CONSTITUTION OF THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION
Believing that insight into
the communicative process is vital in understanding and practicing of
religion, we the undersigned meeting in the Palmer House in Chicago,
Illinois, December 27, 1974, establish this Constitution to deal
cooperatively with the problems of religious communication.
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Article I. Name
name of this organization shall be: The Religious Communication
Association (RCA). Official use of Association's name shall be made only
through the authority of the Executive Council of the Association.
Article II. Purpose
purpose of the Association shall be to provide a common organization for
the study of religious communication by teachers, practitioners, and
scholars. The Association is an educational, nonsectarian agency. All
funds of the organization shall be used solely to achieve its stated
purpose. The RCA is organized exclusively for, and will be operated
exclusively for, literary and scientific purposes within the meaning of
section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
Article III. Membership
Membership in the
Association shall be (is) open to persons and institutions interested in
the purposes of the organization.
Article IV. Related Organizations
The Executive Council
shall seek to establish appropriate mutual relationship with other
organizations in order to facilitate the fulfillment of the purposes of
Article V. Officers
The officers of the
association shall be President, First Vice President, Second Vice
President, Executive Secretary, Editor of the Newsletter, and three
Councilors. These eight shall constitute the Executive Council.
terms of Office shall be:
year for the President, First Vice President, and Second Vice
years each for the Councilors, the Editor of the Newsletter, and the
Councilor shall rotate off the Executive Council each year.
First Vice President shall succeed the President, and the Second
Vice President shall succeed the First Vice President.
duties of each officer shall be stated in the Bylaws. In the event of
the incapacity of any officer, the Executive Council shall, at its
discretion, elect a replacement or establish a procedure for electing
majority of the membership of the Executive Council shall constitute a
quorum to do official business. The Council shall be the principle
policymaking body of the organization.
Executive Council shall have the power to make arrangements for the
annual convention and the business meetings,
to establish relationships with other organization, to appoint ad
hoc committees as shall be considered wise and necessary, to recommend
divisions within the Association, to approve expenses, and to perform
other such duties as may be set forth in the Constitution.
Article VI. Elections
Committee, at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting, shall present
a slate of nominees for publication to the membership. Elections, with
opportunity for nominations from the floor, shall be held at a business
session during the annual
convention (meeting). A majority vote of those members present shall be
required for election. This article shall be applicable following the 1974
All officers shall be
elected as noted above except for the Executive Secretary. Members present
at the annual convention (meeting) shall vote "approve" or
"disapprove" for the one candidate whom the Nominating Committee has
determined as being qualified with the necessary skills and institution
support required for the office of Executive Secretary.
Article VII. The Annual Convention
shall be an annual convention at such time and place as shall be
determined by the Executive Council. The program of the annual meeting
shall consist of presentations and workshops of interest to teachers,
practitioners, and scholars of religious communication;
discussion of the Divisions; business meetings for consideration
of reports and elections of officers; and meetings of newly elected
officers and committees.
Article VIII. Quorum
shall consist of those members in good standing and in attendance at a
business meeting of the association, except that if less than
twenty-five members are present, resolutions adopted in the meeting
shall be referred to the membership by mail for ratification.
Article IX. (VIII). Amendment
may be proposed by the Executive Council and/or by the membership in
regular business sessions. Upon passage by a simple majority, proposed
amendments shall be submitted to total membership by mail ballot. A
two-thirds majority of those voting shall be required for ratification.
Article X (IX). Bylaws
not inconsistent with this Constitution may be adopted by a majority
vote of the members present at a business meeting, provided that
appropriate notice is made in writing 30 days in advance of the meeting.
Article XI (X). Parliamentary Authority
for the formal meetings shall be Standard Code of Parliamentary
Procedures by Alice Sturgis.
Article XII (XI). Enabling Clause
This constitution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.
Article XIII (XII). Dissolution
organization may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the membership
present at a business meeting, provided a written notice of dissolution
shall have been sent to all members at least thirty days prior to the
meeting. In unusually dire circumstances, the Executive Council may
recommend dissolution and secure approval with two-thirds majority of
those voting in (membership by) a mail ballot. In the event of
dissolution, assets of the Association shall be distributed for purposes
clearly within the stated exempt purposes of section 501 © (3) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
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Article I. Expenses
ordinary expenses of the Association and authorized committees shall be
borne by the Association.
Article II. Membership and Fees
1. The dues and/or fees of the Association shall be proposed by the
and approved by the Association. This provision shall be applicable
after the 1974 RCA Convention. An annual convention fee may (shall) be
set by the Executive Secretary in consultation with the Executive
Section 2. Memberships and annual dues
shall be of six types: student = $12.50; regular = $25.00; sustaining =
$45.00; life = $250.00; institution or library = $50.00; emeritus or
honorary = no fee.
Overseas memberships add $10.00 to each category. Eligibility, rights and privileges for (of) each
membership type (category) shall be set by the Executive Council.
Article III. Duties of Officers
The Immediate Past
President shall serve as advisor to the Executive Council.
The President, as
the chief presiding officer, shall conduct the regular business sessions
and shall be responsible for the general welfare of the organization.
The First Vice
President shall plan the annual convention (meeting) program and keep
a careful record of the annual convention programs and workshops for the
archives of the Association, shall act in the absence of the President,
and shall succeed the President.
Vice President shall be in charge of membership
shall chair the awards committee,
and shall succeed to the office of the First Vice President.
Secretary shall serve as secretary and treasurer and shall serve as
chief executive officer of the Association under the direction of the
The Editor of the
Newsletter shall prepare three newsletters each year-a spring issue
with special emphasis on the activities of the membership, a
pre-convention issue with special emphasis on the programs of the upcoming
annual convention (national convention), and a post-convention issue with
special emphasis on reporting the business conducted by the members
assembled at the convention.
serve in such capacities as directed by the Executive Council. One
Councilor shall (to) serve as the Association's representative to the
Governing Board of Homiletic.
Article IV. Division Chairpersons
shall be appointed by the Executive Council for a term of two (three)
years. Vice Chairperson, who
shall succeed the Division Chairperson, shall be appointed by the
Executive Council at the end of the first (second) year of the
responsibility of Division Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons shall be to
promote scholarship, research, and creative endeavors relevant to the
academic focus of the respective divisions. This responsibility includes
developing programs for the Association's annual conventions; developing
publications, exhibits, and performances; developing cooperative projects
with affiliate and other organizations with allied interests, subject to
the approval of the Convention Program Chairperson; and publicizing
division events and developments of interest to the division membership in
the RCA newsletter, as appropriate.
Article V. Committees
Standing and ad hoc
committees for fulfilling the purposes of the Organization may be
appointed by the Executive Council. The two standing committees are:
1. Nominating Committee
Past President, chairperson
Councilor, named by the chairperson
non-Executive Council (non-council) RCA member, named by the chairpersons
Article VI. Amendment
may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those voting at any regular
business session or by a simple majority vote provided that notice or
proposed amendments is sent to the membership in writing 30 days in
advance of the meeting.
Article VII. Editor and Editor Elect of the Association Journal
The Editor of the
Association journal, Journal of Communication and Religion (JCR), shall
serve as a supervising director of the journal for a three-year period.
Selection of the Editor-Elect shall occur during the annual convention in
the second year of the Editor's three-year term.
During the annual
convention and at the end of the first year of the Editor's term, the
Executive Council, upon the advice of the JCR Editorial Board, shall
identify and approve qualifying criteria for the position of Editor-Elect.
The President, with the
advice of the Executive Council, shall appoint an ad hoc Editor Search
Committee, chaired by the Editor, to solicit and screen nominations in
light of the established criteria.
After review of the
credentials and at the following annual convention, the ad hoc Editor
Search Committee shall present to the Executive Council the names and
qualifications of at least one but no more than three candidates for the
editorship. An Editor-Elect, who shall serve as an associate of the Editor
for a period of one year and who then shall assume the editorship for the
subsequent three-year term.
of Electronic Communication
The Coordinator of Electronic Communication shall supervise all electronic
communication products of the organization for a three year period,
including the maintenance and development of the RCA website, ensuring of
the proper function of the listserv, and development of any new electronic
endeavor (such as a web based membership database).
At the end of the second year of the Coordinator's term the President,
with the advice of the Executive Council, shall appoint an ad hoc
Coordinator Search Committee to solicit and screen nominations in light of
the established criteria.
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