BYLAWS OF

Ravenstar church of Seven Planes

The Church of Ravenstar A NJ Non Profit Corporation

ARTICLE I — NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1 — Name: The name of the organization shall be The Church of Ravenstar A NJ Non Profit Corporation. It

shall be a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the

State of New Jersey.

Section 2 — Purpose: The Church of Ravenstar A NJ Non Profit Corporation is organized exclusively for Religious and Charitable Purposes.

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A: Our purposes are to:

1. Live in the manner consistant with the Feri Tradition of Witchcraft.

2. Explore and practice Witchcraft beliefs and traditions, with a primary focus on the Traditions linked to the Feri Tradition and Specifically influenced by the Welsh Faerie Tradition.

3. Support one another within the Church in our healing, growth and aspirations.

4. Hold Witchcraft rituals according to the beliefs of the Feri Tradition and specifically of the Welsh Faerie Tradition. To work magic, recognize rites of passage and honor the Feri Gods.

5. Honor the earth and all her creatures as sacred and work to heal and protect the environment within our community, across the Nation and throughout the World.

6. Teach Witchcraft beliefs and traditional; skills to members and students, and sisters and Brothers of the Craft and Kindred Spiritual Paths; and

7. Where appropriate, to educate the general public about Witchcraft.

8. To help others not of the faith with Psychic and Spiritual gifts and insights and to perform healing rituals when requested. 

9.To provide worship structure to the GLBT community and offer services tailored to that community. 

B. Commitment:

1. All members of this church must have fully committed themselves to the purpose in their beliefs, their activities and their lives.

II. Membership

A. Qualifications: Membership shall be offered to individuals upon recommendation of the Board of Directors and consensus of all full members of the church. No person Shall be denied access to membership on the basis of gender, race ethnic background, sexual preference, physical handicap, or age provided they have attained their majority.

B. Degrees of participation and membership: Participants in the programs sponsored by this church may include the following:

i. Guests: Interested parties who may attend all open activities, and church only activities in the company of a full member with the consent of the Board of Directors.

ii. Congregants: Persons who support the open activities of the congregation.

iii. Dedicates: persons who have dedicated themselves to the study of the Path of Witchcraft and who with the approval of the Board of Directors, are following the prescribed course of study in the church. After a year and a day of participation, a Dedicate may be asked to state his/her intention to qualify for ordination into the Priesthood or to withdraw for advancement in the Church.

iv. Membership in the Church shall be limited to:

A. Persons who have been active in the Craft and specifically this church for at least a year and a day, and have met all requirements for initiation as defined by the Board of Directors.

B. The board of directors

C. Congregents.

ARTICLE III — MEETINGS OF MEMBERS

Section 1 — Regular meetings: Regular meetings of the members shall be held

weekly, at a time and place designated by the chair.

Section 2 — Annual meetings: An annual meeting of the members shall take

place in the month of October, the specific date, time and location of

which will be designated by the chair. At the annual meeting the mem-

bers shall elect directors and officers, receive reports on the activities

of the association, and determine the direction of the association for

the coming year.

Section 3 — Special meetings: Special meetings may be called by the chair, the

Executive Committee, or a simple majority of the board of directors. A

petition signed by five percent of voting members may also call a spe-

cial meeting.

Section 4 — Notice of meetings: Printed notice of each meeting shall be given

to each voting member, by mail, not less than two weeks prior to the

meeting.

Section 5 — Quorum: The members present at any properly announced meeting

shall constitute a quorum.

Section 6 — Voting: All issues to be voted on shall be decided by a simple

majority of those present at the meeting in which the vote takes place.

ARTICLE IV — BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 — Board role, size, and compensation: The board is responsible for

overall policy and direction of the association, and delegates responsi-

bility of day-to-day operations to the staff and committees. The board

shall have up to 20, but not fewer than 3 members. The board

receives no compensation other than reasonable expenses. Members are appointed for life.

Section 3 — Meetings and notice: The board shall meet at least quarterly, at an

agreed upon time and place. An official board meeting requires that

each board member have written notice at least two weeks in advance.

 

Section 4 — Quorum: A quorum must be attended by at least forty percent of

board members for business transactions to take place and motions to

pass.

 

Section 5 — Officers and Duties: There shall be Three officers of the board, con-

sisting of a chair, secretary and treasurer. Their duties are as

follows:

The chair shall convene regularly scheduled board meetings, shall

preside or arrange for other members of the Executive Committee to

preside at each meeting in the following order: vice-chair, secretary,

treasurer.

The secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of board

actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meet-

ings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of min-

utes and the agenda to each board member, and assuring that corporate

records are maintained.

The treasurer shall make a report at each board meeting. The treasurer

shall chair the finance committee, assist in the preparation of the budg-

et, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information

available to board members and the public.

Section6  — Resignation, termination, and absences: Resignation from the

board must be in writing and received by the Secretary. A board mem-

bers shall be terminated from the board due to excess absences, more

than two unexcused absences from board meetings in a year. A board

member may be removed for other reasons by a three-fourths vote of

the remaining directors.

Section 7 — Special meetings: Special meetings of the board shall be called

upon the request of the chair, or one-third of the board. Notices of spe-

cial meetings shall be sent out by the secretary to each board member

at least two weeks in advance.

ARTICLE V — COMMITTEES

Section 1 — Committee formation: The board may create committees as need-

ed, such as fundraising, housing, public relations, data collection, etc.

The board chair appoints all committee chairs.

Section 2 — Executive Committee: The three officers serve as the members of

the Executive Committee. Except for the power to amend the Articles

of Incorporation and bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have all

the powers and authority of the board of directors in the intervals

between meetings of the board of directors, and is subject to the direc-

tion and control of the full board.

 

Section 3 — Finance Committee: The treasurer is the chair of the Finance

Committee, which includes three other board members. The Finance

Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal proce-

dures, fundraising plans, and the annual budget with staff and other

board members. The board must approve the budget and all expendi-

tures must be within budget. Any major change in the budget must be

approved by the board or the Executive Committee. The fiscal year

shall be the calendar year. Annual reports are required to be submitted

to the board showing income, expenditures, and pending income. The

financial records of the organization are public information and shall

be made available to the membership, board members, and the public.

ARTICLE VI — DIRECTOR AND STAFF

Section 1 — Executive Director/Minister: The executive director is hired by the board.

The executive director has day-to-day responsibilities for the organiza-

tion, including carrying out the organization’s goals and policies. The

executive director will attend all board meetings, report on the

progress of the organization, answer questions of the board members

and carry out the duties described in the job description. The board can

designate other duties as necessary. Living space/expenses shall be provided by the board.

 

   

ARTICLE VII — AMENDMENTS

Section 1 — Amendments: These bylaws may be amended when necessary by

two-thirds majority of the board of directors. Proposed amendments

must be submitted to the Secretary to be sent out with regular board

announcements.

CERTIFICATION

These bylaws were approved at a meeting of the board of directors by a two-

thirds majority vote on December 16, 2002.

Secretary: Mina Hayes

Date 12/16/2002