Articles of Incorporation
Article I: Third Threshold Ministering refers to the collaborative endeavors of individuals who, through association with the work of John Stirling Walker in the form of a religious corporation, have come to see in his testimony of calling through an event on Twin Peaks in San Francisco, California in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 24, 1991 the possibility that this event is the origin of impulses of redemption with which they wish to unite themselves.
Article II: The headquarters of Third Threshold Ministering is at 101 E 5th Ave in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which is also the private residence of three members of its five-member Governance Board: John Stirling Walker (Chairman), Venkah Gjermundsen (Secretary and registered agent), and Doug Reed (Treasurer). This is also its mailing address and the address of its principal office. Other members of this Governance Board, whose five members are also incorporators in the legal sense, are Keith G. Schrag (Vice Chairman, 1211 N 3rd St, Ames, Iowa) and Jean Fred Pirault (At-Large Member, 9 bis Avenue Andre Benin, Chantepie 35135, France.)
(Article II is being amended as follows, following upon the crossing of the threshold of former Chairman John Stirling Walker on Friday, May 20, 2011:
Article II: The headquarters of Third Threshold Ministering is at 101 E 5th Ave in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which is also the private residence of two members of its five-member Governance Board: Doug Reed (Acting Chairman and registered agent) and Joseph Raucci (Vice Chairman). This is also its mailing address and address of its principal office. Other members of the Governance Board, whose five members are also incorporators in the legal sense, are Keith G. Schrag (Treasurer, 1211 N 3rd St, Ames Iowa), Venkah Gjermundsen (Secretary, Rastaveien 3, 2211 Kongsvinger, Norway) and Jean Fred Pirault (At-Large Member, 1 Allée du Clos Paisible, Noyal-Sur-Vilaine 35530, France) )
Article III: Third Threshold Ministering exists to educate interested parties in what it perceives to be the spiritual situation of the Earth and humanity. As such, it sees its mission as in the furtherance of impulses for the liberation of science, art, religion, and education from political and economic forces. Out of that sense of mission, it pursues scientific endeavors through its organ, the Institute for Hypostatic Science; artistic endeavors through Confreres Productions (an initiative of the Institute for Hypostatic Science); and religious endeavors in the name of the realization of Christian ideals of economic community through its organ, the Brotherhood Project.
Article IV: Participation in the initiatives of Third Threshold Ministering comes to pass through the free association of individuals in conversation. There is no membership. Individuals are designated "Participants" if they commit themselves to the ideals of Third Threshold Ministering in an on-going fashion, "Visitors" if they participate in its initiatives without commitment to these ideals, and "Guests" if they are occasional visitors.
Article V: The financial affairs of Third Threshold Ministering as a community are under the governance of a Circle of Benefactors who, in consultation with the Brotherhood Project's Co-ordinator of Resources, strive to see to it that the needs of the work, which may include personal needs of Participants, Visitors, or Guests, are met. All financial resources are under the jurisdiction of the Co-ordinator of Resources, who allocates them in consultation with any interested Participants, Visitors, or Guests in accordance with both spiritual and physical standards for allocation, by which the merit of a given allocation is determined.
Article VI: The non-financial operational affairs of Third Threshold Ministering are co-ordinated through the activity of the Centersight* Advisory Circle, which administers the work of the Institute for Hypostatic Science, including the work to arrive at the standards for allocation applied by the Brotherhood Project.
Article VII: The Co-ordinator of Resources of the Brotherhood Project and the members of the Centersight Advisory Circle of the Institute for Hypostatic Science report to the Governance Board of Third Threshold Ministering in order to receive its impulses of guidance and to offer their insights and concerns. The Governance Board works to encourage understanding of and adherence to the standards for allocation arrived at by the work of the Institute for Hypostatic Science and applied by the Brotherhood Project.
Article VIII: Upon dissolution of Third Threshold Ministering, any assets over which it may dispose are to be dispersed in accordance with its mission statement. In the case of any disputed assets, they are to be divided equally and turned over as contributions to EnlightenNext, and to the Church of Scientology, International, respectively, 501(c)3 corporations.
(Article VIII was amended on August 14, 2017, as follows:
Article VIII: Upon dissolution of Third Threshold Ministering, any assets over which it may dispose are to be dispersed in accordance with its mission statement. In the case of any disputed assets, they are to be turned over as contributions to the Anthroposophical Society in America, a 501(c)3 corporation.)
1. An individual is considered a Participant in the work of Third Threshold Ministering if he or she commits him- or herself to conversation in any of its initiatives over time in such a way as to be experienced, by the Co-ordinator of Resources, the members of the Centersight* Advisory Circle and the members of the Governance Board as capable of persevering in any conversation until unity among all participants in that conversation is achieved.
2. An individual is welcome as a Visitor to the work of Third Threshold Ministering for as long as his or her interest in any conversation that is or regards its work moves him or her to be capable of persevering in such conversation until unity among all participants in that conversation is achieved.
3. An individual may be invited as a Guest in the work of Third Threshold Ministering if his or her interest in its conversations and other work, in the mind of every Participant in any given initiative, justifies such an invitation.
4. The Brotherhood Project is composed of every individual, whether Participant, Visitor, or Guest, who wishes to co-operate in the spirit of Christian economic community. It exists to permit human beings the opportunity of engaging in conversation regarding their financial needs, whether related to the public work of Third Threshold Ministering or personal. Such conversation may or may not lead to Participants, Visitors, or Guests in the Brotherhood Project, as Benefactors or Supporters (see By-law 5), feeling moved to meet such needs, in accordance with the Brotherhood Project's standards for allocation.
5. Needs, when met, are met through the agency of the Circle of Benefactors, composed of individuals whose private income is put at the disposal of the Brotherhood Project on a case-by-case basis. Needs may be met by Benefactors' own contributions or by the contributions of others, called "Supporters", who may support the work financially but do not wish to take upon themselves the responsibility involved in membership in the Circle of Benefactors.
6. At the heart of the economic life of the community of Third Threshold Ministering is the idea that individuals pursuing scientific, artistic, religious, or educational aims should, when and as possible, be freed from any obligation to connect such pursuits to the acquisition of money. A Circle of Grantees is composed of individuals whom the Circle of Benefactors, in consultation with the Co-ordinator of Resources of the Brotherhood Project and the Governance Board, consider deserving of full financial support from Benefactors and Supporters.
7. Any individual may apply to become a Grantee. The basis of the consideration of worthiness for this designation is that the potential Grantee commit themselves full time to work on behalf of the ideals of Third Threshold Ministering.
8. The members of the Centersight Advisory Circle work to assure that the conversational and creative initiatives of the Institute for Hypostatic Science proceed in such a way as to provide ever greater opportunities to its Participants for education, scientific research, artistic creativity, and moral development in accordance with whatever particular religious or spiritual impulse an individual Participant considers to prevail in his or her own personal life. ("Scientific research" refers to the development of that quality of consciousness in thinking that can investigate and apprehend phenomena--material and other--in an objective fashion.) They are aided in this by individual Participants who hold centersight for the various initiatives, which, at present, include:
The Schooling Initiative, a Rosicrucian-Manichean school for the development of higher spiritual faculties in accordance with the requirements for this age as elucidated in the work of Rudolf Steiner.
The Center for Interconvictional Diplomacy, committed to conferences furthering the possibility of understanding among those with conflicting or competing convictions.
The Center for Psychosophical Studies, committed to penetration of the mysteries of the human psyche in a spirit of objective inquiry into those mysteries.
The Symposium of Philadelphia, a spiritual-philosophical order for men committed to transforming impulses of brutality among souls incarnated in male bodies.
The Order of Etheria, an order for women committed to grasping the impulses of the second coming of Christ in the etheric.
Confreres Productions, collaborative work toward the production of vocal and choral works and musical stageworks.
The Medical Community of Hermes, committed to penetrating the mysteries of the human body in service to impulses furthering the art and discipline of healing.
The Youth Initiative, committed to furthering the potential of young people by aiding and encouraging the development of their gifts.
* ”Centersight” refers to a picture of administrators as standing at the center of a circle comprising the activity of others whose individual and collaborative striving they are responsible to facilitate ministerially rather than directively.