The National African Religion Congress (NARC) is an organization
that has been established in order to foster unity among all African religions
of the Diaspora. NARC was formed in accordance with the mandates of the
Loa/Orisha/Abosom for the unification of African-based religions, including the
Akan, the Orisa Tradition of Trinidad and Tobago, Ifa, Santeria-Yoruba, Voodoo
of Haiti, Candomble and Lucumi. The mission of NARC is four-fold: first, to
maintain an organizational structure in which spiritual houses, priests,
priestesses, babalawos and interested associates may be represented through
formal affiliation; second, to create a registry and system of certification for
practicing priests and priestesses; third, to establish freedom of religious
practice and to fight persecution of African-based religions; fourth, to
preserve tradition and to provide guidance and correct education for
practitioners, priests, priestesses, and the general public.
1. All members and affiliate members of NARC MUST BE
REGISTERED. In addition, priests and priestesses must be certified upon
verification of their initiation and training credentials.
2. An international council of priests, priestesses, and other
advisors will serve as board members of NARC. Active board members should have
applications and certifications on file and be in possession of a valid
NARC-issued identification card.
3. NARC seeks to build a solid and consistent foundation in the
protocols of African-based religions. Therefore, it is necessary that board
members adhere to the dogmas and beliefs as set forth by NARC in all of their
public statements, speeches, writings, and other literature. In order to counter
negative stereotypes and to advance legitimate representations of African
religions, NARC stipulates that all board members refrain from characterizations
of the Forces of African-based religions as polytheistic, pagan, fetishistic, or
akin to Greek and Roman mythology, e.g., gods and goddesses.
4. NARC seeks to promote the character and integrity of African
traditions. It is the position of NARC that in order to re-establish the
credibility of African-based religions, practitioners should return to the
time-honored protocols by separating outside and external influences from their
practices. For example, if a tradition demands seven years of training for
priesthood, practitioners should not change this. If a tradition requires seven
days for initiation, the tradition should not be altered in accordance with
anyone’s own ideas, values, or exigencies.