That Resolution G, page 133 of the Convening Circular, be amended to read as follows:
"Whereas there are legislative changes contemplated in Canada in relation to abortion,
Whereas there is a need for a comprehensive study into matters relating to abortion, and
Whereas there has been no definite statement made by the Anglican Church of Canada regarding abortion,
THIS GENERAL SYNOD
1. Requests the Primate to set up a special study committee of theologians, parish clergy, obstetricians, doctors engaged in family practice, lawyers, and specialists in behavioural and medical sciences to prepare a statement on all aspects relating to abortion, and further
2. Authorizes the said committee to submit a brief in the name of the Anglican Church of Canada when opportunity is provided to do so by the Government of Canada." CARRIED in both Houses.
That the National Executive Council endorse the Statement of Editorial Policy and Terms of Reference of the Canadian Churchman, dated November 7, 1977. CARRIED
STATEMENT OF EDITORIAL POLICY AND TERMS OF REFERENCE
Canadian Churchman is the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada, but it is not the official voice of the church. As an independent newspaper it is encouraged to state its own mind in editorials, to present its news and features responsibly, without fear or favour, but with taste and a human touch.
Canadian Churchman has many roles and ideals, as does the Church itself. These include:
- To inform the Canadian Anglican community about its affairs, problems and progress in the light of the mission of the Church.
- To stimulate the interest and courage of Church people by a vital editorial presentation of our faith and its relevance to man, his needs and his problems.
- To give the Anglican community a fair picture of the thoughts and activities of other religious denominations in Canada and of the Church and religion abroad.
- To observe, report and comment on any Canadian or world matters which seem to the Editor to bear on the spiritual and general education and welfare of people - with emphasis on Canada.
- To recognize its international readership, influence and reputation throughout the Anglican communion by providing Anglicans of other countries with informal comment on Canadian, North American and international concerns, inside and outside the institutional church.
Canadian Churchman is published by a Board of Trustees responsible to the National Executive Council and General Synod.
The Board is composed of two bishops, four clergymen and four laymen, all elected by Synod from among Synod members; and four laymen, not necessarily members of Synod, appointed by the Primate.
Ex-officio members of the Board are the Primate, the General Secretary and General Treasurer of the Synod, the Executive Director of Program, Planning and Research and the Editor of Living Message.
The Board elects its own chairman and secretary and the General Treasurer of Synod is its treasurer.
The Board meets twice a year. It reports to each meeting of General Synod and to National Executive Council and presents its budget to that Council.
The Editor is appointed by the National Executive Council on recommendation of the Board of Trustees. The Editor is provided freedom to exercise his editorial judgment within a broad editorial policy established by the Board and adopted by National Executive Council.
The Editor is the chief officer of Canadian Churchman, decisive in employment, control of staff and carrying out the Board's principles. The duties of the General Manager include responsibility in the fields of printing, publishing, circulation and advertising.
(B1) Dr. D.J. Broadwell, on behalf of the Special Salary Committee appointed at the February meeting, reported that a meeting of the Committee had been held on April 27, 1966. This Committee now proposed the following resolutions for consideration:
That when the new Church House structure has taken form there be conducted a professional and independent evaluation by Management Consultants of all positions in Church House, with job analysis and description, with a view to establishing a continuing policy on staff relations, working conditions and income, and a personnel structure to administer this policy. CARRIED
(B2) Pending the job evaluation proposed in Resolution (1), it was moved [and seconded].
That the Heads of Departments be advised that maximum salaries for Associate General Secretaries, Associate Secretaries, Assistant Secretary or Treasurer (Categories A, B1, B2) be raised by $500 retroactive to January 1, 1966, providing the Departments concerned first satisfy the Board of Finance that savings can be achieved to cover their recommendations within their present budgets. CARRIED
On motion of Dr. D.J. Broadwell, seconded by the Ven. D.P. Watney, the report of the special committee appointed by the Primate "to consider the position of Mr. Fred Wooding vis a vis the church" was received. (Committee members: the Rt. Rev. W.G. Burch, Convenor, the Very Rev. F.R. Gartrell, Canon T.D. Somerville, Dr. D.J. Broadwell, Mr. O. Jones.)
The recommendations contained in the report were then dealt with as follows:
Recommendation 1: This Committee recommends that Mr. Wooding's resignation be accepted. (It was noted that the resignation would take effect January 20, 1967.)
Dr. Broadwell, Archdeacon Williams and Mr. Hames presented the report from the Canadian Churchman. Mr. Williams congratulated the staff of the Canadian Churchman for winning the Associated Church Press award.
That the report be received. CARRIED
Moved by: Rt. Rev. J.C. Bothwell
Seconded by: Rt. Rev. H.L. Nutter
That the Editor, General Manager, Staff and Board of Trustees be congratulated for the further award of General Excellence. CARRIED
Moved by the Rev. Canon T.D. Somerville, seconded by the Archbishop of Algoma,
That Term of Reference 6. "Development of proposals for reorganization and restructuring of General Synod departments and preparation of necessary canonical amendments," be approved.
Moved by Mr. J.W. Graham in amendment, seconded by Chancellor R.H. Soward,
That the words "in cooperation with the Organization Committee, the Committee on Constitution and Canons, and the Church House Survey Committee." be added. CARRIED
That the words "and preparation of necessary canonical amendments" be deleted. CARRIED
The motion as amended was then put and CARRIED, and reads as follows:
That Term of Reference No. 6, "Development of proposals for reorganization and restructuring of General Synod departments in cooperation with the Organization Committee, the Committee on Constitution and Canons, and the Church House Survey Committee." be approved.