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Association Bylaws

Mission Statement

In recognition of the importance of the spiritual dimension of life, the Campus Ministry Association (CMA) assists and enhances the spiritual development of the Robert Morris University community, and is an integral part of the University's mission to develop mature and successful adults. The University has been intentional in its desire to meet the spiritual and religious needs of our students, as well as being a resource to the faculty, administration, and staff.

The CMA's vision is to be known as a leader in providing a supportive faith environment that integrates spiritual development with the personal and professional goals of students, and to support the academic mission of the institution.

Members of the CMA make themselves available in order to provide pastoral care and services. We endeavor to help members of the RMU community with their personal faith formation and spiritual growth through pastoral care and programming CMA provides. CMA is supported by the guidance, funding, and encouragement of the Office of Student Life.

It is the desire of the CMA to help students particularly to engage the whole person in the educational process. The outcome of this ministry should be:
  1. The encouragement toward development of ethical behavior and attitudes in every field of human endeavor,
  2. Sensitivity to cultural and religious difference while respecting the significance of faith in the lives of individuals,
  3. A holistic and healthy approach to all facets of life which includes the spiritual dimension and
  4. The comfort for students and their families that services and guidance from leaders of faith communities are provided to students when they are here at Robert Morris. 
The Robert Morris University Campus Ministry Association believes that religious choice is a personal matter and shall be treated with due respect, keeping foremost the concept of human and free choice. All corporate and private expressions of spiritual conviction should be offered and received openly, willingly, and in good faith. The Robert Morris University Campus Ministry Association commits itself to collegial cooperation among the various faiths represented on campus, and to avoiding those actions that may seem coercive, deceptive, or manipulative.

The Robert Morris University Campus Ministry Association encourages students to become involved in spiritual life through our ministries and campus programs, or through the religious organizations that the CMA supports. Information about current student groups on campus, their advisors, and activities are listed on our website.

Structure

The Campus Ministry Association receives recognition, guidance, funding, and support from the Office of Student Life under the direction of the Dean of Students.

Membership
  • Recognized clergy, lay ministers, and faith ministry representatives approved by the Office of Student Life.
  • Advisors from faith communities as requested by the Campus Ministry Association.
  • Student Life staff representative assigned by the Office of Student Life.
  • If after communication with a member, the Campus Ministry Association is convinced that a member has become inactive in the Association, he/she may be removed from the Association by a 2/3 vote of the membership.
Objectives
  • Provide advice and set direction for the Campus Ministry Association and develop annual objectives and goals.
  • Establish an ecumenical service schedule for each academic semester.
  • Maintain a registry of local religious congregations and non-denominational organizations that wish to provide services to the Robert Morris University community.
  • Provide pastoral care and services, faith formation opportunities, and spiritual growth within the varied faith traditions.
  • Provide a forum for ecumenical concerns, dialogue, and cooperation as well as structure for ecumenical programming.
  • Provide interfaith educational programs and information.
  • Engage in active participation and demonstrate involvement in committees, offices, campus community and Student Life programs.
  • Monitor and enforce compliance to membership requirements and activities of the Campus Ministry Association.
  • Support, model, and adhere to the tenets of the Robert Morris University Campus Ministry Ethics Agreement.
  • Provide worship leadership at University ceremonial functions.
Campus Ministry Association Officers

Chair - Campus Ministry Association

Responsibilities:
  • Convene and preside over Campus Ministry Association meetings.
  • Represent the needs, interests, and concerns of the Campus Ministry Association membership to the Assistant Dean of Students.
  • Represent the Campus Ministry Association at Student Life meetings and campus events.
  • Receive applications for membership and participation in the Campus Ministry Association.
  • Eligibility: open to full members of the Campus Ministry Association who are ordained clergy or official representatives of recognized denominations and a full member of the Association for a minimum of three consecutive years.
  • Nomination and Elections: shall be made at an annual meeting each May.
  • Term: a one-year term from June 1 through May 31. A member may serve as Chair for no more than two consecutive terms.
Secretary - Campus Ministry Association

Responsibilities:
  • Record and distribute the minutes of all regular and special meetings of the Campus Ministry Association.
  • Notify the membership of scheduled meetings.
  • Work with Office of Student Life to distribute and collect religious preference information, and update Campus Ministry Association Registry.
  • Eligibility: open to clergy, lay ministers and faith community representatives.
  • Nomination and Elections: shall be made at an annual meeting each May.
  • Term: A one-year term from June 1 through May 31. A member may serve as Secretary for no more than two consecutive terms.
Financial Secretary - Campus Ministry Association

Responsibilities:
  • Perform all financial duties in direct consultation with the Office of Student Life.
  • Maintain and audit the financial books of the Campus Ministry Association.
  • Submit budget requests and program proposals to the Office of Student Life.
  • Eligibility: open to clergy, lay ministers and faith community representatives.
  • Nomination and Elections: shall be made at an annual meeting each May.
  • Term: A one-year term from June 1 through May 31. A member may serve as Financial Secretary for no more than two consecutive terms.
Campus Ministry Association Meetings
  • Meetings are held throughout the academic year and additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. The meeting dates and times for the upcoming year are scheduled at the final yearly meeting.
  • Committee meetings are scheduled throughout the year. Each committee sets the appropriate meeting schedule and meeting dates are announced at each regularly scheduled association meeting. The meetings should be announced at least one month in advance. 
  • Committee meetings are open to all association members. Guests and students may be invited to attend the committee meetings by advance invitation of the Association Chair as deemed appropriate.
  • Meetings are held on the Robert Morris University Moon Campus.
  • Meetings are scheduled through the Office of Student Life.
  • Meeting agenda items are to be submitted to the Chairperson one week prior to the meeting.
  • Meetings are for Association Members only. Members may not send alternate representatives to these meetings. Guests are welcome to attend meetings by advance invitation of the Association Chair as deemed appropriate.
Application to Campus Ministry Association

Clergy
  1. An invitation from the Campus Ministry Association is sent encouraging application to the RMU Campus Ministry Association.
  2. The Clergy responds to the invitation by providing the following:
    • Letter of interest
    • A resume or professional profile
    • Letter of endorsement from your organization's leadership or board
    • Contact information (local leaders and judicatory)
    • Signed copy of the Ethics Agreement
  3. The Campus Ministry Association members will review the supporting documents and interview applicant.
  4. Campus Ministry Association will make a recommendation, to approve or deny applicant, in writing to the Dean of Students.
  5. Upon recommendation from the Campus Ministry Association, applicant must complete a successful criminal background check.  Expenses for the background check are paid for by the Campus Ministry Association.
  6. Dean of Students will consult with the Campus Ministry Association and make the final decision.
Faith Communities & Lay Ministries
  1. A letter of application is submitted to the Campus Ministry Association that must include:
    • Mission statement, purpose, and intended audience.
    • Affiliation. This includes whom supports and endorses the organization and the structure of accountability.
    • Ministry objectives and strategies.
    • History on other campuses.
    • Contact information (local leaders and judicatory).
    • Signed copy of the Ethics Agreement
  2. The Campus Ministry Association members will review the letter of application and supporting documents and interview applicant.
  3. Campus Ministry Association will make a recommendation, to approve or deny applicant, in writing to the Dean of Students.
  4. Upon recommendation from the Campus Ministry Association, applicant must complete a successful criminal background check.  Expenses for the background check are paid for by the Campus Ministry Association.
  5. Dean of Students will consult with the Campus Ministry Association and make the final decision.
Faith Community Advisors
  1. An invitation from the Campus Ministry Association is sent requesting application to the RMU Campus Ministry Association
  2. In response, the Advisor will provide the following:
    • Letter of interest
    • A resume or professional profile
    • Letter of endorsement from your organization's leadership or board
    • Contact information (local leaders and judicatory)
    • Signed copy of the Ethics Agreement
  3. The Campus Ministry Association will make a written recommendation to the Dean of Students to approve applicant.
  4. Upon recommendation from the Campus Ministry Association, applicant must complete a successful criminal background check.  Expenses for the background check are paid for by the Campus Ministry Association.
Ethics Agreement

The Robert Morris University Campus Ministry Association believes that religious choice is a personal matter and shall be treated with due respect, keeping foremost the concept of human and free choice. All corporate and private expressions of spiritual conviction should be offered and received openly, willingly, and in good faith. The Robert Morris University Campus Ministry Association commits itself to collegial cooperation among the various faiths represented on campus, and to avoiding those actions that may seem coercive, deceptive, or manipulative.

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