REVISED SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
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Purpose:The Church of the Spiral Tree (CST) is a non-profit, volunteer-staffed, ecumenical pagan church, designed to foster and celebrate a sense of community and family among pagans, both locally and in other regions of the country/world. CST celebrates the unique pagan family: parents, children, elders, and extended family. It is an ecumenical church in that it encompasses all traditions, and is non-exclusive. It welcomes all who revere the Earth Mother and who respect themselves and others, regardless of which tradition one is affiliated with.
To the above ends we do hereby adopt and enact the following Articles:
4.l: Membership. Membership shall consist of those who understand the principles of the
have made written application, paid the annual dues, and have been accepted by the Board of
or its delegated authority. The form of application shall be that approved by the Board of
Directors or its
5.1: Ministers. Upon application and payment of fees, the Church may ordain a member over the
18 as a Minister and issue a Minister's Certificate. Licensed CST Ministers shall be authorized to
perform such legal sacraments as weddings, funerals, and baptisms.
6.1: Management of the Church shall be vested in a Board of Directors, consisting of the three
officers (President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer) and one or more
7.1: The Officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a
The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may as needed by combined into one office and held by
person. These officers shall also serve as the Board of Directors of the Church, along with one or
Members-at-Large, as per Article VI.
7.2: At the Elections Meeting of the General Membership, these officers/Directors shall be elected by a vote of the Active Membership. All officers must be active members in good standing and qualified to perform the duties of their office. The incumbent officers shall be automatically nominated for office again every other year (odd years); other nominations may be made by any active member at the Annual Meeting or any time within a month prior to the Elections Meeting, by sending notice to the current Directors, by mail or by email.
7.3: The Board of Directors may appoint such officers and agents as it may deem advisable, who shall hold their offices for such terms and shall exercise such power and perform such duties as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors. All such officers and agents must be active members in good standing and qualified to perform the duties of their office.
7.4: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation, and shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Membership. The President shall be an active member of the Church. S/he shall have general charge of the business of the Corporation, and shall execute, with the Secretary, in the name of the Corporation, all deeds, bonds, contracts, and other obligations and instruments authorized by the Board of Directors.
8.1: Administration of Church operations shall be coordinated by a Director of Operations who
primarily responsible for day-to-day administration of the Church. This Director of Operations
needed, be one of the officers of the Church.
8.2: The Director of Operations shall report directly to the Board of Directors. In cases where the Church becomes incorporated in other countries, each country shall establish an Administrative Operation to manage local operations and Subordinate Organizations.
8.3: Subordinate Organizations shall coordinate their activities through the administration office. In each country where the Church is incorporated, the local organization may establish such Subordinate Organizations as it deems appropriate for its needs.
8.4: National Management Councils. In countries other than the United States, local administrative operations may constitute within their administration a management council made up of local members to form local policy within the overall charter and Bylaws of the Church.
9.1: Board of Directors. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held quarterly. At
meeting of the Board of Directors, meeting dates for the following two meetings, at least, shall
determined. Special meetings may be held whenever deemed necessary by the Board of
10.1: Except as specified elsewhere in this article, decision-making at any meeting shall be
those present who are Active Members both of the Church and of the particular body
10.2: Consensus. All formal decisions shall be passed by consensus except in exigencies as described below. Consensus is defined as the integration of all points of view into an accord sufficient that no passionate objections remain. Methods for reaching consensus shall be described by policy recommendations issued by the Board. Councils and committees may adopt such procedures as they find most effective.
10.3: Exigent Decisions. If a decision is urgently needed and thorough discussion of an issue indicates irreconcilable disagreement, the Secretary shall record a failure to reach consensus and put the matter up for a vote. In such cases, a two-thirds majority will be required for passage of the motion, and the percentage of opposing votes shall be noted in the minutes.
10.4: Mail-In Ballots. Voting for Board of Directors members and expression of preferences on proposed Bylaw changes by mail-in ballot shall be allowed for the General Meeting. Space for brief commentary will be provided on the ballot. Items on the advance agenda of the General Meeting, such as elections of officers and amendments to these Bylaws, shall be listed on the ballot. Mail-in ballots shall be sent to all Active Members at least one month prior to the General Meeting. All mail-in ballots must be received at the CST Central office by one week prior to the General Meeting. Mail-in votes shall be added to the in-session votes of the General Meeting.
11.1: The Corporation, acting through the Board of Directors or its delegated authority, may
charter, establish, and operate such Subordinate Organizations as may be found necessary or
adequately to carry out the purposes of the Corporation. Chartered Subordinate Organizations
included under the Church's Group Exemption.
12.1: Grove. The basic local organizational congregational unit of Church of the Spiral Tree
Grove. A Grove is a small intimate group of at least three, and it is recommended, not more than
Church members, organized in a local area to learn about, discuss, and creatively practice the
13.1: Branches. If a chartered Grove desires, or if two or more Groves form in close proximity,
they may form a local Church of the Spiral Tree Branch, designated with an appropriate local
identification. This would then become the public body that would hold open meetings and
services, be listed in Church publications and electronic media, advertise in the Yellow Pages,
etc. with the original Grove or Groves taking a less public position, and no longer expected to
hold open meetings.
14.1: No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be
distributable, as dividends or in any other manner, to its members, directors, officers or other
private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable
compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the
purpose set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and in Article III of these Bylaws.
14.2: Further, upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Law) as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Please of the County in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
15.1: The fiscal year of the corporation shall be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.
16.1: All checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation shall be signed by officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation, and in such manner as shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors.
17.1: Notice. Whenever any notice is required by these Bylaws to be given, personal notice is
meant unless expressly stated, and any notice so required shall be deemed to be sufficient if
given by depositing the same in the United States mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the person
entitled thereto at his or her address as it appears on the records of the corporation, and such
notice shall be deemed to have been given on the day of such mailing.
17.2: Waiver of Notice. Whenever any notice whatever is required to be given under the provisions of any law, or under the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation of the corporation or these Bylaws, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to said notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed proper notice.
18.1: Communications among the members of the Church shall be by means of different
publications. The directions, purposes, policies and general operations of each of the
are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors and the Clergy Council.
18.2: Other publications of the Church are authorized as needed.
19.1: Amendments or changes in these Bylaws may be made by recommendation of the Board of
Directors at any annual membership meeting or any special meeting thereof if notice thereof is
contained in the notice of such special meeting, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the
members entitled to vote thereat, or by the Board of Directors, at any regular meeting of the
Board of Directors, or at any special meeting of the Board of Directors, if notice thereof is
contained in the notice of such special meeting.
19.2: The Board shall provide reasonable opportunities for all interested members to propose amendments to the Board for recommendations, and to study recommendations passed by the Board prior to their presentation for approval at the Annual membership meeting. And no others.