Ms. Hanna Goschy, Treasurer, presented the budget for 2015 for the Council’s consideration. She described the budgeting process and outlined the planning and revenue assumptions for 2015 with an emphasis on the conservative nature of the budget.
She briefing explained the history of proportional giving which has been in steady decline since 1992 with some leveling of after 2008 and noted the decline in undesignated legacies received since 2008.
In response to a query about the review of assets of the MSCC [Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada], she explained that research is underway on identifying the endowments and their direction and expected to last several months. The Chancellor will review the findings from a legal perspective. A report back to CoGS will not be ready until the November 2015 meeting.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of the General Synod express its deep appreciation and thanks to our dioceses for their generous and ongoing financial support of the ministries of our General Synod.
That this General Synod amend section 8(f) of the Constitution to read as follows:
- f) Each Diocese shall be entitled to elect clerical and lay members of the General Synod, with the number from each Order being determined by the following formula:
- Average Weekly Attendance in the Diocese divided by Average Weekly Attendance in all Dioceses, multiplied by 110.
- Provided that:
-- (i) the resulting number will be at least 1;
-- (ii) if the resulting number is a fractional number and is greater than 1, it will be rounded down to the nearest whole number if the fraction is 0.5 or less, and rounded up to the nearest whole number if the fraction is greater than 0.5;
-- (iii) "Average Weekly Attendance" means the combined total attendance at Regular Services in the particular calendar year, divided by 52;
-- (iv) the Average Weekly Attendance figures to be used are those for the second calendar year prior to the year in which General Synod will take place;
-- (v) "Regular Service" means any worship service for which the attendance has been recorded in the Register of the Congregation (including Home Communions) but excluding weddings, funerals and services held in medical or long-term care facilities.
and this resolution shall come into effect upon Second Reading being given to Resolution A019.
That this General Synod confirm and reiterate its commitment to continuing the conversation about whether and how the diocesan, provincial and national structures need to be modified to support and enhance mission, and requests the whole Church to make this conversation a priority during the next triennium.
The mover and seconder accepted a friendly amendment moved by The Rt. Rev. Michael Bird and seconded by The Rt. Rev. James Cowan:
That the existing wording be numbered "1" and the following be added at the end thereof:
"2. Request the Provinces to undertake a discussion of the appropriate number of dioceses and the appropriate boundaries within the Province, and inform General Synod 2013 of the result of these discussions".
Moved by: The Most Rev. David Ashdown
Seconded by; The Rt. Rev. Donald Phillips
That the motion be amended by deleting Section 2. DEFEATED
Motion to Divide
Moved by: The Rev. Elliott Siteman
Seconded by: The Rev. Trevor Lightfoot
That the motion be divided and the clauses be debated and voted on separately.
The Primate sought advice from the Assessors as to whether the motion to divide was in order. The Assessors advised that it was in order to divide the motion.
The motion to divide was put and was DEFEATED.
The amended resolution which reads:
That this General Synod:
1. Confirm and reiterate its commitment to continuing the conversation about whether and how the diocesan, provincial and national structures need to be modified to support and enhance mission, and requests the whole Church to make this conversation a priority during the next triennium; and
2. Request the Provinces to undertake a discussion of the appropriate number of dioceses and the appropriate boundaries within the Province, and inform General Synod 2013 of the result of these discussions
Mr. Peter Kitchekesik, COGS member, opened the presentation with prayer.
The Archbishop of Keewatin, David Ashdown, introduced his colleagues from the diocese, all of whom participated – Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Dean Jim Dugan, Archdeacon Kenneth Kitchekeesik and Mr. Stanley Sainnawap. He expressed appreciation for the opportunity to share their hopes and dreams as their diocese moves into a new phase of its being. He stressed that this is not a new initiative, but a step on a journey which has already begun.
The Journey Continues
A power point presentation was viewed, detailing the actions undertaken since 1969 (which changed the Church’s relationship with indigenous people forever), up to the installation in 2010 of Bishop Lydia Mamakwa in the area of Northern Ontario.
The Vision Statement
To create an Indigenous diocese and native ministry that will provide a more meaningful and effective spiritual service delivery to the people in the Northern Ontario Region.
The Mission Statement
- Together… create an Indigenous ministry… provide better spiritual services to First Nations communities.
- Unite… into a self-determining, self-reliant church.
- Reaffirm faith in Creator and help grow in faith.
- Wholeness through healing and compassion.
- Assist First Nations communities establish churches
1. To establish an Indigenous church governance with the ultimate goal of being a self-determining and self-reliant Northern Ontario Region Native Diocese.
2. Provide effective and consistent spiritual leadership and service in the Northern Ontario Region.
3. Strengthen and restore the foundation of our First Nations traditional and spiritual principles.
4. Promote and provide wellness programs to individuals and families in our First Nations communities.
- The Diocese of Keewatin will cease to function on December 30, 2014.
- Assets to be distributed equitably between three regions.
- Archives to be transferred to General Synod.
- New governing body to be established to receive/disperse gifts and respond to legal actions.
Archbishop Ashdown responded to numerous questions, following which Archdeacon Sid Black expressed appreciation to the Archbishop and all presenters.
That the Council of General Synod support and affirm the Diocese of Keewatin’s proposal to create a new diocese and express its gratitude for the courageous and visionary leader-ship within the diocese.
The Primate expressed thanks to Archbishop Ashdown and also to Bishop Mamakwa for her extraordinary leadership. She invited COGS members to ‘join us in the dance’ and concluded with the words – May God bless COGS in its ministry. She received a lengthy standing ovation.
The Very Rev. Peter Wall, Committee Chair provided an update on the General Synod Planning Committee.
There was discussion on the seating arrangements at General Synod, and the following motion was debated.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod approve a seating plan for General Synod 2016 that incorporates members seated, at times, in Diocesan groups and, at other times, in mixed tables, dependent on agenda items.
Be it resolved that the members of this Council of General Synod encourage the consideration of the resolution on the Marriage Canon (A051-R2) in accord with the provision in the Declaration of Principles “that between first and second reading the matter be referred for consideration to diocesan and provincial synods.”
a) That this Council of General Synod adopts the following points in carrying forward the work of the Department of Philanthropy in regard to a national fundraising effort and the department’s collaboration with diocesan fundraising efforts.
- 1. That the Department of Philanthropy develop a case for national support
- 2. That we encourage diocesan campaigns that include support for the national church case
-3. That the Department of Philanthropy will support dioceses doing feasibility studies that include components of the national church’s ministry in their cases for support.
- 4. That feasibility studies will come to the Council of General Synod, not for approval, but to assess the capacity of the national Church to support the diocesan campaigns.
b) And that the previous motion dealing with this matter is rescinded. The wording of the previous motion was:
That the Council of General Synod ask the Philanthropy Committee to draft a recommendation to the Council of General Synod on the issue of how and when recommendations based on feasibility studies might be considered and bring their recommendations to the November 2010 meeting of Council.
ADOPTED BY CONSESUS #27-03-10
Note: The Philanthropy Committee and the Department of Philanthropy will bring to the November 2010 Council of General Synod meeting a comprehensive plan for the nation-wide fundraising initiative that will include:
- 1. A national case for support,
- 2. A progress report, including volunteer development and the work of the M & M International (and its cost) in the feasibility study,
- 3. Which dioceses are currently committed and are considering collaborating with the national initiative,
- 4. An update on the pilot campaign in Ottawa,
- 5. And whether there is adequate capacity to do this work at the national Church level.
That dioceses not currently involved in a similar campaign be encouraged to engage in this initiative, with the understanding that the “case for support” will include aspects of the case for General Synod.
That a feasibility study for this initiative be conducted in up to ten dioceses that are willing and prepared, with the results of the assessment to come to the participating dioceses and the Council of General Synod.