Articles of Incorporation: The Church of Ravenstar
Executed by the undersigned for the purpose of forming a
New Jersey corporation under Title 16 1:1 of the New Jersey Statutes, WITHOUT
STOCK AND NOT FOR PROFIT.
Article 1. The Name of the corporation is The Church of
Ravenstar, A NJ non-profit corporation.
Article 2. The period of
existence shall be perpetual.
Article 3. The purpose shall be
to support, publicize, research and teach the religious tradition, practices,
beliefs and values of Feri Tradition Witchcraft, specifically the Searose
Faerie Tradition, and to assist others by using Psychic and Metaphysical gifts,
and by performing healing services on request. To provide worship
structure to the GLBT community and offer services tailored to that
In addition to and support of,
the above, the corporation shall have further general purposes and powers as
- To sue and be sued.
- To publicize, publish teach and explore the religious
traditions practices and values of Feri Tradition Witchcraft; and to
exercise any, all and every power which an establishment of religion is
- To create, establish modify or dissolve branches;
schools; religious orders, sororities and fraternities; research and
experimental organizations, and other subsidiary organizations as the board
- To authorize, bestow, convey grant or issue:
Certificates, charters, credentials, degrees, diplomas, franchises,
licenses, memberships; ordinations; or to do otherwise as the Board may
- To act as a responsible party or custodian for:
licenses, permits, bonds tax matter, and contracts; or to do otherwise as
the Board may direct.
- To receive property by device or bequest, subject to
the laws regulating the transfer of property by will; and otherwise acquire
and hold all property, real or personal, including shares of stocks, bonds
and securities of other corporations; to act as a trustee under any trust
incidental to the principal objects of the corporation; and receive, hold,
administer and expend funds and property subject to such trust.
- To borrow money; contract debts; issue bonds, notes
and debentures; and to secure, pay interest on, and redeem same.
- To enroll, expel, fire, hire recruit or train persons;
Establish various and diverse classes of membership, employees, volunteers,
or otherwise as the Board may direct.
- To keep accounts, files, inventories and records, as
the Board may direct.
- To do all other acts necessary or expedient for the
administration of the affairs and attainments of the purposes of the
corporation, within the scope of activities authorized in Title 16:1 of the
New Jersey Statutes.
- No part of the net earning of the corporation shall
inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees,
officers or other private persons, except that the organization shall be
authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered
and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set
forth in the purpose clause hereof. No substantial part of the activities of
the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise
attempting to intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of
statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public
office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization
shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an
organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax
code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under
Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of
any future federal tax code."
Article 4: The principal office
is located in Cape May County, New Jersey, and the address f the principal office is: Ravenstar Church of
Seven Planes: The Church of Ravenstar, 10 Sunray Beach Rd, Del Haven, NJ
Article 5: The name of the
initial registered agent is Robert S. Bitting.
Article 6: The address of the
initial registered agent is: 217 S Railroad ave, Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Article 7: These articles may be
amended in the manner authorized by law at the time of the amendment.
Article 8: The number of
directors shall be fixed by bylaw, but shall not be less than three.
Article 9: The names and
addresses of the initial Board of Directors are:
Rev. Robert S. Bitting, (snip)
Rev. William Wiggins, (snip)
Rev. Mina Hayes
Article 10: Membership
provisions shall be set forth in the bylaws.
Article 11: Other provision:
- The property of this corporation is irrevocably
dedicated to religious purposes, or scientific purposes as they apply to
religious purposes; and upon liquidation, dissolution or abandonment by the
Board of Directors, and after providing for the debts and obligations
thereof, the remaining assets shall not inure to the benefit of any private
person, but will be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or
corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for religious,
charitable or scientific purposes and which has established itís
tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of
the United States of America.
- The bylaws of the corporation may be adopted by the
Board of Directors, and may thereafter be amended or repealed as therein
- The Board of Directors will issue no stock, voting or
- The order in which various items appear listed herein
establishes non-system of priorities.
- This corporation is being formed as a new organization
and a new establishment of religion and no existing unincorporated religion
is being incorporated.
Article 12: The name and
addresses of the incorporator (or incorporators) are:
Rev. Robert S. Bitting, (address
Rev.William Wiggins, (address
Rev Mina Hayes, (address
Rev. Henry Buchy
This document was drafted by
Rev. Robert S. Bitting