LIBERAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS
Desiring to promote the values of liberal religious education through a continental professional organization, we provide and maintain this organization, to be known as the Liberal Religious Educators' Association, which is hereafter called LREDA.
LREDA is an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural welcoming organization that supports and advocates for religious educators of every age, race/ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, physical ability and sexual orientation.
The function of LREDA shall be to further the interest of quality liberal religious education by:
A. Interpreting the professional role of the religious educator, recognizing the wide variety of ways this role may be utilized in parish and community settings;
B. Affirming and supporting the professional growth of our members in ways consistent and congruent with their individual and their congregation’s goals;
C. Encouraging the sharing of useful, creative materials and ideas members have used in their work.
D. Acting in a religious education advisory capacity to Staff Groups and Teams of the Unitarian Universalist Association and to the Canadian Unitarian Council whenever such consultation would be useful.
E. Giving thorough consideration to and acting upon such matter that will further the advancement of lifespan religious educatioin.
F. Working with Unitarian Universalist theological schools, the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association and other Unitarian Universalist organizations and institutions to strengthen education for professional religious leadership.
G. Cooperating with any agency of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Canadian Unitarian Council whose activities and/or programs would be enhanced by such participation.
H. Providing Good Offices services in support of the ethical code and professional standards of LREDA.
A. CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP
i. Religious Educators who have completed a minimum of three years in a paid position within a Unitarian Universalist congregation or who have completed a minimum of five Renaissance modules,
ii. Religious Educators certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association as Credentialed Religious Educators-Associate Level, Credentialed Religious Educators, Credentialed Religious Educators-Master’s Level
iii. Ministers in fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association,
iv. Youth Directors, Young Adult and Campus Ministry Professionals who have completed a minimum of three years in a paid position with a Unitarian Universalist congregation or U. U. affiliated organization or who have completed a minimum of five Renaissance modules,
v. Professors, researchers and educators in an academic setting who have earned an advanced degree in religious education or a related field e.g., religious studies, theology, or education
Liberal religious educators in non-Unitarian Universalist
traditions who are in positions
equivalent to any of the above.
All applications for this category of membership shall be reviewed and
acted upon by the LREDA Board.
Active voting members have full rights and privileges.
a. Persons employed as directors or coordinators of religious education, or as youth directors or young adult or campus ministry professionals who have completed less than three years in a paid position within a Unitarian Universalist congregation or with a U.U. affiliated organization and who have completed less than five Renaissance modules. persons preparing for careers in professional religious leadership in theological schools,
b. Candidates who have been accepted into the Modified Residency Program,
c. Persons preparing for careers in professional religious leadership in theological schools,
Student/new DRE members have the privilege of attending and of speaking at LREDA meetings, and of serving on committees; but may not vote or serve as officers or as committee chairpersons.
B. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
Persons or institutions eligible for membership in LREDA in one of the categories described in these By-Laws may submit a written application. When appropriate dues are paid these applicants shall be received into membership immediately, unless there is question about eligibility. Questionable applications shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees for consideration. Denial of membership may be appealed to the membership at an Annual Meeting through the Secretary of the Association.
C. THE ACCEPTANCE OF MEMBERSHIP entails the acceptance of and agreement to abide by the Association's By-Laws and professional codes and guidelines.
D. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
a. His or her certification or fellowship status is revoked.
b. S/he has committed a major violation of ethical or professional conduct.
c. S/he has not paid dues appropriate to membership status.
E. MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY CHANGES When a person's eligibility for their current membership category changes, s/he should notify the Membership Chairperson.
1. Annual dues are to be determined by the membership.
2. Dues shall be payable at the beginning of each fiscal year. In event of financial hardship, a member may apply to the LREDA Administrator by August 15 for full or partial waiver of dues, confidentially and without loss of rights and privileges of membership. Such a waiver is for one fiscal year and reapplication must be made annually when needed.
3. Non-payment of dues by December 1 will result in lapse of membership. Reinstatement requires payment of all dues in arrears. Exceptional cases may be submitted to the Board of Trustees for a compromise solution.
1. The budget for the ensuing fiscal year shall be adopted by the membership at the Annual Meeting.
2. A proposed budget shall be prepared by the Board of Trustees and mailed to the membership with the Call to the Annual Meeting not less sixty days preceding the annual meeting.
3. Officers and Chairpersons may draw funds necessary to fulfilling their respective duties within the limits of their individual budgetary allotments. Any exceptions are to be approved prior to the expenditure by the Board of Trustees.
1. The Treasurer shall present a statement at each meeting of the Board and of the membership.
2. The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for an independent audit at the close of each fiscal year. The report shall be acted upon by the Board of Trustees and made available to the membership.
A. The officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
B. ELECTION AND
TERMS OF OFFICE
Officers shall be elected every three years at the Annual Meeting. Officers shall be elected as follows: In Year I, the President and the Treasurer; in Year II, the Vice-President; and in Year III, the Secretary. The cycle shall begin in 1999 with Year I. They shall be Active or Life members of LREDA. No one may serve in the same or other office for more than one term until at least one year has elapsed unless s/he is elected to the position of President or President-Elect from another position on the Board. Persons who have been appointed to serve no more than 18 months of an unexpired term may serve an additional consecutive full term in the same or other office.
C. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT
In the event that the Presidency is vacated before the term of office expires, the Vice President shall succeed the President for the remainder of the term. All other vacancies except the position of President-Elect, including the Vice Presidency, shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Trustees. In the event that the position of President-Elect is vacated, the position shall remain unfilled for the remainder of the term.
The Board of Trustees shall:
A. There shall be a Nominating Committee of three members. They shall be elected at the Annual Meeting for three year terms, one member in each of years I, II, and III of the cycle defined in Article IV, Section B. The member elected by the committee in any given year shall serve as Chairperson. In each year of the three-year election cycle, the Nominating Committee shall choose one or more candidates for one position on the Nominating Committee and one or more candidates for each open position on the Board of Trustees, as follows: In Year I, President, Treasurer, and one Trustee-at-Large; in Year II, Vice-President and two Trustees-at-Large; in Year III, Secretary, President-Elect, and two Trustees-at-Large. Candidates must be Active or Life Members of LREDA.
B. In case of a failure of the Nominating Committee to perform its proper functions, the President may with the consent of the Board of Trustees set up an emergency procedure for nomination. Such procedure shall be ratified by the membership at the next Annual Meeting of LREDA. If the emergency procedure is not ratified, the Annual meeting shall set up its own procedures for a special election.
C. All nominations of the Nominating Committee shall be submitted to the President at least 90 days prior to the date of the Annual meeting. At least 60 days prior to the Annual meeting, the President shall submit the names of all nominees to the membership.
D. Nominations by petition shall be made by a signed petition of ten or more voting members. Petitions shall indicate the office sought and must be submitted to the President not less than thirty days prior to the Annual Meeting, along with indication by the candidate of his/her willingness to accept nomination.
E. Election of Trustees shall take place at the Annual Meeting by vote of the Active Members present. If there is more than one candidate for any position, the election shall be by secret ballot
F. No member of the Nominating Committee shall serve for more than one term until at least one year has elapsed. Persons who have been appointed to serve no more than 18 months of an unexpired term may serve an additional consecutive full term. All vacancies to positions on the Nominating Committee shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Trustees.
A. THE MEMBERSHIP of LREDA shall have two membership meetings per year. The June Meeting shall be designated the Annual Meeting.
B. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES shall meet in conjunction with the Fall Conference and with the General Assembly, and at other times at the call of the President or of a majority of the Trustees.
C. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE shall have the right to meet and conduct business between meetings of the Board of Trustees.
D. CHAPTERS shall meet in compliance with their own standing rules.
The purpose of chapters shall be to uphold LREDA as outlined in these By-Laws, to further these purposes at the local level, to form support groups, and to uphold the work of the parent organization at the continental level.
C. OFFICERS AND CHAIRPERSONS
Chapters shall elect their own presiding officers and shall determine their own committees and committee members.
Decisions will be reached by consensus, when possible and appropriate. In other cases and at formal meetings, Roberts' Rules of Order Revised shall govern the Association, when applicable and when they are not inconsistent with these by-laws.
The By-Laws may be amended at either of the two membership meetings of the Association by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting. A written notice of the amendment shall be mailed not less than sixty days preceding the meeting.
In the event that the Association shall be dissolved pursuant to Mass. G.L. chapter 180, section 11 or section 11A or successor provisions thereto without concurrent or prior incorporation into a replacement or successor organization, any remaining assets of the Association shall be paid over and delivered to the Unitarian Universalist Association, a corporation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, its successors or assigns.