By-Laws Article III: Membership
The Interfaith Council shall embrace all religious organizations between 43rd St. on the north, 60th St. on the south, Lake Michigan on the east, and Cottage Grove Ave. on the west, that indicate their desire to be so associated. We also welcome individual supporters.
A. Organizational Membership: Member organizations shall pay an annual membership fee and shall pledge to work together in a respectful manner. Member organizations are requested to pay one dollar per member per year, with a minimum of 25 dollars for organizations with 25 or fewer members.
All member organizations may appoint up to two representatives to the Interfaith Council Governing Body, and it is preferable that one be a spiritual leader or executive of the member organization. These representatives are voting delegates to the quarterly, annual and special meetings of the Council.
B. Associate Membership: Member organizations who are not able to meet the financial and volunteer requirements of membership, but who participate in Council programs, may become Associate Members. Associate Members may participate in all activities and programs of the Interfaith Council but may not vote at Council meetings. Associate Members may become Organizational Members at any time by satisfying the minimum financial and volunteer requirements.
C. A religious organization interested in membership or associate membership will submit to the Executive Committee a membership application which includes their organization's mission/vision statement, their ideals and goals, and how they see themselves in relationship with the Interfaith Council. The Executive Committee will present the membership application to the Interfaith Council who may confirm or deny the membership request.
D. The Executive Committee may recommend the removal of a member organization from membership for conduct that does not reflect the common values and ideals of the Interfaith Council, expressed in Article 2.
E. Inactive Membership Status: Member organizations, who within the previous year have shown no involvement in the Interfaith Council, have not participated in quarterly meetings, and have not paid yearly dues, may be moved to inactive status by the Executive Committee. Inactive members may not vote at quarterly or yearly meetings. The Executive Committee may return a member organization to active Member or Associate Member status at a time when they believe the organization has shown an appropriate level of interest in the work of the Interfaith Council.
F. Affiliate Organizations. A religious organization that is based outside of Hyde Park and Kenwood, or a non-religious organization within or outside of Hyde Park and Kenwood, may request recognition as an Affilitate Organization. Where there are shared values and a desire to engage in a cooperative relationship, the Interfaith Council will be open to recognizing the organization as an Affilitate Organization. Affiliate Organization may participate in Interfaith Council activities, but do not have a vote.
G. The action of the Executive Committee to confer or deny membership, to remove membership, to recognize an organization as an affiliate, or to move a member to associate or inactive status must be affirmed by the governing body at the next Quarterly Meeting or special meeting called for that purpose. The Executive Committee will present all applications for membership to the Quarterly meeting, along with it's recommendation, for a vote. The Executive Committee will also present its reason for any member to be removed from membership or for being moved to associate or inactive status. The governing body of the Interfaith Council may affirm the decision of the Executive Committee by a two-thirds vote.