That this General Synod initiate, under the auspices of the World Council of Churches and with the Roman Catholic Church, an ongoing international consultation on Christian human values applicable to biomedical research and practice. CARRIED ACT 40
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 resolution #114 be referred to the Officers of the General Synod for consideration of the Committee to be formed to study the question of confidentiality. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 70
The motion reads:
That this General Synod request the Organization Committee to consider the need of a Canon requiring all clergy to observe strict confidentiality in respect of information imparted to them under the seal of confessional or in their capacity as counsellors, and if it is determined that such a need exists, to prepare such a Canon for consideration by the General Synod in 1989; and
requests the House of Bishops to study questions around the need for support in the area of confidentiality in the ministry of lay pastoral counsellors.
The Primate led the Synod in prayer, and then read the introduction printed in the draft Report.
The Rev. Canon Paul Chidwick was introduced by the Primate who then presented the background to the draft Report. He urged the Synod to bear in mind that this was an interim Report and he asked that discussion be on the Report and not on interpretaions of it.
That this General Synod receive for discussion the Report of the Winnipeg Task Force, "Dying - Considerations Concerning the Passage from Life to Death" as an interim Report and express its appreciation to the Winnipeg Task Force. CARRIED ACT 69
Dr. Gardiner called for a tribute to the Primate for having set up this and other Task Forces, to which the Synod responded with applause.
The Primate stated that all correspondence received by him in connection with the Report would be acknowledged and passed to the Task Force for their consideration.
Dr. Donald Cameron, Vice President of the Canadian Association of the Mentally Retarded was introduced by the Primate and invited to address Synod. Dr. Cameron voiced the concern of his Association about the Report with special reference to Section III (3). In concluding he commended the Task Force for bringing this subject to the public's attention.
The Primate reported that he had met with the candidates and all four agreed to let their names stand.
Bishop Gartrell explained a proposed weighted ballot election procedure and after some discussion the National Executive Council adopted the procedure.
That in the event of a tie vote or a one point margin the bottom two names be eliminated and another vote be held. CARRIED
Canon Asbil and Dr. Prior were appointed as scrutineers.
After a period of silence followed by prayer the balloting proceeded.
The Primate announced that Archdeacon Hilchey was elected on the first ballot as General Secretary.
From page 30, #49, In-Camera Sessions: "The General Secretary asked direction about recording of the `In-Camera' sessions. The National Executive Council agreed that the decisions of those sessions be recorded in the open Minutes."
That General Synod commend and encourage the work of the Project on French/English Relations, both in its project officer and advisory group, and express its hope that consultation among the Anglican diocese in the Province of Quebec will continue so that Christians may engage creatively in the issues confronting both French and English people. CARRIED ACT 66
[Text of report as found on page 143 of the General Synod Journal]
PROJECT IN FRENCH-ENGLISH RELATIONS
November 15th, 1976 is likely to join the list of the "most important dates" in Canadian history. It was the day that the Parti-Quebecois came into power. It is a coincidence, but nevertheless a significant coincidence, that about the same time the National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada approved the setting up of a Project in French-English Relations.
The immediate proposal came through a resolution in the Inter-Church Relations Committee endorsing the "appointment of a person to assist the Anglican Church of Canada to understand and involve itself at all levels in the cultural and religious content of Quebec, and French-Canada". Suggestions for such an initiative, going back many years to various individuals and groups, drew support from the experience of General Synod meeting in Quebec City in 1975. Canon R.M. Turpin of Montreal was appointed, on a part-time basis effective January 1st, 1977, to act as the Primate's representative in French-English relations and to work closely with the Bishops having jurisdiction in Quebec. It was agreed that these Dioceses -- Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Moosonee, Arctic and Algoma -- should appoint representatives as a Support Group to help Canon Turpin.
In talking to French-speaking Roman Catholics and to Anglicans in Quebec, it has become apparent that this Project must involve far more than what is currently understood by "ecumenical relations". On the one hand, the temper of the times makes the subject of Canadian unity of great consequence to Anglicans all across Canada. On the other hand, the Anglican Church in Quebec has been brought face to face with the challenge of how best to witness and to minister in the rapidly changing Quebec.
In these first months of the Project Canon Turpin has been attending a variety of events where the French Roman Catholic Church is involved in the life of Quebec, and has listened to many views about what is happening in society at large. With the Support Group reporting the different concerns of the Anglicans throughout Quebec, urban and rural, north and south, it is now possible to define a number of practical measures for inter-diocesan cooperation. A summary of these thoughts and activities was presented at the May meeting of the National Executive Council. It is planned that these interrelated subjects of English-French relations and of the Anglican Church's ministry in Quebec will form part of the agenda when General Synod meets in Calgary in August .
Canon Reg Turpin presented a verbal report in which he remarked that although a few pieces of material have now been published the National office must speed up translation of needed material. He named those groups who are now moving into bilingual type meetings, and stated that now more than ever the French/English project needs to have a greater emphasis.
1. That the project on French/English relations be continued to
a) provide liaison
i) to help the Anglican Church of Canada (L'Eglise Episcopale du Canada) throughout Quebec to adapt to the new "French Look" in the Province;
ii) to continue to promote closer relationships with the Francophone Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches in Quebec and with their National and Provincial organizations;
iii) to interpret to the Church across Canada what is happening in Quebec and in the French Canadian community at large outside Quebec
that a budget and structure be provided as follows:
i) that support for a liaison officer continue for an additional year at a level similar to that in 1978 - $7,500 stipend and expenses;
ii) that the liaison officer continue to be responsible to the Primate who shall consult with the six bishops with jurisdiction in the Province of Quebec.
b) allow for development
i) of a bilingual capacity in the Church to permit it to minister in French;
ii) to permit production of suitable "tools" such as language training, liturgies, educational materials, etc.;
iii) of an innovative program of mission and evangelism looking eventually to the establishment of new Francophone congregations;
and that a budget and structure be provided as follows:
i) that a block grant of $12,500 be provided;
ii) that it be administered by a Committee of the six bishops with the jurisdiction in the Province of Quebec.
2. That a budget of $5,000 be provided to allow certain National documents, press releases and other National Church correspondence to be translated into the French language. CARRIED
A request was made that there be liaison with the Diocese of Fredericton in the area of bilingualism.
That the National Executive Council instruct its Nominating Committee to appoint a sub-committee of the National Executive Council to examine the ways and means of, and make recommendations of terms of reference, for a task force review of the policies and principles underlying salaries, stipends and benefits of clergy and other workers of the Anglican Church of Canada and its constituent dioceses with a view to a more equitable system for such payments and benefits. CARRIED
That in the work of preparation of new services of worship all revisions be made in accordance with the Gospel and the historic Faith and Worship of the Church, and that full consultation take place with the dioceses before any proposed revision is put before General Synod for approval. CARRIED ACT 88