The Handbook of TTO lays out a structure which is complete, carefully thought out, and has great long term viability, being modeled on the best examples of functional organizations. It is notably democratic, but has enough focused and appointed leadership that it should not fall prey to the worst weaknesses of democratic groups. Staggered systems of election moderate shifts in the organization’s direction. Elected positions on the Executive Committee give a voice to those with a strong desire to create change, but who lack the time or administrative skill to act as a Chief Executive
Some individuals would advise to simply start a group and create new rules as it grows. This approach may seem organic, but in fact constitutes a state of government by permanent emergency, in which momentary expedience and sudden demand are the principal architects of process. The result is, nearly always, a constitutional crisis (similar to that of the American Republic in 1789) from which the organization often fails to recover, or a permanent muddle and patchwork, which is largely underwritten by autocracy, and tends to collapse when the autocrat retires.
Supporting Members who Join Before
Will become Observing Members at
Will become Members of the Assembly on
Jan 1, 2021
Annual Meeting 2021*
Annual Meeting 2022
Jan 1, 2022
Annual meeting 2022
Annual Meeting 2023
After Jan 1 2023
First day of 13th month of membership (end of first year)
First day of 25th month of membership (end of second year)
* Depending on the growth of the organization, and the stability of the membership, at the discretion of the Secretary General, elections for Members of the Executive Committee may be held in 2021, in which case members who joined before Jan 1, 2021 would vote.
2022 will be the first Annual Meeting with regular elections. As there will be no Members of the Assembly before that time, there would ordinarily be no Proposals, however Special Rules of Order will be published clarifying the procedures for 2022.
2023 will be the first “regular” Annual Meeting.
Jan 1, 2024 marks the end of the “grace period” during which individuals may become Members of the Assembly in less than 24 months.
The Secretary General will fill the principal roles in the organization between Dec 21, 2019 and the Annual Meeting Date 2023. Priority will be given to major roles, most especially the role of Treasurer. An election for Secretary General will be held no later than the Annual Meeting of 2023.
From December 2019, the Secretary General will act in all positions which are currently vacant, until they are filled.
Given his experience with certain trial-like proceedings and systems, the Secretary General has indicated an intention to develop the Disciplinary Committee and the Office of Inspector General before appointing a permanent Inspector General. The size of the organization in the next two years should not make it unworkably difficult to consolidate both offices in the short term, however there is a commitment to a full time Inspector General by the Annual Meeting of 2023.
TTO is committed to a member-led disciplinary process which works to combine and balance transparency with protection for the identity and personal lives of victims of consent violations.
The Disciplinary committee will come to full strength between 2020 and 2022, and function under provisional arrangements through Fall 2022.
From Dec 21, 2019 – June 2020, the Pontifex Maximus will act as Prelate for the Ecclesiastical Arm. Prelate is an administrative title, as is Pontifex Maximus. The Pontifex Maximus will be ordained as Bishop at a location near BWI Airport June 2020.
It has never been the case that performing the Gnostic Mass required Ordination. In organizations which require an Ordained Clergy member to be present, there is no doctrine that this causes the Mass to be more or less efficacious, rather it is a temporal provision designed to insure safety and adherence to the rubric.
The EGH will Certify Clergy, which allows them to perform the Gnostic Mass or other Rituals in the name of TTO and the EGH between Dec 21, 2019 and June 2020. Clergy who are approved for Ordination will be Ordained at that time, immediately following Episcopal Elevation, or as soon after as is practicable if they are not able to attend the Ordination. Ordination in June 2020 will be in the area of Baltimore Maryland, with more Ordination dates and locations announced. Clergy may also be issued Ordination by Writ if, or until, they are able to attend an Ordination Ceremony.
The Ordination of the Pontifex Maximus as Bishop is scheduled for June 2020, in Columbia Maryland, which will also be the first major TTO event.
Elevation of additional Prelates, and Ordination of additional Clergy will occur at that time or on a rolling basis throughout 2021 and 2022.
Elections of the Pontifex Maximus will begin at some date before Fall 2023. The current Pontifex has stated a preference for holding elections as soon as a reasonably robust College of Prelates can be built.