Council Established October 22, 2011
The Council of the Baptized, born on October 22, 2011, at a commitment ceremony for the first members, will formally convene in January 2012. Leaders were called by written nomination at Synod of the Baptized 2011. The Council is a separate body from CCCR with its own leadership and Charter. CCCR will continue to activate the Catholic community and the Council will be the community's voice--to speak for the community and with the official archdiocesan leadership.
There are 21 seats on the Council—four for each quadrant of the Archdiocese and five at-large members.To date nineteen of the seats are filled.The names of members are listed below.
SUPPORT TEAM MEMBERS
Each of the Council members is gathering a three person support team to help in any way needed.The support team members can be alternates at meetings, can help the Council member with background work on the position papers and endorsements the Council will publish, and can help ACT organize the people in the quadrant to make their voices heard.
THE COUNCIL'S WORK
The Council is a deliberative body whose purpose is to discern the sense of the faithful in the Archdiocese and to be its voice. People of the Archdiocese, our local church, are responsible by their baptism for the mission of the church which is to proclaim the good news that Jesus brought to the world. Some institutional policies and practices serve that purpose and some do not. The people will bring their concerns of conscience to the Council in written form and the Council will deliberate on the questions, decide which concerns to address, and issue position statements (2-3 pages) or position papers (6-10 pages). They will also endorse programs that people are willing to implement and they will recommend programs to the Archdiocese to implement with staff and funding.
FOUR COUNCIL SUPPORT OFFICES
The four offices designated in the Council Charter to support its work are being staffed with volunteers.The Council will need a team in the Publication Office to guide the writing and editing of the position papers they choose to publish.Next they need a Media Office to get the position papers widely distributed.They will need a Finance and Strategic Planning Office to keep the Council afloat.Looking five years down the road, the Council will be elected from parishes in all quadrants.To design procedures and to make that happen, the Council needs an Election Management Office.These teams are building now. If you have skills to contribute, call Paula at (612) 379-1043.
WORK IN PROGRESS FOR THE COUNCIL'S CONSIDERATION
In the meantime, in homes, in library meeting rooms, and in parish community centers, people are gathering to put their concerns on paper to submit to the Council when it convenes in January. At Synod 2011 in September, people began the work of addressing their concerns of conscience and signed up to continue post-Synod. The sense of the faithful is what the Council wants to hear and to make known throughout the Archdiocese.The people are talking about their desire for an inclusive, fully alive and caring Archdiocese that proclaims Jesus’ God-vision to the world.The teams working on position papers are targeting inclusion and improved communication and education.As the teams get into their work, they will post reports on this website.