In Correllian parlance a Shrine is a place of worship
similar to but less formal than a Temple. Whereas a Temple must be
headed by a Third Degree Cleric, or under the direct imperium of a
Third Degree Cleric, a Shrine may be headed by a person of any Degree.
Sometimes a Shrine is formed as a less formal alternative
to a Temple. Other times a Shrine may be formed to fulfill a specific
function -as an annual ritual, social event, ministerial or charitable
The Correllian Tradition recognizes three kinds of
A Witan Shrine is founded in the expectation of going on
to become a Proto-Temple.
A Formal Shrine is a Shrine which has been established to
perform a specific duty, often of a charitable nature.
A Personal Shrine is a personal expression of the Shrine
Keeper's spirituality and may be undertaken by any Tradition member.
The most formal Shrines in the Tradition are Witan
A Witan Shrine is a Shrine founded in expectation of its
later becoming a Proto- Temple: At this time all new Correllian
Temples must spend at least one year as a Witan Shrine and a further
year as a Proto-Temple before being officially chartered as
Temples of the Tradition.
A Witan Shrine functions in the same manner as a Shrine,
described above, with the difference of its being considered a formal
body of the Tradition rather than a private function of the Shrine
Keeper, and it’s focused toward developing the functions of a Temple.
The Keeper of a Witan Shrine must be a member of the
Third Degree High Priesthood, or a person studying toward Third Degree
and under the imperium of a Third Degree sponsor approved by the
Council of Elders.
Unlike ordinary and Formal Shrines a Witan Shrine is
considered a formal body of the Tradition. A Witan Shrine Keeper
is not regarded as having a seat on the Witan Council, and hence has no
vote in the Council, but may attend and participate in the Council on
the same basis as Acting Heads of Temples.
In addition to the Witan Shrines described above, the
Correllian Tradition also includes Formal Shrines.
A Formal Shrine is basically the same as a Personal
Shrine: a private
worship center maintained by an individual Correllian Tradition member
of either Inner or Outer Court.
The difference is that a Formal Shrine is dedicated
to a specific project, event, or program of a social or
charitable nature which the Tradition endorses.
A Formal shrine is created by Charter rather than
recognition. To be granted a charter as a Formal Shrine a Shrine must
meet these criteria;
A) The Shrine must have been in existence as a
recognized Shrine of the Correllian Tradition for a minimum of one year
prior to applying for a charter as a Formal Shrine (three years is
B) To be chartered as a Formal Shrine a Shrine must be
associated with a charitable activity or ministerial outreach project
of some sort, beyond the celebration of worship.
Despite this a Formal Shrine, like an ordinary Shrine,
has no representation on the Witan Council as it remains essentially a
venture of its Shrine Keeper rather than of the Tradition as
such. By it's nature a Formal shrine cannot be upgraded.
A Formal Shrine is
not a part of the Temple making process, if a person wishes to have a
Temple they must start with a Witan Shrine which is the first step in
the Temple making process. If you already have a Formal Shrine and wish
to have a Witan Shrine you must apply separately for a Witan Shrine.
To be an official Correllian Shrine, a Personal Shrine
must be recognized by the Tradition. A Personal Shrine is given
official existence through Recognition rather than Chartering.
Recognition may be obtained through application to the Council of
Elders through the office of the Chancellor.
Though a Personal Shrine may be recognized by the
Tradition, it is not an official body of the Tradition, but rather the
private project of a Tradition member.
Correllian may act as a Shrine Keeper, because of the informal nature
of a Personal Shrine vs a Temple. A Keeper may be a Cleric of any
Degree, or even an Outer Court Member, since a Personal Shrine performs
no official ceremonies. However for the same reason a Shrine -no matter
what the Degree of the Keeper- has no representation on the Witan
To apply for any of the above Shrines
please email the Witan Herald for information: firstname.lastname@example.org