Church of the Creator
Church of the Creator logo used since 1982
|Founded||July 14, 1969|
|Founder||Rev. Dr. Grace Marama URI|
|Rev. Dr. Angela Magdalene URI,|
Rev. Dr. James Germain URI
Church of the Creator is a Christian-based faith organization headquartered in Ashland, Oregon. It grew from a church association established in 1969 as Grace House Prayer Ministry, Inc., Chartered on July 14, 1975. The name of the corporation was changed in 1976, restructured in 1977, now the TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation-Family Of URI, Inc., a California nonprofit public-benefit corporation. The Foundation, within public ministries, anchored through use, the name "Church of the Creator" first conceived in 1974. The Foundation registered the name Church of the Creator in Oregon in 1982.
The Foundation/Church is most notable for achieving protection of its registered trademark Church of the Creator through legal proceedings within US Federal Courts, "TE-TA-MA v World Church of The Creator" and the Criminal Indictments, trials and convictions that were precipitated during and after the litigation.
The Church Of The Creator is associated with ministries located in the United States in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as in Canada, South America and Europe."
After a protracted legal battle, which culminated in a denied appeal to the United States Supreme Court, the Foundation was awarded sole usage of the name "Church of the Creator," which had also been part of the name of the white supremacist group "World Church of the Creator". That group is now known as the "Creativity Alliance" and is not associated with the Oregon-based church.
Tenets, principles and practices
The church is described in a dictionary of new religious movements as having a "synthesis of New Age thought, Christianity, and Jewish mystical ideas, such as kabbalah and gemiatry. Particular emphasis is given to the archangel Michael and high priest Melchizedek" and the goal of the church is unification of mankind "with the highest truth and justice for all".
Chryssides describes the church as having been founded in 1969 "by Dr. Grace Marama URI (1932-2006) and her husband, the Rev. Dr. James Germain URI."
-  California Charter, amendments are verifiable online via search at California Secretary of State, at this search page, Check Corporation circle, Search Criteria: enter=TE-TA-MA
-  Oregon Business Name Search, enter=Church Of The Creator
-  PACER: Court Docket: List of all entries, filings, in ® Trademark Litigation Case
-  January 8, 2003 White Supremacists arrested in Chicago.
-  PACER: Complaint, filed May 2, 2002
- George D. Chryssides (2001). Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements. (See Google books excerpt)
- Church Of The Creator, official website