CONSTITUTION

1 NAME

The name of the organisation shall be Faith in Lancaster (The Lancaster Interfaith Group).

2 AIMS

The aims of the Group shall be to:

1 To set up a Lancaster and district forum in which members can safely discuss their different religious traditions and spiritual identities.

Faith in Lancaster is a non-political organisation. Through its activities it will encourage mutual understanding through dialogue, of the different religious traditions and spiritual identities of those participating in its activities.

2 To enable the different faith communities in Lancaster and district to have harmonious relations with each other.

Faith in Lancaster will through its actions encourage contact and friendship between the different faith communities, for example, through its meetings and through organising mutual visits to different places of worship or meeting.

3 To present to people in Lancaster and district a positive and balanced image of interfaith faith relationships, and of interfaith work.

Through its representatives nominated by its committee, Faith in Lancaster will be available, as appropriate, to the media to represent interfaith matters and activities in a balanced way. Such representatives may also be involved in the educational process on interfaith and multi-faith matters where the need occurs.

4 To enable communication and cooperation between different faith groups in Lancaster and interfaith groups elsewhere.

Faith in Lancaster will, as appropriate, make contact with relevant public sector bodies in Lancaster and district to secure funding and representation. The organisation will encourage its members and representatives to visit interfaith groups and those committed to interfaith work in other towns and cities and encourage mutual visits.

3 POWERS

To further these aims the committee shall have power to:

(a) obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group.

(b) to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of objects or similar charitable purposes, and to exchange information and advice with them

(c) do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group.

4 MEMBERSHIP

(a) Voting membership shall be open to anyone of any faith committed to building interfaith relations.

(b) The Executive Committee shall have the power to approve or reject applications for membership or to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the Executive Committee before a final decision is made.

5 MANAGEMENT

(a) An Executive Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting shall manage the Group.

(b) The Executive Committee shall consist of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and four other voting members.

(c) The Executive Committee may co-opt up to a further two voting members who shall resign at the next Annual General Meeting.

(d) The Executive Committee shall meet at least four times each year.

(e) The Executive Committee will have a quorum of five members from at least three different faith groups present at a meeting to enable the business of the group to be carried out.

(f) A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept.

6 GENERAL MEETINGS

(a) An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 15 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year in June thereafter.

(b) Notices of the AGM shall be published three weeks beforehand and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time.

(c) A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the Executive Committee, or not less than one quarter of the membership. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members three weeks beforehand.

(d) One third of membership or five members from at least three faiths being present, whichever is the greater, shall enable a General Meeting to take place.

(e) Proposals to change the constitution must be given in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before a general meeting and approved by a two thirds majority of those present and voting.

7 ACCOUNTS

(a) The funds of the group including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the Executive Committee. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Executive Committee.

(b) The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the objects.

(c) A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept.

8 DISSOLUTION

(a) The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting.

(b) If confirmed, the committee shall distribute any assets remaining after the payment of all bills to other charitable group(s) or organisation(s) having aims similar to the Group or some other charitable purpose(s) as the Group may decide.