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CONSENSUS

The intent of consensus is to assure that we are acting in concert with a prayerfully discerned sense of the Holy Spirit as well as in concert with the mission of the Church and the Purpose of the Council of the Baptized.

  • When seeking consensus, Council members may vote Yes, Stand Aside, or No
    • Yes is agreement and seeks to pass the measure
    • Stand Aside allows Council members to voice a substantive objection to some aspect of the measure without blocking it
    • No is disagreement and seeks to stop the measure
  • To achieve consensus and pass a measure, two requirements must be met:
    • No more than two dissenting votes, and
    • A minimum of two thirds of all votes must be “Yes” (since a large number of “stand asides” indicates that more work must be done to gain strong consensus)

CIRCLE PROCESS – THREE MODELS

  • #1: General Consent:A recommendation is presented.The facilitator asks if any discussion is needed.If none is requested, the recommendation is approved.
  • #2: Circle Process / Open Discussion: In this process, deliberations begin with the structured format, but ideas are then developed further through open discussion among Council members.  After a moment of silent reflection, steps in this process include the following:
  • Begin with each Council member making comments in turn around the circle
    • The microphone is then passed to observers for comments if they choose
    • The microphone returns to the circle for a facilitated, open discussion among Council members
    • Facilitator articulates consensus when it seems obvious and calls for group approval
      • Anyone who so wishes can call for an individual voice vote
      • This creates the opportunity for “stand aside” votes or other clarifications
  • #3: Circle Process / Formal: This process stays with the structured format.
    • Begin with each Council member making comments in turn around the circle
    • The microphone is then passed to observers for comments if they choose
    • The microphone returns to the Council member circle for further comments which are expressed in turn around the circle
    • The topic under discussion is then framed as a yes/no question, and consensus is sought through individual voice vote

The facilitator will identify which process will be used.  During the Open Discussion Circle Process, the facilitator or any Council member can call for a return to the Formal Circle Process. Any Council member may call for a moment of silence.

Featured Items

You are invited to the November Open Forum:      

The Biology of Gender and Faith-Based Opposition to Inclusive Practices in Public Schools: Is it Possible to Disagree and Still Keep Transgender Students Safe?

Do you think it is wise for the Archdiocese to oppose the MN Department of Education's efforts to provide a safe environment for transgender students?            

Join us on Tuesday, November 14, when David Edwards, parent of a transgender child,  will present reflections on the MDE toolkit for schools and the reality of transgender experience.  

7-8:30 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling, St. Paul

 

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