ALBANY CHAPTER FAQ
Who are you?
We are the Albany NY Chapter of The Satanic Temple (TST), a non-theistic Satanic religious organization and IRS-recognized church. We represent Albany NY and the Greater Capital Region. As we are currently the only official TST chapter in Upstate New York, we have members across western and upstate New York State. We also accept members from western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.
What do you believe in?
Our ethos is based in the holistic application of the Seven Tenets, which you can read here: https://thesatanictemple.com/pages/tenets
We recommend you read The Satanic Temple's FAQs: https://thesatanictemple.com/pages/faq
Do you worship Satan?
No. We do not believe in anything supernatural, nor do we worship any being.
So why Satan?
Satan, to us, is a metaphor representing the unfettered pursuit of knowledge, personal liberation, and rebellion against arbitrary authority. Our Satan is the literary Satan of Anatole France, John Milton, and William Blake. It is not the evil being of Abrahamic mythology or Hollywood fantasy.
Similarly, we do not believe in or promote symbolic "evil." We believe that things that cause unnecessary suffering are bad, and that things that alleviate suffering are good.
What does your Chapter do?
Our Chapter holds monthly meetings, social events, and participates in a number of community projects and fundraisers that support both our local community and The Satanic Temple’s national campaigns.
What if I don't live in the Albany area?
If you are interested in joining our chapter but live further Upstate, in Western New York, in the Berkshires, or in southern Vermont, there may still be a place for you in our group. We do expect a commitment from you, even if you can't attend meetings or events all the time. We encourage satellite members to donate time via work that can be done online.
What we are:
We are a non-theistic Satanic religious organization. We seek to cultivate a space for like-minded individuals, working to mutually support each other in our growth as Satanists. Community engagement and mission-specific activism are essential components of what we do. If advancing our causes is not a primary reason you are thinking of joining, this is probably not the group for you.
What we are not:
The Satanic Temple (TST) is not a political organization, a parody/trolling religion, or a catch-all activist club for every progressive cause. While you might be very passionate about a cause and while your cause may be worthwhile, if it does not closely align with our Tenets and mission statement or if it does not promote or advance the mission of TST, you will not find traction for that cause here. We encourage you to seek groups that do.
If you are unclear on TST's mission, please refer to the FAQ linked above.
Do I have to be a Satanist to join your chapter?
While some chapters require you to be a Satanist to become a member, we do not. We accept allies who agree with our ethos, the Seven Tenets, are committed to growing our Chapter, and supporting TST's national campaigns.
New to Satanism and/or the Left Hand Path?
You should minimally understand what TST is, and what TST is not. TST generously shares knowledge, resources, and original content through our national websites and social media pages. We don’t expect you to be an expert on Satanism, but we do expect you to be self-motivated when it comes to learning. The more obvious it is that you are putting in effort to learn, the more likely it is that people will be willing to help you learn more. If you are not sure where to start, check out the following reading lists:
Coming from a Western LHP, esoteric, or initiatory inclination?
As Satanists we embrace our outsider status and take pride in our heterodox views, perceptions, and positive assertion of our values. As a 21st century emergence our lineage is rich and complex, with Classical, Enlightenment, Modernist, and Postmodern influences. Esotericism and occultism are in the mix, yet, our Satanism is derived from the Miltonic-Romantic and French Decadent literary traditions, and is thus political, intellectual, and artistic at its core. Our community supports a diverse range of interests, and each member is encouraged to develop their personal practice/path.
What is expected of Chapter members?
We expect members to help grow our Chapter as well as support and further The Satanic Temple's causes. This includes, but is not limited to: contributing to meetings and educational programs, helping with events, hands-on volunteering, and project logistics and planning. We do also realize that each of us are human and circumstances can change. We will work with you to stay a part of the group. However, we expect a level of drive and follow-through on your part.
Beyond engagement and time, we also uphold a code of conduct that every member is required to sign. We expect professionalism, common courtesy, and respect to those around you. We are all working for the same causes. If you are a member of the Chapter, your fellow Chapter members are your allies. Treat them accordingly. This group has a zero-tolerance policy for racism, bigotry, misogyny, transphobia, and the like. We strive to be an inclusive group for all people who agree with our Tenets and mission, and the safety of our membership is paramount. If you cannot abide by this structure, this is not the group for you. Chapterheads reserve the right to dismiss a member at anytime.
I feel like I am ready to join! What do I do now?
Please fill out our membership application here. All membership decisions are made on a case by case basis and there is no guarantee that you will be accepted. If after reviewing your application Chapter leadership believe you might be a good fit, a representative will contact you.