That the first paragraph of Section 32.1 be amended to read
"The following Standing Committees shall consist of eighteen members, fifteen to be elected by General Synod, at least twelve of whom are to be members of General Synod, and of that twelve, three of whom are to be members of the National Executive Council, with three others others being appointed by the Primate on recommendation of the Committee. Geographical representation and need for expertise shall be the principal criteria for membership. CARRIED ACT 12
The Chairman of the Doctrine and Worship Committee drew attention to Resolution 8 of their Report. Bishop Short stated that the intent of that Resolution was embodied in the Resolution just passed by the Synod and with the consent of his seconder he withdrew the Doctrine and Worship Committee's Resolution 8.
[Text of Resolution 8 from Doctrine and Worship Committee Report, page 133 of the 1977 General Synod Journal of Proceedings reads:
8. "That Section 32, sub-section 1 of the Constitution dealing with membership of Standing Committees be amended by appending to the first sentence a semi-colon and the words:
`Except that in the case of the Doctrine and Worship Committee, sixteen of the members shall be elected by General Synod and two shall be co-opted by the Committee'."]
That the action of the Officers in appointing the Deputy Prolocutor, the Chancellor, the General Secretary and the Rev. W.E. Lowe as interim Anglican representatives on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Interfaith Network be confirmed, and that the Nominating Committee be instructed to propose the names of four persons as our continuing representatives on the Board. CARRIED
That this General Synod supports in principle the appointment of a Chancellor and Vice Chancellor to the Primate and authorizes the Primate, subject to confirmation by National Executive Council, to appoint such individuals on an experimental basis until the next Synod.
The original Motion was then put and CARRIED ACT 21
That the Organization Committee be instructed to examine the respective roles of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Prolocutor, Assessors and Archivist and the functions connected to these roles and respond to the next General Synod. CARRIED ACT 22
That during this session of General Synod both Houses shall sit together in joint sittings, except when separate sittings of the two Houses are necessary, or are requested by either House. CARRIED IN BOTH HOUSES
[Recorded as No. 8 in Acts of Synod, p. 66. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
That Act 107 of the 1983 General Synod, together with the apologia of Dr. Miriam Hutton related thereto, be referred to the Long Range Planning Committee for further consideration and recommendation. CARRIED
Act 107 of the 1983 General Synod referred Act 106, asking for the Primate "to establish a task force to review the purposes and functions of the Anglican Church of Canada and the various structures in use to meet them".
The Venerable W.G. Asbil, Deputy Prolocutor, reported that there were present
- Bishops 40 of 43 who have vote
- Clergy 100 of 111 possible membership
- Laity 114 of 126 possible membership
and declared that that business of the Thirtieth Session of the General Synod could proceed.
"That the report of the Credentials Committee be adopted.
CARRIED Act 1
The Primate, the Most Reverend Edward W. Scott, declared the Thirtieth Session of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada constituted, and the General Synod prayer requesting Divine Guidance was said.
That the Ryan/Gardner motion re criminal law and abortion, which General Synod referred to the National Executive Council, be referred to the House of Bishops and the Task Force on Human Life for study and report back. CARRIED
The motion reads:
That this General Synod is of the opinion that the Criminal Law is not a good or appropriate instrument or agency for the restriction or control of abortion and that the proper means of attaining the goals in the resolution passed at General Synod is through education and social measures, having in mind that laws relating to health and the discipline of the medical and nursing professions are made by provincial legislatures.