Proposed Corpora Addition – Non-Discrimination

The Board of Directors is currently requesting commentary with regard to the following the proposed policy addition to Corpora:

Non-Discrimination Policy

 The SCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, size, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

Please email all commentary to comments at sca-comments@lists.sca.org.  Please use the title “Non-Discrimination Policy Proposal” in the subject line.

Do not use attachments in your commentary to sca-comments@lists.sca.org. Attachments will cause your message to be marked as spam.

In lieu of email, commentary may be sent by US Mail to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Non-Discrimination Policy
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Commentary regarding this proposed Corpora change, whether sent by email or US Mail, must be received by the Board no later than January 1, 2020.

2019-08-19T22:26:35-04:00August 19th, 2019|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|

Project Corpora Updates

Greetings to all,

From John Fulton, President, SCA, Inc.

As mentioned in my last President’s Report to the community there is a project to review Corpora to clean up any confusing or outdated language in order to make it more “user-friendly”.  This will be an ongoing project and will not affect the Board presenting proposals to the membership on substantive changes such as the recently suggested change to Corpora IV.B.1 which would remove the mention of gender as a requirement for Royal Lists.

At the July 2019 meeting, the Board approved the first set of edit changes/clarifications for commentary to the membership.

Information about this project can be found here:

https://sca.org/BOD/PresReport/CorporaEditAug2019.pdf

A copy of the relevant parts of Corpora showing the proposed edits can be found at the above link.  Edits are red-lettered.

Also available is a copy of an explanation of the proposed changes.  Most of these are editorial in nature only.  This includes changes to the Glossary, some standardized language cleaning, and moving toward gender-neutral terms.  This also proposes removing such phrases as Western Europe in order to properly include many other cultures within the scope of the Society’s pre-17th Century reenactment activities.  This part was addressed recently by the Board.

This is the first of the current attempts at editing and updating Corpora.  It will not be the last. Nor is this considered to be a complete and finished document. 

The intent of this project is NOT to do substantive game-changing alterations.

Please send all comments to sca-comments@lists.sca.org with the subject line “Corpora Edit Comments – Set 1”.  Include your modern and SCA name and membership number if you have one.

Also, please feel free to email me also at president@sca.org with questions or suggestions.

Many thanks to Kelly Magill and Lis Schraer for helping me so much.

In service,

John Fulton

Mka Duke John the Bearkiller

President, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

2019-08-15T21:43:17-04:00August 15th, 2019|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|

Requests for Commentary – Corpora IV.B.A- Royalty Qualifications – Commentary Deadline October 1, 2019

The Board of Directors is currently requesting commentary regarding a proposed change to Corpora IV.B.1 – Royalty Qualifications.  

Corpora IV.B.1 currently reads:

Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a prospective consort of the opposite sex unless the Crown has elected to permit a competitor to fight for a prospective consort of the same sex.

The following change in language is proposed:

Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a designated consort, without discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, or disability.
Please email all commentary to sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

Please use the title “Corpora IV.B.A” in the subject line.

Do not use attachments in your commentary to sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

Attachments will cause your message to be marked as spam.

In lieu of email, commentary may be sent by US Mail, Postage-Prepaid, to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Corpora IV.B.A
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Commentary regarding this proposed Corpora change, whether sent by email or US Mail, must be received by the Board no later than October 1, 2019.

2019-06-04T14:35:41-04:00June 4th, 2019|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|

Revised Mission Statement

After careful review and consideration of all feedback, the Board of Directors has decided to update the mission statement to be more inline with current society practices:

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization.
The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank everyone who took the time to write in with their comments for the betterment of our society.

Should you have any comments, please send them with the subject line “Revised Mission Statement Aug 2018“.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

 

2018-08-29T19:06:57-04:00August 29th, 2018|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|

Updated Statement of Core Values

At the Board of Directors July 2018 meeting, the following policy was approved and is to be considered effective immediately.

“SCA Statement of Core Values 

In pursuing its mission, the SCA is committed to excellence in its programs, communications and activities and to

∙ act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service;

∙ value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals;

∙ practice inclusiveness and respect pluralism and diversity;

∙ promote a safe and respectful environment for all SCA events;

∙ act with transparency, fairness, integrity and honesty;

∙ be a responsible steward of SCA resources; and,

∙ be committed to maintaining the trust of its members and participants.

It is the expectation of the SCA that its members and participants, in all events and activities of the SCA, will conduct themselves in accordance with these tenets.”


Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.

Box 360789

Milpitas,  CA 95036


You may also email 
comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
 
2020-02-27T14:33:00-05:00August 8th, 2018|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|

Updated Mission Statement

At the Board of Directors July 2018 meeting, the following policy was approved and is to be considered effective immediately.

“The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization.

SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, and culture, focused on Western Europe and its cultural contacts, and employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities.”

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org. This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
2020-02-27T14:34:32-05:00August 8th, 2018|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|

Updated Hate Speech Language

At the Board of Directors July 2018 meeting, the following addition to Corpora was approved and is to be considered effective immediately.
“Corpora Article X, Grievances and Sanctions, A. General, Add Section 4:   Hate Speech
Hate speech is not tolerated in the Society.  Hate speech is speech or symbols that offend, threaten, or insult individuals or groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or other traits.  Such symbols and speech have no essential part of any discussion of ideas and are of so little value to the Society that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the harm caused. The use by any participant in the Society may result in possible sanctions up to and including revocation of membership and denial of participation.
Please report any possible instances of hate speech to your Kingdom Seneschal, the Society Seneschal or the President of the SCA immediately.  For more information about hate speech and the reporting of same, please refer to the Society Seneschal’s Handbook.  “
Corpora will be updated shortly. 
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.

Box 360789

Milpitas,  CA 95036


You may also email 
comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
2018-08-08T18:58:34-04:00August 8th, 2018|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|

Request for Comments – Hate Ban Language

The Board of Directors is seeking commentary on the following policy proposal regarding hate speech and hate symbols.

Advice is additionally being sought on whether to place this proposed amendment in (1) Corpora, which governs the SCA as a whole, including all kingdoms and Affiliates, or (2) the Corporate Policies, which govern only the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., not the Affiliates.

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The SCA bars the use of hate speech and hate symbols.  The use of such will be sanctioned. The SCA notes that not all offensive speech is hate speech and recommends that the dispute resolution process be applied in matters of suspected hate speech.

Hate speech is not tolerated in the Society.  Please report any instances of hate speech to your Kingdom Seneschal, the Society Seneschal or the President immediately.  For more information hate speech and the reporting of same, please refer to the Bullying and Harassment Policy, which can be found in the Seneschal’s Handbook.

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Comments may also be emailed to comments at lists.sca.org. Please use “Hate Ban” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission/Core’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

Commentary will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

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Statement from the Board regarding Hate Speech and Hate Symbols:

The Board recommends that the Kingdoms implementing a ban on individual symbols, such as the swastika, discuss this with the Kingdom populace to ensure such action best serves everyone.


Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

2018-04-22T22:35:39-04:00April 21st, 2018|bylaws commentary, Corpora Commentary|

REQUEST FOR COMMENTARY – Proposed Corpora Change – Corpora IV.E.

Currently open for commentary is a proposal for a change to Corpora IV.E. Reason for suggested change is to clarify confusing language. Corpora currently reads:

ROYALTY, E. Limitations:
3.  Royalty may delegate:
a. the decision-making powers on legislation, distribution of armigerous awards and orders, or banishment, or
b. signature authority for warrants and rosters to territorial princes and princesses within their Kingdom.
Royalty may not delegate these powers or authorities to anyone else.

The proposed change reads as follows:

ROYALTY, E. Limitations
3. The Crown may delegate the following authority to those territorial princes and princesses within their Kingdom and may not delegate these powers or authorities to anyone else:
a. decision making powers on legislation of principality law with the approval of the Crown.
b. distribution of armigerous award and orders with prior approval of the Crown: the  distribution of armigerous awards and orders may also be granted to Landed Barons and Baronesses with the approval of the Crown.
c. banishment within the principality with prior approval of the Crown.
d. signature authority for warrants and rosters with prior approval of the Crown.

All members are encouraged forward their opinions for consideration. Comments may be mailed to:  Comments / Corpora IV.E.
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

Comments may also be emailed to comments@lists.sca.org. Please use “Corpora IV.E.” in the subject line. Commentary will be accepted until January 15, 2018.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

2017-11-03T19:12:48-04:00November 2nd, 2017|BOD Announcements, Corpora Commentary|
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