Donald N. Duquette Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law Founding Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic University of Michigan Law School
4-29-2013…MEMBERSHIP BALLOT PROPOSAL NOW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
The membership by-law amendment proposed by the Trustees can be found under this “Challenge” tab. Scroll down to the “Legal Updates” link. You are invited to share your opinion regarding the proposed amendment by posting a comment. If you are a Bay View member and have forgotten or not obtained the password needed to access this page, please send a request for password using the Contact page on this site. (Scroll down to “Leave a Reply”.)
Challenge: Preserving the Chautauqua Tradition
The Chautauqua ideal recognizes personal fulfillment and successful living as lifelong pursuits, a journey best taken as part of a community that combines quality life experiences with real opportunity for Intellectual and spiritual growth. In Bay View, this vision has survived war, political unrest, global economic crisis—not to mention periodic cultural backlash– for over 130 years.
Certain provisions in Bay View’s Current by laws, which impose a religious test for membership, represent a significant threat to Bay View’s Chautauqua identity. In 2011, a group was formed to work toward elimination of these provisions and the discriminatory practices they support.
Mission Statement for the Inclusiveness Group
The Bay View Inclusiveness Group is working for the time when Bay View welcomes as members all who accept its religious and Chautauqua traditions and who desire to serve and sustain them with their talents, their time, and their treasures.
Progress on Inclusive Campaign—Summary
The questions raised last summer regarding returning Bay View to its inclusive roots have largely been answered:
(1.) Bay View’s current restrictive membership practices are illegal.
(2.) Modifying our membership requirements does not jeopardize our relationship with the United Methodist Church and the tax exempt status tied to that relationship.
Lawyers engaged by the Bay View Board have stated that Bay View’s religious-based membership requirements are contrary to Federal Fair Housing and Michigan Civil Rights Laws. Failure to remove the requirement that member be involved in a Christian Church, may also endanger our Methodist Church relationship and benefits.
The entire report on the Inclusiveness campaign, including summaries of the legal opinions, is found on the “Legal Update” page, which is available to Bay View members only. Use the “Contact” page to request the password.