Statutes for FINYAR, Association for Research and Information on New Religious Movements and Alternative Spirituality

Revised and adopted at the annual meeting on April 9th 2003.

1. The purpose of the Association for Research and Information on Alternative Spirituality is to:

a) Promote interdisciplinary research on alternative spirituality such as new religious movements and new expressions in established religions; and
b) Provide information on the subject

This purpose can manifest practically in, among other things:

• The issuing of a newsletter with up to date information
• The provision of information to the general public, media, state authorities and other state institutions
• The collection of data with connection to new religious movements and alternative spirituality
• The undertaking of interdisciplinary research projects and conferences
• The establishment of contacts with similar organizations abroad

The work of the association should be pervaded by a scientific approach; information
emanating from the association should be characterized by objectivity and impartiality.

2. The association’s headquarters is in Stockholm.

3. To become an active member in the association, a Ph.D or licentiate in Religious Studies or behavioral science, or other relevant academic fields, or ongoing Ph. D studies, is required. An applicant for active membership should be able to prove that he or she meets these requirements.

If one has an interest in participation in the work of the association but does not
meet the requirements for active membership, one can become a supporting member.
Counted as members are persons who, before the annual meeting, have paid the membership fee.

4. The board of the association consists of seven persons: Chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, and three commissioners. Chair and vice chair can only be appointed among active members of the group. Other positions can be appointed among active members or supporting members given that at least four of the seven positions within the board are occupied by active members.

The board is appointed for a year at the time. Only the members of the board have the right to speak on the behalf of the association.

The chair and the treasurer are each separately authorized signatories for the association.
The board should meet at least once a year at which a protocol should be kept.

The board has the right to, if necessary, summon a board meeting. If four of the board members are assembled or absent board member has left vote considering questions the board is to decide on, the quorum is met.

The board appoints information, archive, and project assignments among three of its commissioners. The board can attach a number of working teams to its work:

a) An editorial group for working with the association’s newsletter. The work is led by an editor. The editor is appointed by the information representative in consultation with the board. The rest of the editorial group is appointed by the information representative and the editor in consultation.

b) An information group for the remaining informing work of the association. The information group is appointed by the information representative.

c) An archive group that is appointed by the archive representative.

d) One or more project groups for research projects carried out within the framework of the association. For the working teams active and supportive members within the association can be chosen.

5. An annual meeting is held under March-April every year.

At the annual meeting the following agenda should be observed:

• election of meeting chairman/chairwoman and secretary for the meeting
• election of a minute signer
• activity and financial report
• audit report
• approval of the annual report and financial statements and discharge
• election of board, chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, and commission members
• election of election committee
• election of auditor and a deputy auditor
• affirmation of membership fee
• budget proposition

Summon for the annual meeting should be both active and supporting members at hand at
least three weeks before the meeting. To the summon suggestions for the agenda, propositions of the nominating committee and, as appropriate, suggestions for changes of the statutes.

The adjusted annual meeting protocol is to be submitted to all persons elected at the annual meeting within a month of the annual meeting. Place for next annual meeting is set by the board. Active members and members of the board have voting rights at the annual meeting. Other members have the right to express their opinion but lack the right to vote.

6. Active members and supportive members are entitled to submit proposals to the annual meeting. Proposals should be submitted to the board by the 31st of January.

7. Nominations of members of the board and auditors should be carried out by a nominating committee consisting of two persons appointed by the annual meeting. The nominations proposed by the nominating committee should be submitted to the board by the 31st of January.

8. An active member who is absent at the annual meeting is entitled to send a written votum and in this way participate in the election of commissioners and in decisions on changes of the statutes.

9. An extra annual meeting may be convened by the board in the event of a board member’s departure, at the proposal from the board on statute or at other occasions as the board considers is due to call extraordinary annual meeting. Extraordinary annual meeting can take place at the earliest three weeks after publication. Motioning does not apply to extra annual meetings.

10. Modification of these statutes can be made at the annual meeting, provided that proposals have been submitted to the board by the 31st January (at the ordinary annual meeting) or at least four weeks prior to extra annual meeting. For the statue to be changed it is required that a majority of the 2/3 of the voters vote for the proposal.

11. The association may be dissolved by an ordinarily convened annual meeting and a following extra annual meeting. For the annual meeting to declare the association dissolved a majority of 2/3 of the voters votes for the proposal at the ordinary as well as at the extra annual meeting is required. At the dissolution of the association the extra annual meeting should decide on how the assets of the association are to be handled.

Uppsala April 24th 2001