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ADOPTION OF MINUTES

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Date
2016 November 17-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 04-11-16
Date
2016 November 17-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 04-11-16
Mover
The Rev. Canon David Burrows
Seconder
Ms. Katie Puxley
Text
That the Council of General Synod adopt the minutes of the March 10-13, 2016 (004-02-16-11) and July 11, 2016 (004-01-16-11) meetings.
ADOPTED #04-11-16
Notes
Amendments to the minutes for the July 11, 2016 meeting were noted.
It was asked if there was a policy on passing minutes from the previous triennium when some members of the Council were not present. The Chancellor, Canon David Jones, clarified there is not a policy that prevents people from voting, either because they were not on the Council last triennium or present at the meeting.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Minutes
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Letter to Metropolitans, Provincial Prolocutors, Diocesan Bishops, and Synods

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Date
2017 November 10-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 11-17-11 [sic i.e. 11-11-17]
Date
2017 November 10-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 11-17-11 [sic i.e. 11-11-17]
Mover
The Rev. Canon David Burrows
Seconder
Canon Dr. Randall Fairey
Prologue
MARRIAGE CANON RESPONSE CONTINUED
The Rev. Canon David Burrows, a member of the Resolutions Committee, presented a resolution in relation to the Marriage Canon and the discussion that occurred during the Marriage Canon Response presentation. Canon Burrows explained the motion is specific with timelines to ensure a report back can be provided to CoGS by November 1, 2018 in order for further discussions and deliberations to occur prior to the forty-five days required for the meeting of the General Synod. Discussion ensued on the motion with amendments made.
Text
Be it resolved that regarding the Second Reading of Resolution A051-R2 (Amendment to Canon XXI) On Marriage in the Church, this Council of General Synod:
1. Request the Primate and Prolocutor communicate with the Metropolitans and Provincial Prolocutors, and Diocesan Bishops and Synods and encourage full consideration of the matter be given prior to General Synod 2019.
2. Request that the consideration given shall be reported to the Council of General Synod no later than November 1, 2018.
ADOPTED #11-17-11 [sic i.e. 11-11-17]
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (42nd : 2019 : Vancouver, B.C.) - Resolutions
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XXI
Marriage (Canon law) - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Ecclesiastical provinces
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Marriage Canon Conversation

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Date
2016 November 17-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 12-11-16
Date
2016 November 17-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 12-11-16
Mover
Ms. Cynthia Haines-Turner
Seconder
The Rev. Canon David Burrows
Text
Be it resolved that the members of this Council of General Synod encourage the consideration of the resolution on the Marriage Canon (A051-R2) in accord with the provision in the Declaration of Principles “that between first and second reading the matter be referred for consideration to diocesan and provincial synods.”
ADOPTED #12-11-16
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (41st : 2016 : Richmond Hill, Ont.) - Resolutions
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XXI
Marriage (Canon law) - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Dioceses
Anglican Church of Canada - Ecclesiastical provinces
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Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice Amended Terms of Reference

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Date
2018 June 1-3
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 15-18-06 [sic i.e. 15-06-18]
Date
2018 June 1-3
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 15-18-06 [sic i.e. 15-06-18]
Mover
The Rev. Canon David Burrows
Seconder
The Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton
Text
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod approve the updated Terms of Reference for the Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice Coordinating Committee, as amended by the Coordinating Committee at their meeting of March 12, 2018.
ADOPTED #15-18-06 [sic i.e. 15-06-18]
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice Committee - Name
Anglican Church of Canada. Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice Committee - Terms of reference
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Resolution 15:10 The Trafficking of Persons of the Anglican Consultative Council 2012

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Date
2017 June 23-25
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 08-17-06 [sic i.e. 08-06-17]
Date
2017 June 23-25
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 08-17-06 [sic i.e. 08-06-17]
Mover
The Rev. Canon David Burrows
Seconder
Ms. Susan Little
Prologue
HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORKPLAN #009-01-17-06, 005-01-17-06
Council learned about The Anglican Church of Canada’s mission to defeat human trafficking in a presentation from: Dr. Andrea Mann, Global Relations Director; Dr. Ryan Weston, Lead Animator for Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice; and the Rev. John VanStone, member of the Partners in Mission Coordinating Committee. Dr. Mann introduced a new webpage on the national church’s website (www.anglican.ca/issues/human-trafficking) that provides information on: what human trafficking is; human trafficking in Canada and globally; and the church’s work on this issue locally and globally with faith-based, civil society, and government partners. The video from the webpage, showing the scope of the human trafficking industry and the church’s work with partners, was shown and the Primate lead Council in prayer for all of those affected by human trafficking.
After the video and a prayer for those enslaved by the sex trade, Dr. Mann spoke on the Anglican Consultative Council’s 2012 resolution and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s pledge to lead the Anglican Communion in the fight against human trafficking. Initiatives throughout the Anglican Communion were also outlined, including Freedom Sunday and details around the strategic frameworks from Anglican Alliance. Dr. Weston reiterated what was heard in the video that human trafficking is something that does happen in Canada and it is something we do not think about. Those most at risk in Canada include: any girl from anywhere in the country, particularly Indigenous young women and girls; those exploited in the sex trade; and those exploited for domestic labour, agricultural labour, and in manufacturing, restaurants, and hotels. Dr. Weston noted that Anglicans are working on this issue and sometimes we do not realize that. It is hoped that the website will eventually include a map where those viewing it can connect to some of the work that is taking place in various areas. Some of that work was highlighted, including: outreach and support to street workers and agricultural workers; pastoral care to families who are impacted; and advocacy work in parishes, dioceses, and through the ministries of General Synod that are advocating for an inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Mr. VanStone spoke about the Ragdoll Prayer Project, an initiative that was begun by Anglican Renewal Ministries and that he is involved in. With this project, ragdolls are created by individuals and groups of people, and distributed to raise awareness of human trafficking and to encourage prayer and action. The ragdolls are faceless to show the facelessness of the issue. Through circulated documents that were added to the meeting docket, Council learned more about how they can become engaged in this project and ways that they can engage in the fight against human trafficking in their area.
In table groups, Council discussed the categories of a motion that was before them. Before the motion was put forward for resolution, one Council member shared an emotional account of an experience she had with human trafficking while working in a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ont. The account reiterated for Council that human trafficking happens at home.
Text
That the Council of General Synod endorses Resolution 15:10 The Trafficking of Persons of the Anglican Consultative Council 2012, urging Provinces to:
- Learn about and raise awareness of their own country’s or countries’ involvement in trafficking;
- Identify resources available and activities already being undertaken nationally in addressing the elimination of trafficking;
- Report findings to provincial and diocesan synods or conventions with a view to evaluating how churches can engage prophetically and develop local and regional strategies in response to trafficking; and
- Promote and disseminate new and existing liturgical and theological materials relating to trafficking in persons as a resource for local churches.
ADOPTED #08-17-06 [sic i.e. 08-06-17]
Subjects
Human trafficking - Canada
Human trafficking - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human trafficking - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Anglican Consultative Council. Meeting (12th : 2002 : Hong Kong, China) - Resolutions
Ragdoll Prayer Project
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Responsible Investing Task Force

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Date
2018 June 1-3
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-18-06 [sic i.e. 16-06-18]
Date
2018 June 1-3
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-18-06 [sic i.e. 16-06-18]
Mover
The Rev. Canon David Burrows
Seconder
The Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton
Text
Be it resolved that the Council of General Synod:
- Endorse the recommendations in the report of the Responsible Investment Task Force;
- Recommend that the Investment Committee, other bodies and relevant staff of the General Synod collaborate to ensure implementation of these recommendations with respect to funds held by General Synod;
- Forward these recommendations to the Pension Committee and strongly encourage their serious consideration;
- Forward these recommendations to dioceses, ecclesiastical provinces, and other Anglican-affiliated entities and strongly encourage their serious consideration.
ADOPTED #16-18-06 [sic i.e. 16-06-18]
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Responsible Investment Working Group
Investments - Moral and ethical aspects
Investments - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Corporate social responsibility - Anglican Church of Canada
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RESPONSIBLE INVESTING TASK FORCE #005-08-18-06 : Receiving Responsible Investing Task Force Report

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Date
2018 June 1-3
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 03-18-06 [sic i.e. 03-06-18]
Date
2018 June 1-3
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 03-18-06 [sic i.e. 03-06-18]
Mover
The Rev. Canon David Burrows
Seconder
The Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton
Prologue
Lead Animator for Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice, Dr. Ryan Weston, and Mr. Robert Boeckner, member of the Responsible Investing Task Force, updated Council on the work of the task force. Dr. Weston reminded Council why the task force was formed, of its mandate, and membership (see document #004-05-18-06, pages 5-6). Part of the task force’s work included surveying Anglican and Anglican-affiliated funds (e.g., dioceses, theological colleges, foundations) about responsible investing practices. Council was also reminded that the task force’s three areas of focus included theological reflection, examining current investment practices/Anglican investment context, and developing a communications strategy to share what they were learning and the work being undertaken.
Mr. Boeckner reported on the four primary approaches for responsible investing for church funds, of which a fund would most likely use a combination. The four primary approaches include: integration of environmental, social, and governance factors; active ownership (i.e. trying to influence change from within companies as shareholders; impact investing or making specific investments with social goals in mind; and investment exclusions (divestment). Other considerations expanded on in the task force’s discussions included overseeing investment managers, relevance to climate change, economic reconciliation, and opportunities for collaboration. Mr. Boeckner also reported that the task force developed a draft guide, Investing with a Mission, that offers possibilities for other funds to consider.
On behalf of the task force, Dr. Weston spoke to the group’s recommendations formed in response to the work undertaken. The task force’s recommendations are that:
- 1. That General Synod Consolidated Trust Fund and the General Synod Pension Plan explore active ownership strategies, including:
-- a) Outlining the fund’s approach to proxy voting in its Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures (SIPP), ensuring that where possible the fund's shares are voted in line with the fund's objectives and priorities.
-- b) Adopting proxy voting guidelines that take into account good ESG [environmental, social, and governance] practices and engage proxy voting service providers or asset managers that will execute votes in accordance with those guidelines; or, where the fund does not have voting rights, seek out managers that have positive ESG components in their voting guidelines and a track record of voting in favour of shareholder resolutions on ESG issues.
-- c) Seeking opportunities to engage with the companies in which they have invested to encourage the companies to improve their ESG policies and performance while providing desired returns, either directly or through a service provider. Where invested in pooled funds, the fund may still choose to engage an external engagement service provider or to ask the pooled fund manager to do so.
-- d) Acting in concert with other investors to amplify their effect, for example by associating themselves with third parties that assemble groups of investors to further particular ESG objectives through shareholder engagement.
- 2. That The Anglican Church of Canada sign on to public policy letters by groups of investors that encourage better regulation of corporate and capital market behaviours.
- 3. That the General Synod Consolidated Trust Fund and the General Synod Pension Plan consider setting aside a percentage of their assets to be used for impact investing in assets that provide a financial return while furthering an ESG objective such as transitioning to a low carbon economy, Indigenous business development, reducing income inequality, etc. In order to do so, we recommend that the funds:
-- a) Discuss investment principles and whether there are social or environmental impacts that are relevant to the mandate of the funds.
-- b) Discuss the fund’s risk tolerance and liquidity needs that may be relevant to investment decisions.
--c) Retain a consultant to help explore possible investment opportunities that match the social or environmental outcomes above while staying within the financial mandate of the fund.
- 4. That, if ESG ratings or active engagement efforts indicate that a company's activities will not likely be modified to address material risks or salient ESG concerns, divestment be considered. Before divesting completely from a sector the General Synod Consolidated Trust Fund and the General Synod Pension Plan should consider if best in class companies in that sector would meet the fund’s standards for investment.
- 5. Recognizing that where the General Synod Consolidated Trust Fund and the General Synod Pension Plan is invested in pooled funds, specific company or sector exclusions may not be possible, the Responsible Investing Task Force recommends that, if exclusions are important to the fund’s mandate, it may select pooled fund managers that are willing to provide products that make those exclusions.
- 6. That the General Synod Consolidated Trust Fund and the General Synod Pension Plan should include ESG considerations in asset manager selection and oversight processes by:
-- Including questions about ESG and active ownership in any RFPs or manager selection processes.
-- Asking fund managers for relevant active ownership policies (for example the manager’s policy and guidelines related to proxy voting).
-- Seeking funds and advisors who are signatories of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing.
-- Including questions about ESG concerns, including how the manager voted on shareholder proposals, in periodic portfolio reviews; and
-- Asking managers to present information on the ESG performance of the portfolio when providing regular updates.
- 7. That the General Synod establish a program for:
-- a. Communication of the work of the task force and dissemination of future resources, including but not limited to a capacity-building toolkit.
-- b. The evaluation of the incorporation of Responsible Investing in the General Synod Consolidated Trust Funds and the General Synod Pension Plan.
-- c. The collection and reporting of any changes in the practices of diocesan funds, ecclesiastical provincial synod funds, and any other church affiliated funds who seek to provide ongoing input that may be of interest to individuals within the church.
Dr. Weston presented two resolutions from the task force.
Text
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod receive with gratitude and appreciation this report of the Responsible Investing Task Force.
ADOPTED #03-18-06 [sic i.e. 03-06-18]
Notes
Council referred the second resolution to the Resolutions Committee after discussion about its wording. The amended resolution was presented on Sunday.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Responsible Investment Working Group
Investments - Moral and ethical aspects
Investments - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Corporate social responsibility - Anglican Church of Canada
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