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The Elders of Origins Community have called a special business meeting for the purpose of holding a vote of affirmation concerning amendments to Origins’ bylaws.
Our bylaws are our governing document. They define roles and responsibilities within Origins Community as well as define the reason the organization exists, its scope and bring clarification on how to make major business decisions together as a community. The last several months, as we’ve made exciting changes to Origins’ structure and mission, the Elders have been careful to act within our current bylaws to move toward what we believe God is leading us into. However, to fully operate as a decentralized community of faith, established by the autonomous efforts of its adherents and governed by a team of Elders we need to make amendments to our bylaws so that our future actions and our bylaws are in agreement.
The Elders have unanimously agreed to the proposed changes and are asking the Covenant Community (i.e. Active Members) to vote in favor of accepting the amended bylaws in whole. When small or specific amendments are requested, individual parts are often voted on. In this case, the requested bylaw amendments redefine the organization as well as roles within the organization. For that reason, we are requesting a single vote of affirmation to accept the proposed bylaws as Origins’ new governing document.
Here are links to the current and proposed bylaws for your consideration:
Overview of major changes
While the proposed amendments make several changes, the following are an overview of the major structural and philosophical changes.
To vote in the upcoming business meeting regarding these proposed changes you have to be an active member. If you have not had a chance to affirm your active status by reviewing and accepting the Community Covenant, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to affirm active membership for this upcoming vote is Wednesday July 13, 2016.