There are currently six recognized classes of Church membership, the Children, the People, the Deacons, the Templars, the Priesthood, and the Episcopate. The Episcopate is composed of the Bishops, the Priesthood of the Priestesses and Priests. The Templars maintain the Temples, while the Deacons act as assistants to the Templars. The People are the Lay Members of the Church. The Children have received the Sacrament of Baptism, but are not yet full members of the Church.

The Children

Those who have been baptized into the Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis, but have not yet been confirmed are known as Children. Baptism is open to any person of at least 18 years of age, but does not, in itself, confer Membership. The Children are not recognized as full members of the Church, and as such are not eligible to vote in matters put before the People.

The People

Membership in Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis is conferred by the ceremony of confirmation, which must be preceded by the ceremony of baptism. Confirmation is open to any person who has been baptized. Membership confers the Right to Vote within Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis: The People have the right to vote on any matter referred to them by the College of Bishops. They also have the right to petition the College of Bishops with the assistance of any Templar.

The Deacons

The Deacons are Members of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis who have established a working relationship with any Templar. A Deacon must be a confirmed member of the People, and must be recognized by one or more Templars who thereby grant the Deacon the power and authority to perform the role of Deacon in Gnostic Masses celebrated in their Temples.

The Templars

The Templars of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis act as Deacons for the Priestesses and Priests. However, the Templar has a broader role in Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis. A Templar maintains a Temple suitable for the celebration of the Gnostic Mass, preferably in his or her own home. A Templar must be a confirmed member of the People, and must be recognized by a Bishop, together they establish a Temple of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis. The Templars also assist the Episcopate when Church matters are referred to the People for a vote, and when the People put a Petition before the College of Bishops.

The Priesthood

The Priesthood of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis includes both Priestesses and Priests. They have the power and authority within Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis to celebrate Gnostic Masses. They also have the power and authority to perform baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and last rites. Priests and Priestesses of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis must be confirmed members of the People, and must be recognized by a Bishop. However, they operate independently under the authority of the College of Bishops as a whole.

The Episcopate

Bishops have the power and authority within Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis to celebrate Gnostic Masses; to recognize Priestesses, Priests and Templars of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis; and to perform baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and last rites.

Bishops furthermore hold the power and authority to establish Temples of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis: one for each Templar who has chosen to work together with the Bishop for this purpose. Bishops may also establish and maintain their own Temple.

Bishops collectively hold the power and authority to recognize new Bishops of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis; however, the recognition of a new Bishop requires the agreement and participation of three Bishops. Please note that consecration by laying on of hands is not a part of our tradition. All of our Bishops are self-made men and women, being recognized, not made, by their peers.

Gnostic Bishops of the Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis may be of either sex; female Bishops preface their Mystic Name with the Hebrew letter “Shin” or “Sh”, while male Bishops assume a Mystic Name prefaced with the Hebrew letter “Tau” or “Th”. The Shin represents the Hebrew word Shekinah, the divine feminine presence or Shakti, as well as the triple flame of the Spirit, the threefold mantra of the Dakini, and numerous other Mysteries. The Hebrew Tau represents the shape of the body of Nuit.


19 thoughts on “Membership

  1. Ryan D Todd

    93 Gassho i would like to be baptised into EGnU.Eventually becoming Templar.I have already started work on our charter and we are known as The Desciples of Memphis.I am sending Greenfield a hard copy as soon as i can,Thank You for your time and the chance to do this.93 93/93 In N.O.X.Ryan P.S. i live in Eugene Oregon.

  2. High Priest Jerry Banks{[Frater Therion}

    This is a very good web-site about Thelema and Gnosticism. I would like to become a member of the Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis

  3. john

    good day to you
    please e-mail me detailed informations concerning various teachings and initiations your institution may provides to serious seekers
    wishing the following will be considered
    in advance thank you very much
    yours respectfully

  4. egnu93 Post author

    You can email any of the bishops listed and we would be happy to help you find a local group or instruct you on how you can go about setting up your own group.

    1. James Oscar Pitre

      Yes, please put me in touch with others in my city (Seattle) or general area, interesting in getting together for study, practice and socializing.

  5. allengreenfield

    You “join” by contact, by announcing yourself, by Working the rites or rites of your own consistent with them. Contact any of the bishops listed in the College of Bishops. Only the College itself has a slightly more complex process for (formal) membership. Generally, membership is defined by self-recognition, announcement and Doing the Work. You can reach me at bishop

  6. COLT

    Having read through the information on this site systematically to this point, it’s clear that Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis does not claim that its system, method of organisation and hierarchical structure possesses universal authority. It’s also clear that the organisation is concerned with a particular form of Gnosticism, which is clearly outlined in the ‘History’ section of this site.

    However, I still think it’s worth considering the following statement from the Nag Hammadi text translated as ‘The Revelation of Peter’ when considering any organisation that adopts ecclesiastical titles:

    “And there are others…who call themselves bishops and deacons, as if they have received authority from God, but they bow before the judgement of the leaders. These people are dry canals.”

    1. Tau Tzaddi

      I have been checking this site for comments today, thank you for your comments, but obviously i have reflection to this one too, ending in: ” We don’t have leaders, nor do ‘We’ Lead, ‘We’ do the Work, and the name of this ‘We’ is obvious”.We also do not take ‘titles’ as per se, ‘titles’ are only the symbols for the consecrationary work in this case, which is here only to empower the individuals in their Work. Agape!

  7. James Oscar Pitre

    I have left my contact information at several other pages. I am just wanting to be put in touch with someone from the church at their earliest convenience. I am not a newby to Thelema. I have practiced and do practice several Thelemic rituals but I am a solitary. I would like to be able to celebrate the mass and get together with other Thelemites.

  8. Lincoln Disbrow

    So is this an interfaith church based on spiritual evolution? If so, it might be good. I follow Wicca and the middle eastern Gods and Goddess but I am interested in Gnostic principles. Let me know. 🙂

  9. Karel

    I think this is actually superfluous – BS, actually.
    We did not join this movement to get away from another movement to be enslaved by a new movement – stand up for your rights.
    It is being degraded in front of your eyes.


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