That the National Executive Council establish the principle that the price of bulk orders of the Book of Alternative Services be set at the cost of production plus the actual costs of postage and handling.
That this motion be referred to the Reference Committee.
Dean Fowler reported that the Committee on Ministry has forwarded two Canons to the Handbook Task Force:
1) Canon X - The Society of Professional Lay Ministers
2) Canon XII - Continuing Education Plan
Canon X is being edited and will be presented to General Synod. Canon XII needed revising as it was orginally written in 1967. It too is being worked on.
Mr. Hodgkinson, Administrator of the Plan, explained the reasons for the change in the Canon and presented three proposals.
That the National Executive Council approve Proposal I and the Administration Unit be empowered to use it for a trial period of two years. CARRIED
Proposal I reads:
`To establish a "bonus for use" system.
In this system, a member requesting the use of his or her accumulated benefits would automatically be entitled to a bonus benefit which would be a percentage of the amount credited to the member. For example, let us say that the computed bonus figure for 1993 would be 33 1/3%. A member with $600 accumulated upon applying to use his or her benefits would automatically be entitled to draw up to an additional $200 (ie. 1/3 of $600) bonus. The use of a portion of accumulated credit would work on a percentage basis. For example, the same member using $300 of a $600 credit would draw $200 from his or her credit and $100 from the bonus system, leaving $400 credit for future use (plus of course, a further bonus). This proposal could be financed (using 1982 figures) from income from investments and would not affect the existing surplus. For example, in 1982 the Plan after paying special grants and administrative costs made $47,000 from investment income. In 1982 it paid out some $91,000 in member benefits. A 33 1/3% bonus system would have used up only $30,000 of the surplus income leaving $17,000 to be added to the accumulated surplus.'
That the National Executive Council approve Proposal III and the Administration Unit be empowered to use it for a trial period of two years. CARRIED
Proposal III reads:
`A Retraining Fund
To establish a retraining fund to assist members who are leaving church employment to retrain or further train themselves for secular employment.
This fund initiated with $20,000 from the accumulated surplus could be drawn upon by the bishop or head of an organization for amounts up to a specified ceiling, of $2,000. This fund would also be added to annually depending on the financial performance of the Plan during the previous year.'
That the National Executive Council approve Proposal II and the Administration Unit be empowered to use it for a trial period of two years. CARRIED
Proposal II reads:
`A Salary Source Account
To establish for each participating diocese and organization an account which would allow money to be used by dioceses and organizations for continuing education programs.
To establish these salary source accounts $40,000 would be taken from the accumulated surplus and credited on a pro-rated basis of the length of time in the Plan and the number of members. Each year the dioceses and organizations would receive a credit, the amount of which would vary depending on the financial performance of the Plan during the previous year, and upon the number of members. These credits would be usable for diocesan sponsored and operated group continuing education functions - for example, clergy conferences.'
That this National Executive Council affirm the Administration Unit of the Continuing Education Plan in the continuance of the Bonus for Use grants and concur in the decision to set the bonus rate for 1985 at 25%. CARRIED
Chancellor Ryan explained the purpose and substance of the paper which was placed before the Council entitled "Application for a Declaration of Marital Status Under Canon XXI of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada".
That approval of the National Executive Council be given to this document as presented. (Appendix A) CARRIED
Chancellor Ryan affirmed that the Table of Kindred and Affinity as set out in Canon XXI is faithful to the existing laws of the land. However, the federal government is now suggesting some amendments and the Sub-Committee on Marriage and Related Matters has been asked to give its consideration to the matter.
Members of the National Executive Council were asked to contact the Rev. Tom Kingston if they wished to express and opinion for consideration by the Sub-Committee.
That this National Executive Council express concern about the short notice given for consideration of Bill S-13 and request a delay of three months, in the finalizing of the Bill. CARRIED
The Very Reverend J.R.H. Fowler spoke to the report of the Committee on Ministry. Courtesies of the House were requested for, and extended to,
Mrs. Marjorie Powles, Rev. H.B. Barrett
Canon R.R. Purdy spoke to a visual presentation on baptismal ministry.
"That this General Synod request the Committee on Ministry to carry out further study of the Diaconate and to encourage this throughout the Church by such means as: regional conferences; brochures and other material to stimulate discussion; the focussing of questions about the Diaconate (such as its relationship to the priesthood) in appropriate places in the Church, and the development of other appropriate modes of study,"
The Expenditure Committee recommended that any funding needed to finance the action of this motion should be referred to the Program Committee. The motion was put and CARRIED Act 44
"That Canon XII be repealed and the following enacted in its place:
1. Continuing Education Plan of the Anglican Church of Canada
a) There shall be a Plan to provide resources for continuing education of the clergy and lay workers who are members of the Plan.
b) The said Plan shall be called the `Continuing Education Plan of The Anglican Church of Canada' and is hereinafter referred to as the `Continuing Education Plan'.
2. Continuing Education Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada
a) There shall be a Fund designated as the `Continuing Education Fund of The Anglican Church of Canada', hereinafter referred to as the `Continuing Education Fund' for the purpose of providing benefits in accordance with the Regulations approved by the National Executive Council.
b) The Continuing Education Fund shall be provided by assessment on congregation or other salary paying sources and upon members.
a) Bishops and members of the clergy who are on the Register of a participating diocese, organization, or the national office, shall be members of the Continuing Education Plan and shall be subject to the provisions of Canon XII and its regulations.
b) Lay Workers in paid Church employment upon application by the Lay Worker and the employer with the approval of the appropriate diocese or organization or office, may become members of the Continuing Education Plan.
c) Persons who become eligible for entry to the Plan after reaching sixty years of age may choose not to join the Plan.
d) When a member ceases paid employment in the Church, his membership may be terminated.
e) Membership originates on the first day of any month. An applicant becomes eligible for membership at the beginning of the first month after the date of the commencement of continuous employment.
4. Administrative Unit
a) There shall be a Continuing Education Plan Administrative Unit responsible for the operation of the Plan, subject to the authority of the National Executive Council. It shall report to the National Executive Council through the Committee on Ministry.
b) The Continuing Education Plan Administrative Unit shall consist of:
i) the staff member responsible for the administration of the Plan, hereinafter called the Administrator;
ii) the Director of Pensions or the Deputy Director of Pensions;
iii) four members of the Plan appointed by the National Executive Council.
c) The functions of the Unit shall be: to advise the Administrator on matters of policy; to authorize payment of Special and Sabbatical grants, and expenses incurred in the administration of the Plan; and from time to time, to propose changes in Regulations to the National Executive Council.
5. Policy and Regulations
a) The policy and operation of the Plan shall be governed by the Regulations appended to this Canon.
b) The National Executive Council may from time to time alter or replace the said Regulations or any of them or make new regulations.
c) Notice of any such proposed change shall be given to the National Executive Council at a meeting before the meeting at which the proposed change is to be considered, and such notice shall be given forthwith after the first meeting above mentioned to each participating diocese, office and organization.
6. Collection and Disbursement of Funds
a) Salary paying sources shall collect members' assessments and remit them together with their own assessment to the Pension Committee.
b) The Continuing Education Funds shall be invested in the Consolidated Trust Fund of The Anglican Church of Canada.
c) Payments out of the Fund for ordinary benefits to members shall be authorized by the Administrator.
d) Withdrawals from the Fund for Special and Sabbatical grants and to defray expense incurred in the administration of the Plan shall be authorized by the Administrative Unit.
e) The Pension Committee shall have authority to draw from the fund expenses incurred in the administration and care of the Fund." CARRIED Act 47