The report of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund Committee was presented by Mr. E.G. Pullen with the assistance of the Reverend R. MacRae. The work of the Committee for 1973 was reviewed and copies of the financial statement made available for members of the National Executive Council.
During 1973 seventy grants were made to thirty countries and regions totalling $458,986. Further "in process" grants of $196,349 were committed during 1973 for payment during 1974.
Inter-Church Fund for International Development
Mr. Pullen introduced a working paper concerning the proposed fund which included specific recommendations leading to possible implementation. A working paper was first presented on June 6, 1973 to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) after a series of consultations between the Inter-Church Consultative Committee on Development and Relief (ICCCDR) and CIDA which began February, 1973. The December 11, 1973 working paper represents the most recent working paper and it appears likely that CIDA will grant $800,000 to the first year of operation. Approval is now being sought in the five churches for the proposal. It was emphasized that the Fund does not replace the PWRDF but gives the PWRDF, and similar agencies of the other churches, an instrument that will be effective in relating to agencies of government responsible for development funds.
That this National Executive Council approves in principle
1. the establishment of the Inter-Church Fund for International Development, and that
2. The Anglican Church of Canada participate in the Fund through Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, and
3. that PWRDF share in the financial support of the Inter-Church Fund on a proportionate basis, and
4. that PWRDF report to the National Executive Council on the continuing negotiations with CIDA.
That in Section 1(b) line 4 delete "is" and insert "Division" after the word "Department" and before the words "and Boards."
Section 1(b)9. will now read:
"ix) Member means any person, whether or not in Holy Orders, employed by the General Synod, a participating Provincial or Diocesan Synod of the Church, or any department, division, or board thereof and as such in receipt of a stipend, salary, wages, or other remuneration. Every person in Holy Orders whose name is on the clerical register of a member diocese shall be a member of the Plan". CARRIED
18. Report of the Long Range Planning Committee on Planning '79
The Reverend J. McCullum and the Reverend W. Asbil spoke on behalf of the Committee, and presented detailed plans for the November, 1974 Conference. Fifteen overseas participants, at least two representatives from each diocese, all bishops, presidents of diocesan ACWs and others would be included. The purpose would be to discover new directions for the Church during 1976-7-8. The total cost was estimated at $16,619.00.
19. Mission and Ministry
Bishop Garnsworthy reported that the House of Bishops Task Force had met in Winnipeg, and sought counsel of the National Executive Council regarding the wisdom and value of holding a conference in the Fall of 1975 at which there would be present all the bishops, representative clergy and laity, numbering between 100 and 150, to look at theology.
Bishop Garnsworthy said that invitations would be extended to some of the foremost thinkers in the Anglican Communion to be part of the Conference, and that it would be intended that one person, who would be part of the planning, would convene similar events across Canada following the Conference, that learnings and inspiration may be shared.
Moved by Owen Seconded by Brown
That this National Executive Council approve the holding of a Planning Conference in 1974, and Mission and Ministry in 1975, and that, once the principle of holding has been established, we then proceed to discuss details.
That this Motion be tabled and discussed as a first item of business after dinner. CARRIED