CHRISTIAN COUNCIL FOR MONETARY JUSTICE:
1. PURPOSE: To bring together,
in association, all who seek as part of their faith,
a more just financial system other than that currently
2. NAME: The association shall
be called the Christian Council for Monetary Justice
a. To present a Christian Witness as to the true function
of a monetary system in society.
b. To examine the working of existing laws and international
arrangements which relate to financial institutions
especially in regard to their wider economic, social
and moral implications.
c. To press for monetary measures that will contribute
to economic and social justice throughout the world.
d. To develop and promote an economic reading of the
Bible and a biblical reading of the economy
e. To resource the work of economic literacy and popular
education around domestic and global issues of economic
justice in the faith communities.
f. To seek to enable people far and wide to stimulate
a more general awareness of the pertinence of faith
to the economic order and in particular to the urgent
need to generate monetary reform.
a. Membership shall be open to persons
of the Christian faith who are interested in active
furtherance of the aims of the Council and to those
of other faiths sympathetic to exploration of monetary
b. Applications for membership shall
be deemed to be provisional until accepted by the Executive.
Should the Executive decline to accept a membership
application, or a renewal of membership, it shall advise
in writing the applicant, who shall have the right to
appeal the decision to the annual general meeting for
c. Members, paying such financial subscriptions
as contributions to the work of the Council as are determined
by an annual general meeting, shall be deemed to be
d. The membership of a full member will
be deemed to have lapsed twelve months after the date
when any financial renewal was due and for the following
twelve months it will be deemed to be that of an associate
e. Applications for non financial associate
membership shall be considered on the same basis as
outlined in rule 4b.
5. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Notice of the annual general meeting
shall be given by the Executive to all members at their
last known address no later than 14 days prior to the
proposed gathering, which shall be held, apart from
exceptional circumstances, between the months of September
and November. The purpose of the meeting shall be to
elect officers for the coming year, receive reports
from retiring officers, and attend to any matters brought
to the meeting for consideration. Financial accounts
for the previous year shall be presented to the meeting,
but shall be audited before being approved by the Council.
The annual meeting shall appoint an auditor
or auditors to audit the accounts for the following
year. The financial year of the Council shall end on
30 June of each year.
Officers of the Council, to be elected
at the annual general meeting, shall comprise a chairman,
a vice chairman, a secretary and a treasurer. The officers
will form the Executive of the Council and shall have
the right to co-opt such persons as they deem necessary
for the fulfilment of its work. Those co-opted shall
not have a vote on any matter requiring a ballot to
reach a decision. Any vacancy in elected positions may
be filled by the Executive on a temporary basis if necessary
until the next annual general meeting.
7. PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENTS
Appointments to the positions of president
and vice presidents may be made by the Executive, but
shall require to be confirmed at the annual general
8. MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL
(a) The Executive may call, or approve
of the calling any meeting of the membership at any
time between annual general meetings in furtherance
of the aims of the Council.
(b) All meetings shall be held at commonly
accepted sociable hours and at venues in the United
Kingdom accessible by public transport and in accordance
with disability legislation as subsisting.
(c) Only full members will be eligible
to vote on matters for which a vote has been sought.
(d) (i) A quorum for any meeting requiring
a vote to resolve or determine matters or elect officers
shall be 20% of the total full membership at the time
of the meeting (ii) Should there fail to be a quorum,
the Executive will call another meeting, but, if there
is still no quorum at that meeting, then those present
will be deemed to constitute the necessary quorum.
(e) A change to the constitution shall
require the approval of 75% of those full members attending
unless the council resolves by majority vote that the
matter should be determined by a postal ballot of all
full members. In such circumstances, a change to the
constitution shall require the approval of 75% of those
full members voting.
9. DISSOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL
Should a properly authorised meeting
decide that the Christian Council for Monetary Justice
should be dissolved, then any liabilities outstanding
will either first be met before dissolution or become
the responsibility of those who incurred such liabilities.
Should the Council have assets at the
time of the dissolution, then such assets will be disposed
of in such a manner as the meeting determining the dissolution
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