Act No. 78: Requesting the National Executive Council to refer motion (re additional funds for Information and Stewardship to have representative accompany Bishop Dean) to appropriate Committee for consideration and report (See Sept. 2 minutes, p.3)
That this National Executive Council request the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy and the Lambeth Consultative Body to give serious attention to the provision of a realistic budget for the office of the Executive Officer, including administration, travel, information services, and other programme items. CARRIED
That, whereas the Executive Council and Board of Management of M.S.C.C. in Joint Session at Ottawa in 1961 has taken the following action:
"Without jeopardizing the present overseas commitments of The Anglican Church of Canada in the following Provinces and Dioceses of the Anglican Communion:
The Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon
The Holy Catholic Church in Japan
The Archbishopric in Jerusalem
The Church of Uganda Ruanda [sic i.e. Rwanda] Urundi
The Church of the Province of the West Indies
The Diocese of Hong Kong
The Diocese of Accra
The Diocese of Malaya and Singapore, and
The Diocese of Madras in the Church of South India.
It is recommended that the Executive Committee of the Department of Missions of The Anglican Church of Canada be empowered to receive and consider, within the limitations of its Annual Budget appropriations, such appeals for personnel and funds for work in the Anglican Communion as are directed to the Department of Missions of The Anglican Church of Canada by the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy of the Anglican Communion."
It is therefore recommended that as funds become available in the next triennium, the Department of Missions give priority in its overseas commitments to accepting increased appeals from the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon; The Church of Uganda Ruanda Urandi, and the Church of the Province of the West Indies for the following purposes:
(i) To provide assistance in the training and support of national clergy and lay workers.
(ii) To recruit and train overseas personnel in response to requests from overseas Diocesan Bishops.
(iii) To provide financial assistance for capital needs in the areas of church extension and theological education. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the National Executive Council recommends that the Anglican Communion Missionary Strategy Committee be expanded to include an executive group of experienced missionary leaders representative of regional life of the Communion and available to the Executive Officer for consultation and for the recommendation of policy and planning in Mission to the authority of the Committee on Missionary Strategy. CARRIED
This resolution is to be forwarded to the Lambeth Conference.
December 01, 2009 - An interview with the Rev. Patricia Sawo, a church leader and mother living with HIV in Kenya inspired Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to entitle his World Aids Day Message A Space for Hope. Patricia says of her church "My congregation knows about my status and people in my church know that this is a place where, if they come with HIV, they can be loved." The Archbishop says "when the Church is doing its job, it is providing space for people to face themselves, to be themselves, and to cope with the future."
On my trip to Burundi in February, I saw numerous examples of that kind of space. Let me cite just two. In the heart of the city of Bujumbura there is an HIV/AIDS clinic. Above the main entrance of the administration building is a sign stating that the building was renovated though a gift of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) of the Anglican Church of Canada. That gift inspired other churches in the city to make contributions to expand the services of this clinic which serves teens and young adults who have been orphaned through AIDS. Most of them live on the street and their life is very rough. The clinic is a haven where they can learn about HIV/AIDS, get tested and if necessary receive treatment and counseling. As the Archbishop says, they can "face themselves, be themselves, and cope with the future."
Up in the hills, "in the bush" as Burundians say, in the village of Bitare, I and Cheryl Curtis (Executive Director of PWRDF) and Maureen Bailey (Youth Council, PWRDF) were invited to assist local people in laying the foundation stone for a new HIV/AIDS clinic. It was very humbling to kneel down and share in that work as hundreds of people looked on and sang and prayed for God's blessing on this project. The building is now complete and providing services to hundreds of people in Bitare and a number of surrounding villages. Individuals and families are feeling support and care. Lives are being changed and hope is rising like the glory of a new day.
This coming Sunday, the second in Advent, I ask that throughout the Church, prayers of special intent for those living with HIV/AIDS be included in the Prayers of the People. Pray for their caregivers and for their doctors and nurses and clergy. Pray especially for the work of the Mother's Union in Africa and their deep and steadfast commitment to helping those who are living with AIDS and those who have been widowed and orphaned through AIDS, and those who are caring for their grandchildren. Pray for those engaged in education about healthy sexuality and the prevention of AIDS. And as we pray for the eradication of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, pray also for that "space" the Church is called to provide where people can be welcomed and free to face themselves and be themselves without fear of rejection; where through loving care and support they can cope with their future. This calling is after the very example of Our Lord who reached out and "touched" (Mark 1: 40-41) the sick with love and mercy.
I encourage one and all to pray, to support the continuing work with HIV/AIDS, and to stand with all those who are pressuring world leaders, in the words of one of the Millennium Development Goals, "to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases." I issue this call in the name of him whose Advent sets us free, whose love brings healing and hope to all.
That we request the Primate to discuss with the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy the adoption of a title for Bishop Bayne which would be more appropriate than "Executive Officer", and which would more properly describe the great task he is performing for the Anglican Communion. CARRIED.
That subsection (c) of the resolution passed at Montebello concerning the Secretary of the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy be made effective in such manner as to indicate the sources and details of income as well as expenditure. CARRIED.
1. From Canon A.H. Davis (M.S.C.C.) requesting advice form the House of Bishops to M.S.C.C. and W.A. on the status of Canadian Missionary personnel if the Anglican Communion were not in Communion wth the proposed Church of North India.
The House gave consideration to a document on Partnership with United Churches which had been adopted in Huron in August by the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy.
"That we refer the Document on Partnership to the Executive Council asking for general approval in principle, and that a Committee of Executive Council be appointed to consider details and report."
The Document is printed below:
PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED CHURCHES
Anglican provinces and dioceses in many parts of the world are included in plans for united churches in their areas. Where such a scheme of Church unity is approved by the province concerned, the contribution brought to it by Anglicans should be in every way whole-hearted and as complete as possible.
In the case of capital and development funds, for example, which are designed to enable the existing province or diocese to fulfil its calling and bear more worthy witness to its tradition, it is our conviction that all of this strength, now thought of as an "Anglican" resource should be brought to the united church. Anglican contributions from outside the area in question, whether financial or personal, should not be lessened because of the participation of the church in unity schemes. Proper steps should be taken to insure to the province or diocese concerned legal continuity and identity, and thus enable them to accept the responsibilities of new and fuller brotherhood.
We respectfully urge the churches of the Anglican Communion to give such assurance to our provinces.
(Prepared and forwarded by the Missionary Executives' Conference. Adopted by the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy, August 6, 1963.)
2. From Canon A.H. Davis (M.S.C.C.) enclosing a Document on th Canonical Status of Overseas Missionaries which had been prepared by a Committee chaired by Bishop Wilkinson. This Document has won approval from the Missionary Executives present at the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy at its meeting at Huron College from July 29th to August 5th.
"That General approval be given to the Document dealing with Episcopal Jurisdiction of Overseas Missionaries."
The Document is printed below-
Your Committee studied the revised Canon VIII of the Pension Board and also Canon XXI of General Synod "Transfer of Clergy" and in particular the section dealing with "Jurisdiction". "A Clergyman shall be regarded as subject to the Episcopal Jurisdiction of the Bishop on whose register his name has been entered until he has been removed from such register by transfer to another Diocese."
Your Sub-Committee, on motion of Principal Morden and Professor Prior, recommend that the following policy be adopted by the Executive Committee of the Department of Missions, after consultation with the House of Bishops and or General Synod:
1) "That a Missionary Priest going overseas on short term service retain his license in his Canadian Diocese at the pleasure of the Bishop and seek only "Permission to Officiate" in the overseas Diocese to which he goes."
2) "That a Missionary Priest going for service longer than three years relinquish his licence in his Canadian Diocese and be transferred to the jurisdiction of an Overseas Diocesan Bishop."
3) "That a missionary priest be given "status" in a Canadian Diocese as serving on Missionary Leave in an Overseas Diocese of the anglican Communion, such "status" to be interpreted as meaning:
a) Being officially recognized as an Anglican Church of Canada Missionary serving with the Deparment of Missions of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.
b) The Pensionable benefits of said person being assured under Canon VIII of General Synod.
c) That continuing identification be established between his Canadian Diocese and the Overseas Missionary Priest during his period of overseas service and on his return to Canada.