Articles of Association
The full name of the Association, hereinafter referred to as the "Association" is the "Real Liberal Christian Church" (also known as the "RLCC").
The period of duration of the Association is perpetual.
The Association is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
The Association may receive and administer funds for religious, educational, or charitable purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and to that end, the Association is empowered to hold any property, or any undivided interest therein, without limitation as to amount or value; to dispose of any such property and to invest, reinvest, or deal with the principal or the income in such manner as, in the judgment of the directors, will best promote the purposes of the Association, without limitation (except such limitations, if any, as may be contained in (a) the instrument under which such property is received (b) these Articles of Association (c) the Canons, Continuing Resolutions, Grants or Charters (as defined in the Canons, or Continuing Resolutions), or Policies and Procedures of the Association or (d) any applicable secular laws) to do any other act or thing incidental to or connected with the foregoing purposes or in advancement thereof (but not for the pecuniary profit or financial gain of its directors or officers except as permitted under Not-for-Profit law).
No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, or officer of the Association or to any private individual, except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the Association affecting one or more of its purposes.
No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation.
The Association shall not participate in or intervene in, including the publication or distribution of statements, any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the Association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an Association exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or (b) by an Association, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code).
Dissolution of the Association is not anticipated; however, no member, trustee, director, officer, or otherwise, of the Association, or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any Association assets on dissolution of the Association.
Should such dissolution occur, assets shall be exclusively distributed to one or more Christian organizations which, in the judgment of the directors, is most consistent with the doctrines of the Association, and which organization or organizations would then qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its Regulations as they now exist or as they may be hereafter amended, or to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.
Should a division occur within the Association, its property, real and personal, shall belong to that part, regardless of size, which remains faithful to the Articles of Association and to the Canons, Continuing Resolutions, Grants or Charters (as defined in the Canons, or Continuing Resolutions), Policies and Procedures, and religious doctrine of the Association.
The qualifications for members and the manner of their admissions shall be regulated by the Canons.
The initial street address in the state of Washington of the initial office of the Association is 15904 4th Avenue South #33, Burien, Washington, and the name of the initial agent and founder of the Association at such address is Thomas H. Usher.
[We have no formal-office street address as of the amended date of these Articles. We are still in the start-up phase and conduct business from a studio apartment.]
The Charities Program, Office of the Secretary of State for the State of Washington is the official Statutory Agent of the Association for service of process.
The territory in which the operations of the Association will initially be conducted is the United States of America and its territories and possessions. The operations of the Association shall not necessarily be limited to the United States of America and its territories and possessions. The operations of the Association shall be conducted in such other territories as the directors may from time to time authorize and direct.
The initial directors shall consist of at least three (3) members who may be residents of any state.
The names and addresses of the persons who shall serve as directors until their successors shall have been elected and qualified shall be released upon naming.
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