Mr. Peter Kitchekesik, COGS member, opened the presentation with prayer.
The Archbishop of Keewatin, David Ashdown, introduced his colleagues from the diocese, all of whom participated – Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Dean Jim Dugan, Archdeacon Kenneth Kitchekeesik and Mr. Stanley Sainnawap. He expressed appreciation for the opportunity to share their hopes and dreams as their diocese moves into a new phase of its being. He stressed that this is not a new initiative, but a step on a journey which has already begun.
The Journey Continues
A power point presentation was viewed, detailing the actions undertaken since 1969 (which changed the Church’s relationship with indigenous people forever), up to the installation in 2010 of Bishop Lydia Mamakwa in the area of Northern Ontario.
The Vision Statement
To create an Indigenous diocese and native ministry that will provide a more meaningful and effective spiritual service delivery to the people in the Northern Ontario Region.
The Mission Statement
- Together… create an Indigenous ministry… provide better spiritual services to First Nations communities.
- Unite… into a self-determining, self-reliant church.
- Reaffirm faith in Creator and help grow in faith.
- Wholeness through healing and compassion.
- Assist First Nations communities establish churches
1. To establish an Indigenous church governance with the ultimate goal of being a self-determining and self-reliant Northern Ontario Region Native Diocese.
2. Provide effective and consistent spiritual leadership and service in the Northern Ontario Region.
3. Strengthen and restore the foundation of our First Nations traditional and spiritual principles.
4. Promote and provide wellness programs to individuals and families in our First Nations communities.
- The Diocese of Keewatin will cease to function on December 30, 2014.
- Assets to be distributed equitably between three regions.
- Archives to be transferred to General Synod.
- New governing body to be established to receive/disperse gifts and respond to legal actions.
Archbishop Ashdown responded to numerous questions, following which Archdeacon Sid Black expressed appreciation to the Archbishop and all presenters.
That the Council of General Synod support and affirm the Diocese of Keewatin’s proposal to create a new diocese and express its gratitude for the courageous and visionary leader-ship within the diocese.
The Primate expressed thanks to Archbishop Ashdown and also to Bishop Mamakwa for her extraordinary leadership. She invited COGS members to ‘join us in the dance’ and concluded with the words – May God bless COGS in its ministry. She received a lengthy standing ovation.
1. establish the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer on the 21 June in the Calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada, enrolled under the heading of Commemoration, and to be celebrated on June 21st or the nearest convenient Sunday;
2. authorize the Propers for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer to be as follows:
Collect of the Day
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness. Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership, may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen
Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 19; Philippians 4:4-9; John 1:1-18
Other suitable readings may be appointed.
Prayer over the Gifts
Creator, you bless us with many good gifts returned to you from your creation. Feed us with the Bread of Life, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Preface for Weekdays
Prayer after Communion
Great Creator, you have fed us with bread from heaven. Continue to renew us in your truth, to give light to our minds, strength to our bodies, and seal us with your Holy Spirit. We ask this in Christ‘s name. Amen.
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
Dieu créateur, de qui toute famille au ciel et sur terre tient son nom. Tu nous as enracinés et rattachés à la terre dans une alliance d‘amour, et tu nous as donné, par ton Esprit la force de proclamer ce qui est vrai, avec amour, et de cheminer avec justice et constance. Dans ta bonté, accorde à ton peuple de poursuivre son pèlerinage dans l‘unité; rends-le plus fort et guide-le afin que chacun aide l‘autre dans l‘atteinte de la pleine stature du Christ, notre lumière et notre vie. Amen.
Is. 40:25-31; Psaume 19; Phil. 4:4-9; Jean 1:1-18
[“Other suitable readings may be appointed.” – á traduire]
Dieu créateur, tu nous a comblés de toutes ces bonnes choses qui viennent de la terre. Reçois maintenant ces dons, fruits de ta création, que nous t‘offrons, et nourris-nous du Pain de Vie, ton Fils Jésus Christ, notre Seigneur. Amen.
Preface des jours de semaine
Créateur de l‘univers, tu nous as permis de partager cette nourriture céleste. Sans cesse, renouvelle en nous ta vérité, éclaire nos esprits de ta lumière, donne force à nos corps, et marque-nous du sceau de ton Esprit Saint. Nous te le demandons au nom du Christ. Amen.
Les cieux racontent la gloire de Dieu, le firmament proclame l‘oeuvre de ses mains. Psaume 19:1
1) receive the Report of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee entitled "Liturgical Principles: Principles to Guide the Revision of Contemporary Language Common Worship Texts of the Anglican Church of Canada" as containing a set of principles and an agenda to guide the work of liturgical revision;
2) direct the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to create a Task Force for Liturgy with membership drawn from the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, the House of Bishops, and members at large with the necessary skills and breadth of experience of the Anglican Church of Canada, as well as ecumenical and full communion partners;
- a. that this Task Force report regularly to the Council of General Synod and to the House of Bishops through the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee;
- b. that the Task Force make the best use of all forms of communications technology in its work both in the creation of new and revised texts, and in the testing of such new texts in trial use and evaluation;
3) direct the Council of General Synod to ensure the adequate provision within the budget of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to undertake this work.
That this General Synod request the Council of General Synod
1. to direct a study of the canonical, theological and liturgical implications, as well as the potential effects on the mission and witness of the Anglican Church of Canada, of the cessation of the solemnization of matrimony by the clergy of the Anglican Church of Canada and of the adoption of the European model of blessing those civil marriages that conform to a canonical definition of marriage as the normative practice of the Church; and
2. to report the findings of this study to the General Synod in 2013.
Motion to remove resolution from the No Debate List
Moved by: Mr. Ron Chaplin
Seconded by: The Rev. Canon Neil Elliott
That the motion be removed from the No Debate List DEFEATED