That this Synod adopt the document "A Proclamation of Responsibility" and refer it to the Council of General Synod for the development of 'Procedures for Implementation' and report to the 36th session of the General Synod.
Proclamation of Responsibility:
As a Community of Faith we strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
We, the Anglican Church of Canada, proclaim and fulfill our responsibility to be accountable in our treatment of all persons as being made in the image of God.
This treatment applies to all persons without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
We agree to:
1. Ensure that all persons are treated with courtesy and integrity, and respond to all pastoral situations with respect and compassion.
2. Ensure equal and fair treatment of:
- all persons for whom we provide educational, medical or financial assistance;
- all persons occupying church property or being accommodated in institutions provided by or governed by the church.
3. Ensure that all who qualify will be able to vote. (All Baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to vote at General meetings of their parish and at Synod.)
4. Ensure that all who qualify will be considered for election. (All Baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to hold elected positions in the church.)
5. Ensure that all who qualify will be considered for service. (All Baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to have their vocations tested and to be considered for service in the life and on the committees of the church.)
6. Ensure that employees are fairly treated. (All persons employed by the church shall be employed on the basis of ability, skills and experience appropriate to the position.)
The mover and seconder agreed to amend item #1 (under "We agree to") by adding the words "to whom we minister" before "are treated", to read as follows:
Ensure that all persons to whom we minister are treated with courtesy and integrity ....
Motion to Refer
Moved by: Dr. G. Egerton
Seconded by: Rev. T. Chesterton
That this resolution be referred to the Council of the General Synod for consideration.
Moved by: Archdeacon S. DeGruchy
Seconded by: Miss A. Weir
That the resolution be referred to the Eco-Justice Committee (instead of the Council of General Synod).
Amendment to the Amendment
Moved by: Rev. A. Perry
Seconded by: Mrs. C. Greenwood
That the resolution be referred to the House of Bishops, in consultation with the Eco-Justice Committee.
The amendment to the amendment was then put and - DEFEATED
Motion to End Debate
Moved by: Rev. K. Denman
Seconded by: Mr. D. Lewis
That the question on the amendment now be put. CARRIED
The amendment was then put and - DEFEATED
Seconded by: Rev. C. Harwood-Jones
That the question on the motion to refer to the Council of the General Synod now be put. CARRIED
The first amendment to refer the resolution to the Council of the General Synod was put and - DEFEATED
That the original resolution now be put. CARRIED
Six members of Synod requested a vote by orders, in accordance with Section III of the Rules of Order and Procedure.
The resolution was then put and - DEFEATED IN ALL ORDERS Act 79
The Bishop of Ottawa read the following statement prepared for the Committee on Ecumenical Affairs concerning "Advance in Mission" and for the information of the National Executive Council. "That the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., realizing that the Christian Church's outreach into society has not been effective in recent years, believes that consideration should be given to a program of 'Advance in Mission' in the 1970's. It had accordingly presented such a proposal to the National Council of Churches of Christ, U.S.A., and to the member churches of the Canadian Council of Churches. Specifically, the churches are invited to join in planning and interpreting such an Advance in Mission program. This would require consultation among the churches to determine the specific areas requiring attention, the degree to which any progress could be coordinated, and how the program of each church might complement the program of other churches."
He then presented the following resolution which had been approved by the Committee on Ecumenical Affairs:
"That the National Executive Council be asked to appoint one or more persons to consult with representatives of member churches of the Canadian Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches, U.S.A. about the proposals for an Advance in Mission program; and that a full report of such a consultation be considered by the National Executive Council before consideration is given to full participation of the Anglican Church of Canada in the planning and carrying out of the proposed Advance in Mission program in the 1970's."
That this National Executive Council gives its approval to this resolution. CARRIED
Moved by the Bishop of Ottawa, seconded by Dr. E.W. Balcom,
That the General Secretary of General Synod, the Executive Officer for Program, Planning and Research, the General Secretary of MSCC, the General Secretary of CSS be appointed by the National Executive Council to look into this matter. CARRIED