A. Commission on the Structure of the Canadian Church
At the August meeting the Primate was asked to contact the Chairman concerning the calling together of the membership. However, no action had been taken pending consideration and report in May on the restructuring of the Standing Committees of General Synod.
B. Committee on the Hymnal
The Primate was asked in August to contact the Chairman of this Committee regarding the addition of members to the Committee. He stated that he had no report to make at this time.
C. Committee on the State of the Church
The General Secretary reported that the Committee had decided against sending the present statistical form to the dioceses for suggestions regarding revision. Instead, the members are working on a revised form, which will then be sent to the dioceses, requesting their opinions.
D. Committee on the Church's Observance of Canada's Centenary
1. Section II of the Bishop of Red River's report to the National Executive Council in November had been referred to the Primate, who has discussed the matter with the Bishop. On the Primate's return to Winnipeg, he will again take up this matter with the Bishop of Red River.
2. Concerning Section III(b) "Anglican Award of Merit," this had been referred back to the Committee in November but no report had been received to date.
3. Quotas for Christian Pavilion at Expo '67
A statement of Receipts and Disbursements to December 31, 1966, was presented and distributed.
Referred to National Executive Council Resolutions from the Commission on the Structure of the Canadian Church
That Sections 1 and 2 of the following resolution be referred to the Committee on Organization, and Section 3 to the General Secretary of General Synod:
"1. That, if the General Synod approves the discharge of the Basic Stipend Committee, the Commission be divided into three sub-committees;
(a) Relations of General Synod vis-a-vis Provincial and Diocesan Synods;
(b) The Ministry, generally;
(c) Salary Structures.
2. That the Primate be respectfully asked to include in the Commission's terms of reference parochial and salary structures in the relation to the Ecclesiastical Provinces.
3. That in view of the important issues faced by the Commission and the difficulty experienced in obtaining a hitherto meagre attendance, the Primate be requested to arrange for meetings to be held at times and in places where the membership will not be called upon to attend other meetings and can devote its time to full consideration and debate." CARRIED
That the following be added to the resolutions from the Commission on the Structure of the Canadian Church:
"That in view of the important issues faced by the Commission and the difficulty experienced in obtaining hitherto meagre attendance, the Primate be requested to arrange for meetings to be held at times and in places where the membership will not be called upon to attend other meetings and can devote its time to full consideration and debate. CARRIED in both Houses.
Canon H.B. Barrett presented the report and advised N.E.C. that the Committee had no definite plan of action - just concerns. It had identified certain situations, but did not wish to continue further study unless instructed by N.E.C. to do so. It was drawn to the attention of members that under the restructuring, the responsibility for the work of the Commission on the Structure of the [Canadian] Church had been placed in the hands of the Long Range Planning Committee. It was agreed that a need existed to help discover new ways of spiritual development.
That the National Executive Council instructs the Long Range Planning Committee to coordinate existing studies on the structure of the Canadian Church, and to initiate other necessary surveys and studies to enable the development of goal and strategy alternatives, in order that the Church may confront and resolve this issue quickly and effectively. CARRIED
Moved by Mr. J.W. Graham, seconded by the Very Rev. W.E. Jackson,
That this General Synod, in its Twenty-First Session, approves the proposal of the Committee on Organization for the reorganization of the Synod and its Departments, whereby:
(1) The General Synod, with Lower House membership reduced to approximately 210 persons, will meet biennially.
(2) Biennial meetings, in alternate years, will be held of each of the M.S.C.C., the G.B.R.E. and the C.S.S., in reconstituted membership retaining the principle of diocesan representation.
(3) The Executive Council will be abolished and replaced by an enlarged Central Executive Committee, meeting quarterly, to be known as the National Executive Council, and exercising the powers and functions of the present Executive Council.
(4) The General Synod will act as the Electoral College for the election of a Primate.
Moved in amendment by Chancellor Harris, seconded by the Very Rev. B. Whitlow,
That the report of the Committee on Organization, together with all the notices of motion sponsored by such Committee, be referred to the Primate's Commission on the Structure of the Church for study and report to the General Synod in 1965, also with instructions to report progress to the Executive Council meetings in 1963 and 1964 and to all Provincial and Diocesan Synods before January 1st, 1965 as to the major changes proposed by the Commission in the Declaration of Principles, the Constitution and the Canons of the Synod. Further, Resolved that the principle of representation of all Diocesan Synods by bishops and clerical and lay representatives in the General and Provincial Synods be reaffirmed.
That this General Synod affirms the principle that the Executive Council of Synod, standing as it does in the place of Synod between the sessions of Synod, should consist of members, both clerical and lay, representing all dioceses, and with this affirmation in mind, that the problem of reorganization be referred back to the Committee on Organization for further consideration and a further report and recommendations at the next Synod. CARRIED in both Houses: Upper House 18 pro, 17 con; Lower House 154 pro, 101 con.
Moved by the Ven. F.D. Watt, seconded by Canon G.A. Stegen,
That this General Synod instruct the Commission on the Structure of the Canadian Church to investigate the role and place of the Upper House in the Canadian Church and General Synod in the light of the nature of the Church and the times in which we live; to report its findings to the National Executive Council; and to bring recommendations re canonical changes to the next Session of General Synod.
That this General Synod instruct the National Executive Council to investigate the role and place of the Upper and Lower Houses in General Synod and the length and structure of the meetings of General Synod and to bring in any recommendations to the next session of General Synod. The amendment was CARRIED in both Houses. The motion as amended was CARRIED in both Houses.