That this National Executive Council express to the members of the Steering Committee of Anglicans in Mission our sincere thanks and gratitude for their devotion and strong leadership to the church-at-large during this major undertaking. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council ask the national Steering Committee of Anglicans in Mission and the Program Committee to bring an outline of a plan to the November 1982 National Executive Council meeting for the integration and continuation of the Anglicans in Mission thrust in the life of the Church; and that such a plan include an examination of the results of our planning, mission study and financial development and a process for sharing of our findings ecumenically and in the Anglican Communion. CARRIED
The Primate thanked those from the CCS, Canons Hobbs and Bresee and the Anglicans in Mission staff at Church House for their work.
The following motion was presented to the National Executive Council on behalf of the Department of Communication and Renewal of the Diocese of Fredericton.
Moved by Mr. A.Y. Goss
Seconded by Chancellor W.J. Hemmerick
"In the light of:
(i) the financial demands upon the Canadian Church and the necessity of establishing priorities of expenditures in both the National Budget and in Anglicans in Mission, and
(ii) Goal IV, `to provide information and resources about national programs and concerns and to increase understanding and action', under which the Canadian Churchman budget comes and to which it often acts contrary
Be it resolved that the National Executive Council look afresh at the policy under which the Canadian Churchman operates."
The purpose of this resolution "is to seek a common foundation between editorial policy and financial requirements on the basis that, if the editorial policy is to be independent (and hence can be non-supportive of official church policy), it shall also be financially independent. In this manner, half a million dollars could be freed for other church work annually. However, if it is to be financially supported, as at present, it be required to promote the principles and policies of the Church as required in Goal IV".
That this motion be referred to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Churchman for study and report back to the next meeting of the National Executive Council, with the request that there be a sincere effort to dialogue with the Diocese of Fredericton, in consultation with the General Secretary. CARRIED
That the report on behalf of the Committee on Ministry be received. CARRIED
Mrs. McFadden reported on behalf of the Committee on Ministry.
Missions to Seamen - Shipping Companies have requested that fund raising be co-ordinated on a provincial level,.
Lay Readers' Programs - Information is being compiled re Diocesan Lay Readers programs, and if this compilation proves to be useful it will be distributed.
Deployment - Healthy hiring and deployment practices were described.
Diaconate - A Task Force is being established to study the current role of the Diaconate.
Training Programs - An attempt is being made to discover what courses are now available.
Canon on Religious Orders - Archdeacon Hilchey reported that the Primate is to meet with members of religious communities in Canada, along with constitutional people, to consider this matter, using the ECUSA's Canon as a model.
Following discussion of the report, the Deputy Prolocutor thanked Mrs. McFadden and the representatives of the Committee for the report.
Mr. Goss reported that the following motion concerning the Helsinki Agreement was passed at the recent meeting of the Inter-Church Relations Committee:
That this Committee ask the National Executive Council for clarification of the Anglican Church of Canada's responsibility towards the Helsinki Human Rights Working Group Project.
That this request be referred to appropriate national staff to be reviewed and considered, and that a report, along with additional information, be submitted to the next meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council confirm the appointment of the following two persons as ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination] Regional Chairmen:
1) Rt. Rev. S.S. Payne - Atlantic Canada
2) Rt. Rev. D.W. Hambidge - British Columbia CARRIED
It was stated that the Committee on Ministry wishes to meet three times during the first year of work, and as there was no objection from members of the Council the Committee will proceed with that arrangement.