Chair of the Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee, the Rev. Dr. Karen Egan, and the Rt. Rev. William Cliff, Chair of the Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee, presented the final report from the joint working group on print publications. Before speaking to the report’s key recommendations, Dr. Egan reminded Council why the joint working group was formed, of its mandate, the approach taken to the work, and the findings of their research (see document #004-05-18-06, pages 6-7, and document #004-06-18-11, pages 3-4).
Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod recommend to General Synod the adoption of the transition strategy for national and diocesan print publications during the coming triennium, as proposed in the report of the Joint Working Group on Print Publications.
ADOPTED #CoGS 03-11-18
Bishop Cliff spoke to the key recommendations from three areas in the report:
The future of print publications (see document #007-05-18-11, page 5),
The mandate and governance of the Anglican Journal (see document #007-05-18-11, page 6), and
The mandate and structure of coordinating committees (see document #007-05-18-11, page 6).
At the end of the presentation, which was one of two this day, Council members received a preview of the questions they would be asked in the next presentation. Canon Ian Alexander, member of the joint working group, previewed the following questions:
1. Print Transition Strategy:
What are the pros and cons?
What will be necessary for success?
2. AJ Mandate:
Suggested changes to the draft mandate?
(See document #007-05-18-11, page 15)
Additions to the journalistic guidelines?
(See document #007-05-18-11, page 16)
3. Governance Structure:
Comments on the committee mandate?
(See document #007-05-18-11, page 19)
Editorial Board: Pros and cons? Keys to successful implementation?
In the second part of the Anglican Journal and Communications and Information Resources Joint Working Group presentation, Council members had the opportunity to respond to the questions previewed at the end of the first presentation.
Discussion followed in table groups and responses shared with Council. See Appendix A. Each table’s written responses were turned in to Canon Ian Alexander to share with the joint working group.
The motions from the joint working group’s report were presented.
During the consensus process, it was determined additional discussion on the first motion was required. Council members shared concerns with Canon Alexander who in turn stressed that the motion is not a ruling that print publications stop.
- a) receive with gratitude the final report of the latest iteration of the dialogue between the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada; and
- b) endorse the report’s recommendations, including the establishment of a national coordinating committee for unity and mission between at least our two churches, whose size, membership, and mandate will be determined by the Council of General Synod in consultation with the United Church of Canada and any other participating churches.
A motion to vote by orders was put forward by the following six members: The Very Rev. Iain Luke, The Rt. Rev. William Cliff, Mrs. Shelley Andres, The Rt. Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson, The Very Rev. Fr. Robert-Charles Bengry, The Ven. Jane Humphreys.
- 1. receive The Iona Report, including the Competencies for the Diaconate, and commend it to the dioceses for study and for use in review of their existing guidelines and practices with respect to the diaconate, sending their feedback to Faith, Worship and Ministry Coordinating Committee no later than October 2018;
- 2. request that the Primate convene a study of The Iona Report within the House of Bishops and report to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Coordinating Committee;
- 3. request that the Faith, Worship and Ministry Coordinating Committee review the Ordinal, in light of current scholarship and best practices, and present to the General Synod of 2019 a revision of the liturgical text for the Ordination of a Deacon.
The Ven. Bruce Myers, Ecumenical and Interfaith Coordinator, presented two resolutions related to initiatives of the joint declaration on the doctrine of discovery and The Church: Towards a Common Vision:
A motion regarding extension of the date of our Response to the World Council of Churches The Church: Toward a Common Vision
It be resolved that:
The Council of General Synod direct the Coordinator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations to prepare a draft official response of our church to The Church: Towards a Common Vision for consideration by the Council at its fall 2016 meeting; and further submit the final version approved by the Council to the Faith and Order Secretariat of the World Council of Churches no later than December 31, 2016.
- encourage the work begun within the term limit of the Liturgy Task Force (2010-2016) to continue, guided by the Liturgical Principles and Agenda for Liturgical Revision as adopted by the General Synod 2010, and in light of evolving priorities in the General Synod’s ministry.