Bylaw Change Proposal Regarding Membership
The 8th Principle Task Force and the Board are proposing a change to the Membership section of our bylaws. The proposal is to remove the making of an annual pledge, or any financial contribution, a requirement of membership in our congregation.
This proposed change is consistent with our desire to be welcoming to all and believe that a person’s ability to financially contribute should not be a barrier to membership or the leadership roles that require membership.
There will be opportunities to attend meetings where this change can be discussed with members of the Board, the 8th Principle Task Force and Rev. T.J. Please watch for the announcement of these opportunities in the Weekly Newsletter.
The plan is to have voting on this proposed bylaw change on the agenda of our June 5th Annual Meeting,
The current and proposed bylaw text is provided below. In addition and for consistency, the word Active will be removed throughout the bylaws.
Current FUCH Bylaw
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
1) Any person who has completed a Board authorized orientation process, is in sympathy with the stated purposes of the Church, and who so declares by signing the Register of Members and by making an annual pledge of financial support, shall become an Active Member beginning 30 days thereafter. Such a person shall remain an Active Member for 366 days after his or her last reconfirming pledge. Reinstatement of Active Membership shall be immediate upon making a recorded pledge of financial support within one year of inactive status; if more than one year, there shall be a 30-day waiting period.
2) Active Members residing on O`ahu, shall be designated O`ahu-resident Members. Quorum requirements at any Congregational Meeting shall be based on the number of O`ahu-resident Members at the time.
3) A member in any category may resign in writing to the President, Secretary, or the Minister.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Qualifications for Membership
Membership in the Church is open to any person who has completed a Board authorized orientation process, is in sympathy with the Principles, including the 8th Principle, and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the mission of the Church.
Section 2. Definition of Members
A Member is one who has affirmed a commitment to the Church by signing the Membership Book, and making a commitment to support the work of the Church. Members constitute the official roll for purposes of reporting Membership to the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Section 3: Membership and Voting
The right to vote at any Congregational Meeting is limited to persons who are Members of the Church (see Article II, Section 2) for at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. Each Member has one vote.
Members residing on O`ahu, shall be designated O`ahu-resident Members. Quorum requirements at any Congregational Meeting shall be based on the number of O`ahu-resident Members at the time.
Section 4. Resignation, Removal, and Termination of Membership
Any Member may resign Membership by written notice to the President, Secretary, or the Minister. Members who for a period of at least two (2) years have neither communicated with the Church nor contributed to its support may be removed from Membership by simple majority vote of the Board, provided that an attempt is made to contact the Member(s) prior to the Board vote. The Board, following consultation with the Minister, may terminate a Membership by two-thirds (2/3) majority of the full Board, with notice to the Member. If a former Member wishes to dispute their termination of Membership, the former Member may appeal to the Board for reconsideration.
Section 5. Reinstatement of Membership
Membership may be reinstated (in accordance with Article II, Sections 1-2) with an affirmative two-thirds (2/3) vote of the full Board.