The Report of the Program Committee was presented by Archdeacon Clarke with the assistance of Miss Betty Graham, Canon Brown, Archbishop Jackson and Clarke Raymond.
There was further discussion concerning the reduction of Executive staff in the Program Division of Church House and a Motion that was passed at the Program Committee meeting was brought to the attention of the Council:
'That, recognizing the difficulties of reducing programs in order to live within the fiscal restraints placed upon us, the Program Committee regretfully accept the reductions in the 1974 budget developed for us by the staff and with National Executive Council to be informed about our distress at these reductions, and ask that the National Executive Council convey the implications of these reductions to the dioceses'.
That this National Executive Council approve the action of the Program Committee regarding 1974 budget and the implications of the reductions in program be conveyed to the dioceses. CARRIED
That the proposed policy for salary reviews for Senior Executive Staff be approved, as follows:
1. Review of the performance and compensation of the Executive Director of Program, Director of Pensions, Directors of other non-Program operations, Editor of Canadian Churchman, the General Secretary and General Treasurer of General Synod shall be the responsibility of the Primate, as chief executive officer of the national staff.
2. The performance and compensation review shall be performed as of January 1st of each year.
3. The Primate, in consultation with the Chairman of the appropriate board or committee, shall undertake the annual performance review using the Position Appraisal Report form and reviewing the completed evaluation with the person concerned.
4. The Primate, in consultation with the Chairman of the Administration and Finance Committee or failing him the Chairman of the Budget Sub-Committee, shall be authorized to approve salary changes, within the ranges approved by National Executive Council.
5. The Executive Director of Program shall perform the above for Program Directors and the Director of Planning. CARRIED
That the recommendations of the Administration and Finance Committee for Senior Staff appointments be approved.
After discussion, a subsequent motion was presented.
Moved by Hodge
Seconded by Seaborn
That the recommendations be referred to the Organization Committee for further consultation with the Administration and Finance Committee. DEFEATED
The role of the Primate in taking the initiative in making appointments was discussed.
That the Administration and Finance proposals re the appointment of Senior Staff, and the wider question of the Primate's role and initiative in this respect, be referred to the Organization Committee. CARRIED
That Section 47 of the Constitution be repealed and the following substituted therefor:
IX. ORGANIZATION OF THE NATIONAL STAFF
a) All staff employed by the General Synod shall be responsible to the Primate as Chief Executive Officer, for the performance of their duties.
b) The organization of the National Staff shall be under the direction of the Primate, in consultation with the Officers of the General Synod. CARRIED Act 42
Mr. Stevenson, as Chair of the Organization Committee's Handbook Task Force, extended appreciation to the members of the task force: Bishop Eric Bays (Qu'Appelle), Mr. Carl Holm (Nova Scotia), Canon Don Landon (Algoma) and Archdeacon Bud Raymond (New Westminster).
TORONTO, Monday, August 14, 2000 -- The Anglican Church will cut more than half a million dollars in grants to support ministry in Canada's north and overseas, and eliminate eight full time positions at its national office.
At the same time, grants available from the church's Healing and Reconciliation Fund, supporting work with Indigenous peoples, will double.
The reductions, amounting to about 11 percent of the church's $10.9 million national budget, respond to continuing financial pressure from the cost of litigation related to residential schools.
The impact of the reductions will be felt around the world. Grants to support ministry across Canada's north will decline by about $125,000 in 2000, with a further $130,000 reduction recommended for 2001. Similar grants to programs in the Third World will decline by almost $400,000.
"With these reductions we will balance our operating expenditures in the current year," said Archdeacon Jim Boyles, the church's general secretary, "but our assets will continue to be depleted to pay for our litigation costs."
The church's General Synod (its national structure) and eight of its 30 independent dioceses, or regions, are named in about 350 suits for cultural, physical and sexual abuse at the schools. In some cases the church is named directly, in others it has been brought into the suit as a third party by the Government of Canada, which is also being sued.
The residential schools operated into the 1980s under government control. Churches, including the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Churches, participated in operating the schools until 1969.
Archdeacon Boyles said the church is continuing to urge the Government of Canada to stop pursuing lawsuits as its primary response to the more than 7,000 individuals who are seeking compensation. "We agree with the Law Commission of Canada that a redress mechanism would offer a better means of meeting the needs of people who were harmed in the schools," he said.
"We have told the government that we could make a substantial commitment, both financially and in other ways, to support such a redress program". There has been no response from government, he said".
The church committed itself to a new relationship with Indigenous people in 1969, when its involvement in the residential schools ended. It established its Healing and Reconciliation Fund in 1991, after hearing reports of abuses in the schools. In 1993, Archbishop Michael Peers gave an apology on behalf of the church for its participation in the schools.
The Healing and Reconciliation Fund is administered by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. It provides grants in support of community-based healing initiatives for Indigenous groups. Since its inception, the fund has provided about $600,000 to assist with 60 healing projects. Financial support for Indigenous ministries, including the work of the Council and the Healing Fund, will increase from $262,000 to $547,000 annually.
The continuing drain of litigation costs and other factors have lead to the current reductions. Other impacts include:
- reduction of work in environmental and social justice areas, and reduction of support for a number of inter-church coalitions working in these areas
- reduction in the number of pages in the national newspaper, the `Anglican Journal'
- elimination of the national Resource Centre, which provided loans of videos and other resources to support parish ministries.
Ten staff positions have been eliminated at the church's national office, but two new ones have been created, leaving a net reduction of eight full time positions. Those affected have been provided with a severance package and relocation assistance, Archdeacon Boyles said. The staff reductions are effective immediately; grant reductions will come into full effect in 2001, if the church's national executive committee approves the proposed budget.
A complete report on the reductions is available at www.anglican.ca/church.
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For further information contact: Archdeacon Jim Boyles, 416-924-9199 ext. 280
Residential Schools, Legacy and Hope (`Ministry Matters' special edition), http://www.anglican.ca/mm/2000/legacy/
Healing and Reconciliation Fund, http://www.anglican.ca/ministry/healing/
Other resources related to the Residential schools, http://www.anglican.ca/ministry/rs/
`Restoring Dignity': Report of the Law Commission of Canada, www.lcc.gc.ca/
Contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Information Resources, 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence); During May 4-7. 416-540-3653 www.anglican.ca
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TORONTO, JUNE 13, 1994 -- The Anglican church has restructured its national office in response to declining national income but the new structures are only temporary.
Archdeacon Jim Boyles, the church's General Secretary, said the new staff structure is intended to serve the national church through to the next meeting of the General Synod, its highest legislative body, in June 1995. "General Synod will make some basic choices about our long term strategic directions," Boyles says, "and then we'll build a structure to meet those needs."
The restructuring comes in the wake of a decision last month by the church's national executive council to reduce its spending by $2.5 million over the following 18 months. Fifteen national church staff have today received layoff notices, effective June 30. Another five staff positions are becoming vacant through attrition. This reduces national staff in affected budget areas from 68 to 48.
The layoffs complete a series of cuts intended to bring spending from more than $13 million this year, to less than $11 million in 1995. Almost half of this amount supports churches in Canada's north and in overseas countries. Grants to the north, the largest single item of national spending, will be reduced by $10,000 a month beginning in July, possibly forcing the layoff of some priests in those dioceses.
Some grants already promised to overseas churches will not be made this year, and more will be cut next year.
Internally, the restructuring reduces the church's four program departments -- Ministries in Church and Society, World Mission, Communications, and Stewardship & Financial Development -- to three new "groups". The Partnerships Group deals with northern and overseas grants, ecumenical coalitions, and the Council for Native Ministries. Diocesan and Regional Services Group provides consulting services in congregational development, stewardship, evangelism, and other areas. Resources Group manages the Anglican Appeal, communications with dioceses and parishes, Anglican Video, and the national resource centre and library.
More than 2 million Canadians claim membership in the Anglican Church of Canada, but about 200,000 attend church on an average Sunday. Jim Boyles, the General Secretary, says the church faces a major challenge to revitalize its parishes and help them meet the spiritual needs of Canadians. "We know that Canadians want spiritual nurture in their lives," he notes. "It's up to us to find ways to help them get it. If we can do that, we have a future. If not, the Holy Spirit will try elsewhere."
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Contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Communications 416-924-9199 ext. 286; or Jim Boyles, General Secretary, ext. 280
"The Anglican Church of Canada is funded by people like you. More than 90% of national income derives from dioceses ... The pie chart at right represents the support Anglicans give to their churches: $189,556,222 in 1991. .... The remainder, about 80% of total giving, remains with the local parish. Page 2 explains how the national church spends these funds in ministry on your behalf. Page 4 shows the work of the Primate's Fund". -- p. .
Contents: Where does the money come from ? [1991 income figures] -- Where does the money go ? [spending estimates 1994] -- Three more ... -- What do these people do ? -- Where does the PWRDF money go [1994 spending estimates] ?
"For more information. ask for 'Behind the Budget', available from the national Resource Centre. The Resource Centre can also provide further information or resources about any national program activities. Call (416) 924-9199 ext. 317; or fax (416) 968-7983 Attention: Resource Centre; or write 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2J6". -- p. .
That this Council of the General Synod extend its appreciation to the staff at the National Office for the organization and execution of an excellent Orientation Program as well as for the warm hospitality and fellowship extended. CARRIED #16-03-96
Author comments on the tendency at General Synod to be overly modest about about the work they do and especially to speak about the person behind the work. "It's when I attempt to fuse the work and the person that I run into trouble. That's when Imeet this Jericho Complex ["if we trumpet our achievements, our people, our resources too loudly, will the walls not come crashing down ?"] that builds an artificial dichotomy between the work that is done and the person doing it. I know it is artificial because every time someone leaves 600 Jarvis and it replaced, the work changes dramatically. ...Thus it is that I've made a sport of that part of my job that allows me to go hunting for heroes. I have no great difficulty finding them."