Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, in the appointment of new Advisory Council Members, approve the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg.
ADOPTED #CoGS 10-18-11 [10-11-18]
Director of Global Relations, Dr. Andrea Mann, updated Council on the work of the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem Advisory Committee, a committee established by CoGS in a previous triennium. In the presentation, Council heard how the committee came to be, the work they have undertaken, and the work ahead. Highlights included the following:
The Canadian Companions of Jerusalem is a national, voluntary body of members of The Anglican Church of Canada drawn together in common concern and support for the well-being of the church in Jerusalem. In the presentation, Council heard how the committee came to be, the work they have undertaken, and the work ahead.
Since the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem launched in 2012, more than 150 individuals, parishes, dioceses, and church organizations have become members.
An Advisory Committee comprised of nine members oversees activities, and membership is endorsed by Council. The Primate is an ex-officio member. Copies of the terms of reference were circulated during the presentation.
Through annual Companions’ fees, donations, and Jerusalem Sunday offerings between the years 2014 and 2018, more than $96,000 has been raised to support several medical ministries of the diocese, including the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities and the Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza.
The next Jerusalem Sunday will take place on June 2, 2019.
The Advisory Committee has discerned that it is time to plan next steps for continued growth in interest and involvement among Canadian Anglicans for supporting their counterparts in Jerusalem. This will include deeper roots in local dioceses, parishes, and institutions such as cathedrals, colleges, youth programs, and pilgrimages. Expanding the membership of the Advisory Committee is another part and, in accordance with the terms of reference, that Council endorses appointment of members, a motion was included in the report from Global Relations. The motion was put before Council and discussion ensued on the individual they were being asked to endorse. After discussion, the motion was adopted by consensus.
At the end of the presentation, Council had the opportunity to respond to a series of questions about the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem. Discussion followed in table groups and responses turned in to Dr. Mann.
The Primate introduced the resolution. He spoke of General Synod's strong ongoing partnership with Jerusalem and reminded Council of the General Synod 2010 resolution calling on the Anglican Church of Canada to strengthen relationships for peace that included “supporting the formation of national network of Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.”
That the Council of General Synod approve the Terms of Reference for the Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
That this General Synod confirm and reiterate its commitment to continuing the conversation about whether and how the diocesan, provincial and national structures need to be modified to support and enhance mission, and requests the whole Church to make this conversation a priority during the next triennium.
The mover and seconder accepted a friendly amendment moved by The Rt. Rev. Michael Bird and seconded by The Rt. Rev. James Cowan:
That the existing wording be numbered "1" and the following be added at the end thereof:
"2. Request the Provinces to undertake a discussion of the appropriate number of dioceses and the appropriate boundaries within the Province, and inform General Synod 2013 of the result of these discussions".
Moved by: The Most Rev. David Ashdown
Seconded by; The Rt. Rev. Donald Phillips
That the motion be amended by deleting Section 2. DEFEATED
Motion to Divide
Moved by: The Rev. Elliott Siteman
Seconded by: The Rev. Trevor Lightfoot
That the motion be divided and the clauses be debated and voted on separately.
The Primate sought advice from the Assessors as to whether the motion to divide was in order. The Assessors advised that it was in order to divide the motion.
The motion to divide was put and was DEFEATED.
The amended resolution which reads:
That this General Synod:
1. Confirm and reiterate its commitment to continuing the conversation about whether and how the diocesan, provincial and national structures need to be modified to support and enhance mission, and requests the whole Church to make this conversation a priority during the next triennium; and
2. Request the Provinces to undertake a discussion of the appropriate number of dioceses and the appropriate boundaries within the Province, and inform General Synod 2013 of the result of these discussions
The Rev. Canon Dr. Todd Townshend, Chair of the Theological Education Commission (TEC), provided an overview of the committee’s deliberations regarding the Competencies for Ordination to the Priesthood. The committee consulted widely and responses were very positive.
The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford introduced the Competencies relative to the following principles – i.e. candidates –
- must have a personal faith and spiritual life adequate to leading others
- need to understand who we are as people of God and what it means to be Anglican within the wider family
- can translate their ministry into the context of the community
- should have the capacity to provide effective leadership in communities; and
- should have capacities for both teaching and learning.
Canon Beresford noted that the Competencies are aspirational and provide a framework—not a checklist—for ministry. They were developed to enhance transferability between dioceses. He responded to questions and advised that a further report will be presented in March 2013.
That this Council of General Synod receive the Competencies for Ordination to the Priesthood in The Anglican Church of Canada for information and discussion.
Mr. Peter Kitchekesik, COGS member, opened the presentation with prayer.
The Archbishop of Keewatin, David Ashdown, introduced his colleagues from the diocese, all of whom participated – Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Dean Jim Dugan, Archdeacon Kenneth Kitchekeesik and Mr. Stanley Sainnawap. He expressed appreciation for the opportunity to share their hopes and dreams as their diocese moves into a new phase of its being. He stressed that this is not a new initiative, but a step on a journey which has already begun.
The Journey Continues
A power point presentation was viewed, detailing the actions undertaken since 1969 (which changed the Church’s relationship with indigenous people forever), up to the installation in 2010 of Bishop Lydia Mamakwa in the area of Northern Ontario.
The Vision Statement
To create an Indigenous diocese and native ministry that will provide a more meaningful and effective spiritual service delivery to the people in the Northern Ontario Region.
The Mission Statement
- Together… create an Indigenous ministry… provide better spiritual services to First Nations communities.
- Unite… into a self-determining, self-reliant church.
- Reaffirm faith in Creator and help grow in faith.
- Wholeness through healing and compassion.
- Assist First Nations communities establish churches
1. To establish an Indigenous church governance with the ultimate goal of being a self-determining and self-reliant Northern Ontario Region Native Diocese.
2. Provide effective and consistent spiritual leadership and service in the Northern Ontario Region.
3. Strengthen and restore the foundation of our First Nations traditional and spiritual principles.
4. Promote and provide wellness programs to individuals and families in our First Nations communities.
- The Diocese of Keewatin will cease to function on December 30, 2014.
- Assets to be distributed equitably between three regions.
- Archives to be transferred to General Synod.
- New governing body to be established to receive/disperse gifts and respond to legal actions.
Archbishop Ashdown responded to numerous questions, following which Archdeacon Sid Black expressed appreciation to the Archbishop and all presenters.
That the Council of General Synod support and affirm the Diocese of Keewatin’s proposal to create a new diocese and express its gratitude for the courageous and visionary leader-ship within the diocese.
The Primate expressed thanks to Archbishop Ashdown and also to Bishop Mamakwa for her extraordinary leadership. She invited COGS members to ‘join us in the dance’ and concluded with the words – May God bless COGS in its ministry. She received a lengthy standing ovation.
Chancellor Canon David Jones presented two housekeeping resolutions relating to General Synod 2019.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod adopt Part A – Part F, of Report #1 of The Governance Working Group (Housekeeping Matters), for use at General Synod 2019.
PART A: Nomination Form for Members of CoGS
PART B: Procedure for Nominations for Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor
PART C: Nomination Form for Standing or Coordinating Committees
PART D: Guidelines for the Resolutions Committee
PART E: Guidelines for Writing Resolutions
PART F: Procedure for No-Debate List
ADOPTED #CoGS 018-03-19