That the reports of the Joint Anglican/Roman Catholic Study Commissions on Ministry and The Eucharist be circulated, for information and study, to the United Church and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and to members of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission. CARRIED
1. That this National Executive Council concur with the holding of a conference in 1975, on the Theological perspectives before the Church.
2. That this National Executive Council commits itself to a continuing process of Theological renewal following the conference.
Moved by Wright, seconded by Davis,
That this Motion be voted on Seriatim. CARRIED
A ruling was requested as to whether or not this Motion is in order as it involves an expenditure of money that is non-budgetory and has not first gone to the Administration and Finance Committee. (paragraph 21, page 38 - Handbook)
The Chair ruled that: If this is considered as voting "in principle", the Motion can be voted on.
It was noted at this time that reference to the Theological Conference was omitted from the November 1973 Minutes.
The mover and seconder agreed to amended their Motion, as follows:
That this National Executive Council concur "in principle" with the holding of a conference in the Autumn of 1975, on the Theological perspectives before the Church. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council establish an enlarged Committee to explore ways and means by which the Conference on Theological perspectives before the Church and a continuing process of Theological renewal following the conference can be carried through, and report back. CARRIED
Moved by Carter, seconded by Somerville,
That the National Executive Council agenda for November, 1974 become a planning conference which would include representatives from outside Canada. CARRIED
The General Secretary read a memorandum from Mr. J. Ligertwood concerning a self-insurance program for Church buildings, and Mr. Hyslop explained the dilemma that face some dioceses (parishes).
Moved by Hyslop, Seconded by Munn,
That in light of the drastic increases in Fire Insurance Premiums the National Executive Council requests the Pension Committee to investigate the feasibility of the Anglican Church of Canada developing its own Fire Insurance Package.
That this be referred to the Administration and Finance Committee rather than the Pension Committee. CARRIED
The motion will now read:
That in light of the drastic increases in Fire Insurance Premiums the National Executive Council requests the Administration and Finance Committee to investigate the feasibility of the Anglican Church of Canada developing its own Fire Insurance Package.
The Report of the Program Committee was presented by Archdeacon Clarke with the assistance of Miss Betty Graham, Canon Brown, Archbishop Jackson and Clarke Raymond.
There was further discussion concerning the reduction of Executive staff in the Program Division of Church House and a Motion that was passed at the Program Committee meeting was brought to the attention of the Council:
'That, recognizing the difficulties of reducing programs in order to live within the fiscal restraints placed upon us, the Program Committee regretfully accept the reductions in the 1974 budget developed for us by the staff and with National Executive Council to be informed about our distress at these reductions, and ask that the National Executive Council convey the implications of these reductions to the dioceses'.
That this National Executive Council approve the action of the Program Committee regarding 1974 budget and the implications of the reductions in program be conveyed to the dioceses. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council authorize Audrey Shepherd to represent the Anglican Church of Canada on the National Action Committee on the Status of Women for a period of two years, and that she maintain contact with and report to the Anglican Church Women Unit of the Program Committee. CARRIED
That the Anglican Church of Canada accepts with gratitude the invitations of the Church of the Province of the West Indies; the Council of the Church in South East Asia; the Nippon Sei Ko Kei; the Church in the Provinces of Central Africa; Tanzania; and Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire; and the Anglican Council in South America to participate in their forthcoming consultations. In the spirit of Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the body of Christ, we look forward to discussing and discovering how we may deepen our relationships as partners in mission in other parts of the world and in our own land.
The following persons are proposed as representatives of this Church in the various consultations:
CASA.............Feb. 18-22.....Mrs. Leticia Cox
CPWI.............postponed......Bishop Arnold, Mrs. Denise Rees, Rev. T. Anthony
CCSEA............May 28-29......Bishop Berry, Mrs. Mary Murray
NSKK.............June 4-6.......Rev. Donald Clark (staff)
Central Africa...Aug. 7-14......Bishop Valentine, Dean Joe Fricker
Tanzania.........Aug. 19-20.....Rev. David Woeller (staff)
That the Report of the Program Committee be accepted as presented. CARRIED
The Program Committee expressed their concern over the budget limits for 1975 and at the continuing decrease, and recommends that the National Executive Council make allowance for the increase in the inflationary index in its requests to the dioceses.
That the recommendation of the Program Committee concerning the making of allowances for the increase in the inflationary index in its requests to the dioceses be sent to the Task Force on Funding National Goals for their reflection and that it be requested to submit an interim report at the May, 1974 meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council request the Primate to express to the Prime Minister our support in any effort to exclude President Amin of Uganda from the Conference of Commonwealth Prime Ministers, and in the event that President Amin attends that Conference we urge our Prime Minister to make known to President Amin the feelings of Canadian people about recent atrocities in Uganda and specifically the murder of Archbishop Janani Luwum and two Cabinet Ministers. CARRIED
Support has been requested by the Church in Cuba. The Primate informed the Council of the background and explained the reasons for the request for support. A letter to the Primate from the Bishop of Cuba will be responded to by National and World Program Division. It was requested that a copy of this letter also be passed on to ACNAC.
That the resolution from ACNAC [Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean] expressing concern about support for the Church in Cuba be referred to the Program Committee. CARRIED