That the draft Agenda #9 be adopted, subject to revision from time to time during the Synod.
That the agenda of this Synod, be amended for the afternoon of Sunday, July 8 from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. and, if necessary, from 7:00 to 8:50 P.M. in order that a full and open discussion may take place on the future of the National Church and how the ministry of the church can be conducted in the event of the declaration of bankruptcy. CARRIED
The amended resolution was then put and - CARRIED Act 2
TORONTO (June 30) -- The Anglican Church of Canada has announced staffing and structural changes to bring the national staff organization in line with the priorities and focus approved by its chief governing body earlier this month.
The key element in the new structure, as described by Archbishop Michael Peers, is a nine-person management team to direct the work and priorities in those areas approved by General Synod in Ottawa.
The restructuring has resulted in the elimination of three staff positions: Congregational Development consultant, Editor and General Manager of the Anglican Journal, and Director of the Anglican Book Centre.
Congregational development work will no longer be initiated at the national level. The Anglican Journal and Anglican Book Center will both come under the management of a new Information Resources Group. This reflects the priority General Synod gave to the development of a coordinated communications strategy that would incorporate all aspects of information dissemination under one umbrella department.
Archbishop Peers said the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal was affirmed by General Synod and will continue under a new editor, to be appointed. Carolyn Purden, who held the editor and general manager position at the Journal, was given a severance package. The new editor will be responsible for the editorial direction of the paper, but not its financial management.
General Synod also called on the national organization to bring more focus and integration to the work it does. It recommended a more consultative as opposed to legislative, style as well as more networks and fewer formal structures.
The management team announced by the Primate will include himself, the General Secretary and seven directors responsible for Financial Management; Financial Development; Faith, Worship and Ministry; the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund; Partnerships; Pensions; and Information Resources.
In announcing the changes to staff, Archbishop Peers stressed that they were not intended to effect a downsizing in staff. What they are meant to do, he said, is reflect the wishes of General Synod and implement a new way of working.
"In the long term we are looking at ways we can do our work better together, not better with fewer people," he said. "What we have been talking about is reorganization, not downsizing."
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Contact Doug Tindal, Director of Communication 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence) or Sam Carriere, Media Relations, General Synod, 416-924-9199, ext. 256
TORONTO, Monday, August 14, 2000 -- The Anglican Church will cut more than half a million dollars in grants to support ministry in Canada's north and overseas, and eliminate eight full time positions at its national office.
At the same time, grants available from the church's Healing and Reconciliation Fund, supporting work with Indigenous peoples, will double.
The reductions, amounting to about 11 percent of the church's $10.9 million national budget, respond to continuing financial pressure from the cost of litigation related to residential schools.
The impact of the reductions will be felt around the world. Grants to support ministry across Canada's north will decline by about $125,000 in 2000, with a further $130,000 reduction recommended for 2001. Similar grants to programs in the Third World will decline by almost $400,000.
"With these reductions we will balance our operating expenditures in the current year," said Archdeacon Jim Boyles, the church's general secretary, "but our assets will continue to be depleted to pay for our litigation costs."
The church's General Synod (its national structure) and eight of its 30 independent dioceses, or regions, are named in about 350 suits for cultural, physical and sexual abuse at the schools. In some cases the church is named directly, in others it has been brought into the suit as a third party by the Government of Canada, which is also being sued.
The residential schools operated into the 1980s under government control. Churches, including the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Churches, participated in operating the schools until 1969.
Archdeacon Boyles said the church is continuing to urge the Government of Canada to stop pursuing lawsuits as its primary response to the more than 7,000 individuals who are seeking compensation. "We agree with the Law Commission of Canada that a redress mechanism would offer a better means of meeting the needs of people who were harmed in the schools," he said.
"We have told the government that we could make a substantial commitment, both financially and in other ways, to support such a redress program". There has been no response from government, he said".
The church committed itself to a new relationship with Indigenous people in 1969, when its involvement in the residential schools ended. It established its Healing and Reconciliation Fund in 1991, after hearing reports of abuses in the schools. In 1993, Archbishop Michael Peers gave an apology on behalf of the church for its participation in the schools.
The Healing and Reconciliation Fund is administered by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. It provides grants in support of community-based healing initiatives for Indigenous groups. Since its inception, the fund has provided about $600,000 to assist with 60 healing projects. Financial support for Indigenous ministries, including the work of the Council and the Healing Fund, will increase from $262,000 to $547,000 annually.
The continuing drain of litigation costs and other factors have lead to the current reductions. Other impacts include:
- reduction of work in environmental and social justice areas, and reduction of support for a number of inter-church coalitions working in these areas
- reduction in the number of pages in the national newspaper, the `Anglican Journal'
- elimination of the national Resource Centre, which provided loans of videos and other resources to support parish ministries.
Ten staff positions have been eliminated at the church's national office, but two new ones have been created, leaving a net reduction of eight full time positions. Those affected have been provided with a severance package and relocation assistance, Archdeacon Boyles said. The staff reductions are effective immediately; grant reductions will come into full effect in 2001, if the church's national executive committee approves the proposed budget.
A complete report on the reductions is available at www.anglican.ca/church.
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For further information contact: Archdeacon Jim Boyles, 416-924-9199 ext. 280
Residential Schools, Legacy and Hope (`Ministry Matters' special edition), http://www.anglican.ca/mm/2000/legacy/
Healing and Reconciliation Fund, http://www.anglican.ca/ministry/healing/
Other resources related to the Residential schools, http://www.anglican.ca/ministry/rs/
`Restoring Dignity': Report of the Law Commission of Canada, www.lcc.gc.ca/
Contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Information Resources, 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence); During May 4-7. 416-540-3653 www.anglican.ca
"Produced by Resources for Mission". -- back cover.
"This annual report features a selection of General Synod ministries." -- p. 3.
"The money you contribute to the ministry of your local parish is shared beyond its boundaries. Your parish shares a portion with the ministries of your diocese, and your diocese in turn shares with the ministries of your General Synod. ... Some of that money is used to fund the ministries of General Synod, and the rest of shared. Let me tell you a bit about both, as well as thank you for your part in the national work of your church -- and offer you an opportunity to contribute even more, if you find the work described in these pages compelling". -- p. 4.
Contents: Mission Statement -- A message from the Primate / Fred J. Hiltz -- A message from the General Secretary / Michael Thompson -- General Synod Archives: Seven brothers, captured in time -- Primate's Office: A servant ministry: the Primate's work across Canada -- Indigenous Ministries: Water: the Creator's sacred gift -- Creation Matters: green audits for creation's sake -- Youth initiatives: Vibrant together: Canadian Lutheran-Anglican Youth -- Indigenous Ministries: In the footsteps of Blind Moses and Blind Paul -- Global Relations: Partnering abroad: global relations program -- Indigenous Ministries: Healing happens here -- Faith, Worship and Ministry: Healing conversations in the Anglican Communion -- Faith, Worship and Ministry: What it means to be a priest -- Council of the North: Your support helps history happen (again) in Saskatchewan -- Communications and Information Resources: Telling the Anglican story to the world -- Justice and Corrections: 'I was in prison and you visited me' -- Resources for Mission: Good stewardship goes online -- Resources for Mission: Veteran's gift sends church to suburbs -- Anglican Appeal -- Council of General Synod 2010-2013 -- The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada: Consolidated Statement of Operations -- The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position -- Anglican Appeal Advertisement.
"The Anglican Church of Canada is funded by people like you. More than 90% of national income derives from dioceses ... The pie chart at right represents the support Anglicans give to their churches: $189,556,222 in 1991. .... The remainder, about 80% of total giving, remains with the local parish. Page 2 explains how the national church spends these funds in ministry on your behalf. Page 4 shows the work of the Primate's Fund". -- p. .
Contents: Where does the money come from ? [1991 income figures] -- Where does the money go ? [spending estimates 1994] -- Three more ... -- What do these people do ? -- Where does the PWRDF money go [1994 spending estimates] ?
"For more information. ask for 'Behind the Budget', available from the national Resource Centre. The Resource Centre can also provide further information or resources about any national program activities. Call (416) 924-9199 ext. 317; or fax (416) 968-7983 Attention: Resource Centre; or write 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2J6". -- p. .
"The Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran church in Canada (ELCIC) have approved in principle a plan to hold a second joint assembly in 2019. The first joint meeting of the two churches' governing bodies, which drew about 800 delegates, was held in Ottawa in 2013, with the full communion partners generally meeting as one group except when required to meet and vote as separate legal entities. The Anglican House of Bishops and the Lutheran Conference of Bishops met together on Nov. 17 and 18  in Niagara Falls, Ont." The bishops heard a report that "highlighted the fact that Waterloo Ministries -- where Anglican and Lutheran communities share clergy, facilities and programs -- have grown from 32 to 82 ministries in the last few years". "Bishop Susan Johnson, national bishop of the ELCIC, spoke to the bishops about plans to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation". "The theme will be 'Liberated by God's Grace' and the subthemes, to be examined from 2015 to 2017, are 'Salvation not for sale'; 'Human beings not for sale' (which will focus on trafficking); and 'Creation not for sale'."
"Many Anglicans - including bishops themselves - are uncertain about the scope, role and responsibility of the House of Bishops, says a member of a group looking at the role and function of the General Synod."