Fellowship of Isis; Foundation Centre Statement
Many are aware of recent developments around the FOI which may have caused confusion and concern. This statement aims to clarify the current situation.
Re: The Star of Tara
by Cressida Pryor, FOI Steward
January 27, 2015
Certain members of the FOI have formed a breakaway group separating themselves from the Irish Foundation Centre so are no longer aligned with myself, Olivia’s chosen successor, nor members of the Circle of Brigid.
The Circle of Brigid’s first task after Olivia’s passing, with my support, has been to formulate a code of ethics1 and a safeguarding policy. These are to ensure all who attend festivals and undertake priesthood training are dealt with fairly and safely. Sadly the need for this became apparent with emergent concerns over past years and awareness of this need from other organisations.
Unfortunately the breakaway ‘advisory board’, the Star of Tara, have closed their communications and disallowed the FOI’s ethics and safeguarding policies to be part of their practice. They have also expressed views that indicate they are no longer loyal to my role as steward, the Circle of Brigid and the values enshrined in the Foundation Centre. They have also infringed copyright law by publishing the founders’ writing and art work without permission.
We are sad that such a split has occurred but have learned that a previous attempt was made in 2004 to formulate a breakaway FOI in the form of a secret business corporation, named the Fellowship of Isis, in the US. This is a matter of public record. This was not even close to being legal, as societies automatically own their own trademark or service name and logo from day one, even if they do not officially register it. Corporation reports were submitted in 2004, 2006 but not in 2008 and the American Corporation Commission then dissolved it. The Circle of Isis2 appeared around these years and seemed to be a continuation by the same people of this development.
The FOI founders (and now their heirs) are the sole owners of the FOI name, hieroglyphs and Olivia’s writings and art work; permission to reproduce her work is through request to the Foundation Centre.
One of those involved with the 2004 corporation is now central to the formation of the Star of Tara together with others who appeared to take the opportunity of Olivia’s death to form this faux board.
The Star of Tara, which describes itself as an Advisory Board of the Fellowship of Isis, is no such thing and is not recognised by the Fellowship of Isis. Its members are infringing copyright law if they reproduce any of the founders’ work without permission.
The ‘original’ FOI, based at and around the Foundation Centre is still strong, alive and vibrant; is holding festivals regularly and supporting priests and priestesses in their valuable work and also training new members for the priesthood. This core of the original FOI is here to serve the Goddess in all her aspects for the greater good of humanity and this beautiful planet as the founders originally envisaged.
Please join in shared silent contemplation and prayer for five minutes wherever you are, at 5 pm every Sunday; for peace and reconciliation in the world and our own community.
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