Bylaws

      

 

Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Revised

October, 2016

 

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Preamble

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

  1.  Preserve the unity of the Parish.
  2.  Share in the responsibilities of the Parish.
  3.  Serve in the ministry of the Parish.
  4.  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.

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Article V:  Clergy

Part A:  Responsibilities of all the employed Clergy:

  1. Provide spiritual leadership to our parish.
  2. Ensure the healthy development and growth of our parish according to the doctrine and theology of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion.
  3. 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:

  1. Pray for the community and its members.
  2. Oversee and guide the spiritual activities of all pastoral leaders in their parish responsibilities.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve as an ex-officio member and clergy representative on the Parish Council with a voice but no vote.
  5. Assist in the budgeting and business planning of the parish.
  6. Develop and maintain relationships with the members of the faith community.
  7. 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.
  8. Participate in parish-wide strategic planning including setting goals and objectives for the community.
  9. Participate in selecting educational and ministerial programs/services for the community.
  10. Be a House of Pastor representative for the community to the ECC House of Pastors.
  11. Be an ambassador of the parish in the larger community of Longmont.
  12. 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.

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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

  1.  The Council, in consultation with the pastor, will be responsible for making and implementing decisions on:
      a. Sharing faith in community, prayer and ministry.
      b. Religious Education.
      c. Liturgy and music.

   2.  The Council will be responsible for making and implementing decisions on (but not limited to):

      a. Strategic Planning
      b. Public relations.
      c. Hospitality
      d. Mission.
      e. Hiring, evaluation, development and termination of parish staff and other issues related to  
         human resources.
      f. The physical needs of the parish environment.
      g. The financial and budget needs of the parish.
      h. Acquisitions and purchases for the parish.
      i. Parish fundraising and resource development.
      j. Membership and outreach.
      k. Insuring that the parish meets its legal and financial responsibilities.
      l. Respond to, and take action on, any petition by 5% or more of parish registered members on 
         any subject.
     m. Enforcement of the abuse awareness and prevention policy.
 

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.

  1.  Eligibility:
      a. The minimum requirement to serve on the Council is to have been a registered member of the 
          parish for at least one year.
      b. Compensated parish staff and members of their household are excluded from serving as voting
          members of the Parish Council.
      c. Members of the same household may not serve on the Parish council at the same time.
 
   2.  Responsibilities:
 
      a. Attend and participate in all monthly Council meetings or notify the Council Chair in advance.
      b. Review and approve Council minutes prior to each meeting.
      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
          Council.    
      e. Represent the needs and concerns of the community members.
 
   3. Membership and Term:
 
      a. The Parish Council will consist of five voting members. The pastor will serve as ex-officio
          non-voting member. Council members will serve a two-year term.
      b. The terms of the voting members are staggered such that two or three members complete their  
          term and are replaced each year. The first Parish Council elected after adoption of these Bylaws
          will consist of two members whose first term shall be for one year, and three members whose
          first term shall be for two years.
      c. A council member may serve two full consecutive terms. If a member serves at least one full term
         (two years) and leaves the Council, that person will not be eligible for re-election for one year. All
         terms will begin and end with the regularly scheduled meeting in October of each year.
 
   4. selection of Council Members:
 
The community working with the nominating committee will prayerfully discern and identify potential Council members. The procedure for the selection of potential council members is in the Policy and Procedure Manual.
      a. The nominating Committee will produce a list of members (nominees) who have agreed to serve,
          on the Parish Council.
      b. Upon the expiration of the term of a Parish Council member, the Parish Council will present the
          nominees to the faith community for affirmation at an All Parish Meeting. only Registered
          members will be allowed to vote at this meeting. If more than one nominee is presented for an
          open position, a majority of votes cast at that meeting would constitute affirmation. If only one is
          presented, affirmation will be confirmed unless a majority of those present vote against
          affirmation.
 
   5. Appointment of a Council Chair:
 
The Council will appoint a Chair for a one-year term at the regularly scheduled October meeting. The Parish Council may replace the Chair at any point during the year for the remainder of the term.
 
   6. Duties of Council Chair:
 
The council Chair will be responsible for, but not limited to:
      a. Set and publish dates of Council meetings.
      b. Facilitate Council meetings or appoint a facilitator.
      c. Administer voting process within Council.
      d. Delegate tasks within the Council.
      e. Initiate annual budget process.
      f. Encourage and oversee that council members fulfill their responsibilities.
 
   7. Frequency of Meetings:
 
      a. The Parish Council will normally meet once a month. Meetings may be added or rescheduled by
          the Chair. The meetings are open to all members of the faith community.
      b. The date, time and place of the meetings will be published in the bulletin one week prior.       
      c. The Parish Council will schedule All Parish Meetings as needed. Notification of the meetings
          will be in the bulletin and all parish emails.
            i. The annual parish meeting to present the Annual Budget as approved by the Parish Council
               must be held in the first quarter of the year.
            ii. The meeting agenda for the other meetings may include educational presentations,
               discernment for the vision of the parish, or discussion of matters retained for decision by the
               whole parish.
            iii. Voting at All Parish meetings will be by a simple majority of those registered parishioners in
                attendance, unless otherwise required in these By-laws.
 
   8. Meeting Procedures:
 
At least 10 days prior to each meeting, the Council members, pastor, and staff will notify the Council Chair of any issues they wish to discuss at the 10 meeting. The Chair will prepare a meeting agenda for the secretary to compile and deliver it to the Council one week prior to the meeting. Time sensitive items can be added at the discretion of the Chair. The Chair will conduct the meeting according to the agenda order of business. Decisions will be made, whenever possible, by unanimous consensus. Failing to reach unanimous consensus, a motion can pass by a simple majority. The Council Chair will insure each member was given the opportunity to speak, offer amendments, or attempt to sway others to a dissenting position.

The parish secretary is the recording secretary for the meetings. She/he will take minutes at the meeting, return them to Council members for accuracy within two weeks of the meeting and will prepare them for approval by the next Council meeting. The chair will sign and date the approved minutes.

Decisions, in order to be recognized, require that a quorum of the Council, either in person or by proxy, be present. A quorum is 2/ 3 of the seated Council members. A proxy must be in writing, to include e-mail or FAX, submitted to the Chair. A maximum of two proxies are allowed for any given meeting.
If a quorum is not available, any decision votes will be postponed until the next meeting at which a quorum is present.
 
   9. Executive/Closed Door Meetings:
 
The council may hold an executive or closed-door session and may restrict attendance to Parish Council members and specific individuals requested by the Council. The matters to be discussed at such an executive session will include only matters listed below:
      a. Matters pertaining to employees of the church or involving the employment, promotion, discipline
          or dismissal of an officer, representative or employee or member of the church.
      b. Consultation with legal counsel concerning disputes that are the subject of imminent court
          proceedings or matters that are privileged or confidential between attorney and client;
      c. Investigative proceedings concerning possible or actual criminal misconduct;
      d. Matters subject to specific By-laws, statutory, or judicially imposed requirements protecting
          particular proceedings or matters from public disclosure;
      e. Any matter the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of individual
          privacy;
      f. Review of or discussion relating to any written or oral communication from legal counsel;
      g. No action may be taken during executive session, the minutes of which will be kept in the
          confidential parish file.
 
   10. Attorney-Client Privilege:
 
On any matter for which the Council received legal advice or that concerned pending or contemplated litigation, the Council may elect to preserve the attorney-client privilege in any appropriate matter, or it may elect to disclose such information, as it deems appropriate, about such matter in an open meeting.
 
   11. Removal of a Council Member or Officer:
 
A Council member or officer may be removed from their ministry by a majority vote of the remaining members of the council.

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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.

      a. The Ministry Chair is a responsible for the ministry's schedule, coordination/communications and
          frequency of meetings.
      b. The ministry chair assures that vital business functions and mission critical activities are
          completed in a timely and quality manner.
      c. The ministry chair assures that the ministry is financially responsible and follows LOC policies and
          procedures pertaining to budgeting, accounting, reporting and other financial functions.
 
   4. Removal or Resignation of Ministry Members:
 
      a. A Ministry member may be relieved of his/her duties by a majority vote of the Council.
      b. Resignation of a Ministry chair must be submitted to the Council in writing.
 
   5. Standing Ministries may include, but would not be limited to the following:
      a. Finance- to establish administrative and fiscal policies; to create and monitor the annual budget;
          to oversee the accounting and bookkeeping functions of Light of Christ; to serve as Treasurer on
          the Board. The finance committee prepares and recommends the parish budget, but it is the
          parish council that approves that budget and presents it to the faith community at the annual
          meeting.
      b. Stewardship- to evaluate the financial and practical potential of the church and utilize the
          information according to the needs and obligation of the church; to create awareness of internal
          needs and foster a shared objective to fund the church, financially and practically; to develop
          and nurture an external donor base for the parish. The Stewardship Ministry will function as a
          sub-committee of the Finance Committee.
      c. Liturgy and Music- enables the exploration and enjoyment of the word of God, and strengthening
          LOC values of welcoming and exclusivity, by the parish throughout the liturgical year. The Liturgy
          and Music ministry in collaboration with the pastor and various musicians develops and executes
          the plans for various services and celebrations.
      d. Pastoral Care- The Pastoral Care Team is responsible for the pastoral care of the parish as a
          whole, and for its individual members. Pastoral Care is a teaching and helping ministry that
          focuses on compassionate presence. The pastor is the center of this team working with Stephen
          Ministry, other clergy, lay members who answer the phones when the office is closed, the Parish
          secretary, local spiritual directors, and other ordained and lay pastoral leadership.
      e. Adult Formation- to facilitate and support spiritual and educational formation for adults; to
          collaborate in family ministry, and support Small Christian Communities where there is a need.
      f. Youth Formation- to facilitate and support religious programs for youth, vacation Bible School,
         youth groups, sacramental preparation for children, collaboration in family ministry and youth
         representation to the Ministry Council, where there is interest, need and community support; to
         administer the Sex Abuse Awareness program.
      g. Communications- to create an awareness of Light of Christ on a local, regional and national
          level; to oversee and coordinate public relations, advertising, and press releases. Assist
          Administration Ministry with internal communications.
      h. Ecumenical/Interfaith Relationships- to interface and work with national and regional ECC
          groups/ entities; to support the Light of Christ delegates to the House of Laity and House of
          Pastors delegations and the Light of Christ representatives to the Rocky Mountain Regional
          Council; to foster interfaith and ecumenical relationships with other faith communities in
          Longmont and surrounding areas; to build relationship with other faith communities and
          organizations.
      i. Outreach- to act in matters of outreach that exist within Light of Christ ECC and the greater
         community; to discern appropriate responses to specific outreach needs and to enable ourselves
         and others to respond to those needs by providing support, encouragement, information and 
         services.
      j. Hospitality and Community Building- to organize and coordinate hospitality programs, including
         after-mass coffee and conversation, potlucks, other parish gatherings, and requested funeral
         luncheons. Hospitality is a sub-committee of Outreach.
      k. Parish Coordinator- to provide administrative support to the Pastor, staff and Parish Council
         representatives; to oversee and support facilities and other office functions.
 
B. Other Community Groups:
 
Parish members may form a fellowship group or club with the consent of the Parish Council.

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Article VIII: Parish Decision Process

A. All authority in the parish is held by the community and is delegated as set forth in the By-laws. The
     community believes God is active in the lives of parishioners and God’s Word for the parish is primarily
     found in the faith experiences of the community.
 
B. Retained Authority – the parish as a whole, through its Registered Members, retains the authority to:
 
   1. Select the Parish Council;
   2. Call the Pastor;
   3. Approve changes to the By-laws;
   4. Enter into debt; and
   5. Make decisions regarding parish affiliation.
 
C. Ordinary Parish decision-making authority is as follows:
 
   1. The ordinary decision-making responsibilities of the Parish Council are specified in Article VI of the
       By-laws. Unless otherwise specified, these matters will be decided at Council meetings on a simple
       majority vote, although consensus is the goal.
   2. The ordinary decision-making responsibilities of the pastor are specified in Article V section B.
 
D. Special decision-making provision:
 
   Under extraordinary circumstances, special decision-making processes are required. These are
   detailed in the following Articles:
   1. Article XIII – Removal of a Pastor / Associate Pastor
   2. Article XV -- Separation of Members from the Parish
   3. Article XVII – Dissolution of Property Rights

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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.

A. Group Structure:
   1. The Group will be composed of three to five members from the LOC community. .
   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
       with all parties involved in a dispute. Preferably, members should have experience in counseling,
       conflict resolution or mediation.
 
B. Authority and Responsibility
   1. The group would be sanctioned by the Parish Council but would operate independently as a
       service to the LOC community.
   2. If an issue is identified by the conflict resolution group that could potentially have a serious impact
       on the community or a community member that issue would be brought to the immediate attention
       of the Parish Council. The Council would determine if the group would have continued limited
       authority to further investigate the issue and make recommendations back to the Council.
   3. Except as outlined in item 2, information shared with members of this group would be held in strict
       confidence and could only be shared if given permission by those involved.
 
Refer to the Policies and Procedures for further detail.

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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.

A. Expectations of Membership will include:
 
   1. Following the ECC Constitution and canons.
   2. Financial support of the ECC at a rate established by the current Communion Synod unless
       otherwise set by agreement between the parish council and ECC.
   3. Episcopal visits unless otherwise determined by mutual agreement between the parish pastor and
       the Presiding Bishop.
      a. The Parish will cover all costs associated with the Episcopal visit.
 
B. Separation from the ECC:
 
If issues develop between the Parish and ECC which cannot be reconciled, the Parish may decide to leave the ECC under the following conditions:
   1. After input from the members, a two-thirds vote of the full Parish Council, in favor of leaving the
       ECC is required.
   2. A special meeting, with two-week notification, will be called of all registered parish members. Of
       the members attending the meeting, a two thirds majority vote in favor of leaving the ECC is
       required.
   3. If the parish members vote to leave the ECC, representatives of the Parish Council will seek to
       schedule an exit interview with a representative of the Presiding Bishop of the ECC.
   4. If all of the above conditions are not met, the Parish remains in the ECC.
 
 
Article XI: Selection of Synod Delegates
 
A. House of Laity
 
The parish will select from its registered adult membership delegates for the ECC Synod.
   1. The parish will select and send the appropriate number of voting laity to the Synod in accordance
       with ECC practices.
   2. Delegates are to be at least eighteen years of age, registered members of the parish and cannot
       be ordained clergy.
   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
       the possibility of successive terms. The Parish Council will solicit and affirm the delegates to serve
       as representatives from a pool of volunteers. Absent special circumstances no one will serve more
       than two successive terms.
   5. Delegates, if unable to fulfill their role, are succeeded by an alternate delegate appointed by the
       Parish Council.
 
B. House of Pastors
 
The House of Pastors is comprised of all pastors and designated ministerial representatives from the participating faith communities of the ECC.
   1. The parish pastor will be a member of the House of Pastors for as long as the pastor serves the
       parish in that capacity.
   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
       the clergy or the pastoral staff of the parish to serve as a voting member of the House of Pastors.
       If there are no other clergy on the pastoral staff, an alternative representative may be selected to
       serve as the additional ministerial representative of that parish. If there is more than one person
       eligible, the selection will be made by the Parish Council and the term of office in the HOP is for two
       (2) years with the possibility of successive terms.
   4. Delegates may not be from the same household.
 
 
 
Article XII: Call Process of a Pastor/ Parish Clergy
 
The steps in selecting a new Pastor are as follows:
   1. The Parish Council appoints a Call Committee from registered members and remaining ordained
       pastoral staff, if any. If any member of the Call Committee becomes a candidate for the office of
       Pastor, she or he will no longer participate in the Call Committee activities.
   2. The Call Committee performs the search for potential candidates from appropriate ECC clergy,
       clergy willing to be incardinated into the ECC or anyone with the qualifications and the willingness
       to be ordained a priest in the ECC.
   3. The Call Committee with prayerful discernment is responsible for all aspects of the search, i.e.,
       updating job descriptions, posting the position, reviewing applications, interviewing, and vetting
       recommendations. The Parish Council checks personal references and negotiates a salary.
   4. The Call Committee presents their recommendations to the Presiding Bishop, for approval. (This
       approval is primarily an assurance the selected priest is in good standing with the ECC.)
   5. The approved candidate is presented to the Parish Council. A two-thirds majority vote of the full
       Parish Council is required.
   6. Approved candidate is then presented to the parish members at a special meeting subject to 30
      days’ notice. A simple majority vote of affirmation of attending registered adult members is
      required.
   7. Before assuming the role the candidate must be ordained as a priest in the ECC, if necessary.
 
 
Article XIII: Removal of Pastor
 
The Presiding Bishop, or Episcopal representative, will be a non-voting observer of these proceedings, to insure due process.

A. Criteria/Reconciliation

In the event of a conflict between the pastor and members of the community the Parish Council will meet with the Pastor at least twice, at least one week apart, to seek reconciliation.
If appropriate to the circumstances, the Parish Council will utilize the procedures in the Conflict Resolution Policy.

B. In the event that all attempts at reconciliation have failed, the following procedures for removing a Pastor
    must be met:

   1. Two-thirds vote of the full Parish Council in favor of terminating the Pastor’s employment. Two council
       members will be selected by the Parish Council to negotiate the terms of separation with the Pastor.
       The final terms of separation must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the full Parish Council.
   2. The Parish Council shall report to the membership of the parish the criteria upon which removal was
       initiated and the efforts made toward reconciliation.
   3. In the event that the Parish Council has not utilized the Conflict Resolution Group, and the Pastor
       chooses to contest termination he/she may choose to ask the Conflict Resolution Group to review the
       termination.
   4. Removal or termination must be reported to the Office of the Presiding Bishop of the ECC.

C. The removal of a pastoral associate follows an identical process
 
D. In the event that the Pastor wishes to leave the community, it is optimal that the Pastor give the Parish
    Council three months’ notice of departure. The Pastor and the Parish Council will then determine a
    process for a good and blessed parting of the Pastor and the faith community. If the Pastor cannot give
    three months’ notice, as much notice as possible is desired. After departure, the Pastor agrees to not
    participate in faith community events for at least one year including liturgies.
 
 
Article XIV: Conduct of Clergy and Staff
 
A. Clergy and staff are required to maintain standards in accordance with the Ethical Code of Conduct, as
    outlined by the Ecumenical Catholic Communion.

B. The parish is the employer of record for its clergy and staff.


C. The ECC carries no legal responsibility or liability for the conduct of clergy or staff of the parish. The parish
     is committed to and responsible for reporting, and offering full disclosure to and cooperation with civil
     authorities in the investigation of allegations of misconduct by its clergy and staff.

D. Allegations of misconduct shall be reported, according to established guidelines of the Communion, to the
    Presiding Bishop and the Episcopal Council for review.
 
 
Article XV: Separation of members from the Parish
 
In extreme cases the health of the parish community may require the suspension or removal of a member or an agreement on conditions for participation. Prior to disciplinary action, the matter will be brought up before the Parish Council and reconciliation will be attempted, proceeding through these successive steps in the spirit of Matthew 18:15-17:

A. Private counseling by the Pastor.

B. Counseling by the Pastor in the presence of two Parish Council members.

C. If the above steps fail, the Pastor will propose appropriate conditions for continued participation. In
    extreme cases the Pastor may ask the member to leave the parish.

D. Illegal activity shall be reported with full disclosure and cooperation to civil authorities.

E. Where there is a grievance with a member of the pastoral staff the Parish Council will appoint a group of
    three advisors from the community to investigate the situation and make a recommendation to the Parish
    Council. Procedures for a Conflict Resolution group are in the Policy and Procedure manual.

F. Reinstatement to the community may be considered by the Pastor and the Parish Council.
 
 
Article XVI: Organization and Corporate Records
 
A. Light of Christ is organized as a tax-exempt, non-profit membership corporation exclusively for religious
    and charitable purposes. No part of the net earnings of Light of Christ will benefit or be distributed to its
    members, Parish Council members or other private persons, except that the Faith Community shall be
    authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make
    payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth above.

    No substantial part of the activities of Light of Christ will be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise
    attempting to influence legislation. The Faith Community will not participate or intervene in any political
    campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office, including the publishing or
    distribution of statements. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, this Faith Community will
    not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any power that are not in
    furtherance of the purpose of this Parish.
 
B. The Parish Council acts as the Board of Directors of the corporation for legal purposes. The corporation
    will have three officers: a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The President and the Secretary will be
    chosen by the Parish Council. The President will be the Chair of the Parish Council. The Secretary may be
    either a member of the Parish Council or an employee of the Parish. The Treasurer will be the chair of the
    finance ministry. No member of the Board of Directors, (i.e. the Parish Council) or any officer will be
    personally liable for the debts, liabilities or other obligations of the parish if the member or officer
    conducted himself or herself in good faith, and reasonably believed that his or her conduct was in the
    parish’s best interest and not a violation of the parish’s Conflict of Interest Policy; and in the case of any
    criminal proceeding, the member or officer had no reason to believe his or her conduct was unlawful.

C. Maintenance of corporate records

The Corporation will keep at its principal office and make available to members of the parish community at all reasonable times during office hours:
   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
       transactions and accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses.
   3. A copy of the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended to date,
   4. The Parish Policy and Procedure Manual.
 
D. Periodic Report

The Board of Directors will cause any annual or periodic report required under law to be prepared and delivered within the time limits set by law.

E. Conflict of Interest Policy

The Organization has adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy to protect the Organization when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or member of the Parish Council.
 
 
Article XVII: Dissolution of Property Rights
 
In the event that the Parish is dissolved as an entity, its assets are dispersed as specified by the Parish Articles of Incorporation: once all debts and obligations are paid, the remainder of the Parish assets must be donated to a similar non-profit entity. The Parish Council will decide which non-profit entity will receive the remaining assets. If the remaining members of Parish Council cannot reach agreement, the remaining members of the faith community will make the decision.
 
 
Article XVIII: Amendment of By-Laws
 
A. Submission - Amendments to the By-laws will be submitted by a Parish Council member to the full Parish
    Council one month prior to the Council meeting in which the amendment(s) will be voted on.

B. Voting - Adoption of an amendment will require a favorable vote of two-thirds of the full Parish Council.
    Votes may be made in absentia by proxy.

C. Implementation - An adopted amendment will take effect immediately upon affirmation by a majority of
    the voting members of the parish at an all parish meeting called within 30 days.

D. All By-law amendments shall be submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.
 
 
Article XIX: Signature Authorities
 
A. At a minimum, the following will have signature authority on parish banking accounts:

   1. Council Chair
   2. Finance Committee Chair

B. Two signatures are required for any un-budgeted single amount of $1000.00 or more.