File consists of a Mountain family correspondence. Includes Jehoshaphat Mountain, Salter Jehoshaphat Mountain, Jacob Mountain, Mary Mountain, George Jehoshaphat Mountain, Harriett Mountain, Jacob Jehoshaphat Salter Mountain, Anne Gipen, Mary Anne Mountain, Armine Wale Mountain, Edward Gilpin, etc.
The Primate updated Council on the search for a new General Secretary. Council was reminded of the process outlined in the Constitution of General Synod, the Search Committee’s membership, and the process the committee undertook. The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls presented the Ven. Alan T. Perry as the nominated candidate and offered details on his background and ministry in the church. Archdeacon Perry is currently the Executive Archdeacon in the Diocese of Edmonton, a position he has held for eight years, and a member of the General Synod Pension Committee. Previously, he has served as a priest in parish ministry in the Diocese of Montreal, and has extensive experience with General Synod and the Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, as well as a passion for justice ministry and ecumenical relationships.
Archbishop Nicholls put before Council a motion to ratify Archdeacon Perry as the new General Secretary
That the Council of General Synod appoints the Ven. Alan Perry as General Secretary for the Anglican Church of Canada as of September 1, 2020 as nominated by the Primate and assisted by the Search Committee.
ADOPTED #CoGS 002-07-20
During the vote it was originally noted that there was one vote opposed to the appointment. In seeking clarity about the vote, Archbishop Nicholls confirmed that there were no votes opposed. All those voting were in favour of the resolution.
Archbishop Nicholls thanked the Search Committee for their work under what had been very challenging and difficult circumstances, and noted that Church House staff will spend time considering how to orient the new General Secretary the best they can.
Reconciliation Animator, Ms. Melanie Delva, put forward a motion written by Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice to establish the Dismantling Racism Task Force. Before moving the motion, questions and comments were welcomed. One Council member asked about the theoretical background of the proposed task force, noting that there were various theoretical approaches to opposing racism. Ms. Delva responded that the resolution was based on the baptismal covenant and the theory that “we are all God’s children.” In implementing its work, the task force would be looking at different kinds of theories, tools, and forms of organization to oppose racism. Discussion ensued amongst Council. Another Council member spoke to the membership, which would be assembled and then affirmed by CoGS at a later date, and proposed that when looking at ways to cope, there needs to be someone on the task force with the objective for education. Archbishop Nicholls responded that the member of CoGS sitting on the task force would, given the composition of the Council, would represent this. The majority of Council is white and the key part of dismantling racism is conversations with the white community. The comment will be taken into consideration.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod establish a Dismantling Racism Task Force with a mandate to:
a) Review policies and processes to identify systemic barriers to full participation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) in the structures and governance of General Synod and make recommendations for redress
b) Update and promote the Charter for Racial Justice in the Anglican Church of Canada
c) Recommend a process of anti-racism education and training for the Council of General Synod as well as Coordinating Committees, Councils, Commissions and employees of General Synod
d) Develop a plan to engage the whole Church in the work of dismantling racism, including identifying and/or developing resources and training to be offered to Provinces and Dioceses.
e) Report the results of its work to General Synod 2022, at the latest, including recommendations for ongoing work to dismantle racism within the Church.
The membership of this task force (6-8 members) should reflect the communities of the Church most impacted by racism, and so should be comprised primarily of BIPOC members and members with experience in anti-racism ministry and leadership, including young people. Membership should include:
members recommended by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
members recommended by Black Anglicans of Canada
members of other racialized communities (eg. Asian, South Asian, Latinx, and others)
1 member of the Council of General Synod
Relevant staff for input and support
Members will be appointed by the Council following a call for nominations to the identified groups and to the wider church.
ADOPTED #CoGS 003-07-20
The Primate updated Council on The Anglican Church of Canada’s efforts towards dismantling racism. Since the last meeting, the world has exploded around this topic because of events that have happened in the public sphere, especially around the murder of Mr. George Floyd in the United states of America. Dismantling racism has been an ongoing conversation with Council, with the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, and within The Anglican Church of Canada.
At previous meetings this triennium, Council heard about the small group of General Synod staff members working with Archbishop Nicholls to determine how to proceed with anti-racism work. The group has determined that the best way to approach the work is for CoGS to empower a specific body to guide the whole church in dismantling racism – giving new life to the anti-racism working group established by CoGS in the past. The body would include racialized people and Council members.
Deputy Prolocutor and Chair of the Nominating Committee, Ms. Judith Moses, spoke to the election for the General Synod Planning Committee (GSPC) for 2022. To begin, Ms. Moses spoke to the role of the GSPC, which is a subcommittee of CoGS and reports to the Council, and the terms of reference circulated with election details to voting members via email on July 13, 2020. In the email, voting members were invited to review the terms of reference and provide feedback. No questions or requests for amendments were received. The terms of reference were revised to reflect that 2022 is an Assembly with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). A motion was put before Council to adopt the revised terms of reference
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod adopts the terms of reference for the General Synod Planning Committee 2022.
ADOPTED #CoGS 004-07-20
The make-up of the GSPC’s membership (appointed, ex-officio, and staff) was reviewed and positions already appointed were noted. CoGS is responsible for appointing at least one member from the previous planning committee and one representative from the Council, which it would undertake though the election. Voting members were notified in the email on July 13, 2020 of the requirement for CoGS to appoint these positions, of the nominations received to date (see below), and a formal request was made for additional nominations. The deadline for additional nominations was end of day on July 20, 2020. No additional nominations were received. Nominees included:
Member from Previous Planning Committee
The Rev. Cynthia Haines Turner
Ms. Laura Walton
Representative from CoGS
Mr. Luke Gobbett
Mr. Luke Gobbett was elected by acclamation. An election was held via Survey Monkey for the member from the previous planning committee and results announced later in the meeting (see Election Results – General Synod Planning Committee 2022 section of minutes).
ELECTION RESULTS – GENERAL SYNOD PLANNING COMMITTEE 2022
The Primate announced that the Rev. Cynthia Haines Turner had been elected as member of the previous planning committee to the GSPC for 2022.
That the agenda for this meeting (003-12-20-06) be approved.
ADOPTED #CoGS 001-06-20
Planning and Agenda Team (PAT) Co-Chair, the Rev. Monique Stone, explained how the Zoom conferencing system would be used for remote meeting of CoGS. Ms. Stone and Mr. Brian Bukowski, General Synod’s Web Manager and Zoom manager for this meeting, reviewed the realities of technology (e.g. pauses or lags, zoom bombing), how questions could be asked, and how votes would be taken through Zoom’s polling function. Council members participated in a test vote.
That this Council of General Synod support the suspension of the terms of reference of the Ministry Investment fund for one year, and allow the entire amount available for allocation to MIF projects to be recorded as income in the 2021 budget.
ADOPTED #CoGS 002-06-20