DAI COUNCIL ORDERS OF DECREE
THE SEAL OF THE GOSHEN COLONY
The Dai Council Orders of Decree are general guidelines adopted and issued by the Council of Elders to guide Dai Missions Ministries’ ethics, its day-to-day operations, the execution of its ministerial duties, and how the Dai will work toward its future goals.
The Council encourages the congregational membership to abide by these guidelines to the best of their abilities in order to lead a more harmonious and set apart lifestyle.
ORDER OF DECREE #1:
Establishment of the Dai Council over Goshen and the Dai Populace
I, Benjamin the III, former Regent of Goshen, hereby surrender and return my authority and seat of power to the Dai Council, confirmed by the will of the people, and establish their authority over the Dai people and the grounds of Goshen. From this moment on I declare the formal order of the creation, appointment, and assignment of Council members to delegate the authority of the formal Regency to be vested within them.
[This decree is an artifact from 2016-2018, when Benjamin F. Terry, III was designated as Regent (appointed administrator) of the Dai by the then-remaining Dai Council members (before the Dai community became Dai Mission Ministries), with Ben’s goal being the re-establishment of the Dai community at large. Dai Mission Ministries is now governed by the Dai Council, as it has been since this decree was issued in October 2018.]
ORDER OF DECREE #2:
Establishing the Economy of the Goshen Community
The creation of a silver mint and a silver depository for the community is hereby ordered to produce denominations of silver coin and bar for internal trading purposes for the community. Until this mint is founded residents are instructed to use 1/10, 1/4. and 1/2 Troy ounce denominations of “Walking Liberty” silver coins and 1 and 10 Troy ounce denominations of Royal Canadian Mint silver coins and bar as substitutes until proper coin and bar can be produced.
Production of these same denominations in gold will also be performed after sufficient denominations of Community of Goshen silver denominations have been produced. The value of Goshen denominations are estimated to be approximately $25.00 US to 1 Troy Ounce Goshen.
In lieu of bank cards issued by banks and bank accounts the Council has authorized the creation of a multi-merchant gift card system with maximum limits of $2000, $4000, $6000, $8000, and $10000 through an alliance with local credit unions. Credit unions should establish maximum limits of funds per account whereas the total funds not exceed $250,000 per person for personal use. Account holders should be limited to two accounts for personal use. Business purpose accounts should not exceed $3,000,000. Minimum wage of any Dai employer should be $12.00 per hour per Colorado state law with a maximum wage concept of $27.50 per hour. Any amounts paid to an employee above this amount should be in salary form not to exceed $250,000 per year. Employees are to be paid in either daily or weekly pay period interviews with no more than a week delay without just cause between the close of the pay period and receipt of pay. Bi-weekly, bi-monthly, and monthly pay intervals should be prohibited.
Businesses should be closed for business from Fridays at 6pm until Saturdays at 6pm for the observance of Shabbat and from Sundays at 6am until 2pm to guarantee worshippers of the Abrahamic faiths the undisputed right to practice their faith without interference from business oppression.
Personal loans made in an unsecured format should not exceed the monthly wage of the person receiving the loan to ensure the person receiving the loan is not overburdened with the responsibility to repay the loan. Loans made in a secured format should ensure that the loan does not exceed the value of the collateral used to secure the loan. Thus is shall be that no individual unsecured debt shall exceed $20,000 and if married no couple shall have more than $40,000. Interest rates on loans should be no more than 6% per annum compounded daily for secured loans and no more than 12% compounded daily for unsecured loans. Monthly mortgage payments as secured loans using residential properties should not exceed 60% of the monthly minimum wage at full time.
ORDER OF DECREE #3:
Establishing Temporary Minimum Earned Income Requirements
After review of the US and Colorado tax laws that also govern the community as being within the borders of the US and Colorado respectively, in accord with the good faith purpose of selected provisions said tax laws to combat poverty within its communities, the Dai Council hereby drafts and issues this following decree establishing minimum limits on earned income to address the current poverty within our own community as beneficial to us as a whole as a community and as beneficial to us individually as persons.
These minimum income requirements will be effective for tax years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. After which the requirement created by this decree will end and be repealed. The tax laws used to develop these minimum amounts will be reviewed each year and the minimum amounts adjusted accordingly as required through the US tax code and Colorado income tax laws.
The term “earned income” is defined as wages and salaries earned through work as an employee for an employer, for work through self-employment, and through profits made through business enterprise. The term “investment income” is defined as income from interests, dividends, retirement payments from annuities or retirement accounts, profits made through rental activities, royalties, and gains made on the sale of stocks, bonds, collectables, precious metals, or real estate.
Minimum Earned Income Requirements
|Household:||Income for Tax Years 2018-2020|
|Single, No Children||$11,850|
|Married, No Children||$11,850|
|Parent(s) with 1 Child||$11,850|
|Parent(s) with 2 Children||$21,200|
|Parent(s) with 3 Children||$30,500|
Exempt from these minimum income requirements are individuals with more than $3,400 of investment income, individuals receiving disability payments from state agencies, or individuals receiving social security benefits income.
ORDER OF DECREE #4:
Concerning the Elder of the Security
The Elder of Security is the Head of Security of the Messianic Unions, the Dai population, and the future community of Goshen. The Sergeant is authorized to have up to fifteen deputy sergeants of arms distributed among the Messianic Unions tasked with maintaining the safety and security of the congregations and the services of the Unions. This responsibility will extend to the community of Goshen, its residents, its property, and its boundaries when the community is established and built and will be generally accomplished through security patrols and evaluations of the security status of individual properties and activities within the bounds of the community. Establishing working relationships with law enforcement authorities in order to transfer detained persons to law enforcement authorities when security situations arise are recommended.
ORDER OF DECREE #5:
Concerning the Elder of Engineering
The Elder of Engineering is tasked with maintaining the buildings used by the Messianic Unions to house the services of the organization. Beyond this the Elder will also be tasked with the permitting, inspecting, issuance, and providing information concerning the building codes of the state and county government to contractors building the community of Goshen.
In addition to the local building codes of the state and county government this code is to be enforced by the Ministry in regards to Goshen community constructions: All residential constructions should pattern a wood cabin design and must be equipped with a wood burning fireplace or a wood burning stove to provide heat and a method of cooking in emergency events. Each residential property should be equipped with its own electrical generation capabilities despite the existence of a grid and a water reserve for the property in emergency situations.
All wells drilled for water within the community must meet state and county regulations, and all well pumps must have measuring technology on them as required by state and county codes, and all septic systems must be installed and operated under state and county regulations.
ORDER OF DECREE #6:
Concerning the Elder of Kashrut
The Kashrut Elder is primarily tasked with the promotion of the observance and the education of the dietary laws of the Torah and the benefits of following these dietary practices prescribed by Torah through the Messianic Unions and to the public at large.
After the building of the community of Goshen, the Elder will also be tasked with permitting, investigating, and suspending any activities concerning the production, serving, and consumption of food, medicinal substances, and alcohol to public.
All food cooked, produced, and served must be “clean” as defined by the Torah. This shall be simply defined as the permanent prohibition upon any pork, shellfish, shrimp, or gelatin food products being produced, cooked, served, or permitted within community boundaries. Imitation versions of prohibited products not containing such products are permitted. All cattle meats must be cooked to a minimum of “medium well” status (no blood in juices) and poultry must be thoroughly cooked to “well done” status for safety. All vegetables and fruits must be thoroughly washed before preparation, serving, and consumption. Food storage and preparation areas should be free of pests. Food preparation surfaces should be cleaned routinely and thoroughly between uses. The cross contamination of cooked and raw meats are strictly prohibited. Cross contamination of raw meats with other food products such as fruits, vegetables, and grains are prohibited as well.
Medicines produced within the community must be of an herbal nature or sourced from herbal origins as determined by the Ministry. Prescription medications may be imported, sold, and administered by qualified personnel as directed by a medical professional or pharmacist only. Alcohol may be imported, served, produced, or bottled within the community grounds for personal consumption and sale. For personal consumption an individual may not consume, be served, or be sold more than six pack of 12 ounce beers, 750ml bottle of wines, or a half pint of liquors per day collectively.
ORDER OF DECREE #7:
Concerning the Elder of Business Affairs
The Elder of Business Affairs, referred to as the President, is primarily tasked with Overseeing all executive functions of the nonprofit corporation and any necessary secular business functions and alliances with other organizations in the operation of the Messianic Unions, congregational memberships of the organization, development of the future monastic yeshiva, and the establishment of the community of Goshen.
Alliance businesses partnering with Dai Mission Ministries must be organized under a valid LLC, LLP, LP, For-Profit Corporate, or Non-Profit entity form of organization, and must submit an annual report of Profit & Loss or a report of Inflows and Expenditures as appropriate to the Elder of Business Affairs for review. The organization must also reciprocate this requirement by having updated information available to its partners upon request as well as progress updates on Dai projects; publicly available.
Alliance businesses partnering with Dai Mission Ministries should accept both the US Dollar and the Dai Troy for payment of goods and services after a reasonable period of time. This also includes the future gift card system in the process of being set up even for alliance businesses originating from outside the community intent on doing business inside it.
Alliance businesses partnering with Dai Mission Ministries should provide a minimum guarantee or warranty over any products sold or services performed for a minimum of 30 days. Reports of unscrupulous activity are to be investigated and if substantiated by the investigation partnership with the business should be revoked.
Alliance businesses partnering with Dai Mission Ministries should institute and practice workplace safety regulations within its operations to promote a safe work environment for its employees and for the safety of the community around it.
Businesses are required to report employment openings to the community job board.
Alliance businesses partnering with Dai Mission Ministries should report employment openings to a community job board for open employment positions for the Messianic Unions, the community of Goshen, and areas surrounding them. The Elder of Business Affairs is charged with maintaining this job board.
ORDER OF DECREE #8:
Concerning the Housing Assistance Elder
The Elder of Housing Assistance serves as housing administrator for the Messianic Unions in an effort to help Union congregational members settle in the Colorado area from other locations in the country. The Elder maintains a knowledge of affordable housing options for incoming residents and coordinates with Union membership to help house new residents cost effectively. Upon building of the community of Goshen this Elder will become head of the future HOA of the community.
As the HOA administrator the Elder of Housing Assistance is to establish and enforce rent controls to property owners renting out residential property to tenants. These rent controls shall be no less than $196 per month as a minimum rent control to protect landlords, and for maximum rent controls it will be no more than 30% of the Colorado minimum wage at full time may be collected for a one bedroom residence per month, and no more than 60% of the Colorado minimum wage at full time may be collected for a multiple bedroom residence per month to protect tenants. For rental spaces of real estate, not exceeding one acre, for purposes such as an RV or mobile home the amount may be no more than the minimum rental control for regular housing without utility services. Violation of the maximum rent controls limits are hereby declared price gouging of tenants and the Elder is instructed to assist with the prosecution of offenders through civil legal action to disgorge excess rents from property owners in violation of these controls and return them to the tenants.
As an HOA the will levy a membership fee upon property owners in the amount of 7% of the Colorado minimum wage at full time per property, per property owner. These fees are to be collected and placed into a maintenance fund for the community. The maintenance fund will be used for expenses of the HOA and for the hire of employees and contractors to build, upkeep, and maintain the communal grounds, roadways, and utility lines of the community and fund security personnel to patrol the grounds.
ORDER OF DECREE #9:
Concerning the Messianic Unions and the Monastic Yeshiva
The Elders over the Messianic Unions are tasked with overseeing the spiritual health of the community, advising on matters of the faith, and the Elder over Dai Mission will later come to serve as Dean over the training and ordination program of the Dai Institute program at Dai Mission, which is the cornerstone and initial purpose of the community of Goshen. At Dai Mission this Elder also serves as Senior Pastor over the Sabbath services of the Mission sanctuary, the building of the houses of worship and the parsonages, and the developing of the grounds within the Mission’s real estate boundaries within the community.
The Elders of the Messianic Unions are also tasked with working with other Hebrew Roots and Messianic Jewish congregations in the area to promote unity of faith through establishment of common grounds, and providing a venue of constructive discussions of differences between different viewpoints within the faith, and providing a monthly Erev service for area leadership and congregations for area wide fellowship. For all the Feasts ordained by the Torah, the Elders are to host celebrations for the Feasts and shall be of open invite to any and all Hebrew Roots, Messianic, and Christian congregations desiring to attend and celebrate.
Concerning the Institute it is the Elders that are responsible for developing or adopting a curriculum of competent instruction of Rabbis and Pastors seeking ordination through the Messianic line of faith. A “reasonable tuition” if any may be levied by the Institute at the Ministry’s discretion as necessary.
Dai Mission’s sanctuary is the home congregation of the community and the doors of the sanctuary itself shall remain open at all times as a house of prayer for believers to pray and mediate within the sanctuary when services are not in session. The sanctuary shall also serve as the training location for ministers in training to practice conducting services in due course of their ordination training in a supportive environment of faith. Members of the congregation are encouraged to visit other Christian denominations and teach to their ability the Messianic viewpoint of faith and reveal the Hebraic origins of the Christian faith.
Due to the recent controversy concerning tithing and defining what tithings, offerings, contributions, and membership fees should be according to our community the Council of Elders has determined it is necessary to define each, as legal terms, and the prescribed use and purpose of each within these decrees.
- Membership Fee: The annual amount that a member of Dai Mission Ministries must pay to become or remain a member with all due voting rights and privileges at ministry Unions, ministry events, lodging at Dai Mission, and citizenry rights of the community of Goshen. The prescribed amount is patterned after Solomon’s annual tax within Israel during his reign of four days of wages per person. The character of this fee is a tax as if levied by a government entity. The interpreted amount of this fee is $300 per year per person. Thus this is the amount set by the Council.
- Tithe: For purposes of the Unions, small groups, or Dai congregations this is the contribution made by a member OR visitor to the oneg and ministerial supplies fund per service of:
- Food supplied to the oneg AND no more than $10 cash to the fund.
- More than $10 but not to exceed $20 cash supplied to the fund in the absence of food supplied to the oneg.
- Offering: Additional money in excess of the defined tithe meant to be left in an offering box to be applied to the other expenses OR savings for the Unions, small group, Dai Mission, or the community of Goshen NOT meant to be cataloged to an individual’s contribution record.
- Contribution: Money directly contributed to Dai Mission Ministries itself with the donor’s intention of the amount being cataloged and NOT meant to be a membership fee, tithe, or offering.
These terms are the Elders’ best interpretation of Scripture and the various other interpretations concerning this subject from other congregations, broken down into practical amounts and terms. From this moment on these will be binding upon all members and ministry functions.
The budgeted use of these various funds and their intended purposes will now be as follows replacing the old system of fifths:
- Membership fees collected per Union should be equally divided and applied to:
- the payments and maintenance of Union property
- the needs of Union staff
- the Union benevolence fund for the maintenance and hire the poor and downtrodden and
- support for Dai Mission and the community of Goshen.
- Tithes contributed should be directly applied to:
- the Union oneg service and
- ministerial service supply needs of the Union receiving them.
- Contributions made to the organization should be applied equally to the following unless the contributor requests contribution be made specifically to one of the following:
- the benevolence funds for the Unions’ maintenance and hire the poor and downtrodden, and
- support for Dai Mission and/or the community of Goshen.
Any money raised through planned future fundraising activities of Dai Mission Ministries by the organization or its Unions should be applied to:
- the benevolence fund for the Union’s maintenance and hire the poor and downtrodden for the area in which the fundraiser is located;
- support for Dai Mission and/or the community of Goshen.