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The Maryland Jedi Order

From: user 8.
Sent on: Saturday, November 8, 2008 5:58 PM
Greetings Members of the Maryland Jedi Order. Please excuse my interruption from cyber-space. I will not be using this mass email feature too much, and please let me know if you wish not to get this type of communication in the future.

For our first meetup this Thursday, although some of you won't be able to be there, I thought I would send some of my ideas and proposals for our fledgling Order.

Since we will be meeting at Brookside Gardens, I will bring two folding chairs in case the weather is nice enough for us to stay outdoors...*fingers crossed.* We can meet outside the main Visitor's Center building. I will be wearing either a dark green or black jacket. There are places with benches, etc. on the grounds that will be perfect for holding the gathering.

The following is for you to consider for our first meeting. I hope you will have plenty of your own ideas for discussion.

The Maryland Jedi Order

First Meeting on 11/12/08 - Proposals and considerations

Items to consider:

  • Scope of the Groups Activities ? What do you personally want out of this Order and what things shall we do as a group?

  • To begin thinking about a Mission Statement.

  • To consider paying a small dues to cover group fees

  • Consider times and locations for meeting up in the future.

Proposed Goals and Ideals for the Jedi Order

  • The Maryland Jedi Order is a circle with no strong leader.

  • Jedi recognize seven major problem areas in the world: War, Poverty, Crime, Disease, Hatred, Violence, and Environmental Deprivation.

  • We are open and affirming. Our order does not emphasize religion in the traditional sense, and as such, we welcome persons of all traditions, beliefs and religious affiliations. Intolerance will not be tolerated among our group. We only ask that efforts and actions be of a positive nature; not destructive. Although this may be subjective, it is a guideline that can be followed. For example, we do not condemn fighting back if attacked personally or nationally.

  • Jedi recognize that outer pollution and conflict is ultimately caused by inner pollution and conflict. So it is the cause of each Jedi to foster inner peace and joy first and to help facilitate these qualities in others and society secondly.

  • We encourage and support the individual efforts of our members in working towards their personal goals, and shall have collective activities and goals that members may consider participating in.

    Sample Mission Statement for the Maryland Jedi Order:

    A Traditional Jedi Mission Statement
    Jedi are the guardians of peace in the [World].
    Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others.
    Jedi respect all life, in any form.
    Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the [World].
    Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.
    (from the Episode I Scrapbook)

    Another Version

    The Jedi Knights were peacemakers; that was the nature of their order and the dictate of their creed. For thousands of years they had served the Republic, a constant source of stability and order in a changing universe. Founded as a theological and philosophical study group so far back that its origins were the stuff of myth, the Jedi had only gradually become aware of the presence of the Force. Years had been spent in its study, in contemplation of its meaning, in mastery of its power. Slowly the order had evolved, abandoning its practice of and belief in a life of isolated meditation in favor of a more outward-looking commitment to social responsibility. Understanding the Force sufficiently to master its power required more than private study. It required service to the greater community and implementation of a system of laws that would guarantee equal justice for all. That battle was not yet won. It probably never would be. But the Jedi Knights would not see it lost for lack of their trying.
    (from Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks)

    A Philosophy

    By Zindel

    Many of today?s institutions, governments, and organizations tend to foster an us and them attitude among their members. I believe, as did Gandhi and many others, that the idea of being separate from each other and even with the natural world is an illusion. We are all one. I see that each being is like unto an individual cell that is part of a greater living being. If any among us is deprived, sick, or in trouble, we are all effected.

    Some say, if you want to change the world, start with yourself. I say do both. Help others and yourself at the same time. This, I believe will have the greatest impact.

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