"Canadian Anglican bishops have responded to General Synod's provisional vote on same-sex marriage in starkly different ways: a number have called for prayers, some announced they will now allow religious weddings for same-sex couples and others have expressed anxiety about unity in the church". "The impact of the vote was undeniable. Some bishops and members of their dioceses were noticeably absent at the meeting's closing worship July 12 , including those who had walked out after it was announced that the same-sex marriage motion had passed".
"For the first time in its history, the Anglican Church of Canada will enter into a bilateral ecumenical dialogue with Mennonite Church Canada (MCC) following a motion passed at General Synod, July 12 ". Bruce Myers, coadjutor bishop of Quebec, "said that as the Anglican church's relationship to mainstream society changes, it could benefit from talking to a church that has always had a fraught relationship with the mainstream". "Myers said the bilateral dialogue would use a new approach to ecumenism based not on an attempt to minimize differences, but to receive them as a 'gift'." "Earlier in the day, synod had heard from Willard Metzger, executive director of MCC. 'Many of our Mennonite people are finding richness in the liturgical services that are in many of your Anglican parishes', said Metzger, adding that in Winnipeg, a city with one of the largest Mennonite populations in Canada, the term 'Manglican' has been coined to describe those who identify and participate in both religious traditions".
"In a written response to a statement issue by eight Canadian bishops expressing their dissent from General Synod's decision to move toward solemnizing same-sex marriages, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, pushed back against several of the points they had raised". "'The question you ask is really a question for all members of the church. To what extent can we and will we make room for one another ? To what extent will we pastorally accommodate one another ' Hiltz said in his letter". "Hiltz said that the motion, which was declared to have failed before being reversed the next day due to an error, was 'difficult', but it had allowed many synod members to 'experience the pain of another whose view on this matter is very different' in a 'very powerful way'." "The dissenting bishops' statement was released July 15  by then Bishop Stephen Andrews (Algoma); Bishop David Parsons (Arctic); Suffragan Bishop Darren McCartney (Arctic); Bishop Larry Robertson (Yukon); Bishop Fraser Lawton (Athabasca); and Bishop Michael Hawkins (Saskatchewan). Bishop David Edwards, of the diocese of Fredericton, was not an original signatory, but he added his name to the statement later".
"On the eve of General Synod's vote July 12  on a number of resolutions dealing with socially and environmentally responsible investing, members heard a first-hand account of some effects global warming has had on Canada's Inuit people. 'These are things that keep me up at night', Inuit leader Natan Obed said in an address to General Synod July 11 after describing some of the 'drastic changes' his people have witnessed in the Arctic environment in recent years". "General Synod also heard from Canon Ken Gray, secretary of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, and Kevin Thomas, director of shareholder engagement at SHARE [Shareholder Association for Research and Education], a Canadian organization that provides advice on responsible investing. The stewardship of creation, Gray said, is becoming 'increasingly central to our vocation as Anglican Christians'."
"It was out of consideration for the rest of the church, and not as an attempt to influence or pre-empt the process at General Synod, that the House of Bishops made public the unlikelihood of their order voting to allow same-sex marriage at General Synod this July , say some bishops. (See related stories, pp. 1 and 4.) Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said that although he's aware that the decision struck some people as though it was 'intended to scuttle things' -- to interfere with due process -- the bishops were, in fact, acting in good conscience. 'They took the higher road and were honest with the church', he said. The bishops' statement was 'an attempt to be forthright and honest', said Ottawa Bishop John Chapman in a pastoral letter he sent to his diocese. It would have been 'disrespectful to keep this knowledge hidden', he added". "Hiltz said the division was not clear-cut. When it comes to allowing same-sex marriage, the bishops seem to be thinking 'yes', 'no' and 'maybe' in roughly equal proportions, he said". "Bishop Michael Bird, of the diocese of Niagara, said that while he was among those who were 'mortified and devastated' by the realization that the bishops would not vote in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, he remains hopeful. 'I take heart in the commitment by the House of Bishops 'to explore other options for honouring and fully embracing covenanted, faithful same-sex relationships'. In a pastoral statement to his diocese, Bird said that he intends to 'prayerfully explore what that might mean for all of us in Niagara'".
"The church will appoint a task force for social and ecological investment -- including possibly, selling its existing investments in some companies. On July 12 , General Synod passed, by large majorities, two resolutions related to responsible investing. Resolution A171 calls on the church to form a task force 'as soon as possible' to review its investment policies; address governance practices of companies and sectors in which it invests; and develop 'guidelines for constructive dialogue, and where necessary divestment, leading towards a low carbon economy". "The other resolution, A170 calls on General Synod to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing and to 'make full use of' its affiliate membership of the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), while encouraging dioceses to become affiliate members also". "'We're in very different places across the country', said Dean Iain Luke, of the diocese of Athabasca. 'We have different stakes in these issues, so it's important that all those voices be heard'." "In some cases, action against companies deemed to be polluting ends up hurting its employees the most", said Jeremy Munn, a lay member from the diocese of Athabasca, and resident of Fort McMurray, Alberta. "Danielle McKenzie, a lay member also from Athabasca, said that although she favoured a review of the church's investments, she hoped any decisions would carefully take into account their impacts on the people who work in the fossil fuel and other industries".
"Canada's General Synod will be asked to look again at a proposal to remove a prayer for the conversion of the Jews from its Book of Common Prayer. The Synod rejected a similar motion in 2016, but in November , the synod's executive body -- the Council of General Synod (Cogs) -- agreed to put the matter before the Synod once more, when it next meets in 2019. The Bishop of Quebec, Bruce Myers, told a Cogs meeting in November  that 'a lack of context' could be why some Synod members voted against the motion. The Archbishop of Canada, Fred Hiltz, suggested that Cogs should take a lead in inviting the Synod reconsider the matter 'in a way that would be much more thorough in terms of background, contemporary context, and the solemn obligation of the church to be sensitive to dialogue with people of other faiths', the Province said". [Text of entire article.]
"Council of General Synod (CoGS) members praised the report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon, released in September , as being both deeply reflective and highly readable -- and are urging fellow church members to give it their time and attention". Positive comments were offered by Archdeacon Lynne McNaughton, the Rev. Norm Wesley and Jennifer Warren. "However, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, while commending the commission for what he called a careful and well-done report, faulted it for not including the cultural perspective of First Nations people". "Some members voiced a mixture of hope and anxiety about General Synod 2016, when the governing body decides on whether to allow same-sex marriage. 'Both Winnipeg 2010 and Ottawa 2013 were not pleasant, warm, fuzzy experiences. So I do have some fears and anxieties', said Canon Terry Leer of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land. 'Toronto 2016 will be tough', he said, although he said he also expected it would involve processes encouraging face-to-face discussion. 'It is very much harder to be angry with a person that it is to be angry with a position'."
"Members of Council of General Synod (CoGS) were asked to consider what role they might have as the Anglican Church of Canada begins to prepare to discuss the contentious issue of proposed changes to the marriage canon that would allow for same-sex marriages. The Rev. Karen Egan, facilitator and CoGS member, offered them two resources to fuel their thoughts and conversations -- one very modern and the other ancient". The modern resource was a YouTube video by Harvard university negotiating authority William Ury and the second a study of Acts 2:1-8, the Pentecost story.
"Note. Jordan Sandrock, the subject of this article, identifies as neither male nor female and has asked to be referred to as 'they' rather than as 'he' or 'she'. Also the term 'queer' thought considered derogatory by some, is widely used to denote non-heterosexual people, often by non-heterosexual people themselves". "For many Canadian Anglicans, the church's debate and decision on changing its marriage canon were emotionally charged. For Sandrock, 19, who has been living openly as a non-binary person (identifying as neither male nor female) for about five years now, the result announced on the evening of July 11  felt like the church's verdict on their humanity".