Mr. D.C. Mackintosh presented the proposed revisions to Canon VIII, The Department of Pensions.
Paragraphs 1 to 23 were considered ad seriatim and, on motion of Mr. D.C. Mackintosh, seconded by the Ven. R. Axon, were approved.
Regulations 51 to 54 were considered and, on motion of Mr. D.C. Mackintosh, seconded by the Ven. R. Axon, were approved.
Regulation 71, on motion of Mr. D.C. Mackintosh, seconded by the Ven. R. Axon, were approved.
Regulations 72, on motion of Mr. D.C. Mackintosh, seconded by the Ven. R. Axon, with the addition of the words 'up to 40 years' immediately following the words 'Pensionable Service' in (2) (d).
Regulation 73 was then considered.
That (with regard to Regulation 73 of the Pension Canon) parity be achieved at the earliest possible moment by the Pension Board between Mortuary Benefits payable to widows of all Bishops and Clergy of the Church, and that this be done without increase in pension assessments. CARRIED Message L-55.
Message U-23 "The Upper House concurs in Messages L 38, L 39, L 40, L 41, L 42, L 43, L 44, L 45, L 50, L 51, L 52, L 53, L 54, L 55, L 56, L 57,L 59, L 63, L 64. (See pp. 38, 40, 41, 43, 48, 51, 52, 55, 56, 59, 96-99.)
Message L-55 - Requests to Pension Board
A. That this Synod request the Pension Board to give consideration to the removal of the limitations on number of children eligible for benefits as given in R.75, Sections (d) and (e).
B. That, with regard to Regulation 73 of the Pension Canon, parity be achieved at the earliest possible moment by the Pension Board between Mortuary Benefits payable to widows of all Bishops and Clergy of the Church, and that this be done without increase in pension assessments.
The Upper House concurs in Message L-55 of the Lower House. (See p. 67.)
This book "reinforces the critical importance of `preserving' ecclesial initiatives, particularly those which owe their existence and their continued life to the creativity, courage and commitment of `women of God'. The extraordinary variety and the sheer magnificence of Anglican women's work has yet to be sufficiently acknowledged, let alone respectfully appreciated throughout the Anglican Communion and so I welcome this book as a significant effort toward redeeming this ongoing problematic. This narrative provides overwhelming evidence of the irrepressible capacity of women to push relentlessly toward, within and beyond all of the myriad `places of possibility' within our inherently patriarchal church structures". -- Preface, p, ix].
Contents divided into five main sections: Introduction -- Part One : Women in the Voluntary Arena -- Part Two : Clergy Wives -- Part Three : Clergy Women -- Part Four : Conclusion.
Contents: Preface / Jenny Plane Te Paa -- Dedication -- Introduction -- The Question -- Form and Shape -- Post Modernisms as Possibility -- The Storytellers -- Integration: The Theory -- Applied Integration -- Personal and Professional -- Women in the Voluntary Arena -- 19th Century Beginnings -- WA: The Women's Auxiliary -- The Mothers' Union -- Parish Guilds -- ACW: Anglican Church Women -- Assimilation or Resistance to Change -- Collective Profile -- Fragments of Alienation -- Inclusivity: New Models of Partnership -- Who Are We Now ? -- Clergy Wives -- Common Dimensions of the Clergy Wife Experience -- Six Models -- Assimilation, Alienation and Mutuality in the First Person -- Clergy Women -- Who Are We Now ? -- Forces of Tradition -- Models of Ministry -- Spirituality -- Career Aspirations -- Living Alienation -- Ministry Challenges -- Home and Family: How Does It Fit ? -- Moving Beyond Old Role Models -- Woman Against Women -- Mutuality: Living the New Reign of Love -- From Rectorship to Partnership: New Models of Ministry -- Woman to Woman -- Domestic Partnership -- Conclusion.
That the National Executive Council explore with the Pension Committee methods of improving the pensions of clergy and widows and bring in a specific recommendation at the General Synod of 1971, which might include an increase in the rate of assessment. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the NEC approves the reinstatement of those widows who have lost their pension benefits through remarriage whose husbands died while in receipt of a pension or who were married to a member of the plan for more than 15 years. The reinstatement to be effective 1 January, 1973. CARRIED