AGREED to receive with gratitude a memorial from the House of Bishops about the positive experience in Canada with women in priesthood, and to urge the bishops to carry to the Lambeth Conference conviction that the priesthood of women has indeed been blessed and has enriched our common life, and to ask the Lambeth Conference to search for a way of upholding the unity of the church while allowing provinces to move, as appropriate for them, to the election and ordination of women to the episcopate in response to the call of God and the Church.
That Archbishop Bothwell be requested to convey this Resolution of General Synod 1986 and the motion of the House of Bishops, Brandon 1986, to the Lambeth Conference Agenda Planning Committee meeting with a view to its becoming a part of the agenda of the Lambeth Conference 1988. CARRIED
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 Resolution #89 be placed on the agenda for debate at the May, 1987 meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED #6-11-86
Resolution #89 from the 1986 General Synod reads as follows [text from p. 103 of the Journal of Proceedings]:
"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 the following procedures with respect to resolutions be in effect during the Thirty-first Session of the General Synod:
1. All resolutions, except those of a procedural or courtesy nature shall be considered by the Resolutions Committee before being put to the Synod.
2. The Resolutions Committee shall not decide the merits of any proposed resolutions, but will ensure that it contain a clear and concise statement of what is proposed.
3. Any resolution presented to the Resolutions Committee may be accompanied by an explanatory memorandum setting forth the considerations leading to the proposal. This memoriandum will not form part of the resolution, but will serve to acquaint members of the Resolutions Committee with the reasons for the proposal.
4. It is recommended that there be no preambles to resolutions; that is, no introductory recitals beginning with "Whereas".
5. The Resolutions Committee is authorized to consolidate, and if necessary re-word, resolutions which deal with the same subject; with the understanding that before doing so the Committee will consult with the sponsors of the resolutions.
6. The Resolutions Committee may reject, or return for amendment, any resolution it considers to be:
a) outside the jurisdiction of the General Synod
b) unclear or ambiguous
d) of a local rather than a national character
e) impossible of performance
f) calculated to be a source of embarrassment to the Church.
7. Any decision of the Resolution Committee may be appealed by the sponsor(s) of a resolution to the General Synod.
8. No notice of motion, except those of a procedural or courtesy nature, will be received beyond Thursday noon, June 19, except by the consent of two-thirds majority of the Synod.
9. All resolutions must be written on the prescribed forms and submitted to the Deputy Prolocutor or the Convenor of the Resolutions Committee. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 10