ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
We, the undersigned, of full age, for the purpose of forming a religious, non-profit corporation under and pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 187 of the State Statutes, known as Religious Societies, and laws amendatory thereto, do hereby certify that at a regular meeting of the undersigned incorporators held on the 4th day of February, 2018, in Adams, Wisconsin, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 187, State Statutes, did associate ourselves as a body corporation and did adopt the following Articles of Incorporation on this day of the 4th of February in the year of 2018:
ARTICLE 1: NAME
The Name of the corporation shall be Twisting Yew.
ARTICLE 2: VISION
The vision of this Church shall be to provide a spiritual home for pagans to congregate in fellowship, to worship and receive rites of passage, to educate the public on Paganism, and to further the education of Pagans.
ARTICLE 3: OFFICES
The Corporation shall maintain a principal office in the state of Wisconsin. The location and post office address of the registered office of this corporation shall be 1085 County Road M, Adams WI, 53910.
ARTICLE 4: NON-PROFIT PURPOSES
Tax Exemption. This Corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (hereinafter the “Code”) pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 187 of the State
Statutes, known as Religious Societies, and laws amendatory thereto, as enacted or hereinafter amended, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code. There shall be no capital stock issued, and this corporation is not organized for profit, nor shall any person or member derive any benefit whatsoever, nor shall any pecuniary profit or benefit inure to the members of this corporation, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes as described in Article IV. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation, or is not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Specific Objectives and Purposes.
The purpose of this corporation is to provide:
- A church for Pagans to congregate.
- To promote education of Pagan ways,
- To provide community both locally and in foreign places
- To support Church members and others through ritual, meditation, counseling, spiritual healing and fellowship, and to promote awakening and growth of spiritual consciousness.
- To exercise any powers and rights to which an establishment of a Church is entitled, including:
- To accept absolutely or in trust for any of the purposes enumerated above any gift, grant, or device of real or personal property.
- To make distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future code.
- To carry on all other such activities not limited by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future code.
Dissolution. “Dissolution” means the complete disbanding of the Corporation so that it no longer functions as a corporate entity. Upon the dissolution of the Corporation, its property shall be applied and distributed as follows: (1) all liabilities and obligations of the Corporation shall be paid and discharged or adequate provision shall be made therefore; (2) pursuant to a plan adopted by the board of directors, assets shall be transferred or conveyed to one or more domestic or foreign corporation, society, or organization that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Code
and are engaged in activities substantially similar to those of the corporation.
ARTICLE 5: DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION
Twisting Yew is a church of Nature Spirituality. Its particular tradition, is drawn from contemporary Pagan traditions including Heathenism, Naturalistic Paganism, Wicca, and other cultural and religious threads as our leadership and community evolve
ARTICLE 6: MEMBERSHIP
All policies concerning membership shall be governed by membership policies outlined in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE 7: AMENDMENTS
These Articles may be amended in the manner provided by the Bylaws and by state Statute at the time of amendment.