Canon Genge, as a member of ACNAC [Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean], reminded the National Executive Council that an evaluation of ACNAC was begun in 1981. The conclusion was that ACNAC should remain together for a longer period of time.
That this National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada approve the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean that Section (a) of Article 2 of the Constitution of ACNAC be amended to read:
`To facilitate the Church's response to Mission by assessing the needs and resources of the Churches and Provinces in the Americas and by making recommendations to member Churches.' CARRIED
That the National Executive Council establish the principle that the price of bulk orders of the Book of Alternative Services be set at the cost of production plus the actual costs of postage and handling.
That this motion be referred to the Reference Committee.
Canon Genge presented the report on behalf of the Task Force which is as follows:
1. The Primatial Canon has been in use long enough that some evaluation of it is appropriate;
Such evaluation across the Church constituency might provide useful information for the Primate;
An evaluation of this Canon might, but not necessarily, in the future lead to some canonical revision.
2. The suggested tool to use in this proposed evaluation exercise is a questionnaire. This questionnaire would be designed to find out if the present Canon is adequate to fulfill the Church's intention as to the nature of the Primacy, and as to its support of the exercise of the Primacy.
3. The questionnaire to be sent to:
-members of the National Executive Council
-National and Provincial Houses of Bishops
4. All report back to the National Executive Council for evaluation before May, 1985.
That the National Executive Council request the Primate to appoint a small task force to implement this evaluation procedure. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council convey its greetings to our sisters and brothers of The United Church of Canada as we approach the 60th anniversary of the inauguration of the United Church on June 10, 1925. Their contribution to the ecumenical life of Canada is recognized with gratitude, especially their active involvement in the Canadian Council of Churches, various theological schools, and numerous coalitions for social justice in which both our churches share. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council convey its greetings to our sisters and brothers of the Presbyterian Church as we approach the 110th anniversary of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada on June 15, 1875. Particular gratitude is expressed for their active involvement with the Canadian Council of Churches, various theological schools, and numerous coalitions for social justice in which both our churches share. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council endorse the resolution passed by the Synod of the Diocese of Montreal which reads:
"That this Synod transmit to the Secretariat of the World Council of Churches and to the National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada the following resolution:
The Synod of the Diocese of Montreal requests the World Council of Churches to reassess its self-imposed silence concerning human rights violations alleged to have been committed in the Soviet Union, Afghanistan and other Soviet Bloc countries so that the prophetic role of the World Council and its member churches may be consistently expressed in respect of any injustive committed by any power against any person or people."
After considerable discussion it was
Moved by: Rt. Rev. J.C. Bothwell
Seconded by: Rt. Rev. S.S. Payne
That this resolution be referred to Archbishop Peers who will confer with members of the Council from the Diocese of Montreal. CARRIED
Later in the meeting it was
That this National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada expresses its concern for all victims of human rights violations and shares the concern of the Diocese of Montreal for such persons; and requests the World Council of Churches to continue and intensify its work through local churches in the Second World, and through the Conference of European Churches, on behalf of such persons in that part of the world. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council urge Canadian Anglicans to pray earnestly for peace in the Middle East and acquaint themselves to a greater extent with the World Council of Churches' Statement on the Middle East with a view to increasing their awareness of a situation dangerous to world peace. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council support and encourage the Canadian Council of Churches, the Canadian Jewish Congress, and the Canadian Arab Federation as they engage in dialogue based on the World Council of Churches' Statement on the Middle East. CARRIED