That the Consultant, Womens' Concerns, be asked to clarify the meaning of paragraph 3 of the statement from the Conference of Diocesan Presidents and Co-ordinators of Anglican Church Women and subsequently to inform the General Secretary. CARRIED #72-11-91
Message as it appears under "Correspondence" Item "2." on page 7 of Minutes: "Also in October 1991, the Diocesan Presidents of Anglican Church Women and Co-ordinators of Women's Concerns in Integrated Dioceses forwarded the following message to the National Executive Council:
`We urge the National Church to continue to respond to the needs of Church Women today. For more than 100 years faithful women have served the church in Parish, Diocesan and National levels.
Upon integration, the National Church and Anglican Women entered into certain agreements. We ask the church to honour these intentions and practices.
We request that any new structures provide access for church women, financial resources and staff assistance.'"
The referred motion (see 03-11-91) was returned. [Note: Following discussion with the Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador (Rt. Rev. Martin Mate) he felt he did not need to be a member of the Task Force; but will be available for consultation when required.]
That this NEC rescind the amendment (02-11-91) regarding an invitation to the Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador to join the Task Force. CARRIED #69-11-91
The amended motion now reads:
That this NEC appoint a task force, consisting of the Chairman of the Council of the North, the Executive Director of Program and the Treasurer of the General Synod to examine the feasibility of establishing a Diocese of Labrador, including its financial base; and
that the task force consult with the Anglican Consultative Council and provide NEC with periodic reports, including a final report if possible by May 1993. CARRIED #70-11-91
That the following section be added to the Constitution of the General Synod as section 21:
21. The Officers of the General Synod Collectively
The Officers shall meet from time to time at the call of the Primate for these purposes:
a) to advise the Primate, the National Executive Council and committees, councils and boards as required;
b) to take action on matters referred to them by the General Synod and the National Executive Council;
c) to advise the Primate and General Secretary on agenda planning for the National Executive Council;
d) to propose actions to the National Executive Council in respect of subjects for which there is no provision in the mandates of other standing committees, councils and boards;
e) to ensure that the National Executive Council's responsibility for overall strategic planning and visioning is fulfilled;
f) to monitor and direct the ongoing business of the National Executive Council between its meetings, as assigned by the National Executive Council and, in turn, to make recommendations to the National Executive Council. CARRIED in all Orders Act 23
That the Minutes of the 32nd Session of the General Synod, held in St. John's, Newfoundland, June 15-23, 1989, as printed in the Journal and as approved by the Certification of Minutes Committee, be adopted. CARRIED Act 5
That this National Executive Council adopt the following policy on sexual assault and harassment:
We affirm the belief that every human person is made in the image of the Creator God, is a sexual being and, regardless of gender or age, is entitled to equal dignity, respect and bodily integrity.
We further affirm that children, adolescents and the infirm elderly who are most vulnerable must be protected.
"There is universal agreement that respect, reverence and mutuality are necessary in all human relationships. This agreement about the fundamentals of human relations, including sexual relations, leads to a firm judgement and condemnation of sexual abuse and exploitation ...
... Sexual abuse is self-gratification by exploitation. It makes an impersonal object of the other person, abusing both the person and sexuality itself. Abuse occurs in a wide range of sexual activities: always in rape and child molestation, usually in adultery and prostitution and sometimes even in marriage. Sexual abuse also occurs in the socially subtle aspects of sexism and in sexual harassment of employees in the workplace. The Church must be clear about these violations of sexual intimacy. It must be explicit in its teaching about these particular aberrations of sexual relations, aggressively proactive about its social policy and action touching on these areas, and forthright in dealing with violations in its own community." (Lambeth Conference Report, 1988)
The National Office of the Anglican Church of Canada undertakes to ensure that all activities, work and pronouncements with which it is engaged uphold the values of love, truth and justice and are demonstrably free from violence, coercion, and discrimination because of gender.
"It is our policy that sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual abuse of any kind, whether to adult, adolescent or child, male or female, by or to any staff person, contract employee or volunteer, will not be tolerated."
We will actively try to prevent such occurrences and deal with any accusations promptly, seriously and systematically, where appropriate, in co-operation with proper authorities.
Particularly in relationships of trust where power, authority and confidentiality are a dynamic, the greatest of care will be expected to be exercised to avoid taking advantage of trust, or abusing power and the responsibility of authority.
At all times an ethic of mutual respect, responsibility and caring, as well as modelling wholeness and healthy sexuality in relationships, will be the goal. We will practice, advocate and educate to that end.
Because national staff and volunteers work and deal with people in and from a variety of ecclesiastical and civil jurisdictions, both within and outside of Canada, attention will be paid to the needs of differing situations, where possible,
Motion to table
That the above motion be tabled pending incorporation of a preamble which will include revisions to the first two paragraphs. CARRIED #31-11-92
That NEC direct its Agenda Committee to consider the following standards in shaping future agenda:
1. That there be at least one evening free of work.
2. That we work toward a two session day or provide strategic open spaces for non-plenary opportunities for informal discussions, sub-committee work, reading or exercise, etc.
3. That priority be given to presented reports from Administration and Finance, Program and The Beginners.
4. That other committees, councils, and boards follow the procedure of submitting written reports and receive agenda time only when there is an issue or action which requires NEC's direct action. CARRIED #71-11-92
That the following four persons receive the Anglican Award of Merit in 1992: Phyllis Creighton, Toronto; Diane Maybee, Ontario; Beryl Reid, Central Newfoundland; Lawrence Whytehead, Rupert's Land. CARRIED #07-03-92
That the National Executive Council declare Sunday, September 12, 1993, a day of recollection and thanksgiving throughout the Anglican Church of Canada in recognition of the gifts which God has given to this Church, particularly during the century since the first session of the General Synod, September 1893. CARRIED #07-11-91
The Primate has agreed to "reserve" Sunday, September 12, 1993, for the Centennial Committee. The committee requested that all national committees NOT schedule any meetings over that weekend.