Canon W. Asbil informed the National Executive Council that four draft reports have been distributed. Approximately 300 people have received these reports and many answers were returned. A final draft has been written with the assistance of these replies and will be presented to General Synod.
Canon Asbil expressed appreciation to those who took the time to reply.
The Prolocutor thanked Canon Asbil for the report.
24. REPORT OF THE JOINT TASK FORCE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEES ON GENERAL SYNOD, PROVINCIAL, DIOCESAN RELATIONSHIPS
Canon Asbil, the Rev. W.E. Lowe and the General Secretary presented this report.
The General Secretary spoke to the report, after which the Council considered the report by sections.
Concern was expressed that there is no Provincial representation working with the Task Force.
That the National Executive Council recommends that a further consultation of representatives from the Provinces, Organization Committee and Long Range Planning Committee be held to consider this report before the presentation to a General Synod. CARRIED
It should be stated to General Synod that all four Provincial Synods were in common agreement that there should be a three-year Synod.
There was considerable discussion and a number of questions were asked. The Primate reported that Lambeth '78 would be considering the whole role of synodical government out of which would probably come guidelines and directions for future consideration.
This report will now be distributed to the Provinces, Diocesan Bishops and future members of the Task Force, along with the action taken by the Council.
"'Preparing the Way', the strategic planning process that will make recommendations to the next General Synod. consulted with all Canadian dioceses in the first half of this year . A remarkable degree of consensus around a number of key points emerged: We will be smaller and must focus our resources. - The way we understand leadership is changing ....". "The 'Beginners', the task group that oversees 'Preparing the Way', developed four options to place before the National Executive Council in May . They were not intended to represent proposals for action, but to outline some clear choices for NEC's discussion. Option 1: Continue to work at the same priorities but with reduced funding ... Option 2: Build on national strengths: world partnerships, social justice, information and financial development services ... Option 3: Address fundamental issues facing the church in Canada, in partnership with dioceses ... Option 4: Reduce to bare essentials ...". "NEC rejected Option 1 as 'status quo' and asked for further development on the other three. Options 2 and 3 present a clear by unpalatable choice between focusing on international mission or domestic mission -- each at the expense of the other. Members tried in various ways to combine the two, but realized this would put us back to the status quo -- as someone observed: 'two plus three equals one'. Option 4 received little enthusiasm, but members felt it should not be eliminated at this point. Dioceses and national committee members are now being asked for further comments. NEC is expected to select a single option (for recommendation to General Synod) when it meets in November ".
As of January 30, 2003 18 dioceses had ratified the agreement. Describes the efforts of Archbishop Peers and Archdeacon Boyles to explain the agreement and the materials available. Page 3 has a chart of each diocese's situation.
That the National Executive Council receive the following resolution and endorse the principle espoused:
`That the General Synod apportionment continue to be a free will offering of the dioceses to the work of the national Church;
That dioceses be encouraged to strive for their maximum possible effort and not consider the suggested quota as a maximum, setting their Apportionment Acceptance in relation to their own abilities, resources and commitments;
That the Budget Sub-Committee be asked to develop different terminology for use in approaching dioceses about their annual contributions to the national Apportionment; and
That the General Synod Administration and Finance and Program Committees continue a program of consultation with dioceses, individually and in groups; eg. Provincial Synods or regional groupings. CARRIED
That National Executive Council concur in and approve in principle the requests from the Diocese of Rupert's Land for:
(a) the relinquishment of any authority over investments of the Diocese of Rupert's Land which was vested in General Synod by resolutions which established the Restoration Fund in 1932;
(b) the redirection of trust investments and funds presently held under the terms of an agreement dated May 22, 1933 by the Bishop's Attorneys to a newly constituted body to be known as the Corporation's Advisory Board; and
(c) the release, when requested by the Diocese of Rupert's Land, to the appropriate corporations in the diocese of the investments and funds held in the Consolidated Trust Fund of General Synod for organizations within the Diocese of Rupert's Land; and
That the signing officers of General Synod be authorized and requested to sign the necessary documents to accomplish these matters after they are put in satisfactory legal form. CARRIED
The Administration and Finance Committee has authorized the appointment of a task force to review the agreements between General Synod and other dioceses as they relate to the Restoration Fund investments.
TORONTO (Feb. 10, 2003) -- The last of 30 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada have now ratified an agreement with the federal government which caps the church's liability in residential schools litigation at $25-million.
Completing a process that began last November , the 30 dioceses have unanimously approved the agreement and unanimously agreed to contribute to the settlement fund it creates. Each diocese was required to sign on to the agreement before it could come into effect. At a series of special meetings and synods held since last December  all agreed to do so, many without a dissenting vote.
The last dioceses to vote were Fredericton and Calgary this past weekend. Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador had earlier approved the agreement in principle and confirmed the decision this weekend. Because of time zones, Calgary's officially became the final ratification vote.
The Canadian Anglican Church has also announced the formation of a separate corporation, called the Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corp., which will administer the settlement fund under the terms of the agreement.
Under the agreement, 30 per cent of compensation will be paid from the settlement fund to former residential schools students who have proven claims of sexual or physical abuse. The remaining 70 per cent will be paid by the federal government.
If compensation for these claims eventually exceeds $25-million, the federal government will pay the rest, and should awards fall short of the amount, the money will be returned to the dioceses.
Canadian dioceses made individual decisions on how they would find the money to contribute their share to the settlement fund.
In the diocese of Toronto, for instance, Archbishop Terry Finlay asked each Anglican to contribute $100 in order to raise $5-million. Athabasca in Alberta is selling an archdeacon's residence to raise $125,000. Other dioceses dipped into reserves or decided to mount capital campaigns to cover both contributions to the settlement fund and other local projects.
Diocese were asked to contribute to the settlement fund according to a formula similar to the one used to determine their contributions to the national church.
In total, Canadian dioceses were called on to contribute $22-million and that goal has been met. General Synod, the national embodiment of the church, will make up the remaining $3-million.
The agreement was intended to move litigation over residential schools out of the courts and into a form of alternate dispute resolution. The large number of lawsuits was taking a long time in the legal system and the process was costing vast amounts of money, to the point where the General Synod of the Anglican Church was facing bankruptcy.
The details of a process to keep claims out of the courts (alternative dispute resolution) have yet to be finalized. Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of General Synod and the chief Anglican negotiator with the federal government, said at the time the agreement was announced on Nov. 20  that it would allow the church to use its resources to do what it does best -- minister to people who were harmed in the schools and work at healing and reconciliation -- rather than use them up in legal fees.
After this weekend's finalization of the ratification process, Archdeacon Boyles said that he was "very pleased with the way dioceses have responded so quickly and so positively to the agreement. It shows the strength of the Anglican family in Canada".
With the last of the ratification votes, the formal documents will now be sent to the dioceses for signing, Archdeacon Boyles explained. Once the documents have been signed by the dioceses, representatives of the Anglican Church and the Government of Canada will formally sign the official agreement.
A tentative date of March 11  has been set for the formal signing by Archbishop Michael Peers, the Anglican Primate, and federal Public Works Minister Ralph Goodale, in charge of residential schools resolution. The signing will likely take place at the Anglican national office in Toronto.
The Anglican church was involved, with the federal government, in operating 26 of 80 residential schools from the mid-19th century until the 1970s when the church ended its involvement. In 1993, Archbishop Peers formally apologized to native people for the church's involvement in the schools.
In reviewing his report as National Director of Anglicans in Mission, Canon Hobbs noted that we are now moving into the Financial Development Phase. He invited members to study the Mission Study Kit.
Mr. Wm. Hanrahan spoke to the report which had been prepared by the Community Counselling Service.
Mr. Kevin Allen, in speaking of the Collection Budget, noted that the National Steering Committee has accepted a nationally based system.
Canon Hobbs, Mr. Hanrahan and Mr. Allen responded to questions and comments from the members.
That this National Executive Council, in accordance with the recommendation of the National Steering Committee, approves the following action re the Collection System for Anglicans in Mission funds:
"The Anglican in Mission National Steering Committee recommends to the National Executive Council that because of the variety of parish and diocesan structures across the country, and because of the mobility of people, one national system be established for collection of Anglicans in Mission funds during the five year pledge period, as described by Community Counselling Service in their February 15, 1982 memorandum outlined below.*
It is recommended further, that the National Church Anglicans in Mission Budget cover the cost of staff, office space, equipment and supplies and that the remainder of the cost of the Collection System be shared on a 50/50 basis with the dioceses in proportion to the number of donor accounts, and that the National Executive Council urge all dioceses and parishes to support and cooperate in this collection strategy and in the complementary regular information flow to individual contributors, dioceses and parishes concerning how funds are being used in the respective dioceses and through General Synod to accomplish our Church's mission. It is recognized that dioceses may decide to opt out of this Collection System and develop their own collection process."
*"This would be a completely centralized system wherein all records would be transferred to a central office, placed in a computer, billings would be sent, payments would be received at the central office and congregations would have a limited responsibility. Congregations would receive detailed quarterly reports on all transactions involving their members and dioceses would receive reports on congregational progress. There are problems in this system too. Initial records from congregations contain errors. Donors send payments to their congregations other than to the central office, and there are computer errors. However, where the system has been done correctly and where a particularly effective computer company has been employed, a better than 90% collection record has always been achieved." CARRIED