Worldwide Organisational Committee

Introduction
The Manichaean Worldwide Organisational Committee (WOC) was established by His Divine Presence of the Bitavhati Madinkha d’Maninaye (the international headquarters for all Manichaeans). Its main purpose is to provide guidelines for Manichaean clerics, congregations and other Maninaye institutes; in the words of His Divine Presence: “to promote the unity of the people of the Religion of Light.”

From where do the organisational instructions derive?
In almost all cases, the instructions and guidelines contained in the various letters are published on behalf of His Divine Presence — and in most situations, directly according to his instructions. There are also times in which the Committee may publish directives from the Arkhegosate, especially if such directives are of a global nature.

Who should write to the WOC?
Elect and Hearers are first requested to seek guidance from their clerics or from the Arkhegos before writing to the WOC. In the event that one is unable to contact a local cleric, any Manichaean cleric or member may write to the Committee to request clarification on any subject covered in previously written letters provided on this Web site. Brethren may also write to the Committee on subjects that have not yet been discussed. All correspondence is confidential. The email address in the image above may be used for questions and general correspondence.

Letters from the Manichaean Worldwide Organisational Committee

2015 Letters

  • Letter Concerning the Appointment of Jonathan bar Stephen as Pastor General (17 July 2015)
  • Letter Regarding Consolidation of Various Resources (re-issued, 14 March 2015)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Uzbekistan: Personal Safety Concerns (re-issued, 12 March 2015)*
  • Temporary Closure of Missionary Posts in Uzbekistan for Security Purposes (WOC15012015025302B-EN, 15 January 2015)*
  • Recognition of Kingdom of Light Church as Spiritual Community (WOC03022015065501A-EN, 3 March 2015)*

2014 Letters

  • Letter to Brethren in Egypt: Suggestions for Worshipping in a Secure Location (re-issued 6 December 2014)*
  • Defining Various Institutes in Affiliation with the Manichaean Church (WOC25112014062301A-EN, 25 November 2014)
  • Growth and Organisation of the Manichaean Church (WOC24112014092701A-EN, 24 November 2014)
  • Notice of Temporary Closure of Various Offices for Winter Festivals (WOC24112014092601A-EN, 24 November 2014)
  • The Unity of the People of the Religion of Light (15 July 2014)
  • Letter Regarding Consolidation of Various Resources (13 July 2014)
  • Summary Notes for 2014 United Brethren Conferences Worldwide (12 July 2014)
  • Letter Regarding Security for Worship and Outreach Work in South America (10 July 2014)
  • Letter Regarding Security for Worship and Outreach Work in the U.S. (10 July 2014)
  • Letter Regarding Security for Worship and Outreach Work in Spain (9 July 2014)
  • Arkhegos Expresses Thanks for Translation of Karuzuta and Other Sacred Texts (9 July 2014)
  • Definition of Manichaean / Religion of Light Missions (8 July 2014)
  • Reducing Mailing Costs of Branch Offices (WOC 080714050801A-EN, 8 July 2014)
  • Warning to All Manichaean Brethren Concerning Terrorist Organisation Activities (WOC 070314045502B-EN, 3 July 2014)
  • Concerning the Re-Release of Letter WOC130712122515 (re-issued 3 July 2014)
  • Letter to Brethren in Iran: Suggestions for Worshipping in a Secure Location (re-issued 2 July 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Egypt: Suggestions for Worshipping in a Secure Location (re-issued 2 July 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Syria: Suggestions for Worshipping in a Secure Location (re-issued 2 July 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Syria: Personal Safety Concerns (30 June 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Jordan: Personal Safety Concerns (30 June 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in China: Personal Safety Concerns (30 June 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Uzbekistan: Personal Safety Concerns (re-issued, 30 June 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Yemen: Personal Safety Concerns (re-issued, 30 June 2014)*
  • Notice to Brethren in Iran: Personal Safety Concerns (re-issued, 28 June 2014)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Uzbekistan: Personal Safety Concerns (re-issued, 10 April 2014)*
  • Administrative Updates (WOC 020414065401A-EN, 2 April 2014)

2013 Archives

  • Letter to the Arkhegosate (WOC191213011502-EN, 19 December 2013)*
  • Call for Missionaries and Outreach Workers for South America, Spain, Tibet, U.S.A. and Uzbekistan (WOC181213191401A-EN, 18 December 2013)
  • Notice of Temporary Closure of Various Offices for Winter Festivals (WOC101213085802A-EN, 10 December 2013)
  • Letter to the Arkhegosate and Patriarkuta (WOC101213065412A-EN, 10 December 2013)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Yemen: Personal Safety Concerns (10 December 2013)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Uzbekistan: Personal Safety Concerns (re-issued, 10 December 2013)*
  • Notice to Brethren in Iran: Personal Safety Concerns (re-issued, 10 December 2013)*
  • Concerning the Re-Release of Letter WOC130712122515 (10 December 2013)
  • Letter of Br. Doran to the Clergy (3 December 2013)*
  • Letter to Arkhegosate Staff on Discontinuing Use of Facebook (13 October 2013)*
  • Notice to Brethren in Iran: Personal Safety Concerns, Letter WOC220213 (re-issued, 1 October 2013)*
  • On Official Manichaean Publications and Web Sites (12 July 2013)
  • On Official Translations of United Manichaean Assembly Documents (11 July 2013)
  • On the Subject of Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions and Administrative Territory Assignments (10 July 2013)*
  • Notice to Brethren in Iran: Personal Safety Concerns (22 February 2013)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Uzbekistan: Personal Safety Concerns (20 February 2013)*

2012 Archives

  • Letter to Brethren in Iran: Suggestions for Worshipping in a Secure Location (re-issued, 28 September 2012)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Egypt: Suggestions for Worshipping in a Secure Location (re-issued, 28 September 2012)*
  • Letter to Brethren in Syria: Suggestions for Worshipping in a Secure Location (re-issued, 28 September 2012)*
  • Letter to Mingjiao Association in China – Notice of Upcoming Expiration for Territory Act (27 August 2012)*
  • September 2012 Themes for Discussion (27 August 2012)*
  • On the Subject of Rereading the Spiritual Patriarch’s Message of 21 July 2012 (24 August 2012)
  • Letter to Mingjiao Association in China – Policy Concerning New Members Entering the Manichaean Faith in Tibet (21 August 2012)*
  • On the Subject of Various Means of Sharing the Message of Light (22 July 2012)
  • On the Subject of Isolation and Persecution (13 July 2012)
  • July and August 2012 Themes for Discussion (1 July 2012)*
  • On the Subject of Monthly Themes (21 June 2012)
  • On the Subject of Authentic Literature and Web Sites (20 June 2012)

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