EC election results
Before Christmas the results of the Executive Committee was announced. It's worth noting that these results were posted immediately on the website, which didn't happen three years ago. The website's much better at keeping up-to-date nowadays.
Here's the new folks elected:
Elisabeth (Lis) Dyson-Jones
All I will say about this group is that there are a lot more people that believe in CHANGE in there. And I think that's a good thing.
But for now I'm much more interested in what the electoral register reveals. The number of people on this register was 3933, which is considerably more than the number in 2006 - which was 2563. Now the number of Unitarians has not increased by that much since 2006, rather the way in which the electoral papers were distributed enabled a greater number of people to be registered. The number of people actually voting though was only slightly higher than three years ago: 1726, compared to 1703 in 2006.
Overall this of course makes the turnout proportion much lower. This does not suprise me. The voting papers were given to congregations and it was up to congregations to distribute the voting papers. In my congregation we gave out the voting papers to people who were there on Sunday mornings, but did not post them out to everyone on our membership list. There are more people on our membership list than we see on Sundays; which brings up issues in itself, but that will be for another time.
So I think we finally have a good estimation of the number of Unitarians in Britain - around 4,000. My question is: why did it take so long to get this number? Why hasn't this number been publicly known before now? If we are trying to grow, shouldn't we know this number, to be able to test objectively whether we are growing?