Moved by Archdeacon M. Marquhardt, seconded by Rev. Dr. R. Leggett,
That this General Synod endorse and commend the Human Rights Principles, received by the 33rd General Synod, for study to all parishes, dioceses, provinces and national bodies, for adoption and implementation as policy.
Motion to Refer
Moved by Rev. M. Stonhouse, seconded by The Hon. R. Stevenson,
That the above motion be referred to the next meeting of the General Synod.
That after the word "referred" the words "to the EcoJustice Committee for consideration prior to being brought back..." be added. CARRIED
The amended motion to refer now reads:
That the above motion be referred to the EcoJustice Committee for consideration prior to being brought back to the next meeting of the General Synod. CARRIED Act 92
That this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada:
1. Assure the churches and other non-governmental organizations of Kenya of our prayers and support as they continue to seek genuine reforms and changes in the constitutional review process; and
2. Urge the government of Canada, using the means at its disposal, to press the government of Kenya for genuine reform, specifically:
- the proposed Reform Commission be supplanted by a Constituent Assembly: failing that, the Reform Commission be set up to be a forum representing the broad spectrum of Kenyan society, be independent both financially and in its membership from President Moi and the ruling party
- the reform process must include the pressing issues of the executive powers of the president, the independence of the judicial system, the use and accountability of security forces to Kenyan citizens, guarantees of normal democratic practice in matters of free speech, freedom of assembly and equality before the law; and respect for human rights and security of person. CARRIED Act 39
Abstentions were noted from Chancellor David Wright, Captain Baxter Park, Captain Todd Meaker, Mr. Bryan Campbell and Canon Andrew Gates.
This report was presented by the Archbishop of Kootenay. Considerable discussion arose out of the report which was, on motion of the Archbishop of Kootenay, seconded by Mr. R.W. Allin, carried in both Houses.
Your Committee regrets that it cannot submit any report either on the "state" of the Church or on statistical returns. The information supplied is insufficient in both cases. Only nine bishops have replied to a request for a Church report of conditions in their areas; for the year 1944 statistical returns were not received until this year, and the figures of two important dioceses are still unavailable; less than half the returns for 1945 have been received.
Your Committee requests that it be relieved of its duties unless fuller cooperation is forthcoming and needful information supplied. It would however stress the great loss which the Church would suffer, if information as to the ebb and flow of Church life in various parts of the Dominion is not available. It may point out that the proportion of active to missing Anglicans would never have been known if statistics had not been collected and synthesized.
That this Synod requests the Committee on Statistics and State of the Church to continue its labours and calls upon all Dioceses to extend to the Committee the fullest co-operation so that all needful information may be supplied. CARRIED in both Houses.