That this Council of General Synod affirm and support the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples as it works towards the implementation of the Pinawa Declaration of August 2005, and prepares to nominate a bishop for appointment by the Primate as the first National Indigenous Bishop.
Motion to table
Moved by: Canon Marilyn Dean
Seconded by: Canon Robert Falby
That the motion be tabled until the May 2006 meeting of the Council of General Synod. DEFEATED
Vote on the motion which reads.
Council discussed the resolution. The Primate commented that he envisions a process for the first bishop whereby the ACIP would nominate to the Primate their selection of a person already a bishop.
That Part VI of Canon XXVII be amended by adding the following to become a new Section Numbered 7:
"Persons Serving in or Attached to the Canadian Armed Forces
(A) This section applies to a person enrolled in the Canadian forces who is serving in the regular forces or who is a member of the reserve force on continuous duty with the regular forces, or a person who, in accordance with the National Defence Act, accompanies the Canadian Forces, and the dependents of all such persons.
(B) A person described in (A) of this section may make an application under Part III or Part IV of this Canon by forwarding his application to the Anglican Chaplain responsible for his pastoral care.
(C) On receipt of an application mentioned in (B) from a person who is residing in Canada, the Chaplain shall forward the application to the Bishop of the Diocese in which the applicant is resident.
(D) If the applicant is a person serving or residing outside Canada, the Chaplain shall forward the application to the Bishop Ordinary or the Canadian Forces for action.
(E) Nothing herein contained shall prevent the making of an application by such a person in the manner prescribed by Part III or Part IV." CARRIED in both Houses nem con.
That this General Synod supports the work of our Military Chaplains, and recognizes the challenge of this ecumenical ministry and the need to provide young, well-trained priests for the Chaplaincy Service of the Canadian Armed Forces. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod recognizes with gratitude the splendid contribution made by the officers and men of our Armed Forces in the first 100 years of our national life, and expresses its deep appreciation to all personnel serving at the present time for their devotion to duty and for the exemplary manner in which they conduct themselves at home and abroad. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod pay special tribute to the wives and families of servicemen who, because of the demands of military life, must often adjust to periods of separation and assures them of our concern and prayers. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Council of General Synod direct its Standing Committees, Councils and Boards to reassess their priorities and reduce their workload in accordance with reduced financial and staffing resources, and to be attentive to how their work links with that of other groups. CARRIED #16-11-05
A third MCG [Mission Coordination Group] resolution dealing with socially responsible investment was withdrawn.
Ms. Barbara Burrows and Archdeacon Peter Zimmer presented the report. Due to budget reductions for 2006, there will be no further meetings of this committee; however, the coordination of work needs to continue. It was noted that the Terms of Reference for the Mission Coordination Group and the Planning and Agenda Team overlap in significant ways and that continuation of the work would be possible through the Planning and Agenda Team. The committee has sent a message to Dr. Ellie Johnson, asking that minutes of committees, councils and boards be circulated electronically to all chairs and all principal staff.
Motion to Refer
Moved by: Mr. Peter Irish
Seconded by: Mr. Peter Zimmer
That the motion be referred to the Governance Working Group. DEFEATED
Vote on the Motion.
That this Council of General Synod direct the Planning and Agenda Team to take up the work that has hitherto been done by the Mission Coordination Group, namely coordination of the work of its Standing Committees, Councils and Boards, and identification and action on gaps and overlaps in this work. CARRIED #15-11-05
Dean Peter Wall presented the report and spoke to the proposed theme for General Synod. He said that the committee had received replies on the proposed theme from the Standing Committees, Councils and Boards. As a result the original theme "Draw the Circle Wide" has been expanded to "Draw the Circle Wide ... Draw it Wider Still". Dean Wall said that the Planning Committee believes that the theme speaks of the inclusivity of our church -- inclusive of all people and all perspective and points of view. The open circle, envisioned in graphics, supports the idea that all is not yet revealed; that all are not yet part of our circle; and that we are opening and welcoming.
General Synod will meet from June 19-25, 2007 in Winnipeg, MB. The committee is in final negotiations with two downtown hotels, as the University of Manitoba, could no longer guarantee the required number of bedrooms.
That the Council of General Synod approve 'Draw the Circle Wide ... Draw It Wider Still' as the theme for General Synod 2007. CARRIED #19-11-05