That this General Synod adopt the following "Covenant of Protection" as policy and direct the Council of the General Synod to develop a process for implementation.
Since 1949, General Synod has been urging Canadian and foreign governments to conform their policies to principles of Universal Human Rights. This position of the church is deeply rooted in Scripture.
In the first chapter of Genesis we read that all human beings have been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). We conclude from this that all human beings, regardless of their background, identity, status, ability, accomplishment or belief have a fundamental dignity which comes from God. All members of the Anglican Church affirm this position when, in the words of our baptismal covenant we promise to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."
As Christians, we also acknowledge with St. Paul that we have done those things we ought not to have done and we have not done those things we ought to have done. We are sinners and we need to build into the structures of our common life the same standards of right behaviour and safeguards against discrimination that we demand of others. We do this in the knowledge that the real test of our support for human rights is how we treat the minorities in our midst -- the poor, the stranger, the outcast and the foreigner (Matthew 25:40).
In the summary of the Law recorded in the Gospel of Mark, we are told by Jesus that we must love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, and love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). From this we understand that Christians are a covenant community called by God to join others in protecting the rights of all persons in society and in the church. One of the ways we do this is by ensuring that our own processes of participation and deliberation are fair and transparent.
COVENANT OF PROTECTION
The Anglican Church of Canada enters into a Covenant of Protection with its members, with its employees, and with those who seek the services of the church, in order to protect vulnerable persons. We call this Covenant, "Human Rights Principles."
1. The right to be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity
All persons who seek the services of the church, including sacraments, counsel and pastoral care, shall be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity by the church and its representatives or officials, without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
2. The right to fair treatment
a) All persons receiving educational, medical or financial assistance from the church shall be treated fairly and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
b) All persons occupying church property or being accommodated in institutions provided by or governed by the church shall be treated fairly within the stated purposes of these institutions and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
3. The right to vote
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to vote at General Meetings of their Parish and Synod without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
4. The right to be considered for election
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, are eligible to hold elected positions in the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of ) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
5. The right to be considered for service
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons, constitutions and guidelines, shall be eligible to have their vocations tested and to be considered for service in the life and on the committees of the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
6. The rights of employees
All persons employed by the church in positions not requiring ordination shall be employed on the basis of ability, skills and experience appropriate to the position without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status. [Revised 11 November 1999 -- See GS minutes pg. 58. The amendment to leave these words out was defeated but when re-transcribed the words were left out.]
Six members of Synod requested a vote by orders, in accordance with Section III of the Rules of Order and Procedure.
The resolution was then put in the Order of Laity and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Clergy and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Bishops and - DEFEATED Act 78
The Prolocutor confirmed that the resolution had been Defeated.
[Correction of General Synod minutes by Chancellor Ron Stevens amended first sentence in paragraph 6 on p. 104 to be the same as paragraph 6 on p. 55. Correspondence dated 15 November 1999 laid in original General Synod Journal of Proceedings.]
Act 5 of the 36th General Session of the General Synod, held in Waterloo, Ontario, p. 19 enacted the following: "That the minutes of the 35th Session of the General Synod, held in Montreal, Quebec, May 21-29, 1998, as printed in the Journal and as approved by the Certification of Minutes Committee, be adopted subject to the insertion of the words "in positions not requiring ordination" in the first line of paragraph numbered 6 on page 104. CARRIED Act 5"
That the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada:
1. Express to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dili and to the Gereja Kristen Di Timor Timur (Christian Church in East Timor) our prayerful support and encouragement in their ongoing suffering.
2. Urge the Government of Canada to:
a) express its strong concern to the Government of Indonesia about its continued violation of human rights in East Timor; particularly its ongoing assault on East Timorese culture, language and religion;
b) urge the Government of Indonesia to participate fully in the United Nations-mandated tripartite peace talks between Portugal, Indonesia and the East Timorese people, including the National Council of Timorese Resistance, on the future of East Timor;
c) refrain from sales of any military equipment to the Government of Indonesia until the East Timor situation is satisfactorily resolved. CARRIED Act 56
1. welcomes the intent of the Canadian government to press for the reform of International Financial Institutions;
2. urges that the Government of Canada:
a) work towards ensuring that current Structural Adjustment Programs and policies be substantially altered so that, in keeping with the stated purpose of the "Canada and the World" document, they place a central emphasis on meeting basic human needs and social infrastructure needs of the poorest people;
b) request the International Financial Institutions to begin a process that would make them more democratic, representative and accountable to those who are affected by their decisions;
c) request the World Bank to review its governance structures pertaining to the International Development Association with a view to finding alternatives which either remove the International Development Association from the World Bank or make it more free to fulfill its mandate. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 72
That this General Synod strongly urge the Government of Canada, when it negotiates any trade and investment agreement such as (MAI) Multilateral Agreement on Investment:
a) to undertake full, fair and public hearings which involve discussions with those most affected by the proposed changes;
b) to consult broadly with provincial, regional and municipal governments, indigenous peoples and representatives of non-governmental organizations;
c) to ensure that any new agreements conform to already existing international agreements to which Canada is a signator, such as Conventions on Civil, Political, Economic, Cultural and Social Rights and subsequent agreements relating to the environment;
d) to ensure that any negative impacts are clearly outlined, discussed and agreed to by the people of Canada through the Parliament of Canada;
e) to ensure that any foreign investment code would foster rather than jeopardize sustainable communities, based on guiding principles such as:
1. regulation of foreign investment code to ensure just, equitable and sustainable development;
2. participatory processes for the development of regulations, where citizen's groups are consulted by a range of relevant government ministries and agencies;
3. multilaterally-agreed regulations to prevent unfair competition;
4. internationally recognized labour, environmental and other human rights taking precedence over investor's interests;
5. recognition of the asymmetries among countries at different levels of development and respect for the jurisdiction of provinces, municipalities and First Nations. CARRIED Act 51
Abstentions were noted from Chancellor David Wright, Captain Baxter Park, Captain Todd Meaker, Mr. Bryan Campbell and Canon Andrew Gates.
That the Anglican Church of Canada endorse the Canadian Ecumenical Report, "Toward Sustainable Community: Five Years Since the Earth Summit", and that it review its own policies in light of the recommendations included therein; and that it commend it to the dioceses and parishes for study and action. CARRIED Act 52