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"A Covenant of Protection" - Proposed Human Rights Principles

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 78
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 78
Mover
Bishop B. Jenks
Seconder
Hon. R. Stevenson
Prologue
Debate continued on this amended resolution.
Text
That this General Synod adopt the following "Covenant of Protection" as policy and direct the Council of the General Synod to develop a process for implementation.
THEOLOGICAL PREAMBLE
Since 1949, General Synod has been urging Canadian and foreign governments to conform their policies to principles of Universal Human Rights. This position of the church is deeply rooted in Scripture.
In the first chapter of Genesis we read that all human beings have been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). We conclude from this that all human beings, regardless of their background, identity, status, ability, accomplishment or belief have a fundamental dignity which comes from God. All members of the Anglican Church affirm this position when, in the words of our baptismal covenant we promise to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."
As Christians, we also acknowledge with St. Paul that we have done those things we ought not to have done and we have not done those things we ought to have done. We are sinners and we need to build into the structures of our common life the same standards of right behaviour and safeguards against discrimination that we demand of others. We do this in the knowledge that the real test of our support for human rights is how we treat the minorities in our midst -- the poor, the stranger, the outcast and the foreigner (Matthew 25:40).
In the summary of the Law recorded in the Gospel of Mark, we are told by Jesus that we must love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, and love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). From this we understand that Christians are a covenant community called by God to join others in protecting the rights of all persons in society and in the church. One of the ways we do this is by ensuring that our own processes of participation and deliberation are fair and transparent.
COVENANT OF PROTECTION
The Anglican Church of Canada enters into a Covenant of Protection with its members, with its employees, and with those who seek the services of the church, in order to protect vulnerable persons. We call this Covenant, "Human Rights Principles."
1. The right to be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity
All persons who seek the services of the church, including sacraments, counsel and pastoral care, shall be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity by the church and its representatives or officials, without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
2. The right to fair treatment
a) All persons receiving educational, medical or financial assistance from the church shall be treated fairly and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
b) All persons occupying church property or being accommodated in institutions provided by or governed by the church shall be treated fairly within the stated purposes of these institutions and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
3. The right to vote
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to vote at General Meetings of their Parish and Synod without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
4. The right to be considered for election
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, are eligible to hold elected positions in the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of ) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
5. The right to be considered for service
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons, constitutions and guidelines, shall be eligible to have their vocations tested and to be considered for service in the life and on the committees of the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
6. The rights of employees
All persons employed by the church in positions not requiring ordination shall be employed on the basis of ability, skills and experience appropriate to the position without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status. [Revised 11 November 1999 -- See GS minutes pg. 58. The amendment to leave these words out was defeated but when re-transcribed the words were left out.]
Six members of Synod requested a vote by orders, in accordance with Section III of the Rules of Order and Procedure.
The resolution was then put in the Order of Laity and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Clergy and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Bishops and - DEFEATED Act 78
Notes
The Prolocutor confirmed that the resolution had been Defeated.
[Correction of General Synod minutes by Chancellor Ron Stevens amended first sentence in paragraph 6 on p. 104 to be the same as paragraph 6 on p. 55. Correspondence dated 15 November 1999 laid in original General Synod Journal of Proceedings.]
Act 5 of the 36th General Session of the General Synod, held in Waterloo, Ontario, p. 19 enacted the following: "That the minutes of the 35th Session of the General Synod, held in Montreal, Quebec, May 21-29, 1998, as printed in the Journal and as approved by the Certification of Minutes Committee, be adopted subject to the insertion of the words "in positions not requiring ordination" in the first line of paragraph numbered 6 on page 104. CARRIED Act 5"
Subjects
Human rights - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Responsibility - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human rights principles for the Anglican Church of Canada
A Covenant of Protection
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Disabled - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Amendment to Canon V : Archives

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 14
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 14
Mover
Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Archdeacon J. Boyles
Text
That Canon V - Archives - be amended by :
- deleting sections 2 and 3;
- deleting the words "and in consultation with the Archives Advisory Board" in Section 5;
- renumbering the sections accordingly. CARRIED Act 14
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon V - Archives
Anglican Church of Canada - Archives
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Archives
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Amendment to Canon XI - Anglican Book Centre

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 23
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 23
Mover
Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Archdeacon J. Boyles
Text
That Canon XI be amended by:
i) deleting sections 1, 2 and 4
ii) deleting the words "and in consultation with the Advisory Board" in section 3
iii) in section 5, adding the words "of Information Resources" after the word "Director"
iv) renumbering the sections accordingly CARRIED Act 23
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XI
Anglican Book Centre
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Amendment to Canon XVIII

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Date
1997 May 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 31-05-97
Date
1997 May 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 31-05-97
Mover
Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Bishop E. Marsh
Prologue
In November 1996 Council tabled the following motion:
That the proposal that subsection 17(ii) of Canon XVII be amended to read:
(ii) presumed innocent until the commission of the offence by them is proved beyond a reasonable doubt
be presented to the next General Synod along with an alternative proposal that the subsection be amended to read:
(ii) presumed innocent until the commission of the alleged offence is proved on a balance of probabilities appropriate to the circumstances of the alleged offence and the gravity of the consequences of a finding of guilt.
Text
That the tabled motion be withdrawn. CARRIED #31-05-97
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XVIII
Church discipline - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Discipline
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Amendment to Canon XVIII

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Date
1997 May 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 32-05-97
Date
1997 May 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 32-05-97
Mover
Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Bishop E. Marsh
Text
That the proposal that subsection 17(ii) of Canon XVIII be amended to read:
(ii) presumed innocent until the commission of the offence by them is proved beyond a reasonable doubt
be approved as the Council's response to the direction given by the General Synod in 1995, and that such amendment be presented to the General Synod in 1998. CARRIED #32-05-97
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XVIII
Church discipline - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Discipline
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Amendment to Canon XVIII - Discipline

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 21
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 21
Mover
Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Archdeacon D. Mercer
Text
That first reading be given to the resolution:
That subsection 17 (b) of Canon XVIII be amended to read:
b) presumed innocent until the commission of the offence by them is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. CARRIED Act 21
Notes
The Primate took the Chair and expressed the appreciation of Synod to the Hon. Ron Stevenson for his work on the above amendments.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XVIII
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Licensing
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Discipline
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Amendment to the Constitution - Officers of the General Synod

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 41
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 41
Mover
Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Archdeacon J. Boyles
Text
1. That this General Synod amend Section 12, Part III of the Constitution by reconstituting the Officers of the General Synod as follows:
a) Primate
b) Prolocutor
c) Deputy Prolocutor
d) General Secretary
e) Chancellor
f) Vice-Chancellor, if appointed
g) two Officers-at-large (one Clergy, one Lay) elected by the Council of General Synod from its own membership [resident in ecclesiastical provinces other than those of the Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor].
2. That Sections 19 and 20 of the Constitution be deleted, and subsequent sections renumbered accordingly;
3. That Section 35 a) iv) of the Constitution be amended by adding after 'Chancellor',
"provided that, in the absence of the Chancellor at meetings of the Council of General Synod, the Vice-Chancellor may attend such meetings."
and that Section 35 c) ii) of the Constitution be deleted and subsequent sections renumbered accordingly.
4. That Section 36 d) v) be deleted (regarding the Executive Director of Program).
5. That Section 1 of Canon VI be deleted and replaced by the following:
1. Role of the Treasurer
a) The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Council of the General Synod on nomination of the Primate after consultation with Financial Management and Development Committee.
b) The Treasurer shall receive and disburse all monies of the General Synod under the authority of the General Synod, the Council of the General Synod or the Financial Management and Development Committee, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Constitution, the Canons and resolutions of the General Synod, the Council of the General Synod or the Financial Management and Development Committee.
c) During sessions of the General Synod the Treasurer shall be entitled to be present and, subject to the Rules of Order and Procedure, to participate in discussion without the right to vote.
Amendment
Moved by: Mr. R. Dickson
Seconded by: Canon M. Iveson
That the resolution be amended as follows:
1. Add a new subsection e) "Treasurer" and renumber the remaining sections.
2. Delete Section 19 in iten #2 (i.e. which refers to the Treasurer - Handbook, page 21).
3. Delete item #5 in its entirety (regarding Canon VI, section 1 - The Role of the Treasurer). DEFEATED
The original resolution was then put and - CARRIED Act 41
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon VI
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Officers
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Treasurer
Anglican Church of Canada. Executive Director of Program
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Amendment to the Constitution - Section 8 : Religious Orders

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 7
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 7
Mover
Archbishop A. Peters
Seconder
Hon. R. Stevenson
Text
That Section 8 of the Constitution be amended by relettering subsections i) to m) to be subsections j) to n) and by adding a new subsection 8 i) as follows:
i) In addition to the persons elected or appointed under subsections c) and d), there may be appointed two representatives of Anglican Religious Orders with communities in Canada recognized by the House of Bishops, such representatives to be appointed by the Superiors of the religious orders acting in concert. CARRIED Act 7.
Notes
[As the result of adoption of the above resolutions, Sister Constance Joanna, SSJD, and Sister Heather Broadwell, CSC, became members of Synod.]
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Membership
Monasticism and religious orders, Anglican - Anglican Church of Canada
Gefvert, Constance Joanna, 1941-
Constance Joanna, Sister, S.S.J.D., 1941-
Broadwell, Heather
Heather, Sister, S.S.J.D.
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Amendment to the Constitution - Section 41(g) : Information Resources Committee

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 13
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 13
Mover
Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Archdeacon J. Boyles
Text
That Section 41 (g) of the Constitution be amended to read as follow:
(g) The Information Resources Committee shall consist of 17 members:
i) 11 members shall be elected by the General Synod;
ii) at least 6 of the members elected by the General Synod shall be members of the General Synod and one of those shall be a member of the Council of the General Synod;
iii) 6 members shall be appointed by the Primate who, in making the appointments, shall consider expertise in aspects of the Committee's work.
Lengthy discussion ensued, during which the Prolocutor extended the Courtesies of the House to the Rev. Cheryl Kristolaitis, a member of the outgoing Information Resources Committee, who provided the rationale for the above resolution. CARRIED Act 13
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution
Anglican Church of Canada. Information Resources Committee - Membership
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Amendment to the Declaration of Principles, Section 3

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 25
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 25
Mover
Mr. P. Irish
Seconder
Hon. R. Stevenson
Text
That first reading be given to an amendment to the Declaration of Principles as follows:
That subsection (i) of section 3 be amended to read:
i) The Chancellor and the General Secretary of the General Synod and the Prolocutor of each Provincial Synod, if not otherwise members of the Synod, shall be ex-officio members of the General Synod. DEFEATED Act 25
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Declaration of Principles
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Membership
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