Memorial from the Synod of the Diocese of Montreal:
To the Bishops, Clergy and Laity of the Church of England in Canada in General Synod Assembled:
The Memorial of the Diocese of Montreal respectfully showeth as follows:
That the General Synod be memorialized to endorse the principle of a system of one basic diocesan stipend with family and special allowances and that a committee be constituted to explore ways and means and to report.
And your Memorialists will ever pray.
As witness the Diocesan Seal and the hand of the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, and the Clerical Secretary of the same.
Signed, John Montreal, President of the Synod; J.F. Morris, Clerical Secretary of the Synod.
That this Synod having heard the discussion on the principle of one basic stipend for the clergy of the Church of England in Canada, requests the Primate to appoint a committee to study this matter and to report to the next General Synod. CARRIED in both Houses.
That General Synod, in accord with its own views on fair employment practices as expressed in Appendix 1 of the Report of the Task Force on Fair Employment Practices, initiate an enquiry into the current range of salaries, stipends and benefits within the Anglican Church of Canada, with a view to presenting suggestions to the National Executive Council for a more just system of stipend payment in all dioceses and parishes.
The Assessors ruled that the words "in accord.....Fair Employment Practices" must be deleted from the Motion.
the Motion now reads:
That General Synod initiate an enquiry into the current range of salaries, stipends and benefits within the Anglican Church of Canada, with a view to presenting suggestions to the National Executive Council for a more just system of stipend payment in all dioceses and parishes. CARRIED ACT 86
THAT General Synod direct National Executive Council to give priority to the Development of a program to raise new money for the support of clergy working in the North, to assist them until long-term plans of salary increases come into effect, such money to be distributed as Discretionary Funds to the Bishops of the Dioceses concerned.
The motion was then put, and CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS. Act 80
That the Memorial from the Diocese of Keewatin regarding the minimum stipend of the clergy in assisted dioceses be referred to the Executive Council of the M.S.C.C. for study, and report to the National Executive Council, which shall have power of implementation if considered appropriate, and if financially possible. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Memorial reads as follows: That a memorial be made to the forthcoming Session of General Synod urging the Minimum Stipend of the clergy in assisted dioceses be raised to $4,000 per annum.
Moved by Canon Dixon, seconded by the Archbishop of Quebec,
(c) Expansion in Canada
(i) Continuous effort to reach an adequate minimum stipend for clergy in missionary dioceses through the co-operation of M.S.C.C. with the missionary dioceses.
Moved in amendment by Dr. J.C. Flanagan, seconded by the Ven. E.S. Reed - That the Synod favours an adequate stipend and travelling allowance for missionary Bishops and Clergy, and requests the Primate to appoint a small committee to provide this Synod with the information necessary to make an informed decision.
Moved in amendment to the amendment by the Rev. F.G. Ongley, seconded by Canon L.F. Wilmot - That this House approve the principle that the stipends of missionary Bishops be set at not less than $4,000.00 per annum and that of missionary Clergy at $2,000.00 per annum, exclusive of residence and travelling expenses, and respectfully asks the House of Bishops to take this matter under consideration that with the Executive of the M.S.C.C. and the Budget Committee discussions may be entered into with all those Dioceses affected to try to work out ways and means by which this principle may be put into effect with due consideration of differentiation between married and single Clergy.
That the debate be closed and that the resolutions under discussion be referred to the Budget Committee for report as to whether it be possible to raise sufficient funds to increase the minimum stipend; the Committee to report to this Synod. CARRIED in both Houses.
That, commencing January 1st, 1963, all clergy serving in assisted parishes in missionary dioceses in receipt of M.S.C.C. grants, who had been ordained priests prior to January 1st, 1958, shall receive an annual stipend of $3200, plus a free house, and that all other clergy serving in assisted parishes in missionary dioceses shall receive an annual stipend of $3100, plus a free house, for the first five years of their ministry, all regardless of marital status. CARRIED in both Houses.
Moved by General Secretary M.S.C.C., seconded by General Treasurer,
That General Synod endorse the action of the Executive Council in Joint Session with the Board of Management at Ottawa in 1961, in approving in principle the implementation of a graduated scale of stipends for clergy in Canadian Dioceses in receipt of M.S.C.C. grants to be effective January 1st, 1964, as follows:
The salary of a deacon to be calculated on the basis of $3100 per annum.
The salary of priests to be calculated as follows:
from 1 to 10 years' service................$3200
from 11 to 15 years' service...............$3300
from 16 to 20 years' service...............$3500
after 20 years' service....................$4000
And further that in the implementation of the above-mentioned Graduated Scale of Stipend, it be understood that to meet canonical regulations respecting self-supporting parishes, $3200 be considered a minimum stipend for priests for purposes of "parish self-support" and that the salary above this amount be considered a "length of service" allowance, to be provided as far as possible by the parish and/or diocese.
Moved in amendment by Chancellor Harrison, seconded by Mr. G.C. Hodge,
That all the words after "That General Synod" of the above resolution be struck out and the following substituted therefore:
"(a) feeling that recognition should be given to experience and the increased financial burdens attendent upon age and responsibility, do provide that no clergyman serving in a Missionary Diocese with more than 15 years of full-time service in the Church since ordination shall receive less than $200 above the minimum stipend as set from time to time effective from 1st January 1964;
(b) that General Synod recognizes that the problem of providing adequate stipends for clergy through the course of their ministry is NOT necessarily solved by regular increases in the minimum stipend and respectfully requests the Primate to appoint a special committee to study the problem and make such report and recommendations as it considers advisable to the next session of General Synod."
(a) That the words "with more than 10 years of full-time service in the Church" be substituted for the words "with more than 15 years of full-time service in the Church." CARRIED in both Houses.
(b) That Section (b) of the amendment be referred to the Executive Committee M.S.C.C. for policy study. CARRIED in both Houses.
The motion as amended was put to a vote and CARRIED in both Houses.
That the following resolutions be referred to the National Executive Council:
Revised Resolution #43
That this General Synod adopt the document entitled "Human Rights Principles for The Anglican Church of Canada" and recommend it for study and implementation at parish, diocesan and national levels under the Direction of the National Executive Council.
That this General Synod request
(i) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee prepare a theological statement on poverty which will include women's experience; and
(ii) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee involve the Task Force on Women in Poverty in the preparation of the theological statement.
That the General Synod recognize the feminization of poverty and request the Program Committee and the Women's Unit:
(i) to develop and implement ways to raise the awareness of people in dioceses and parishes about the reality of poverty in women's lives; and
(ii) to report on the resulting experiences and actions to the General Synod in 1989.
Revised Resolution #49
That this General Synod declares unemployment, homelessness and hunger to be major concerns of the Church. We recommend to the National Executive Council that adequate staff time be allocated to assist The Anglican Church of Canada, nationally, provincially and locally to address these concerns in the following ways:
a) to work together to seek just solutions to the problems of unemployment, homelessness and hunger;
b) to work with the unemployed, the homeless and the hungry towards such solutions;
c) to work ecumenically;
d) to challenge and to work with government: federally, provincially and locally to seek a more just society.
Revised Resolution #56
That this General Synod requests the National Executive Council to establish a Task Force to explore and make recommendations regarding the feasiblity of setting up a National Church presence in Ottawa, to support and enrich ongoing dialogue with the federal government.
Revised Resolution #59
That this General Synod call for a national consultation to explore the possibility of establishing an Anglican computer users network and ask the Program Committee to enable such a consultation.
Revised Resolution #60
That this General Synod commends the Principles of a healthy Remuneration System to the dioceses with the request that each diocese study the Principles and the implications of their implementation, and to respond to the Committee on Ministry within the next 18 months, in order that the Committee on Ministry may make recommendations to the 1989 General Synod re: remuneration practice in the Church.
That this General Synod directs the Office of Personnel Resources to maintain a registry of Licenced Lay Workers in order to facilitate their recognition and mobility within the Church.
That the Doctrine and Worship Committee be directed to begin a process towards the development of a new hymn book which will provide hymns and other music for worship that complement the Common Lectionary, which draw on a wide variety of styles and traditions and which are couched in language which is as inclusive as possible.
That the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada request the Goverment of Canada to retain the question on religious affiliation in the 1991 national Census, thereby continuing to make available information of great value to the religious communities of Canada.
That this General Synod, mindful of the oneness of God's human family, urges the General Committee of the Leonard Foundation of Canada to direct its Board of Trustees to apply to the appropriate Court in Canada to write out all references in the Trust Deed which discriminate on the basis of sex and race.
That this General Synod affirms in principle the amending of Canon XXI (On Marriage in the Church) in order to permit the re-marriage of divorced persons in the Church without the requirement of applying to an Ecclesiastical Matrimonial Commission, and directs the Organization Committee to bring such an amendment before the next General Synod.
That this General Synod commends the work of Church House staff at this Synod and recommends that serious consideration be given to providing sufficient computer equipment to facilitate their work at the General Synod in 1989.
That this General Synod reaffirm the National Executive Council (May 1985) condemnation of the U.S. government's economic and military policy toward Nicaragua, particularly its policy of providing covert military aid to the anti-government counter revolutionary forces, and urge the Canadian government to do everything in its power to influence the U.S. government and those of Central America to give their full support to current peace-making efforts in Central America.
That this General Synod request the Agenda Committee of the thirty-second session of the General Synod
a) to continue our practice of inviting representatives from partner Churches overseas and other denominations in Canada as observers and participants in Synod, and
b) to ensure that plenary session time be planned in order that all members of Synod may hear the partners' critique of the Synod's life and sense of priorities, and also may gain an understanding of the situations in which our partners are in mission.
That this thirty-first General Synod
1) regard the national membership of The Anglican Church of Canada as comprising those who indicate, in the Statistics Canada National Census, that they are Anglican, and
2) direct all committees, councils, boards, etc., in their deliberations, planning and other activities to accept this definition of membership.
That this General Synod adopt as a matter of urgent priority the need to reconstruct the Ipelegeng Community Centre in Soweto, and urge the Primate through every means possible for him to effect this priority.
That the Committee on Ministry be requested to formulate a complete and integrated set of Career Development Guidelines similar to the existing diocesan and national policies dealing with:
ii) terms of appointment
iii) continuing education plan
iv) pensions and other related matters.
That the Program Committee expand the scope of the examination of violence against women to include those native cultures within the Anglican Church which have their own distinct economic, family, work, social and educational structures.
That this General Synod directs the Program Committee and other interested committees:
1) to prepare a theological statement regarding the maintenance and termination of human life;
2) to prepare pastoral guidelines for families faced with decisions related to the resuscitation of loved ones
That Resolution #105 be deleted and be put forward now. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS.
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS. Act 92
That this General Synod instruct the National Executive Council to take steps to build upon the progress already made towards the goal of a just and equitable remuneration for bishops, other clergy and lay employees in the dioceses represented by the Council of the North. The motion was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 81