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Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
1973 May
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 30
1973 May
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 30
Archdeacon M. Robinson
Mr. W.R. Shepherd
The Report of the Committee was presented by its Secretary, the Rev. R.D. MacRae.
THAT General Synod adopt the revised policy statement of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund as printed in the Report of the Committee.
[Pages 129-131]
A. General Policy
The Church is the Body of Christ and as such is concerned with the totality of human existence and man's eternal destiny. It is called to proclaim the Gospel of God's redeeming love through Christ, and deliverance from sin and from all that mars human life.
It must follow that part of its task is to take its full share in banishing from the earth all those ills which debase man's dignity, starve his body and crush his spirit.
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, established by Synod as an agency of the Anglican Church of Canada, seeks to stimulate and support maximum ecumenical cooperation locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
The implications are clear. In addition to emergency relief, rehabilitation and refugee support the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund gives priority to those projects and processes that relate to development, self-determination, liberation and a total sharing of resources, even though they may not relate to the Church's own immediate welfare or to those kinds of institutions or structures to which we have become accustomed.
In order to move in these directions PWRDF is guided by four general principles:
FIRST, the material necessities of life must be more adequately met. This is especially true when people suffer from natural disasters and those created by political and social upheaval. Necessities are culturally determined and change with the evolution of new possibilities. A society must progressively be eliminating hunger, disease and physical deprivation and moving toward equity of distribution.
SECOND, there must be increasing educational and cultural opportunities opening the mind and spirit to the fullness of human existence. At the least this means a growing awareness of self and of one's surroundings, of human dignity and potential, of individual and community responsibility.
THIRD, there must be increasing justice. Justice, progressively clarified by love and constantly reinterpreted for changing circumstances is a dynamic concept and one whose meaning is always revealing new human dimensions. Yet the notion of creative and expanding justice, its content and applications, is indispensable to a full conception of development. Justice also implies progressively enlarged freedom in the context of the needs and rights of others including participation in, and responsibility for public policy.
FOURTH, society must increase its capacity to incorporate change, even fundamental and radical change. More devastating to society than low levels of consumption is flagrant disparity between people; more explosive today is the grossly unequal power of different element of the population, The past and the future must be held together in a dynamic way; this means fluid and adaptable institutions and the right and ability of people to change their institutions.
B. Categories
- Grants shall for for support of any proposed program falling into at least one of the following categories:
-- 1. Emergency Relief and/or Rehabilitation Grants
--- a) Hunger
--- b) Shelter and Rehabilitation
--- c) Medical needs
- 2. Refugee Grants
--Grants deal with situations of permanent or semi-permanent displacement and loss of individual "nationality".
- 3. Development Grants
-- a) Program of self-help, among disadvantaged people, designed and controlled by those to be served; including training and skills necessary to conduct such programs.
-- b) Programs toward community, social, political or economic self-determination, including basic research and planning.
-- c) Programs for development of community leadership.
-- d) Program of Development Education in Canada.
- 4. Administrative Grants
- Grants may be made towards the costs required to oversee the various projects and programs supported by the Fund.
C. Criteria
- Grants will be made irrespective of race, creed or ethnic origin, with priority given to:
-- Programs proposed by groups or communities which are powerless.
-- Programs to which grant recipients are prepared to commit themselves with funds and/or personnel and/or other resources.
-- Programs for which adequate initial financial support is not readily available elsewhere.
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