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meeting of the religious society of Friends, which is hereafter made in pursuance of a resolution of such meeting as provided herein, shall be as valid and effectual for the conveyance of the title of any real estate so held in trust, as if the heirs of any trustee who has died prior to the passage of such resolution had joined in the execution of such conveyance or demise. Any instrument for the sale or demise of such property shall embody such resolution, and be executed by such trustee or trustees; and in such acknowledgment such trustee or trustees shall make an affidavit that the person or persons executing such conveyance or demise are the trustee or trustees of the trust property, and that the resolution embodied in such conveyance or demise was duly passed by such meeting. Such affidavit shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein stated.
$ 94. Presiding officer.—Nothing contained in this act shall prevent the qualified voters at any meeting held pursuant to this act or in this act described, from choosing a person to preside at any such meeting, other than the person or officer designated in this act to preside thereat, and when such other person shall be chosen he shall exercise all the powers in this act conferred upon the presiding officer of such meeting. (Added by chap. 144 of 1897, $ 2.)
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SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR THE INCORPORATION AND GOVERN
MENT OF TWO OR MORE UNINCORPORATED CHURCHES AS A UNION CHURCH.
SECTION 100. Joint meeting for the purposes of incorporation.
101. Government of incorporated union churches.
$ 100. Joint meeting for the purposes of incorporation.Two or more unincorporated churches, which separately agree on a plan of union and determine to meet together for the purpose of being incorporated as a union church, may be incorporated as a union church in pursuance of the provisions of the next preceding article, and thereafter such union church shall be governed by the general provisions of such article, as near as may be, except as otherwise provided in this article. A notice of such joint meeting shall be given to the congregation of each church, in pursuance of the provisions of the next preceding arti
cle of this chapter, relating to notice of meeting for incorporations in every respect, as if it were a notice of a meeting for the separate incorporation of such church under such article, except that the notice shall state in substance that a joint meeting of such incorporated churches, which shall be specified in the notice, will be held for the purpose of incorporating such churches as a union church, and electing trustees thereof at a time and place specified in the notice, which place may be the usual place of worship of either of such churches or any other reasonably convenient place. Such notice must be signed by at least six persons from each of such churches who would be authorized to sign a notice for the meeting of each church, respectively, for the purpose of incorporating it under such article.
The provisions of the next preceding article of this chapter shall be applicable to the organization and conduct of such meet. ing, the matters to be determined upon and the certificate of incorporation to be executed and filed accordingly, except that the presiding officer of such joint meeting shall be the oldest person present at such meeting who would be entitled to preside at a meeting of either of such churches singly for the purposes of incorporation in pursuance of such article. All
All persons who would be qualified to vote at such meeting of either of such churches held singly, shall be qualified voters at such joint meeting, and the number of trustees of the union church, after incorporation, to be selected from each such church, may be agreed on by such unincorporated churches, and the trustees shall be selected by each of such churches accordingly.
The certificate of incorporation shall set forth the plan of union agreed on and the number of trustees of the incorporated union church to be selected by each unincorporated church.
§ 101. Government of incorporated union churches.-Any union church or society having a common place of worship or holding property belonging jointly to the several societies composing the same, but the sole right of occupancy of which is reserved to each of them in proportion to their interest in such property, or the money originally paid therefor by each, or in accordance with their plan of union agreed on, may, if any one or more of the churches or societies comprising such union church or society has ceased to exist, on the request of such remaining churches or society, redistribute and divide the time of occupancy among such remaining societies in proportion to their contribu
tions to such property respectively, or in accordance with a new plan of union agreed on by them. Such redistribution shall be made by the trustees of said union church or society on written notice to the societies which it is alleged have ceased to exist; but no such society shall be deemed to have ceased to exist unless it has failed or neglected for a period of five consecutive years next preceding such request for redistribution, to hold meetings and have a clerk or secretary, and keep a list or registry of its members, or to have preaching, prayer or conference meetings, or other religious services in keeping with the usages of the denomi. nation to which it belongs.
Any one of the societies composing a union church or society, which shall have built a church edifice in the same village or neighborhood in which it holds its religious services, shall not thereby lose or forfeit in any way any of its rights or privileges in such union society, and the maintaining of divine worship, or contributing to its support in its own building, shall be regarded the same as if it held its meetings in the church building of such union societies. Any notice for the election of trustees of the union society or for any other purpose which the law requires to be read or given at the time of divine service, may be read or given in the church edifice so built by any one of such societies, if at the time religious services are not held in the church edifice of such union society. But such notice must be posted on the outer door of such union church edifice at least fifteen days before the meeting. If any society composing any such church union or society has a greater interest in the occupancy of the church building than others, unless the several churches composing the union church or society have agreed otherwise, the number of trustees shall be odd, and the trustees shall be elected from such societies in proportion to their respective interests in the union, church or society, as nearly as may be. Any society composing such union church or society, which has built for itself a church edifice and become incorporated, may sell its interest and right of occupancy in such union society, and convey the same, when authorized so to do by a two-thirds vote of the voters thereof qualified to vote for union trustees, at a special meeting called for that purpose. The proceeds of such sale shall be used for the benefit of its church property.
Laws Repealed ; When to Take Effect.
loye97 X ARTICLE IX.
LAWS REPEALED; WHEN TO TAKE EFFECT.
SECTION 110. Laws repealed.
111. When to take effect.
$ 110. Laws repealed. Of the laws enumerated in the schedule hereto annexed, that portion specified in the last column is repealed.
$111. When to take effect.--This chapter shall take effect October 1, 1895.
SCHEDULE OF LAWS REPEALED. Revised laws of 1813, ch. 60, entitled “An act to provide for the incorporation of religious societies." All. LAWS OF
8, 9, IO, II. 1839.
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Schedule of Laws Repealed.
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