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The Twelve Concepts of RCA


1. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for RCA world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.


2. The member groups by their participation at the annual business meeting and in by-mail balloting are the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole society in its world affairs.

3. To ensure effective leadership, the Fellowship, acting through the member groups, should endow each element of the RCA World Service Organization—the Board of Trustees and its service committees and contractors—with a traditional Right of Decision.


4. All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body's decisions and, consistent with the traditional Right of Participation, each member should be given equal opportunity to fully participate in the decision-making processes.


5. Throughout our service structure, a traditional Right of Appeal ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances will receive careful consideration without fear of reprisal.


6. The Fellowship recognizes that the primary administrative responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the Board of Trustees of the RCA World Service Organization.


7. The RCA Bylaws and Special Rules of Order, as well as the Policy and Procedure Manual of the Board of Trustees, are legal instruments, empowering and guiding the Board of Trustees in its management and conduct of world service affairs. These instruments are rooted in tradition; they rely upon the RCA Traditions for final effectiveness.


8. The members of the Board of Trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and finance for the RCA World Service Organization. They are entrusted with the responsible management of RCA funds, which are to be used to further the Fellowship's primary purpose. They have custodial oversight of contracted services, exercising this oversight through their ability to contract with, monitor, and retain the services of these contractors.


9. Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. While the Board of Trustees assumes the primary leadership in the area of world service, effective leadership is also necessary at all service levels.


10. Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority, with the scope of such authority well defined. Double headed management is to be avoided. Accountability should be clearly defined and should include a single point of contact for reporting.


11. The Board of Trustees should always have the best possible committees and contracted service providers. To ensure this necessary support, serious attention must be given to qualifications, as well as clearly defined responsibility and authority, for those entities supporting the Trustees.


12. The spiritual foundation of the RCA World Service Organization is contained in the RCA Traditions, and should ensure that:


(a) No RCA service body, including the Board of Trustees and all its committees, ever becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power;
(b) Sufficient operating funds and reserve be the World ServiceOrganization's prudent financial principle;
(c) No RCA member ever be placed in a position of unqualified authority over others;
(d) All important decisions are reached by discussion, vote, and wherever possible by substantial unanimity;
(e) No service action ever be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy;
(f) No RCA service body, including the Board of Trustees and all its committees, ever performs acts of government, and that, like the Fellowship they serve, they always remain democratic in thought and action.