The report of the Pension Committee was presented by Admiral Rayner, assisted by Mrs. Mason and the Venerable E. Hobson.
Specific note was made of the second paragraph which reads:
We wish to draw to your attention, and the Reverend Wm. Lowe has been advised accordingly, of the concern of the Pension Committee regarding the possibility of the National Executive Council curtailing the time devoted to business at the Fall meeting to be held in 1974. December 31, 1973 was designated as the time for an actuarial evaluation, and General Synod made firm recommendations regarding use of any surplus reported. It is most important therefore that the National Executive Council have sufficient time to discuss these matters. The actions taken on the proposals will not be available until after the Summer of 1974. There will undoubtedly be other matters also upon which the Pension Committee will wish to report.
That this National Executive Council accept this Report as printed. CARRIED
In order to make clear the relationship of all committees to the National Executive Council it is recommended:
That all General Synod Committees (ie. Ministry, Doctrine and Worship, Inter-Church Relations, Organization, Pension), and all NEC Committees (i.e. Administration and Finance, Program and Long Range Planning), and the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Churchman, shall be considered to be Committees of General Synod, and shall be responsible to, and report to the National Executive Council between sessions of General Synod. CARRIED
The question of an Assistant to the Primate was explained to the members of the National Executive Council by the Primate who then turned over the Chair to Dean Nock so that the matter could be discussed freely. After considerable discussion the following motion was introduced.
Moved by Donald, seconded by Smith,
That the Primate's travel allowance be increased by $2,500 in 1975, that $10,000 be inserted in the 1975 Assessment Budget for an Assistant to the Primate, and that the 1975 Assessment Budget, in the amended total of $395,150 be approved.
That the amount be changed from $10,000 to $15,000 and that the words "and that the 1975 Assessment Budget, in the amended total of $395,150 be approved" be deleted. CARRIED
The Motion will now read:
That the Primate's travel allowance be increased by $2,500 in 1975 and that $15,000 be inserted in the 1975 Assessment Budget for an Assistant to the Primate. CARRIED
That the Handbook Task Force, the Administration and Finance Committee, the Pension Committee and any other appropriate Committee be asked to consider what other implications would be involved should General Synod at its June 1975 Session approve the suggested restructuring of the Diocese of Newfoundland in order that any necessary legislation may be available in draft form for implementation as needed.
That a Task Force be set up to make a study of available information and submit a report to the National Executive Council in February. CARRIED
It was AGREED that the Officers of the National Executive Council appoint this Task Force.
During the concluding session of the meeting, the Primate suggested that possibly the NEC might wish to associate itself with actions taken by PECUSA in regard to Corporate Social Responsibility.
That this NEC hear, for information, the action of the Episcopal Church. CARRIED
Mr. Anthony spoke of the resolutions on Southern Africa filed with twelve U.S. based corporations by a coalition of six denominations in the U.S.A. These proxy resolutions are information (disclosure) requests from the corporations about the nature of their activities in South Africa and Angola where racist, colonial, white regimes rely on police and military powers to maintain themselves. The intention is to raise public awareness of such corporations' involvement in racially troubled areas. The NWP [National World Program] Division feels that it is extremely important and a significant function on the part of Church agencies to exercise their proxy votes in support of these resolutions. It was noted that the Anglican Church of Canada has holdings in four of these U.S. based corporations: IBM, Xerox, Kodak and Exxon.
Reference was made also to the motion approved by the Central Committee of the WCC, supporting this kind of activity and requesting its member Churches, Christian agencies and individual Christians outside Southern Africa to use all their influence, including stockholder action and disinvestment, to press corporations to withdraw investments from and cease trading with South Africa, the Portuguese territories and Rhodesia.
That serious consideration be given to offering opportunities to delegates to have a three-day cultural experience and exposure in the Province of Quebec prior to General Synod '75 at the expense of General Synod and the dioceses in the usual manner. CARRIED
The Provincial Synod of Canada passed the following motion at its meeting in June, 1974:
"Be it resolved that this Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada accede to the request of the Diocesan Synod of Newfoundland that the said Diocese be reconstructed into three Dioceses, each with its own Bishop and Synod, as required to meet the pastoral needs of the Church in Newfoundland, and that the necessary steps be taken to secure the consent of the General Synod to such action.
Notwithstanding this approval: we wish to urge the Church in Newfoundland to consider the wisdom of establishing but one administrative office for the three Dioceses, and of providing for a Province-wide regional Synod, with one of the Bishops as its Chairman, and its members elected by the Diocesan Synods, as an appropriate instrument for decision-making with regard to mutual concerns and for giving continued expression to the identity of the Church with Newfoundland as a whole."
The Organization Committee recommends to the National Executive Council that the following motion be included in the Convening Circular along with this motion, in order to place this question before the Synod:
That General Synod give its consent to the substance of the above motion passed by the Provincial Synod of Canada, as provided for in Section 7(2)(c) of the Declaration of Principles.
That the Motion with reference to the Diocese of Newfoundland be included in the Convening Circular. CARRIED
In response to this motion Archbishop Davis read information on further action taken by the Diocese of Newfoundland.