The Gnostic Order of Christ
The Ethics Code & Complaint Procedures
The Gnostic Order of Christ Ethics Code maintains a complete record of all ordained who are in good standing with The Gnostic Order of Christ and you may contact us for verification. You may call us at 408.978.8034 for a referral.
Those not in good standing are listed at: http://www.gnosticorderofchrist.org/publicnotice.htm
Those ordained who have received certification through The Gnostic Order of Christ are independent priests and teachers.
Teachers with ordination Rites are vowed to God and are subject to the conditions as defined by the Rites to Ordain ceremony. See Lineage. The persons ordained are bound by the vows of their Religious Orders, their commitment to Jesus Christ, the Ethics Code, the Ten commandments and the laws of the land in which they live. Services and modes of teaching may vary. All ministries and communities are independent of The Gnostic Order of Christ. We can bear no responsibility for the activities of those who we independently ordained other than to support or censure.
[From the Minutes of The Gnostic Order of Christ 1/15/89]
Re: Priests and Teachers are Independent The Gnostic Order of Christ
SS 3.361 Other resolutions On motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, that document titled "Purpose of Order" be adopted Within these minutes as an acknowledgment of the main purpose of the formation of this corporation.
THE QUESTION OF THE AUTHORITY OF THOSE PERSONS WHO MAY BE ORDAINED AS PRIESTS, BISHOPS OR MASTERS PURSUANT TO THE POWERS OF THIS CHURCH [The Gnostic Order of Christ] WAS DISCUSSED BY THE BOARD.
On motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the following resolution was adopted:
THAT THOSE PERSONS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN CHURCHES OR RELIGIOUS ORDERS, BUT NOT UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE GNOSTIC ORDER OF CHRIST. THE RITES OF ORDINATION ARE RIGHTS TO FUNCTION SPIRITUALLY AS INDEPENDENT PRIESTS, BISHOPS AND MASTERS. THE PURPOSE OF ORDINATION IS TO ESTABLISH APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION SO THEY MAY PERFORM THEIR SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS FUNCTIONS LEGITIMATELY.
If you find a person listed who is out of accord with the above, please see:
PROCEDURE FOR ADDRESSING COMPLAINTS WITH and WITHIN (at End of Ethics Code)
The Gnostic Order of Christ and by emailing or calling
The Board of Directors of The Gnostic Order of Christ.
Subject: The Board of Directors
or Phone: 408.445.2584
Master Timothy Harris, R.O., B.A.
President: The Gnostic Order of Christ
Organizations Not in Good Standing: We have no relationship with the following:
The Order of Christ Sophia
The American Temple
Christ the Savior Brotherhood
Foundation of Christ Church
The Religious Movements Homepage Project: The Web Pages at: http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/holymans.html
do not represent the Gnostic Order of Christ accurately. The Gnostic Order of Christ is not a "splinter group" nor are we a "Modern Descendent" of the Holy Order of MANS. Separation of Church and State: The Rites to Ordain in the Lineage of The Priesthood After the Order of Melchizedek of The Order of The Holy Cross were received in revelation by Father Paul Blighton, founder of The Science of Man Church and the Holy Order of MANS, circa1967.
While the Rites to Ordain were first received while Father Paul was head of the Science of Man Church, the reception and transmission of such Rites was a spiritual event and independent of any earthly church or order.
The Rites to Ordain are spiritual in nature; such Spiritual Rites are not in any way connected to membership past or present in any particular corporate body as defined by any corporation or academic definition.
The Rites actually establish the Spiritual Rite to Ordain a Priest or Teacher with the Apostolic Authority of the Host above in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and may not be defined as endowed by any earthly corporeal or corporate body.
Revelation and such Spiritual Ordination remains in the domain of and as a prerogative of The Holy Spirit.
Last Updated 12/19/17
The Following Ethics Codes of The Gnostic Order of Christ is: For those Receiving Certificates of Ordination as of October 20, 2005 It is our expectation that the following code will be followed by anyone ordained in our lineage. If you find some one out of accord with our Code see the following:
Code I PROLOGUE: General
The Gnostic Order of Christ, is committed to the Western Tradition and also recognizes all spiritual paths as a means to reach God. Members and Associates uphold the values of our local civic and spiritual communities and the dignity and worth of each individual. We are dedicated to advancing the welfare of those who seek spiritual study and community and to the maintenance of high standards of professional and spiritual conduct and competence.
We are accountable for our ministry whatever its setting. This accountability is expressed in relationships to colleagues, students, clients and in relationships with the members of our spiritual communities and our families through the acceptance and practice of the spiritual principles and procedures of this Ethics Code. In the Spirit of conscientious service we ask you as members and associates to commit to the following as a condition of receiving certification and having participation with the Gnostic Order of Christ:
In order to uphold ethical standards, as individuals committed to ministry and certified by The Gnostic Order of Christ, your signature on these pages means that you covenant to accept the following foundational premises and code of conduct as applicable in your life:
1. I will maintain integral and responsible association with The Gnostic Order of Christ.
2. I will not discriminate against or refuse educational opportunity or professional and/or spiritual assistance to anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.
3. I will maintain my contact with God through educational and religious activities combined with regular spiritual practice. I will agree at all levels of membership and/or association to continue in my spiritual practice and professional and spiritual growth including supervision, consultation, and active participation with the members of the order(s) through which I was ordained as often as possible.
4. I will seek out and engage in collegial relationships, recognizing that isolation can lead to a loss of perspective and judgment.
5. I will manage my personal life in a healthful fashion and seek appropriate assistance if I have personal problems or conflicts.
6. I will teach and/or provide counseling only for those problems or issues that are within the reasonable boundaries of my competence.
7. I will establish and maintain appropriate professional and/or spiritual relationship boundaries with those I serve.
1. In all professional and/or spiritual matters I will maintain practices that protect the public and advance spiritual integrity.
2. I will use my knowledge and professional and spiritual associations for the benefit of the people I serve and not to secure unfair personal advantage.
3. I will clearly represent my level of professional and spiritual development and limit my activities to that level of competence.
4. Fees and financial arrangements, as with all contractual matters, will always be discussed without hesitation or equivocation at the onset and will be established in a straight-forward manner.
5. I will be prepared to render service to individuals and communities in crisis without regard to financial remuneration when necessary.
6. I will neither receive nor pay a commission for referral.
7. I will conduct my ministerial, organizational, community and fiscal affairs with due regard to recognized business and accounting procedures.
8. Upon the transfer of a practice or the sale of real, personal, tangible or intangible property or assets used in such practice, the privacy of those I serve shall be of primary concern.
9. Names and records shall be excluded from any transfer or sale.
10. I will not malign associates; neither will I associate or recommend those who do not abide by these principles.
It is the responsibility of those certified by The Gnostic Order of Christ to maintain relationships with students, clients, mentors and colleagues on a professional and spiritual basis.
1. I will not abandon or neglect those in my care. If I am unable or unwilling for appropriate reasons to provide training or continue a teaching relationship, every reasonable effort will be made to arrange for continuation of care with another professional and/or spiritual mentor.
2. I will make only realistic statements regarding counseling, spiritual processes, and outcomes.
3. I will show sensitive regard for the moral, social, and religious standards of those in our and my communities. I will avoid imposing my beliefs on others, although I will may express them when appropriate.
4. Teaching and/or counseling relationships will be continued only so long as it is reasonably clear that the individuals are receiving benefit from the relationship.
Code IV - CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE LAW
1. I will respect the integrity and protect the welfare of all persons that I serve and will safeguard information about them that has been obtained in the course of the teaching, professional and/or spiritual counseling relationship.
2. All records kept concerning an individual will be stored or disposed of in a manner that assures security and confidentiality.
3. I will treat all communications with professional and spiritual confidence.
4. Except in those situations where the identity of the individual is necessary to the understanding of the case, I will use only the first names of the individual when engaged in supervision or consultation. It is my responsibility to convey the importance of confidentiality to the supervisor/consultant; this is particularly important when the supervision is shared by other professional and/or spiritual counselors, as in a supervisory group.
5. I will not disclose individual confidences to anyone, except: as mandated by law; in order to prevent a clear and immediate danger to someone; in the course of a civil, criminal or disciplinary action arising from the training where the teaching and/or counselor is a defendant; for purposes of supervision or consultation; or by previously obtained written permission. In cases involving more than one person, I will obtain written permission from all legally accountable persons who have been present during the event before any disclosure is made.
6. I will obtain informed written consent from individuals before audio and/or video tape recording or permitting third party observation of their training or counseling sessions.
7. I will not use these standards of confidentiality to avoid intervention when it is necessary, e.g., when there is evidence of abuse of minors, the elderly, the disabled, or the physically disabled or mentally incompetent.
8. When current or former individuals are referred to in a publication, as in teaching or in a public presentation, their identity will be thoroughly disguised.
9. I agree that as an express condition of my certification, communications, files, investigative reports, and related records will be kept strictly confidential and I waive the right to use the same in a court of law to advance any claim against another member. This policy is intended to promote teaching, counseling and confessional communications without legal consequences and to protect potential privacy and confidentiality interests of third parties.
Code V - INTER-PROFESSIONAL /INTER-SPIRITUAL NETWORK RELATIONSHIPS
1. I will cooperate with other professional and spiritual persons in our community and beyond. I recognize I will be part of a network of human service providers and spiritual counselors and I will develop and maintain interdisciplinary and inter-professional and/or inter-spiritual counselor relationships.
2. I will not offer ongoing services to persons currently receiving training from another teacher without prior knowledge of and in consultation with the other teacher, nor without the individual's informed consent. Soliciting such individuals is unethical.
3. I will exercise care and inter-professional and/or inter-spiritual courtesy when approached for services by individuals who claim or appear to have inappropriately terminated training or counseling with another professional and/or spiritual counselor or when such an individual is considering termination in another spiritual group.
5. I will treat others with the same courtesy and respect, that I would expect from someone else.
1. I will not initiate contact for a sexual relationship with anyone who I have taught, instructed, or counseled, or who has attended classes or been at a retreat without consultation with a priest or teacher PRIOR to such an event.
2. I recognize that such relationships are unequal power relationships and that such relationships may be against the law if not addressed ethically. I recognize that sexual advances or activity of any kind confuse a participant's personal growth and can be abusive to the individual and anyone else witnessing.
3. It is necessary that I be clear about my motivations. Anywhere I teach or learn must be a safe place for all who attend.
*If I should find any that any individual I have trained or counseled for the priesthood is out of integrity with these rules I will contact another teacher to discuss the matter.
5. I recognize the trust placed in me as unique in the role of teaching and/or spiritual counseling. While acknowledging the complexity of such relationships, I will avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of the individual. I will avoid those dual relationships with individuals (e.g., business or close personal relationships) which could impair our professional and/or spiritual judgment, compromise the integrity of the training, and those things that would use the relationship for our own gain.
1. I will not engage in sexual abuse, sexual behavior or harassment, abusive words or actions, or exploitative coercion (defined below).
Definitions of sexual abuse and harassment:
No. 7. continuing to ask for sex or making sexual remarks to a person who has said no or asked you to stop.
Some people have ingrained cultural prohibitions against hugging and kissing. Buddhist cultures for example do not engage in physical contact; in Buddhism physical contact may be deemed to be a violation of one's personal space and boundaries. If you mix a large group of people together there will be people who do not want to be hugged or kissed. You will need to consider the whole, rather than a few. People who touch in some way in greeting, need to be more respective of those who do not.
Marriage, Divorce, Adultery, Primary Significant Others, and Promiscuity
As a spiritual guide I recognize I need to set an example of how relationships are formed and ended with Spiritual Integrity.
1. I will set an example for how such relationships may be made new and/or dissolved.
I support the relationships of those who form primary significant relationships without secular legal marriage or legal divorce from a former mate, however integrity demands that any former relationships be severed spiritually and following relationships be declared so as to avoid unnecessary confusion or accusation for and by other community members.
2. I will not support promiscuous behavior.
3. I will not support adulterous behavior.
4. I may have my certification revoked for promiscuous or adulterous behavior.
Code IX - SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY AND DRUGS & ALCOHOL
2. I will not advocate the use of drugs or alcohol.
3. I will assist anyone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol in finding appropriate help.
4. I will notify the Board of Directors of the Gnostic Order of Christ of anyone abusing drugs or alcohol who I know of that has been certified by the GOC.
The Gnostic Order of Christ's policy on the possession and use of alcohol and illegal drugs is as stated below:
Illegal or improper use of alcohol will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of certification. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of illegal drugs by any person is prohibited. Such action shall result in disciplinary action, including termination of certification.
1. If at anytime I plan to use the name of The Gnostic Order of Christ I will receive advanced written permission to do so.
2, When preparing for Seminars and Classes for The Gnostic Order of Christ and/or my own ministry: I will keep the inner teachings in the foremost of my mind and heart and will tailor material and behavior according to the audience, remembering my vows of service, obedience, humility, poverty, and purity and our vow of confidentiality.
3. I will not disclose that which should be maintained as teachings for the priesthood to the general public.
4. I will act in accordance with behavior appropriate to my office and my missions and will advocate and promote like professional and/or spiritual behavior from associates.
5. I will not charge exorbitant fees other than costs and will allow those who cannot pay to attend free of charge if possible.
6. I will present my own materials for a price standard within the industry for like materials.
7. When in attendance at seminars I will be respectful and courteous and assist the seminar leaders if asked and if possible.
1. Any advertising regarding The Gnostic Order of Christ, including announcements, public statements and promotional activities, will be undertaken with the purpose of helping the public make informed judgments and choices.
2. I will not misrepresent professional and/or spiritual qualifications, affiliations and functions, or falsely imply sponsorship or certification by any organization.
3. I may if I choose use the following information to describe myself and the services provided: name; highest relevant spiritual designation; date, type and level of certification or licenser; The Gnostic Order of Christ membership level, clearly stated as member or associate or ordained by; address and telephone number; office hours; a brief review of services offered, e.g., spiritual training and education; fee information; and languages spoken. Additional relevant information may be provided if it is legitimate, reasonable, free of deception and not otherwise prohibited by these Codes.
4. I will not use the initials "GOC" after my name in the manner of an academic degree.
5. Announcements and brochures promoting services will describe them with accuracy and dignity, devoid of all claims or evaluation. I may send them to professional and/or spiritually qualified persons, religious institutions and other agencies, but to prospective individuals only in response to inquiries.
6. I will not make public statements which contain any of the following:
A. A false, fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or unfair statement.
7. I will not compensate in any way a representative of the press, radio, television or other communication medium for the purpose of professional and/or spiritual publicity and news items.
8. A paid advertisement must be identified as such, unless it is contextually apparent that it is a paid advertisement. I will be responsible for the content of such advertisement.
9. Any advertisement to the public by radio or television concerning The Gnostic Order of Christ is to be pre-recorded, approved by The Gnostic Order of Christ and a recording of the actual transmission retained in the possession of The Gnostic Order of Christ.
10. Advertisements or announcements of workshops, seminars, growth groups or similar services or endeavors, are to give a clear statement of purpose and a clear description of the experiences to be provided. The education, training and experience of the provider(s) involved are to be appropriately specified.
11. Advertisements or announcements soliciting research participants, in which spiritual or other professional services are offered as an inducement, must make clear the nature of the services as well as the cost and other obligations or risks to be accepted by participants in the research.
(a) I will NOT present any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy ("Rights") of any third party;
(b) I will NOT impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent my affiliation with a person or entity (this statement includes misrepresentation of titles and misrepresentation of defunct spiritual relationships);
12. Those ordained through The Gnostic Order of Christ are independent priests and teachers. I know I am bound by the vows of my ordination, my commitment to Jesus Christ, the Ethics Code, the Ten Commandments, and the laws of the land in which I will live.
Use of Ours, Yours, and Others Web Sites and Technology
(e) You will NOT falsify the origin or source of writings, graphics, etc.; delete any author attributions, legal notices or other proprietary designations or labels in any content;
Soliciting for advertisers or sponsors or students, or clients
(h) The Gnostic Order of Christ retains the right to disapprove all web sites referring to The Gnostic Order of Christ as a membership organization having members. The Gnostic Order of Christ has no members. The Gnostic Order of Christ reserves the right to terminate the use of any site by anyone violating the Codes set forth in this code.
End of Ethics Code
PROCEDURE FOR ADDRESSING COMPLAINTS WITH and WITHIN
The Gnostic Order of Christ
The purpose of this document is to provide a framework within which alleged violations of the Ethics Code of The Gnostic Order of Christ may be addressed. When persons are injured by the actions of its members and representatives, The Gnostic Order of Christ itself, and its Work are also compromised.
The process outlined below represents an attempt to adhere to accepted standards of justice and due process, while allowing ample room for spiritual guidance and direction. The goal should always be to restore even the most serious offender to fellowship within the broader spiritual community, even when forgiveness and reconciliation cannot be extended to include restoration to positions of responsibility.
Section A: Initial Process of Filing Complainant
Persons accused of unethical conduct are to be considered innocent until the accusation has been substantiated beyond a reasonable doubt.
The protection of those involved including the victim(s), the accused and the accused's family, and the community shall be maintained until all facts have been carefully considered and appropriate actions determined.
Any complaint or allegation of unethical conduct (as defined in the Ethics Code) shall be brought to the immediate attention of the Ethics Committee or the Board of Directors.
If a teacher is involved, and circumstances warrant, the Committee may immediately suspend the accused teacher temporarily from his/her teaching activities within the community; in this event, the Committee shall notify the community of the investigation.
When a complaint or allegation of ethical misconduct is brought to the attention of the Ethics Committee, the Committee shall meet (or, if that is not physically possible, converse by telephone) with the person(s) bringing the complaint forthwith, in order to:
A1. Hear his/her allegations directly;
A2. Request that complainant(s) prepare a written complaint;
A3. Request permission from complainant(s) to use the written complaint and her/his name in discussion with the accused member;
A4. Outline the process that will be followed in response to the complaint.
Initial Process of Serving the Accused
Once the written complaint is received and if the Ethics Committee believes that there is sufficient cause for concern that a violation of the Ethics Code has occurred, the Committee shall meet with the accused member in order to:
B1. Present him/her with the formal, written complaint;
B2. Outline the process that will be followed in response to the complaint, emphasizing the presumption of innocence and the right to due process;
B3. Hear his/her response to the complaint directly (may be verbal and/or written);
B4. Make available a summary of the accused member's response to the complainant for comment.
If there is sufficient cause for concern that a violation of the Ethics Code has occurred, the Ethics Committee shall proceed.
The Ethics Committee shall presume the innocence of the accused member until unethical conduct is proven.
The Ethics Committee shall not ask the complainant and the accused member to meet together during this phase of the process.
If not already accomplished, in order to protect the rights of the accused community member and to protect the complainant(s) and the community from possible harm during the investigation:
Section C: Suspension of Activities
C1. The Ethic Committee shall recommend to the Board that the accused member suspend the activities within which the alleged unethical conduct is said to have occurred;
C2. The Board of Directors shall notify the community of the investigation, temporarily suspend the questionable activities of the accused member and, where warranted, appoint another member to serve in his/her place. The temporary servant shall be fully informed of the circumstances of the temporary suspension in order to serve effectively with the community.
The Ethics Committee shall fully investigate the accusation through information and documentation from the complainant(s), the accused member, and other credible sources, as appears appropriate.
Based on the investigation carried out by the Ethics Committee, it shall determine the veracity of the complaint and recommend action to the Board of Directors, as follows:
Section D: Responsive Actions to Allegations Substantiated and not Substantiated
D1. IF THE ALLEGATIONS ARE NOT SUBSTANTIATED by the Ethics Committee, the investigation will cease and every effort will be made to exonerate the accused member. A record of the process and its conclusion will be provided for the accused. A public statement of exoneration by the Board of Directors may be made if the accused so chooses. The Board of Directors and the Ethics Committee shall respond with care and concern to the complainant(s) and to the community, as appropriate.
D2. IF THE ALLEGATIONS ARE SUBSTANTIATED by the Ethics Committee and the offense and consequences of misconduct are determined to be relatively MINOR, the Ethics Committee will recommend that the Board of Directors shall take the following steps:
D3· Issue an educative advisory in response to a situation which is not necessarily unethical but shows poor judgment. It should provide clear guidance in order to accomplish the necessary corrective.
D4· Issue an educative warning in response to a situation of unquestionably inappropriate and unwise behavior that is not clearly unethical. It is expected that this clear warning will bring a cessation of the behavior.
D5· Issue a reprimand in response to a situation that involves unethical behavior that has resulted in relatively minor consequences.
The Board of Directors, using its best judgment and the recommendations of the Ethics Committee, will determine the Order's appropriate response and will meet with the community to communicate and explain the action(s) taken. This action will also be communicated in writing to all parties involved.
D6 IF THE ALLEGATIONS ARE SUBSTANTIATED by the Ethics Committee and the consequences of the misconduct are determined to be relatively MAJOR, the Board of Directors shall take one of the following steps:
D7 Censure the accused member in response to clearly unethical behavior that was persistent and resulted in (or could have resulted in) serious harm to others. This action may not necessarily result in suspension of the activities within which the misconduct occurred.
D8 Suspend the member temporarily from engaging in the activities within which the misconduct occurred in response to unethical conduct that resulted in harm to others and to the Work of the Order. Protection of others from harm is paramount. The suspension shall continue until there is clear evidence of rehabilitation of the guilty member. At that time, the member may petition the Ethics Committee that originally received the case (or, if unavailable, as many of those originally hearing the case as possible, with new members appointed by the Board) for cessation of the suspension.
D9 Suspend the member permanently from the activities within which the misconduct occurred in response to unethical conduct that resulted in substantial harm to others, the Order, the community, and the Work and, in the face of which, there is little possibility of him/her effectively carrying out his/her former activities. Protection of others from harm and protection of the integrity of the Work of the Order are paramount.
Section E: Responses to the Offending Community Member
Confronting an offending member with the disciplinary action of the Board should be understood as a compassionate and caring act of the community.
It provides the greatest potential for both spiritual growth and emotional and psychological healing. A requirement of the evaluation and/or treatment may be utilized in combination with any of the six levels of response listed above.
This requirement should be clearly communicated and monitored as appropriate over time.
The Board may limit the community-related activities of the offending member during the rehabilitation process and may appoint an Order teacher, if the member has none, to monitor the limited activities.
Evaluation and/or treatment should be carried out by qualified therapists selected by the offending member from a list provided by the Board. Assistance may be made available for the spouse and the family. Possible reinstatement of the offending member shall be dependent upon the therapist, supervisor, Board, and members of the Ethics Committee concluding that the member is sufficiently capable of effectively engaging in the activities within which the offense occurred.
Once a community member has been suspended from the activities within which the offense occurred, the matter of restoration to the former position of trust must be assessed in the more public grounds of the community. Responses to the Victim(s) The Board shall respond to the victim(s) of the misconduct by the offending member with sensitivity and care.
An appropriate teacher or community member shall be named and offered to the victim(s) early in the process to serve as advocate and support, interpreter of the process, and spiritual presence.
When there are multiple victims identified, an opportunity should be made for these persons to meet together throughout the process.
Response to the Community
The President of the Board and a representative of the Ethics Committee shall meet with the community and communicate the results of the hearing process with special attention to the disciplinary action taken and its implications.
The Board shall notify each member of the community in writing of the particulars of the charges, their resolution and action taken by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors shall make available a trained resource person who can assist the community in whatever ways necessary to address its concerns so as to bring healing to its brokeness.
End of PROCEDURE FOR ADDRESSING COMPLAINTS WITH and WITHIN The Gnostic Order of Christ
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