The Officers of the General Synod, prior to this meeting, had reviewed the Acts directed to the National Executive Council. Suggestions as to appropriate action are shown on Document #027-02-89-10.
The Acts were discussed by the National Executive Council, as follows:
Act 140 - Program Purpose and Goals for 1989-1995
No action was required.
Act 154 - Relations Between General Synod and Independent Mission Societies
Action to be taken by Partners-In-Mission and Program Committee and to be brought back to a future meeting of the National Executive Council
Act 37 - Confidentiality
Action to be taken by the House of Bishops and the Doctrine and Worship Committee. This will be discussed at the December 1989 meeting of Chancellors and Metropolitans
Act 38 - Compensation Policies and Practices
The Stipend Committee will be asked to gather responses, for placing before the National Executive Council
Act 88 - Funding Theological Education
Action to be taken by the Program, Ministry, and Stewardship and Financial Development Committees; then to be brought back to the National Executive Council
See also motion #47-10-89 (page 37).
Act 158 - Multiculturalism
See motion #46-10-89 (on page 37).
Act 97 - The Book of Alternative Services
See motion #37-10-89 (page 31).
Act 156 - Planning the Development of a New Hymn Book
The Doctrine and Worship Committee will be requested to regularly include, in its report to the National Executive Council, information on how it is dealing with this resolution
Act 112 - Surrogate Parenting
It was agreed that this resolution should be conveyed to the federal government now; and reiterated when it becomes a public issue
Act 139 - Anglican Journal Review
See Report #030-01-89-10 to the National Executive Council.
That this National Executive Council approve the referrals proposed by the Officers and the action, as discussed at this meeting, regarding the disposition of the acts of the General Synod referred to this Council. CARRIED #32-10-89
OTTAWA (June 9) -- The Anglican Church of Canada has emerged from a nine-day national meeting here with a new structure, new priorities and plans to publish a new hymn book.
The church's General Synod, a chief governing body of more than 300 lay and clergy members and bishops, also affirmed the presence and contributions of gay men and lesbians to the church and agreed to "deepen and extend" a three-year-old study of homosexuality.
General Synod heard presentations about the on-going work of healing and reconciliation within the Anglican Church for former students of native residential schools and approved a covenant drafted by indigenous people in which they express a desire to form a self-determining community within the Anglican Church.
The priorities adopted by General Synod call for the church to focus its energies on advocacy for social justice causes and on developing overseas partnerships. Related to those priorities, the church also approved a new national structure which is less legislative in tone and relies more on networking and consultation.
After a lengthy debate, Synod members authorized the church's Hymn Book Task Force to complete preparation of a new book which introduced female imagery of God, inclusive language and a broad range of musical styles. In addition to well-beloved traditional tunes, the new book includes popular folk tunes, gospel music, contemporary praise choruses and music from countries around the world.
In other business, the church agreed to extend use of its modern Book of Alternative Services for another three years and undertook to continue developing inclusive language for its rites. It also approved a motion to develop a eucharistic rite that includes "native spiritual traditions and other cultural traditions".
The General Synod also dealt with more than 60 resolutions on a wide variety of topics including matters of domestic and foreign policy, the Anglican Church's relationship with other churches, peace and environmentalism. Among these were:
- A resolution commending the federal government's commitment to devoting 0.7% of GNP to development assistance but expressing concern that foreign aid policy emphasizes Canada's economic assistance;
- One expressing "grief and outrage" at genocide in Rwanda and Burundi and regretting that governments, including the Canadian government, failed "to anticipate and prevent the evil that occurred";
- One reaffirming support of First Nations' struggles "to obtain justice regarding land claims through negotiations";
- One commending the Canadian Fisheries minister for his strong stand on conservation of East Coast fish stocks, and urging a similar stand with regards to the West Coast, and;
- One calling on the Minister of Immigration to exempt refugees and their families from paying a landing fee.
Nine ecumenical visitors from across Canada, the United States and overseas were invited to attend and reflect on General Synod as "partners" of the Anglican Church.
One of these visitors, Bishop Dinis Sengulane of the Diocese of Lebombo in Mozambique, spoke at a service at Christ Church Cathedral [written Cathedral Christ Cathedral], calling on the church and on all Canadians to denounce gun ownership and the shipment of arms to war-torn countries.
Bishop Sengulane is internationally-known for his role in bringing about a negotiated end to civil war in Mozambique.
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OTTAWA (June 9) -- The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Ottawa this week, has approved continuation of work on a new hymn book.
The 300-member body passed a motion authorizing the Hymn Book Task Force to complete preparation of the new book, which introduces female imagery of God, inclusive language and a broad range of musical styles.
Synod members had the opportunity to express their views about the book during a 90-minute hearing held earlier this week.
Although some members objected to the creation of a new book when the church already has two official hymnals, most speakers expressed support for a book with a broader and more inclusive range of material.
In addition to well-loved traditional hymns, the new book includes popular folk tunes, gospel music, contemporary praise choruses and music from countries around the world. George Black, chair of the Hymn Book Task Force, told Synod the group also tried to find material on subjects which are under-represented in the existing hymnals, such as justice and peace issues and environmental concerns.
Not included in the new book are hymns which use imagery glorifying war, such as Onward Christian Soldiers.
Work remaining to be done on the new hymn book includes the selection of music and obtaining copyright permissions. The final version of the new book will got to the Anglican Church's Council of General Synod for permission to publish for use.
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The referred resolution (see page 86) was returned. Mr. George Axon reported the opinion of the Expenditures Committee that the deadline shown in the resolution (i.e. for presentation to the National Executive Council in the Spring of 1994) could not be met, as additional funds and staff would be required. The Committee believed it would be possible to circulate a draft of the texts to members several months prior to General Synod 1995. As a result, the following revised motion was then presented:
Moved by: Rev. R. Blackman
Seconded by: Mr. M. Worthington
That this General Synod:
a) Direct the Hymn Book Task Force of the Doctrine and Worship Committee to continue work on a new Hymn Book and to circulate all proposed texts to each diocese a minimum of three months prior to General Synod 1995; and
b) Direct the Hymn Book Task Force to be inclusive and all encompassing in terms of Anglican theology, language, music and cultural heritage.
Motion to Refer
That the resolution be divided into three clauses [a), b), and c)] and considered clause-by-clause. CARRIED Act 107
Clause a) was put as follows:
a) That this General Synod direct the Hymn Book Task Force of the Doctrine and Worship Committee to continue work on a new Hymn Book. CARRIED Act 108
Clause b) was put as follows:
b) That this General Synod direct the Hymn Book Task Force of the Doctrine and Worship Committee to circulate all proposed texts to each diocese a minimum of three months prior to General Synod 1995. CARRIED Act 109
Clause c) was put as follows:
c) That this General Synod direct the Hymn Book Task Force of the Doctrine and Worship Committee to be inclusive and all encompassing in terms of Anglican theology, language, music and cultural heritage. CARRIED Act 110
Dr. George Black, Chair of the Hymn Book Task Force, introduced the following resolution.
Moved by Bishop B. Stavert, seconded by Canon M. Murray,
That this General Synod receive the collection of hymn texts presented by the Hymn Book Task Force and authorize the Hymn Book Task Force to complete the preparation of "a hymn book" and to present the completed material to the Council of the General Synod for permission to publish for use.
It was suggested that the hymn book be described as one among several such books.
Moved by Bishop M. Harding, seconded by Ms. B. Pope,
That this General Synod receive the collection of hymn texts presented by the Hymn Book Task Force and defer the completion and publication of the Hymn Book for at least three years during which time the implications of costs and content can be more fully explored at the parish level.
The mover and seconder of the amendment agreed to delete the words "for at least three years" and replace it with "until the next meeting of the General Synod."
Motion to End Debate
Moved by Ms. R. Nash, seconded by Dr. A. Anthony,
That the question on the amendment now be put. CARRIED
The amendment was then put and DEFEATED.
Motion to End Debate
That the question on the original motion now be put. CARRIED
The original motion was then put and CARRIED Act 69.
OTTAWA -- (June 7) Anglicans meeting at their General Synod have expressed strong views on a proposed new hymn book which presents female imagery of God, inclusive language and a more extensive range of musical styles.
The 300-member body will decide later this week whether the book will be published.
George Black, chair of the Hymn Book Task Force, said the group tried to reflect "a collection of diverse voices" in the new book and to include new material on subjects which have been under-represented in previous hymnals, such as justice and peace issues, environmental issues and the call to ministry.
Some speakers at the General Synod hearing expressed strong reservations about proceeding with a new hymn book in a time of financial constraints, when the church already has two.
Some objected to the removal of old familiar hymns or to proposed changes to them.
Others, however, applauded the Task Force's emphasis on hymns with inclusive language and the proposed book's more modern style in both music and text.
Although most of the 682 hymns in the proposed book retain well-loved, traditional tunes, the task force has added material from a broad range of musical styles from countries around the world.
Not included in the book are traditional Christian hymns which use the imagery of war, such as Onward Christian Soldiers.
The task force said that hymns which spoke of the struggle against evil were still considered appropriate while hymns which suggested that war itself was positive were dropped from the new book.
The Anglican Church of Canada currently has two official hymn books -- the "blue" book published in 1938 and the "red" hymn book produced in 1971.
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That the following resolutions be referred to the National Executive Council:
Revised Resolution #43
That this General Synod adopt the document entitled "Human Rights Principles for The Anglican Church of Canada" and recommend it for study and implementation at parish, diocesan and national levels under the Direction of the National Executive Council.
That this General Synod request
(i) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee prepare a theological statement on poverty which will include women's experience; and
(ii) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee involve the Task Force on Women in Poverty in the preparation of the theological statement.
That the General Synod recognize the feminization of poverty and request the Program Committee and the Women's Unit:
(i) to develop and implement ways to raise the awareness of people in dioceses and parishes about the reality of poverty in women's lives; and
(ii) to report on the resulting experiences and actions to the General Synod in 1989.
Revised Resolution #49
That this General Synod declares unemployment, homelessness and hunger to be major concerns of the Church. We recommend to the National Executive Council that adequate staff time be allocated to assist The Anglican Church of Canada, nationally, provincially and locally to address these concerns in the following ways:
a) to work together to seek just solutions to the problems of unemployment, homelessness and hunger;
b) to work with the unemployed, the homeless and the hungry towards such solutions;
c) to work ecumenically;
d) to challenge and to work with government: federally, provincially and locally to seek a more just society.
Revised Resolution #56
That this General Synod requests the National Executive Council to establish a Task Force to explore and make recommendations regarding the feasiblity of setting up a National Church presence in Ottawa, to support and enrich ongoing dialogue with the federal government.
Revised Resolution #59
That this General Synod call for a national consultation to explore the possibility of establishing an Anglican computer users network and ask the Program Committee to enable such a consultation.
Revised Resolution #60
That this General Synod commends the Principles of a healthy Remuneration System to the dioceses with the request that each diocese study the Principles and the implications of their implementation, and to respond to the Committee on Ministry within the next 18 months, in order that the Committee on Ministry may make recommendations to the 1989 General Synod re: remuneration practice in the Church.
That this General Synod directs the Office of Personnel Resources to maintain a registry of Licenced Lay Workers in order to facilitate their recognition and mobility within the Church.
That the Doctrine and Worship Committee be directed to begin a process towards the development of a new hymn book which will provide hymns and other music for worship that complement the Common Lectionary, which draw on a wide variety of styles and traditions and which are couched in language which is as inclusive as possible.
That the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada request the Goverment of Canada to retain the question on religious affiliation in the 1991 national Census, thereby continuing to make available information of great value to the religious communities of Canada.
That this General Synod, mindful of the oneness of God's human family, urges the General Committee of the Leonard Foundation of Canada to direct its Board of Trustees to apply to the appropriate Court in Canada to write out all references in the Trust Deed which discriminate on the basis of sex and race.
That this General Synod affirms in principle the amending of Canon XXI (On Marriage in the Church) in order to permit the re-marriage of divorced persons in the Church without the requirement of applying to an Ecclesiastical Matrimonial Commission, and directs the Organization Committee to bring such an amendment before the next General Synod.
That this General Synod commends the work of Church House staff at this Synod and recommends that serious consideration be given to providing sufficient computer equipment to facilitate their work at the General Synod in 1989.
That this General Synod reaffirm the National Executive Council (May 1985) condemnation of the U.S. government's economic and military policy toward Nicaragua, particularly its policy of providing covert military aid to the anti-government counter revolutionary forces, and urge the Canadian government to do everything in its power to influence the U.S. government and those of Central America to give their full support to current peace-making efforts in Central America.
That this General Synod request the Agenda Committee of the thirty-second session of the General Synod
a) to continue our practice of inviting representatives from partner Churches overseas and other denominations in Canada as observers and participants in Synod, and
b) to ensure that plenary session time be planned in order that all members of Synod may hear the partners' critique of the Synod's life and sense of priorities, and also may gain an understanding of the situations in which our partners are in mission.
That this thirty-first General Synod
1) regard the national membership of The Anglican Church of Canada as comprising those who indicate, in the Statistics Canada National Census, that they are Anglican, and
2) direct all committees, councils, boards, etc., in their deliberations, planning and other activities to accept this definition of membership.
That this General Synod adopt as a matter of urgent priority the need to reconstruct the Ipelegeng Community Centre in Soweto, and urge the Primate through every means possible for him to effect this priority.
That the Committee on Ministry be requested to formulate a complete and integrated set of Career Development Guidelines similar to the existing diocesan and national policies dealing with:
ii) terms of appointment
iii) continuing education plan
iv) pensions and other related matters.
That the Program Committee expand the scope of the examination of violence against women to include those native cultures within the Anglican Church which have their own distinct economic, family, work, social and educational structures.
That this General Synod directs the Program Committee and other interested committees:
1) to prepare a theological statement regarding the maintenance and termination of human life;
2) to prepare pastoral guidelines for families faced with decisions related to the resuscitation of loved ones
That Resolution #105 be deleted and be put forward now. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS.
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS. Act 92
That this Council of General Synod give permission to proceed with publication of Common Praise, subject to the inclusion of a representative sample of hymn translations in aboriginal languages which could be used in diocesan and other gatherings where worship takes place in a variety of languages, and subject to final approval by the Officers of General Synod, in consultation with two members of the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee.
Moved by: Ms. D. Brookes
Seconded by: Bishop M. Ingham
That the wording "and subject to the inclusion of a selection of hymns written primarily for children". DEFEATED
That the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" be included in the Common Praise Hymn Book. CARRIED #16-05-97
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED. #17-05-97