The Rentitarian Church is a safe haven for Rentheads, a place where everyone has a deep appreciation for the musical (either the play or the movie) Rent and would like a place to feel free to express their love for it in a low-pressure, relaxed environment. In theory, this is supposed to be a place to foster a sense of peace and love and community. We encourage people to share their experiences and viewpoints as long as it is done in a productive, rational manner (see The Ten Commandments for what we mean).
The Ten Commandments
I. Thou shalt always be kind and courteous when addressing another member of the Church, even if that member is from a different order, denomination, or belief than thou.
II. Thou shalt word thy opinions in a way that is not purposely inflamitory. While thou is perfectly entitled to express a preference regarding versions or cast members, thou will word it in a way that reflects positively on their preference and not negatively on another's preference. This means thou shalt say "Daphne Rubin-Vega was my favorite Mimi", not "Rosario Dawson is a horrible Mimi".
III. Thou shalt keep all differences of opinion friendly and non-confrontational, or thou wilst say nothing at all.
IV. Thou shalt check Google and the Church's memories before asking a question. Failure to do so will result in being quietly pointed in the right direction by one of our Church Leaders and having your post deleted.
V. Thou shalt cut thy posts if they are longer than ten lines or include an image, to spare thy fellow members' friends pages.
VI. Thou shalt feel welcome to share fanworks. Likewise, if thou wishes to review said fanworks, thou shalt keep their criticism constructive and non-confrontational, even if thou doesn't like the fanwork in question. Thou shalt always put a rating on their fanworks and a warning if necessary.
VII. Thou shalt feel free to discuss non-Rent topics as long as the topics have some sort of connection to Rent, be it a cast member or a detail that reminds one of Rent.
VIII. Thou shalt not feel obligated to join one branch of Rentitarianism or another. Likewise, thou shalt not pressure others to join their branch or Order. Thou does not have to choose a branch or Order at all, and shall reserve the right to request to be left off of our Church's member list. Thou reserves the right to change branch or Order at any given time.
IX. Thou shalt realize that we are not in any way trying to compete with or insult rent. We encourage members to stay in that community, and many of our ministers and our High Priest are members of that community. Thou will realize that this is simply an attempt at fostering a slightly more open, friendly environment.
X. Thou shalt realize that this is not a real, legal church and thus, while you can tell people that your religion is Rentitarian if you like, thou would do best not to renounce prior religious ties. We never claim to be a real church, except during tax season.
BONUS: XI. Thou shalt not solicit alms from the members unless it is for charitible purposes. In other words, no begging for money and no selling things on the community unless you're donating to charity. Being as this has come to be so Church-like, it feels wrong letting people beg for money (seriously. Jokes are all right) or sell things for their own personal gain. Donations to the Church are accepted, but we will not be soliciting them. As a variant on this rule, you definitely cannot ask to buy tickets (for anything) or try to sell them. This is ticket scalping, which is illegal in most states. If you want to give tickets to someone as a gift, that's fine, although that should be worked out privately. If you are taking a loss on the price of the tickets because you need to get rid of them fast, again, please turn elsewhere. Not only is this a violation of the "no solictation" rule, but you could get the entire community in trouble.
There are three branches of Rentitarianism. This is to identify which the members feel most comfortable discussing. THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION FOR ELITISM. The Rentitarian Church does not value any one branch any more than the other. If you don't want to identify as a branch, you don't have to. This also makes it easier for the ministers to tag entries.
Musicalpalian - People who follow the Gospel According to the Play. Although they will treat the other branches with respect, these people are considered Orthodox Rentitarians, who won't engage in discussions regarding the movie unless they feel they can be courteous when they do so.
Movieary - People who follow the Gospel According to the Movie. Also required to treat other branches with respect, these people are considered the Conservative Rentitarians, who won't engage in discussions of the play unless they feel they have enough knowledge and can be courteous when they do so.
Larsonian - People who follow both the Gospels According to the Play and the Movie, or the Gospel According to Rent. They are comfortable talking about and showing their love of both, and are considered Reform Rentitarians. Identifying at Larsonian means that they feel comfortable in being courteous to all members.
Again, I reiterate: this is just for help in tagging entries and keeping people in their comfort zone. No preference is shown toward any branch over any other, you don't have to join a branch, you can change your branch at any time, and this is not to be used to foster a sense of elitism. The second it becomes an elitist system (which we fully admit it looks likely to do so), we will remove the system.
Ordained ministers are anyone who spreads the word of this community. You can request to join one of eight orders, however. Leaders of the Orders must be willing to take on moderating abilities if need be and do not have a branch affiliation. If a leadership is open, feel free to request the position if you believe you are able to take the responsibilities that includes. Once you have joined an Order, you can select an icon here. Ordained Ministers have an asterisk (*) next to their name.