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ANGLICAN COMMUNION COVENANT #015-03-13-03 : Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official10405
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Mover
Chancellor David Jones
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Prologue
Archdeacon Harry Huskins advised that this Covenant was considered at General Synod in 2010 and that Resolution A137 directed the Governance Working Group to prepare a report about the legal and constitutional implications and consequences presented to the Anglican Church of Canada by the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant. The GWG issued its report in June 2011. Archdeacon Huskins paid tribute to former Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, and to Archbishop Hiltz for their efforts and he described the rationale for this resolution now presented to COGS. He requested members to respond to the following questions:
1. Is the following text what COGS wishes to forward to General Synod, and
2. How can it best be presented at General Synod?
Proposed Resolution
That the following resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
Resolved that General Synod:
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
As a result of this resolution:
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant. FWM’s Reflections can be found at
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
-- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium, and
-- 2. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Ms. Martha Gardner provided details with respect to a resolution embraced in 2012 by TEC on the Covenant.
Lengthy discussion ensued and it was agreed that the text required modification.
Motion to Table
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. James Cowan
Seconded by: The Ven. Harry Huskins
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be tabled.
ADOPTED
Motion to Lift from the Table
Moved by: Chancellor David Jones
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be lifted from the table.
The Chancellor introduced an amendment for consideration (see item 1 below in italics) with respect to the final paragraphs of the resolution, which was agreed:
[N.B. Italics in electronic text indicated by text enclosed in quotation marks.]
"1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;"
2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Text
That the following amended resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
General Synod 2013
Resolution
Subject: The Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion
Background:
General Synod 2010 passed the following resolution:
Resolved that General Synod
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant.
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;
- 2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
- 3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
ADOPTED #13-03-13
Notes
Discussion continued and it was agreed that a report submitted by the Anglican Church of Canada to the Anglican Consultative Council-15, which met in the Fall of 2012, could be used as a background document to provide information about the above resolution in the General Synod Convening Circular.
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Covenant Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
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APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES #004-08-12-05 Revised

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Date
2012 May 24-27
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 01-05-12
Date
2012 May 24-27
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 01-05-12
Mover
Chancellor David Jones
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Prologue
The Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, was in the chair. The meeting began with a hymn and prayer. The Primate welcomed members and noted regrets. He introduced the Chair of the Planning and Agenda Team, partners, members of the Church House Leadership Team, staff and guests. He welcomed COGS new chaplain, Sr. Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas, Sisters of St. John the Divine, and noted that her official duties would begin with the November meeting.
Text
That the minutes of the November 18 – 20, 2011, meeting of the Council of General Synod, Document #004-08-12-05 Revised, be approved as revised.
ADOPTED #01-05-12
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Minutes
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Canon VII – Missionary Society

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Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 32
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 32
Mover
Chancellor Ronald Stevenson
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Text
That this General Synod repeal Canon VII (Missionary Society) as now in force and enact the following new Canon:
CANON VII
Missionary Society
1. The Society
There shall be a society for the general missionary work of the Church to be known as The Missionary Society of The Anglican Church of Canada and consisting of all members of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada.
2. Board of Directors
Subject to the authority of the General Synod the work of the Society shall be under the direction of a Board of Directors composed of
- i) all members of the Council of the General Synod elected or appointed under the Constitution of the General Synod, and
- ii) the officers of the Society.
3. Reports
a) The officers of the Society shall ensure the circulation, not later than five months after the close of the fiscal year, of an annual report to the members of the Society in any year that the General Synod meets, and to the members of the Board of Directors in years in which the General Synod does not meet.
b) The report shall include financial statements with respect to all funds held or monies received and disbursed in connection with the work of the Society.
c) The report shall be presented for approval to a meeting of the members of the Society in a year that the General Synod meets and to a meeting of the Board of Directors in years that the General Synod does not meet.
4. Meetings of the Society
There shall be a meeting of the members of the Society at the time and place fixed for any regular meeting of the General Synod.
5. Meetings of the Board of Directors
There shall be a meeting of the Board of Directors at least once in each year at the time and place fixed for a meeting of the Council of the General Synod.
6. Officers of the Society
a) The Primate is the President of the Society and the Chair of the Board of Directors.
b) The General Secretary of the General Synod is the Secretary of the Society and of the Board of Directors.
c) The Treasurer of the General Synod is the Treasurer of the Society.
d) The Board of Directors may appoint additional officers of the Society.
7. Receipts and Execution of Documents
a) All subscriptions, donations, bequests, collections or other funds received by the Society not designated by the donor for any specified object or purpose shall be designated by the Board of Directors.
b) The Treasurer shall have custody of the corporate seal of the Society.
c) All deeds, documents and releases requiring execution by the Society shall be sealed with its corporate seal and signed by two officers of the Society.
8. Investments
a) The personal property, securities and moneys which have been, now are, or hereafter become vested in or held by the Society shall be invested in The Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund under the management, administration and control of the Financial Management Committee of the General Synod.
b) Cash on hand and bank deposits shall be held for the Society by the General Synod.
CARRIED Act 32
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon VII
Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada (M.S.C.C.)
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Constitution – Adding an ELCIC Nominee to the Council of General Synod

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Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 30
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 30
Mover
The Most Rev. Colin Johnson
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Text
That this General Synod:
- 1) amend section 33 a) of the Constitution of the General Synod by adding a new subsection ix) as follows:
-- ix) one member elected by the General Synod, nominated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
- 2) amend section 33 f) of the Constitution by adding a new subsection v) as follows:
-- v) in the case of a member elected under the provisions of subsection 33 a) ix), be filled by the Prolocutor, in consultation with the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 30
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
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Constitution – Adding two ACIP Nominees to the Council of General Synod

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9741
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 29
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 29
Mover
Chancellor Ronald Stevenson
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Text
That this General Synod:
- 1) amend section 33 a) of the Constitution of the General Synod by adding a new subsection viii) as follows:
-- viii) two members who may, but need not be, members of the General Synod, nominated by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and elected by the General Synod; and
- 2) amend section 33 f) of the Constitution by adding a new subsection iv) as follows:
-- iv) in the case of a member elected under the provisions of subsection 33 a) viii), be filled by the Prolocutor, in consultation with the Chair or Co-chairs of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.
CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 29
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Representation on committees - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
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Constitution – Communication re Business of the Synod

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Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 31
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 31
Mover
Chancellor Ronald Stevenson
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Text
That this General Synod amend section 4 b) of the Constitution of the General Synod to read as follows:
- b) The General Secretary of the General Synod shall prepare a list of all business, notices of motion, petitions and memorials received by the General Secretary for submission to the synod and shall transmit a copy to every member of the synod at least 30 days before the day appointed for the holding of a meeting of the synod.
CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 31
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Rules and practice
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Constitution – Operational Roles of the Primate and the General Secretary

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9740
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 28
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 28
Mover
Chancellor Ronald Stevenson
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Text
That this General Synod amend the Constitution of the General Synod as follows:
- 1) by amending section 13 b) to read:
-- b) The Primate shall be President of the General Synod, chairperson of the Council of the General Synod.> In the event of the inability of the Primate to act as the President or chairperson, the provincial metropolitan senior by election, or if none be present, the diocesan bishop senior by appointment or election, shall act.
- 2) by amending section 16 c) to read:
-- c) Under the direction of the Primate the General Secretary shall:
--- i) > of the General Synod>;
--- ii) make the necessary arrangements for meetings of the General Synod and Council of the General Synod and act as secretary of both bodies;
--- iii) perform such other duties as are defined by the Constitution, Rules of Order and Procedure, Canons and resolutions of the General Synod or the Council of the General Synod.;
- 3) by amending section 16 e) to read:
e) The General Secretary shall be assistant to the Primate in the Primate‘s capacity as President of the General Synod >.
- 4) by amending section 45 to read:
--
--- a) > the General Synod shall be responsible to the > for the performance of their duties.
--- b) The organization of the > staff > in consultation with the other Officers of the General Synod.
NOTE: Additions are in bold, deletions are in strikeout. [In electronic database bold indicated by pointed brackets i.e. ; strikeout indicated by double pointed brackets i.e.>]
CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 28
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate
Anglican Church of Canada. General Secretary
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Continuance of the General Synod as a corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act

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Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 33

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT #007-30-13-03 : Ministry Investment Fund Grants for 2013 : #007-31-13-03

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official10424
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 30-03-13
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 30-03-13
Mover
The Rt. Rev. James Cowan
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Prologue
Bishop Cowan reviewed the Fund Profile – which limits the funding of operational deficits with unrestricted bequests to the National Church. The purposes for MIF expenditures and criteria for grant applications were explained. At the present time, applications for funding are considered by a group consisting of the Primate, Prolocutor and General Secretary, in consultation with the Treasurer.
Text
That the Council of General Synod ratifies the Grants approved by the Ministry Investment Fund Committee at its meeting on December 19, 2012 for a total of $95,590 for 2013.
ADOPTED #30-03-13
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Ministry Investment Fund
Anglican Church of Canada. Ministry Investment Fund - Grants
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
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GENERAL SYNOD PLANNING COMMITTEE #021-02-12-05 : Directions to The Officers of the General Synod

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9921
Date
2012 November 15-18
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 11-11-12
Date
2012 November 15-18
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 11-11-12
Mover
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Seconder
Chancellor David Jones
Prologue
The Very Rev. Peter Wall, Chair, presented the report.
www.DataOnTheSpot.com
Dean Wall introduced Mr. John Paul Copeland, President of DataOnTheSpot. Mr. Copeland described why response (DOT) pads are an effective meeting tool in engaging entire audiences. Members participated in a “demo” session. The DOT pad has been approved for use in July 2013 for the General Synod portion of the Joint Assembly.
Joint Assembly in Ottawa from July 3-7, 2013
Dean Wall reported in detail under the following headings:
1. Theme – “Together for the love of the world”. A logo has been developed.
2. Communication – a new website will soon be available– www.jointassembly.ca
3. Worship and Local Arrangements – all worship will take place in the Ottawa Convention Centre and liturgies will be creative and innovative. There will be ‘no night off’. A Joint Assembly Banquet will be celebrated on July 6th.
4. Administration – a very complex undertaking, which is on schedule and within budget
5. Agenda – working through agenda items and requests. We are able to see enough time for the business coming before Synod.
Text
1. That this Council of the General Synod directs the Officers to ensure that there is the time needed on the agenda of the upcoming General Synod session for the Synod members to:
- a) do the business required of them as a corporation;
- b) deal properly with the legislative matters (constitutional and canonical motions) coming before them; and
- c) discuss amongst themselves the future of the Canadian Church, including changes that may be needed to the way it functions to better carry out its Mission.
2. That this Council of the General Synod directs the Officers to make any modifications to the agenda or the length of the sessions in Synod that they consider are needed to ensure the proper consideration of the matters coming before the Synod and delegates to the Officers the power needed to do this.
ADOPTED #11-11-12
Notes
Members expressed their sincere appreciation to Dean Wall and the members of the planning committee for the excellent work-to-date.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (40th : 2013 : Ottawa, Ont.) - Rules and practice
Joint Assembly (2013 : Ottawa, Ont.) - Rules and practice
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