That the Council of General Synod direct the Governance Working Group to bring forward recommendations for changes in governance that will enable the membership of General Synod and of the Council of General Synod to adequately reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the Anglican Church of Canada, especially in light of the theme of General Synod 2007 "Draw the Circle Wide, Draw it Wider Still." CARRIED #14-05-06
Dean Peter Wall presented the report and spoke to the proposed theme for General Synod. He said that the committee had received replies on the proposed theme from the Standing Committees, Councils and Boards. As a result the original theme "Draw the Circle Wide" has been expanded to "Draw the Circle Wide ... Draw it Wider Still". Dean Wall said that the Planning Committee believes that the theme speaks of the inclusivity of our church -- inclusive of all people and all perspective and points of view. The open circle, envisioned in graphics, supports the idea that all is not yet revealed; that all are not yet part of our circle; and that we are opening and welcoming.
General Synod will meet from June 19-25, 2007 in Winnipeg, MB. The committee is in final negotiations with two downtown hotels, as the University of Manitoba, could no longer guarantee the required number of bedrooms.
That the Council of General Synod approve 'Draw the Circle Wide ... Draw It Wider Still' as the theme for General Synod 2007. CARRIED #19-11-05