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Abbatial Restructuring Trial - Final Report


Kiku Christina Lehnherr, Myogen Steve Stücky, Eijun Linda Cutts
At its meeting in October 2012, the Board will decide whether to amend the bylaws of San Francisco Zen Center to provide for a new abbatial structure consisting of a Central Abbess/Abbot and an Abiding Abbess/Abbot at City Center and at Green Gulch Farm, instead of the co-abbess/abbot structure we currently have. The specific wording of the bylaw change is set forth in the Final Report of the Joint Committee (see the report and attachments here/below). We invite you to examine carefully the Report and recommended bylaw change. It has already been distributed to the current leadership and residents of Zen Center. We invite your feedback, questions and comments about the proposed bylaw change. Please email them to our Corporate Secretary at secretary@sfzc.org.

Final Report and Recommendations of the Joint Committee

Report Attachments

  1. Current Wording of Article VI of bylaws
  2. Recommended bylaw revisions tracking changes from current bylaws
  3. Governance Committee's Current Thinking on Decision-Making, January 27, 2009
  4. Recommendations from Elders' Council to SFZC Board, May 28, 2009
  5. Minutes of SFZC Board Meeting, June 6, 2009
  6. Communication from the Elders' Council to the SFZC Board, September 11, 2009
  7. Resolution approved by SFZC Board, October 18, 2009
  8. Minutes of SFZC Board Meeting, April 21, 2010
  9. Minutes of SFZC Board Meeting, June 28, 2010
  10. Job description of Central Abbess/Abbot dated 4/19/10
  11. Job description of Abiding Abbess/Abbot dated 4/21/10
  12. Decision-Making Table, April 2010
  13. Message from Elders Council to Board dated February 26, 2012
  14. SFZC Board resolution, July 18, 2012
  15. Communication from the Elders Council to the Board dated August 2, 2012