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 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A third MCG [Mission Coordination Group] resolution dealing with socially responsible investment was withdrawn.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
Added sub-title on cover: An international dialogue with the Chinese Church.
Based on the conference: God's Call to a New Beginning, Montreal, Oct. 2-7, 1981.
"An historic meeting took place in Montreal in 1981. Catholic and Protestant leaders from China met with 150 other Christians from around the world, an unprecedented gathering which launched a new beginning in relationships and understanding. This book draws on the rich resources provided by that momentous occasion, although it is not a day to day conference report". -- Preface, p. i.
Contents divided into five main sections: The People -- Being the Church -- The Chinese Church and International Relations --Epilogue -- Appendix.
Bibliography: p. 178-184.
Contents: Dedication to Dr. Edward H. Johnson -- Preface / Raymond L. Whitehead -- Acknowledgements / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- The Church in Revolution / Andre Myre -- Response / Tissa Balasuriya, Robert Carbonneau, James G. Endicott, Sebastian Kappen, K.H. Ting, Sergio Torres -- Reconciliation with the People / Chen Zemin -- Response: Jean Charbonnier, David Paton, Masao Takenaka -- Witnessing to Christ by Chinese Catholic Clergy and Laity / Fu Tieshan -- There is Freedom of Religious Belief in New China / Fu Tieshan -- Freedom as Viewed by a Chinese Christian / Shen Yi-fan -- People's Stories : Haiti / Karl Leveque -- Korea / Oh Jae-shik -- Barbados / Nita Barrow -- China / Shen Yifan -- Introduction / Anwar Barkat -- Church Life at the Grassroots / Jiang Peifen -- What New China Means to Me / Kiang Wen-han -- How New China Christians Think Anew Theologically / Shen Yi-fan -- How My Christian Faith Has Been Shaped by My Context / Cynthia McLean -- Reflections of a Chinese Catholic Layman / Lu Weidu -- Contextualization : No Passing Fad / Roger Hutchison -- Response: Tissa Balasuriya, Zhao Fusan, Oh Jae-shik -- People's Theology : Sri Lanka / Tissa Balasuriya -- Philippines / Louie Hechanova -- Chile / Sergio Torres -- China / Jiang Peifen -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- How "Foreign" Was the Christian Church in China ? / Kiang Wen-han -- Colonialism and Missionary Movement / Zhao Fusan -- From Blind Obedience to Independence / Wang Zicheng -- To Have an Independent, Self-Ruled and Self-Managed Church is Our Sacred Right / Tu Shihua --On International Relations of the Chinese Church / Han Wenzao -- Fourteen Points / K.H. Ting -- Difficulties and Prospects / K.H. Ting -- From "Church to the World" to "Church for the World" / Katharine B. Hockin -- Some Personal Reflections on Chinese Society / Paul Lin -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Reflections on God's Call to a New Beginning / Don McInnis, Nicole Riberdy, Anthony Chang, Joyce Seroke, Zhao Fusan -- Envisioning the New Beginning / Doug Roche, James G. Endicott, David Paton, Edward H. Johnson, Franklin Woo, Tissa Balasuriya.
Appendex includes: Workshop Reports -- List of Participants -- Reports on the Conference by Participants: A Bibliography -- Other Reactions.
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