Resolution #1 - ODM Amendment

Establishment of “Retired Ministers Council” for CSL

A. Introductory Statement

The Leadership Council of Centers for Spiritual Living has determined that as a class, retired Ministers who have been ordained for 5 or more years and who do not have an active ministry in a community, focus ministry, teaching chapter, or chaplaincy are presently unfairly excluded from voting as delegates in business meetings; and that it would be desirable to adopt amendments to the Organizational Design Model to establish the creation of a “Retired Ministers Council” for Centers for Spiritual Living, in order to give those retired Ministers a voice in conducting the business of the organization.

This Resolution proposes creation of a seven member “Retired Ministers Council,” each of whom are retired Ministers who have been ordained for 5 or more years and who do not have an active ministry in a community, focus ministry, teaching chapter, or chaplaincy, and each of whom would have one vote in annual and special meetings of the membership of Centers for Spiritual Living. The structure of the proposed “Retired Ministers Council” would be similar to the other Councils within Centers for Spiritual Living.

B. Status of Amendment

On December _____, 2018, the Leadership Council approved submitting this resolution for an affirmative vote of the delegates of Centers for Spiritual Living at the Annual Spiritual Living Convention in February, 2019. The Leadership Council recommends approval of this resolution

C. Text of ODM Amendment

The following is the text of the proposed new Sections 11.2.7, 11.2.7.1, and 11.2.7.2 of the Organizational Design Model of Centers for Spiritual Living:

“11.2.7.  Retired Ministers Council. To ensure that retired ministers who have been ordained in the Organization for 5 or more years and who do not have an active ministry in a community, focus ministry, teaching chapter, or chaplaincy have a voice in conducting the business of the Organization, there is hereby established a “Retired Ministers Council” within Centers for Spiritual Living, consisting of seven (7) retired ministers within that class who shall be elected by the Delegates at the Annual Meeting, and who shall each have one vote at annual and special meetings of Centers for Spiritual Living. The members of the Retired Ministers Council shall be the representatives of all retired ministers within the class, and shall establish procedures through which the Council provides information to and receives input from all retired ministers within the class, to inform the votes of the elected members of the Council at meetings of the Organization. The Retired Ministers Council is accountable to the Organization through two liaisons: (1) a staff liaison at Home Office, who is designated by the Executive Team to serve in this capacity, and (2) a Minister member of the Leadership Council, who shall be designated annually by the entire Leadership Council.

“11.2.7.1.  Terms. Ministers on the Retired Ministers Council may serve two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms. Any former Minister Member of the Retired Ministers Council may stand for election again, after waiting at least one (1) year; provided, however, that the initial terms for Minister Members of the Retired Ministers Council shall be as specified in Section 11.2.7.2, below.

“11.2.7.2.  Initial Terms.  The initial terms of Ministers first elected to the Retired Minister Council will be staggered. The ballot shall reflect all of the candidates eligible for seats on the Council, and the three candidates receiving the highest vote totals shall fill the “first” three seats on the Council, and shall serve full three (3) year terms. The two candidates receiving the next highest vote totals shall fill the “second” two seats on the Council, and shall serve a two (2) year term. The two candidates receiving the next highest vote totals shall fill the “third” two seats on the Council, and shall serve a one (1) year term.”