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
1) The General Synod reaffirms the 1980 General Synod Acts 21 and 22 as continuing policy;
2) dioceses be asked to report to the National Executive Council at its Spring meetings in 1984 and 1986 on the changes in the numbers of women and men on the diocesan staff and diocesan committees.
"That paragraph 2 be deleted from the original motion." CARRIED
The motion as amended reads:
"That the General Synod reaffirm the 1980 General Synod Acts 21 and 22 as continuing policy." The motion as amended was put and CARRIED Act 29
Act 21 - 1980 General Synod: "That this Synod commend to the dioceses that they develop and implement policies and strategies for the fuller participation of women in the leadership and councils of the Church."
Act 22 - 1980 General Synod: "That this Synod encourage affirmative action to ensure more rapid progress toward sexual equality of opportunity in filling senior positions at the national and diocesan levels of the Church."