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Religious Leaders Council

 

Mission & Purpose

 

The purpose of the Religious Leaders Council is to build relationships of mutual support, and offer a moral and spiritual voice in our region. The Council will identify issues and concerns for dialogue and action.

 

 

Participating Communities  - Participants are religious communities* who:

 

  • Affirm the Council's mission and purpose;
  • Are represented on the Council by the denominational head (or functionally equivalent);
  • Appoint the appropriate representative to serve regularly and actively on the Administrative Group
  • Support the Council financially, to the best of their ability.

 

*Some groups involved in early years have been "grandfathered in".

 

Religious Leaders Council - Members and Decision-Making  - Council Members are the denominational heads (or functionally equivalent persons identified by each religious community) who commit to serve regularly and actively on the Council. The Council convenes formally at least two times per year.  The Council is led by Co-Conveners who convene meetings and oversee the Council's policies, priorities, and programmatic endeavors. This is done in consultation with the Co-Conveners of the Administrative Group and professional staff. The Council Co-Conveners reflect the religious

diversity of the Council and are rotated periodically.

 

Decisions that alter the mission and purpose of the Council are brought to Council meetings for Council Members' consensus decision. A Membership Committee ensures the full engagement of Council Members, and reviews questions related to the membership, representation,and responsibilities of participating communities. Additional committees may be established as needed.

 

Informal gatherings of Members between formal meetings aid in achieving the purpose of building and deepening relationships. Members, at their own initiative, also may communicate and work directly with their fellow Council Members on matters they deem appropriate. The Council as a whole does not need to endorse these informal gatherings I initiatives.