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Chapter 4 : Membership

Article 4.1
The World Council seeks to include distinguished representatives of the major faith traditions, as well as outstanding individuals of recognized spiritual stature. It will seek to develop balanced representation among the religions as its essential goal is to form a strong body of eminent religious leaders who can work together to address critical world problems in concert with the United Nations, skill in inter-religious dialogue is necessary. Thus membership is by invitation. Recommendations can be submitted to the co-chairs and the board. The Council will seek to develop balanced representation among the religions. To help achieve this aim, it will also seek to develop councils of each major faith tradition.

Article 4.2
The admission of members will be effected by a decision of the World Council upon the joint recommendation of the Regional Councils and the National Councils.

Article 4.3
The World Council of Religious Leaders will meet at least once a year. The chairperson or persons for each meeting will be elected by the Executive Committee of the World Council. Specific tasks forces or commissions of the Council may meet more regularly. Every ten years, the Council will convene a World Summit, similar to the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in New York in 2000. This Summit would include a ten-year review of its activities.

There will be Regional Council and National Council Assemblies once every five years. During these meetings, the National Councils in each region will assemble to review policy issues regarding religious harmony and peace in each region, evaluate goals of the past five years and set goals for next five years. The Regional and National Councils will meet at least once a year or more as they deem fit.

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