"That this General Synod direct the Doctrine and Worship Committee, in consultation with the House of Bishops, to prepare an Ordinal for alternate use, study and comment in the Anglican Church of Canada, and to bring it to General Synod for discussion and appropriate action in 1980."
"That the Nominating Committee be asked to make nominations to comply with this Act of Synod." CARRIED
"That the service entitled 'Commitment and Commissioning' be referred back to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for further study and work and after consultation with the House of Bishops be published for experimental use where authorized by the Bishop."
"That the tree members of this House who are members of the Committee on Doctrine and Worship provide liaison between the Doctrine and Worship Committee and this House concerning Act. No. 72." CARRIED
In response to the letter from the General Secretary, this House approves the proposal that would make provision for the transfer of clergy employed at the National Office to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Primate. CARRIED 10-2-82
It was agreed that the Committee on Organization be asked to study the many factors involved, recognizing that there must be a clear line of accountability. It was agreed, also, that the Organization Committee be asked to study the matter of transference of Diocesan titles.
Concern was raised regarding the House of Bishops' List. The Primate reported that the Rev. R. Johns is working on this and that he is to report to the Organization Committee and the House of Bishops.
The General Secretary noted that retired Bishops are, by Canon, now accountable to the Bishop in whose Diocese they reside.
Bishop Hollis reported that the subject of Bishops Continuing Education Seminars at the next meeting will deal with biological issues, rational suicide, etc. It was his opinion that four or five sessions would be necessary.
That Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons be set aside for Continuing Education. CARRIED
Moved by Bishop Short, seconded by Archbishop Crabb,
That Wednesday evening be scheduled at the next meeting as a free evening. CARRIED
That the Council of General Synod ask the Hon. R. Stevenson to prepare an amendment to Canon XII for presentation to General Synod that the continuing education funds be invested in the Consolidated Trust Fund or such other fund that may be considered appropriate by the Pension Committee. CARRIED #23-11-97
That the Council of General Synod take appropriate steps to ensure that costs for General Synod 1998, particularly video broadcasting, be limited to the budgeted amount and, if cost overruns appear likely, the FMD Committee's Chair's Advisory Committee must be consulted. CARRIED #10-11-97
That the House ask Bishop Lawrence and Bishop Hatfield to bring the concerns of the House of Bishops on the deployment of ordained women to the Committee on Ministry, assemble facts and data available, and report back to the House at the May, 1981 meeting. CARRIED
Ms. Janet Marshall Eibner, Coordinator, was welcomed and presented the report. Twenty-five (out of 26) consultations have been completed and an approximate 700 people have participated.
That this Council of the General Synod accept in principle the Proposal from the Mission Coordination Group and ask the Financial Management and Development Committee to make provision in the 1998 budget and beyond, for this important planning work. CARRIED #27-03-98
*See proposal attached.
Proposal from Mission Coordination Group re Diocesan/National Consultations
That this Council of General Synod accept in principle the Proposal from the Mission Coordination Group and ask the Financial Management and Development Committee to make provision in the 1998 budget and beyond for this important planning work.
The Diocesan/National Consultations that have been conducted between September, 1997 and March, 1998 have been, for the most part, very positive. We recommend a continuation of the process of consulting with dioceses, particularly though not exclusively around strategic planning. The Mission Coordination Group offers the following proposal.
- To enhance the relationship between the dioceses and the General Synod.
- To build common ownership of the mission of the church at the diocesan and national levels.
- The responsibility for consultative national planning rests with the Council of General Synod. It is suggested that a sub-committee of COGS be given the responsibility for ensuring a regular schedule of consultations between dioceses and the General Synod.
- The General Secretary should be responsible for ensuring the staffing of the consultative process.
- Intentional consultation between the General Synod and the dioceses needs to be viewed as an ongoing and necessary process in the life of the church.
- Personal, face-to-face contact is needed in order to build on and enhance existing positive relationships between dioceses and the General Synod.
- The consultative process must be two-way, with both the General Synod and the dioceses taking initiative to consult.
- There should be a variety of models used in the consultative process, to be agreed upon diocese by diocese.
- Consultation should happen in formalized gatherings, and also in informal conversations and visits.
- Formal consultations should be held more than once in a triennium.
- The "consultants" representing the General Synod, should be teams of both staff and volunteers.
- Diocesan members of General Synod should be given special responsibility in their home dioceses to ensure ongoing consultation between Synods.
The following models are suggested, and can be combined and added to as appropriate:
- Gathering diocesan leadership to consult with the General Synod team.
- Piggybacking a consultation onto a Diocesan Executive Council meeting.
- Piggybacking a consultation onto a Diocesan Synod.
- Assigning to each diocese a General Synod Consulting Team, for ongoing contact between formal consultations.
- It is important to build on the current enthusiasm, and therefore, to schedule a round of consultations soon after General Synod.
- The support of bishops is necessary to the success of the proposal, so a team from COGS should request time on the agenda of the next House of Bishops meeting in order to promote this proposal and seek enthusiastic support.
- The new COGS, appointed at General Synod, should, at their meeting at the end of Synod, appoint a sub-committee to plan this consultative process. This will enable the work to proceed without interruption.
- Delegates to General Synod should be made aware of their responsibility in the proposed job description for General Synod members and by requesting the Primate to note this responsibility in his instructions to Synod members.
- The first round of consultations should be conducted soon after General Synod, and should focus on the implications of the decisions made at General Synod for the life of the dioceses.
- The teams, composed of a volunteer, a General Synod staff person and a diocesan contact person (preferably a Synod member) should be named as soon as possible, to ensure speedy planning in the post-Synod period.
- There are budget implications to this proposal, which should be addressed by COGS.