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Aboriginal Anglicans get approval to form self-determining community within the church

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Date
1995 June 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 June 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
OTTAWA (June 9) -- The 300-member General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has accepted and confirmed a covenant which encourages indigenous peoples to create a self-determining community within the church.
The covenant was drafted and signed by Aboriginal Anglicans at a gathering in Winnipeg last April.
Bishop Gordon Beardy of the Diocese of Keewatin, told Synod it is time for native people from across the country to begin a dialogue on what they mean by self determination and partnership within the Anglican Church. (Bishop Beardy is the second Aboriginal person elected bishop in the Canadian Anglican Church.)
Bishops James Cruickshank of the Diocese of Cariboo, said he was "deeply moved" by the desire of Aboriginal Anglicans to shape their future. "I believe one of the great promises of the Gospel is that we can be responsible for our own lives," he said. "What I hear our native brothers and sisters saying is that it is time for them to accept responsibility for their future and to move from a feeling of dependency on the church to a sense of independence."
Although one speaker expressed concern that native and non-native Anglicans would lose their connection if a self-determining Aboriginal church were created, most Synod members expressed overwhelming support for the covenant.
"We are letting go of something precious, but it may be necessary to let go so that we an receive each other back again in fullness," said Bishop Cruickshank. "I believe we will be a richer church for it."
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, Media Relations, General Synod. News Room: (623) 788-2600 ext. 2040 Cellular (613) 720-1468
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
Indigenous peoples - Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous Anglican Church - History
Native Covenant (1994)
Covenants - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Adoption of Resolutions Committee Guidelines

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Date
1995 June 1-9
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 9
Date
1995 June 1-9
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 9
Mover
Archdeacon J. Boyles
Seconder
The Hon. R. Stevenson
Text
That the following guidelines for the Resolutions Committee, as revised, be adopted for use at this General Synod:
Task
It is the responsibility of the committee:
a) to receive, and prepare for debate, resolutions proposed for the consideration of the Synod;
b) to ensure that proposed resolutions contain clear and concise statements of what is intended by the sponsors;
c) to consolidate, and, if necessary, reword resolutions which deal with the same subject, after consultation with the sponsors; and
d) generally to ensure that the resolutions do not contradict the resolutions procedures which form part of these guidelines.
Resolutions Procedures
a) All resolutions not already printed in the convening circular, except those of a procedural or courtesy nature, or that arise in the course of debate, shall be written on the prescribed form and submitted to the Deputy Prolocutor for consideration by the committee before being put to the Synod.
b) The committee shall not debate the merits of any proposed resolution, but will ensure that it contains a clear and concise statement of what is proposed.
c) Any resolution presented to the committee may be accompanied by an explanatory note setting forth the considerations leading to the proposal. This note will not form part of the resolution.
d) No resolutions shall include any preambles (ie. "Whereas," etc. etc.).
e) The committee is authorized to consolidate and, if necessary, re-word resolutions which deal with the same subject, with the understanding that, in doing so, the committee will consult with the sponsors of the resolutions.
f) The sponsors of any resolution which is recommended for change by the committee must be consulted and asked for their agreement to change(s) proposed. If agreement cannot be reached, the committee has the authority to present its version, and the sponsors will have the opportunity to propose any amendments they believe desirable.
g) The committee may reject, or return for amendment, any resolution it considers to be:
1) outside the jurisdiction of the General Synod;
2) unclear or ambiguous;
3) inaccurate;
4) of a local rather than a national character;
5) impossible of performance; or
6) calculated to be a source of embarrassment to the Church.
h) No notice of motion, except one of a procedural or a courtesy nature, will be received beyond the time stated on the agenda for the reception of notices of motion except with the consent of a two-thirds majority of the Synod.
i) Any resolution which requires the expenditure of funds, the source of which have not been identified prior to the Synod session [ROP 15(b)] must be referred by the sponsors to the Expenditures Committee.
j) Normally resolutions will be dealt with in an order which is appropriate to the elements of the agenda or in the order in which they are received. However, if time for debate is limited, the Agenda Committee will decide which resolutions will go forward for debate and which should be recommended for reference to appropriate bodies other than the Synod. ["Motions with reference to reports from Standing Committees shall take precedence over other motions on the paper." ROP 12(c).] CARRIED Act 9
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Resolutions Committee
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Rules and practice
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
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Anglican Church affirms presence and contributions of gay men and lesbians

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Date
1995 June 8
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 June 8
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
OTTAWA (June 8) -- The Anglican Church of Canada's governing General Synod has affirmed the presence and contributions to the church of gay men and lesbians and condemned bigotry, violence and hatred directed against people because of their sexual orientation.
After a passionate, four-hour debate, the General Synod also strongly endorsed three other resolutions arising out of the report of a Task Force on Homosexuality and Homosexual Relationships, struck three years ago.
- The Synod urges parishes and diocese to "continue, deepen and adapt" the learning and dialogue on homosexuality and homosexual relationships throughout the church, and;
- Urged the Primate to encourage dialogue on homosexuality and homosexual relationships throughout the church, and;
- Asked the church's bishops to indicate whether they are or intend to review sexuality guidelines they formulated in 1979. (The guidelines say the church will not bless same-sex unions and that homosexual people may be ordained but must remain celibate.)
Most of the debate at General Synod centred on the first recommendation -- the affirmation of the presence and contributions of gay men and lesbians.
Some Synod members felt that the church would do an injustice to its members by affirming the contributions of some, but not all.
Other Synod members said they could support the language of the resolution despite concerns about appearing to sanction homosexuality. "This does not commit me to condoning homosexual behavior, nor does it change the doctrine of the church," one Synod member said.
Before approving the Task Force resolutions, Synod defeated several amendments aimed at broadening the affirmation or at being much more general by affirming all Christians regardless of sexual orientation.
One speaker said he opposed broadening the resolution because "that removes the names of the people we are talking about and my understanding of Christian tradition is that names are very important."
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, Media Relations, General Synod. News Room: (613) 788-2600 ext. 2040 Cellular (613) 720-1468
Subjects
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Homosexuality and Homosexual Relationships
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
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Anglican Church announces new national structure to reflect priorities set by governing body

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Date
1995 June 30
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 June 30
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
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
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Book Centre
Anglican Journal
Purden, Carolyn
Editorial independence
Anglican Church of Canada - Employees
Coordinated Communications Strategy
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
Strategic planning - Anglican Church of Canada
Congregational development - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican Church approves new strategic plan that stresses consultation, overseas partnerships

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Date
1995 June 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 June 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
OTTAWA -- (June 6) The Anglican Church of Canada has approved a new strategic plan that refocuses where it will spend its energy and calls for new ways for church members to work together, stressing consultation and networking rather than legislation.
Called "Preparing the Way" the church's plan is itself the result of an extensive three-year-long consultation process that involved church members from across the country at all levels. The plan was approved by the church's 300-member General Synod, including lay members, clergy and bishops, meeting in Ottawa this week.
Under the strategic plan, the church's national organization will concentrate its resource on nurturing and building overseas partnerships and on advocacy for social justice issues. It will also work at developing ecumenical relationships with other churches and on clarifying Anglican identity, liturgy and worship.
The plan also reaffirms the church's commitment to its northern dioceses and pledges to help those dioceses work towards financial self-sufficiency.
Much of the domestic work that the national church has been involved in in the past, such as congregational development and stewardship education, will now be the responsibility of the 30 dioceses, on the principle that local work is best done locally.
The plan calls for a restructuring of the church's national organization with a view to reducing the number of national committees and boards that have traditionally overseen the Anglican Church's work.
This will not only be a cost-saving measure, but will free funds for the church to devise ways of meeting and working that stress consultation rather than legislation, according to plan.
The church's new structure will stress flexibility, responsiveness, trust and consultation. It also calls for new ways of working together through cross-country networks and a greater use of electronic communications.
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, Media Relations, General Synod. News Room: (613) 788-2600 ext. 2040 Cellular (613) 720-1468
Subjects
Strategic planning - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Government
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
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Anglican Church commends work on healing for those abused at native residential schools

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Date
1995 June 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 June 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
OTTAWA (June 6) -- The 300-member General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada responded enthusiastically to a report commending further work on the process of healing and reconciliation for former students of Native residential schools.
General Synod, meeting in Ottawa this week, heard a summary of the work done by a Residential Schools Working Group created three years ago by the Anglican Church to address the needs of Aboriginal people who suffered physical, emotional, sexual and cultural abuse in the government-funded schools. Between 1820 and 1969 hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal children were placed in residential schools administered by Christian denominations.
The Residential Schools Working Group recommended to General Synod that its work, which has included the development of educational resources, government submissions and grants for support programs for victims of abuse, continue under the auspices of the church's Council for Native Ministries, whose members are Native Anglicans.
Angeline Ayoungman, co-chair of the working group, said the church must work to continue the healing which began at the Native Convocation in 1993, when Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, apologized to Aboriginal peoples on behalf of the church.
"We've come a long way, but we have a long way to go before the healing and reconciliation is complete," said Ms Ayoungman. She said it may take several generations before the impact of residential schools, manifested in high levels of alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide among native communities, can be fully resolved.
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, Media Relations, General Synod. News Room: (613) 788-2600 ext. 2040 Cellular (613) 720-1468
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Residential schools
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Residential Schools Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Council for Native Ministries
Healing - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
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Anglican church's governing body adopts sweeping changes in policy, structure

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Date
1995 June 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 June 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
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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For more information, contact: Doug Tindal, Cellular : (416) 540-3653 or Sam Carriere, Media Relations, General Synod: 416-924-9199, ext. 256
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.) - Resolutions
Strategic planning - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Government
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada
Hymns - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Hymn Book Task Force
Anglican Church of Canada. Book of Common Praise. 1998
Anglican Church of Canada. Book of Alternative Services
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Anglicans approve preparation of new hymn book

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Date
1995 June 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 June 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
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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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, Media Relations, General Synod. News Room: (613) 788-2600 ext. 2040 Cellular (613) 720-1468
Subjects
Hymns - Anglican Church of Canada
Inclusive language - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Hymn Book Task Force
Anglican Church of Canada. Book of Common Praise. 1998
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
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Anglicans face hard decisions on a host of issues

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Date
1995 May 15
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1995 May 15
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
Toronto (May 15, 1995) -- The 34th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada at Carleton University in Ottawa next month will be a mixture of pageantry, reflection and hard decisions about the future of the church.
General Synod is the Anglican church's chief governing body. It meets every three years and is made up of more than 300 members, including bishops, clergy and laity.
Among the crucial decisions to be made in Ottawa, from June 1 to 9, are the adoption of a strategic plan which will determine how the church will look and work going into the 21st century.
Reports will also be presented on native residential schools, homosexuality, the production of a revised hymn book and on an assessment of the Book of Alternative Services, the church's modern prayer book.
Anticipated daily highlights include the following:
- June 1 (Thursday): Opening address by Archbishop Michael Peers, the Primate; Presentation of coat of arms, flag and badge by Governor General Romeo LeBlanc.
- June 2 (Friday): Presentation to General Synod of "Preparing the Way" -- the church's priorities for the next decade.
- June 3 (Saturday): Presentation by the Council for Native Ministries, including a proposal for forming an autonomous native church.
- June 4 (Sunday): Synod members spend Sunday morning in local area parishes; Bishop Dinis Sengulane, recipient of an All-Africa peace prize for his role in ending the war in Mozambique, preaches at a late-afternoon service.
- June 5 (Monday): Decision on the strategic plan; Hearing on a proposal for a new hymn book; Hearing on homosexuality with a recommendation that the church continue its study, "Hearing Diverse Voices, Seeking Common Ground".
- June 6 (Tuesday): Implications on the new strategic plan; Reflections on the church's involvement with native residential schools.
- June 7 (Wednesday): Resolutions.
- June 8 (Thursday): Resolutions.
- June 9 (Friday): Closing Eucharist.
General Synod will also be attended by several partners and observers, including Bishop Dinis Sengulane of Lebombo, Mozambique; Laura Ocampo of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines; Anivaldo Padilha, a Brazilian sociologist; and Sally Bucklee of the U.S. Episcopal Church.
Media representatives interested in covering all or most of General Synod should request accreditation in advance, as space is limited in both the plenary hall and the news room. Accreditation will also ensure that a full set of General Synod documents is reserved for each journalist.
Contact Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Media Relations, General Synod, 416-924-9199, ext. 256; FAX: 416-968-7983 sam_carriere@ecunet.org
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (34th : 1995 : Ottawa, Ont.)
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Another Perspective of General Synod

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Author
Delaney, Grace
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Northland (Diocese of Moosonee)
Date
1995 - 1996 Winter

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