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CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL AT NMSU

(formerly known as Campus Ministries Association since 1988)

As amended November 6, 1997 and April 4, 2013

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ARTICLE I. The proper name of the organization is InterFaith Council. It serves New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Branch Community College. In the remainder of this document it will be referred to as IC.

ARTICLE II. The PURPOSE of the organization is to:
  1. Provide for the spiritual needs of the University Community.
  2. Foster mutual cooperation among the various member organizations.
  3. Serve as a resource to the University Community.
ARTICLE III. Membership
  1. QUALIFICATIONS - Any religious organization involved in the spiritual life of the campus community may apply for memberhip in the IC if it:
    1. Subscribes to the purpose of the IC as described in ARTICLE II of this constitution.
    2. Refrains from proselytizing through the IC.
    3. Is affiliated with a recognized parent organization, is open and honest in identifying itself, and its relationship with parent bodies.
    4. Professes a sound and consistent theology that edifies the University Community.
    5. Is prepared to commit itself to active participation in the IC.

  2. ACCEPTANCE - Membership application will be made by submitting a written application form, and by attending an IC meeting to make a formal, oral presentation. Members will have the opportunity to question the representative. Membership will be granted upon the approval of 2/3 of the IC members present at the meeting where the application is considered.


  3. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP - Associate Memberships (non-voting) may be granted by IC.


  4. MEMBERSHIP TERM AND DUES - Membership term in IC will be for a period of one year and will be from August 1 through the last day in July. Annual dues will be set by a vote of the members at the May business meeting each year, and will be due by the date of the September business meeting each year. Membership will consist of those having paid dues by the September business meeting. An organization admitted during the term will pay prorated dues. Dismissal and/or resignation will not result in a refunding of dues paid. Associate members will not be required to pay dues.


  5. RESIGNATIONS, DISMISSALS - Member organizations who have missed four or more meetings in the IC membership term will be invited to present to the February meeting of the IC the reasons why they should not be dropped from membership. 2/3 of those present must approve dismissal by secret ballot.
ARTICLE IV. Officers and Committees
  1. The officers of the IC shall consist of President, President - Elect, Executive Counselor (past president), Secretary and Treasurer. The term of office shall be from June 1 to May 31. All members are encouraged to serve as officers.


  2. Committees will be appointed and function as needed by the IC.
ARTICLE V. Meetings - Monthly Business Meetings shall be held at 8:00 AM on the 1st Thursday of each month, September - May, or other times and/or days as mutually agreed upon by the members.

ARTICLE VI. Parliamentary Authority - Parliamentary Authority shall be vested in the Member organizations of IC. Each organization shall have one vote on any question. A quorum (33% of the members) must be present to conduct business. Business may only be transacted at a duly called meeting with proper notification.

ARTICLE VII. Amendment Procedures - This constitution may be amended by 2/3 vote of the IC members present at a duly called meeting with proper notification.


Organizations represented at the Constitutional Amending Meeting - 6 November 1997

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Etz Chayim - Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship - USA
Lutheran Campus Fellowship (Peace Lutheran)
Lutheran Student Fellowship (Missouri Synod)
Newman Center (Catholic)
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
Religious Science
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Unitarian Universalist Church
Wesley Student Center (Methodist)


(Article III, Paragraph E ammended by vote of the membership at a duly constituted meeting of the Council on February 10, 2011. The word "January" was changed to "Februray" since the Council no longer normally meets during the month of January.)


This page last updated 2 May 2013. Maintained by InterFaith Council webmaster, Jim Ficklin, jficklin@nmsu.edu.