That the National Executive Council, aware that Ms. Jenny Mason is to be appointed Associate Director of Pensions on July 1, 1986, authorize her appointment as Director of Pensions as of January 1, 1987. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council express to Chancellor R.H. Soward its heartfelt and grateful appreciation for the dedication and concern which he has faithfully provided to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada as its Solicitor over the past thirty years. The example which Chancellor Soward has given in these years of committed stewardship, together with the professional skill and ability which he has demonstrated are often not fully appreciated during such an effective term in office. This Council hereby wishes to record its thanks and acknowledgement for the exemplary contribution which Chancellor Soward has made to his Church: a contribution not just as its Solicitor but in his life and work throughout the whole wide spectrum of his involvement in the Church as a man who has demonstrated his faith in terms of visible action.
A standing ovation followed the presentation of this motion. The motion was therefore declared CARRIED Unanimously.
That this National Executive Council urges the Government of Canada to increase its quota for refugees in 1980 so that the present limits placed on the private sponsorship of refugees be lifted. CARRIED
It was agreed that a letter go from the Primate to the Minister of State for External Affairs providing further information and expressing the concern of the National Executive Council.
That a one-day consultation on the Anglican Church of Canada and its concerns about the Program to Combat Racism be held to bring together ten to twelve people drawn from NEC, the PWRDF Committees, the Program Committee, the World Mission Sub-Committee, the Sub-Committee on Native Affairs and the Council of the North. The purpose of the consultation is to prepare our delegates and give input to the PCR World Consultation in June 1980. CARRIED
Moved by: Rt. Rev. H.J.P. Allan
Seconded by: Rt. Rev. H. Hollis
That this National Executive Council request that the Bishop of The Arctic or his representative be invited to be present at this Consulation. CARRIED
Dr. Betty Graham, Canon W. Askew and the Primate reported on the fourth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council which was held at Huron College, London, Ontario - May, 1979.
A high level of attendance was reported, and appreciation was expressed for the opportunity which was provided to meet representatives from all parts of the world. Worship services, using Rites of various parts of the Anglican Communion, were a thrill and provided a sense of unity. It was a special joy to have representatives from the Church in Burma present for the first time. The rise of Islam was a subject of discussion, and mentioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his sermon at the Opening Service. Metro-political authority was discussed, and the Anglican Consultative Council has been requested to study methods of episcopal election. The advisability of holding a Congress has been referred to the Standing Committee for review.
That the National Executive Council directs the Program Committee to include in the 1980 budget the request of the Anglican Consultative Council for 16,940 pounds. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council ratify the amendments to the Anglican Consultative Council Constitution clauses 1,2,11 and 12, required by the Charity Commissioners of England and Wales to ensure the charitable status of the Council. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council ratify the amendment to the Schedule of Membership on Anglican Consultative Council allowing those Provinces having two members to choose two from the three Orders, providing that both members are not from the same Order. CARRIED
It was reported that Mr. John Denton, General Secretary of the Church in Australia, was elected Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council. Dr. Graham expressed deep appreciation to the National Executive Council for the opportunity of representing the Anglican Church of Canada on the Anglican Consultative Council.
The members of the National Executive Council expressed sincere appreciation to Dr. Graham for her representation on the Anglican Consultative Council.
Miss Betty C. Graham presented the Report on the Task Force on Human Life in place of the Chairman, The Rev. Paul Chidwick.
Miss Graham brought special attention to the conclusion of the Report referring to AID.
"The Task Force would like the report to provide insights and guidance to help the persons involved in making responsible choices about these new techniques - the men and women facing the dilemmas of unwished for sterility, the doctors wishing to adopt a responsible approach to newly available medical techniques, the lawyers whose counsel may be sought, the legislators who ultimately will have to deal with the complex problems the techniques raise. As in its report on abortion, the Task Force wishes to promote serious discussion and to aid the church and the community to make responsible decisions in this expanding area of medical science."
"That this Synod request the Primate to reappoint a Task Force on Human Life to:
a) conclude its study of the issues related to AID (Artificial Insemination, Donor) and after approval by the National Executive Council circulate its report for information and discussion before the end of June, 1976;
b) prepare a report on the issues related to death and dying including the extension of life by mechanical and other means; and after the approval by the National Executive Council, circulate its report for information and discussion by the end of 1976.
and that in accordance with the limitation of size imposed on all our committees, such a Task Force be centred in a specific area and be limited to 12 people (as is the A & F Committee) augmented as necessary by corresponding members."
Moved by: Chancellor J.E. Hudson
Seconded by: Mr. David Leaker
That after Section (b) there be added:
- "c) to continue to study the question of abortion. DEFEATED IN THE ORDERS OF CLERGY AND LAITY
The original motion was then put and CARRIED Act 34
The Prolocutor thanked Miss Graham and the Rev. P. Chidwick for their report.
That the National Executive Council reaffirm the motion passed by the May 1978 meeting of the Council
"That the National Executive Council authorize the preparation of a study guide (with special reference to homosexuality) to be prepared and referred to the House of Bishops and the National Executive Council for use within the Church, and that the Primate be asked to appoint qualified persons to work with the three bishops appointed by the House of Bishops."
That the Primate be requested to enlarge the membership of the Task Force.
That in the preparation of the study guide the Task Force take account of
1) the discussion of the National Executive Council requesting the guide include reference on heterosexual relationships as well as homosexual concerns;
2) the discussion and resolutions of Lambeth Conferences;
3) past and coming discussions of the House of Bishops;
and that in the study guide use be made of the Case Study Method. CARRIED