The following opinion of the Assessors was reported:
"A United Church minister could be a communicant of the Anglican Church of Canada, and, if he regarded himself and was accepted in the diocese as a member of our Church, even if he was also regarded as a member of The United Church, could be elected as a lay member of General Synod. However, if he has been presbyterally and not episcopally ordained, he cannot be a clerical member unless changes are made in the provisions relating to membership in our clergy.
Moved by Graham, Seconded by Downey,
That the National Executive Council authorize that an appropriate footnote be drafted for inclusion in the Handbook. DEFEATED
That this footnote not be included in the Handbook, but that the opinion of the Assessors be kept on record. CARRIED
The report of the Pension Committee was presented by Archdeacon Hobson with the assistance of Mrs. J. Mason and Mr. J. McPherrin.
Archdeacon Hobson reviewed the report and announced that a newsletter is going out twice a year to all pensioners of the Church.
That the National Executive Council approve the following amendments to the Pension Regulations:
- 7.7 When a restricted member has completed ten consecutive years of contributory membership in the Plan he shall become a full member of the Plan.
Add to Regulation 11.2 a new section (b) which reads:
- If the member does not apply for the benefit when the normal retirement date is reached, the benefit shall be increased by adding to the accrued pension benefit six-tenths of one percent for each full month that the application is deferred beyond the last day of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs.
- Renumber sections 11.2(b) and those following.
Add to regulation 11.2(d) (new number 11.2(e)) the following sentence:
- However, if the member was over 55 years of age at the time his pension account was frozen and had participated in the Plan for ten or more years the death benefit shall not be reduced.
Section 18.2(d) shall be deleted and a new section 18.3 added which reads:
- 18.3(a) If a member chooses not to retire when normal retirement age has been reached, assessments will continue to be required. All such assessments received after the last day of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs shall be deemed to be additional voluntary contributions in accordance with Regulation 14.
- (b) No assessments will be accepted after the member attains the age of 71, at which age the monthly pension becomes payable.
- The present sections 18.3, 18.4 and 18.5 shall be renumbered.
Add to Regulation 18 a new section 7.
- 7.(a) If an active member with ten or more years of contributory membership has not retired by December 31 of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs the accrued pension benefit of the member shall be frozen as of that date.
- (b) When such a member does apply for the retirement benefit there shall be added to the accrued pension benefit six-tenths of one percent for each full month that the application is deferred beyond the last day of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council approve in principle the following statement and refer it to the Resolutions Committee of General Synod for inclusion into the discussion of the report of the Task Force "For the Elimination of Poverty and Social Injustice":
- 'Any program to support income levels in Canada should specifically differentiate between those Canadians who are a part of the work force and those who are retired. In particular such a program should:
- 1) ensure that the retirement income of those who contributed to a private pension plan or any similar retirement program normally would exceed the income of those who did not.
- 2) ensure that there are clear financial incentives to all those who prepare for their financial security in retirement by participating in any pension or other retirement program.' CARRIED
The Primate expressed gratitude to the Pension Committee for its excellent and competent work.
Archdeacon Hobson took this opportunity to thank the members of the Pension staff and stated that much credit should go to them for their work.
Mr. Endicott introduced the report entitled "Church Union - Viewpoints of Canadian Anglicans." Mr. Endicott went on to explain the reasons for the set-up of this completed report and commended it to the Council for information.
After a comprehensive review of the report followed by a number of questions for clarification Archdeacon Hilchey thanked Mr. Endicott.
That the National Executive Council receive the report on the Church Union Survey. CARRIED
It was agreed that a small group should work on a suggestion of what should be done with this information. Mr. McPherrin, Miss Graham and Mrs. Childs will form this group. (see page 31)
That since the Church Union Survey Report contains much valuable factual information about members of our Church, as well as a variety of their opinions, it should be reviewed with the objective of assessing its factual content as they may relate to future patterns of programming and planning;
Therefore, be it resolved that this National Executive Council request the Long Range Planning Committee and the Program Committee, along with the original Survey Committee to arrange a consultation of one or two representatives each with a view to utilizing the data of the report in the most effective way, and
Be it further resolved that this National Executive Council request the Anglican Book Centre and the Canadian Churchman to arrange a consultation as to effective means of publicizing and distributing the report. CARRIED
Mr. Boyles went on to stress that one of the issues to be faced is the interpretation of Act 48 of General Synod:
"That the National Executive Council be requested to consult with The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada with a view to reconstituting the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, under a new name if desired, to provide for greater theological competence and involvement in the life and program of the churches, in order to facilitate a process of reconciliation between churches, leading to a sharing of a common life and the development of a common mind in the Body of Christ.
The ICRC feels this is best done by disbanding CUJM and establishing a new low profile agency.
The CUJM takes "reconstitution" literally and proposes a revised agency.
The House of Bishops agrees with the ICRC regarding disbanding, and asks for a sharing of denominational staff to continue contact.
It was agreed that all visitors be invited to join in the open discussion concerning church union.
The Primate requested Chancellor Harradence to assist him on any legal matters that might arise.
A lengthy discussion followed.
That the Council move into small groups for discussion. CARRIED
The name of the Rev. J.A. MacKenzie to be added to the Attendance and the name of the Ven. A.D. Brown be included in the membership of ACNAC [Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean] (Nominating Committee Report).
That the Minutes of the last meeting be approved with the above corrections made. CARRIED