Articles of Incorporation of
The Organization of Love, Peace, Truth, Tolerance, and Cooperation,
DBA, Tomorrow’s Bread Today (TBT)
Charter Number 01326463-01
Tax ID # 76-0446925 Tax Exempt 501(a) (1)
under Section 501(c) 3 of federal income tax code
We the undersigned natural persons, at least three of whom are of the age of eighteen years or more, acting as incorporators of a corporation under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, do hereby adopt the following Articles of Incorporation for such corporation.
The name of the corporation is The Organization of Love, Peace, Truth, Tolerance, and Cooperation, DBA, Tomorrow’s Bread Today (TBT).
The corporation is a nonprofit corporation.
The period of duration is perpetual.
The purposes of the corporation are to promote Love and Peace among people through fostering the virtues of Truth, Tolerance, and Cooperation and all lawful business which nonprofit corporations may be incorporated to transact under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act. The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable and religious purposes within the meaning of section 509 (A) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The address of the registered office is:
Splendora, Texas 77372
and the name of the registered agent at that address is:
Donald H. McCormick
The number of the Trustees is seven and the name of each Trustee is:
• Donald McCormick, BA, DD
• Arnold Valenson, MD
• Kenneth McCormick
• John S. McCormick, Ed.D.
• Blair Korndorffer, AIA
• Jennifer Ramos-McCormick, MPH
• Karen Benson, MA
Name and Address of the Incorporator is:
Donald H. McCormick
Splendora, Texas 77372
No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered.
No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the corporation shall not participate in or intervene (including the publishing or distribution of statements of any political campaign) on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Not withstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 509 (A) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of an future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Trustees shall, after paying or making provision for payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such a manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, medical or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501 (c) (3) or 509 (a) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 ( or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law ), as the Board of Trustees shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
Extract From Exemption Letter From Department of Treasury
Contact Person: D.A. Downing
Contact Telephone Number: (513) 684-3957
Date of determination March 10, 1997
Based on information supplied, and assuming your operations will be as stated in your application for recognition of exemption, we have determined you are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c) (3)….We have further determined that you are not a private foundation within the meaning of section 509(a) of the Code, because you are an organization described in sections 509(a) (1) and 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi). “
BY LAWS of Tomorrow’s Bread Today (TBT)
The purposes of Tomorrow’s Bread Today is for its members to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy within The Organization and in the communities of people in need of cooperation and material help.
The Organization shall have and continuously maintain in the state named below a registered agent whose office is identical with such registered office and may have other offices within or without the state as the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine.
SECTION I. CLASSES OF MEMBERS.
The Organization shall have members of both sexes, married and single, with or without families, in the following classes:
1. Guests of The Organization
4. Permanent Community Members
SECTION 2. VOTING RIGHTS.
Each Permanent Community Member shall have one vote.
SECTION 3. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
The Board of Trustees of the Organization by affirmative vote of three-quarters (3/4) of all the members of the board may suspend or expel a member for cause after an appropriate hearing.
SECTION 4. RESIGNATION.
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Secretary, but such resignation shall not entitle such member to any property of The Organization and the member shall immediately lose all privileges and rights of The Organization.
SECTION 5. REINSTATEMENT.
Upon written request signed by a former member and filed with the Secretary, the Board of Trustees may, by the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the members of the Board, reinstate such former member to membership in The Organization upon such terms as the Board of Trustees may deem appropriate.
SECTION 6. TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP.
Membership in this Organization is not transferable nor assignable.
ARTICLE IV MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
SECTION 1. QUARTERLY MEETINGS.
Upon approval by the Trustees, quarterly meetings of the members of The Organization shall be held to transact business as may come before the meeting, for fellowship, and for improvement of the Organization.
SECTION 2. SPECIAL MEETING.
Special meetings of The Organization may be called by the Board of Trustees.
SECTION 3. PLACE OF MEETING.
The Board of Trustees may designate any place, within the state, as the place of meeting for any quarterly meeting or for any special meeting called by the Board of Trustees. If no designation is made of it the place of meeting shall be the registered office of The Organization or, if additional space is required, some suitably nearby location.
SECTION 4. NOTICE OF MEETINGS.
Written or printed or email notice stating the place, day, and hour of any regular or special meeting of The Organization permanent members shall be delivered, either personally, by mail, or by email to each voting member, not less than fifteen nor more than forty days before the date of such meeting, by or at the direction of the minister, or secretary, or the officers or persons calling the meeting. In all cases, the purpose for which the meeting is called shall be stated in the notice. If mailed, the notice of a meeting shall be deemed delivered when deposited in the United States mail addressed to the member at his address as it appears on the records of The Organization, with postage thereon prepaid.
SECTION 5. INFORMAL ACTION BY MEMBERS.
Upon approval by the Trustees, any action required to be taken at a meeting of the members of The Organization or any other action which may be taken at a meeting, may be taken without a meeting if consent in writing or by email, setting forth the action so taken shall be signed by three-quarters of the permanent members who respond in person or by proxy or by telecommunication with respect to the subject matter thereof.
SECTION 6. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES.
Parliamentary Procedure for all meetings of members, trustees, and committees shall be conducted in accordance with the latest revised edition of Robert’s Rules of Organization, unless otherwise inconsistent with these bylaws.
ARTICLE V BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SECTION 1. GENERAL POWERS.
The affairs of The Organization shall be managed by its Board of Trustees.
SECTION 2. NUMBER, TENURE, NOMINATION AND ELECTION.
The number of trustees shall be not less than three nor more than twelve. Each Trustee shall hold office for a term of five years and be eligible for re-election. Trustees shall be nominated by any permanent member of The Organization. Nominations shall be submitted to the Secretary at least ten days prior to the scheduled election of the Trustees. Trustees shall be appointed by a vote of three quarters of the members present in person at a meeting held for that purpose.
SECTION 3. REGULAR MEETINGS.
A regular annual meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held without other notice than this bylaw. The Board of Trustees may provide by resolution the time and place, within the state, for the holding of additional regular meeting of the Board. Such place may be via an internet video or audio connection between the attendees.
SECTION 4. SPECIAL MEETINGS.
Special meeting of the Board of Trustees may be called by or at the request of the Minister or any Trustee. All special meetings shall state the purpose of the meeting and be held at the registered office of The Organization unless otherwise agreed upon by a majority of the Board of Trustees in attendance at the meeting.
SECTION 5. NOTICE.
Notice of any special meeting of the Board of Trustees and the business to be transacted shall be given at least seven days previously thereto by written notice delivered personally or sent by mail or email to each Trustee at his or her address as shown by the records of The Organization. If notice be given by email, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when the email is delivered to the last known email address of the member. Any Trustee may waive notice of any meeting. The attendance of a Trustee at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Trustee attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. The purpose of any special meeting of the board shall be specified in the notice of such meeting.
SECTION 6. QUORUM.
Three-quarters of the Board of Trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the board provided that if less than three-quarters of the Trustees are present at said meeting, a majority of the Trustees present may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice.
SECTION 7. MANNER OF ACTING.
The act of three-quarters of the Trustees present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Trustees, except where otherwise provided by law or these bylaws.
SECTION 8. VACANCIES.
Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Trustees or Officers or any trusteeship to be filled by reason of an increase in the number of directors, shall be filled by the Board of Trustees. If the vacancy occurs due to the resignation, then the Chairman of the Board may appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the Trustees shall next meet and elect a person for the remaining term of his predecessor in office.
SECTION 9. COMPENSATION.
Trustees shall not receive any stated salaries for their services. Each Trustee shall be reimbursed for his or her actual expenses incurred in the attendance of meeting and in the conduct of the business of the Organization and for the support needed as defined by his or her category of membership in the Organization.
ARTICLE VI OFFICERS
SECTION 1. OFFICERS.
The officers of The Organization shall be a Minister, one or more Assistant-Ministers (the number thereof to be determined by the Board of Trustees), a Treasurer, a Secretary or combination thereof, and such other officers as may be elected in accordance with the provisions of this article. The Board of Trustees may elect or appoint such other officers, including one or more Assistant Secretaries and one or more Assistant Treasurers; as it shall deem desirable, such officers to have the authority and perform the duties prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Trustees. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of Minister and Secretary or Minister and Treasurer.
SECTION 2. ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE.
The officers of The Organization shall be elected annually by the Board of Trustees at the regular annual meeting of the Board of Trustees. If the election of officers shall not be held at such meeting, such election shall be held as soon thereafter as conveniently may be. Vacancies may be filled or new offices created and filled at any meeting of the Board of Trustees. Each officer shall hold office until his successor shall have been duly elected and shall have qualified.
SECTION 3. REMOVAL.
Any officer elected or appointed by the Board of Trustees may be removed by the Board of Trustees whenever in its judgment the best interest of The Organization would be served thereby. Any officer or board member absent from two consecutive regular and/or special board meetings shall be subject to dismissal and replacement.
SECTION 4. VACANCIES.
A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise, may be filled by the Board of Trustees for the remaining portion of the term.
SECTION 5. MINISTER.
The Minister of the Organization shall be the principal executive officer of the Organization. He or she shall supervise and conduct the affairs of The Organization in such manner as will best accomplish the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation of the Organization. He or she shall preside at all meetings of The Organization members. He or she shall countersign all checks together with the Treasurer.
SECTION 6. ASSISTANT-MINISTER
In the absence of the Minister or in the event of his inability or refusal to act, the Assistant-Minister shall perform the duties of the Minister, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the Minister. The Assistant-Minister shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the Minister or by the Board of Trustees.
SECTION 7. TREASURER.
The Treasurer or Assistant-Treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of The Organization; receive and give receipts for moneys received by The Organization from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such moneys in the name of The Organization in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of Article VIII of these bylaws. The Treasurer or Assistant-Treasurer shall prepare and present quarterly a detailed financial statement of the financial affairs of The Organization.
SECTION 8. SECRETARY.
The Secretary or Assistant-Secretary of The Organization shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the members and of the Board of Trustees in one or more manual or electronic books provided for that purpose; see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law; be custodian of the corporate records of The Organization; see that the seal of The Organization, if any, is affixed to all documents, the execution of which on behalf of The Organization under its seal, if any, is duly authorized in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; keep a register of the post office address and email address of each member which shall be furnished to the Secretary or Assistant-Secretary by such member; and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to the Secretary or Assistant-Secretary by the Minister or by the Board of Trustees. Assistant or assistants to the elected officers may be made available as necessary upon authorization by the Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE VII COMMITTEES
SECTION 1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the Minister, Assistant-Minister, Secretary, Treasurer, and at least two (2) Trustees appointed by the Minister. The Minister shall act as Chairman of the Executive Committee. A majority of the members present shall constitute a quorum. The Executive Committee shall have the powers of the Board of Trustees between regularly scheduled board meetings with the following exceptions, for which only the full board may act: the change or modification of the state or scope of activities of the Organization; and/or the expenditure of any funds not in the normal course of business operations of The Organization.
SECTION 2. COMMITTEES OF TRUSTEES.
The Board of Trustees, by resolution adopted by a majority of the TRUSTEES in office, may designate one or more committees, each of which shall consist of two or more trustees, which committees, to the extent provided in said resolution, shall have and exercise the authority of the Board of Trustees in the management of The Organization; but the designation of such committees and delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board of Trustees, or any individual trustee, of any responsibility imposed upon it or him by law. The Minister shall be an ex-official member of all committees of trustees.
SECTION 3. OTHER COMMITTEES.
Other committees not having and exercising the authority of the Board of Trustees in the management of The Organization may be designated by a resolution adopted by a majority of the Trustees present at a meeting at which a quorum is present. Except as otherwise provided in such resolution, members of each such committee shall be members of The Organization, and the Minister of the Organization shall appoint the members thereof. Any member thereof may be removed by the person or persons authorized to appoint such member whenever in their judgment the best interests of The Organization will be served by such removal. One member of each committee shall be a Trustee.
SECTION 4. TERM OF OFFICE.
Each member of a committee shall continue as such until the next annual meeting of the members of The Organization, unless the committee shall be sooner terminated, or unless such member is removed from such committee or resigns. A member of any committee shall be eligible for reappointment.
SECTION 5. CHAIRPERSON.
One member of each committee shall be a Chairperson appointed by the Trustee member of that committee.
SECTION 6. VACANCIES.
Vacancies in the membership of any committee may be filled by appointments made in the same manner as provided in the case of original appointments.
SECTION 7. QUORUM.
Unless provided in the resolution of the Board of Trustees designating a committee, two-thirds of the whole committee shall constitute a quorum and the act of two-thirds of the members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the committee.
SECTION 8. RULES.
Each committee may adopt rules for its own government not inconsistent with these bylaws or with rules adopted by the Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE VIII CONTRACTS, CHECKS, DEPOSITS, AND FUNDS
SECTION 1. CONTRACTS.
The Board of Trustees may authorize the officers of The Organization to enter into contracts or to execute and deliver documents in the name of and on behalf of The Organization. Such authority shall be confined to specific instances.
SECTION 2. CHECKS, DRAFTS, ETC.
All checks, drafts, or other Organizations for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of The Organization shall be signed by such officer or officers of The Organization and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by the resolution of the Board of Trustees, such instruments shall be signed by the Treasurer or an Assistant-Treasurer and countersigned by the Minister or Assistant-Minister of The Organization.
SECTION 3. DEPOSITS.
All funds of The Organization shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of The Organization in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as the Board of Trustees may select.
SECTION 4. GIFTS.
The Board of Trustees may accept on behalf of The Organization any contributions, gifts, bequests, or device for the general purpose or for any special purpose of The Organization.
SECTION 5. LOANS.
The Organization may, upon authorization of the Board of Trustees, from time to time accept or negotiate loans of financial assistance to be repaid at such time as The Organization is reasonably able to repay.
ARTICLE IX CERTIFICATES OF MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. CERTIFICATES OF MEMBERSHIP.
The Board of Trustees may provide for the issuance of certificates evidencing membership in The Organization which shall be in such form as may be determined by the Board. Such certificates shall be signed by the Minister or Assistant-Minister and by the Secretary or an Assistant-Secretary and shall be sealed with the seal of The Organization. All certificates evidencing membership of any class shall be consecutively numbered. The name and address of each member and the date of issuance of the certificate shall be entered on the records of The Organization. If any certificate shall become lost, mutilated or destroyed, a new certificate may be issued therefore upon such terms and conditions as the Board of Trustees may determine.
SECTION 2. ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES.
When a member has been elected to membership, a certificate of membership shall be issued in his name and delivered to him by the Secretary, if the Board of Trustees shall have provided for the issuance of certificate of membership under the provisions of Section 1 of this article.
ARTICLE X BOOKS AND RECORDS
The Organization shall keep correct and complete books and records of accounts and shall also keep minutes (manually or electronically) of the proceedings of its members, Board of Trustees and committees having any of the authority of the Board of Trustees, and shall keep at the registered or principal office a record giving the names and addresses of the members entitled to vote. All books and records of The Organization may be inspected by any member, or his agent or attorney for any purpose at any reasonable time.
SECTION 1. PROPERTY AND MONEY
All properties and money received from members or from any other party by The Organization is to be held in common with no member in any class having individual rights to such property or money.
SECTION 2. SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERSHIP BY THE ORGANIZATION.
The material and physical needs of each of the permanent members, including care and nurturing, and education of the children, and the care and nurturing of the old and the sick or injured, shall be provided for from the properties and moneys of The Organization to the extent of the total resources of The Organization. Any properties, material goods, or money accumulated by The Organization in excess of its obligations to members shall be used to perform corporal works of mercy for people in need both inside ( as guests, volunteers, or novices ) and outside of the membership of The Organization.
ARTICLE XII FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of The Organization shall begin the first day of January and end on the last day of December in each year.
ARTICLE XIII SEAL
The Board of Trustees may provide a corporate seal which shall have inscribed thereon the name of The Organization.
ARTICLE XIV WAIVER OF NOTICE
Whenever any notice is required to be given under the provisions of the General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act of the state named below or under the provisions of the articles of incorporation or the bylaws of The Organization, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice.
ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS OF BYLAWS
The bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by a three-quarters majority of the voting members present at any regular meeting or any special meeting, provided that at least ninety days’ written notice is given to the membership of intention to alter, amend or repeal or to adopt new bylaws at such meeting.
On consideration by the Board of Trustees of the Organization, and on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the following resolution was adopted.
RESOLVED: That these bylaws in the form presented to this meeting, be and they are hereby adopted as the Bylaws of this Organization, and the Secretary is hereby instructed to cause the same to be inserted in the minute book of The Organization.
FIRST AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS — Permanent Members
All members in the class of Permanent Community Member shall be entitled to live entirely from the resources of The Organization for their food, clothing, shelter, health, welfare, recreation, education, and transportation. In choosing this class of membership the individual or family agrees to give whatever property material goods they have to The Organization and, subsequently, to give whatever they earn from their labor, whether money or goods, to the Organization. The Organization will in turn, and in accordance with its bylaws, use the contributed goods and services for the benefit of all members according to their needs and then distribute the rest to the poor and needy in the communities both inside and outside of The Organization. No member in this class shall be removed except voluntarily or because of gross misconduct, by which we mean physically harming some other person, stealing from other people, refusing to work when the member is able to work, and work is available, or refusing to perform the work assigned in the commune by the officers of The Organization. Each member in this class is also to a make voluntary a vow of poverty.
SECOND AMENDMENT OF THE BY LAWS — Novices
All members in the class of Novice shall be entitled to live entirely from the resources of The Organization for their food, clothing, shelter, health, welfare, recreation, education, and transportation. In choosing this class of membership the individual or family agrees to give whatever they earn from their labor, whether money or goods, to The Organization. During the novice period the debts of the novice will be paid by TBT from the earning contributed by the novice’s work up to a limit of $600 per month until such debt is paid and as long is the novice is a member of TBT in a TBT house. If the novice becomes a permanent member the debts will be assumed in total. No member in this class shall be removed except voluntarily or because of gross misconduct, by which we mean physically harming some other person, stealing from other people, refusing to work when the member is able to work, and work is available, or refusing to perform the work assigned in the commune by the officers of The Organization.
THIRD AMENDMENT OF THE BY LAWS — Guests
All members in the class of Guests shall be entitled to food, shelter, and transportation for so long as the member is a resident in any house of the Organization. They are also entitled to participate as members in any health and welfare plan of the Organization. In choosing this class of membership the member agrees so long as he or she is a resident in any house of the Organization that an designated portion his or her gross earning necessary to pay for food, shelter, transportation and health care as determined by the Organization shall be put with the common funds of the Organization, but that should the Guest Member leave The Organization’s house for any reason funds and other material help shall be given to him or her commensurate with their needs and proportionate to the contributions they made to The Organization as determined solely by the Trustees. Guest Members shall not be removed except voluntarily or because of gross misconduct, by which we mean physically harming some other person, stealing from other people, refusing to work when the member is able to work, and work is available, or misrepresenting earning so as to avoid paying into the common fund.
FOURTH AMENDMENT OF THE BY LAWS — Non-discrimination
No person may be denied membership because of race, sex, age, or religious affiliations. However, membership in all classes are open only to those individuals and families who agree to a communal lifestyle. Love, truth, tolerance and cooperation and sharing many expenses and burdens in common as has been done successfully in past communities and are especially important teachings followed by the Organization.
FIFTH AMENDMENT OF THE BY LAWS -- Volunteers – Senior Patient Association (SPA)
All members in the class of Volunteers shall be entitled to food, shelter, clothing, and transportation for so long as the member is a resident in any house of the Organization. They are also entitled to participate as members in The Senior Patient Association of the Organization and receive health benefits that the Organization is able to provide for these SPA members. In choosing this class of membership the member agrees that as a Volunteer and SPA Member he or she will work at least ten hours per week doing tasks assigned by the Minister or assistant Ministers in his or her SPA Chapter related to the missions and purposes of the Organization. Volunteer members shall not be removed except voluntarily or because of gross misconduct, by which we mean physically harming some other person, stealing from other people, refusing to work when the member is able to work, and work is available.
PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION
I. Applications for Membership.
A. Each prospective member shall complete an application for membership and submit the application to the Board of Trustees, which board shall, at its next meeting, consider the application of the prospective member and determine whether to accept the member or not. If the determination is to not accept the member then the Board shall respond to the applicant as to the reasons for denial. If there are conditions or information that would cause the Board to change its mind and to accept the person as a member in the future, it is to be included in the response.
B. Each applicant accepted by the Board of Trustees shall have been interviewed personally by the Membership Committee and a report of that interview and the recommendation of the Committee given to the Board prior to the final decision of the Board to accept or deny membership to the applicant.
C. If the application is for a family membership each family member above the age of eighteen years must complete a separate membership application. The dependent children are to be included on the application of one of the parents or guardians.
II. Ideological and Moral Considerations and Expressions.
A. The members admitted to the Organization should hold certain convictions without which the organization could not practically function:
1. Peace among members and in their interactions with others is to be promoted by non-violent means.
2. Love is to be fostered among members and with others outside of membership. It is not an emotion, but a positive commitment to protect and help other people in the preservation of their lives and in gaining happiness.
3. Truth is to be used in all communications between members and with those outside of The Organization. When the Truth is not known members are expected to say they do not know and avoid guessing.
4. Tolerance is expected of all members. No member of the Organization is perfect, nor are other people in the world perfect. Consequently, if we are to avoid fighting and war we must be tolerant. Tolerance does not mean that The Organization and its members do not actively oppose wrongful and destructive acts of its members or others.
5. Cooperation is a practical virtue that allows the members to live peacefully, economically and independently in a world where it is difficult for individuals and families who are alone to sustain their lives in a healthy, joyful way.
B. Most people do not murder, steal, lie, rape, covet things or people, curse others, nor do anything they know will harm other people or their property. The Organization expects its members to behave as most people do. If a member commits these offenses and is unwilling or unable to change, then the officers of the Organization have the right to expel the member.
III. Permanent Community Membership.
A. The Permanent Membership is the least of the three classes. Individuals who want this kind of membership should not want to accumulate personal wealth nor want personal property beyond what is necessary to live in the Commune. They
should be the type of people who want to live with others, work cooperatively, and be secure regarding the necessities and the simple pleasures of life.
B. Each member is entitled to his or her own space, privacy, peace, and quiet. The amount of space allowed is determined by the resources of the Commune and the decisions of the Board of Trustees.
C. A regular schedule of work, recreation, and rest is to be respected and supported by each member as determined by the Board of Trustees based on the needs of the Commune and the work schedules of the members.
D. Each member who is physically able is expected to work to maintain the property of the Commune and to help in caring for the sick and disabled members and the children.
E. The Board of Trustees shall establish committees to regulate the activities of the members for the good of the Commune and the individual members.
The Committees shall be:
1. Labor Committee
2. Education Committee
3. Food and Clothing Committee
4. Shelter and Grounds Committee
5. Transportation Committee
6. Recreation Committee
7. Budget and Finance Committee
8. Health and Welfare Committee
9. Arbitration Committee
F. The rules and regulations promulgated by the committees when approved by the Board of Trustees shall be binding on the individual members.
A. The Permanent Members of the Organization follow the teaching of Jesus Christ and regard Faith as a gift from God given to the faithful at different times.
B. The Permanent Members also agree with and support the Peace and Justice Commitment of the Iona Community, which they have been written as follows:
•that the Gospel commands us to seek peace founded on justice and that costly reconciliation is at the heart of the Gospel.
•that work for justice, peace and an equitable society is a matter of extreme urgency.
•that God has given us partnership as stewards of creation and that we have a responsibility to live in a right relationship with the whole of creation.
•that, handled with integrity, creation can provide for the needs of all, but not for the greed which leads to injustice and inequality, and endangers life on earth.
•that everyone should have the quality and dignity of a full life that comes from adequate physical, social, and political opportunity, without oppression of hunger, injustice and fear.
•that social and political action leading to justice for all people and encouraged by prayer and discussion is a vital work.
•that the use or threatened use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is theologically and morally indefensible and that opposition to their existence is an imperative.
D. Finally, we think that REAL WORK includes the works of mercy:
1. Clothe the naked
2. Bury the dead
3. Visit the sick
4. Feed the hungry
5. Give drink to the thirsty
6. Shelter the homeless
7. Ransom captives
1. Pray for the dead
2. Instruct the ignorant
3. Comfort the sorrowful
4. Counsel the doubtful
5. Forgive injuries
6. Admonish sinners
7. Bears wrongs patiently
OUR ASSUMED NAME
“Tomorrow’s Bread Today”
We want to call attention to the Messianic Banquet so we have used an alternative translation of the Lord’s Prayer: “our bread for tomorrow give us today.” Krister Stendahl has given us a better understanding of this expression in his introduction to The Scrolls And The New Testament:
“...by the celebration of the meal Christ is proclaimed until his coming again; the prayer marana tha, `Our Lord, come!’ belongs to the eucharistic liturgy. At this point it is rather tempting to raise the old question about the meaning of the Greek word (epiousios) behind our translation of the Lord’s Prayer, `our daily bread give us today.’ The apocryphal Gospel to the Hebrews says: `our bread for tomorrow give us today’; this meaning is more in accordance with the precise meaning of the Greek word (in-standing) and may be supported by the only instance in secular Greek where it is found (the ration allotted for the next day)....Furthermore, the context of the Lord’s Prayer is strongly eschatological; it is basically a prayer about the coming of the Kingdom, the relief from the trail of the ultimate catastrophe, the deliverance from evil....”
Thus, we hope we have assumed a name that is rich in meaning.
Our Current Missions
1. Health care services are either not available or are very limited for many people in our communities. This condition has worsened because of lack of insurance for the working poor and no reasonable access to care when people are not eligible for public assistance. Consequently, there are dire predictions by health professionals of possible epidemics of communicable diseases. Also, care for poor people, pregnant women, young children, and the elderly is of great concern. Therefore, we have obtained physician and nursing care in private practices for these people in need. We do so with volunteers, free clinics and by purchasing services through the Senior Patient Association
2.To support this mission, we need dues paying members in the Association and donations of money, materials, equipment and labor. Workers are either volunteer, guest, novice or permanent members of the Organization. Patients are guest members, if they are not novices, volunteers, or permanent members.
3. Medical education is lacking in the general population which has led to a severe shortage of physicians and nurses and a focus on acute care and hospitalization as the main way in which problems are addressed. This, in turn has led in the U.S.A. to the most expensive and least effective health care system among the industrialized countries. The cure begins with teaching more people about the art and science of Medicine and beginning that in Kindergarten. Therefore, we will support efforts to operate schools in which the curriculum includes Medical Education.
4. Housing is also a concern for a large segment of the population in that it is expensive and difficult to maintain in a way that promotes mutual help and support and community development. We therefore will develop cooperative housing in which members in all classes can express their virtues more easily.
5. El Salvador Mission Ministry. Neils and Karen Benson began the support of education for children to go to and to complete high school in Verapaz, El Salvador. The idea was to end poverty through education and make it possible for the children of Verapaz to stay in their community and build it with their knowledge, skills and cooperation. The cost to send a child through high school has been about $150 per year and donations collected by Neils and Karen have done that for hundreds of students over the last 18 years. TBT is glad to lend it support to this Mission through our ability to get tax exempt donations and to promote the idea that education can make a community better and self-sustaining.
6. Sacred Spring Reiki Collective in Albuquerque, NM. The idea of sharing Reiki with others as soon as one learns it and experiences its benefits started with “Open to Public Teaching and Explanation” authored by Usui sensei. In that piece the sensei states, “Therefore I am going to open this idea [the system of Reiki] to anybody for the peoples benefit and welfare.” The ancient Japanese custom that states that “… whenever someone develops a secret method the one would teach this to the people among family, as a legacy for the later generation of the family living.” This means that the custom was to keep your discovery or development for you and for the benefit of your family. Usui sensei broke that tradition when deciding to make Reiki available to anyone who wanted to learn it and practice it. “In modern days”, he said, “we have to live together. That is going to be the basis of happiness, earnestly wanting social progress.
Reiki is the people’s medicine. It has roots in the thoughts and actions of our predecessors. Practitioners do it with respect and devotion and bring the idea that healing of body, mind and spirit is available and possible to all of us. In this process of working on ourselves individually and collectively, and bringing healing to other community members, we are all learning that healing is not only getting rid of symptoms. Healing is about letting go of the layers of fear, anger, and worry we all carry to make our lives more whole and fulfilling as we share the best of us with the people around us.
So, the Reiki clinic we support in Albuquerque has for many years been caring for patients that have addiction problems, cancer and numerous other maladies. They work with practitioners of all types to relieve suffering and to restore health.
7. Health Corps. TBT serves the Senior Patient Association by assuring that their members have access to health care regardless of their ability to pay. The service is extended by including these members as guest of TBT which is explained in the FIFTH AMENDMENT OF THE BY LAWS. In addition to this service TBT provides assistance to physician practices to enable them and their staffs to manage contracts and required services with all types of health plans. This work is done by the TBT members that are in the class of “permanent” and “novice” as defined in the First and Second Amendments of the By-laws. The Health Corps mission includes expensive training of the TBT workers in the following areas: 1. Health Care Contracts with Payers, 2. Health Plans of the patients, 3. EMRs and EHRs, 4. Billing systems, 5. Medical Coding, 6. IPA structure and functioning, 7. Quality Reporting, 8. Patient Advocacy, 9. Patient and Provider Privacy, 10. Agency operations and functions, 11. Performance goals and outcomes, 12. Public health basics, 13. Community organization basics. The training is done each day in the TBT houses in which the Health Corps workers reside as the permanent and novice members.
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