The Ven. Harry Huskins, Prolocutor, presented on behalf of the recently formed Council. He provided background to the Anglican Communion Covenant and explained that the Anglican Communion Working Group (ACWG) would continue its monitoring role and noted that it would be helpful to have a broader mandate. He presented the proposed Terms of Reference.
That this Council of the General Synod adopt the Terms of Reference for the Anglican Communion Relations Advisory Council, formerly titled the Anglican Communion Working Group.
A motion was introduced by the Planning and Agenda Team requiring the Commission on the Marriage Canon report be circulated to members and to the co-chairs of the Planning and Agenda Team followed by a teleconference to decide how and when the report would be circulated further.
Members fully discussed the motion proposed, the role of CoGS, options and processes, preserving the principles of openness and transparency, and how best to receive and distribute the report.
After much consideration, The Ven. Harry Huskins, at the request of the Primate, assumed the chair and the Primate proposed that a special council meeting be convened for the commission to make a formal presentation to members, for members to consider how to take it and the resolution to General Synod, and for public release of the report.
The Primate resumed the chair, the original motion withdrawn by consensus and a new motion proposed.
Be it resolved:
That this council affirms the Primate’s proposal to call a special session of this council for the purpose of receiving and considering the report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon.
ADOPTED by unanimous consensus #07-05-15
COMMISSION ON THE MARRIAGE CANON – SPECIAL MEETING DATE
The General Secretary asked for a show of hands for two dates for a noon – to – noon special CoGS meeting to receive the report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon.
It was agreed that the meeting will be September 22 and 23. For those who cannot attend, creating a video link for the presentation will be explored.
The General Secretary, Archdeacon Michael Thompson, presented his report. He spoke to the relationship between the national church and dioceses.
He introduced the draft guidelines for the formation of the General Synod Planning Committee (GSPC) and asked for a motion to adopt the Terms of Reference (Appendix C in the report) noting that the Very Rev. Peter Wall was appointed earlier as the Chair of the Committee.
That Council adopt the General Synod Planning Committee Terms of Reference as presented.
[N.B. Text of Appendix C of the General Secretary's Report #025-02-14-05 NOT INCLUDED in electronic database.]
Following a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada (MSCC), the Council of General Synod reconvened.
The minutes of the MSCC meeting are attached as Appendix B.
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga, ON
May 2, 2015
The Primate convened the meeting of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada (MSCC) by the unanimous consent of the members.
Members of the Council of General Synod
Officers of the Society:
- President and chair of the Board of Directors - Archbishop Fred Hiltz
- General Secretary - The Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson
- Treasurer – Ms. Hanna Goschy
The Treasurer explained that the MSCC is a non-operating entity that holds funds that can be used by General Synod (Canon 7). It is incorporated as a private company and is a separate legal entity with charitable status. Board of Directors of MSCC consists of CoGS members plus the Officers of the society.
She presented the audited financial statements noting that the grants made to General Synod supports document production for Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and car loans to clergy.
Be it resolved that:
The Board of Management approve the Financial Statements of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and that any two Officers are authorized to sign the statements on the Board’s behalf.
Ms. Goschy confirmed that policy recommendations to council on car loan amounts and non-stipendiary clergy applications for car loans will be brought to the fall meeting.
Motion to Adjourn
Moved by: Canon David Jones, Chancellor
That the meeting of the Board of Management of the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada be adjourned.
The Primate reported the results of the two email ballots held since the November 2013 meeting:
On April 18, Council authorized the appointment of the following to the Audit Committee until the next meeting of General Synod in 2016: The Most Reverend Colin Johnson (Chair), Mr. Philip Arthur, Mr. Peter Lewis,
The Ven. Michael Thompson, General Secretary presented a motion on the redistribution of funds related to the Amended Residential Schools Settlement Agreement regarding the return of funds not required under the Agreement:
Be it resolved that:
1. The General Secretary is authorized to return the funds to the Anglican entities which were not required under the Amended Residential Schools Settlement Agreement as set out in the attached schedule.
2. The amount returned to the General Synod will be used for the administrative costs of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliations, as determined by the General Secretary.