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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting, 2014

held on Saturday 15th February 2014 at Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham B4 7SX

1. Martin Pendergast (Chair) welcomed everyone to the meeting which was attended by 16 members.

2. Apologies were received from Chris Dowd, Mike Egan, Carla Grosch-Miller, Rosie Martin and Michael Moran.

3. The minutes of the previous AGM, held on 16th February 2013 at St Anne’s Church, Soho, London, were circulated and approved. Proposed by Hazel Barkham, seconded by Jane Fraser.

4. Matters Arising. There were no matters in the previous minutes that were not covered in the annual report for this meeting.

5. Annual Report. Martin Pendergast gave a comprehensive report of the work of CSCS over the past year, covering the work of the CSCS committee, the Theological Educators Group, the CSCS Newsletter and the journal, Theology & Sexuality. Tribute was paid to the work of the committee members and our regret at the resignation of Rosie Martin and Colin Hart. CSCS’ response to issues relating to Christianity and sexuality were also summarised. (A full copy of this report is appended.)

Terry Weldon reported on the development of the new website. Phase one has been completed with all the material taken from the old (corrupted) site and made more user-friendly and accessible. Phase two is still in production, with a dedicated page for articles relating to the Theological Educators project. He is planning a news feed, with more pictures and presentations on video. He is open to suggestions for content. The destruction of the old website caused some confusion in the short run but the numbers of hits on the new site are increasing.

Discussion of the annual report followed. Hugh Bain said he thought it was unhelpful to only have 15 minutes allocated to the AGM and suggested that if the annual report had been circulated in advance, it would have allowed for more detailed discussion.

Jane Fraser raised the question of the future of CSCS given the small number of members and their age profile. Sharon Ferguson pointed out the charity implications of closing CSCS in the future and the need for compliance with Charity Commission regulations. In response to a question about membership numbers, Colin Hart said there were 50 paid up members but Jane Fraser added that there were about 20 others in association with CSCS. A tiny trickle of members is lost each year but this is balanced by a similar number of new members.

6. Financial Report. Colin Hart presented a written report on the financial position of CSCS, noting in particular that a major outlay continues to be made on the Theological Educators Group but this project will be coming to a climax in July in the residential conference, ‘Embodied Ministry: gender, sexuality and formation’. (A full copy of this report is appended). The financial report was agreed. Proposed by Daphne Cook and seconded by Hugh Bain.

7. Election of CSCS Committee for 2014 – 2015. The following members of the committee indicated that they were willing to stand for re-election: Heather Barfoot, Jane Fraser, Michael Moran, Martin Pendergast, Terence Weldon and Anthony Woollard. John Gladwin proposed that the committee be re-elected. Matthew Prevett also indicated his willingness to stand for a two year period. Proposed by Roberta Rominger and seconded by John Gladwin.

8. A.O.B.  There was none.

Minutes of AGM, 2013

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of CSCS
Saturday 16th February 2013 
St Annes’ Church, 55 Dean Street,Soho, London W1D 6AF

  1. 1.      Welcome

Members were welcomed by Martin Pendergast (Chair).

  1. 2.      Apologies

Apologies were received from John & Daphne Cook, Mike Egan, Roberta Rominger, Carla Grosch-Miller, and Heather Barfoot.

  1. 3.      Minutes of the previous AGM – 17.3.2012

These were circulated to all present and then signed as a correct record of the meeting. Proposed by Hazel Barkham. .Seconded by Rosie Martin.

  1. 4.      Matters arising

There were no matters not already on the agenda.

  1. 5.      Annual Report

Martin Pendergast gave a summary of the developments over the past year and this was available for all present and is attached to these minutes.

Proposed by Anthony Woollard. Seconded by Jane Fraser

  1. 6.      Financial Report

A report of the financial position of CSCS was given by Colin Hart (Treasurer) and a copy is attached to these minutes. He noted that subscriptions were down slightly this year due perhaps to some new members joining at the end of the year and not being asked to renew again in January. Those who pay via Charity Aid have been prevented from doing so due to problems with the Charity Commission who have withdrawn our charity status due to problems posting our Annual Return. Most members now pay by standing order which is helpful. An anonymous donation last year has enabled us to set up a new website. There was a considerable loss on the conference last year and we aim for this year’s conference to break even thanks to support from Sybils who have funded the speakers. The Theological Educators Project is a cost to CSCS without bringing in any income but as it is nearing completion the committee are not concerned about this and hope members agree. Martin Pendergast is exploring a charitable grant to support the final stage of the Project which will be a conference of theological educators.

Assets of £4,533.36 were confirmed. Hugh Bain asked how much is being set aside to pay for the Theology & Sexuality journal. Colin Hart replied that he had paid for 2010 but 2011 had yet to be invoiced. £800+ was being held for this. The report was accepted. Proposed by Tony Crowe and seconded by Anthony Woollard. There was a vote of thanks to Mike Egan for auditing the accounts and he was unanimously proposed to continue in this role.

  1. 7.      Election of CSCS Committee 2013/2014

Heather Barfoot, Jane Fraser, Colin Hart, Rosie Martin, Michael Moran, Martin Pendergast,

Terence Weldon and Anthony Woollard were willing to stand for re-election.

Proposed by Bernard Lynch and seconded by John Gladwin

  1. 8.      Any Other Business

A question was raised about the official reasons for the delays in publishing the Journal. These were given as the increased number of such journals, open access to papers through libraries, and a reduced number of papers being submitted due to the subject matter not being so topical.

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AGM, 2009: Minutes


Present: Jane Fraser (Chair), Daphne Cook (Treasurer), John Cook, Anthony Woollard,
Martin Pendergast, Mike Egan, Hazel Barkham, Heather Barfoot, Michael Moran (joined
at meeting) plus three non-members.

Apologies: John Gladwin, David Gamble, Roberta Rominger, Peter Selby, Colin Coward, Hugh Bain, Tony Crowe.

Minutes of 2008 AGM having been circulated in CSCS News were taken as read.

Chair’s Report – see report attached to these minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – see report attached to these minutes. It was noted that the balance at the end of 2008 was £4633 and that 2009 subscriptions were already coming in well. Resources would therefore permit the reimbursement of participants’ expenses at the meeting with theological educators on 16 March (see Chair’s Report). Discussion following reports: Members reluctantly noted the possibility that CSCS might be unable to function after 2010, but felt that both its ecumenical focus and its wide-spectrum remit on Christianity and sexuality must not be lost in any successor arrangements. A number of initiatives were in hand which needed to be progressed, including the proposed 2010 joint conference with Inclusive Church provisionally entitled “Consuming Passions”, and the second conference on Homophobia/Transphobia and Human Rights on 16 May 2009 which had already benefited at the planning stage from a CSCS input wider than that of LGCM and might also be worthy of some financial support. Some of these initiatives, as well as that relating to theological education (see Chair’s Report) might well have implications for work by some appropriate organisation beyond 2010. There needed to be an evaluation of CSCS members’ priorities regarding the use of CSCS reserves, especially if CSCS had to be wound up, and the services which CSCS at present provided which might conceivably be taken on be some successor organisation. It was agreed to include a questionnaire to members in the next edition of CSCS News.

Election of officers and Committee: In the absence of other nominations, Jane Fraser
and Daphne Cook were deemed elected as Chair and Treasurer respectively for one more year only, and John Cook, Martin Pendergast, Anthony Woollard and Michael Moran as members of Committee. Similarly Mike Egan was deemed reappointed examiner of accounts.