Constitution of The Pagan Federation – approved November 2015
The name of the Association is ‘The Pagan Federation’. The Pagan Federation may include any constitutionally federated or affiliated bodies within it operating under their own constitution. “Federal Bodies” or “Federated Bodies” means complete Federated Districts or national bodies with Federated Districts.
1.1 The Three Principles of The Pagan Federation – Although no longer included as a requirement for membership of The Pagan Federation (except possibly in those areas with Affiliated/federated status whose elected Councils set their own criteria), the Three Principles set out below have historically provided a basis for its work in education and the Pagan community and are supported and aspired to by many Pagans.
(i) Love for and Kinship with Nature. Reverence for the life force and its ever-renewing cycles of life and death.
(ii) A Positive Morality in which the individual is responsible for the discovery and development of their true nature in harmony with the outer world and community. This is often expressed as “Do what you will, as long as it harms none”.
(iii) Recognition of the Divine, which transcends gender, acknowledging both the female and male aspect of the Deity.
1.2 The Limited Company – A separate company Pagan Federation, limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales number 04056879, was set up in 2000 to manage the finances of the Pagan Federation within the protection of a limited company. The directors are either Honorary Members of the Pagan Federation, existing Committee Members, or previous Members of the Committee. The memorandum and articles of the Company shall be available to any member that writes to the General Secretary to request a copy and will be available on the PF website.
2 – Aims and objectives
The Aims and Objectives of The Pagan Federation are:
2.1 – To seek to support all Pagans in their personal and public life, to help ensure that they have the same rights as the followers of other beliefs and members of other religions.
2.2 – To promote a positive profile for Pagans and Paganism and to provide information on Pagan paths and beliefs to the media, official bodies and to benefit the greater community in improving their understanding of Paganism and Pagans as a growing spiritual community.
2.3 – To facilitate effective communication, education and dialogue within and between Pagan communities and with non-Pagans, through publications and events.
3.1 Conditions for Membership – Conditions for Membership of the Pagan Federation are as follows:
a. All members must be sixteen years of age or over.
b. They must consider themselves to be Pagans.
c. They must agree to positively support the aims and objectives of The Pagan
d. They are content to conduct themselves in line the Pagan Federations code of
Federated Districts of The Pagan Federation may, with the permission of their District Council, set additional conditions of membership. The Pagan Federation welcomes all Pagans regardless of gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability.
3.2 Categories of Membership
3.2.1 Members – Are those who conform to the conditions at para. 3.1 and who have paid the Full member’s subscription. They may or may not take the magazine. After one year Full members have voting rights and are eligible to stand for the Committee.
3.2.2 Honorary members – Are those who conform to the conditions at para. 3.1 and who have given outstanding service to The Pagan Federation or the Pagan community. They pay no annual membership or magazine subscription and have the voting rights and other rights of members. Honorary members are proposed by the Committee or by the Council and agreed by the Council on the basis of a two-thirds majority of votes cast. Proposals for Honorary membership shall be circulated to Council at least 28 days prior to the Council meeting.
3.2.3 Life members – Are those who conform to the conditions at para. 3.1 and have been granted life membership for services to The Pagan Federation or the Pagan community. They have all the benefits of members but pay no annual membership or magazine subscription. Life members are proposed by Committee or by the Council and agreed by the Council on the basis of a two thirds majority vote cast. Proposals for life membership shall be circulated to Council at least 28 days prior to the Council meeting.
3.3 Subscribers – Subscribers are those who do not wish to become members but who wish to subscribe to the magazine. They must be sixteen years of age or over. They have no voting rights and receive none of the other benefits of membership of The Pagan Federation.
Subscribers and members shall pay fees determined by the Council.
3.5 Withdrawal of Membership
3.5.1 – Members may withdraw by notifying the General Secretary of The Pagan Federation in writing. No refund of subscription will be paid to any resigning member.
3.5.2 – A member whose subscription is overdue by more than six months will cease to receive any of the privileges of membership until the subscription is renewed. Provided that a renewal subscription is received within three years, he or she may be readmitted at the same level as before.
3.5.3 – A member whose subscription remains unpaid for three years or more will be deemed to have lapsed and will be required to reapply for membership.
3.5.4 – Membership of The Pagan Federation may be withdrawn from any person who no longer considers themselves to be a Pagan or for breaches of the Code of Conduct. Withdrawal of membership (or any other application of penalties for breaching the Code) will be carried out in accordance with the Disciplinary Procedure of The Pagan Federation (available on request).
3.6 Refusal of Subscription of Membership – The Pagan Federation reserves the right to refuse the subscription or membership of any individual.
3.7 Overseas Subscribers and Members – The Pagan Federation will refer prospective members to the relevant Federated/Affiliated Organisation for application, in the area or Countries where one is available unless the prospective member SPECIFICALLY requests membership of the Pagan Federation.