Session 8a Management & Administration of Mandirs Managing Growth Sri Venkateswara Temple, Bridgewater,NJ Dr. Bapineedu Kuchipudi Vice Chairman September 11-13, 2009 Issues that arise in scaling mandirs from a small scale operation/facility To a large scale operation
The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) protects religious institutions from unduly burdensome or discriminatory land use regulations. The law was passed unanimously by Congress in 2000, after hearings in which Congress found that houses of worship, particularly those of minority religions and start-up churches, were disproportionately affected, and in fact often were actively discriminated against, by local land use decisions. Congress also found that, as a whole, religious institutions were treated worse than comparable secular institutions. Congress further found that zoning authorities frequently were placing excessive burdens on the ability of congregations to exercise their faiths in violation of the Constitution.
In response, Congress enacted RLUIPA. This new law provides a number of important protections for the religious freedom of persons, houses of worship, and religious schools. The full text of RLUIPA is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/housing/housing_rluipa.htm .
The local, state, and federal government has blessed
temples with tax favorable treatment and freedom in exercising our faith. We are grateful.
In return, the need to contribute and improve the quality of life and cultural enrichment becomes our duty and demonstrates good citizenship. Over the years HTCS has participated in many ways of giving back. Some of our efforts include:
Annual Health Camp for the uninsured and underinsured
Annual Scholarships for the local graduating high school students
Indian American Festival (Tenth year)
Helping local schools with funds for special programs
Soup Kitchen with the local Catholic Charities
Disaster Relief as needed
Contributions to many other local causes.
Taking care of our Priests HTCS Religious Committee
Recruiting Qualified priests/monitoring priest services and devotee satisfaction.
Ensuring that priests follow established guidelines set by your religious committee. Reviewing and training on the right way to perform services based on practices and Agama requirements
Have a fair and workable Sambhavana and gratuity system. Housing, benefits and Quality of Life Issues.
“ Brahmana Santu Nirbhaya”
Taking care of the priest family has become an important social duty.
Ensuring that a few priests are qualified to perform Aparakarmas is critical to serving the Hindu American community