That the meeting of the Council of the General Synod be adjourned. CARRIED #22-11-00
The meeting of the Council of General Synod reconvened after a brief meeting of the Board of Management of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada.
(Note: Minutes of the MSCC Board of Management meeting are attached as Appendix D).
Meeting of the Board of Management of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada
November 19, 2000
Present: Members of the Council of the General Synod, and Officers of the Society, as listed in the minutes of the November 17-19, 2000 meeting of the Council of General Synod (attached).
Moved by: Mrs. Diane Brookes
Seconded by: Archbishop Terence Finlay
That the meeting of the Board of Management of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada be convened. CARRIED
Delegation of Decision-Making Authority to Officers (046-01-11-00)
It was reported that it may be necessary for the MSCC to make decisions that parallel or follow those made by the General Synod as discussions with the government unfold in the months ahead. To enable appropriate actions to be taken, it was
Moved by: Archdeacon Jim Boyles
Seconded by: Mr. Jim Cullen
a) That the Board of Management of MSCC authorize the Officers of the Society to make any necessary decisions that are time driven relating to the residential schools litigation issues that arise prior to the March 2001 meeting of the Board, and
That between its November and Marc meetings, the Board of Management delegate decision-making authority with respect to financial viability of the Society to the Officers of the Society, and
b) That actions be communicated to members of the Board. CARRIED
Appointment of President
Moved by: Mr. Jim Sweeny
Seconded by: Chancellor Ron Stevenson
That the Primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, be appointed as the President of the Board of Management of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED
The Officers of the Board of Management of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada are:
President Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate
Secretary Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of the General Synod
Executive Secretary Dr. Eleanor Johnson, Director of Partnerships
Treasurer Mr. Jim Cullen, Treasurer of the General Synod
That Section 3a) of Canon #3 be amended by deleting the word "election" and inserting the word "installation". CARRIED Act 12
Rev. David Johnson rose on a point of order and questioned if the motion would take effect on prorogation. Chancellor Stevenson responded that in accordance with Section 24 of the `Constitution of the General Synod - Procedure and Practice', "all enactments of the General Synod shall come into force and operation as soon as passed".
The Working Document: A Plan of Anglican Work in Support of a New Partnership between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Anglicans "A New Agape", (Appendix A) was presented by Mrs. Verna Firth, Ms. Donna Bomberry, Mrs. Grace Delaney, Dr. Susan Moxley, Dr. Eleanor Johnson and Archdeacon Jim Boyles. It was noted that ACIP, after lengthy discussion, had removed the word "reconciliation" from the title, preferring at this time "a walking in partnership". Dr. Eleanor Johnson stressed that the "New Agape" is a working (or planning) document to be changed and added to - not a final work.
That the Council of General Synod commend to the Church the Working Document of the "Plan of Anglican Work in Support of a New Partnership between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Anglicans in Canada "A New Agape." CARRIED #19-03-01
[Text of "A New Agape" NOT included in electronic database.]
That the Council of General synod express to the Government of Canada its urgent concern about the seriousness of the present financial situation of the General Synod.
As well, this Council express to the Government of Canada our disappointment and frustration with the pace of the current state of discussion between the church and the government and urge the finding of an acceptable resolution as quickly as possible. CARRIED #64-03-01
That the General Secretary be requested to apply for 'observer status' on the General Council of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada; and,
That the Nominating Committee be requested to designate a representative of the Anglican Church of Canada to act as 'observer' on the General Council of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. CARRIED #52-03-01
Clarification - That the General Secretary apply "on behalf of General Synod".
Mr. Philip Poole presented the report of David Barnes and Associates on National Consultations, which had considered the question "How will our Church finance itself so that it can continue in some form into the future and be in a strong position to carry out its ministry and mission ?" He noted that three themes had emerged: 1) Stewardship Education, 2) A National Fundraising Campaign and 3) Other Options for Financing. The report listed people who had participated in the consultations and who had indicated their willingness to come forward in this area if they were invited to do so and also outlined possible next steps.
That this Council of General Synod authorizes the Financial Management and Development Committee to Commission a "feasibility study" for national fundraising [recognizing that a firm agreement with the government must be first achieved] for the purposes of:
1. developing financial resources to enable healing and reconciliation
2. supporting Dioceses affected by litigation
3. restoring financial health for the General Synod
and to report to General Synod 2001. CARRIED #43-03-01
The mover and seconder had agreed to the change of wording from "restoring the assets" to restoring "financial health" for the General Synod.
Archbishop Morgan drew to the attention of Council to the matter of ethical investments, pointing out that the Pension Committee is as concerned as is the rest of the church about ethical investments. He added, however, that it is not the responsibility of the Pension Committee to create its own ethical investment guidelines. The Pension Committee is seeking the kind of guidelines that would enable it to do its' own screening. The Committee has volunteered to draft a guideline for General Synod, so that they would have something external to guide them. Archbishop Morgan also noted that the Pension Plan would need the consent of the owners before a guideline could be enacted.
An in-depth discussion on ethical investments followed. Concern was expressed that the Pension Plan holds shares in Talisman and that, as ACC's investments are in pooled funds, there was no guarantee that it does not hold such shares. Archdeacon Boyles questioned what his response should be to the request of the Executive Council of BC and the Canadian Council of Refugees to divest of Talisman shares ? Should it be that we received the report and took no action ?
That the Trustees of the Pension Committee be requested to provide a draft Ethical Investment Policy for the Anglican Church of Canada by the Fall of 2001, consulting with appropriate groups. CARRIED #38-03-01
Dr. Eleanor Johnson noted that Eco-Justice Committee is aware of members and others who are upset with the Pension Fund holding Talisman shares, and that the Committee has considered polling the members of the plan for instruction to divest. Archbishop Morgan noted that polling the members would not be a very responsible approach to ethical investment. PWRDF has a motion going to General Synod regarding ethical investments.
That this Council of General Synod endorse the "Statement on Healing and Reconciliation" as an agreed biblical and theological rationale for our efforts to achieve healing and reconciliation, and we ask that the Statement be given the broadest possible distribution in the Church.
The ensuing discussion highlighted that more clarity was needed in the statement and that input from ACIP would be valuable.
That the motion be referred to the Anglican Council of Indigenous People for their input and returned to COGS in March 2001. CARRIED #19-11-00