That Appendix J, Section II (Audit Committee) para. b) subsection iv be amended to relate to the Pension Office Corporation, the Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation and other divisions or organizations and that these amendments be referred to the Handbook Committee. CARRIED #08-05-05-05
The report of the Chair, the Rev. Canon Milton Barry, and his letter to the General Secretary regarding the CIRC’s discussion about the Structures Consultation, were noted for information.
That the Council of General Synod seek the following revisions to the Terms of Reference for the Communications and Information Resources Committee:
- Section 1(d) – remove the reference to the library and Ministry Matters.
- Section 2(b) – remove the sentence, “At the appropriate time in the triennium, the Communications and Information Resources Committee may nominate possible names to the Council of General Synod for membership on the Anglican Journal Board.
Note: At the request of the Chancellor, permission was granted by COGS for the inclusion of the above revisions in the report of the Handbook Concerns Working Group.
Mr. Sam Carriere, Director of Communications and Information Resources, presented the report. It was noted that in May 2008, Council approved a revised Terms of Reference for the Communications and Information Resources Committee; however, the Terms of Reference had not been forwarded to General Synod 2010 for inclusion in the General Synod Handbook.
It was proposed:
That the Terms of Reference for the Communications and Information Resources Committee, previously adopted by the Council of General Synod but not forwarded to General Synod for inclusion in the Handbook, be referred to the Handbook Concerns Committee.
ADOPTED BY CONSENSUS #07-11-10
[*The Minutes of the November 2010 Council of General Synod meeting will not be OFFICIAL until they have been adopted at the Spring 2011 meeting.]
That this Council of General Synod consider and take action on the following; and further that the Chancellor of General Synod be requested to review these resolutions, and determine the jurisdiction of ecclesiastical provinces on the matter.
i) Any resolution or recommendation of any Communion body requiring a formal process of reception shall not be considered received until it has:
- a) been recommended for reception to all dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada by a majority vote, by orders, of General Synod, and;
- b) been approved by 2/3 of dioceses in each ecclesiastical province in the Anglican Church of Canada by a majority vote in all orders; and
c) been approved by a majority vote in all orders by an ensuing General Synod.
ii) Any report of an external body to the Anglican Church of Canada (communion or ecumenical) requiring a formal process of reception shall be considered received after:
- a) it has been circulated for response to all dioceses and provinces in the Anglican Church of Canada, and to all Standing Committees and the House of Bishops; and
- b) a summary of responses has been reported by the appropriate Standing Committee with a motion to the Council of General Synod to receive or not to receive; and
- c) The motion to receive or not to receive has been passed by a 2/3 majority of General Synod.
That the motion be referred to the Handbook Concerns Group and that it be brought back to the November meeting. CARRIED #22-05-06
Chancellor Jones presented the report and provided a detailed explanation for each of the following Parts – A, B and C – and it was agreed that the committee’s requests would be placed before COGS as an omnibus resolution:
- A. Changes made by the Council of General Synod
- B. Consequential Amendments to References in the Constitution, and
- C. Canon XIX – Forms required.
That the Council of General Synod receive the report of the Handbook Concerns Committee and forward it to General Synod 2013 with a recommendation that General Synod enact appropriate resolutions.
1. Changes made by the Council of General Synod
Confirmation of Terms of Reference of Standing Committees
Resolved that General Synod confirm the adoption or changes made by the Council of General Synod to the terms of reference of standing committees:
1. Communications and Information Resources Committee—terms of reference approved by COGS in May 2008, inadvertently not referred to General Synod 2010, referred by COGS in November 2010 to the current Handbook Concerns Committee for action at General Synod 2013 (as contained at page 136 in Appendix B in the current Handbook).
2. Communications and Information Resources Committee—references to “the Anglican Journal Board” in paragraphs 1 e) and 2 b) changed to “the Anglican Journal Committee” by COGS in May 2012.
3. Philanthropy Committee—terms of reference approved by COGS in November 2010 (as contained at page 138 in Appendix B in the current Handbook, with additional changes noted in #4 and #5 below.)
4. Philanthropy Committee—name change from “Philanthropy Committee” to “Resources for Mission Committee” in section 6 of Appendix B)—approved by COGS in March 2011.
5. Resources for Mission Committee—change in the first item in the terms of reference to read: “a) Develop and continue to update a theology of stewardship for the church.” —approved by COGS in November 2012.
6. Anglican Journal—adoption of terms of reference for the new Anglican Journal Committee (to be included as part 7 in Appendix B of the Handbook) and removal of the terms of reference for the former Anglican Journal Corporation (Appendix C in the Handbook)—approved by COGS in November 2011:
7. Anglican Journal Committee
- The Committee shall:
- (i) Be the publisher of the Anglican Journal.
- (ii) Monitor, defend and safeguard the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal.
- (iii) Support the work of the Anglican Journal staff and advise staff as requested.
- (iv) Explore and work on areas of mutual interest with the Communications and Information Resources Committee.
- (v) Produce, publish and distribute a national newspaper of interest to the members of the Anglican Church of Canada, with an independent editorial policy and not being an official voice of or for the church. When expression of opinion conflicts with official church policy, as stated by decisions of the General Synod or the Council of General Synod, the newspaper will, at the same time, carry an explanation by an informed spokesperson of the official position of the church.
- (vi) Provide a means to distribute diocesan newspapers and other materials as inserts to the national newspaper.
- (vii) Maintain a data base containing pertinent circulation information that will be available to the national and diocesan offices of the Anglican Church of Canada.
- (viii) Exercise functions to all committees, namely
-- a) Develop annual budget proposals
-- b) Communicate with other committees and groups
-- c) Report regularly to the Council of General Synod
-- d) At least once a triennium review its own mandate and review policies governing the various areas of work of the Anglican Journal.
2. Consequential Amendments to References in the Constitution
Resolved that General Synod amend the Constitution as follows:
- 1. in section 33 e) iii), change “In” to “in”; [typographical error]
- 2. in section 33 f) iii), change the reference to “subsection 33 a) viii)” to “subsection 33 a) vii)”; [typographical error]
- 3. in section 39 a) vi), change the name of the “Philanthropy Committee” to “Resources for Mission Committee”; [COGS March 2011]
- 4. in section 39 a), after vi) add “vii) Anglican Journal Committee”; [COGS November 2011]
- 5. in section 39 g), replace paragraph iv) with the following:
-- “iv) the national communications director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.” [COGS May 2012]
- 6. in section 39, after g) add:
-- “h) The Anglican Journal Committee shall consist of the members of the Communications and Information Committee sitting as the Anglican Journal Committee plus one additional member appointed by the Primate from the membership of the Anglican Editors’ Association (AEA).”
- and re-letter the following paragraphs accordingly. [COGS May 2012]
3. Canon XIX – Forms for Reinstatement or Restoration of the Exercise of Ministry
Resolved that General Synod amend Canon XIX to include forms for the reinstatement or restoration of the exercise of ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.
The forms are attached as Appendix D.
Correction to Appendix J of the Handbook – Anglican Award of Merit
The references to “the Council of General Synod” in the opening words of paragraph 2 a) and in sub-paragraphs a) ii) and a) iii) will be corrected to read “the National Executive Council”. [Note: Approval to make this correction is not required, as the appendix is for information and reference purposes only.]
Committee for Next triennium
The Council of General Synod needs to appoint the members of the Handbook Concerns Committee for the next triennium.
FORMS FOR THE REINSTATEMENT OR RESTORATION OF THE EXERCISE OF MINISTRY IN THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
NOTICE OF REINSTATEMENT TO MINISTRY
(after prior relinquishment)
[three blank lines]
To: The Primate and all diocesan bishops in The Anglican Church of Canada
[two blank lines]
This is notification that I have reinstated . . . . [name] . . . . to the exercise of ordained ministry in The Anglican Church of Canada, pursuant to General Synod Canon XIX, section 1 e).
[one blank line]
The reinstatement was effective on . . . [date].
[three blank lines]
Bishop of the Diocese of ______________________ [*]
[* Note: The Bishop making the reinstatement must be the diocesan Bishop or the successor to the diocesan Bishop who accepted the relinquishment.]
NOTICE OF RESTORATION TO MINISTRY
(after prior abandonment)
To: The Primate, Metropolitans and all diocesan bishops in The Anglican Church of Canada
This is notification that I have restored . . . . [name] . . . . to the exercise of ordained ministry in The Anglican Church of Canada, pursuant to General Synod Canon XIX, section 2 g).
The restoration was effective on . . . [date].
Bishop of the Diocese of ___________________________ [*]
[* Note: The Bishop making the restoration must be the diocesan Bishop or the successor to the diocesan Bishop who affirmed the abandonment.]
That the Council of General Synod direct the Handbook Concerns Committee and the Governance Working Group to propose the necessary canonical changes to allow for the full voting participation in the Council of General Synod by the representative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. ADOPTED BY CONSENSUS (WITHOUT DEBATE) #13-05-09
The report of the Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee contained the following resolution for General Synod:
- “Be it resolved that this General Synod approve the following membership for the Partners in Mission and Eco-justice Committee, effective at the beginning of the 2010-2013 Triennium.
- The Committee shall have 11 members as follows:
-- 6 members shall be appointed by the General Synod, at least 5 of whom shall be members of General Synod, and one of whom shall be a member of the Council of General Synod.
-- 5 members shall be appointed by the Primate;
-- Of the 11 appointed by General Synod or by the Primate, there will be representation from: Indigenous partners, Youth, ELCIC, Overseas partners.”
Motion to refer
It was proposed:
That the Council of General Synod refer the Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee resolution (#009-06-11-09) to the Handbook Concerns Committee for presentation to General Synod. ADOPTED BY CONSENSUS #16-07-09
That the Council of General Synod refer the proposed amendment to Section 3 r) of the Rules of Order and Procedure (letter attached as Appendix 1) to the Handbook Review Group for their consideration and request the Group to report back to the Council at the next meeting.
The proposed amendment is:
That Section 3(r) of the Rules of Order be amended by adding the following at the end thereof:
Before putting the question to a motion to close debate, the Chair shall ask if any of the persons who are then in line to speak to the pending motion has an amendment or motion to proposed. Any person in line to speak, who has an amendment to propose, shall be entitled to state to Synod the text of such amendment or motion. No debate is permitted; however, questions and answers for clarification purposed may be permitted by the Chair. CARRIED #08-11-04
The letter from the Diocese of Rupert's Land (Appendix 1 of the General Secretary's Report) is attached as Appendix B.
The Diocese of Rupert's Land
The Right Reverend Donald D. Phillips
Bishop of Rupert's Land
Wed. Nov. 17, 2004.
The Council of General Synod
C/O The Ven. J. Boyles, General Secretary
Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden St.
As I mentioned at the recent House of Bishops meeting, I wish to [make] a formal request to the Council of General Synod to consider adjusting the Rules of Order around resolutions during meetings of General Synod. Without any initiation on my part, the following resolution was carried at our Diocesan Synod, which met Nov. 11-13, 2004.
- MOTION: That Section 3(r) of the Rules of Order be amended by adding the following at the end thereof:
- Before putting the question to a motion to close debate, the Chair shall ask if any of the persons who are then in line to speak to the pending motion has an amendment or motion to propose. Any person in line to speak, who has an amendment to propose, shall be entitled to state to Synod the text of such amendment or motion. No debate is permitted; however, questions and answers for clarification purposes may be permitted by the Chair.
This resolution arose form the experience of the final amendment (Clause 5) to resolution A134 at General synod pertaining to Same-Sex Unions (the clause that mentioned 'integrity and sanctity'.)
To recap briefly, on the Thurs. morning at General Synod, when this section was dealt with, there was lots of informal conversation, prior to the session beginning, about suggesting slightly different wording, in the form of amendments that would find a greater consensus on the floor of Synod. Because of our present Rules of Order, when a motion was made to 'call the question', there was no debate permitted, nor were the delegates of Synod able to inquire as to whether there were "better options" waiting to be put as amendments in the hands of delegates still waiting at microphones to speak. I am convinced that, as a result, we did not make the best decision that the Synod could have made, and I think this has been borne out [by] the subsequent confusion throughout the Anglican Communion as to what was really meant by the wording of Clause 5. I believe we were "let off lightly" by the Windsor Report -- probably because they understood the predicament we were in.
While the Council of General Synod might want to construct their own method to achieve the necessary result, I am formally requesting that the Council consider amending the Rules so that the members of General Synod at least get a chance to hear the wording of amendments already prepared before they are required to vote on a motion "to call the question."