The Rev. Dr. Karen Egan presented the report of the Anglican Journal and Communications and Information Resources Joint Working Group to the Council.
Be it resolved:
That this General Synod confirm:
1. The amalgamation by the Council of General Synod of the existing Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee and the existing Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee to form the new Communications Coordinating Committee,
2. The terms of reference for the new Communications Coordinating Committee adopted by the Council of General Synod, and
3. The provisions adopted by Council of General Synod with respect to the mandate, governance, editorial policy and editorial board for the Anglican Journal.
ADOPTED #CoGS 015-03-19
That the Council of General Synod move into Committee as a Whole to brainstorm ideas that will provide an important source of input to those designated to shepherd this forward. CARRIED #39-11-01
- a specific step-by-step process that will work from the grass roots up;
- something idiot proof with some sort of consistency;
- a variety of ways to choose from;
- to get from the abstract to the details of the process;
- perhaps a series of questions to direct the kinds of things we are going to do;
- to be as non-directive as possible in the design of the questions;
- to make sure that those less likely to respond can -- web survey, Journal survey
- Who should do it ?
- Perhaps COGS is not the best group to do it.
- The listening should be set within a context -- something about General Synod; something about the Strategic Plan and that the expected outcomes be clearly defined, so that at the end of the day that what was the intention has been fulfilled.
Moved by: Ms. Sally Tuckey
Seconded by: Dr. David Gould
That the Council of General Synod move out id Committee of the Whole. CARRIED #40-11-01
The Very Rev. Peter Wall, Chair of the General Synod Planning Committee (GSPC), presented Council with an update on the plans in place for General Synod 2019.
Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod authorize electronic voting at all sessions of the forty-second session of the General Synod, at the discretion of the Chair, except for the election of a Primate, at which election voting shall be on paper ballots.
ADOPTED #CoGS 022-03-19
Archdeacon Thompson presented a resolution on General Synod 2022.
Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod direct the General Secretary to accept the offer of the Diocese of Calgary to be host diocese for the meeting of the General Synod in 2022.
ADOPTED #CoGS 043-03-19 [044-03-19]
That this Council of General Synod affirm the goals and timeline developed in Document 016-02-01-11 and request the Planning and Agenda Team to develop mechanisms and resources to assist Council of General Synod members as they return to their dioceses to carry out this work. CARRIED #38-11-01
Document #016-02-01-11 is attached as Appendix D.
The need to listen to all Anglicans, whether in the pews or not and to gather their perceptions, as well as those who are note Anglicans, was noted.
Resolution from General Synod 2001
That this General Synod direct the Council of General Synod to initiate and oversee a process of intentional listening to the church in the dioceses and parishes regarding the future life and work of the Anglican Church of Canada, with on-going monitoring during the next triennium, and recommendation for future planning to come to General Synod 2004.
To listen to members of dioceses and parishes of the Anglican Church of Canada
a) to develop a picture and identify the visions of the life of the Anglican Church of Canada;
b) to inform the Council as it develops a plan to be proposed [to] the next General Synod for the work of the General Synod 2004 and beyond.
Phase 1 : Discovering : November 2001 - May 2002
The Planning and Agenda Team will present a proposed plan of action, including timetable to the Council of General Synod, test the plan and seek agreement to proceed.
November - June 2002
Council members begin to gather information.
Planning and Agenda Team meeting. Receive first reports.
All reports to be submitted to Margaret Shawyer.
July - August 2002
Margaret and others to prepare report for Planning and Agenda Team September meeting.
Planning and Agenda Team meets. Preparation of next steps (Phase 2) and report to the Council of General Synod.
Council of General Synod receives report on Phase 1 and agrees on proposal for Phase 2.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod commend for consideration to the General Synod:
That the General Synod affirm the ongoing work of the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission in recognition of our full communion relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
ADOPTED #CoGS 009-03-19
The Very Rev. Peter Wall, Co-Chair of the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) presented his report to Council members, noting that a report would also be given at General Synod 2019.
Dean Wall remarked that it was a great pleasure to be the co-chair of JALC and to be involved in the work of deepening the full communion relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). He thanked the Anglican members who worked hard over the last six years.
The deep relationship between the two churches is healthy, mutually supportive, and growing. The Commission is delighted, that, at this stage of our life together, we are moving from a role which has primarily been of monitoring and developing relationships, to one of animating and encouraging programmes, patterns, and mission opportunities.
One of the prime responsibilities of the Commission is to encourage, support, and monitor the important relationship between the two churches. It is a relationship that is born out of a deep commitment on our part of both churches to real ecumenism and to the profound partnership that we have as churches in full communion.
Ms. Cynthia Haines Turner and Dean Nicholas Parker presented the report of the Mission Coordination Group noting that `The New Agape' and anti-racism had been added to its mandate for the triennium.
Dr. Ellie Johnson and Ms. Donna Bomberry outlined the Binder Project. The concept is to collect materials, translate (if necessary) and assemble it into binders, which would be made available to dioceses and to those within networks to ensure as wide a distribution as possible. In loose-leaf form, the material could be easily updated on an ongoing basis and would be readily accessible to the many indigenous communities that do not have access to email and databases.
That this Council of General Synod affirm the Binder Project and designate the Mission Co-ordination Group responsible for the co-ordination of the project. CARRIED #18-11-01
That the Council of General Synod request the Primate to invite four representatives of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund to sit with the General Synod and, when appropriate, be invited to address the Synod, but have no right to participate in debate or to vote. (Rules of Order and Procedures #3a. [page 31 Handbook)
In response to a question from the floor about budgetary implications, PWRDF Executive Director Andrew Ignatieff assured Council that all expenses would be paid by PWRDF.
Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod strongly recommend to the incoming Council of General Synod that it examine the process by which dioceses are invited to make and fulfill financial commitments to the ministries of General Synod.
ADOPTED #CoGS 043-03-19
Be it resolved that:
This General Synod direct the Council of General Synod to develop and initiate a process to re-examine the mission of General Synod in relation to the dioceses, provinces, including the self determining Indigenous Church, with a goal to allow the structures of General Synod to best enable and serve God’s mission.
ADOPTED #CoGS 041-03-19