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ACC-13 Resolution 4

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9436
Date
2007 June 19-25
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 46
Date
2007 June 19-25
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 46
Mover
Bishop Susan Moxley
Seconder
Ms. Suzanne Lawson
Prologue
The revised resolution was presented.
Text
That this General Synod:
i. ratify Sections a-d of the proposed constitutional changes for the Anglican Consultative Council, as proposed in ACC-13 Resolution 4; and
ii. not ratify ACC-13 Resolution 4, Section e) of the proposed constitutional changes for the Anglican Consultative Council. CARRIED Act 46
Notes
[Text of Resolution 4 of ACC-13 [i.e. 2005 Meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council] Sections a-d which were passed are as follows:
The Anglican Consultative Council:
(a) takes note that the Secretary General has taken appropriate steps to implement and respond to the recommendations of Appendix One of the Windsor Report insofar as they relate to the administration of the Anglican Communion Office, and thanks him for this work
(b) requests that the Standing Committee of the Council and the Archbishop of Canterbury give consideration to convening a meeting of the Standing Committee at the same time and in the same place as the next meeting of the Primates, and that they facilitate the opportunity for joint sessions of business and consultation
(c) requests that the Schedule of Membership of the Council be amended to make the members of the Primates' Standing Committee for the time being `ex officio' members of the Anglican Consultative Council in accordance with the text set out in Appendix One
(d) resolves that the Constitution of the Council be amended by the deletion of existing Article 7(a) and replacing it with the text set out in Appendix Two
Text of Resolution 4 of ACC-13 [i.e. 2005 Meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council] Section e which was NOT passed is as follows:
(e) requests that the Schedule of Membership of the Council be amended to provide that the Primates and Moderators of the Churches of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion shall be additional `ex officio' members of the Council, and that in order to achieve appropriate balance between the orders of bishops, clergy and laity in the Council that the representative members shall thereafter be only from either the priestly and diaconal orders or from the laity of the appropriate Provinces as set out in Appendix Three, the execution of this amendment being subject to:
(i) the Primates' assent to such a change at their next meeting
(ii) two thirds of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion giving their approval of such a change by resolution of the appropriate constitutional body
(iii) final amendment (if any) and approval by the Standing Committee in the light of such deliberations
(iv) such provisions taking effect in relation to existing members of the Council only upon the occasion of the next vacancy arising in the membership.]
Subjects
Anglican Consultative Council. Constitution
Anglican Consultative Council - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Consultative Council
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion - Primates
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ACC [Anglican Consultative Council] membership change resisted

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article34610
Author
Malton, Mel (H. Mel), 1963-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 June - July
Author
Malton, Mel (H. Mel), 1963-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 June - July
Volume
133
Issue
6
Page
GS4
Notes
General Synod members voted to send a message to the Anglican Consultative Council that adding the primates to the Council would be an unwelcome change. Bishop Moxley pointed out that this change would replace the bishops with primates.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
Anglican Consultative Council - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Moxley, Sue (Susan Elisabeth), 1946-
Lawson, Suzanne
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ACC decision regrettable, but of little practical consequence, Canadian primate says

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9045
Date
2005 June 23
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2005 June 23
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
NOTTINGHAM, Eng. (June 23, 2005)
The decision to exclude the Anglican Church of Canada from two Anglican Consultative committees on which it does not sit is regrettable in principle but will have no practical effect, says Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Canadian church.
"We do regret the decision, although we note it was adopted by an extremely narrow margin," Archbishop Hutchison said. "Had out members and our American colleagues been allowed their vote, it would have failed. We regret that the Anglican Consultative Council made such a decision in a forum in which we are not being allowed to participate an in which we have no voice. There is, after all, a pretty fundamental democratic principle that says that when decisions are made that affect you, you are allowed to speak to them".
Archbishop Hutchison added: "Our hope is that the discussions and debates of the past few days will provide impetus for the discussion about homosexuality and the role of gays and lesbians in the church to begin in those parts of the Anglican Communion where they have not yet begun."
The Consultative Council approved a motion affirming a request made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion last February [2005] that the Canadian and U.S. churches "voluntarily withdraw" their members from the meeting now underway.
The affirming motion stipulated, however, that the Primates' request that the Canadian and U.S. churches withdraw from the ACC should be interpreted as including participation on the standing committee, which meets between triennial sessions of the full council, and inter-Anglican finance and administration committee.
Neither Canada nor the United States have members on those two committees and since their members at this meeting are not participants, they are not eligible for election.
Earlier in the meeting, in response to another request made by the Primates, representatives of the Canadian church made a presentation explaining where it is on the controversial issue of blessing same-sex unions. The U.S. church made a similar presentation explaining how it came to consecrate an openly gay man as bishop.
Archbishop Hutchison, who is scheduled to return to Canada today, said he would be making a full report to the Canadian Church in a statement that will be issued early next week.
- 30 -
For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Consultative Council. Meeting (13th : 2005 : Nottingham, Eng.)
Anglican Consultative Council - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Consultative Council - Committees - Membership
Episcopal Church - Relations - Anglican Communion
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Episcopal Church
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Robinson, Gene (V. Gene), 1947-
Ordination of gays - Anglican Communion
Ordination of gays - Episcopal Church
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ACC resorts to secret poll to modify ejection plan

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article32734
Journal
Church Times
Date
2005 June 24
Journal
Church Times
Date
2005 June 24
Issue
7424
Page
7
Notes
"An attempt to eject Anglicans from the US and Canada from all meetings of the Anglican Communion for the next three years was narrowly defeated on Wednesday". "The ACC [Anglican Consultative Council] delegates went into a closed session on Wednesday afternoon, which stretched an hour over time. Eventually it emerged that they had held a secret ballot about the clause. It was rejected by 30 votes to 28, with four abstentions". "The original resolution had been proposed by Stanley Isaacs (South East Asia), and supported by representatives from several other African provinces, among them the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria. The only English supporter was Elizabeth Paver". "The other significant vote on Wednesday was to change the ACC constitution to include the 37 Primates as ex-officio members. The move will increasing the member from 70 to 115, and tip the balance heavily towards ordained members".
Subjects
Anglican Consultative Council. Meeting (13th : 2005 : Nottingham, Eng.)
Anglican Consultative Council - Membership
Episcopal Church - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion - Parties and movements
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Episcopal Church
Anglican Communion - Primates
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Across the Communion: Primate inspired by U.K. visit

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article38277
Author
Staff
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2013 February
Author
Staff
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2013 February
Volume
139
Issue
2
Page
6
Notes
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, emerged from his Dec. 6 [2012] meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, Justin Welby, feeling 'very optimistic about his leadership'. The visit which took place at Auckland Castle, in County Durham, England, was part of Hiltz' annual visit to Lambeth Palace and the Anglican Communion office. Hiltz also met with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who retired on Dec. 7 [2012]". [Text of entire article.]
Subjects
Hiltz, Fred (Frederick James), 1953-
Welby, Justin (Justin Portal), 1956-
Church of England. Archbishop of Canterbury
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
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Act No. 78: Requesting the National Executive Council to refer motion (re additional funds for Information and Stewardship to have representative accompany Bishop Dean) to appropriate Committee for consideration and report (See Sept. 2 minutes, p.3)

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official5794
Date
1965 November 11-12
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1965 November 11-12
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Mr. Graham
Seconder
Prolocutor
Prologue
ii. "That the Anglican World Mission Committee request the National Executive to appoint a small committee to study the wider policies of the Anglican Communion as they bear on World Mission projects at home and overseas, development of regional and inter-regional life and communication, the formation and financing of the regional areas and the general support of the Executive Officer of the Anglican Communion."
Text
That this resolution be received. CARRIED
Subjects
Missions - Anglican Church of Canada
Missions - Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion. Executive Officer
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Consultative Body
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
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The Anglican Communion

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9929
Date
2010 January 7-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 001-01-10
Date
2010 January 7-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 001-01-10
Mover
Bishop [George] Bruce
Seconder
Archbishop Colin Johnson
Prologue
Archbishop Hiltz shared some of the observations made by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pastoral Visitors about their time with the Canadian bishops.
Bishop Bruce distributed a report from the Anglican Communion Working Group. He reviewed it. Discussion followed.
Text
“This House of Bishops recommend to the Council of General Synod that the final text of ‘The Covenant for the Anglican Communion’ be presented to General Synod 2010 for consideration by The Anglican Church of Canada.”
CARRIED HB Res-001-01-10
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
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ANGLICAN COMMUNION COVENANT #015-03-13-03 : Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion

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Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Mover
Chancellor David Jones
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Prologue
Archdeacon Harry Huskins advised that this Covenant was considered at General Synod in 2010 and that Resolution A137 directed the Governance Working Group to prepare a report about the legal and constitutional implications and consequences presented to the Anglican Church of Canada by the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant. The GWG issued its report in June 2011. Archdeacon Huskins paid tribute to former Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, and to Archbishop Hiltz for their efforts and he described the rationale for this resolution now presented to COGS. He requested members to respond to the following questions:
1. Is the following text what COGS wishes to forward to General Synod, and
2. How can it best be presented at General Synod?
Proposed Resolution
That the following resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
Resolved that General Synod:
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
As a result of this resolution:
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant. FWM’s Reflections can be found at
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
-- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium, and
-- 2. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Ms. Martha Gardner provided details with respect to a resolution embraced in 2012 by TEC on the Covenant.
Lengthy discussion ensued and it was agreed that the text required modification.
Motion to Table
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. James Cowan
Seconded by: The Ven. Harry Huskins
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be tabled.
ADOPTED
Motion to Lift from the Table
Moved by: Chancellor David Jones
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be lifted from the table.
The Chancellor introduced an amendment for consideration (see item 1 below in italics) with respect to the final paragraphs of the resolution, which was agreed:
[N.B. Italics in electronic text indicated by text enclosed in quotation marks.]
"1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;"
2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Text
That the following amended resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
General Synod 2013
Resolution
Subject: The Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion
Background:
General Synod 2010 passed the following resolution:
Resolved that General Synod
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant.
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;
- 2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
- 3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
ADOPTED #13-03-13
Notes
Discussion continued and it was agreed that a report submitted by the Anglican Church of Canada to the Anglican Consultative Council-15, which met in the Fall of 2012, could be used as a background document to provide information about the above resolution in the General Synod Convening Circular.
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Covenant Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
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Anglican Communion Issues

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9478
Date
2007 November 16-18
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-11-07
Date
2007 November 16-18
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-11-07
Prologue
The Report of the Joint Standing Committee #015-02-07-11
The Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan presented 'The Report of the Joint Standing Committee to the Archbishop of Canterbury' (Doc. #015-02-07-11) and invited table groups to discuss the report and respond to questions:
- What can you affirm ?
- What is challenging ?
- What gives you hope ?
The Primate noted that a similar exercise had been conducted at the meeting of the House of Bishops. Both results will be taken into account when drafting the response.
Response to the Covenant #015-01-07-11
The Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan presented 'A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant by the Anglican Church of Canada'. Council offered its comments and concerns and asked Archdeacon Harry Huskins and Canon Robert Falby to revise the draft response.
Council achieved consensus on revisions to the preliminary response proposed by the Anglican Communion Working Group and proposed:
Text
That this Council of General Synod forward “A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant by the Anglican Church of Canada” to the Covenant Design Group of the Anglican Communion. APPROVED BY CONSENSUS #20-11-07
Notes
The document, 'A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant by the Anglican Church of Canada', is attached as Appendix D.
APPENDIX D
A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant
by the Anglican Church of Canada
1. The Anglican Church of Canada takes very seriously its mutual responsibility and interdependence in the Body of Christ, and specifically its participation in the life of the Anglican Communion. We welcome the invitation to covenant if it means that the mission of the church is being strengthened as we partner together. To that end, our church has diligently participated in various processes and responded to various documents which have sought to deepen and enhance the Communion and give expression to our common life.
2. In particular we highlight the responses of our Province to:
- a. ‘Belonging Together’ (response in 1992)
- b. 'The Virginia Report' (response in 2001)
- c. 'The Windsor Report' (response in 2005 and 2007)
3. In addition we have responded to ecumenical documents in which Anglicans have been involved: agreed statements with Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Orthodox, and World Council of Churches’ documents such as 'Baptism Eucharist and Ministry'.
4. In the process of developing such responses, we have consulted widely with parishes, dioceses, and our internal provinces, and have tested the responses through our constitutional processes.
5. We are now being asked to respond to 'An Anglican Covenant: A Draft for Discussion'. At the General Synod of 2007 we committed ourselves to ‘the development and possible adoption of an Anglican covenant’. However, the timeframe proposed is impossibly short for us to engage in the adequate process of discernment and affirmation that our polity requires. The Covenant is an extremely important proposal, with longterm implications for all Anglicans, and we will need to take more time to prepare a response that truly speaks for the Anglican Church of Canada. Thus all we can do at this point is to repeat affirmations we have previously made and concerns we have raised, to offer some comment about the shape of the proposed draft covenant, and to ask some critical questions of the text in the light of those affirmations and concerns.
6. General Synod in 2007 endorsed a response to the 'Windsor Report'. We commend the whole document for consideration by the Covenant Design Group and the instruments of communion, and wish to emphasize especially in this context paragraphs 30 & 31:
- 30. We affirm the idea of developing an Anglican Covenant, noting the call of Windsor that it be developed through a “long-term process, in an educative context, be considered for real debate and agreement on its adoption as a solemn witness to communion.” (118) We are committed to such a long-term process and would hope that such a covenant would promote mutual responsibility and interdependence within the Communion. We have reservations about the constitutional tone of the example provided in the Windsor Report. We find that example too detailed in its proposals and we are concerned that such a model might foster the development of a complex bureaucratic structure which might stifle change and growth in mission and ministry. We would prefer a shortened and simplified covenant, perhaps based on the model of the baptismal covenant, or ecumenical covenants such as the Waterloo Declaration between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, or the covenant proposed by the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism. We value the Ten Principles of Partnership cited in Appendix 3 of Windsor and would hope that they inform the drafting of a covenant. We affirm that any group given the responsibility of developing an Anglican Covenant needs to be broadly representative of the membership of the Church, including men and women, clergy and lay people, a variety of geographical regions and theological emphases.
- 31. The Covenant process could provide a place where the evolving structures of the Communion can be discussed and agreed upon. The current practice seems to be the development of ad hoc agreements or actions based on reports which have not yet been received by the whole Communion. We affirm that “we do not favour the accumulation of formal power by the Instruments of Unity, or the establishment of any kind of central ‘curia’ for the Communion.” (105) In responding to the Virginia Report in 2001, many Canadians felt that the present structures serve well when used fully and creatively. “The personal and relational life of the Church is always prior to the structural. … Right structuring and right ordering provide channels by which, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ is discerned, the right conduct of the Church encouraged and the gifts of the many are drawn upon in the service and mission of the Church.” ('Virginia Report', 5.4) We would be wary of the over-development of structures which would make it difficult for the Church to respond quickly and easily to fulfill its mission in its local context. We are distrustful of the development of structural changes driven primarily by issues and in the midst of acute crisis.
7. The report of the Covenant drafting Group requests from Provinces an initial response to the fundamental shape of the covenant. We have experience in Canada of two previous covenants. The ‘New Covenant’ of 1994 is an invitation from indigenous peoples for the rest of the church to walk with them in partnership in a particular way. The ‘Waterloo Declaration’ of 2001 is also a relational covenant. In that Declaration, Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada declared themselves to be in full communion on the basis of a shared history and an affirmation of shared convictions. As churches in full communion we then made commitments to one another to ensure the closest possible collaboration and consultation to further our common mission in Christ. We believe that this shape of telling our common story, making common affirmations, and making commitments that arise from these is a helpful model.
8. Thus in this case, our approach was to analyze the motivation for the current draft; to assess the strategy employed to achieve that motivation and to examine the broad outline of how well that strategy has been achieved. With that in mind, we believe that there appears to be an overall consistency in both intent and presentation in the shape of the Covenant Design Group draft but the text itself could obviously be improved by careful editing. As already indicated, we are not able at this time to express an appropriate measure of consent to this text, as requested in the report of the Covenant Design Group, but study is continuing throughout our church.
9. We appreciate the emphasis on mission in the preamble to the document. We believe that the call to common mission could effectively become the central organizing principle of the covenant, and that this would be a faithful expression of the Anglican Communion’s vocation to proclaim the good news afresh in every generation. It would, however, require a shift in emphasis and ordering of the remaining sections of the document.
10. We also understand that our common mission originates in and returns to the eucharistic fellowship which is established by God the Holy Trinity. Only at the table of the Lord can we discern our common calling and be fed by common food for the journey.
11. We recognize that the community falls into disputes, and may need to have agreed upon means of resolving those conflicts as we stay at the table. However, we are troubled by Sections 5 & 6. Section 6 is an attempt to describe those means, but these sections have aspects which are non-synodical and raise serious concerns that will require broad consultation both in the Anglican Church of Canada and throughout the Communion. We are particularly concerned about 6.6. and the potential role and power of the Primates’ Meeting. We stress, as noted in para 31 of our response to Windsor, that this process needs to unfold over a much longer period of time, lest we create structures only in response to a particular crisis.
12. We thank the Covenant Design Group for their careful work on behalf of the Anglican Communion which we all love.
Adopted by the Council of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada November 19, 2007
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Covenant
Covenants - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Conflict management - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Working Group
Anglican Communion. Covenant Design Group
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Anglican Communion Relations Advisory Council (ACRAC)

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official10649
Date
2016 July 7-12
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 36
Date
2016 July 7-12
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 36
Mover
The Ven. Dr. Harry Huskins
Seconder
The Very Rev. Peter G. Elliott
Text
That this General Synod:
- acknowledge that the Anglican Covenant process has had the positive effect of leading many to think deeply about the nature of Anglican ecclesiology and the nature of inter-Anglican relationships, and directs the Council of General Synod to continue to monitor developments related to the Anglican Covenant; and
- commit the Anglican Church of Canada to full participation in the Instruments of Communion, the Continuing Indaba, the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue and the strengthening of relationships through initiatives such as the establishment and nurturing of Companion Diocese relationships.
CARRIED Act 36
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Covenant
Continuing Indaba
Companion Diocese Program - Anglican Communion
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