Requested the National Executive Council to consider the effects of increasing the period between Synods, and to have amendments to the Handbook prepared in this regard.
Received a notice of Motion to be considered at the next Synod, to amend Section 2(1) of the Constitution to enable Synod to meet every third year.
The Organization Committee has considered these Acts and, in view of the relationship and authority questions presently existing between General Synod and the Dioceses and House of Bishops,
and in view of the rapid social change in our society and church today, and because a longer gap between sessions of General Synod would likely mean a longer Synod, which delegates do not generally desire (see evaluation of 1973 Synod),
and because there was no general feeling expressed in the evaluation of the '73 Synod that it should meet less frequently,
the following resolutions were put:
That no increase in the period between General Synods be contemplated at this time. CARRIED
[Moved by Nock, seconded by Light]
That provision be made for as much continuity as possible on major committees of General Synod because the two year space is a short one for Committees to work at their tasks. CARRIED
That the Committee on Organization be asked by the National Executive Council to explore ways of ensuring this continuity, possibly by electing persons to major committees for a four year term. CARRIED
That General Synod request the National Executive Council to consider the best way of securing the membership of the Metropolitans on the National Executive Council when desired without depriving the Metropolitical dioceses of the chance for lay or clerical representation, and if necessary to prepare a change of Constitution for submission to General Synod.
That the Metropolitans be added to Section 35(2) of the Constitution (Handbook, p.30) giving them the right to attend with voice but not vote. CARRIED
It is suggested that in connection with p.3, item 4(c) of the Committee's Report, the Provincial Canons be reviewed:
4c) to clarify the inter-relatedness of Sections 6, 7 and 8 of the Declaration of Principles by producing a working paper on the authority of General Synod in relation to Provincial and Diocesan Synods and the House of Bishops.
The report of the Organization Committee was received.
A tentative timetable for General Synod 1975 was presented.
Moved by Nock, seconded by Davis,
That the National Executive Council concur that General Synod meet from Tuesday evening, June 10 to noon Thursday, June 19, 1975 with 18 sessions being scheduled.
Concern was expressed about the proposed length of General Synod. It was pointed out that as this proposed agenda includes a cultural exchange this may qualify us for financial assistance from the Government.
Moved by Smith, seconded by Graham,
That the National Executive Council concur that General Synod meet from Thursday evening, June 12 to Thursday evening, June 19.
Following further discussion the Mover and Seconder of the Amendment proposed:
That the National Executive Council request the Organization Committee to schedule General Synod to take up no more than five business days.
Prior to any further action it was agreed that the members of the Organization Committee present at NEC will work on this and bring in a resolution later in the meeting.
Later the following motion was presented.
That General Synod convene on Thursday, June 12, 1975 and conclude on Thursday, June 19, 1975 in order to provide five working days and include a cultural exchange on the weekend. CARRIED
That if vacancies occur among those appointed to attend MRI planning conferences the replacement be named by the Primate in consultation with the World Mission Sub-Committee, and that these names be forwarded to the National Executive Council for information. CARRIED