CHRISTIAN COUNCIL FOR MONETARY JUSTICE
President Rt Rev. Peter Selby
Vice presidents Rt Rev John Flack,Rt Rev Mano Rumulshah,
Austin Mitchell MP, Lord Sudeley
Chairman Rev Canon Peter Challen
36 Whitfield Close
14 January 2006
MINUTES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On behalf of the chairman Peter Challen, may I wish all
members and supporters of the Christian Council for Monetary
Justice a happy and enjoyable new year.
However I regret to advise of the death on 6 December 2005
of a former president of CCMJ, the Rev Walter Searl, who
had been unwell for some time, but his family looked upon
his passing as a happy release from his health problems.
Those who knew him are grateful for the service Walter gave
to CCMJ and for his inspiration and leadership in the cause
of monetary justice for all.
Since our annual meeting, Rodney Shakespeare has attended
two important conferences in Jakarta and Dacca. While unofficial
progress was made in Jakarta , considerable progress was
made in Dacca and we hope to report on this later.
Enclosed for your information are a copy of the minutes
of the annual meeting held on 29 October 2005 and a copy
of the new constitution then agreed.
The minutes will be amended and/or confirmed at our next
annual meeting which has been booked for Saturday 21 October
2006 at a venue in London, hopefully the same place as for
the last three years.
You will note from a reading of the minutes that the finances
of the network are in a poor state and not sufficient to
undertake all the work in mind. While members at the annual
meeting appreciated that our membership was not renowned
for its possession of much personal financial wealth, it
suggested that all should be made aware of the network's
scarcity of funds and that all be asked to see whether or
not, according to their means, they may be able to make
a donation additional to that which they may have already
made to aid CCMJ in its work.
One way to assist for the few not already having renewed
their membership is by completing the enclosed appropriate
form and returning it to me with whatever subscription amount
they are able to give, and something extra if possible.
To those who do not find a form enclosed, thank you for
your current membership and support and if you could consider
a little extra to tide CCMJ over that would be very much
Colin J Whitmill
CHRISTIAN COUNCIL FOR MONETARY JUSTICE
Minutes of the annual general meeting of the Christian Council
for Monetary Justice held at Christ Church, the John Marshal
Hall, Blackfriars Road, London on Saturday 29 October 2005
at 2-30 pm.
Canon Peter Challen (Chairman), Janos Abel, Gian Andreone,
Desmond Cumberland, Andrew Dickie, Martyn Grubb, Janet Kustner,
Michelle Mapp, Donald Martin, Sister Dorothy Peart, George
Short, George Steven and Colin J Whitmill.
were received and accepted from twenty one people .
The minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2004, having
been circulated, were taken as read and received. Subject
to minor typographical and grammatical amendments, the minutes
were agreed as correct.
Peter Challen advised that the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust continued
its work and had presented two powerful memoranda to the
Prior to the official start to the meeting, chairman Peter
Challen had presented an extensive list of activities and
visits overseas. Donald Martin congratulated the chairman
for the papers fully covering his work forwarded with the
agenda for the meeting . They had been very valuable and
Desmond Cumberland presented an audited report for the year
ended 31 October 2004 which had been submitted, but without
audit signature, the previous year. He also submitted an
interim unaudited financial report for the year from 1 November
2004 until the meeting date. Dr Cumberland said that the
Council had opened the current year with £546-98,
but, with grants and expenses for necessary work and CCMJ
representation, there was £505-30 excess expenditure
incurred. If it had not been for membership renewals for
2006 being received, the Council would have been in debt.
Its accounts showed £41-68 in credit.
After discussion, it was moved by Colin J Whitmill, seconded
Andrew Dickie, and AGREED that the treasurer's report be
Colin J Whitmill moved, Andrew Dickie seconded, and it was
AGREED that Donald A Marrtin be appointed auditor to audit
the accounts for the forthcoming year.
CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE REPORT
The Constitution Committee reported on its work and advised
that the constitution then applying had been complied with
in regards to constitutional changes being submitted in
time. The Secretary then outlined changes which members
had sought and discussion took place on each section at
a time. Additional changes were sought by the meeting
At the end of the discussion, Colin J Whitmill moved, Gian
Andreone seconded and it was AGREED that the constitutional
changes be adopted.
NOTICES OF MOTION
Donald A Martin moved, Colin J Whitmill seconded and, after
discussion, it was AGREED that the subscription for life
members be £500 with immediate effect.
Colin J Whitmill moved, Dr Desmond Cumberland seconded and
it was AGREED that the annual subscription for membership
be £10 a year or whatever sum a person could afford.
A second notice of motion from the Secretary was withdrawn
with permission of the meeting.
The chairman vacated the chair and it was taken by the Secretary.
Chairman Donald Martin nominated , George Steven seconded,
Peter Challen for the position. There being no other nominations,
the Secretary declared Peter Challen elected whereupon he
resumed the chair.
Vice chairman The Secretary advised that he had received
two nominations for the position prior to the commencement
of the meeting. Frank McManus had nominated Ken Palmerton
and Gian Andreone had nominated Janos Abel.
Following the usual necessary election procedures, the chairman
announced that Janos Abel had been elected vice chairman.
Treasurer Colin J Whitmill nominated, Sister Dorothy Peart
seconded, Dr Desmond Cumberland for the position. There
being no other nominations, Desmond Cumberland was declared
Secretary Peter Challen nominated, Sister Dorothy Peart
seconded, Colin J Whitmill for the position. There being
no other nominations, Colin J Whitmill was declared elected.
Co-opted members of the Executive The chairman advised that
he thought Elizabeth Kucinich would be a helpful member
on the Executive and explained her background. Sister Dorothy
Peart moved, and Colin J Whitmill seconded, that the cooption
of Elizabeth Kucinich to the Executive be endorsed.
The Secretary sought and approval was given for him to cull
unnecessary old correspondence and papers from his collection
of Council records
DATE OF NEXT ANNUAL MEETING
It was agreed that the next meeting tale place on Saturday
21 October 2005.
The meeting was declared closed at 3-30 p.m.CHRISTIAN COUNCIL
FOR MONETARY JUSTICE
To bring together, in association, all who seek, as part
of their faith, a more just financial system other than
that currently in use.
The association shall be called the Christian Council for
Monetary Justice [ CCMJ ]
a. To present a Christian Witness as to the true function
of a monetary system in society
b. To examine the working of existing laws and international
arrangements which relate to financial institutions especially
in regard to their wider economic, social and moral implications
c. To press for monetary measures that will contribute to
economic and social justice throughout the world.
d. To develop and promote an economic reading of the Bible
and a biblical reading of the economy
e. To resource the work of economic literacy and popular
education around domestic and global issues of economic
justice in the faith communities
f. To seek to enable people far and wide to stimulate a
more general awareness of the pertinence of faith to the
economic order; and in particular to the urgent need to
generate monetary reform.
a. Membership shall be open to persons of the Christian
faith who are interested in active furtherance of the aims
of the Council and to those of other faiths sympathetic
to exploration of monetary justice.
b. Applications for membership shall be deemed to be provisional
until accepted by the Executive. Should the Executive decline
to accept a membership application, or a renewal of membership,
it shall advise in writing the applicant, who shall have
the right to appeal the decision to the annual general meeting
for final adjudication.
c. Members, paying such financial subscriptions as contributions
to the work of the Council as are determined by an annual
general meeting, shall be deemed to be full members.
d. The membership of a full member will be deemed to have
lapsed twelve months after the date when any financial renewal
was due and for the following twelve months it will be deemed
to be that of an associate member.
e. Applications for non financial associate membership shall
be considered on the same basis as outlined in rule 4b.
5. Annual General Meeting
Notice of the annual general meeting shall be given by the
Executive to all members at their last known address no
later than 14 days prior to the proposed gathering, which
shall be held, apart from exceptional circumstances, between
the months of September to November. The purpose of the
meeting shall be to elect officers for the coming year,
receive reports from retiring officers, and attend to any
matters brought to the meeting for consideration. Financial
accounts for the previous year shall be presented to the
meeting, but shall be audited before being approved by the
The annual meeting shall appoint an auditor or auditors
to audit the accounts for the following year.
The financial year of the Council shall end on 30 June of
Officers of the Council, to be elected at the annual general
meeting, shall comprise a chairman, a vice chairman, a secretary
and a treasurer.
The officers will form the Executive of the Council and
shall have the right to co-opt such persons as they deem
necessary for the fulfilment of its work. Those co-opted
shall not have a vote on any matter requiring a ballot to
reach a decision. Any vacancy in elected positions may be
filled by the Executive on a temporary basis if necessary
until the next annual general meeting.
7. President and vice presidents.
Appointments to the positions of president and vice presidents
may be made by the Executive, but shall require to be confirmed
at the annual general meeting
8. Meetings of the Council
a. The Executive may call, or approve of the calling of,
any meeting of the membership at any time between annual
general meetings in furtherance of the aims of the Council.
b. All meetings shall be held at commonly accepted sociable
hours and at venues in the United Kingdom accessible by
public transport and in accordance with disability legislation
c. Only full members will be eligible to vote on matters
for which a vote has been sought.
d. A quorum for any meeting requiring a vote to resolve
or determine matters or elect officers shall be 20% of the
total full membership at the time of the meeting.
e. A change to the constitution shall require the approval
of 75% of those full members attending unless the Council
resolves by majority vote that the matter should be determined
by a postal ballot of all full members. In such circumstances
a change to the constitution shall require the approval
of 75% of those full members voting.
This constitution was adopted on 29 October 2005