1.1 (a) Be it resolved that the Council of General Synod approve amendments to Regulation 1.12(c) (Salary) of the General Synod Pension Plan effective October 15, 2011
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1.12. "Salary" means the remuneration of the Member for Pension purposes and shall be composed of the aggregate of:
- (c) If the Member is ordained, the amount determined by the Diocese Participating Employer to be the value of housing, not included above and provided that any increase in the amount determined by a Diocese Participating Employer to be the value of housing, is subject to approval by the Pension Committee;
The Rev. Canon Dr. Neil Elliot, Chair of the Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee, presented The Anglican Church Communications Review, a review of the Church House Communications and Information Resources Department, undertaken at the request of the Primate and General Secretary.
That the Council of General Synod receive the Anglican Church Communications Review and refer it to the General Secretary, the Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee and the Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee for consideration and request Council receive periodic updates.
The Rev. Norman Casey, ACIP Co-Chair, welcomed members to a session in which they experienced meeting in a Sacred Circle. The session began a prayer and scripture reading by Mr. Peter Kitchekesik.
Bishop Mark McDonald presented the ACIP report. He spoke of the deepening crises and urgent needs in Indigenous communities both on and off reserve; the pressing issues of governance, sovereign identity and pastoral care. These crises and growing frustration led ACIP to write "The Mississauga Declaration", an urgent cry for self-determination and a call to the church. Bishop McDonald emphasized that a practical accommodation to the culture and boundaries of Indigenous life within the structures of the church is sought. He outlined an aggressive timeline that would see a comprehensive plan presented to COGS and the House of Bishops in the Spring and to the Sacred Circle in August 2012. Members then offered their reflections on what they had heard. The session closed with prayer.
Following the lunch break, the Prolocutor Canon Robert Falby assumed the chair.
The Primate acknowledged ACIP's moving presentation and suggested that COGS respond with a formal resolution. It was
That the Council of General Synod in a spirit of great respect and hope receives The Mississauga Declaration as a gracious invitation and urgent call to the whole church to renewed commitment in walking and working with Indigenous Peoples in addressing the many crises in their communities, in strengthening pastoral ministries, in supporting their desires for self determination, and in re-affirming their sovereignty as People of the Land.
The text of the Mississauga Declaration is attached as Appendix D.
THE MISSISSAUGA DECLARATION
Gathered in a sacred circle of love, prayer, and hope, we placed the Gospel in the centre and listened to hear God’s voice. Seventeen years after The Covenant, our communities are still in crisis and we are convinced that we must act in defense of the people and the Land. Though gathered as a consultation on governance, we have realized that our task is more urgent and more extensive. We affirm that God has a plan for us in the Gospel and that we must claim the freedom to become what God has called us to be. We believe that we must act now to reaffirm our sovereign identity as the people of the Land and to revive, renew and reclaim the ministries in our communities. Empowered in faith, we will live and work to overcome the crisis that brings overwhelming death to the peoples of this land.
We need to explore the possibilities and potential as spelled out in the Indigenous Covenant Implementation Commission’s work that would develop structures of authority, ministries and jurisdiction up to and including the development of a fifth province.
Our collective experience over decades of struggle of reconciling the historical wrongs and now the impact of assimilation upon our Elders, our children and grandchildren tells us that realistic answers come from our ways of living upon the Land and from our relationship we have always had with God, through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. We are called by our Elders to take responsibility to practice and express our way of life so our children and their children can live as the people of the Land, your neighbors, friends and partners of our Church.
We know God is calling our peoples through our Elders’ Vision to renewal and restoration. With respect for our various traditional ways of living we hear God’s call to our peoples to unite as the renewed and restored peoples upon the Land. We will begin, today, to live towards a vision of ministry to Indigenous peoples throughout our native lands, many of us know as Turtle Island. We commit to plan and pray towards a full expression of God’s truth and love among the People of the Land. We call upon our partners in the Anglican Church and beyond to join us in the fulfillment of this calling.
Mr. Vianney (Sam) Carriere informed Council that legal steps to de-incorporate the Anglican Journal were underway and would be completed by the end of the year.
Anglican Journal Committee - Terms of Reference and Membership
That the Council of General Synod:
- 1. Approve the attached terms of reference and membership for the Anglican Journal Committee.
- 2. Pursuant to section 34 c) of the Constitution, appoint a committee having this membership and terms of reference.
- 3. Take the request for the creation of the new Standing Committee to General Synod with the appropriate consequential amendments to the Constitution and Appendix C to the Handbook.
The mover and seconder accepted a friendly amendment to the Terms of Reference, adding the sentence “When expression of opinion conflicts with official church policy, as stated by decisions of the General Synod or the Council of the General Synod, the newspaper will, at the same time, carry an explanation by an informed spokesperson of the official position of the church.” to point v.
The Anglican Journal Committee Terms of Reference are attached as Appendix C.
Terms of Reference for the Anglican Journal Committee
The Anglican Journal Committee shall consist of the members of the Communications and Information Resources Committee sitting as the Anglican Journal Committee plus one additional member appointed by the Primate from the membership of the Anglican Editors. Association (AEA).
The Anglican Journal Committee shall elect a Chair from its membership, but who shall not also chair the Communications and Information Resources Committee.
The committee shall:
- i. Be the publisher of the Anglican Journal
- ii. Monitor, defend and safeguard the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal
- iii. Support the work of Anglican Journal staff and advise staff as requested
- iv. Explore and work on areas of mutual interest with the Communications and Information Resources Committee
- v. Produce, publish and distribute a national newspaper of interest to the members of the Anglican Church of Canada, with an independent editorial policy and not being an official voice of or for the church. When expression of opinion conflicts with official church policy, as stated by decisions of the General Synod or the Council of the General Synod, the newspaper will, at the same time, carry an explanation by an informed spokesperson of the official position of the church.
- vi. Provide a means to distribute diocesan newspapers and other materials as inserts to the national newspaper
- vii. Maintain a database containing pertinent circulation information that will be available for the national and diocesan offices of the Anglican Church of Canada
- viii. Exercise functions common to all committees, namely
-- a) Develop annual budget proposals
-- b) Communicate with other committees and groups
-- c) Report regularly to the Council of General Synod
-- d) At least once a triennium review its own mandate and review policies governing the various areas of work of the Anglican Journal
Adopted by the Council of General Synod November 2011
That the chartered accounting firm of Ernst & Young be appointed as the Auditors for The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund and The Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation, for the fiscal year of 2011.
General Synod Treasurer Michèle George presented the report. She reviewed the financial statements of the Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation (Doc. #007-11-11-03) the Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund ( Doc. #007-12-11-03), the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada (Doc.#007-13-11-03) and highlighted the key variances between actual results and budget.
AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT #031-01-11-03
Archbishop Colin Johnson noted a new requirement for this year. As the Board of Directors has the fiduciary responsibility for the financial statements and the use of the resources of the church, the statements are draft until approved by the Council of General Synod. He reported that the auditors commended the treasurer on an open and candid dialogue and highlighted several fairly minor opportunities for improvement.
That the Financial Statements of The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada for the fiscal year ended as at December 31, 2010, be approved.