Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Communion
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- Article I: Name
- Article II: Mission Statement
- Article III: Articles of Faith
- Article IV: Membership
- Article V: Clergy
- Article VI: Parish Council
- Article VII: Parish Organization
- Article VIII: Parish Decision Process
- Article IX: Conflict Resolution/Grievance Process
- Article X: Communion Affiliation
- Article XI: Selection of Synod Delegates
- Article XII: Call Process of a Pastor/Parish Clergy
- Article XIII: Removal of a Pastor
- Article XIV: Conduct of Clergy and Staff
- Article XV: Separation of Members from the Parish
- Article XVI: Organization/Corporate Records
- Article XVII: Dissolution of Property Rights
- Article XVIII: Amendments to these By-laws
- Article XIX: Signature Authorities
We, as members of the Catholic Church of Jesus Christ, responding in faith to the call of the holy Spirit thorough the Gospel, desiring to unite together to preach the Gospel, celebrate the sacraments, and carry out God’s mission, do hereby adopt these By-laws and solemnly pledge ourselves to be governed by their provisions, in the name of the Father and the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
Article I: Name
The name of this parish will be: Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community.
For purposes of the By-laws and accompanying policies and procedures, “Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community” is hereinafter designated as “faith community” or “parish”.
The principle office of the non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of the Sate of Colorado, is to be located in the City of Longmont, in the County of Boulder, in the State of Colorado.
Article II: Our Mission
A. Mission Statement
Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic community is a vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming community for all who, following the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, seek compassion, justice, and peace in the world. We seek to live our faith through liturgy and prayer, community building and collaboration, study and service. All are welcome!
B. Belief Statements
- We follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ who calls us to acceptance and unconditional love.
- We practice Catholic sacramental and liturgical worship and find inspiration from the great holy men and women of all spiritual practices.
- We are committed to contemporary biblical scholarship, honest dialog, on-going education, and spiritual development.
- We believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is the heart of our community faith. We welcome all to share in this experience regardless of race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or religious tradition. At the table of the Lord, all are welcome!
- We believe that, by virtue of our baptism, all are called to leadership and service. Clergy and laity share responsibility and are equal partners in decision making, ministry, prayer and service. We are all important to building a strong community that brings joy and meaning to all.
- We respect all creatures and creation. We believe that the earth is a shared inheritance meant for the benefit of everyone. As earth’s caretakers, we are committed to protecting its finite resources, now and in the future. We are committed to living a conscientious lifestyle so that others may have enough. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and learning better ways to live sustainably.
Article III: Articles of Faith
Light of Christ believes and accepts all of the articles of faith contained in the ECC’s Constitution and By-laws dated 10/10/2014.
Should any future revision or amendment to the ECC Constitution and By-laws by the ECC Synod and/or the office of the Presiding Bishop conflict with the beliefs of Light of Christ, the community should prayerfully discern these changes. If the changes are deemed to be of such profound nature that the changes cannot be reconciled with the Community’s belief system, consideration should be given to the Community’s withdrawal from the ECC.
Article IV: Membership
These By-laws authorize the Parish Council to create a process for adults, 18 years or older, who wish to increase their participation in our faith community to become Registered Members. Registered Members will be entitled to vote on those issues reserved for Registered Members and on other issues referred to them by the Parish Council. Registered Members are also eligible to hold positions on the Parish Council and may serve as chairpersons of one of the parish ministries. The Parish Council is required to maintain an accurate list of registered members. Registered Members will commit to:
- Preserve the unity of the Parish.
- Share in the responsibilities of the Parish.
- Serve in the ministry of the Parish.
- Support the mission of the Parish through regular attendance and giving of time, talent and financial support.
Those not wishing to become Registered Members are always welcome to participate in Church Services and attend Church events. All visitors and guests are welcome to attend and participate in the services and activities of Light of Christ.
Article V: Clergy
Part A: Responsibilities of all the employed Clergy:
- Provide spiritual leadership to our parish.
- Ensure the healthy development and growth of our parish according to the doctrine and theology of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion.
- Ensure that parish decisions and actions reflect the tenets of the Mission Statement in Article II of the By-laws.
Part B: Parish Pastor:
The Pastor is an employee at will of the parish who is an ordained ECC priest and the spiritual leader of the faith community. The Pastor is in communion with the Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, and is a servant caregiver and leader who is primarily responsible for the spiritual life of the faith community. While the Pastor is responsible for the general well-being of the parish, her or his area of special authority in the Parish are theological, spiritual, sacramental, and liturgical. All other areas are the responsibility of the Parish Administrator, Parish Council, Ministries and the parishioners. The Pastor will:
- Pray for the community and its members.
- Oversee and guide the spiritual activities of all pastoral leaders in their parish responsibilities.
- Oversee and approve the sacramental and liturgical programs of the parish. The pastor will be the primary presider for liturgies. The pastor is particularly tasked to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus.
- Serve as an ex-officio member and clergy representative on the Parish Council with a voice but no vote.
- Assist in the budgeting and business planning of the parish.
- Develop and maintain relationships with the members of the faith community.
- Have the right to object to the appointment of any parishioner to a Parish Ministry or Parish Council. This objection can be overturned with a 2/3 majority vote of the Parish Council. The vote of the Parish Council will stand as the final decision on the matter.
- Participate in parish-wide strategic planning including setting goals and objectives for the community.
- Participate in selecting educational and ministerial programs/services for the community.
- Be a House of Pastor representative for the community to the ECC House of Pastors.
- Be an ambassador of the parish in the larger community of Longmont.
- Grow the community by retaining existing parishioners and attracting new ones.
Part C: Pastoral Associate:
The Pastoral Associate of Light of Christ is an employee at will of the parish and may be either a lay or clergy person. The Pastoral Associate is a spiritual leader of the faith community, collaborating with the pastoral leadership of the Pastor. The Pastoral Associate shares responsibility for supporting the spiritual life of the Faith Community, especially its pastoral care. The Pastoral Associate is accountable to the Parish Council and the Pastor. Additionally, the Pastoral Associate shall adhere to the responsibilities assigned to clergy as outlined in section V. subsection A.
Article VI: Parish Council
The Parish Council is the parish planning and decision-making body dedicated to fulfilling the mission and obligations of the parish. The Parish Council’s authority is delegated by the parish membership. Authority of the Pastor is in all respects delegated by the Council.
A. Decision Making Responsibilities
- The Council, in consultation with the pastor, will be responsible for making and implementing decisions on:
2. The Council will be responsible for making and implementing decisions on (but not limited to):
B. Parish Council procedures
The Parish Council is the decision-making body of the faith community in all matters. The Council has authority to delegate tasks and decisions to ministries or individuals within the parish. The pastor is expected to attend all Parish Council meetings.
c. Attend Parish Council Retreat(s) during Council term.
d. Represent the needs and interests of selected standing committees of the parish to the full
If a quorum is not available, any decision votes will be postponed until the next meeting at which a quorum is present.
Article VII: Parish Organization
The purpose of the parish organization is to implement the mission of the parish as specified in its strategic plan, goals, and objectives and the decisions of the Parish Council and Pastor.
A. Parish ministries
There will be a Ministry group organized for every ministry in the Parish. Additional Ministries may be formed and dissolved by the Parish Council as needed in order to accomplish parish tasks and goals. Each Parish Ministry will be assigned a Council member who will serve as an advocate for their ministry. They will represent the Ministry at Council meetings and ask additional ministry members to report to and/or attend Council meetings as necessary. The Council liaison (advocate) of each ministry does not necessarily serve as the ministry’ leader. While each Council Member will be an advocate for particular ministries, it is also each Council Members’ charge to prayerfully consider and decide what is best for the entire faith community at Council Meetings.
1. Creation or Dissolution of a Ministry:
The Council will create or dissolve a Ministry by a 2/3 vote of the Council.
2. Responsibilities of a Ministry:
There are many ministries within the community. Some provide vital business services to the community; others provide mission critical services and yet others are more social in nature as they do God’s work. The vital business and mission critical ministries are referred to as standing ministries.
3. Appointment and Term of a Ministry Chair:
Each standing ministry must designate a Chair on a yearly basis. It is up to each ministry to determine the best process to accomplish this requirement, within the guidelines of these By-laws.
Article VIII: Parish Decision Process
2. Article XV — Separation of Members from the Parish
3. Article XVII – Dissolution of Property Rights
Article IX: Conflict Resolution/ Grievance Process
To assist community members and groups within Light of Christ to resolve conflicts and grievances a Conflict Resolution Group will be formed. The role of the Conflict Resolution Group is to be available, when requested, to assist members of the LOC community and employees in resolving conflicts or grievances with LOC leadership, staff, ministries, or other members of the community. As envisioned it would be a safe place for a parishioner to go with an issue or problem, especially if they felt uncomfortable bringing it to the Parish Council, Pastor or directly confronting an individual. The goal of the Group is to listen, research all sides of the issue, and try to facilitate a resolution that is equitable to the community and everyone involved.
2. Participation in the group will be voluntary.
3. The members of the group should have good listening skills, be open minded and able to work
2. If an issue is identified by the conflict resolution group that could potentially have a serious impact
3. Except as outlined in item 2, information shared with members of this group would be held in strict
Article X: Communion Affiliation
The Light of Christ Community desires to associate with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (“ECC”). The ECC is a confederation of independently incorporated faith communities, which is governed by the House of Laity (HOL), the House of Pastors (HOP), the Office of the Presiding Bishop, and the Episcopal Council.
3. Episcopal visits unless otherwise determined by mutual agreement between the parish pastor and
3. If the parish members vote to leave the ECC, representatives of the Parish Council will seek to
1. The parish will select and send the appropriate number of voting laity to the Synod in accordance
2. Delegates are to be at least eighteen years of age, registered members of the parish and cannot
3. Delegates may not be from the same household.
4. Delegates are selected for a term that covers the next two ECC Synods (generally 4 years), with
5. Delegates, if unable to fulfill their role, are succeeded by an alternate delegate appointed by the
1. The parish pastor will be a member of the House of Pastors for as long as the pastor serves the
2. Absent an emergency, the parish pastor must attend the Synod.
3. In addition to the pastor, the Parish Council may select one ministerial representative from among
4. Delegates may not be from the same household.
1. The Parish Council appoints a Call Committee from registered members and remaining ordained
2. The Call Committee performs the search for potential candidates from appropriate ECC clergy,
3. The Call Committee with prayerful discernment is responsible for all aspects of the search, i.e.,
4. The Call Committee presents their recommendations to the Presiding Bishop, for approval. (This
5. The approved candidate is presented to the Parish Council. A two-thirds majority vote of the full
6. Approved candidate is then presented to the parish members at a special meeting subject to 30
7. Before assuming the role the candidate must be ordained as a priest in the ECC, if necessary.
If appropriate to the circumstances, the Parish Council will utilize the procedures in the Conflict Resolution Policy.
4. Removal or termination must be reported to the Office of the Presiding Bishop of the ECC.
outlined by the Ecumenical Catholic Communion.B. The parish is the employer of record for its clergy and staff.
1. Minutes of all meetings of Directors or Ministry Council.
2. Adequate and correct books and records of account, including accounts of its properties and business
3. A copy of the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended to date,
4. The Parish Policy and Procedure Manual.
2. Finance Committee Chair