By-Laws

 

Cursillo Ministry of Northern California

Bylaws

 

ARTICLE 1

ORGANIZATION & AUTHORITY

 

SECTION 1. ORGANIZATION

 

The name of this organization is Cursillo Ministry of Northern California. ("The Ministry") This lay-led Christian Renewal Ministry within the Episcopal Church. This, the Northern California chapter of the Movement, exists by the consent of, and is in partnership with, The National Episcopal Cursillo Movement. No provision of these by-laws shall be implemented or construed in such a way as to conflict with our agreement with or our obligations to the National Episcopal Cursillo Movement.

 

ARTICLE 2

PURPOSE

 

SECTION 1. OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE

 

The primary objective of The Cursillo Ministry of Northern California is to promote ongoing religious renewal experience among Christians in our local area, according to the practices and traditions of "The Cursillo Method", as that method is defined and documented by The National Episcopal Cursillo Movement.

 

To that end, the local Movement will continuously seek to pursue the following goals:

 

To plan, administer and execute authentic three-day Cursillo Weekends within Northern California

 

To promote, support, and nurture "Pre-Cursillo" activities, as defined in The Cursillo Method, such as Sponsor training, Team selection and training, and Candidate selection.

 

To promote, support, and nurture "Post-Cursillo" activities, as defined in The Cursillo Method, such as Ultreya and Group Reunion.

 

SECTION 2. AUTHORITY OF THE BISHOP

 

In the Diocese of Northern California, The Movement operates with the consent of, and under the authority of the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California. Should any provision of these by-laws be, at any time, in conflict with the expressed will of the then-Diocesan Bishop, those provision(s) shall be deemed, for that time to be null and void to the extent necessary to remove the conflict.

 

SECTION 3. AUTHORITY OF THESE BY-LAWS

 

These by-laws shall govern the operation of The Movement. No action shall be taken in the name of The Movement that is contrary to these by-laws except as provided in sections 1 and 2.

 

SECTION 4. ADOPTION OF THESE BY-LAWS

 

These by-laws shall be considered adopted when they have been accepted by a 2/3 or greater vote of members attending a Secretariat meeting. Note: To be eligible to vote, a member must have attended a minimum of three meetings during the 12 months prior to the vote.

 

Any member may offer proposed amendments to these by-laws at any Secretariat meeting. Such proposals must be submitted in writing to the President at least 7 days prior to the scheduled meeting date,

 

Such proposed amendments for shall be considered adopted when they have been accepted per Section 4.

 

ARTICLE 3

SECRETARIAT

 

SECTION 1. AUTHORITY

 

The Secretariat is the governing body of the Ministry, and, as such, shall have the authority to administer the regular business and operations of the Ministry as it shall see fit.

 

SECTION 2. REGULAR MEETINGS

 

The Secretariat shall conduct regular meetings (at least quarterly) at a time and place that is publicly announced at least 30 days prior to each meeting.

 

SECTION 3. MEMBERS

 

A "member" is any person who meets all of these criteria:

 

Has attended and completed a Three-day Cursillo weekend, The Secretariat may, as it sees fit, expand this criterion via policy to qualify those who have attended multi-day Christian renewal conferences that are similar in purpose and content to a Cursillo weekend including but not limited to, Tres Dias, Walk to Emmaus, Trinity Alps Christian Community, or Kairos

 

Is active in a church community

 

All members are entitled to attend regular meetings of the Secretariat, and all members who attend a meeting are entitled to vote on all matters that may come before that meeting.

 

SECTION 6. ADOPTION OF POLICY

 

The Secretariat may, from time to time, as it sees fit, adopt articles of "Policy". No Policy may be considered or adopted that is in any way contrary to these by-laws.

 

Once adopted, articles of Policy shall be deemed to have the full force and authority of these by­ laws. Except that, where a provision of policy and a provision of the by-laws are in conflict, the by-laws shall prevail, and, to the extent necessary to remove the conflict, the policy shall be deemed to have been revoked.

Any member may, at any Secretariat meeting, propose any of the following:

A new Policy

Amendment(s) to existing Policy(s) Revocation of existing Policy(s)

Such Policy proposals must be presented in writing, such proposed Policy amendments shall be considered adopted when they have been accepted by majority vote of members present at a Secretariat. A given article of Policy may specify its own effective date if such date is in the future at the time that the policy is adopted. Otherwise, an article of Policy is to be considered to be in effect as of the date that it is adopted.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

OFFICES

 

SECTION 1. PRINCIPAL OFFICE

The principal office of The Cursillo Movement is co-located with the offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, also known as "The Office of the Bishop". Currently, that location is:

 

350 University Avenue, Suite 280

Sacramento, CA 95825

In Sacramento County, California.

 

 

SECTION 2. CHANGE IN OFFICE

 

The principal office may be changed by Policy.

 

Unless otherwise stated in policy, the office of the movement will continue to co-locate with the Diocesan office, and any change in the location of the Diocesan office shall be considered a change in the office location of the Movement.

 

ARTICLE 5

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

SECTION 1. ELECTED OFFICERS.

 

There shall be four (4) elected officers: President

Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

Those who qualify as a Member may serve as an elected officer.

 

For the office of President only, nominees must also be active in an Episcopal Church within our Diocese, and/or must have been confirmed or received in an Episcopal church (in any Diocese) by a Bishop.

 

SECTION 2. TERM OF OFFICE.

 

All elected officers serve for one (1) calendar year. No more than three (3) consecutive terms may be served by any one person in any one office. For purposes of determining "consecutive terms", a person who serves a fractional term of six (6) months or longer shall be deemed to have served a full year.

 

SECTION 3. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS.

 

Elected officers are elected by majority vote of members voting at the November meeting of the Secretariat. A vote may be cast in person by attending the Secretariat meeting, or via electronic submission as determined by the Secretariat. Proxy voting is not permitted. All members are entitled to one vote each, except that, the currently seated President shall vote only as necessary to break a tie.

 

Nominations shall occur no later than October 31. Elections shall occur at the November Meeting, with officers being seated effective January 1.

 

SECTION 4. DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT

 

The duties of the President are:

 

To preside at all meetings of the Secretariat the remainder of the current calendar year. Such elections are to be conducted in the same manner as regularly scheduled annual elections.

 

 

ARTICLE 6

APPOINTED OFFICERS

 

SECTION 1. SPRITUAL ADVISOR.

 

The President shall, in consultation with the Bishop and the Secretariat, appoint one or more Spiritual Advisor(s) to the Secretariat. All Spiritual Advisor(s) shall be ordained minister(s) (Deacon, Priest or Bishop) in the Episcopal Church.

 

Each person so appointed shall serve for as long as his/her service is mutually desired by the, the Secretariat, and the person serving.

 

SECTION 2. OTHER APPOINTED OFFICERS.

 

The President shall, as he/she sees fit, designate other appointed officers to assist in the administration and operation of The Ministry. Officers thus appointed will have title and duties as may be specified by the President.

 

Each of the persons so appointed by the President shall be subject to confirmation by a majority vote of members attending the Secretariat meeting at which the President first declares the appointment.

 

An appointed officer may be removed from office in either of these ways:

 

By a two thirds or greater vote of the members present at any Secretariat meeting

By declaration of the President

Except as provided in the prior paragraph, an appointed officer shall serve for as long as he/she shall choose.

 

Those, and only those, who are qualified as a Member may serve as appointed officers.

 

 

ARTICLE 7

CERTIFICATE

 

This is to certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Bylaws of the Cursillo Ministry in the Diocese of Northern California and that such Bylaws were duly adopted by the Secretariat of said organization on the date set forth below.

 

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To be the representative of The Movement to the Bishop, the Diocesan Office, and to the Diocese at large.

 

To designate appointed offices and officers, as he/she shall see fit.

To remove appointed officers, as he/she shall deem necessary.

SECTION 5. DUTIES OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT

 

The duties of the Vice-President are:

 

To preside at meetings of the Secretariat where the President is not able to be present.

To assist the president in matters where such assistance is requested by the President

SECTION 6. DUTIES OF THE TREASURER

 

The duties of the Treasurer are:

 

To maintain all bank accounts, cash, or any other financial assets of the Ministry.

 

To maintain accurate and complete records of all financial transactions of the Ministry. To prepare and present financial reports at meetings of the Secretariat,

 

SECTION 7. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY

 

The duties of the Secretary are:

 

To take, distribute and maintain electronic copies of minutes for all meetings of the Secretariat

 

To present at each Secretariat meeting, the minutes from the prior meeting.

 

To maintain current and accurate record of the bylaws and policy(s) of the Ministry.

 

To provide copies of the bylaws and/or policy(s) of the Ministry to any member who so requests.

 

SECTION 8. VACANCIES

 

If, at any time, the Office of President shall become vacant, then the Vice-President shall immediately assume the Office of President.

 

Vacancies in any other elected offices shall be filled at the next regularly scheduled Secretariat meeting by majority vote of the members attending. Persons so elected to office shall serve for

Approved: November 21, 2017

 
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