A Church, as it is understood at law, is an EKKLASIA (i.e., a"called out" assembly or body of people who are associated by a common religious purpose or mission. The Church of the Oversoul is a non-congregational, associative body of believers in the HUPER PSYCHE (i.e., an "over-abiding soul" a "higher power" which by definition is a non-specific, non-sectarian, generic reference to the Creator). This belief is limited but not exclusionary, in the sense that a member may have more defined personal beliefs about the Creator and may participate in any activity, congregational or otherwise, which fosters the continuance and development of the member's beliefs. The members are not associated by congregational fellowship or covenant, but by associative covenant through membership in a World Ministry which fosters humanitarian, ecological and environmental agendas, and/or through a sacramental trust. This trust incorporates a statement of faith and asserts the necessity to "set apart" (i.e., sanctify through a covenant those assets which the Creator has entrusted to the member, as a Steward).
The Church of the Oversoul has formalized a mutual commitment to Stewardship through its CANON LAW TRUST, a multipurpose instrument, serving as (1) a faith covenant that establishes a bond of fellowship between individuals, creating a constitutional body of believers sharing a "common belief system" (faith) (2)as a management instrument through which the Oversoul, acting as the individual's trustee may assist the individual to fulfill their stewardship responsibilities to the Creator over assets held for the benefit of others, whether they may be family, friends, or charities; (3) as an instrument of confessional will, declaring formally the will of the individual in regards to matters of faith, confession of private regrets or repentance; (4)provide for the institutional support of the Oversoul efforts to preserve the environment through the trust's charitable remainder.
The eschatological relevance of this stewardship necessitates the protection of the Canon Law Trust from acquisitive assaults through the exercise of Church Sanctuary. All clerical communications necessary to the administration of the trust estate and oversight of church activities shall be under the pastoral protection of the Doctrine of Clerical Privilege. Because the trust incorporates statements of belief and testamental confessions, all communications between the cleric overseeing the trust and the members are considered confessional in nature and will be held "in camera" as such. The governance of the trust shall be under CANON LAW, thus all disputes shall be settled under the due process of the Doctrine of Clerical Remedy with reconciliation and restoration being the chief aim.
The basis of every proper stewardship plan (the settlement of one's estate) is the living trust. Stewardship refers to the individual's responsibility to manage his or her life and property with proper regard to the rights of others. The Oversoul Trust is fully amenable and leaves the "grantor" to the trust in the legal position where he or she controls the assets of the trust by directives, yet ownership is vested in Oversoul, as legal trustee. The ability to cancel or take back the assets placed into the hands of a trustee, is what makes a trust revocable. Where the grantor wishes to make the gifts permanent the trust is made irrevocable --- by amendment.
Trusts are replacing traditional "will planning" for all segments of society. Once thought to be for the wealthy alone, the public is discovering that even modest estates may benefit enormously. Probate, with inheritance taxes, estate taxes, administrative fees, legal fees, and court costs can eat up your life savings. In most states, ownership of real estate is all that is necessary to force your estate into the courts probate system.
A properly drawn trust should provide for the orderly disposition of your estate, but also provide personal assistance when you are, for whatever reason, unable to attend to your personal financial affairs. Disability planning will ensure that you, your spouse and your children or others are not neglected when you are temporarily or permanently disabled, including periods of time when you are detained, i.e., hospitals, sanitariums, convalescent homes, etc.
The Oversoul Canon Law Trust assists the member in his or her estate planning requirements. It is generally conceded by all professionals in the field, that a Sovereign Trust carries with it a much higher degree of privacy, and hence protection, than any known parliamentary or common law model proposed as a trust. Since protection against impingement or piercing the "trust veil" is a principal of any qualified attorney or financial planner, the optimal protection afford by a Canon Law Trust is that which makes it most desirable. The factor which prevents a Oversoul Canon Law Trust from becoming a "commercial" vehicle is that is must be administered as a "sacrament" under the Canon Laws, this being an essential requirement towards the establishment of an estate plan.
Do I need a trust? This question may be best addressed by your attorney or other licensed professional. However, the question best presents itself where it is considered in light of another question; (1) is there anybody or anything you need to protect against frivolous litigation and litigants? (2) against unscrupulous abuse of the Court's powers of inquiry and due process? (3) against unrighteous malpractice claims and claimants? (4) against unrighteous creditors? (5) against unrighteous till taps, judgments, liens, and levies; against bankruptcy? (6) against unscrupulous abuse of the powers of inquiry by taxing authority? (7) against unscrupulous abuse of the powers of seizure and conversion? (8) against the awesome expense, delays, and exposure of your estate in a conservatorship or probate upon your demise or incapacitation?
Members of the Oversoul Associative Religion requesting assistance in Canon Law Trust administration may contact the local trust administrator or e-mail your inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org.