Charter of Grand Chancellery
Article 1: Preamble
The Grand Lodge Traditional of Romania ” Grand Chancellery ” is a free, stand-alone and legitimate Obedience which advocates the universality of brotherhood between all Masons. The “Grand Chancellery” is a traditional Obedience, guardian of the Masonry values. She channels the leaning of the masons to re-appropriate their roots.
The ” Grand Chancellery “, with simple ideas, offers a true “return to the roots” by combining the Masonic tradition, the wish to recover a strong identity, a real proximity and a depth of field in terms of progression for all Masons.
” Grand Chancellery ” has endeavoured to develop a transversal network, without hierarchy, based on clearly identified territories through the creation of autonomous territorial Obedience and whose proximity governance constitutes a form “of Masonic echevinage”.
The “Grand Chancellery” has created the concept of “Grand Lodge” to legitimise different Obedience which would have the name of the hosting city or its terroir in order to claim any inheritance of his local Masonic history.” ” Grand Chancellery ” has the “Grand Lodge” names ownership.
The ” Grand Chancellery ” is represented by its Grand Chancellor or his representative and is led by its Grand College of Elders.
Section 2: Operation
Each Obedience entitled “Grand Lodge” will be organised around a Grand Master and a college of Grand Officers whose mission is to promote the development of the blue lodges. Each obedience integrates in its ritual and its distinguishing marks (names of the lodges, decorations…) elements of the local legacy. Each Obedience governance is provided by the Grand Master and his College.
The Grand Lodge is male and respect rules of procedure of each Grand Lodge which may determine. The “Grand Lodge” commit to respect internal rules of other “Grand Lodge”.
Article 3: Recognition – regularity – recognition and legitimacy
Each Grand Lodge should have been established or recognized by the “Grand Chancellery” which brings recognition to the Obedience which follow:
- The present Charter, “Grand Chancellery internal rules”, and obligations;
- The procedure of legitimization provided by “Grand Chancellery internal rules”.
There is no universal definition of regularity and “Grand Chancellery ” intends not to refer to it.
The “Grand Chancellery” defined the concept of “Legitimacy”, this concept being developed in the “Precept” built around seven fundamental, and its members must follow “The Precept”.
Article 4: Reference
The “Grand Chancellery” acts as “Referent” (a referent is not a hierarchical authority but a Corpus of Rules, rituals, “fair practice”, Essentials and respect of the Masonic Tradition and the Constitutions of Anderson) distinctly marking its Masonic options and to inform the Obedience. “Legitimacy” will be the Guarantor of membership of the “Grand Lodge . The recognition of a “Grand Lodge” by the “Grand Chancellery” carry the appointment of Grand Master of honour of the Grand Chancellor and his Vice Chancellor, without membership fees.
This recognition allows to:
- The free circulation of the Masons,
- The recognition of the degrees granted,
- Obedential inter visits
- The exchange of information and experiences between Obedience,
- The universality of the Masonic brotherhood
The “Grand Chancellery” will present to each recognized Grand Lodge” Letter of great seal ” to justify membership.
These ” Letter of great seal ” may be carried over without formality by the “Grand Chancellery” in the event of non-compliance with the Charter or “Grand Chancellery internal rules”. This will automatically resume the resignation of the Grand Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor of their quality of Grand Master of honour of the involved Obedience.
The “Grand Chancellery” does not seek to enforce its conception of “Legitimacy”, however if a ” Grand Lodge ” chooses other principles, a right when you take into account its independence, “Grand Chancellery” will consider it as illegitimate. The “Grand Lodge” recognize the “Grand Chancellery” as “Referent”.
The “Grand Chancellery” recognizes and binds together the “Grand Lodge” (either male) through its Grand Council.
Article 5: Sovereignty of Grand Lodge
Each Grand Lodge is sovereign, independent and autonomous. Sovereignty means that a Grand Lodge is only holder of authority on its members and its workshops. The “Grand Lodge” are independent associations. They are not registered as “Grand Lodge”, as that name belongs to the “Grand Chancellery” (which they are integral) but initials and the name of the territory. Each association will be regularly registered and will include a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee and must sign a contract with a well-known insurance company.
Article 6: Internal rules
The internal rules of each Obedience represents the bulk of its daily operation. It is therefore with due vigilance that the rules must be established and respected by the members of each Obedience. It must comply with the Charter of the “Grand Chancellery”.
The internal rules will have to follow the Land-Marks, Customs of the traditional Masonry. It is on this basis that “Grand Chancellery” will confirm the “Legitimacy” of the Obedience.
Article 7: Territory
The Grand Lodge must retain a strong link with their territory to be a local masonry, masonry which will focus on the local roots of its members. Research should be undertaken to enable the Obedience to assert themselves and find their own roots to enrich our common “Grand Work”.
Only one Grand Lodge by city or territory will be recognised through the delivery of “Great Seal letter”.
Article 8: Inter Obediential agreements
The “Grand Chancellery” brings to recognised Grand Lodge national or international agreements that it has built up.
The “Grand Chancellery” can combine several countries and is not limited to Romania.
Article 9: Multi-memberships
Members of the recognized Obedience can join other Obedience of their choice without exclusive, but are full members of the “Grand Chancellery” through their “Grand Lodge” membership.
Article 10: Visits
Members of the recognized Obedience by the “Grand Chancellery” can mutually visit prior to comply with the internal rules of each “Grand Lodge” (including respect of diversity in every Obedience).
The exclusion of a member of a “Grand Lodge” automatically excludes it from the “Grand Chancellery”.
Article 11 Organization
Each Obedience will have his own passport with a number and the provided by the ” Grand Chancellery “.
Passports have a validity period. Invalid passports will exclude their owners of the Grand Lodge to which they belong and ipso facto of the ” Grand Chancellery ”
Article 12: Working under Scottish Rite Acient and Accepted
The Grand Lodge practice traditional rituals Scottish Rite Acient and Accepted all of the Masonic paths, i.e. including Superior degrees which are only the continuity of the first three degrees. The rituals of the chosen rites must be submitted to the Grand College of Rites in order to ensure that they comply with the Masonic tradition.
Article 13: Superior Workshops – the Grand College of Rites
The Organization and development of Superior workshops are entrusted to the “Grand Chancellery” through the ”Grand College of Rites “.
The “Grand College of Rites” is composed of the leaders or the personalities of the different rites of Superior workshops.
Article 14: Elected officers of the Grand Lodge
Field officers and the Elected Grand Master of Grand Lodge can be members of the Board of each Grand Lodge association.
The members of the Board of Directors are not necessarily members of the “Board”.
Article 15: Grand Council of the “Grand Chancellery”
The Grand Council of the “Grand Chancellery” is composed of the Grand Masters and a senior officer designated by each Grand Master of each recognized Obedience. The Grand Council will meet at the request of the Grand Chancellor, to discuss strategic orientations for the “Grand Chancellery”.
Article 16: Operating Budget
The budget of the “Grand Chancellery” will consist of contributions made by the recognised Obedience on the basis of the member’s number.
This budget will be determined at minima after consultation of the Grand Council and will represent a fixed amount per Member.
The annual accounts of the “Grand Chancellery” must be transparent and delivered to the representative of each “Grand Lodge” each year within six months of the closure,
Article 17: Distinctive signs
Each “Grand Lodge” will have its own colour and will have its flag or banner. It must also wear a distinctive sign showing its membership in the ” Grand Chancellery “.
Article 18: General Assembly
Once a year, the “Grand Chancellery” will hold its Grand Convent. The attendance at this Grand Convent of recognized lodge and their members is compulsory.
Article 19: Resignation – Revocation
A resigning Member will receive his discharge if up to date of its capitation and its obligations towards its Grand Lodge and “Grand Chancellery”, and also to the extent that he has sent its letter of resignation and the “Grand Chancellery” and its Obedience of belonging.
In case of revocation or exclusion, a commission of the “Grand Chancellery” will meet to hear the Member’s explanations. The reasons for his exclusion or its revocation shall be notified to him by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt 5 days before the hearing so that it can defend itself.
Article 20: Grand Opening
The “Grand Chancellery ” wants to be “the great defendant” of the rights of in areas or countries where their rights are violated.
Article 21: Establishment of committees
“Grand Chancellery” will form Committees with the members of the recognised Obedience to ensure proper functioning and a full cohesion. For example, the following commissions may be created:
- Legitimation Committee,
- Ritual Committee,
- Training Committee,
- Justice Committee,
- Internet Committee,
- Economic Committee,
Article 22: Application
All the signatories commit to respect this Charter and to the “Internal rules of Grand Chancellery”.
Article 23: Jurisdiction
Any interpretation of this Charter shall be subject to the Grand Council.
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