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[02/10/2017] news.bbc.co.uk‘University of Glasgow offers Star Wars philosophy course
Forget lightsabers and spaceships, a new university course has been set up to explore the deeper meanings of George Lucas's Star Wars films.
And students won't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to take part in the short philosophy course.
The day-long open access course is being run by the University of Glasgow. [Read More]
[1/23/2017] www.nytimes.com ‘The Last Jedi’? In Real Life, Jedi Can Be a Religion
The makers of the “Star Wars” franchise on Monday announced the name of the films’ next installment — “The Last Jedi” — just as “Rogue One” hit $1 billion in global box office. Onscreen, it’s a great time to be a Jedi.
But Jedi is also a real-life religion that drew headlines last month when the Charity Commission for England and Wales ruled that it would not grant religious status to the Temple of the Jedi Order, a Jedi church. So, what is Jediism, and who is in the temple? We caught up with some practicing Jedi to find out.[Read More]
[01/17/2017] blogs.loc.gov "Jediism is Not a Recognized Religion in England and Wales"
This is a post for all the Star Wars fans and aspiring Jedi out there. The Charity Commission, an independent body established under the Charities Act 2011 that is responsible for regulating and registering charities in England and Wales, recently issued a decision that rejected an application by the Temple of the Jedi Order to establish a new charitable incorporated organization to advance the religion of Jediism in England and Wales. [Read More]
[01/04/2017] rightsinfo.org "It turns out the force is not with the Jedi Religion"
Recently, the (real life) Temple of the Jedi Order applied to the UK Charity Commission to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. One of criteria to become a charitable organisation is the advancement of religion. So, is Jediism actually a religion? The Charity Commission said not. [Read More]
[1/3/2017] www.vqronline.org "The Circle Is Now Complete"
Alex Bird, a Real-Life Jedi, Brings the Force to Life
On September 30, 2016, Alex Bird joined Jack Hitt onstage at the Institute Library in New Haven, Connecticut, as part of the ongoing series “Amateur Hour,” in which various tinkerers, zealots, and collectors discuss their obsessions. Bird, who lives in Kingston, New York, works to restore cognitive and social skills in survivors of brain injuries. He is ranked as a knight and deacon at the Temple of the Jedi Order, where he has three apprentices. The conversation that follows was recorded live and has been edited for brevity and meaning. [Read More]
[12/21/2016] www.theguardian.com "Force of argument: why Jediism should be recognised as a religion"
The Force is not with them! The Charity Commission for England and Wales has stated that Jediism isn’t a “real” religion and, as such, cannot be registered as a charitable incorporated organisation. That’s a hell of a thank you to the brave knights who died defending the galaxy from the dark side! [Read More]
[12/20/2016] www.avclub.com "Jediism doesn’t count as a religion, English Charity Commission rules"
The Charity Commission for England and Wales will not be giving into the light side (or the dark side) of the Force any time soon. The Commission, which according to The New York Times “oversees British organizations’ applications for nonprofit or charity status” has shot down a group known as the Temple Of The Jedi Order that applied for charity status, citing its dedication to furthering “the religion of Jediism, for the public benefit worldwide, in accordance with the Jedi Doctrine.” Even Chirrut Imwe saw this one coming. [Read More]
[11/20/2016] www.vice.com "Catching Up with the Church of Jediism Founder"
We spoke to Daniel Jones ahead of the release of his book on the scripture of Jediism. [Read More]
[12/19/2016] www.dailymail.co.uk Charity watchdog risks the wrath of Star Wars fans by ruling Jedi is a 'lifestyle choice' not a proper religion
Jedi is a 'lifestyle choice' and not a proper religion, the charity watchdog has ruled.
The verdict, which risks the wrath of Star Wars fans, came after an organisation called the 'Temple of the Jedi Order' tried to join the official register.
In the application, its purpose was listed as advancing the religion of 'Jediism' for 'the public benefit worldwide' and in line with the so-called Jedi Doctrine.[Read More]
[12/19/2016] www.nytimes.com ."Bid for ‘Star Wars’ Religion Is Shot Down"
LONDON — The “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One” trounced the competition at the weekend box office, but on Monday the franchise suffered a defeat: The Charity Commission for England and Wales published an official ruling that Jediism does not count as a religion. [Read More]
[12/19/2016] www.telegraph.co.uk ."Bad news for Star Wars obsessives: Jediism officially not a religion"
To men of a certain age, the very idea that the Star Wars films are not the greatest movies ever made is nothing short of heresy.
The Charity Commission dismissed an application from a group calling itself the Temple of the Jedi Order (TOTJO) on the grounds that its beliefs, inspired by material drawn from Star Wars films, books and video games, were not sufficiently “serious”.[Read More]
[12/19/2016] www.vulture.com ."Sorry, Faithful Nerds: Commission Rules ‘Jediism’ Is Not a Real Religion"
Jedis, take up your lightsabers: There is a threat to your very existence. And no, it isn't Darth Vader; it's the U.K. Charity Commission, which just ruled against a group seeking religious recognition for "Jediism." According to the New York Times, the commission ruled that in their view being a Jedi is, shall we say, more of a personal choice/way of life than it is a religious thing. [Read More]
[12/19/2016] www.theguardian.com "Jedi order fails in attempt to register as religious group"
A Star Wars-inspired organisation has failed to use the force of its arguments to convince the charity watchdog that it should be considered a religious organisation.
The Temple of the Jedi Order, members of which follow the tenets of the faith central to the Star Wars films, sought charitable status this year, but the Charity Commission has ruled that it does not meet the criteria for a religion under UK charity law.
The commission wrote that Jediism “lacks the necessary spiritual or non-secular element” it was looking for in a religion. [Read More]
[12/13/2016] /www.inverse.com "Real-World Jedi Won't Bow Down to Disney - True believers don't worry about 'Rogue One."
Religions change over time as evangelists and congregants react to shifting cultural norms and revelation. But what happens when the name of your faith is copyrighted property of a major media conglomerate, and its source material is subject to revision with each draft of a blockbuster movie? What happens when Kathleen Kennedy has the final say over scripture, J.J. Abrams can alter doctrine, and Bob Iger reigns supreme over all? [Read More]
[012/__/2016] www.cinemablend.com. "Star Wars Fans Applied For Jediism To Become A Religion In The UK, And It Didn’t Go Well"
It's become an increasing popular practice for people to list their official religion as Jedi on official census forms. One group in the UK recently tried to have their faith officially recognized, but it hasn't worked out the way they hoped. The UK's Charity Commission is the organization tasked with determining whether any group should be recognized as an official religion. They have determined that Jediism, at least as presented to them, does not qualify. [Read More]
[8/1/2016] /www.rt.com "Australians urged not to pledge ‘Jedi’ as their religion in Census
The people of Australia have been urged not to put ‘Jedi’ down as their religion in the upcoming census, as the trend has grown so big it is messing up the census results. [Read More]
[12/17/2015] www.stuff.co.nz "Meet the Kiwi with a Jedi romance that rivals Princess Leia and Han Solo"
The Force has brought together a New Zealand Jedi and the love of her life.
Brenna West met her now-husband Clint West while learning more about her newfound faith - Jediism.
West said she had been a fan of the Star Wars movies since she was a little girl growing up in South Africa, and always considered the philosophy of the Jedi as a core part of her own beliefs. [Read More]
[12/17/2015] www.beaumontenterprise.com Beaumont Man Embraces Jedi LIfestyle
John Henry Phelan was the kid in Catholic school who questioned how Adam and Eve were able to populate the planet.
His skepticism and the aspects of Catholicism he couldn't reconcile — gay marriage, reproductive rights and the absence of female priests — caused him to adopt a new belief system, Jediism, which he considers his religion. [Read More]
[12/17/2015] www.guidelive.com "These real life Jedis worship with the force, and it's probably not what you think"
This is a Jedi love story, and I promise it's not as painfully awkward as Attack of the Clones.
A long, long time ago (well, three years) in a galaxy far, far away (well, New Zealand), Brenna Cavell was scanning the Internet.
She came across a belief system that seemed familiar, but she hadn't heard of it before: Jediism. Out of curiosity, she signed up with the Beaumont-based Temple of the Jedi Order, a community of thousands of Jedis who believe in the Force as the most powerful entity in the universe.
"It was kind of like coming home," Cavell said. "It was more of discovering the beliefs I had." [Read More]
[07/17/2015] www.vice.com "Le retour du Jediisme"
Il y a quelques mois, une école d'apprentis Jedi ouvrait ses portes à Celles-en-Hainaut, en Belgique. S'il s'agit de la première académie francophone destinée aux combats au sabre laser, des écoles similaires existent un peu partout dans le monde – les Italiens de la LudoSport Lightsaber Academy organisent même des duels entre pratiquants depuis 2008. Aujourd'hui, la ligue est présente dans 17 villes d'Europe, et les premiers ateliers français commenceront en septembre prochain, à Paris. [Read More]
[05/08/2015] www.theguardian.com "Experience: I am a Jedi"
People may find it hard to believe, but even though I have lived as a Jedi for five years, I am actually not that bothered by Star Wars or science fiction. It just doesn’t do anything for me.
Before becoming a Jedi, I was a Zen Buddhist, but I was frustrated with the different precepts and mandates that came with the religion. I researched other religions online and came across the Djedi of ancient Egypt, which inspired the Jedi in Star Wars. [Read More]
[03/23/2015] "The Jedi and the Bishop: two men from Essex, two religious outlooks"
Both Stephen Cottrell and Michael Kitchen were born in Essex, both are the sons of non-religious parents and both went on to study religion. But that is where the similarities end.
Michael Kitchen laughs and shakes his head when asked the inevitable question: do you have a light sabre?
He does not. In fact he is not particularly keen on the Star Wars films. Though he does have a robe. [Read More]
[01/17/2015] www.worldreligionnews.com "AT OVER 255,000 STRONG THE CHURCH OF JEDIISM IS A FORCE"
FANS OF STAR WARS HAVE CREATED THEIR OWN RELIGION, JEDIISM, THAT’S GAINING NEW MEMBERS EVERY DAY.
“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together,” said Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Now the Force is back in its full glory, and for both zealous and casual fans, the next installment of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, can’t come soon enough. About a thousand people have already seen the film, which premiered yesterday in Hollywood, California. At Over 255,000 Strong The Church of Jediism is a Force [Read More]
[10/25/2014] www.bbc.com ."Have Jedi created a new 'religion'?"
Followers of Jediism are aiming to build a belief system that goes beyond the Star Wars films. But does it amount to a new religion?
It began as a joke at the expense of statisticians. In the UK's 2001 Census, 390,127 people - or 0.7% of the population - described themselves as Jedi. A question on religious belief had been asked for the first time in a census and Jedi - from the cloak-wearing, lightsaber swishing rebels in the Star Wars films - was a tongue-in-cheek response.
It was a post-modernist Star Wars joke by atheists. Or so many assumed. But for some the force was strong. [Read More]
[04/21/2014] www.dailymail.co.uk "The farce is strong with this one: Inmate complains that prison 'bigots' are preventing him from practising his JEDI religion"
An inmate who claims to be a practising Jedi has accused prison bosses of 'intolerance and bigotry' after they refused to recognise his Star Wars-based beliefs.
The prisoner at HMP & YOI Isis, a 622-capacity category C centre for young offenders on the HMP Belmarsh site in south London, said he was being denied his ‘right’ to follow the religion, which is based on the Star Wars films.
The unnamed prisoner - who says he fears ‘retaliation from the Dark Side’ if he is identified - said he was unhappy his right to religious freedom was being denied. [Read More]
[11/22/2013] www.forbes.com "How To Be A Jedi Knight"
In 2005 I was going to go out of business (again) with my hedge fund. My biggest investor had lost all his money. He had a nervous twitch and whenever I ran into him he was constantly twitching, "I need my money back," he told me.
But I didn't have it. I had invested it. It would be a year before I could legally give it to him. So I didn't know what to do. He once threw a chair at me he was so angry.
So I did what any normal 37 year old man in the fund of hedge funds business would do.
I bought the book, "The Tao of Star Wars".
The unnamed prisoner - who says he fears ‘retaliation from the Dark Side’ if he is identified - said he was unhappy his right to religious freedom was being denied. [Read More]
[10/17/2013] www.dailymail.co.uk ."The real church of Jediism - THOUSANDS believe in religion based off the Star Wars franchise"
Members of the Jedi church believe in the Force, rather than the Holy Ghost. It's a religion barely two decades old and based off a movie franchise, but there's still a lot the Jedi have in common with other religious groups. [Read More]
[12/11/2012] www.theguardian.com/uk/ "Census 2011 data on religion reveals Jedi Knights are in decline"
At the last census in 2001 there was a campaign to encourage people to answer the question with Jedi, and around 330,000 did so. But the force is apparently on the wane according to Tuesday's figures with 176,632 describing themselves as Jedi Knights. [Read More]
[04/23/2009] www.dailymail.co.uk "Britain's first Jedi police woman harnesses the Force to catch criminals"
Meet PC Pam Fleming - the first Jedi police officer to admit she is a devotee of the Star Wars-inspired religion.
PC Fleming, a beat officer who has patrolled the mean streets of Glasgow for the past 23 years, stepped proudly forward today - light sabre in hand - to say 'I'm a Jedi and I'm proud'. [Read More]
[05/27/2005] "`Star Wars' parallels found with world's major religions"
"It's the story of a young guy who feels like his life is going nowhere. He wants more, but he doesn't know how to get there. Then, he runs into the ancient and wise teachings of the previous generation, through Obi-Wan and Yoda," said Dick Staub, in Chicago last week to promote his new book, "Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters." [Read More]
[02/14/2003] www.theguardian.com/uk "No place for Jedi in survey"
Most disgruntled, Jedi were, yesterday, when they learned they are not recognised as a religious group despite outnumbering Sikhs, Jews and Buddhists on the census forms. [Read More]
[08/27/2002] http://news.bbc.co.uk/ "Jedi 'religion' grows in Australia"
More than 70,000 people in Australia have declared that they are followers of the Jedi faith, the religion created by the Star Wars films.
A recent census found that one in 270 respondents - or 0.37% of the population - say they believe in "the force", an energy field that gives Jedi Knights like Luke Skywalker their power in the films.
Most of the 70,509 people who wrote Jedi on their census forms were suspected to have done so in response to an e-mail encouraging all Star Wars fans to get it recognised as an official religion. [Read More]
[04/11/2001] http://news.bbc.co.uk/ "Jedi makes the census list"
Jedi is the faith espoused in the Star Wars films
It's official: "Jedi Knight" is ON the list of religions for the 2001 UK census.
A campaign to get people to write the entry on their census forms has succeeded in the term being included on the list of religions, alongside Church of England, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu. [Read More]
[04/11/2001] http://news.bbc.co.uk/ "Jedi e-mail revealed as hoax"
Jedi knights are not recognised on UK census
An e-mail saying that Jedi - the faith in the Star Wars films - will become an official religion if enough people put it down in the forthcoming British census is a hoax.
The e-mail has been sent all over the country in the last two weeks stating that if 10,000 people put Jedi on the census form, it will become a "fully recognised and legal religion". But the Home Office has said that no matter how many people declare that they follow it, the census counting system means it will not be recognised. [Read More]
[03/06/2001] http://news.bbc.co.uk "The gospel according to Luke (Skywalker)"
You may be a fan of the Star Wars films, but are you a follower? Moves are afoot to have the fictitious Jedi philosophy the movies espouse recognised as a proper religion.
If 8,000 New Zealanders have heeded an e-mail asking them to declare Jedi as their faith on this week's census forms, then Star Wars will have spawned an officially recognised religion. [Read More]
[00/00/2001] http://census-campaign.org "How many Jedi Knights were in the UK 2001 Census?"
Over 390,000 people answered “Jedi” in the 2001 census for England and Wales and 14,000 in Scotland (a lower proportion). This is more than the number of identifying Sikhs, and more than Jews and Buddhists combined. However, this did not mean that Jedi became an official religion- it doesn’t work like that! [Read More]