Information was requested concerning the Staff Salary Task Force, and the lack of a "floor and ceiling" for the calculation of C.P.I. benefits.
That the National Executive Council ask the Administration and Finance Committee to reconsider its decision to remove the floor and ceiling provision in relation to the application of C.P.I., and that the decision not be implemented until the review is complete. CARRIED
Mr. Fisher commended the staff of the Administration and Finance Division and especially the Treasurer, Mr. John Ligertwood.
That, in the context of the "fair share" formula review, the Administration and Finance Committee be asked to consider the desirability and advisability of combining the Apportionment and Assessment Budgets, and to present the implications of such a change as part of its report to the National Executive Council in November 1986. CARRIED
Archbishop Peers read a memorandum from the General Secretary stating that the General Secretary would be celebrating his 65th birthday in 1987 and was therefore submitting his resignation to become effective during the latter part of 1987.
That this National Executive Council undertake the following action:
1. Receive and deal with the resignation of the General Secretary.
2. Appoint a Search Committee with the following terms of reference:
(a) To review the position description of the General Secretary and make any necessary changes.
(b) To advertise the position in appropriate newspapers and periodicals.
(c) To receive applications, obtain references, arrange interviews and make a short list.
(d) To make a recommendation or recommendations to the National Executive Council of a suitable candidate or candidates, along with additional information about the candidate or candidates.
3. Decide the time for the appointment of a new General Secretary. CARRIED #71-11-86
"Be it resolved that this General Synod express its gratitude to:
- Archbishop Harold Nutter and the Diocese of Fredericton for all the work they have done on our behalf, and particularly for the dinners they extended to us;
- Dean Rhodes Cooper and the local Arrangements Committee for the welcome we have received in Fredericton and New Brunswick, and also to the Dean and people of the Cathedral for the opportunity to worship in that historic place;
- the University of New Brunswick and the employees who worked so diligently for us;
- those people in Fredericton and elsewhere who welcomed us into their homes during Synod;
- hundreds of lobsters who at King's Landing made the supreme sacrifice for us;
- the staff of the General Synod for all the work before Synod, and especially to those members of the staff who have worked so hard behind the scenes during the Synod;
- Joy MacLaren and the Anglicans in Mission Diocesan Directors for their work through the whole of Anglicans in Mission and presence during the Synod, both of which added substantially to our ability truly to Rejoice;
- the persons in dioceses and parishes who designed and created the Anglicans in Mission banners and the triangles which have brightened our horizon;
-those who responded to the invitation to set up displays in the Aitken Centre;
- those who conducted the orientation sessions for Synod members;
- the Sessional Committees, especially the Agenda, Nominations and Resolutions Committees for their work on our behalf and for much grace under much pressure;
- the Worship Committee, both for their work and for their sensitivity to the variety of worship within the Church;
- the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer for unremitting prayer among us and for us;
- Professor Douglas Richardson, the Canadian Church Historical Society, and the Diocese of Fredericton Archives Committee for one of the most creative reports to the Synod;
- those who arranged, and those who made themselves available for, noon and evening events around the Synod;
- those who organized the spouses' program;
- Christopher Earl who staffed the public address system;
- Paul Gibson and his electronic device for the "Daily Review";
- the Assessors for their rulings quickly given and thoroughly thought out;
- Bishop John Sperry and Chitra Fernando for their daily call to us to deepen our understanding of the theme "Rejoice";
- our ecumenical and overseas partners for the gifts they give us to see ourselves as others see us, or in the words of a less[er] Celtic saint, for their ministry to us in speaking the truth in Love;
- the press for their efforts in the interpretation of our work to the outside world;
-Andrew Atagotaluk [sic i.e. Atagotaaluk], Eskimo language translator, for dealing with a difficult agenda with integrity and ingenuity;
- tous ceux parmi nous qui ont osé s'exprimer en l'autre langue officielle de cette province et de notre pays;
- the General Secretary and his staff for their steady guidance of our process;
- the Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor for gracious and competent chairmanship in the stead of the person last, but first in our thanks, namely
- the President of this Synod whose stature in our midst and in the worldwide church grows each year, for whom our affection and admiration grows each year, and whom we remember daily in our prayers and thanksgivings as 'Edward our Primate'."
CARRIED by Applause Act 115
The Primate declared the Synod prorogued and the Closing Eucharist was celebrated.
That a consultation be held with representatives from the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Churchman and members of the National Executive Council to address among other issues, the guidelines required to resolve issues where editorial practice is in conflict with the pastoral and programme prerogatives of the national Church and the dioceses.
That this National Executive Council expresses its deep and heartfelt thanks to Reginald Soward for his long and exceptional service to the General Synod as its Chancellor. CARRIED with Applause #70-11-86
"That this General synod express appreciation to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for their statement `Ethical Reflections on the Economic Crisis', particularly for the moral judgment that `the primary emphasis be placed on combatting unemployment'; and to the Primate for his commentary of January 1983 in which he appealed to us to:
1. recognize the seriousness of the present economic crisis, and to acknowledge the human suffering thus caused;
2. examine our past and present conduct and ask if our actions are intensifying the problems or contributing to their solution;
3. analyse seriously the complex economic issues that fact us in Canada, and in the global village in which we all live;
4. seek together alternative social and economic visions and strategies with which to address the issues;
5. acknowledge that such new visions and strategies, if they are useful, will call for fundamental re-ordering of our basic values and priorities;
6. reaffirm with the Gospel, that life depends not so much on the things we possess as on the quality of our relationships with God, with each other, and with the rest of God's creation." CARRIED Act 39
That the National Executive Council concur in the opinion of the Organization Committee that the General Synod Rules of Order and Procedure allow debate of a motion to refer, in two respects: (i) whether or not the motion should be referred and (ii) to whom it should be referred.
That the words "in two respects: (i) whether or not the motion should be referred and (ii)" be deleted and "only as" be inserted in their place. CARRIED
The motion now reads:
That the National Executive Council concur in the opinion of the Organization Committee that the General Synod Rules of Order and Procedure allow debate of a motion to refer only as to whom it should be referred.