That Canon XII, Part 4(b) (iii) be amended by the addition of the words "at its first meeting subsequent to a session of the General Synod". CARRIED in the Order of Clergy, CARRIED in the Order of Laity, CARRIED in the Order of Bishops by the required majority Act 49
Moved by the Rev. Dr. D.R.G. Owen, seconded by the Bishop of Saskatoon,
Whereas this General Synod recognizes the urgency of significant improvement in the educational ministry of the Church,
And sees some signs of progress in training at such places as Sorrento and the Canadian Urban Training Program,
And recognizes the opportunity for co-operation in the growing relationship between the United and Anglican Churches,
And welcomes the proposal now before the United Church to invite the Churches to a national consultation on ecumenical structures for theological education,
Therefore Be It Resolved that this General Synod affirm the following standards of education for the renewal of the Church in its mission and ministry:
1. We must seek as much as possible to train and educate both lay and clerical members of the Church together;
2. On-the-job training provides the opportunity for testing the success or failure of training. Education should be geared as closely as possible to local ministry and the mission of the Church.
3. We can learn far more from our experience than we do. Research, planning, experimenting and evaluation all need to be elements of designs for education.
4. The Church must be encouraged to use the full resources of the community, including the experience of the laity and the non-Christian.
5. At every opportunity education should be inter-church and ecumenical.
6. There must be as much integration as possible between colleges, dioceses and national departments.
And that this General Synod therefore instruct the appropriate financial authority of General Synod to set apart sufficient funds for the purpose of (a) bursaries, (b) partial support of pilot projects and experimental work with dioceses which meet the above standards, such funds to be administered by the appropriate body of the National Office;
And instruct the Program, Planning and Research Committee (or its successor), and the Committee on Theological Education to accept the invitation of the United Church to participate with other Churches in any planning for a national consultation on ecumenical structures for theological education, and the sharing in the cost of such a consultation.
That Paragraph 2 of Resolution 1 be amended to read "And that this General Synod requests the National Executive Council to direct such funds as shall become available for the purpose of (a) bursaries, (b) partial support of pilot projects and experimental work with dioceses which meet the above standards, such funds to be administered by the appropriate body of the National Office;". The amendment was CARRIED in both Houses. The motion as amended was CARRIED in both Houses.
"That Canon XII be repealed and the following enacted in its place:
1. Continuing Education Plan of the Anglican Church of Canada
a) There shall be a Plan to provide resources for continuing education of the clergy and lay workers who are members of the Plan.
b) The said Plan shall be called the `Continuing Education Plan of The Anglican Church of Canada' and is hereinafter referred to as the `Continuing Education Plan'.
2. Continuing Education Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada
a) There shall be a Fund designated as the `Continuing Education Fund of The Anglican Church of Canada', hereinafter referred to as the `Continuing Education Fund' for the purpose of providing benefits in accordance with the Regulations approved by the National Executive Council.
b) The Continuing Education Fund shall be provided by assessment on congregation or other salary paying sources and upon members.
a) Bishops and members of the clergy who are on the Register of a participating diocese, organization, or the national office, shall be members of the Continuing Education Plan and shall be subject to the provisions of Canon XII and its regulations.
b) Lay Workers in paid Church employment upon application by the Lay Worker and the employer with the approval of the appropriate diocese or organization or office, may become members of the Continuing Education Plan.
c) Persons who become eligible for entry to the Plan after reaching sixty years of age may choose not to join the Plan.
d) When a member ceases paid employment in the Church, his membership may be terminated.
e) Membership originates on the first day of any month. An applicant becomes eligible for membership at the beginning of the first month after the date of the commencement of continuous employment.
4. Administrative Unit
a) There shall be a Continuing Education Plan Administrative Unit responsible for the operation of the Plan, subject to the authority of the National Executive Council. It shall report to the National Executive Council through the Committee on Ministry.
b) The Continuing Education Plan Administrative Unit shall consist of:
i) the staff member responsible for the administration of the Plan, hereinafter called the Administrator;
ii) the Director of Pensions or the Deputy Director of Pensions;
iii) four members of the Plan appointed by the National Executive Council.
c) The functions of the Unit shall be: to advise the Administrator on matters of policy; to authorize payment of Special and Sabbatical grants, and expenses incurred in the administration of the Plan; and from time to time, to propose changes in Regulations to the National Executive Council.
5. Policy and Regulations
a) The policy and operation of the Plan shall be governed by the Regulations appended to this Canon.
b) The National Executive Council may from time to time alter or replace the said Regulations or any of them or make new regulations.
c) Notice of any such proposed change shall be given to the National Executive Council at a meeting before the meeting at which the proposed change is to be considered, and such notice shall be given forthwith after the first meeting above mentioned to each participating diocese, office and organization.
6. Collection and Disbursement of Funds
a) Salary paying sources shall collect members' assessments and remit them together with their own assessment to the Pension Committee.
b) The Continuing Education Funds shall be invested in the Consolidated Trust Fund of The Anglican Church of Canada.
c) Payments out of the Fund for ordinary benefits to members shall be authorized by the Administrator.
d) Withdrawals from the Fund for Special and Sabbatical grants and to defray expense incurred in the administration of the Plan shall be authorized by the Administrative Unit.
e) The Pension Committee shall have authority to draw from the fund expenses incurred in the administration and care of the Fund." CARRIED Act 47