Requested the National Executive Council to consider the effects of increasing the period between Synods, and to have amendments to the Handbook prepared in this regard.
Received a notice of Motion to be considered at the next Synod, to amend Section 2(1) of the Constitution to enable Synod to meet every third year.
The Organization Committee has considered these Acts and, in view of the relationship and authority questions presently existing between General Synod and the Dioceses and House of Bishops,
and in view of the rapid social change in our society and church today, and because a longer gap between sessions of General Synod would likely mean a longer Synod, which delegates do not generally desire (see evaluation of 1973 Synod),
and because there was no general feeling expressed in the evaluation of the '73 Synod that it should meet less frequently,
the following resolutions were put:
That no increase in the period between General Synods be contemplated at this time. CARRIED
[Moved by Nock, seconded by Light]
That provision be made for as much continuity as possible on major committees of General Synod because the two year space is a short one for Committees to work at their tasks. CARRIED
That the Committee on Organization be asked by the National Executive Council to explore ways of ensuring this continuity, possibly by electing persons to major committees for a four year term. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council refer to the Administration and Finance Committee an upward revision of the present allowances for transportation and meals for members of committees/task forces, in the light of increased costs. CARRIED
That the following guidelines for the Resolutions Committee, as revised, be adopted for use at this General Synod:
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.
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;
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
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada shall be the President of the Synod, but in case of his absence from any cause, the Archbishop, senior by appointment or election, or, if no Archbishop be present, the Bishop elected as President of the Upper House, shall be and act as President of the Synod. CARRIED in both Houses.
"The Synod shall sit in joint sitting to consider the work of the several departments and/or divisions of the Synod on the days and at the hours named by the Agenda Committee, provided such dates and times shall be published in the Convening Circular and shall not be changed without notice to the department or division concerned." CARRIED in both Houses.
That subsections 1 and 2 of Section 38 of the Constitution be repealed and the following substituted therefore:
"The General Secretary of the General Synod shall prepare a written report in summary form of all matters considered and dealt with by the National Executive Council since the last regular session of Synod, which shall be sent to each member of the General Synod not less than thirty days prior to each regular session of Synod and presented by him to the session of General Synod." CARRIED in both Houses.
That the present Rule of Order 23 be amended to read:
"23. Reference to Committee
Any motion having any relation to the work of any Standing, Sessional or Special Committee may, upon its coming before the House, with the approval of the House, be referred with or without debate to such committee for consideration and report." CARRIED in both Houses.
That Second Reading be given to the resolution that section 11 of the Declaration of Principles be amended by the addition after section d) of the following section:
e) Amendments on Second Reading at Synod
i) Where a proposed change to the Declaration of Principles (other than to s.6,7 or 7A thereof) or to a Canon dealing with doctrine, worship or discipline has been
a) passed at one session of the General Synod,
b) referred for consideration to all diocesan and provincial synods, and
c) brought before a second session of the General Synod for consideration,
it shall be in order for the General Synod to adopt any amendment to the proposed change which would have been in order when the proposed change was considered at the first session of the General Synod and the proposed change shall take effect if passed by the required majority at the second session with or without such amendment.
ii) Where a proposed change to sections 6,7 or 7A of the Declaration of Principles has been:
a) passed by the required majority at one session of the General Synod,
b) referred for the consideration of all diocesan synods,
c) referred for consent to all provincial synods, and
d) brought before a second session of the General Synod for consideration,
it shall be in order for the General Synod to adopt any amendment which does not alter the proposed change in any substantive way but which merely improves the clarity or form of the proposed change and the proposed change shall take effect if passed by the required majority at the second session with or without such amendment. CARRIED in all Orders on Second Reading Act 31
That Section 6, subsection (1)(a) of the Declaration of Principles be amended to read:
"(a) The constitution and organization of the General Synod including the regulation of the time and place of its meeting, the order and conduct of its proceedings, and the appointment, functions and duties of its office bearers, committees, departments, divisions, and officers, for the proper conduct of its affairs." CARRIED unanimously in both Houses.