Victory of Good over evil
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE INCORPORATED TRUSTEE OF THE ETHIOPIA AFRICA BLACK INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS CHURCH OF SALVATION (hereinafter called the Association)
The Association is supreme standing above all other organizations and stands resolute in its aim and objects to redeem the 'Motherland of Ethiopia' which expression embraces the entire continent of Africa and black people in the Diaspora and everywhere universally to Righteousness and the Constitution bounds, serves and directs the operation of the Association in the achievement of those Aims and Objects.
The keeping of the Sabbath is the foundation of the Association. The Sabbath Day must be kept holy in accordance with Exodus Chapters 20 and 31 of the Holy Bible. All members must gather together for the Sabbath in Praise and Thanksgiving to our Father, the Black Christ in Flesh. Friday shall be designated the Sabbath Day. Sabbath shall commence at six p.m. on Friday and end at six p.m. on Saturday. That period shall be a period of rest. No work is to be carried out, there must be no expenditure of money, no kindling of any fire and all working tools are to be laid to rest. That period shall also be a period of calm and repose. All members shall refrain from speaking loudly and acting boisterously. All preparation for the Sabbath for example, the preparation of clothes for service, the cleaning of homes and the cooking of food for eating must be completed and all fires used for cooking should be extinguished by Friday mid-day and all members should begin their preparation for the Sabbath.
Every member who is not ill should gather in front of the Church building by 5:30 p.m. on Fridays for the saying of the International Creed (Prayer) and Psalms reading after which all members shall enter the Church for the start of worship. The service which shall consist of Hymn singing and Bible Reading shall end at around 9 p.m. on Friday. From midnight Friday to mid-day Saturday members shall fast. On Saturday morning a Sabbath morning service shall commence at 5:00 a.m., and end at mid-day. At mid-day the fast shall be broken and lunch taken and all members shall gather again at 2 p.m., on Saturday for Sabbath evening service which will end at 6 p.m. with the singing of the Ethiopian (African) International Anthem. Afterwards members may continue with a further two or three hour service until about 9 p.m.
All who desire to become members of the Association must abide by the following principles.
(a) That they recognize one President and Head of the Association, The Most Right Honorable King Emmanuel Charles Edwards, who is Melchizedek the High Priest of Salem (as defined in Hebrews Chapter 7).
(b) That they abide by the rules of the Sabbath as stated aforesaid.
(c) That in addition they must attend Sabbath services unless they are ill.
(d) That in addition and specifically they must dress in a dignified manner when attending Church services and the brethren are to be attired in a robe and turban and the sisters are to cover their heads with a fall and wear robes that cover their ankles.
(e) That members are not allowed to carry any weapons of violence.
(f) That all members must live in peace and love with each other.
(g) That no member is allowed to participate in politics.
(h) That all members must work voluntarily for the Association.
(i) That the transgressions of lying, defaming, talebearing, and stealing are strictly prohibited.
(j) That all members must show respect for the flags of the Association.
(k) That all members must word in unity, loyalty and co-operation with each other in order to make the Motherland of Africa free and to bring forth Freedom, Redemption and International Reparation for Africans in the Diaspora.
(1) That the Parliament of the Association shall consist of thirty-three members.
(2) That the Parliament shall be the governing body of the Association.
(a) The flags are the symbol of the Association. There shall be two flags. The colors of one of the flags shall be red, gold, and green with the black five point star, the 'R' and the Lion symbol.The second flag shall be red, black and green with the 'R' and the Lion symbol thereon.
(b) The red in both flags must always be placed above all other colors.
THE NAME OR TITLE OF THE ASSOCIATION
(i) As stated aforesaid the name or title of the Association is the Incorporated Trustee of Ethiopia Africa Black International Congress Church of Salvation.
AIMS AND OBJECTS
(ii) The Aims and Objects are stated comprehensively in the document headed Aims and Objects attached hereto but succinctly stated they are to redeem our Motherland of Ethiopia which expression embraces the entire continent of Africa and black people in the Diaspora and everywhere universally to Righteousness.
TRUSTEES, POWERS, DUTIES ETCETERA
(iii) The Trustee or Trustees shall be appointed by the President and Head of the Association The Most Right Honorable King Emmanuel Charles Edwards after a meeting of Parliament.
(a) The Trustees shall have power and duty to carry out the administration of the Association; to incorporate the Association and to be responsible for add duties and matters incidental to the incorporation; to receive sums of money for the Association; to be a part of the decision to make investments for Association; to be part of the decision to purchase or sell property for or belonging to the Association.
The Trustee can be replaced by the President after review, a hearing in which the Trustee will be given an opportunity to be heard (if the Trustee desires) by the Parliament and President.
THE COMMON SEAL USE AND CUSTODY
The Common Seal shall be in the custody of the President. All documents pertaining to and emanating from the Association shall be stamped with the Seal. The President shall name a Committee, the members of which are authorized to use the stamp on condition that all documents or copies stamped will be filed by the President.
THE MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Association shall hold a General meeting every Wednesday. A Committee or Cabinet meeting of the Association shall be held every Sunday.
THE GOVERNING BODY, THEIR APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL AND POWERS
The Governing body of the Association is the Parliament consisting of the President and Thirty-two members. Each Member of the Parliament is appointed by the President. Upon his appointment a meeting of the Parliament is called and the member is informed of his or her duties and principles of the Association. The member pledges loyalty to those principles and to his of her duties and to the President. If there is evidence of dereliction of duty and disloyalty to principles or to the President and or Association there shall be a meeting of Parliament termed 'a reasoning' in which the member shall be given an opportunity to be heard. The matter shall be reviewed and only then can the member be removed. The duty of a member shall be to carry out the daily administration of the Association; to participate in the decision making process and to carry out tasks assigned to her or him on order of the President of the Association.
SUBSCRIPTIONS, CONTRIBUTIONS, DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS, KEEPING OF ACCOUNTS
Subscriptions and other contributions are collected at the Headquarters of the Association at Ten Miles, Bull Bay, Saint Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies (formerly headquartered at 54B Spanish Town Road in the Parish of Saint Andrew).
All funds shall be paid to a special Committee of the Association appointed by the President. This Committee shall be responsible for the disbursement of the funds of the Association and the keeping and auditing of the Accounts of the Association.
THE PRIESTS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Priests and Representatives, (the latter meaning those who represent the Association outside the precincts of the Church) are appointed by the President and Founder, The Most Right Honorable King Emmanuel Charles Edwards, Holy Melchizedek. The Priests and Representatives shall be documented and certified by the President and must take with them at all times their Identification Card which will bear the stamp of the Association's seal.
DOCUMENTS AND COMMUNICATION
All documents and communication touching upon the Affairs of the Association shall be filed in and emanate from the Office of the President.
POLICY AND PHILOSOPHY
The Association shall not participate on or with any organization or in any activity demeaning to or non-beneficial to the upliftment of Black people of Africa and the black nation universally.
AIMS AND OBJECTS OF THE INCORPORATED TRUSTEE OF THE ETHIOPIA AFRICA BLACK INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS CHURCH OF SALVATION (hereinafter called 'the Association)
1. To redeem the Motherland of Ethiopia, (the term Ethiopia is used broadly to mean and embrace the entire continent of Africa) and black people in the Diaspora and everywhere universally to Righteousness.
2. To achieve the Freedom, Redemption and Repatriation to Mother Africa of all black people termed Africa slave children now scattered in the several countries of the western world as a consequence of slavery and the cruel and inhuman slave trade who desire to return home and to work for the development of Mother Africa.
3. To emphasize and foster sound principles of spiritual, moral, mental and physical welfare in the implementation of the aims and objects of the Association.
4. To raise money solely for the realization of the aforesaid aims and objects and to satisfy obligations or liabilities and not for any personal gain of any member of the church of his or her aggrandizement.
5. To help the destitute by providing food for the poor and monetary contributions where possible as a living witness to the fostering of sound principles of spiritual and moral welfare in the implementation of the aims and objects of the Association.
6. To initiate, take or defend any legal proceeding which may be deemed necessary for the Association.
7. To pay the expenses of and incidental to the formation and incorporation of the Association.
8. To apply for and take all necessary steps to obtain any statutory or other powers or privileges required of deeded to be expedient for the furtherance of the aims and objects of the Association and to defray the costs involved.