That this National Executive Council request the Johnston Bequest Task Force and the AIM Overage Committee to meet enough ahead of the Program Committee for that Committee to receive their reports. CARRIED
That First Reading be given to the amendment of Section 3e) of the Declaration of Principles by adding at the end thereof the following:
Provided also that a member of the Diocese of the Arctic appointed to serve in the diocesan office shall be eligible to be elected and to become and continue as a member of the General Synod while so serving. CARRIED ON FIRST READING Act 149
The Anglicans in Mission program was presented by Mr. E. Fisher, Canon E. Hobbs, and Mr. Wm. Hanrahan of the Community Counselling Service.
Mr. Fisher explained the format of the presentation, Canon Hobbs reviewed the background of the completed feasibility study, after which Mr. Hanrahan elaborated on particular sections of the report.
Members of the Council divided into five groups to discuss the report and to list what questions they would like answered. They then returned to plenary and the questions were reviewed, and later responded to. Amongst the points noted were the following:
- in each Diocese the Bishop will be asked to take the role of Chairman and select a person to head up the program in the Diocese, along with assistant Diocesan Directors.
- Dioceses will be sub-divided into regions consisting of approximately seven congregations each.
- each Diocese will have Leadership Teams, and there will be regional meetings under the direction of the National Director, Diocesan Director, Assistant Diocesan Director and Teams.
- Campaign Counselling Services would have a team which would be involved in design planning and supervision of appeal. The Team would work with the Executive Director who would stay in Toronto for the duration of the contract, relating to the Leadership Team of the Church, especially the National Director.
- the Executive Director would have an assistant who would work with major gifts while the mission study phase takes place. The Community Counselling Service will then put in, at an appropriate time, Regional Directors who will go to appropriate parts of Canada. These people would relate directly to the Dioceses and Diocesan Directors. Mr. Hanrahan would monitor, train, educate, lead strategies and discipline. Dioceses would need more counselling than would be needed on a regional level.
- 1981-1982 - put together a team of 1,000 paraprofessionals who would be trained in fundraising, organizational and management principles. That team would carry out the program. Community Counselling Service relationship would be to the organization and not to the congregation.
- consultants have to be paid the same amount of money no matter how much is raised so it is up to the Dioceses to be ready when consultants come into the diocese so as to make good use of their services.
Integrity of Feasibility Study
- worked with the Steering Committee.
- visited several Dioceses and on the basis of response identified a number of questions and produced a slide presentation.
- sent a mailing to one in five congregations.
- $800,000 for two professionals - nationally; Secretary and clerical staff; interpretive and fundraising materials; travel; office expenses.
- will co-operate as much as possible if Dioceses engage other fundraisers.
- Community Counselling Service will finish services to the Church in June, 1983 and maintain a three-year follow-up.
- to establish priorties at the national level, we would develop a preliminary case statement of concerns such as Council of the North, Pension, World Mission. At the November, 1981 meeting of the National Executive Council a Case Statement should be available. The National Executive Council will be a part of developing this.
- alternatives to Anglicans in Mission - strengthen stewardship work or cutbacks.
- all fundraising should be done in 1983.
- Diocesan Goals - each person is to be challenged to give. Information will be submitted to Goal Committee which will set the goal.
- Diocesan Covenant - each Diocese will be asked to pass a Resolution committing itself to Anglicans in Mission. Commitment to objectives should be given by December. Credit will be given to Diocesan commitments and successes.
- Mission Study - 1982 will be a period when the mission of the Church will be looked at from a Biblical and theological viewpoint. Establish Diocesan and parochial goal in the light of their understanding of mission for the 80's.
- Capitalization - agreed that this is not healthy in the life of the Church. If the campaign is over subscribed, the excess would be capitalized. It was suggested that endowment money could come from Wills and Bequests.
At the conclusion of the question and answer period, the Primate expressed appreciation for the way in which people spoke "from where they are."
That the Feasibility Study and Fund Raising Report be received. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada currently in session, expresses thanksgiving that substantial progress has been achieved in the resolution of Canada's constitutional problem, and continues to hope that further negotiations may enable the Province of Quebec to feel itself a constituting part of our nationhood; but also expresses deep concern that:
1. the elimination of the recognition of the aboriginal and treaty rights of the Indian, Inuit and Metis people of Canada constitutes a crisis as significant as, and equivalent to, that between the Federal and Provincial governments;
2. failure to remedy this situation can only appear to our aboriginal people as calculated contempt for their rights by those who have the moral and constitutional responsibility to safeguard and honour them;
3. Canada will be identified in the eyes of the world as racially oppressive;
4. in our country fundamental moral principles could be sacrificed for political expediency; and above all
5. abdication of moral responsibility is fundamentally abhorrent and ultimately self-defeating,
and therefore urges that the Federal and Provincial governments re-instate the inherent rights of the aboriginal peoples in all appropriate legislation in the constitutional process. CARRIED
Copies of a letter were circulated, signed on behalf of Native people, addressed to all Christian leaders calling for support with their concern with the Constitution.
That the National Executive Council give approval that at the end of 1981 the "official" minimum stipend be increased by $600 in lieu of married and children's allowances (if this results in a reduction of income below the level for 1981, the 1981 income will apply) and by a general increase of $1,000; that for 1982 the C.P.I. increase of June 30, 1981 be applied to this new base; and that other allowances continue as at present. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council give[s] approval that at the end of 1981 the episcopal stipend be raised by $600 in lieu of married and children's allowances (if this results in a reduction in income below the level for 1981, the 1981 income level will apply) and that for 1982 the C.P.I. increase of June 30, 1981 be applied to this new base. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council, in the deep belief that ecumenical relationships are of the utmost importance to the life of the Church in the world at this time in history, and with the knowledge that the Anglican Church of Canada has encouraged such ecumenical endeavour through its participation in ecumenical acts of worship, programmes of study and social action, and with the awareness that the work of the Ecumenical Officer has been central to our understanding and the promotion of this ecumenical dimension within the Anglican Church of Canada:
1) That the Anglican Church of Canada declares its intention to continue to give priority to ecumenism by developing the theological, educational and administrative thrusts that are currently in operation, facilitated by a national ecumenical officer;
2) That the vacancy in the position of ecumenical officer be filled as soon as possible and that she/he be bilingual (French/English) or immediately willing to become so (with resources made available to enable this); and
3) That this position continue to be funded by the assessment budget. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council authorize the Allocations Committee of the Johnston Trust to make decisions about disbursements of the balance in the income account of the Trust, and to consider further applications from dioceses up to June 1, 1982. CARRIED
It was requested that members of the National Executive Council convey information of the above resolution to their diocesan authorities.