Adopted 11/09/95, Revised 1/5/2012, Revised 7/24/2014
Cursillos in Christianity is established as an organization of the Nonprofit Religious Corporation, The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, under the laws of the State of California. The primary purpose for which this entity was formed is to further the goals and objectives of the Episcopal Cursillo Movement, Christianize environments, and to develop lay leadership in the Episcopal Church.
Section 1.01-Office: The principal office of Cursillos in Christianity is the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, located 2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107.
Section 2.01-Members: There shall be one class of members of this organization, composed of both lay and clergy members of Cursillos in Christianity [also known as Cursillistas]. Each member of Cursillo shall be entitled to one vote.
Section 2.02-Qualifications: Voting members shall be persons who have attended an Episcopal Cursillo weekend [or the 'Cursillo' weekend of another denomination] who choose the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego as their Cursillo Community.
Section 2.03-Financial Support: No dues or assessments will be charged to the membership. The movement will be supported by donations. No one will be excluded from an activity of the movement because of lack of ability to contribute financially.
Section 3.01-Accountability: The Secretariat is the governing body of Cursillos in Christianity for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and is accountable to the Ecclesiastical Authority. It shall have the sole responsibility to formulate policy and operating guidelines for the activities of Cursillo in this See. Such policy and guidelines will comply with the Canons of the Episcopal Church in the United States and this Diocese, and the policy and guidelines of the National Episcopal Cursillo.
Section 3.02-Qualifications: Nominees for Secretariat must have been a member of and in communion with the San Diego Episcopal Cursillo Community for at least one year, and also be a member of and actively attending an Episcopal church.Clergy in communion with the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and approved by the Bishop, are eligible to serve on the Secretariat as outlined below.
Section 3.03-Number: The number of voting Secretariat members shall be not more than twelve (12) Episcopal lay and five (5) clergy members. Nine (9) lay members shall be elected in accordance with Sections 4.02 and 4.03. The twelfth (12th) lay member shall be the Chairperson, if elected to the Chairperson-Elect position in the last year of the member's regular term on the Secretariat. Three (3) clergy members shall be elected in accordance with Sections 4.02 and 4.03. The Diocesan Spiritual Advisor shall be appointed by the Bishop for a term of two (2) years and may be re-appointed for additional two (2) year terms.
Section 3.04 - Rotation of Laity: The lay members shall serve for a term of three years. If elected by the Secretariat during the third year of a regular term as Chairperson-Elect, a member may serve a fourth year as Chairperson. The terms shall be staggered so that approximately one-third are newly elected each year. No lay member shall be elected to serve two consecutive full three-year terms. A lay member elected to fill an un-expired term of two years or less may be eligible for immediate re-election to a full three-year term, provided, however, no member including the Chairperson may serve more than five consecutive years. Lay members are eligible for re-election after an absence of one year from the Secretariat.
Section 3.05 - Rotation of Clergy: The elected clergy members shall serve for a term of three years. No clergy shall be elected to serve two consecutive full three-year terms. A clergy member elected to fill an un-expired term of two years or less may be eligible for immediate re-election to a full three-year term. Clergy are eligible for additional elected terms after an absence of one year from the Secretariat.
Section 3.06-Vacancy: When the position of any lay member or elected clergy becomes prematurely vacant by death, resignation, or removal, the Secretariat may appoint a replacement. At the next Annual Meeting, at the Secretariat's discretion, the Cursillo community may elect a replacement for the remainder of the un-expired term. Should the Chairperson position become vacant, the Chairperson-Elect shall immediately become Chairperson. Should the Chairperson-Elect position become vacant, the Secretariat shall at their option either elect a new Chairperson-Elect at their next regularly scheduled meeting or authorize the person currently serving as Chairperson to serve an additional year as Chairperson. No Chairperson shall serve more than two consecutive years.
Section 3.07-Removal: Any lay member or elected clergy with three (3) consecutive unexcused absences from regularly scheduled Secretariat meetings shall be removed from the Secretariat. In the event that the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor has three (3) consecutive unexcused absences from regularly scheduled Secretariat meetings, the Secretariat shall request that the Bishop appoint a replacement.
Section 3.08-Quorum: A simple majority of the total voting Secretariat membership shall constitute a quorum. General business of the Secretariat shall be approved by a simple majority of voting members in attendance at the meeting. However, a majority vote of two-thirds of the total Secretariat membership shall be required to remove a lay member or elected clergy member for cause, or to recommend to the Bishop replacement of the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor for cause.
Section 3.09-Secretariat Meetings: Secretariat meetings normally shall be held monthly at a place designated by the Chairperson. Special meetings may be called at the request of the Chairperson, the Spiritual Advisor or two (2) members of the Secretariat. Special meetings shall be held with at least five (5) days notice by electronic mail or forty-eight (48) hours by telephone. All meetings are open to the Cursillo community.
Section 4.01-Annual Meetings: The Annual Meeting of the voting members of Cursillo shall be held at the last Grand Ultreya of each calendar year. Elections to fill lay and elected clergy vacancies on the Cursillo Secretariat will be conducted at the Annual Meeting.
Section 4.02- Nominations: Nominations for lay and elected clergy Secretariat positions shall be made by the Secretariat not later than September 30th of each year. The names of lay and clergy nominees shall be published and distributed to the membership ten or more days prior to the Annual Meeting. The Secretariat shall present the slate of nominees to the community at the Annual Meeting. Additional nominees shall be requested from the floor, with the consent of the nominees and verification of their qualifications, according to Section 3.02. Every effort shall be made to present a slate of at least 150% of the lay and 100% of the clergy positions to be filled.
Section 4.03- Ballot: The lay and elected clergy members shall be elected by secret ballot conducted at the Annual Meeting each year. Vote tabulation shall be conducted by three persons appointed by the Secretariat Chairperson, with vote results to be announced at the Annual Meeting. There shall be no provisions for absentee voting
Section 5.01-Numbers and Titles: The officers of the Secretariat shall be Chairperson, Chairperson-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Diocesan Spiritual Advisor. It is the intent of the Secretariat that the Chairperson-Elect serve one year in that position, observing the Chairperson and thereafter become Chairperson for one year. At the December meeting, the Chairperson shall step down. The Chairperson-Elect shall become the Chairperson and the new Chairperson and the Secretariat shall elect a new Chairperson-Elect for the following year. The outgoing Chairperson shall not vote on the new Chairperson-Elect.
Section 5.02- Chairperson-Elect Election: Candidate names shall be placed in nomination by a voting member of the Secretariat. Elections, using secret ballot, shall be by majority vote of all voting members in attendance.
Section 5.03- Duties of the Chairperson: The Chairperson shall be responsible for the scheduling and chairing of all meetings of the Secretariat. The Chairperson shall be an ex-officio member of all Cursillo committees and shall be responsible for submitting an annual report to the convention of the Diocese. The Chairperson shall train the Chairperson-Elect to become Chairperson and assign the Chairperson-Elect such duties and responsibilities as will assist in that training. The Chairperson shall appoint the Servant Community Convener.
Section 5.04-Duties of the Chairperson-Elect: In the absence of the Chairperson, the Chairperson-Elect shall carry out all of the duties of the Chairperson. The Chairperson-Elect shall work closely with the Chairperson in preparation for becoming Chairperson. The Chairperson-Elect shall serve as the Secretariat's primary point of contact with the Servant Community and the Servant Community Convener.
Section 5.05-Secretary and Treasurer. The Secretary and Treasurer of the Secretariat shall be appointed by the Chairperson, with the advice and consent of the Secretariat. Both shall be Cursillistas in the San Diego Episcopal Cursillo community and they may be, but do not have to be, elected voting members of the Secretariat. If the Secretary and Treasurer are not voting members of the Secretariat, they shall have seat and voice at all meetings of the Secretariat.
Section 5.06-Duties of the Secretary: The Secretary shall keep minutes of each Secretariat meeting and shall communicate said minutes to members of the Secretariat at least one week prior to the next meeting. The Secretary also shall send a copy of the minutes to the Bishop and also shall cause the membership of the Secretariat to be communicated to the Diocesan office in January of each year.
Section 5.07-Duties of the Treasurer: The Treasurer shall receive the funds of Cursillo and deposit them in the bank account(s), or money instruments, as approved by the Secretariat; and shall pay all bills on behalf of Cursillo. The Treasurer shall see to it that the authorized signatories shall be at a minimum the Treasurer, The Chairperson, and the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor. With the Secretariat's authorization, up to two additional Secretariat member signatories may be authorized for the bank account(s) or money instruments.. All accounts or money instruments shall require two signatures for dispersal of funds. A report of all receipts, disbursements, and bank account balances shall be made to the Secretariat at each regularly scheduled meeting. The books shall be reviewed as directed by the Secretariat and a report of such review shall be submitted to the Secretariat in writing. An audit will be conducted when deemed appropriate by the Secretariat.
Section 5.08-Diocesan Spiritual Advisor: The Diocesan Spiritual Advisor shall be appointed by the Bishop to a two (2) year term and shall be eligible for an additional term.
Section 5.09-Duties of the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor: The Diocesan Spiritual Advisor shall represent and be liaison to the Bishop on all matters concerning Cursillo; shall advise the Secretariat in all spiritual, scriptural, and liturgical matters; and shall select the Rector of Cursillo weekends. The Diocesan Spiritual Advisor shall be an ex-officio member of all Cursillo committees.
Section 6.01-Standing Committees: The Secretariat shall establish a Servant Community and within the Servant Community maintain the following Standing Committees: Pre-Cursillo, Three Day Weekend, Fourth Day, and Communications. Sub-committees shall be established within these standing committees to accomplish the mission and support of the Cursillo movement in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.
Section 7.01-Cursillo Weekends: The Secretariat is responsible for the planning and operation of the Cursillo weekends.
Section 8.01-Amendments: The Secretariat shall have the power to repeal or amend these bylaws. Before new bylaws or changes in existing bylaws may be adopted, notice of a proposal to change bylaws shall first be given to all Secretariat members at least one week prior to a meeting. The proposed changes to the bylaws will be presented at that meeting of the Secretariat for review and final modification. If no changes are made, the revised bylaws may be adopted by an affirmative vote of two thirds of voting members in attendance at the next monthly meeting.