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Bylaws

Bylaws

GUIDELINES/BYLAWS -- As Amended October 22, 2005

Article 1 --  NAME
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST WOMEN AND RELIGION:  An independent affiliate of the UUA

Article 2:  CHARTER
WOMEN AND RELIGION RESOLUTION passed by the UUA GA, Ithaca NY, June 23, 1977 (see attachment)

Article 3:  PURPOSE
UUW&R is dedicated to freeing ourselves, others and Earth from traditional, historical, and contemporary oppressive and patriarchal systems.  We continue to work together to implement the 1977 UUA Women and Religion Resolution.

Article 4:  MEMBERSHIP
Any person is eligible for membership in UUW&R who is in general accord with the above-stated purpose and who supports the work of the group.

Article 5:  GUIDELINES
UUW&R shall be guided by the Core Group as described in Article 7.

The work of UUW&R shall be carried out by a feminist process as we understand (based on "Peace & Power" by Peggy Chinn and "Shared Leadership" by Elizabeth Fisher)

Article 6:  MEETINGS
The annual meeting of UUW&R shall be held at times and places set by the Core Group.  Special meetings, social events, public programs, etc. may be scheduled by the core Group or a designated committee.

Article 7: CORE GROUP
The Core Group consists of:  District Officers, Officers of W&R at the continental level, Committee Chairs and participants of the Annual Gathering.  Any woman is welcome to join the Core Group and assist in the work of UUW&R at any time by committing to do so.

Article 8:  BUDGET
The budget for the fiscal year from December 1-November 30 will be established at the Annual Gathering after receiving up-to-date financial statement. Expenditures must have prior written approval from Co-Conveners and Treasurer.

Article 9:  NON-PROFIT INTENTION
  1. Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
  1. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof.  No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code
  1. Upon dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.  Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.


Article 9: REVIEW AND REVISION
These Guidelines will be reviewed at each Annual Meeting and revised as necessary.

Certificate of the Officers

Regarding Adoption of the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Women & Religion

We certify that we are the duly elected and acting President and Secretary of the Unitarian Universalist Women & Religion and that the foregoing pages are the bylaws of this organization as adopted and amended by the members on November 19, 2005.


Rev. Dorothy Emerson, President _______________________________

Geri Kennedy, Treasurer ___________________________________