Sangha Sandus, Tellus hold first consultative days

This January, two organs held the first of many consultative days planned for this year to address years of significant independent activity and a lack of record keeping. On the Winter Solstice, the Sôgmô planned a series of consultative days to address Sandus’s endemic problem with record keeping and with its economic organs that often lack basic founding documents. These consultative days were slated to be general meetings of workers in an organisation and those who have an interest in the organisation or its purpose. January focused on two such organisations, Sangha Sandus and Tellus Horticultural Coöperative (a worker’s coöperative that is a part of the Common Economy).

logo of Sangha Sandus with its roundel featuring the Sanskrit word “gone,” as in the Buddha’s epithet tathāgata (“thus gone”)

Sangha Sandus (click for meeting notes) is a work-group-level organisation within the larger Collegium Sacerdotum—a state enterprise that is charged with organising activities surrounding religion, culture, and philosophy and with developing Sandum culture. Though Sangha Sandus has existed for years, it has no founding document—that is, until now. The sangha’s consultative day produced a document that will serve as a basic document that founds the sangha’s business and administration. The document establishes a consensus-based sodality that elects a director, whose patron is the Sôgmô, and that has a list of holidays it celebrates.

logo of Tellus Horticultural Coöperative

Tellus Horticultural Coöperative (click for meeting agenda and notes) is a worker’s coöperative in the Common Economy that comprises the economies of Sandus and Überstadt, two Social System members. Originally founded in 2013 as a Sandum coöperative, today under the Common Economy Tellus is an independent worker’s coöperative that elects its own director. Its basic document is Tellus’s second royal charter, written in July 2020, that also establishes a “spoke-and-wheel” model for semiautonomous work-groups, called gardens, and a central hub, the Kropotkin Centre for Horticulture.

Though it has its own charter as a founding document, some other basic administrative work done by the coöperative still must be done. Tellus’s own consultative day set up a list of members and potential members and enumerated the coöperative’s respective gardens. The Commission for the Common Economy will help organise the coöperative’s first election for director since Jacob Barnet, the coöperative’s acting director, was appointed to the position in 2020 by the Sôgmô as the then-Minister of Human & Environmental Health. The general meeting also produced plans for the Kropotkin Centre and recommended that the CCE consider the associate gardens program. The meeting concluded with participants sharing their planting plans for 2022.

This month the Sandum Church (Ecclesia Sanda) plans to meet before the start of Lent to draft a basic document and to discuss planned activities. Next month the Sodalitas Sanctis Faciundis (“the sodality for doing Sancta things”), the sodality that defines and develops Sancta culture and responsible for Sandum pagans, will meet to discuss a basic structure; this meeting will be open to all polytheists, pagans, and neopagans as well as those who have an interest in Sandum civic religion and culture.