That General Synod commend the present efforts to provide pastoral care to patients with AIDS and their families and affirm that they are entitled to full participation in the life of The Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 60
That the Primate, in consultation with the House of Bishops, call a national Day of Prayer on behalf of persons living with AIDS and those ministering to them. The motion was then put and - CARRIED Act 114
That this National Executive Council commends `A Christian Celebration of Marriage - an Ecumenical Liturgy' for use when the bride and groom come from different Christian denominations, when appropriate and with the permission of the diocesan bishop. CARRIED
Mr. Matthew Kett presented the report of the Eco-Justice Committee. Speaking to the issue of HIV/AIDS:
- PWRDF Executive Director, Mr. Andrew Ignatieff, told of the work of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund in responding to the call from our partners in Africa. The Fund is also interested in working with aboriginal communities in Canada.
- Dr. Eleanor Johnson, Director Partnerships, reported that the General Synod Planning Committee had been approached to invite Stephen Lewis to speak at General Synod. The Partners in Mission Committee would like to bring the issue back to Canada and have parishes look at their response to the disease.
-The Rev. Canon Allen Box spoke of his work HOPE Africa, a social development wing of the Diocese of Capetown [i.e. Cape Town], and of the project he is involved in, which raises funds for a community in Africa where 40% of people are HIV sufferers.
-Bishop Barry Hollowell stressed that Council not forget the situation in Canada where the disease is on the increase, particularly in the prison system and in aboriginal communities. Our awareness and our ability to inform and keep information in front of people are imperative.
That the Council of General Synod commend the HIV/AIDS document originating in Southern Africa for widespread distribution and action (see Appendix 1 of the PIMC Report to Council of General Synod).
It was noted that both EcoJustice and Partners-in-Mission recommended this motion.
The mover and seconder agreed to add the words "and support the request of Partners in Mission for an educational session on HIV/AIDS at General Synod 2004" to the motion. The motion now reads
That the Council of General Synod commend the HIV-AIDS document originating in Southern Africa for widespread distribution and action (see Appendix 1 of the PIMC Report to Council of General Synod) and support the request of Partners in Mission for an educational session on HIV AIDS at General synod 2004" to the motion. CARRIED #20-05-03
"Prepared for the AIDS Working Group by General Synod Communications, Anglican Church of Canada".
Contents: The Working Group on AIDS -- What Am I ? -- A Mother's Story -- AIDS brings us face to face with the stranger, sexuality and death / Stephen Manning -- Biblical, Theological and Ethical Issues Surrounding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome / Geoffrey Parke-Taylor -- AIDS and the Church as a Healing Community -- More information on AIDS -- Intercessory Prayer.
Contents: Letter from Archbishop Michael Peers [commending the Day of Prayer for AIDS on October 21, 1990] dated August 1990 / Michael G. Peers -- Why should we be concerned about AIDS -- What Can We Do ? -- Resources.
Contents include "Liturgy for AIDS Day of Prayer".
"Each issue of 'The Churches Speak' begins with an introductory essay which provides an overview of the topic itself and traces its recent historical manifestations. This essay also summarize, compares, and contrasts the opinions found in the individual statements, allowing the user to place each one in the appropriate context. Each essay concludes with bibliographic citations to sources for further reading on the topic. The statements presented in each monograph are arranged into four main sections based on broad religious families or traditions: The Roman Catholic Church (which represents the single largest religious body in the United States); Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches; Jewish Groups; and Other Religious Bodies. Within the Roman Catholic Church section, statements are arranged chronologically by issuing date. The remaining sections are subarranged alphabetically by individual churches, religious bodies, or ecumenical organizations; the statements issued by each organization are presented chronologically within that organization. Each of the four religious family sections is preceded by a note which provides background information of the family and analysis of its perspective on the issue in question." -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: The Contemporary Debate in the Churches on the AIDS Crisis -- Statements -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Statements sub-divided into sections: Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies.
OTCH Note: Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section contains four Canadian and/or Anglican statements as follows: A Bi-National (Canada/United States) Consultation Statement on AIDS (1987) -- AIDS: Some Guidelines for Pastoral Care (1986) / Church of England -- Resolution on AIDS (1988), Report of the Commission on Human Affairs and Health (1988) / Episcopal Church -- Statement on AIDS (1986), Statement on AIDS (1987), AIDS in Canada (1988) / United Church of Canada.
"Christine Overall, Editor with William B. Zion, Associate Editor".
Includes bibliography (p. 174-175) and index.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Part I: Culture and Context -- AIDS: The Social Dimension / Arthur Schafer -- AIDS and Disability / Jerome Bickenbach -- AIDS and Women: The (Hetero)sexual Politics of HIV Infection / Christine Overall -- AIDS, Ethics and Religion / William P. Zion -- Acquired Immanent Divinity Syndrome / James Miller -- Part II: Ethical and Social Issues -- Sexual Ethics and AIDS: A Liberal View / Michael Yeo -- Health-Care Workers' Occupational Exposure to HIV: Obligations and Entitlements / Benjamin Freedman -- HIV Testing and Confidentiality / H.A. Bassford -- Catastrophic Rights: Vital Public Interests and Civil Liberties in Conflict / John Dixon -- Warning: AIDS Health Promotion Programs May Be Hazardous to Your Health / Patricia Illingworth -- Living with AIDS: Towards Effective and Compassionate Health Care Policy / B. Lee -- Selected Bibliography -- Notes on Contributors -- Index.
"Prepared for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation by J. Kevin Barlow, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network".
Includes bibliographical references, p. 57-62.
"This report describes some of these challenges. They will also help to understand that Survivors have needs, unique and above others in the Aboriginal population, yet they are still part of the people as a whole who have been impacted by a failed system [of residential schools]. These needs become compromised when new health issues such as HIV/AIDS or injection drugs come into play. HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, including homophobia, make it all the more difficult to face and respond appropriately. And, when dealing with Aboriginal people who are or who have been in prison, this brings yet another level of healing needs that often goes unanswered. HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C are two of the newer health threats facing Aboriginal people today, especially those in prison. In exploring the connection between the residential school legacy and HIV/AIDS, this report focuses on incarcerated Aboriginal people because it is in the Canadian prison system that some of the most disturbing infection rates are found. Any person whose life path leads to prison has undoubtedly experienced a breakdown in the personal support systems and social networks that keep most people afloat. Prisons, like residential schools, are complete institutions. Far too many Aboriginal people are still spending portions of their lives in institutions where they have little control and are forbidden to leave". -- Intro.
Contents: Definitions -- Introduction -- Background -- The Residential School Legacy -- Understanding Physical and Sexual Abuse -- HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal People -- Aboriginal Offenders -- Other Concerns -- Best Practices and Challenges -- Conclusions -- Appendix 1: Background on the Healing Lodges -- Appendix 2: Interview Questions for Healing Lodges -- Appendix 3: Recommendations from the Literature -- References.