Article II, Purpose
Proposal: a) to change the Covenant phrase "service to man"
b) to choose a new phrase. Suggestions include:
all, all people, creation, humanity, humankind, others
Current: "The purpose of the Society shall be to maintain Christian worship in King’s Chapel and to engage in any other activities that are functions of a religious society. The Covenant of the Society shall be worded:
In the love of truth and in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we unite for the worship of God and the service of man."
Comment: Many people now interpret man to mean “men”, not everyone. We plan to vote first on whether to change that phrase, and then choose the replacement in a separate vote.
Article XII, Calling, Hiring, and Dismissing of Ministers (Senior Minister)
Proposal: "Upon recommendation by the Search Committee, the Minister shall be called by a vote of not less than 75% of the members of the Society present at a meeting called for that purpose. A quorum shall be that of an Annual Meeting (see Article VI)."
Current: The current bylaw requires 90% of the votes to call a Senior Minister. Article VI requires 50 members for a quorum.
Comment: A strong candidate might withdraw after learning that 5 people could defeat a call if the meeting only met the quorum of 50. The call is a public process, so the candidate would need to inform others (e.g., if presently serving a congregation). The 90% rule is higher than most other churches and higher than draft bylaws suggested by the UUA.
KC members note that a candidate for Senior Minister is unlikely to accept a call at 75%. Some believe that should be the candidate's decision, not ours.
Other Updates and Edits
Additionally, edits to Articles V, X, and XIV give the Wardens greater discretion to choose the dates for elections and committee reports (reflecting the decision to hold elections in the spring). The review group also recommends various minor clarifications and edits. A copy of the by-laws redlining suggested changes will be available on request to the Parish Administrator.
Prepared by Betsy Peterson