Parish Council membership must be respected carefully.
A proper election from among the parish membership should put a Council in place each year. If others wish to attend or are invited to be present—
** the seating arrangements should make it clear that they are not voting members
** the record of the meeting should identify them as “observers”
It is too easy for a small group of people who know each other well to become a little relaxed about exactly who has been elected or appointed to make the decisions and carry the responsibility.
This can be a serious problem if conflict arises. But it is easily avoided if there is clarity about exactly who are elected to exercise a vote.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
** They may have formally objected to the decision
** Or you may notice they have just gone very quiet;
** They have not been open to reviewing their point of view as time has gone on.
Whatever their situation, they may require specialised pastoral care over a long period. People do not change their basic convictions easily and may need help to accept a situation which they may feel has been pushed on them by an insensitive majority of the membership.