Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod instruct the Joint Working Group to complete work on an editorial mandate and journalistic guidelines, along the lines proposed in the present report, and taking into consideration feedback from this meeting, and that this be done before the March meeting of the Council.
ADOPTED #CoGS 06-18-11 [06-11-18]
Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod forward the following motion to the General Synod 2019:
Be it resolved that this General Synod:
1) express its gratitude for, and accepts the gift of, A Common Word Between Us and You, offer by Muslim leaders via the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Jordan;
2) that the Anglican Church of Canada join other signatories to A Common Word Between Us and You via the signature of our Primate; and
3) that the Anglican Church of Canada, under the direction of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, and in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, jointly initiate a program of ecumenical Christian-Muslim engagement in receptive communities across Canada, based on the model of the A Common Word initiative in its various local expressions.
ADOPTED #CoGS 034-03-19
As this resolution deals with Canon XIV, it will require two readings at two General Synods for it to pass
Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod send the following motion to the General Synod 2019:
Be it resolved:
That this General Synod give first reading to the addition of the following section to Canon XIV:
5. Prayer number four in “Prayers and Thanksgivings upon Several Occasions” is to be deleted from use and future printings of the Book of Common Prayer and replaced with a prayer entitled “For Reconciliation with the Jews” as follows:
O GOD, who didst choose Israel to be thine inheritance: Have mercy upon us and forgive us for violence and wickedness against our brother Jacob; the arrogance of our hearts and minds hath deceived us, and shame hath covered our face. Take away all pride and prejudice in us, and grant that we, together with the people whom thou didst first make thine own, may attain to the fulness of redemption which thou hast promised; to the honour and glory of thy most holy Name.
ADOPTED #CoGS 033-03-19
Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod:
a) Affirm the efforts of Faith, Worship, and Ministry to continue the necessary research and consultation related to pursuing an ACC-ELCIC joint initiative in resourcing local Christian-Muslim dialogue according to the A Common Word model.
b) Direct Faith, Worship, and Ministry to develop a draft resolution calling for an official ACC endorsement of the A Common Word statement to be considered at General Synod 2019.
ADOPTED #CoGS 14-18-11 [14-11-18]
Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, the Rev. Dr. Scott Sharman, spoke to Council about A Common Word via a presentation entitled, “Who Is My Neighbour? The Call to Christian Muslim Dialogue.” To begin, Dr. Sharman asked Council to discuss the following in table groups:
Word association – what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word Muslim?
Introduce a Muslim neighbour, co-worker, friend, family member, etc. who you have known personally.
Dr. Sharman surmised that the descriptions Council members offered of Muslims they knew personally was very far from common stereotypes of Muslims. He referred to Luke 10:25-37 and the question “Who is my neighbour?” that gave rise to the story of the Good Samaritan, where Jesus Challenges our assumption about who our neighbours are.
When added together, Christians and Muslims account for fifty to fifty-five percent of the global population. In Canada, Muslims currently make up four to five percent of the population, with sixty percent residing in Ontario. These statistics present churches with both opportunity and responsibility.
Council heard that A Common Word began with a letter written in 2007 and 2008. There were originally 138 original signatories on the letter, and now there are over 400. A Common Word has received seventy responses with 200 Christian endorsements, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. The letter is an extended invitation to major Christian leaders around the world espousing two key principles:
A call to love God above all things, and
To live out that love by loving our neighbours.
The letter does not seek agreement, but a common ground for peace.
While The Anglican Church of Canada has not endorsed A Common Word, it has had traction amongst Canadian Anglicans. In 2012, A Common Word Alberta was formed, made up of local Anglicans, Lutherans, Mennonites, Roman Catholics, etc. on the Christian Side, and Sunnis, Shia, and Ismaili on the Muslim side. Interactions have revolved around scripture study, theological dialogue, shared meals, parish visits, and community service.
Dr. Sharman noted that A Common Word is the most successful Muslim-Christian interfaith initiative in history, and sought direction from Council on how to deeper commit to Christian-Muslim dialogue. A motion was put forward affirming the church’s continued participation.
- 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.
Stating that the work of reconciliation and justice is ongoing and must involve the entire church, Bishop Shaw presented a resolution to CoGS.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of the General Synod commend for consideration to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada establish a committee to strategize and guide the ongoing work of the truth, justice and reconciliation, including building and supporting a network of Ambassadors for Reconciliation from dioceses and regions.
ADOPTED #CoGS 005-03-19
The Rt. Rev. Riscylla Shaw, Co-chair of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice, presented the final report of the Commission to Council members.
Bishop Shaw expressed heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Archbishop Hiltz and Bishop MacDonald for their commitment to moving ahead the work of the Commission.
Bishop Shaw highlighted the work of the Commission, noting the following:
Raised the profile of the Blanket Exercise
Established educational brochures relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action
Hired a Reconciliation Animator, Ms. Melanie Delva
Established grounds for the Jubilee Commission
Continuing the support of the TRC Calls to Action, in particular Call to Action Number 48
Walking alongside ACIP and the NIAB to both support the processes of becoming a self-determining church
Participated in two Sacred Circles
The production of “Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts”, a documentary by Anglican Video