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Anglican Communion Covenant

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9785
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 73
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 73
Mover
The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford
Seconder
The Very Rev. Peter G. Elliott
Prologue
Bishop George Bruce, Chair of the Anglican Communion Working Group (ACWG) and Chair of the Anglican Ecclesiology Sub-Group of Faith Worship and Ministry, introduced the presentation which set the context for the discussion of the Covenant. He reviewed the composition of the ACWG, its mandate and work and introduced members Bishop Stephen Andrews, Ms. Suzanne Lawson and Archbishop Colin Johnson, and also the Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, member of the Covenant Design Group and the Covenant Review Group. Bishop Bruce reviewed the Covenant section by section highlighting changes since the first draft. He invited and responded to questions of clarification.
In table groups, members discussed and responded in writing to the question 'What materials would be helpful in your study of the covenant document ?'
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. George Bruce
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson
That this 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. 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.
Amendment
Text
That the resolution be amended by adding the following two paragraphs after section two of the resolution.
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;
Amendment to the Amendment
Moved by: The Rev. Canon James Robinson
Seconded by: Ms. Brittany Young
That the amendment be amended by adding "the Primate‘s Theological Commission" to paragraph 4 as follows: " . . .be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, the Governance Working Group and the Primate‘s Theological Commission. . ." DEFEATED
The amendment was put and was CARRIED
The amended motion with reads:
That this 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';
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.
was put and was CARRIED Act 73
Notes
Point of Order
Dean Iain Luke rose on a point of order, requesting that Resolution C004 respecting the Anglican Covenant be ruled out of order as it revisited the decision made in Motion A137. After consulting the assessors, the Primate ruled C004 to be out of order.
[Text of C004:
Moved by: The Rev. Canon Alan T. Perry, diocese of Montreal
Seconded by: The Ven. Ronald Harrison, diocese of New Westminster
Be it resolved that this General Synod:
1. Affirm the commitment of the Anglican Church of Canada to full participation in the life and mission of the Anglican Communion; and
2. Will consider a formal decision to adopt the proposed Anglican Covenant after the Church of England has formally adopted it.]
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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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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Biblical scholars aid talks on human sexuality issue

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article26266
Author
McAteer, Michael R., 1933-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1999 May
Author
McAteer, Michael R., 1933-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1999 May
Volume
125
Issue
5
Page
1,15
Notes
Four biblical scholars have been invited to help the church's Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee widen the biblical discussion on human sexuality. N.B. Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat's name is spelled incorrectly in the article as Keesmat with only one "a".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
Henderson, Ian
Deller, Walter W.G. (Walter William Garth), 1954-
Humphrey, Edith M. (Edith McEwan), 1954-
Keesmaat, Sylvia C., 1963-
Integrity (Organization) - Canada
Integrity Toronto
Fidelity (Organization)
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Blessing of Civil Marriages: Renewal of Marriage Vows

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Date
2001 July 4-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 22
Date
2001 July 4-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 22
Mover
Bishop Barry Hollowell
Seconder
Chancellor Ronald Stevenson
Text
That the General Synod refer to the Standing Committee on Faith, Worship and Ministry the following recommendations of the Marriage Canon Task Force:
(a) that an appropriate liturgy or liturgies for the blessing or dedication of a civil marriage be included in any future book of liturgies developed by The Anglican Church of Canada; and
(b) that a rubric allowing the use of appropriate adaptations of marriage services for the renewal of marriage vows be included in any revision of the Book of Common Prayer or the Book of Alternative Services. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 22
Subjects
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Liturgy - Texts
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Benediction - Anglican Church of Canada
Civil marriage - Canada
Marriage - Canada
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Blessing of Same Sex Unions - Resources for the Church

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Date
2004 May 28 - June 4
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 38
Date
2004 May 28 - June 4
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 38
Mover
Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews
Seconder
Bishop Ralph Spence
Text
That this General Synod request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee in the next triennium to prepare resources for the church to use in addressing issues relating to human sexuality, including the blessing of same sex unions and the changing definition of marriage in society.
CARRIED Act 38
Subjects
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Anglican Church of Canada - Information resources - Publication and distribution
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Date
2004 May 28 - June 4
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 75
Date
2004 May 28 - June 4
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 75
Mover
Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews
Seconder
Bishop Fred Hiltz
Text
That this General Synod:
1) ask the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee to produce a guide for dioceses to assist in the development or adaptation, and adoption, of codes of ethics and of best standards for those authorized for the practice of ministry; and
2) encourage each diocese to develop such codes of ethics during the next 2 triennia 2004-2010, with the assistance of this guide, and to report on progress to General Synod 2007. CARRIED Act 75
Subjects
Ministry - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Ethics
Clergy - Professional ethics
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
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CoGS won't ask for change to marriage canon in 2010

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35709
Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 June
Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 June
Volume
135
Issue
6
Page
1, 11
Notes
"Council of General Synod (CoGS) wrestled with the blessing of same-sex unions and marriage when it met here [Mississauga, Ont.] May 8 to 10 [2009] and in the end decided not to ask General Synod 2010 to amend the marriage canon to allow for the marriage of same-sex couples. The discussion focused on responding to two new documents produced by the Primate's Theological Commission [The Galilee Report, presented by Chair, Bishop Linda Nicholls] and the faith, worship and ministry committee [The Rothesay Report, presented by committee chair Janet Marshall]. There was also a report about an international dialogue about sexuality that was initiated between Canadian dioceses that have taken steps toward the blessing of same-sex unions and some dioceses in Africa. CoGS responded in a written statement, 'A Word to the Church on Questions of Human Sexuality from the Council of General Synod Meeting, May 2009'."
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (39th : 2010 : Halifax, N.S.) - Agenda
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XXI
Marriage (Canon law) - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion - Africa
Mukasa, Kawuki (Isaac Kawuki), 1958-
Galilee Report
Rothesay Report
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate's Theological Commission
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
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Committee examines Anglican identity

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article30566
Author
Davidson, Jane
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 May
Author
Davidson, Jane
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 May
Volume
129
Issue
5
Page
7
Notes
The national church's Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee has sent a questionnaire to provincial houses of bishops, liturgical officers and focus groups asking about their different worship practices in an attempt to see "if there is such a thing as common worship or prayer across the Anglican Church of Canada". The committee wants only one set of answers from each diocese.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Worship - Anglican Church of Canada
Liturgy - Anglican Church of Canada
Scully, J. Eileen (Jennifer Eileen), 1964-
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Committee tackles ethical questions on eve of new millennium

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article25625
Author
Blair, Kathy
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1999 January
Author
Blair, Kathy
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1999 January
Volume
125
Issue
1
Page
8
Notes
The Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee of the Anglican Church has identified 52 tasks to be worked on or at least monitored before the next General Synod.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Barnett-Cowan, Alyson (Alyson Mary), 1949-
Ethics
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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