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Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee : Windsor Response Group Report #022-05-07-03

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-03-07
Mover
Dean Peter Elliott
Seconder
Dean Peter Wall
Text
That this Council of General Synod
-1. adopt the Response of the Windsor Report Response Group, and
- 2. bring the following resolutions to General Synod:
Friendly Amendment
That the words “and bring the following resolutions to General Synod” be deleted.
The motion as amended now reads:
That this Council of General Synod adopt the Response of the Windsor Report Response Group. CARRIED #20-03-07
Subjects
Windsor Report
Anglican Church of Canada. Windsor Report Response Group
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Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee : Windsor Response Group Report #022-05-07-03 : Resolution for General Synod

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 21-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 21-03-07
Mover
Bishop Michael Ingham
Seconder
Rev. Edward Keeping
Prologue
Moved by: Dean Peter Wall
Seconded by: Mrs. Barbara Burrows
That this General Synod endorse the report of the Windsor Report Response Group, as adopted by the Council of General Synod (March 2007), and that the following be forwarded, along with the report, to the Anglican Communion Office and the Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
The Anglican Church of Canada:
- 1. reaffirms its commitment to full membership and participation in the life, witness and structures of the Anglican Communion;
- 2. reaffirms its commitment to the Lambeth Quadrilateral, as received by our church in 1893;
- 3. expresses its desire and readiness to continue our participation in the ongoing life of the Communion through partnerships and visits, theological and biblical study, in order to foster Communion relationships, including the listening process and the development and possible adoption of an Anglican covenant;
- 4. reaffirms its mutual responsibility and interdependence with our Anglican sisters and brothers in furthering the mission of the church;
- 5. notes that, in response to the Windsor Report, the Diocese of New Westminster expressed regret, and the House of Bishops effected a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions;
- 6. calls upon those archbishops and other bishops who believe that it is their conscientious duty to intervene in Provinces, dioceses and parishes other than their own to implement paragraph 155 of the Windsor Report and to seek an accommodation with the bishops of the dioceses whose parishes they have taken into their own care; and
-7. commits itself to participation in the Listening Process and to share with member churches of the Communion the study of human sexuality which continues to take place, in the light of Scripture, tradition and reason.
Resolution Regarding the Covenant #022-05-07-03 Revised
That this Council of General Synod:
a) Commend the document 'An Anglican Covenant Draft prepared by the Covenant Design Group, January 2007" for study by the dioceses of The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), responses to be delivered to the Director of FWM by September 14, 2007.
b) Authorize establishment of an Anglican Communion Working Group, following GS 2007, (similar in structure to the WRRG), in order to draft a Canadian response to the draft covenant for discussion at Fall 2007 meetings of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, the Partners in Mission and Eco-Justice Committee, the House of Bishops, and the Council of General Synod, and
c) Ask the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor ongoing conversations on the Covenant within the communion, noting in particular any changes suggested by Lambeth Conference 2008 and decisions made by ACC-14, and report both to CoGS and to General Synod 2010.
Text
That the words “September 14, 2007” be deleted from the first paragraph and replaced with the words “January 15, 2008”. CARRIED
Friendly Amendment
That the word “Commend” be deleted from the first paragraph and replaced with the word “Refer”
That the words “Fall 2007” be deleted from the second paragraph.
The motion as revised now reads:
That this Council of General Synod:
- a) Refer the document ‘An Anglican Covenant Draft prepared by the Covenant Design Group, January 2007” for study by the dioceses of The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), responses to be delivered to the Director of FWM by January 15, 2008.
- b) Authorize establishment of an Anglican Communion Working Group, following GS 2007, (similar in structure to the WRRG), in order to draft a Canadian response to the draft covenant for discussion at Fall 2007 meetings of the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee, the Partners in Mission and Eco-Justice Committee, the House of Bishops, and the Council of General Synod, and
- c) Ask the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor ongoing conversations on the Covenant within the communion, noting in particular any changes suggested by Lambeth Conference 2008 and decisions made by ACC-14, and report both to CoGS and to General Synod 2010. CARRIED 21-03-07
Subjects
Windsor Report
Anglican Church of Canada. Windsor Report Response Group
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Working Group
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Anglican Award of Merit #047-01-07-03

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 22-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 22-03-07
Mover
Rev. Canon James Robinson
Seconder
Canon Robert Falby
Text
That the following people receive the Anglican Award of Merit
Ms. Dorothy Davies-Flindall Diocese of Ontario
Mr.Klaus Gruber Diocese of Saskatoon
J. H. Clyne Harradence, Q.C. Diocese of Saskatchewan
Ms. Elizabeth (Betty) Livingston Diocese of Huron
Tsuyoshi Eddy Nishida Diocese of Calgary CARRIED #22-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Award of Merit
Davies-Flindall, Dorothy
Gruber, Klaus
Harradence, Clyne (J.H. Clyne), 1923-2012
Livingston, Betty (Elizabeth), d. 2007
Nishida, Eddy (Tsuyoshi)
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St. Michael Report 045-04-07-03 Revision #2

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 23-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 23-03-07
Mover
Chancellor Ronald Stevenson
Seconder
Archdeacon Karl McLean
Text
That the Council of General Synod forward as separate resolutions 2, 3, and 5 (Doc. 045-04-07-03 Revision #2) to General Synod.
- 2. That resolutions 3 and 4 below be deemed not to have been carried unless they receive the affirmative votes of sixty percent of the members of each Order present and voting, and if a vote by diocese is requested, unless they receive the affirmative votes of sixty percent of the dioceses whose votes are counted.
- 3. That this General Synod resolves that the blessing of same-sex unions is consistent with the core doctrine of the Anglican Church of Canada.
- 5. That this General Synod requests the Council of General Synod to initiate work to revise Canon 21 (On Marriage) to allow marriage of all legally qualified persons and to present a revised canon for first reading at the next General Synod 2010.
Note re #2: Resolution #4 is the deferred resolution from General Synod 2004.
Amendment
Moved by: Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews
Seconded by: Rev. Canon James Robinson
That the words “sixty percent of the members” be changed to “2/3 majority at two successive Synods”. DEFEATED
Friendly Amendment to #2
For clarity the deleted words are show as strikethrough and the added words as bold: [In electronic database bold indicated by pointed brackets i.e. ; strikethrough indicated by double pointed brackets i.e.>]
That resolutions 3 and 4 below be deemed > to have been carried, they receive the affirmative votes of sixty percent of the members of each Order present and voting, and if a vote by dioceses is requested, > they receive the affirmative votes of sixty percent of the dioceses whose votes are counted.
Friendly Amendment to #5
For clarity the deleted words are shown as strikethrough and the added words as bold: [In electronic database bold indicated by pointed brackets i.e. ; strikethrough indicated by double pointed brackets i.e.>]
That this General Synod requests the Council of General Synod to > of Canon 21 (On Marriage) to allow marriage of all legally qualified persons, and > reading, and General Synod 2010.
The motion as amended now reads:
That the Council of General Synod forward, as separate resolutions, 2, 3, and 5 (Doc. 045-04-07-03 Revision #2) to General Synod. CARRIED #23-03-07
Notes
Motions 2, 3 and 5 for General Synod as amended now read: 045-04-07-03 Revision #3
- 2. That resolutions 3 and 4 below be deemed to have been carried only if they receive the affirmative votes of sixty percent of the members of each Order present and voting, and if a vote by dioceses is requested, only if they receive the affirmative votes of sixty percent of the dioceses whose votes are counted.
- 3. That this General Synod resolves that the blessing of same-sex unions is consistent with the core doctrine of The Anglican Church of Canada.
- 5. That this General Synod request the Council of General Synod to consider a revision of Canon 21 (On Marriage) including theological rationale to allow marriage of all legally qualified persons and to report back to General Synod 2010.
Note: Motion #4 is the from General Synod:
That this General Synod affirm the authority and jurisdiction of any diocesan synod, with the concurrence of its bishop, to authorize the blessing of same-sex unions.
Subjects
St. Michael Report
Anglican Church of Canada - Doctrines
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage (Canon law) - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XXI
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.) - Agenda
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.) - Rules and practice
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Canon XXII Same Sex Unions Draft 5 : 006-18-07-03 Revised

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 24-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 24-03-07
Mover
Rev. Canon John Steele
Seconder
Mr. Don Thompson
Text
That the Council of General Synod forward Canon XXII Draft 5 to General Synod. DEFEATED #24-03-07
Notes
Moved by: Mrs. Judy Darling
Seconded by: Bishop Percy Coffin
That the Council of General Synod forward paragraph 5 from Canon XXII – Draft 5 to General Synod. WITHDRAWN
Subjects
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XXII
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Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission 025-04-07-03 : Terms of Reference

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 25-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 25-03-07
Mover
Dean Peter Wall
Seconder
Mr. Clarence Randall
Text
Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod revise the Terms of Reference for the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission by adding to it the representative of the Anglican Church of Canada who serves on the National Church Council of the ELCIC. CARRIED #25-03-07
Subjects
Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission - Terms of reference
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Lutheran Church
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
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Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission 025-04-07-03 : Executive Summary

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 26-03-07]
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 26-03-07]
Mover
Dean Peter Wall
Seconder
Mrs. Judy Darling
Text
That the Council of General Synod receive the Executive Summary on Confirmation, and refer it, with the complete report and further resources, to appropriate decision-making bodies in the churches. CARRIED #26-03-07
Notes
[From Document: 025-04-07-03 : Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission Report to the Council of General Synod, page 3-5]:
CONFIRMATION MINISTRY IN THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA AND THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CANADA
Questions for Consideration from the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
As part of its mandate to help our two churches to coordinate their ministries and mission, and support shared ministries, the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission studied a sample of Anglican and Lutheran confirmation ministries. The study identified resources, formation strategies and liturgical approaches presently being used by parishes recommended by their bishops as having strong confirmation ministries.
The study is not a fully representative sample of what is happening in Anglican and Lutheran churches. However the participants raise some important questions that our two churches may want to consider. They have implications for shared ministries and for the renewal of our own confirmation and formation. The full report is available from the national offices of the ACC and the ELCIC or from the Joint Commission.
A QUESTION FOR ANGLICANS: Can the pastoral rite of confirmation be delegated to a presbyter ?
The BAS suggests that the bishop's role is best expressed in his or her presiding at the sacraments, because the sacraments are signs and means by which the church's unity is established and maintained. In relation to Holy Baptism, the BAS says, p. 147, that it is best celebrated "with the bishop present" and on p. 163 "It is recommended that, as far as possible, baptisms be reserved for those occasions when a bishop is present."
The BAS also identifies the liturgy of baptism as "the primary context in which renewals of the baptismal covenant [confirmation, reception and reaffirmation] take place." P. 149. This suggests that renewals of baptism would also be appropriate, if somewhat less important, occasions for the bishop to be present.
Additionally BAS makes provision for baptism to be conducted by a priest: "In the absence of a bishop, a priest is the celebrant." (p. 153)
The questions then:
- If baptism itself may be delegated to a presbyter, what is to prevent confirmation or affirmation of baptism from also being delegated ?
- Is there value in lifting up the primacy of baptism itself and having consistency in the way the bishop is involved in all liturgies related to baptism ?
- Are there ways in which these ministries might be multiplied if the bishop's delegates could also be involved in presiding when the bishop is not able to be present ?
Ruth Meyers in "By Water and the Holy Spirit: Baptism and Confirmation in Anglicanism" 1 [1 Anglican Theological Review, Summer 2001, Vol. 83, Issue 3], notes that other denominations with historic episcopacies have moved away from the bishop's role in confirmation. She says,
- Anglicans must consider how important it is to require Christians to receive laying on of hands by a bishop. Eastern Orthodox baptismal rites have historically included chrismation by a presbyter, and no ritual action by a bishop, at baptism or in some subsequent rite, has been expected or required. Increasingly in Roman Catholicism, confirmation -- laying on of hands with prayer for the sevenfold gift of the Spirit, followed by chrismation -- is administered by presbyters when adults are baptized at the Easter Vigil. In the Lutheran churches with which Anglicans are now in full communion, confirmation -- laying on of hands -- has historically been administered by presbyters. The 1991 Anglican Liturgical Consultation encouraged a broader view of the bishop's ministry: as chief pastor, the bishop expresses the unity of the Church by presiding at baptism and the eucharist and by delegating or presiding at other rites of commitment, such as confirmation.
Furthermore, Principle 9 of "Growing in Newness of Life: The Toronto Statement on Christian Initiation" of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation 1991, states that 'the pastoral rite of confirmation may be delegated to a presbyter'.
Recognizing the value of having the bishop present at all baptisms and renewals of baptism, one respondent said, "Episcopal administration [of the confirmation service] would always be a desirable possibility while not being a necessity."
A QUESTION FOR BOTH LUTHERANS AND ANGLICANS: Does there continue to be value in confirmation as a unique, unrepeatable ministry to young people ?
On the one hand the new Lutheran Worship book makes no distinction between Affirmation of Baptism and confirmation. "Confirmation" is simply what Affirmation of Baptism may be called when it is "part of a process of formation in youth or adulthood". There is not separate action or section for confirmation in the rite of Affirmation of Baptism. The laying on of hands is offered to anyone affirming their baptism. The traditional confirmation prayer "Father in heaven for Jesus' sake ..." is included as one of the options for praying for the person but is not restricted to "confirmands" or even mentioned as specifically applying to confirmation.
Certainly some of the key benefits of confirmation are available in other ways. Children confess their faith publicly as they say the Apostles' Creed in worship each Sunday using the same words as confirmands do. Sunday School, youth and adult Bible Study, prayer and service groups provide training in spiritual formation and mission just as confirmation does. The basics of the faith are learned across the ages. And opportunities to affirm our faith do not have to be restricted to a single opportunity, usually in adolescence.
On the other hand, respondents to our study indicated that confirmation continues to be a blessing in their congregations. It ensures that at least at one point in their life parishioners have an intense experience of Christian study and formation. It gives young people an opportunity to have the congregation's attention and approval, not only during the rite, but also during the confirmation training. The rite provides an opportunity to thank parents and baptismal sponsors. And it is a chance for young people to express their faith in a personal way.
So the question: Can the benefits of confirmation be gained without implying that it is a "graduation: from Christian formation, or an unrepeatable experience of spiritual growth and experience ? If so, how might confirmation be more deeply integrated with other formation ministries of the church ?
Subjects
Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Lutheran Church
Confirmation and Christian union
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Lutheran Church
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Governance Working Group 044-39-07-03 : Governance Working Group Resolutions : Categories One and Three

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 29-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 29-03-07
Mover
Bishop Sue Moxley
Seconder
Canon Robert Falby
Text
That this Council of General Synod forward resolutions in Categories One and Three of the Governance Working Group Report (035-13-07-03) to General Synod. CARRIED #29-03-07
Notes
PROPOSED MOTIONS for GENERAL SYNOD:
CATEGORY ONE:
These are motions that will alter the Declaration of Principles, the Constitution and the Rules of Order, so that changes, other than those of Doctrine or Discipline, can be made at one meeting of General Synod.
A. In May 2006 the Council of General Synod directed the Chancellor to write a resolution removing the description of the membership of General Synod from the Declaration of Principles, leaving it in the Constitution. It now appears in both. The text of this motion is not included in this report as COGS has already dealt with it.
B. Reform of Requirements for Adoption of Legislation
Note: For convenience, the present wording of each subjection section is inserted in a different font after the proposed wording of the subsection. These insertions are not part of the motion. [No distinction in type font in electronic database.]
1. That the Declaration of Principles, section 11 be amended to read as follows:
11. Amendments
a) Notice of Motion
- No amendment to the Declaration of Principles, no amendment to the Constitution, no Canon, and no amendment to any existing Canon, shall be proposed to, or enacted by, the General Synod unless notice has been transmitted by the General Secretary of the General Synod to the members of the General Synod at least 90 days before the meeting of the General Synod, or unless it has been left over as unfinished business and printed in the journal of the previous session of the General Synod
-- No Canon, or amendment to the Declaration of Principles or to the Constitution or to any existing Canon, shall be proposed or enacted unless notice has been transmitted by the General Secretary of the General Synod to the members of the General Synod at least thirty days before the meeting of the General Synod, or unless it has been left over as unfinished business and printed in the journal of the previous session. [Rules of Order and Procedure, s. 13]
b) Amendments to the Declaration of Principles
- i) The Solemn Declaration of the Declaration of Principles belongs in a particular historic context and therefore cannot be altered or amended.
-- The Solemn Declaration of the Declaration of Principles, while continuing to be part of the Declaration of Principles belongs in a particular historic context and therefore cannot be altered or amended.
- ii) An amendment to the Declaration of Principles can be considered only when a majority of each Order is present at the session of the General Synod.
-- A change in the Declaration of Principles (except for section 1) can be considered when a majority of each Order is present at a session of the General Synod.
- iii) Subject to subsection iv), an amendment to the Declaration of Principles shall take effect when passed by a two-thirds majority in each Order.
-- To take effect it shall require a two-thirds majority in each Order voting at two successive sessions of the General Synod, the change proposed having been referred for consideration to all dioceses and provincial synods following the first approval of the General Synod.
- iv) An amendment to sections 6, 7 and 8 of the Declaration of Principles shall take effect only when the General Synod has adopted it in the manner prescribed in subsection iii), and the synods of each of the ecclesiastical provinces of the Anglican Church of Canada have consented to it.
-- No change in sections 6, 7 and 8 of the Declaration of Principles can be effected without the consent of all provincial synods . . .
- v) The synod of an ecclesiastical province of the Anglican Church of Canada shall be deemed to have consented to an amendment to section 6, 7 or 8 of the Declaration of Principles adopted by the General Synod if no resolution proposing consent to the amendment has been voted upon in the provincial synod before the expiration of 3 years from the date the amendment was passed by the General Synod.
-- . . . except that if a vote on the proposed amendment has not taken place in any provincial synod prior to the next regular session of the General Synod, such provincial synod shall be deemed to have approved the amendment.
- vi) Where a proposed amendment to the Declaration of Principles has been defeated by the General Synod, or where an amendment to section 6, 7 or 8 of the Declaration of Principles passed by the General Synod has not taken effect pursuant to subsection iv), the proposed amendment may be introduced again at any subsequent session of the General Synod.
-- Any proposed amendment to the Declaration of Principles which has been defeated by a vote of the General Synod, or of a provincial synod with respect to sections 6, 7 and 8, may be introduced again at any subsequent session of the General Synod.
b) Amendments to the Constitution
- i) An amendment to a section of the Constitution which has its origin in the Declaration of Principles must be consistent with the Principle concerned.
- ii) An amendment to the Constitution of the General Synod shall take effect when passed by a two-thirds majority of each Order voting at a session of the General Synod.
-- The Constitution of the General Synod may be amended by a two-thirds majority of each Order voting at a session of the General Synod, except that any section of the Constitution which has its origin in the Declaration of Principles must be consistent with the Principle concerned.
c) Canons and Amendments to Canons
- i) All Canons dealing with doctrine, and amendments to such Canons, shall take effect when passed by a two-thirds majority in each Order at two successive sessions of the General Synod, the Canon or amendment proposed having been referred for consideration to diocesan and provincial synods, following the first approval of the General Synod.
-- All Canons dealing with doctrine, worship, or discipline, and all alterations to such Canons, shall require to be passed by a two-thirds majority in each Order voting at two successive sessions of the General Synod, the Canons and alterations proposed having been referred for consideration to diocesan and provincial synods, following the first approval of the General Synod.
- ii) All Canons dealing with matters other than doctrine or amendments to such Canons, shall take effect when passed by a two-thirds majority of the Order of Bishops, and of the Orders of Clergy and Laity voting together.
-- All other Canons may be approved or amended by a two-thirds majority of the Order of Bishops, and of the Orders of Clergy and Laity voting together.
d) Amendments to the Rules of Order and Procedure
- An amendment to the Rules of Order and Procedure shall take effect when passed by a two-thirds majority of the Order of Bishops, and of the Orders and Clergy and Laity voting together.
-- The Rules of Order and Procedure may be amended at any regular session of the General Synod by a two-thirds majority of the members voting in the normal manner.
e) Amendments on Second Reading at Synod
- i) Where a resolution proposing a Canon dealing with doctrine or an amendment to such a Canon has been:
-- a) passed at one session of the General Synod,
-- b) referred for consideration to all diocesan and provincial synod, and
-- c) brought before a second session of the General Synod,
-- it shall be in order for the General Synod to adopt any amendment to the resolution which would have been in order when the resolution was considered at the first session of the General Synod.
- ii) A resolution amended pursuant to subjection i) shall take effect if passed by the required majority at the second session notwithstanding the amendment.
-- Where a proposed change to the Declaration of Principles (other than to sections 6, 7, or 8 thereof) or to a Canon dealing with doctrine, worship, or discipline has been:
--- a) passed at one session of the General Synod,
--- b) referred for consideration to all diocesan and provincial synod, and
--- c)brought before a second session of the General Synod for consideration,
--- it shall be in order for the General Synod to adopt any amendment to the proposed change which would have been in order when the proposed change was considered at the first session of the General Synod and the proposed change shall take effect if passed by the required majority at the second session with or without such amendment.
--- Where a proposed change to sections 6, 7 or 8 of the Declaration of Principles has been:
--- a) passed by the required majority at one session of the General Synod,
--- b) referred for the consideration of all diocesan synods,
--- c) referred for consent to all provincial synods, and
--- d) brought before a second session of the General Synod for consideration,
--- it shall be in order for the General Synod to adopt any amendment which does not alter the proposed change in any substantive way but which merely improves the clarity or form of the proposed change and the proposed change shall take effect if passed by the required majority at the second session with or without such amendment.
2. Upon the coming into force of section 1 of this resolution, Rules of Order and Procedure, section 13 shall be repealed.
Explanation
Under the present rules certain types of legislation require a higher level of approval than regular resolutions.
Amendments to most of the Declaration of Principles, and to Canons dealing with doctrine, worship or discipline, and amendments to such Canons, come into effect only when passed by a 2/3 majority of each of the three Orders of the General Synod at two successive sessions. Between sessions they must be referred to all diocesan and provincial synods for consideration.
Amendments to the three sections of the Declaration of Principles which distribute jurisdiction between the General Synod and the Provinces and which describe the General Synod’s jurisdiction regarding discipline (section 6, 7 and 8) must also have the consent of the provinces before they are brought before the second session of the General Synod.
These higher approval standards exist for at least two reasons: 1) the subject matter of such legislation is of a high level of importance and 2) legislation on these subjects affects the whole church so there should be a high level of consultation prior to enactment.
Because General Synod cannot act at one session to enact this type of legislation, progress towards the accomplishment of structural and other changes can be very slow. The Governance Working Group is of the view that this is an impediment to efficient and effective governance. It believes that, with one exception, the requirement that these types of legislation be passed at two successive synods should be abandoned.
Obviously, this would mean that the requirement for reference of such legislation to dioceses and provinces for consideration would also be abandoned. Rather, the GWG proposes that the requirement for notice of motion be increased from 30 days to 90 days. This would give members of General Synod time to consult in their dioceses about the proposed change before synod.
Where the proposed change is to the jurisdiction distributing sections, provincial consent would still be required. Such a change would not come into force until consented to. If a provincial synod did not consider the change during the 3 years following its enactment by General Synod, it would be deemed to have consented.
The one exception to this proposed change relates to matters of doctrine. The GWG is of the view that matters of doctrine are sufficiently important that Canons dealing with them should come into effect only when passed by the required majority at two successive synods with reference between synods to dioceses and provinces.
Other changes to the existing provisions have been made to improve the drafting. They are not intended to be substantive.
To come into effect, this resolution, being an amendment to the Declaration of Principles, would need to be passed by a 2/3 majority of each Order of the General Synod voting separately, and two successive sessions having been referred between those sessions to the dioceses and provinces for consideration.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada - Structure
Anglican Church of Canada - Government
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Governance Working Group 044-39-07-03 : Governance Working Group Resolutions : Category Two

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 30-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 30-03-07
Mover
Bishop Sue Moxley
Seconder
Canon Robert Falby
Text
That this Council of General Synod forward to its successors the information and recommendations contained in Category Two of the Governance Working Group Report (035-13-07-03) for further development. CARRIED #30-03-07
Notes
CATEGORY TWO:
These resolutions lie within the power of General Synod and if adopted will change the membership of both General Synod and the Council of General Synod.
A. Membership of General Synod
We suggest that Part II, Membership, Section 8(f) of the Constitution be amended by:
- (a) deleting the words “each Order” in subsections (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v);
- (b) substituting therefore, in Section
-- (ii) … “the Order of Laity and one member of the Order of Clergy”;
-- (iii) … “the Order of Laity and two members of the Order of Clergy”;
-- (iv) … “the Order of Laity and two members of the Order of Clergy”;
-- (v) … “the Order of Laity”;
- (c) further amending subsection (v) by adding:
-- “and one additional member of the Order of Clergy for each additional one hundred licensed members of the clergy or fraction thereof”
Comments: This motion will reduce the number of clerical members. The benchmark for the number per diocese remains licensed clergy (Although practices of licensing vary from diocese to diocese this is the most reliable figure we can find.). The number of clergy is not halved because, as the following chart shows, adjustments had to be made for dioceses with an odd number of delegates.
Our church does not have a single nationwide definition of membership, so statistics when available are unreliable. Generally we believe the church has about 800,000 members of which about 2,500 are clergy. Our understanding of the respective roles of clergy and laity in the church has changed greatly since1893 and we suggest that this motion would create a General Synod more reflective of that understanding.
If it is passed the membership of General Synod would be as follows (proposed changes in italics):
- (f) Dioceses shall be entitled to elect clerical and lay members of the General Synod as follows:
-- (i) for dioceses having fifteen licensed members of the clergy or less, one member of each Order;
-- (ii) for dioceses having sixteen to twenty-five licensed members of the clergy, two members of "the" Order "of Laity and one member of the order of Clergy";
-- (iii) for dioceses having twenty-six to fifty licensed members of the clergy, three members of "the" Order "of Laity and two members of the Order of Clergy";
-- (iv) for dioceses having fifty-one to one hundred licensed members of the clergy, four members of "the" Order "of Laity and two members of the Order of Clergy";
-- (v) dioceses having more than one hundred licensed members of the clergy shall be entitled to one additional member of the Order of Laity for each additional fifty licensed members of the clergy or fraction thereof "and one additional member of the Order of Clergy for each additional one hundred licensed members of the clergy or fraction thereof";
-- (vi) the words “licensed members of clergy” as used in this section and elsewhere in the Constitution shall mean all clerical members of The Anglican Church of Canada holding the license of the bishop of a diocese to perform the functions of the ordained ministry within the diocese, excepting and excluding a) those who are resident in the diocese but are on leave from another diocese, and b) those who are in receipt of benefits from the pension funds of the Church (other than for temporary disability) and who are not in charge or fully engaged in the work of the ordained ministry.
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Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada - Structure
Anglican Church of Canada - Government
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Governance Working Group 044-39-07-03 : Governance Working Group 2007-2010

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9365
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 31-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 31-03-07
Mover
Dean Peter Wall
Seconder
Mrs. Susan Winn
Text
That this Council of General Synod request the Planning and Agenda Team to appoint a Governance Working Group for the 2007-2010 triennium, with appropriate representation of both geography, and expertise, and with adequate funding, so that the work of the Governance Working Group may continue. CARRIED #31-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada. Planning and Agenda Team
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Governance Working Group 044-39-07-03 : Church Statistics

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9366
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 32-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 32-03-07
Mover
Bishop Sue Moxley
Seconder
Canon Robert Falby
Text
That the Council of General Synod encourage the Treasurer in his efforts to gather church statistics from the dioceses, and ask the General Secretary, along with the Treasurer to urge dioceses to cooperate in this work. CARRIED #23-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Statistics
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Treasurer
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Anglican Journal Board 017-06-07-03 Revised

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 33-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 33-03-07
Mover
Dean Peter Wall
Seconder
Dean Peter Wall
Text
That the requirement for an independent annual audit for the year ending December 31, 2006 be deemed unnecessary. CARRIED #33-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Journal - Finance
Anglican Journal - Auditing
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Youth Initiatives 044-42-07-03

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9368
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 34-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 34-03-07
Mover
Bishop Susan Moxley
Seconder
Dean Peter Wall
Text
That the Council of General Synod ask the General Synod Planning Committee to include time on the agenda of General Synod 2007 for a report on the partnership between General Synod and Ask & Imagine, and other youth initiatives undertaken in response to the acceptance of the “Framework” adopted by General Synod 2004. Council asks that this report include recommendations to General Synod on the inclusion of these initiatives in the annual budget of our church in 2008 and beyond. CARRIED #34-03-07
Subjects
Youth - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Youth in the Anglican Church of Canada
Ask and Imagine
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
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General Synod Planning Committee 026-06-07-03 : Nominating and Elections Procedures

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 35-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 35-03-07
Mover
Dean Peter Elliott
Seconder
Mrs. Barbara Burrows
Text
Procedures for Election of Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor of the General Synod
That this Council of General Synod adopt the 'Procedures for the Election of Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor of the General Synod'. CARRIED #35-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.) - Rules and practice
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Prolocutor
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Deputy Prolocutor
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Terms of Reference for the Anglican Award of Merit

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9370
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 36-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 36-03-07
Mover
Rev. Canon James Robinson
Seconder
Bishop Michael Ingham
Text
That the council of General Synod request that the Handbook Concerns Committee be asked to suggest modifications to the Terms of Reference governing the awarding of the Anglican Award of Merit, in order that Anglicans who are eminent in fields not directly associated with the Church could also be considered; and, that they report back to the Council of General Synod for discussion and possible action. CARRIED #36-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Award of Merit
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Planning and Agenda Team 044-36-07-03

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9371
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 37-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 37-03-07
Mover
Mrs. Dorothy Davies-Flindall
Seconder
Dean Peter Elliott
Text
That this Council of General Synod recommend the continuation of a Planning & Agenda Team for COGS of 2007-2010 with similar composition and these terms of reference:
Planning and Agenda Team
Terms of Reference
Purpose
To assist the Council of the General Synod in the visioning, planning and management of the mission of General Synod.
Responsibilities
- plan the Council of General Synod agenda to ensure time for networking, reflection and business
- provide assistance [to] the Primate and the Prolocutor in meeting management and evaluation strategies
- ensure educational sessions at each Council of General Synod meeting and assist in the design of the sessions
- review job descriptions of Council members, terms of reference of the Council, committees and councils at the beginning of each triennium
- encourage and facilitate the Council of General Synod in its visioning and planning responsibilities
- enable the evaluation of activities and initiatives of the Council of General Synod
- enhance communication between standing committees and councils of the General Synod and with member dioceses on matters and issues relating to the mission of the Anglican Church of Canada* (From MCG T of R [i.e. From Mission Coordination Group Terms of Reference])
- enable Council to engage with determining priorities for the work of General Synod
The Planning and Agenda Team normally will meet for two days (not immediately) prior to the meeting of the Council of General Synod. If tasks assigned during the term require additional meetings these will be arranged. The Planning and Agenda team will meet with the Primate and the Prolocutor, if possible, one day prior to each Council meeting. CARRIED #37-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Planning and Agenda Team - Terms of reference
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Thank You to the Primate

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Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 38-03-07
Date
2007 March 8-11
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 38-03-07
Mover
Dean Peter Wall
Seconder
Mrs. Barbara Burrows
Text
That this Council of General Synod express its profound thanks to Andrew Hutchison, Primate and our Chair, for his gracious and careful care for this Council and its business during this triennium and further wishes Andrew and Lois every blessing as they look toward retirement. CARRIED #38-03-07
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Motion of thanks
Hutchison, Andrew S. (Andrew Sandford), 1938-
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House of Bishops' Pastoral Statement to the Anglican Church (April 2007)

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Date
2007 April 16-20
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution HB 04-04-07
Pastoral Statement
Date
2007 April 16-20
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution HB 04-04-07
Pastoral Statement
Mover
Bishop Spence
Seconder
Bishop Howe
Prologue
Bishop Matthews distributed and read out the writing group's most recent draft of the bishops' pastoral statement, "A message to the Anglican Church of Canada" on the topic of blessing same sex unions. Questions and comments from the floor were invited. Discussion followed. The bishops had run out of meeting time and so it was agreed that the document should continue to be worked on. Generally it was agreed that it was preferable to offer a pastoral statement, but not appropriate to deliver a canonical response.
Text
We entrust completion of the House of Bishops' document "A Message to the Anglican Church of Canada" to its authors and that it be forwarded to the House of Bishops for their final input. CARRIED HB Res. 04-04-07
Notes
[Niagara Falls, Ont.] Apr, 20, 2007 -- To Canadian Anglicans, from the House of Bishops
Brothers and sisters in Christ
The House of Bishops met at Mount Carmel retreat center in Niagara Falls from Tuesday April 17 to Friday April 20. We write this letter to the Canadian Church so that Anglicans will know what we did and how the meeting was for us. As has been our custom for the last while, we devoted the first part of our days together to prayer and Bible study.
This, our last meeting of the triennium was an appropriate time for us to be blessed by a visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. His Grace was with us for less than 24 hours, but his presence was a significant and valued gift. He lead us in prayer and conducted a retreat on the theme of apostolic ministry during which he delivered a number of reflections that gave us profound insights into our ministries and how we do them. We found the Archbishop of Canterbury’s humility, wisdom and humour filling both intellectually and spiritually. During breaks in the day, Dr. Williams met with the bishops of all four ecclesiastical provinces. His time with us was spirit-filled and especially important to us on the eve of a General Synod where many important decisions will be made and where a new Primate will be elected and installed. His reflections set the tone for our meeting.
We also heard from several other people whose presence and ministries enrich us.
Bishop Mark MacDonald joined us for the first time since his appointment earlier this year as National Indigenous Bishop and he spoke stirringly about a life spent in ministry with indigenous peoples. He spoke to us of how and where native people see God. He gave us a vision of a new partnership with indigenous people. He told us that the kind of renewed church that can emerge from this partnership will be very different, though exactly what it will look like we cannot yet know. Bishop MacDonald expressed a strong commitment to work with us towards that future.
Bishop Peter Coffin, who will soon retire as Bishop of Ottawa but who remains with us as Bishop Ordinary to the Armed Forces, spoke to us of spending Easter with Canadian troops in Afghanistan, at a time when there were several Canadian casualties. Bishop Coffin personifies the importance of this ministry at a critical time in world affairs.
We heard from Bishop Philip Poole who, with Bishop Coffin, attended the TEAM (Towards Effective Anglican Mission) conference in South Africa, an experience which Bishop Poole said moved him to tears. The conference examined how churches are responding to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. Bishop Poole said he was profoundly stirred by the energy and joy that the people he met bring to being church despite their very difficult circumstances. The gathering, he said, brought home to him, the many valuable ministries of the church.
We spent much of our time in consideration of the primacy, both what it has been and what it can become and, for this purpose, we were joined by former Bishop of Ottawa John Baycroft who presented us with a valuable reflection on a primacy rooted in Episcopal ministry and on different ways in which that ministry can be exercised. He spoke to us of the past as a means of envisioning a future for this crucial ministry.
As part of our discussion on the primacy, we agreed overwhelmingly to ask the General Synod when it gathers in June to establish a task force made up of members of the Orders of Bishops, Clergy and Laity “to undertake a detailed and comprehensive study of the nature, role, duties and authority of the Primate” and if necessary to recommend changes to the Canon on the primacy for consideration at the General Synod in 2010.
Wednesday evening, we attended a dinner with Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, our Primate, and his wife Lois, so that we could express our profound appreciation for his three-year ministry as Primate. Archbishop Andrew’s leadership of the church and his chairing of our house in the past three years bear eloquent witness to his passionate dedication to the principles of communication and reconciliation. He began his primacy by saying he would “bring people to the table” and he has strived consistently to do so.
We spent much of the following day in prayerful consideration of possible successors to Archbishop Hutchison, our 12th Primate, and as a result of these deliberations, we will submit a list of four nominees to the General Synod. They are Bishop Bruce Howe of Huron, Bishop Fred Hiltz of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Bishop George Bruce of Ontario and Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton.
As we considered candidates for the primatial election, news reached us of a death in the family of Bishop Bruce who was therefore obliged to leave us before the end of our gathering. We pray for him, for his family and for his deceased daughter-in-law.
We devoted a significant amount of time to a discussion of a statement from the bishops of Rupert’s Land about the resolutions on same-sex blessings produced by the Council of General Synod for the consideration of the General Synod. We also heard a substantive presentation by bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario about how we as bishops should prepare for the outcome of the vote by General Synod on this issue, regardless of what that decision might be. We agreed that we as bishops must be prepared to offer a pastoral response regardless of the outcome of the vote at General Synod.
On our last day together we worked on a draft statement to members of the General Synod and to members of the church that offers pastoral responses to a decision on the blessing of same-sex unions. This document will be developed further by its authors and will then be submitted to members of the House for approval by email and, we hope, for inclusion in the Convening Circular.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada - Pastoral letters and charges
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Meetings
Williams, Rowan D. (Rowan Douglas), 1950-
MacDonald, Mark L. (Mark Lawrence), 1954-
Native peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Coffin, Peter (Peter Robert), 1946-
Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Ordinary to the Armed Forces
Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Forces
Afghanistan - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Afghan War, 2001 - Participation, Canadian
Poole, Philip (Maurice Philip), 1951-
Millennium Development Goals
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate - Office
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate - Election
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglicans prepare to gather in Winnipeg for crucial General Synod

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9374
Date
2007 June 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 June 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, June 14 2007
More than 400 people including delegates, partners and staff will gather in Winnipeg next week for the Anglican Church of Canada's 38th General Synod -- a crucial assembly that will elect a new national leader or Primate and once again tackle the difficult and divisive issue of the blessing of same-gender relationships.
The General Synod meets every three years and consists of bishops, clergy and lay people elected as delegates locally in each of the church's 30 dioceses. It is the Anglican church's chief governing body, dealing with everything from changes to church laws and practices to finances and the membership of committees that oversee church programs in years when General Synod does not meet.
The synod is being held at the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg, with the diocese of Rupert's Land acting as host.
The seven-day synod will be chaired by Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the current Primate, who has announced his retirement, effective June 22 [2007]. On that day, clergy and lay delegates will elect a new primate. Church practice is that Canadian Anglican Bishops nominate candidates for the primacy but do not participate in the actual election.
At their spring meeting, the bishops nominated bishops George Bruce of Huron, Fred Hiltz of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, George Bruce of Ontario and Victoria Matthews of Edmonton as candidates for the primacy. It is possible for electors to ask the bishops for more nominees after the electoral process has begun.
The new Primate will be formally installed in office at a special service the evening of Monday, June 25 [2007].
General Synod delegates will also be dealing with the issue of the blessing of same-gender relationships, which has deeply divided the Canadian Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. When the synod last met in St. Catharines, Ont., in 2004, a decision on same-gender blessings was deferredd until 2007.
One full day of the General Synod -- Thursday, 21 June -- will be spent in a joint gathering with the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. In 2001, Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans signed a declaration in which they proclaimed themselves to be in full communion with each other. The Winnipeg event is a celebration of this close partnership.
In other business, the General Synod will deal with a host of resolutions on a wide range of church and social issues and with reports from the committees and councils which normally oversee church programs and activities. Among these reports is one from a special task force that has been reviewing how the church is governed.
Also scheduled are a number of "conversations" during which General Synod members will get detailed presentations on different aspects of church life and activities.
Synod members will also receive detailed information on church finances. The Anglican Church has been in a precarious financial position for several years, as a result of declining church membership and the church's involvement in litigation concerning Indian Residential Schools.
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Note to Media Representation
Media representatives wishing to cover some or all of General Synod are advised that there will be a Newsroom at the Marlborough Hotel reserved for accredited journalists. All journalists wishing access to General Synod facilities will have tor register and obtain identification at the Newsroom. Key media contacts on site are Ms. Josie De Lucia and Rev. Keith Nethery.
All documents available to General Synod delegates, including the General Synod Agenda (called the Convening Circular) are available online at http://www.anglican.ca/gs2007/rr/index.htm
For more information, contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Josie De Lucia, Assistant to the Director, 416-924-0199 ext. 294; jdelucia@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate - Election
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Officers of General Synod

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9375
Date
2007 June 25
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 01-06-07
Date
2007 June 25
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 01-06-07
Mover
Dean Peter Elliott
Seconder
Mr. Matt Koovisk
Prologue
Two representatives, one from the order of clergy and one from the order of laity, from provinces other than those represented by the Prolocutor (Ontario) and the Deputy Prolocutor (Ontario), to be elected.
Clergy Nominees: Archdeacon Larry Beardy
- Archdeacon Dennis Drainville
Lay Nominees: Dr. Randall Fairey
- Ms. Lela Zimmer
Text
That nominations cease. CARRIED
Elected on the first ballot: Archdeacon Larry Beardy
Elected on the second ballot: Ms. Lela Zimmer
#01-06-07
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Officers
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