is organized on a democratic basis. All members have equal privileges within it, whether as a single member of part of an Iseum or Lyceum. This manifesto applies also to the daughter societies: the College of Isis, the Order of Tara and the Druid Clan of Dana.
The Fellowship respects the freedom of conscience of each member. There are no vows required or commitments to secrecy. All Fellowship activities are optional: and members are free to resign or rejoin at their own choice. Membership is free.
The Fellowship reverences all manifestations of Life. The God also is venerated. The Rites exclude any form of sacrifice, whether actual or symbolic. Nature is revered and conserved. The Work of the Order of Tara is for conservation of Nature.
The Fellowship accepts religious toleration, and is not exclusivist. Members are free to maintain other religious allegiances. Membership is open to all of every religion, tradition and race. Children, listed as “Children of Isis”, are welcomed, subject to parental consent. The Animal Family of Isis” is listed in every Isian News.
The Fellowship believes in the promotion of Love, Beauty and Abundance. No encouragement is given to asceticism.
The Fellowship seeks to develop friendliness, psychic gifts, happiness, and compassion for all life. The Druid Clan of Dana develops Nature’s psychic gifts.
The College of Isis has been revived after its suppression 1,500 years ago. Like Aset Shemsu, the F.O.I. itself, it has always been alive in the Inner Planes. It is from these Inner Planes that its return has been inspired. Magi degrees may be conferred through Lyceums of the College. Correspondence courses are offered. There are no vows nor secrecy.
Iseums are the very Hearths of the Goddess, or the Goddess and the God to Whom they are dedicated. These are listed, along with Lyceums in every issue of Isian News. Tara Priories and Dana Groves are also listed regularly in Isian News. All these centres and Isian News are for F.O.I. members only.
The Fellowship of Isis Priesthood is derived from an hereditary line of the Robertson from Ancient Egypt. Priestesses, priests, every member have equal honour. Priestesses and Priests work with the Goddess - or Goddess and God - of their own Faith. Every human, animal, bird, tree is an eternal offspring of the Mother Goddess’s Divine Family of Life.
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