By-Laws of the Pagan Alliance
I. Statement of Purpose
Our purpose is to: Live in a manner, which shows
love and respect for all. Hold rituals on the agreed Sabbats and Esbats and any
other special occasions. Work to Unite, in a loose alliance, all pagan groups.
Educate members, students, the public, and seekers in Pagan beliefs,
traditions, values, and ethics. Support local and global charitable
causes. Treat other seekers with respect and support. Help provide seekers with
materials and tools to aid their spiritual quest. Learn from each other.
- Qualifications: Membership
shall be offered by application to individuals upon approval of Church
Council. No person shall be denied access to membership on the basis of
gender, race, ethnic background, sexual preference, physical handicap, or
age providing they are 18 years of age or older, or have one or more
parent as a member in the church.
perspective members have read and understand these bylaws.
of participation and membership: Participants in the programs sponsored by
this church may include the following:
Interested parties who may attend all open, public activities. They may
attend member only activities if accompanied by a member.
Persons who consider themselves Pagan and participate in and support the
open activities of the congregation.
III. Administration and Operation.
A. The Board
of Directors shall oversee the operation of the Church. By laws for the church
are voted upon by the board. The Board will consist of between 5 to 9 members.
Board member terms are staggered. Initial terms are 5 years and 6 years for the
initial directors. After the initial election, all terms will be 5 years. All
directors are elected by general vote of the membership of the Church. As
growth dictates, the board will be expanded in pairs, to always retain an odd number
of directors. To keep the staggered nature of the board, one of the pair,
chosen at random, will sit for 5 years and the other will sit for 6 years. The
election of the Board of Directors will occur at the annual Board meeting in
that year. Members who are unable to attend can vote by proxy. Said proxy will
be mailed out at least 2 months in advance of the election. Proxies can be held
by the Board or by any designated member of the Church. Church members are
eligible for a board position if they have served in some capacity in the past
and have demonstrated high levels of commitment to the Church.
B. Elders: Defined
as any Third Degree, who has shown extremely high levels of commitment to the
Church, are nominated by the congregation, and voted upon by the other Elders.
Council: This body shall handle the ordinary business of the Church.
1. Membership: The
Church Council shall consist of founding members, the board of directors,
elders, and representatives of affiliates and member groups. The amount of
representatives is determined by the number of valid members that the group
has. The representation is as follows:
1 to 50
51 to 100
101 and above
2. Others may be
invited to attend and participate in Council meetings as well. Representatives
can be on the council for no more than 3 consecutive years. Terms are for 1 or
2 years to enable staggering of replacements such that if a group adds a
representative, and the existing one has 1 year left of a 2 year term, then the
new member is put on for 1 year.
3. Scope: The
Council shall recommend committees for the Public image of the church including
but not limited to
planning and activities;
initiation, and membership generally;
budget, education, and;
networking, and affiliations.
doctrine and ritual
4. Facilitation: The
Elders are responsible for the long term health and sustainability of the
Church. The Elders first responsibility is to do the best for the Church.
5. Method of
Operation: The Church Council shall make decisions by quorum vote. Must be a
majority vote. Proxies can be appointed to vote for representatives.
6. Quorum: A quorum
shall consist of the active members present at a regularly scheduled meeting of
the Church Council, or a simple majority of the active membership at any
specially called meeting.
of Members: Unlike "traditional" Churches, we rely on the energy
or the participants. That means we rely on the attitudes, respect, and
willingness to participate of those attending. A negative attitude, lack of
respect toward themselves or others, or an unwillingness to participate on the
part of a participant will adversely impact the working, and the reason we are
all in attendance.
attempt to work with the individual, however, if a continued consistent display
of a negative attitude, lack of respect toward themselves or others (for
example lying, showing up late, talking during ritual, lack of respect for
other’s property), or a unwillingness to participate on the part of a member,
the relationship will be severed.
attempts will be documented and said documentation will be kept at both the NY
and VT offices.
of an Elder, member of the Council, or any future appointed position: See
removal of a member with the added stipulation that participation in the
responsibilities of the given role are required.
shall be Council's responsibility to recommend committees as needed to the
Board of Directors, to appoint members to those committees, and to
maintain the ultimate health and functioning of the PAC. The Church
Council shall fill the following offices whenever a vacancy occurs.
(Is a long term position) Keeps the Church Council up to date on what
other Organizations in the area are working on in the area of: Festivals,
Rituals, Classes and Workshops.
(Is a long term position) works with council to plan events, and rituals,
Greets first time participants of any Church events. Is responsible for
overseeing / assisting in clean up before and after Church functions. Is
responsible for organizing location of events
(Is a long term position) Will work with Church Council in maintaining a
high standard of curriculum and designing new curriculum when needed.
Will assist in keeping all class/student records in order.
(Is a long term position) Researches craft projects and fund raising
ideas to benefit the Church, members, and community.
responsible for website design and such
any other positions as deemed appropriate.
All members of the Church shall be guided in their conduct by mutual
respect for each individual and their beliefs.
IV. Meeting Schedule
1. Will be
at the recommendation of the Church Council to best benefit of the
seminars, class orientations, and other classes open to the public shall be
offered at such times and places as the Council decides.
Church Council and Education Committee shall establish the curricula.
held in member’s homes shall be closed to the public and are considered a
teaching/learning event for the members and guests invited by the Church
held in public locations shall be open to the community and are considered a
teaching/learning event for the members and guests invited by the Church
(in Public locations) shall be open to the public. The Church Council may
schedule a second, church only celebration on or near selected Sabbats.
shall be designated open only to Dedicants and Initiates of this church, or
open to all within the community, by the Church Council.
and Initiates are expected to participate in Esbats, Sabbats, and classes.
income shall include membership dues and fees, donations, profits from
fundraising projects, sales of items, and interest from banking accounts, if
any, established by the Board.
budget shall be established and disbursements approved by the Board.
treasurer shall make a full quarterly report of income and expenses to the
council and congregation.
required forms and reports shall be filed with the state and federal
governments as required to maintain the church's legal status.
E. The PAC
is a non-profit Church and shall maintain this status.
F. 10% of
net monthly income will be set aside for a future building fund for the Church.
VIII. Privacy of Members
names, addresses, phone numbers, and other information relating to individual
members shall be considered confidential and may not be disclosed without the
permission of the individual(s) involved.
of confidential information will be grounds for expulsion.
C. The PAC
considers the personal information provided by its members to the Church to be
for use by the Church only and will not give out without explicit permission
from the member(s).
IX. Revising the By Laws
A. Any part
of these By Laws may be amended by consensus of the board of directors at the
request of the Church Council at any time without prior notice.
B. If at any
time, any portion of these bylaws are deemed to be in conflict with any
applicable laws, that section will no longer be valid.