In the continuing search for the fullness of life that Christ calls us to seek for all,
Be it resolved that General Synod urge the Public Social Responsibility Unit, and Anglicans at all levels of the Church, parochial, diocesan, provincial and national, to examine the economic priorities which are being acted on by their governments and their Church, related on the one hand to military expenditures and as well, personal patterns of consumption, investment and savings, and on the other hand to social expenditures; and
That this General Synod call the Church in the next three years to take specific collective and personal initiatives to address the growing needs of the poor and the dispossessed in their own communities, the nation and the wider world, working to redress the gross imbalance in spending in the present climate of increasing militarism.
That the Long Range Planning Committee be requested to produce a study guide to be used by the parishes and dioceses in conjunction with Dr. Bibby's book [Fragmented Gods : the poverty and potential of religion in Canada]. CARRIED #30-10-87
Questions were raised about previous Long Range Planning initiatives; i.e. congregational growth, evangelism. It was explained that Long Range Planning identifies issues and if there are program implications the responsibility is turned over to the Program Committee. The Long Range Planing Committee is always interested to know what the House of Bishops, members of the National Executive Council and others think about these issues.
That the Moose Lake Indian Band and the Chemawawin Indian Band (Easterville) be supported in their negotiations with the Province of Manitoba and the Federal Government of Canada to resolve the flooding damages caused by the construction of the Grand Rapids Hydro Electric Dam Project in 1962, which not only caused environmental damage, but also social disruptions to the lives of the many residents of Moose Lake and Chemawawin;
that this concern be communicated to the Federal and Provincial Governments by all means at the Church's disposal. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 84
1. That the Organization Committee be requested to draft an amendment to Section VIII of the Constitution (National Executive Council) 36(a)(vii) to the effect that up to one-half of the members-at-large of the National Executive Council be appointed by the Primate to correct lack of representation of identifiable groups within the Anglican Church of Canada after the election of diocesan representatives.
2. That this amendment be considered by the National Executive Council and, if approved, subsequently presented to the General Synod for possible adoption.
Some discussion took place concerning the suggested percentage of members-at-large to be appointed by the Primate.
That the motion be referred to the Organization Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee for comment by the next meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED #41-05-87