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Affirmation of Sexuality Discernment

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9782
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 70
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 70
Mover
The Most Rev. Colin Johnson
Seconder
The Ven. Peter John Hobbs
Text
That this General Synod affirms the attached statement of its discussions on human sexuality and requests the General Secretary to forward it to the Diocesan Bishops with the request that it will be distributed within each diocese.
CARRIED Act 70
Notes
The text of the statement follows:
SEXUALITY DISCERNMENT STATEMENT, GENERAL SYNOD 2010
The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada met in Halifax, Nova Scotia in June of 2010. Together we entered into intentional conversations in order to hear where our Church is at this time in its life in relation to the matter of blessing of same gender unions. Our conversations were marked by grace, honesty and generosity of spirit towards one another. There was robust participation in the conversations. In dialogue we shared our passion for the mission of God in the world and our thoughts, feelings and convictions. We were attentive to each others’ perspectives, experiences and stories and we shared a commitment to continued theological reflection and scriptural study as a foundation to our ongoing dialogue and discernment.
We engaged these conversations within the particularity of our Canadian context – a country that is diverse and many cultured. Canadians have been learning how to dialogue across their diversities over the course of our national life. We do so with deeply held commitments to transparency and openness, an approach that is not without risk and that we affirm as a great gift. Often, in processes of discernment, the task is to see our way through a paradox.
Our conversations affirmed the full inclusion of gay and lesbian members in our churches, aboriginal voices in our midst, and the wide range of perspectives on the issue of same gender blessings across all dioceses. Our dialogue has been a positive and helpful step in our discernment. At this time, however, we are not prepared to make a legislative decision. Above, in and through all of this, and despite all our differences we are passionately committed to walking together, protecting our common life.
We acknowledge diverse pastoral practices as dioceses respond to their own missional contexts. We accept the continuing commitment to develop generous pastoral responses. We recognize that these different approaches raise difficulties and challenges. When one acts there are implications for all. There can be no imposition of a decision or action, but rather we are challenged to live together sharing in the mission of Christ entrusted to us, accepting that different local contexts call at times for different local discernment, decision and action.
We are in a time of ongoing discernment which requires mutual accountability through continuing dialogue, diocese to diocese and across the wider church. It also requires continued theological and scriptural study and dialogue on the wide range of matters relating to human sexuality.
For many members of General Synod there is deep sadness that, at this time, there is no common mind. We acknowledge the pain that our diversity in this matter causes. We are deeply aware of the cost to people whose lives are implicated in the consequences of an ongoing discernment process. This is not just an =issue‘ but is about people‘s daily lives and deeply held faith commitments. For some, even this statement represents a risk. For some the statement does not go nearly far enough.
In the transparency and openness we have experienced with one another, we have risked vulnerability but it is in such places that we grow closer in the body of Christ and behold each other as gift. Abiding with each other, and with God we are sustained through struggle, patient listening, and speaking from the mind and heart together. We have experienced these conversations as a gift for us here at Synod and hope that they will be a further gift to the Anglican Church of Canada and to the wider Church.
Subjects
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sex - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Conversation - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
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General Synod Youth Secretariat

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Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 42
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 42
Mover
The Ven. Peter John Hobbs
Seconder
The Rev. Elliott Siteman
Text
That this General Synod request the General Secretary to give consideration to the establishment of a General Synod Youth Secretariat and make a recommendation to the Council of General Synod at its November 2010 meeting. The recommendation should specify:
1) Size and membership of the Youth Secretariat, drawing from:
- Current membership of the Youth Initiatives Working Group, made up of representatives from dioceses and from Ask and Imagine youth theology program.
- Past organizers from the Justice Camps Initiative of the Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee.
- Representation from The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (someone connected with Lutheran youth initiatives).
2) Functions of a Youth Secretariat would be:
a. to envision, encourage conversation and deep reflection on youth ministry and related matters;
b. to engage and promote opportunities for training for professional youth workers;
c. to create networks of support and develop collaboration between various youth related projects where appropriate;
d. to work in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in all areas of youth ministry development;
e. to encourage gatherings of youth, young adults and youth leaders.
3) Financial provisions for staffing and program support.
CARRIED Act 42
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Youth Secretariat
Youth in the Anglican Church of Canada
Youth - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9775
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 63
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 63
Mover
The Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham
Seconder
The Ven. Peter John Hobbs
Text
That this General Synod express its commitment to the pursuit of peace with justice for all in Palestine and Israel, and
1. Commit the Anglican Church of Canada through the Partners in Mission and Eco Justice Committee to:
- a) Review statements on the status of Jerusalem and other issues which confront the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths in Palestine and Israel, and
- b) Commend them to members of the Anglican Church of Canada for examination and reflection for the benefit of mutual respect and understanding.
2. Request the General Secretary to write to the Prime Minister of Canada,
- a. Reiterating the Anglican Church of Canada‘s established policy, which:
-- i. Calls for a comprehensive and lasting peace with justice in Palestine and Israel
-- ii. Recognizes the legitimate aspirations, rights and needs of Israelis and Palestinians to live within sovereign and secure borders
-- iii. Condemns the use of violence of all kinds, especially against civilians
-- iv. Requests the implementation of UN resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 194 (1948)
-- v. Calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories and the end of illegal Israeli settlements
-- vi. Calls Israel, as an occupying power, to respect the 4th Geneva Convention
-- vii. Requests measures by the Palestinian Authority to reduce poverty and unemployment, and to improve services to Palestinians
-- viii. Recognizes the city of Jerusalem as a shared holy place for Christians, Muslims and Jews
-- ix. Recognizes the need for trade between Palestine and Canada, and
- b. Asking the Government to Canada to take a more constructive and active lead in creating conditions for peace, including the end of the boycott of supplies and services to Palestinian Territories, and policy and aid in support Palestinian infrastructure and economy.
3. Request the Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee to equip Canadian Anglicans to work locally for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel in conjunction with ecumenical and interfaith organizations.
CARRIED Act 63
Subjects
Middle East - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Peace - Middle East
Israel - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Palestinian Arabs - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Jerusalem - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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