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ACIP Partners at General Synod 2004 - #026-13-03-11 Amended

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official8391
Date
2003 November 7-9
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-11-03
Date
2003 November 7-9
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-11-03
Mover
Canon Grant Hyslop
Seconder
Chancellor Robert Falby
Text
That this Council of General Synod approves the proposal from the General Synod Planning Committee that members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous People, who are not elected members of General Synod by their diocese be invited to be partners at General Synod.
And that the appointment of additional partners, as designated by ACIP, is to be negotiated between the General Synod Planning Committee and ACIP mindful of the allocated budget of $30,000 and the possibility of ACIP augmenting this amount. CARRIED #16-11-03
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
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AIDS envoy challenges delegates

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article31360
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2004 June - July
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2004 June - July
Volume
130
Issue
6
Page
13
Notes
A highlight for many at General Synod was the powerfully moving presentation given by Stephen Lewis about the devastation of AIDS.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
AIDS (Disease) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
AIDS (Disease) - Africa
Lewis, Stephen (Stephen Henry), 1937-
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Anglican Church adopts plan with focus on local development

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official8439
Date
2004 June 4
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2004 June 4
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
ST. CATHARINES, ONT. (June 3 [sic June 4], 2004)
Members of the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod have adopted a plan that focuses strongly on the development of new resources and church work at the local level.
The plan, entitled "Loving God's World, Strengthening the Church [sic i.e. Serving God's World, Strengthening the Church]", would maintain most of the work the church is now doing both nationally and internationally, and also add work giving the national church a stronger role in assisting parishes at the local level.
It would be phased in as resources for its implementation become available.
The plan is called a "framework" rather than a strategic plan to emphasize flexibility in its implementation.
The plan, which would be in effect until 2010, identifies seven major priorities in the next six years:
- Strengthening and developing Anglican identity;
- The development of local communities through networks and other programs;
- More effective communication of church stories;
- Building and strengthening relationships with indigenous peoples
- Developing and strengthening the church's financial capacity;
- Developing partnerships to better advocate for social justice, and
- Continued support for the church's international partners.
The General Synod is the national embodiment of the church's 30 dioceses and generally focuses on work that is best done or that can only be done at the national level.
Synod members also approved an accompanying document "Letting Down the Nets" that envisages a renewed emphasis on fostering planned giving initiatives and on assisting the local church with stewardship development.
The Anglican General Synod is the church's highest governing and legislative body. It is made up of lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses, and meets every three years. The synod has been meeting in this Southern Ontario city to conduct the church's business for the past eight days.
The General Synod gathering concludes today with the installation as Primate of Archbishop Andrew Hutchison of Montreal. He will be formally installed as Primate at a church service at Hamilton's Christ's Church Cathedral this afternoon.
The General Synod elected Archbishop Hutchison Primate on Monday [31 May 2004]. He succeeds Archbishop Michael Peers who served in the senior position for 18 years and who retired last February.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, OR Brian Sarjeant, Media Relations, at the General Synod Media Room: 905-984-4868. Mr. Carriere's cell phone is 416-540-3653; Mr. Sarjeant's cell phone is 613-558-5023
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Strategic planning - Anglican Church of Canada
Sabbath
Stewardship, Christian - Anglican Church of Canada
Planned giving - Anglican Church of Canada
Strengthening the Church, Serving God's World
Loving God's World, Strengthening the Church
Serving God's World, Strengthening the Church
Letting Down the Nets
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Anglican Church of Canada : Blessing of Same-Sex Unions : Final Report : January 2004

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog4632
Publication Date
c2004
Material Type
Downloaded document
Location
General Synod Archives
Call Number
BX 5607 L5A5 2004
Corporate Author
Linda Graff and Associates Inc.
Place
Toronto ON
Publisher
Anglican Church of Canada
Publication Date
c2004
Physical_Description
vi, 66, [3], [6], [2], [2], [4] p. ; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Material Type
Downloaded document
Notes
"[P]repared by Linda Graff and Associates Inc."
"The Anglican Church of Canada and its Council of General Synod (CoGS) are preparing for the issue of the blessing of same-sex unions to come before General Synod in June of 2004. For this discussion to occur in the most helpful way, CoGS mandated the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee (FWM) to `consider ways in which the church may be prepared for the discussion'. This report profiles the process and results of a research and consultation project initiated by the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee to inform the planning and design of the General Synod conversation on the blessing of same-sex unions". .... "FWM determined, in large part, how the consultation should take place, and how the research information would be gathered, and contracted the consulting firm of Linda Graff and Associates Inc. to finalize the research design and implement the broad-based input process." .... "This report lays out the key findings of the consultations. It ends with a final discussion of key themes accompanied by eleven recommendations." -- Executive Summary, pp. iv, v.
Report presented to the Council of General Synod meeting 4-7 March 2004.
Contents: Acknowledgements dated Dundas, Ontario, 27 January 2004 / Linda Graff, Linda Graff and Associates Inc. -- Executive Summary -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Consultation & Research Process -- 3. Research Findings: Context -- 4. Research Findings: Key Themes -- 5. Discussion and Recommendations -- 6. Appendices.
Separate compilation of 17 page Executive Summary containing title page, acknowledgements, table of contents, executive summary and recommendations laid in.
Available for download from General Synod website, Faith, Worship and Ministry section: http://generalsynod.anglican.ca/ministries/departments/fwm/graff/
Added Entry
Graff, Linda
Anglican Church of Canada
Subjects
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Same sex marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Australia
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Conversation
Communication - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church controversies
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Call Number
BX 5607 L5A5 2004
Location
General Synod Archives
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Anglican council crafts motion on same-sex blessings issue

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official8389
Date
2004 March 8
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2004 March 8
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (March 8, 2004)
The Anglican Church of Canada's chief governing body will be asked to affirm that the blessing of same-sex unions is within the authority of a diocesan synod and that any Canadian Anglican diocese, if the bishop agrees, has the authority to perform such blessings.
At a meeting March 4-7 [2004], the Council of General Synod (CoGS) approved the wording of two motions that will be placed before the General Synod when it meets at the end of May [2004]. General Synod, made up of delegates from each of the church's 30 dioceses, is the church's main legislative and governing body. It meets every three years.
The blessing of same-sex unions has been a matter of controversy in the Canadian church since 2002, when the bishop of the British Columbia diocese of New Westminster agreed, after being asked three times by his diocesan synod, to authorize such blessings. The New Westminster decision has had repercussions throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is badly divided on the issue.
The motion approved by CoGS at its spring meeting also invited General Synod to state that despite different deeply held convictions on the issue, Anglicans commit themselves "to strive for that communion into which Christ continually calls us".
The task before CoGS at its spring meeting was not to decide the issue, but simply to agree to the wording of motions to be sent to General Synod.
Despite the controversy over the issue, CoGS had no difficulty agreeing that General Synod should be asked to make a ruling at its 2004 meeting, rather than delay until 2007.
The full text of the motion follows:
A. Be it resolved that the Council of General Synod place the following motions before General Synod:
1) Blessing of Same-Sex Unions
Be it resolved that this General Synod:
1) Affirm that even in the face of deeply held convictions about whether the blessing of committed same-sex unions is contrary to the doctrine and teaching of the Anglican Church of Canada, we recognize that through our baptism we are members one of another in Christ Jesus, and we commit ourselves to strive for that communion into which Christ continually calls us.
2) Affirm the authority and jurisdiction of any diocesan synod, with the concurrence of its bishop, to authorize the blessing of committed same sex unions;
3) Affirm the crucial value of continued respectful dialogue and study of biblical, theological, liturgical, pastoral and social aspects of humans sexuality; and call upon all bishops, clergy and lay leaders to be instrumental in seeing that dialogue and study continue;
4) Affirm the principle of respect for the way in which the dialogue and study may be taking place, or might take place, in indigenous and various other communities within our church in a manner consistent with their cultures and traditions; and
5) Affirm that the Anglican Church is a church for all the baptized and is committed to taking such actions as are necessary to maintain and serve our fellowship and unity in Christ, including provision of adequate episcopal oversight and pastoral care for all, regardless of the perspective from which they view the blessing of committed same sex relationships.
2) Resources regarding Same Sex Unions
Be it resolved that this General Synod requests the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee in the next triennium to assist the church in implementing the resolution on same sex unions and to prepare resources for the church to use in addressing issues relating human sexuality, including the blessing of same-sex unions and the changing definition of marriage in society.
B. Be it resolved that the Council of General Synod affirm in principle the process for presentation of the resolutions to General Synod outlined in 006-27-04-03 and invite the General Secretary and the Prolocutor to work with Faith Worship and Ministry in preparing General Synod to address these resolutions.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; 416-540-3653 (Cell); scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR
Eric Beresford, Ethics Consultant, Faith, Worship and Ministry, 416-924-9199 ext. 209; eberesford@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Resolutions
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
Alternative episcopal oversight - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of New Westminster
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Anglican General Synod delays final decision on same-sex blessings

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official8437
Date
2004 June 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2004 June 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
ST. CATHARINES, ONT. (June 2, 2004)
The Anglican Church of Canada has deferred a decision on the blessing of same-sex unions for another three years to allow a review by the Primate's Theological Commission.
General Synod, the church's highest governing body, voted Wednesday evening to ask the commission to determine whether the blessing of same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine and to report to the Council of General Synod by its spring 2006 meeting. It also called on the council to distribute its report to each province, diocese and the House of Bishops for consideration.
The matter would then return to the next meeting of the General Synod in 2007.
The Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on the blessing of same-sex unions is also expected to issue its report later this year.
At the start of Wednesday's evening's session, General Synod's more than 300 delegates faced a five-part resolution dealing with the blessings. In moving the resolution, Rev. Alan Perry of the Diocese of Montreal, said the Council of General Synod had worked on it for many hours. The subject had also been "discussed and debated in every corner of the country and every corner of the world".
Four of the parts dealing with dialogue and the study of human sexuality were quickly approved. It was part two, affirming the authority and jurisdiction of any diocesan synod, with the concurrence of its bishop, to authorize the blessing of committed same-sex unions that was most controversial. Synod members voted to deal with this separately and eventually agreed to send it to the Theological Commission.
Bishop Fred Hiltz of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, said the motion provides an opportunity for the questions to be determined and allows further discussion in dioceses "with the hope that it will be decided".
Archdeacon Pat Johnston of the Diocese of the Ottawa asked: "What are we afraid of at this time and how long will we have to wait ?"
In a debate that remained civil and respectful, some delegates wanted a "decision now" while others, especially native members, wanted more time for study.
There were still 16 people at the microphones waiting to speak when the vote was called. The motion to send the issue to the Theological Commission passed with 142 clergy and lay votes for and 118 against; 22 bishops voted for an 12 against.
Debate on another motion by the Rev. Canon Garth Bulmer of the Diocese of Ottawa who wanted the addition of "Affirm the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same-sex relationships" to the resolution was adjourned until today to allow more time for discussion.
Canon Bulmer, whose congregation includes a number of gays and lesbians, said he did not wish to return to his parish without "something for them"
The motion approved Wednesday affirmed:
- That despite deeply-held convictions on both sides of the same-sex blessings issue, "we commit ourselves to strive for that communion into which Christ continually calls us";
- The value of continued dialogue;
- The principle of respect for the way in which dialogue takes place in "indigenous and various other communities within our church";
- The principle that the Anglican Church includes all baptized people and the importance of maintaining fellowship and unity "including provision of adequate episcopal oversight and pastoral care for all".
The Anglican General Synod is the church's highest governing and legislative body. It is made up of lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses, and meets every three years. It has been meeting in the Southern Ontario city since May 28.
The synod will end tomorrow with the installation of a new Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison of Montreal.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, OR Brian Sarjeant, Media Relations, at the General Synod Media Room: 905-984-4868. Mr. Carriere's cell phone is 416-540-3653; Mr. Sarjeant's cell phone is 613-558-5023
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Alternative episcopal oversight - Anglican Church of Canada
Decision-making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican synod "affirms" integrity of same-sex relationships

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official8438
Date
2004 June 3
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2004 June 3
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
ST. CATHARINES, ONT. (June 3, 2004)
After several hours of debate, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has approved an addition to a resolution approved Wednesday that specifically tells same-sex partners that they are welcome in the church and that their relationships are affirmed.
The amendment was introduced by the Rev. Canon Garth Bulmer of the Diocese of Ottawa and affirms "the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same-sex relationships".
The debate on same-sex issues resumed Thursday morning with youth delegates being given first say. Most of the 10 young people were in favour of the motion although two moved an amendment that would have removed the words "integrity and sanctity" and replaced them with "and love those who are in committed adult same-sex relationships". The motion was defeated.
The first young speaker said he was discouraged by General Synod's inability to make a decision on same-sex blessings. "We have been talking about it for three generations", he said, adding that he started out as a "conservative" and was now a "liberal".
He said he was concerned about young gays and lesbians who, because of feelings of rejection, think of suicide or cut themselves.
The word "sanctity" caused difficulty for a number of speakers. Some wondered if it was making the motion into a "doctrinal" statement.
The Rev. Dennis Drainville of the Diocese of Montreal [sic i.e. Quebec], who seconded the original motion, said the word "sanctity" was used because "God is in the midst of that relationship between two committed partners".
After Canon Bulmer's motion was approved, Archbishop David Crawley, the Acting Primate, praised the young people for their contribution. "I hope and wish and pray that you will be back in the future -- perhaps as clergy delegates", he told them. He also commended all delegates for conducting themselves in a "civil and dignified manner".
At the opening of the eight-day meeting, Archbishop Crawley pleaded with delegates to conduct the same-sex debate in a civil way. "You have done as I asked", he said Thursday. "You have conducted yourselves in a dignified and civil manner. Some times synod rises above itself and you have done that."
The approved motion now becomes part of an earlier resolution, approved Wednesday, which affirmed:
- That despite deeply held convictions on both side of the same-sex blessings issue, "we commit ourselves to strive for that communion into which Christ continually calls us";
- The value of continued dialogues;
- The principle of respect for the way in which dialogue takes place in "indigenous and various other communities within our church";
- The principle that the Anglican Church includes all baptized people and the importance of maintaining fellowship and unity "including provision of adequate Episcopal oversight and pastoral care for all".
General Synod is the church's highest governing and legislative body, made up of lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, OR Brian Sarjeant, OR Lorie Chortyk, Media Relations, at the General Synod Media Room: 905-984-4868. Mr. Carriere's cell phone is 416-540-3653; Mr. Sarjeant's cell phone is 613-558-5023
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Alternative episcopal oversight - Anglican Church of Canada
Decision-making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Archbishop appeals for 'civil' debate as Anglicans prepare to consider same-sex blessings

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Date
2004 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2004 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
ST. CATHARINES, ONT. -- May 28, 2004
In an opening address to more than 300 Anglican members of the church's highest governing body, Archbishop David Crawley, the Acting Primate, urged them to move away from the "harsh, vituperative and unacceptable" language that has often been used on both sides of the debate over the blessing of same-sex unions.
"We all feel deeply about this issue", Archbishop Crawley said, "but that is no excuse to descend into the depths. The judgmentalism and the profoundly personal nature of some comments, both private and public, could never reflect the nature of the Realm of God, no matter what you understand it to be".
Archbishop Crawley, who has been Acting Primate since Archbishop Michael Peers retired in February, was speaking at the opening session of the 37th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod is the church's highest governing and legislative body. It is made up of lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses, and meets every three years. The synod has gathered in this Southern Ontario city to conduct the church's business for the next nine days.
Among the tasks that General Synod members have before them is the election of a new Primate, or leader, on Monday, May 31 [2004].
They will be dealing with the issue of the blessing of same-sex unions on May 29, June 1 and June 2.
During that debate, Archbishop Crawley said, "it is imperative that we maintain a high degree of civility. He reminded members that applause after speeches is not allowed, and suggested that a few moments of silence be observed after each speaker to "help give the debate a measured dignity".
He also stressed the importance of this gathering making a decision on the issue, regardless of what the decision is. The church, he said, cannot afford a three-year continuation of the debate and controversy.
Archbishop Crawley highlighted other matters that will be before General Synod members:
- The relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous church members in light of an agreement signed with the federal government over native residential schools litigation;
- A presentation on HIV/AIDS, including a speech by Stephen Lewis, Special Envoy to the UN secretary general on HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Archbishop Crawley urged General Synod members to accept the fact that although they are all members of one church, they will never be, nor should they be, members of a homogeneous church. "True community can only be built on diversity," he said. "Diversity strengthens; homogeneity weakens".
He noted that the church faces "momentous decisions, difficult times and hard work", but told General Synod members that although they may forget God some times, God never forgets nor forsakes them.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, OR Brian Sarjeant, media relations, at the General Synod Media Room: 905-984-4868. Mr. Carriere's cell phone is 416-540-3853; Mr. Sarjeant's cell phone is 613-558-5023.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Decision-making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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As we enter this divisive debate, what are the rules?

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article31694
Author
Ferris, Ronald (Ronald Curry), 1945-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2004 February
Author
Ferris, Ronald (Ronald Curry), 1945-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2004 February
Volume
130
Issue
2
Page
5
Notes
Bishop Ron Ferris outlines what is at stake for the church in the discussion about blessing same sex unions.
Subjects
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
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