Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

10.16.2009 Minutes

Red Cedar Zen Board of Directors

minutes                                                                                                                     Saturday, October 16th 2009

full value contract

We commit:

  • to maintaining physical, psychological, and emotional safety
  • to working together to foster both group and individual goals; giving the group what it needs and individuals what they need.
  • to speaking and listening fearlessly to one another and fully talking things through.

Our Guest’s Business

Our Old Business

RCDH Logo: Talus was present and said that he had looked at the comments and suggestions. He agreed to work on the adjustments.

action: Brian will check back with Talus prior to the next board meeting

Comment Cards: Members reviewed the draft submitted by Brian. The group discussed how this card is the 3rd part of a communication initiative including workgroup presence at board meetings, and the 5th week sangha discussions. Minor alterations were suggested. The group clarified that the comment box is meant for RCZC related suggestions, but that the board would respond to all submitted cards. Instructions will be clear on the drop box.

action: Brian will make the appropriate changes to the comment card and send the draft to the board. Brian will also construct the drop box complete with instructions.

New Treasurer/New VP: Talus suggested that he may be interested in the Treasurer position, but he would have to alter his other duties in order to take on this role. Talus noted that the Building Manager role consists of primarily office related tasks not skilled labor. We would need to find someone who was interested in performing tasks within that skill set. The group reviewed other potential board members. The group agreed that we need to communicate that these positions are flexible, not overwhelming and may be job shared.

decision: Board positions may be constructed into a job share

action: Jeff will communicate role expectations discussed above to the potential board members.

Annual Meeting: Change to the date due to schedule.

decision: Date changed to January 16th

Our New Business

RCZC Priest Stipend: At the Workgroup dinner with Norman Fischer, he suggested that we consider revisiting the resident priest stipend as we increase our financial stability. Norman said that over time, ritual can create connectedness between, “self, practice and sangha. . . increasing the intimacy of our practice.” In order for us to continue our version of Buddhism, our practices must be passed along and entrusted to those called to be spiritual leaders. A new way of perpetuating our practices is with lay entrustment, and we are fortunate that Nancy Welch and John Wiley are preparing for their entrustment, and that Chris Burkhart is preparing for a priestly role. Another way of ensuring our practices are sustained is through resident priest stipends, which logistically and symbolically illustrates our commitment to maintaining a resident priest within our organization.  Norman said that as individuals take on formal commitments such as, jukai, lay entrustment, and dharma transmission, it changes and supports the entire sangha. He suggested that we consider this as we discuss reinstating our resident priest stipends.

            The group discussed Norman’s recommendations and agreed with his sentiments. The group agreed that our current financial stability is helping to create spiritual leadership potential. Tim suggested that the last year has been a time of healing, organizing, and stabilizing. Our finances show that this is occurring. This next year is a time to solidify and strengthen those things we do well, and therefore it may not be time to implement the stipends.  

decision: The group agreed to address stipends again after the Membership Drive.

meeting reflection

on relationships, process, values and mission

of good value


upholding the contract                                                                                  

sangha on the horizon

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