Founded over 150 years ago in Germany, we are an independent and progressive Christian organisation with two central beliefs: to love God and to love your neighbour as yourself. We have no fixed creeds or dogmas, only a simple statement of faith and identity. Trust, acceptance and respect are the cornerstones of our community. We encourage individuals to explore their own relationship to God and believe that spiritual growth is a fundamentally personal experience.
Why We Are Called The Temple Society
The meaning behind our use of the word 'Temple' is the key to understanding our beliefs, values and history. It originates from two references in the New Testament.
"Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?"(1 Corinthians 3:16)
"And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple." (1 Peter 2:5a)
We believe that each person is a temple where God’s spirit lives and, most importantly, that people acting together build the foundation of God’s temple in the world.
“Set your mind on God’s kingdom and his justice before everything else and all the rest will come to you as well.” (Matt. 6:33)
This is our guiding motto: to strive towards creating the kingdom of God in the world. While there are many interpretations of the kingdom of God, we were founded on two core beliefs: to love God and to love your neighbour as yourself. We believe in a commitment to practice these commandments everyday to contribute to the growth of a more harmonious world and that the best way to achieve this is when people work cooperatively to care for the wellbeing of others. Community is central to our faith.
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Templer, Not Templar
No, this isn’t a spelling mistake. We are often confused with the Knights Templar of the Middle Ages but we are known as Templers, not Templars. So while their history is compelling, ours is very different.
How We Became The Temple Society In Australia
The Temple Society was founded in 1861 in Germany. In the late 1860s, Templer communities migrated to the Holy Land of Palestine1 - envisioned in the Bible to be the epicentre of God’s kingdom - to live according to the teachings of Jesus. Four Templer settlements were established in Haifa, Jaffa, Sarona and Jerusalem.
During World War 2, the British occupied Palestine, and in 1941 deported the majority of Templers to Australia where they were interned at Tatura in Central Victoria. In 1948, the Australian Government offered them residency and new communities were formed in Melbourne and Sydney. These communities have continued to live by the founding principles of the Temple Society established over 150 years in Germany.
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Tempelgesellschaft in Deutschland (Templers in Germany)
There have been one or more communities in Germany ever since the founding of the Temple Society in 1861. Following the founders' planned migration to the Holy Land and the establishment of settlements there, the number of Templers in Württemberg dropped. The hamlet of Kirschenhardthof was relinquished in 1873 and the German headquarters were moved to Stuttgart.
The Temple Society remains active in Germany, centred on the community facility at Stuttgart-Degerloch.
The two regions - Germany and Australia - share the same aim, background, belief and a common understanding; they maintain a strong connection that engenders close cooperation.
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Where You Can Find Us
- Melbourne (Regional Office)
- Country Victoria
- South Australia
If you would like to find out more about the Temple Society, please Contact Us.
1 Temple Society history references the Holy Land as Palestine. It is also referred to by other sources as the Land or Kingdom of Israel. While the geographical boundaries of the Holy Land have changed throughout history, at the time of settlement by the Templers it was referred to as Palestine.