In a series of requests and communications from maximum-security individuals seeking information about Amen-Ra Theological Seminary, and the possibility of the seminary assisting in establishing an African centered religious order that can be authorized by prison officials, we decided to work with Andre Gay (Tehuti Shabaka) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to establish a religious community in the Pennsylvania maximum-security system, utilizing a bibliographic approach to fortify our proposal.
Our document was originally titled "The Temple of Heru Karast", but was subsequently changed to "The Temple of Maat". The Pennsylvania maximum-security system has not approved this proposal. However, it provides a preliminary outline to assist those who would like to establish an African centered spiritual community in a maximum-security facility. Hence, the intent of this project is to assistance in gaining approval for an African centered religious order, and to contribute to the education of the maximum-security community through an introduction to the dynamic of African world community religions and spiritual studies.
The document consists of five sections: preamble, guidelines and duties, bylaws and philosophical ideas, a bibliography of essential text and a resource-activity section. Considering the complexity of maximum-security institutions (in the U.S. or elsewhere) should you or a committee of friends acquire approval to implement this proposal in a maximum-security facility, please inform us of your result.
The concerned residents of this institution request approval to conduct a religious community based upon the historical and contemporary unity of African world community religious consciousness, texts and practices. The participants will adhere to the above paradigm (i.e., the historical and contemporary unity of African religious consciousness, texts and practices) to promote spiritual health, emotional well-being and intellectual development. Therefore, we seek recognition as an African centered religious community to be known as the Temple of Maat.
Guidelines and Duties
We propose through notice to the general resident population that this religious community will have six central participants consisting of: an external spiritual leader; an internal spiritual leader; a secretary; a treasure; a coordinator of affairs, and a congregational coordinator.
The general duties of the six participants listed above will...