CST Policies are specific policies that don't really belong in the By-Laws, which requires a vote by the membership to change. We have formed and amended these policies over the years with input from our members.
CST Policies: Nudity & SkyClad
As a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, Church of the Spiral Tree is required to obey and adhere to all federal, state, and local laws including all laws regarding public nudity and any laws referring to lewd or sexual exposure in the presence of underage minors. Underage minor is defined differently by different states therefore it is essential that state law as well as local laws and ordinances be known and respected.
The policy of CST is henceforth that no underage minor shall be present on the premises at any time there is a CST/grove/branch ritual or event which involves working sky clad, nudity, explicit intimate sexual behavior or sexual intercourse.
This policy does not deny groves/branches from sponsoring clothing optional events or sky clad rituals but does require that absolutely no one under the age of adulthood as defined by the state and local laws be present on the premises or in view or the premises where the ritual or event is held. Federal, state, and local laws as well as CST policy supersedes all and any consent presented by parents or legal guardian of the underaged minor.
CST Policies: Alcoholic Beverages
As a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, Church of the Spiral Tree is required to obey and adhere to all federal, state, and local laws. All persons drinking alcoholic beverages at any and all CST or CST grove functions must be 21 years old or older and be able to present a legal identification card as proof of legal age. All alcoholic beverages will be stored and served from a separate location from the non-alcoholic beverages. Anyone who offers or provides alcohol to guests under the age of 21 years of age will be asked to leave the premises immediately. Any underage guests caught drinking alcoholic beverages will be escorted from the premises by one of the CST or grove officers directly to the underage person's place of residence. The CST officers, grove officers, and ritual/ event hosts will be responsible for making sure that all guests comply with the law and with CST policy.
This policy also applies to any and all alcoholic beverages that are served as part of a ritual ceremony. In this case, a non-alcoholic substitute will be provided for all participants under 21 years old and for those adult participants who choose to not or cannot drink alcoholic beverages. All adults that wish to drink alcoholic beverages are required to be considerate of others by limiting the amount of their intake and are responsible for their behavior regardless of the amount that they drink. Anyone who becomes intoxicated to the point of being disorderly will be escorted from the premises and driven home by a designated driver or taxi cab (at their expense). Arrangements will be made to return their vehicle to them whenever the person can demonstrate sober and responsible behavior.
Anyone removed a second time from an event will not be allowed to return to a CST or CST grove event for one year, then only at the discretion of the CST and grove officers.
CST Policies: Equal Rights
The following is Church of the Spiral Tree's (CST's) stand on equal rights and behavior and attitudes that are not only expected but required of those participating in any CST event.
Church of the Spiral Tree's Equal Rights Policy policy states that no one will be discriminated against and no disparaging remarks will be made at any CST event in reference to religion (including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), race, ethnicity, sexual orientation (including homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, cross-dressing), culture, lifestyle (including polyamory), education, employment, age, or any other personal beliefs or traits that do no harm to others.
CST is proud to be an ecumenical church that respects all belief systems and lifestyles without judgement. If you expect respect, then you should be prepared to give it, regardless of whether you agree with the other perspective or not. Participants at CST functions are expected to enter the sacred grounds at ritual in PERFECT LOVE AND PERFECT TRUST. This means that any and all who enter sacred space should feel safe and comfortable.
Anyone who makes disparaging or deprecating remarks towards any individual or group will be given one very stern warning by the host, ritual facilitator or CST or grove officer that such behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If a second offense occurs, that person will be escorted from the ritual grounds. Basically, if you can't say something nice, positive, supportive, or inspiring, then don't say anything at all. Prejudice is a form of hate based in fear and has no place in sacred space. Leave your negativity at the gate!