Meet the U.S.G.L. Education Committee

This guest post is from Br Scott, the Education Committee Secretary.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The mission of the U.S. Grand Lodge Education Committee is to research, discuss, and recommend instructional materials and classes for local bodies. But what, exactly do we do?
First, let’s start with our course materials. One of our services is the production of high-quality course outlines which should make it easy for anyone interested to lead a discussion/presentation/lecture on a variety of topics.
Current offerings include a discussion on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Exegesis in Theory and Practice, a discussion of Liber Resh, an introduction to O.T.O., and a discussion on Little Essays Towards Truth. We have several modules which are presently in the development/approval stages, and for the most current list of our offerings you can always check our courses page at:  https://edu.oto-usa.org/courses/
On this page you’ll also find our bank of fonts as well as a host of other offerings including a spreadsheet for tracking local dues, an image pack for Liber Resh, flashcards for memorizing Hebrew and correspondences, and a selection of useful bibliographies from Don Karr on Cabala, Solomonic Magick, the Zohar, etc.
Please note that while the font banks and bibliographies are available to everyone, the courses and other specific materials are only available to local masters and organizers who can email the secretary of the committee at:  education@oto-usa.org
A more recent function of the committee is the organization and scheduling of online presentations, both public and private. We’ve hosted a number of these presentations which have been recorded and uploaded to U.S. Grand Lodge’s Youtube channel, which you can find here.
These presentations are announced via local leadership channels and are also posted on our news page, which you can follow here:  https://edu.oto-usa.org/news/
We’re always looking for new presenters, so if this is something that you’d like to discuss then feel free to email us at education@oto-usa.org
We also maintain a calendar of local body public events, where you can always find an online event to check out on nearly any given day. It’s a great way to meet people from all over, and an even greater way to learn about some pretty amazing topics. Study groups, book clubs, social gatherings, Hermetic practice workshops, Pagans in recovery, Qabalah… I could go on and on or you could just go check it out for yourself at:  https://edu.oto-usa.org/usgl-local-body-public-events/
Finally, the committee maintains a database of traveling presenters who (once the current pandemic is over) have indicated that they are willing to travel to local bodies and lecture on various topics. Different presenters have different requirements and offerings, so take a look at the list and see if there’s something that you’re especially interested in or someone whom you’d really like to bring to your local body!
If you have any questions about the committee, who we are, what we’re doing, or how you could get involved then please feel free to reach out directly to us. Thanks!
Love is the law, love under will.
In the Bonds of the Order,
SCTT PLLR
Secretary, U.S.G.L. Education Committee

Message from the U.S.G.L Covid-19 Response Team

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Please note that an updated version of the outdoor events policy for U.S.G.L., originally published July 5, 2020, has been posted to the U.S.G.L. COVID-19 Announcements Page. 

The U.S.G.L. COVID Response Team (CRT) has been working over the past months to develop protocols for Order events in the safest possible manner. At this time, we have determined that indoor events remain prohibited.

Local Masters may request one-time dispensation for outdoor celebrations of the Gnostic Mass or Minerval initiations by contacting the CRT via planning@oto-usa.org. The team will communicate the process for submitting a proposal and work with masters one one one to ensure their outdoor facilities and COVID mitigation planning is sufficient.

Love is the law, love under will.

U.S.G.L. COVID-19 Response Team

On Confidentiality

From the National Grandmaster General, Sabazius

OTO membership is confidential. The fact that someone comments here, or in other fora, is not proof that they are an OTO member. If someone chooses to be open about their membership, that is their choice; but there are members who choose not to do so, and their reasons for not doing so are their business. Intentionally violating another member’s membership confidentiality in order to “expose” them is an extremely unfraternal act.

Sabazius

Request for Study Guides and Related Materials

Today we have a guest blog post from the Office of the U.S.G.L. Historian.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Hi everyone! I am currently gathering the (largely anachronous) materials listed below. I hope you can help.

  1. Local Body Study Guides

Before the availability of official degree study guides, several local bodies developed their own study guides to be given to new initiates. These varied from a basic study program, typically based on Liber MCLI (more details below), to elaborate and ambitious book-length stacks of documents, speculations, and recommendations.

Please do not send copies of Liber MCLI itself, but rather study guides and programs written specifically for local or regional use- even if they are simply re-worded and locally branded derivatives of MCLI.

  1. Local Body Supplementary Study Guides

When official study guides were issued throughout the 1990s, local body study guides became less common. Instead, some LBs would supplement the official guides with additional materials in the form of symbolism papers, excerpts from books or encyclopedias, further study recommendations, and other materials.

What I am specifically looking for are supplementals that were given out by a local body to every initiate as a part of the degree study materials as opposed to general papers or presentations on degree symbolism.

  1. Official O.T.O. Study Guides (1992) and USGL O.T.O. Study Guides (1998)

The above dates are when these guides were issued, internally they may include earlier dates of composition. I do not need study guide revisions from 2002 forward. I have seen a few examples of LBs altering these guides – removing some pages and adding others in, if this is the case please include the local body name, location, and reason for the alteration (if known).

  1. Tests and Exams

Written in the late 70s, Liber MCLI became the standard study program and examination criteria for the Order under Caliph Grady McMurtry. Some local bodies used MCLI as a basis to develop local and regional examination forms and tests. (And other LBs took it much further, greatly embellishing on that program – resulting in high standards that looked hardcore on paper but were rarely enforced.) By 1986, MCLI was no longer required, but still encouraged. It continued to be widely used until the mid to late 1990s.

I am looking for any LB or regional degree test and examination forms either based on or inspired by MCLI or developed locally.  

Please do not send any documents with personal information on them. Ideally, I am looking for clean pages without additional notes when possible.  I am looking for materials used within the U.S. before and after the formation of the U.S. Grand Lodge. Currently, my focus is on MOE materials, but I will happily accept materials up to the degree of KRE.

For 1,2 & 4 please include as much of the following as possible: Local Body name, date written or assembled, years of use, author or compiler, and any other information available.

Please send digital copies to historian@oto-usa.org

I am also happy to receive physical copies, contact me at the above address for mailing instructions. Please let me know if you have any questions. When in doubt – send it in!

Love is the law, love under will.

Thank you!

Terry

USGL Historian