That Section 12A Youth Representation be amended to read as follows:
"In addition to the Diocesan representation provided by Section 12, there shall be fifteen young people between the ages of 18 and 25 appointed to the membership of the Synod by the National Executive Council at its last regular meeting prior to a session of General Synod, from nominations submitted by the Diocesan Bishops, after consultation with their young people, and with due consideration being given to adequate representation from the differing regional, cultural, occupational and socio-economic backgrounds of the young people in our Church." CARRIED in both Houses.
That Section 4 (subsection 3) be amended to read 3(a), that "In addition to the persons elected or appointed under subsection (2) the Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Armed Forces shall appoint two clergymen licensed by him and two lay persons from the Armed Forces to represent the chaplains, military personnel and their dependents." CARRIED unanimously in both Houses.
That Section 4 (subsection 3) be amended to read 3(b), that "In addition to the persons elected or appointed under subsection (2), there shall be fifteen young people between the ages of 18 and 25 appointed to the membership of the Synod by the National Executive Council at its last regular meeting prior to a session of General Synod, from nominations submitted by the Diocesan Bishops of which 3 shall be from the Province of Canada, 6 from the Province of Ontario, 3 from the Province of Rupert's Land, and 3 from the Province of British Columbia."
(1) Change the number "15" to "24". The amendment was lost.
(2) After the words, "from nominations submitted by the Diocesan Bishops," delete the balance, and substitute as follows:
"after consultation with their young people, and with due consideration being given to adequate representation from the differing regional, cultural, occupational and socio-economic backgrounds of the young people in our Church." CARRIED in both Houses.
The whole of Section 4, subsection (3)(b) CARRIED unanimously in the Upper House and by a two-thirds majority in the Lower House.
The Primate led the Synod in prayer, and then read the introduction printed in the draft Report.
The Rev. Canon Paul Chidwick was introduced by the Primate who then presented the background to the draft Report. He urged the Synod to bear in mind that this was an interim Report and he asked that discussion be on the Report and not on interpretaions of it.
That this General Synod receive for discussion the Report of the Winnipeg Task Force, "Dying - Considerations Concerning the Passage from Life to Death" as an interim Report and express its appreciation to the Winnipeg Task Force. CARRIED ACT 69
Dr. Gardiner called for a tribute to the Primate for having set up this and other Task Forces, to which the Synod responded with applause.
The Primate stated that all correspondence received by him in connection with the Report would be acknowledged and passed to the Task Force for their consideration.
Dr. Donald Cameron, Vice President of the Canadian Association of the Mentally Retarded was introduced by the Primate and invited to address Synod. Dr. Cameron voiced the concern of his Association about the Report with special reference to Section III (3). In concluding he commended the Task Force for bringing this subject to the public's attention.
That General Synod's approval and support of such a program be forwarded in writing to the appropriate Ministers of the Federal and Provincial Governments.
That all dioceses in the Canadian Church be urged to study the concept of an income support program, and
(a) Take appropriate action to support it with the Federal and Provincial Governments; and
(b) Submit to all levels of government specific recommendations regarding the content of an income support program.
That parishes in the Canadian Church be urged to study the concept of an income support program for Canadians, if possible in cooperation with other local churches and groups, and to make appropriate recommendations regarding content to all levels of government.
That individual church members be urged to study the concept of an income support program for Canadians and to make appropriate recommendations to their local elected representatives. CARRIED ACT 83
The Report of the Committee was presented by its Secretary, the Rev. R.D. MacRae.
THAT General Synod adopt the revised policy statement of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund as printed in the Report of the Committee.
CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 30
REVISED POLICY STATEMENT
A. General Policy
The Church is the Body of Christ and as such is concerned with the totality of human existence and man's eternal destiny. It is called to proclaim the Gospel of God's redeeming love through Christ, and deliverance from sin and from all that mars human life.
It must follow that part of its task is to take its full share in banishing from the earth all those ills which debase man's dignity, starve his body and crush his spirit.
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, established by Synod as an agency of the Anglican Church of Canada, seeks to stimulate and support maximum ecumenical cooperation locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
The implications are clear. In addition to emergency relief, rehabilitation and refugee support the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund gives priority to those projects and processes that relate to development, self-determination, liberation and a total sharing of resources, even though they may not relate to the Church's own immediate welfare or to those kinds of institutions or structures to which we have become accustomed.
In order to move in these directions PWRDF is guided by four general principles:
FIRST, the material necessities of life must be more adequately met. This is especially true when people suffer from natural disasters and those created by political and social upheaval. Necessities are culturally determined and change with the evolution of new possibilities. A society must progressively be eliminating hunger, disease and physical deprivation and moving toward equity of distribution.
SECOND, there must be increasing educational and cultural opportunities opening the mind and spirit to the fullness of human existence. At the least this means a growing awareness of self and of one's surroundings, of human dignity and potential, of individual and community responsibility.
THIRD, there must be increasing justice. Justice, progressively clarified by love and constantly reinterpreted for changing circumstances is a dynamic concept and one whose meaning is always revealing new human dimensions. Yet the notion of creative and expanding justice, its content and applications, is indispensable to a full conception of development. Justice also implies progressively enlarged freedom in the context of the needs and rights of others including participation in, and responsibility for public policy.
FOURTH, society must increase its capacity to incorporate change, even fundamental and radical change. More devastating to society than low levels of consumption is flagrant disparity between people; more explosive today is the grossly unequal power of different element of the population, The past and the future must be held together in a dynamic way; this means fluid and adaptable institutions and the right and ability of people to change their institutions.
- Grants shall for for support of any proposed program falling into at least one of the following categories:
(i) resolved that the Statement of Purpose and Goals for the national program approved by General Synod in 1975 be continued for the next period.
Statement of Purpose of the Program of General Synod
To develop and share Christian insights and resources so that persons and communities may come to the fullness of life in Jesus Christ and may be enabled to fulfill their potential in a changing world
That the people of God may be helped to grow in deepening commitment to Christ and equipped for the work of ministry through programs containing opportunities for spiritual growth and formation, grounded in the faith of the biblical and worshipping community, and that resources be available to dioceses and parishes as they seek to move in this direction.
That Canadian Anglicans become more aware of the global issues of "justice" in our time and be supported and more deeply engaged in Christian redemptive ministry in the third world and in Canada.
That our partnerships in mission, Anglican and ecumenical, be deepened through new commitment and shared planning, both in Canada and with other parts of the world.
That creativity and effectiveness in the education and communication aspects of mission be increased through research, experimentation and collaboration with other institutions and agencies.
That the Statement of Purpose and Goals for the national program be accepted. CARRIED ACT 78
The following two resolutions were presented by the Program Committee.
"That this General Synod urges all the dioceses in the Canadian Church to study and respond to the concept of a Guaranteed Annual Income and authorizes the Program Committee, if possible in cooperation with other Christian Churches, to develop a comprehensive study guide on the concept of GAI, which would be given wide distribution throughout the whole Canadian Church by the beginning of 1976."
"That this General Synod urges all the dioceses in the Canadian Church to study and respond to the concept of a Guaranteed Annual Income and authorizes the Program Committee, if possible in cooperation with other Christian Churches, to develop a comprehensive study guide on the concept of GAI, which would be given wide distribution throughout the whole Canadian Church by the beginning of 1976." CARRIED ACT 83
"That this General Synod requests the Program Committee, having received responses from dioceses, parishes and concerned individuals, to give careful consideration to proposals regarding a Guaranteed Annual Income and bring recommendations to the National Executive Council by the Spring or Fall of 1976."