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Anglican Communion Covenant

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Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 73
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 73
Mover
The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford
Seconder
The Very Rev. Peter G. Elliott
Prologue
Bishop George Bruce, Chair of the Anglican Communion Working Group (ACWG) and Chair of the Anglican Ecclesiology Sub-Group of Faith Worship and Ministry, introduced the presentation which set the context for the discussion of the Covenant. He reviewed the composition of the ACWG, its mandate and work and introduced members Bishop Stephen Andrews, Ms. Suzanne Lawson and Archbishop Colin Johnson, and also the Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, member of the Covenant Design Group and the Covenant Review Group. Bishop Bruce reviewed the Covenant section by section highlighting changes since the first draft. He invited and responded to questions of clarification.
In table groups, members discussed and responded in writing to the question 'What materials would be helpful in your study of the covenant document ?'
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. George Bruce
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson
That this General Synod:
1. receive the final text of 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
3. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Amendment
Text
That the resolution be amended by adding the following two paragraphs after section two of the resolution.
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
Amendment to the Amendment
Moved by: The Rev. Canon James Robinson
Seconded by: Ms. Brittany Young
That the amendment be amended by adding "the Primate‘s Theological Commission" to paragraph 4 as follows: " . . .be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, the Governance Working Group and the Primate‘s Theological Commission. . ." DEFEATED
The amendment was put and was CARRIED
The amended motion with reads:
That this General Synod:
1. receive the final text of 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
was put and was CARRIED Act 73
Notes
Point of Order
Dean Iain Luke rose on a point of order, requesting that Resolution C004 respecting the Anglican Covenant be ruled out of order as it revisited the decision made in Motion A137. After consulting the assessors, the Primate ruled C004 to be out of order.
[Text of C004:
Moved by: The Rev. Canon Alan T. Perry, diocese of Montreal
Seconded by: The Ven. Ronald Harrison, diocese of New Westminster
Be it resolved that this General Synod:
1. Affirm the commitment of the Anglican Church of Canada to full participation in the life and mission of the Anglican Communion; and
2. Will consider a formal decision to adopt the proposed Anglican Covenant after the Church of England has formally adopted it.]
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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ANGLICAN COMMUNION COVENANT #015-03-13-03 : Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion

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Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Mover
Chancellor David Jones
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Prologue
Archdeacon Harry Huskins advised that this Covenant was considered at General Synod in 2010 and that Resolution A137 directed the Governance Working Group to prepare a report about the legal and constitutional implications and consequences presented to the Anglican Church of Canada by the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant. The GWG issued its report in June 2011. Archdeacon Huskins paid tribute to former Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, and to Archbishop Hiltz for their efforts and he described the rationale for this resolution now presented to COGS. He requested members to respond to the following questions:
1. Is the following text what COGS wishes to forward to General Synod, and
2. How can it best be presented at General Synod?
Proposed Resolution
That the following resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
Resolved that General Synod:
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
As a result of this resolution:
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant. FWM’s Reflections can be found at
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
-- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium, and
-- 2. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Ms. Martha Gardner provided details with respect to a resolution embraced in 2012 by TEC on the Covenant.
Lengthy discussion ensued and it was agreed that the text required modification.
Motion to Table
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. James Cowan
Seconded by: The Ven. Harry Huskins
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be tabled.
ADOPTED
Motion to Lift from the Table
Moved by: Chancellor David Jones
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be lifted from the table.
The Chancellor introduced an amendment for consideration (see item 1 below in italics) with respect to the final paragraphs of the resolution, which was agreed:
[N.B. Italics in electronic text indicated by text enclosed in quotation marks.]
"1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;"
2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Text
That the following amended resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
General Synod 2013
Resolution
Subject: The Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion
Background:
General Synod 2010 passed the following resolution:
Resolved that General Synod
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant.
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;
- 2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
- 3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
ADOPTED #13-03-13
Notes
Discussion continued and it was agreed that a report submitted by the Anglican Church of Canada to the Anglican Consultative Council-15, which met in the Fall of 2012, could be used as a background document to provide information about the above resolution in the General Synod Convening Circular.
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Covenant Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
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ANGLICAN COMMUNION WORKING GROUP #015-02-11-11

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Date
2011 November 18-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-11-11
Date
2011 November 18-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-11-11
Mover
Bishop James Cowan
Seconder
Major the Rev. Canon Michelle Staples
Prologue
Bishop George Bruce, Chair of the Anglican Communion Working Group, presented the report which outlined the Group's work and the proposed timeline for a decision on the Covenant.
Text
That the Council of General Synod thank the Anglican Communion Working Group and the Governance Working Group for their work and commend the Covenant for study and response to and from the dioceses and regions of the Anglican Church of Canada.
ADOPTED #13-11-11
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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Church maps could be redrawn

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article34479
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 April
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 April
Volume
133
Issue
4
Page
11
Notes
The Council of General Synod voted to bring to General Synod motions that would change the Anglican Church of Canada's governance and structure.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod
Anglican Church of Canada - Government
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada - Statistics
Anglican Church of Canada - Strategic planning
Boyles, James B. (Jim)
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Church organization under the microscope

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Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 May
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 May
Volume
133
Issue
5
Page
6
Notes
General Synod will consider resolutions from the Governance Working Group. "Ultimately, though, the issue of governance boils down to a simple, unsustainable paradox: the proportion of the budget that supports governance has been growing but church finances have been diminishing".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Government
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
Anglican Church of Canada - Statistics
Church membership - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
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CoGS looks to the future : General Synod 2010 the budget and more

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Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2010 January
Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2010 January
Volume
136
Issue
1
Page
3
Notes
Highlights of the 13-15 November 2009 meeting of the Council of General Synod (CoGS). "CoGS approved budget cuts to reduce the deficit in the 2010 budget to $492,000. This represented cuts to some programs, including grants to global partners. It has also meant eliminating 6.5 staff positions at General Synod offices in Toronto". CoGS also heard reports on Vision 2019 the strategic planning process for the Anglican Church. The Governance Working Group also presented several resolutions to CoGS that will go to General Synod in June 2010.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod
Budget - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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Commission on Governance #033-01-04-11

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Date
2004 November 26-28
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 36-11-04
Date
2004 November 26-28
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 36-11-04
Mover
Mrs. Judy Darling
Seconder
Mrs. Dorothy Davies-Flindall
Text
That the Council of General Synod establish a Commission on Governance under Section 41 of the Constitution
That the Commission include the Prolocutor, the Chancellor, the General Secretary, at least one additional member of the Council of General Synod, 2 representatives of ACIP and 4 members at large appointed because of their knowledge and
That the Commission's task be as follows:
- To review the history of General Synod and its evolution
- To consider the current context in which the General Synod operates
- To study the ecclesiological principles which underlie governance in the Anglican tradition
- To seek submissions from dioceses, provinces and other interested parties
- To bring forward proposals for change in governance of General Synod for consideration by the General Synod in 2007
That the Nominating Committee seek nominations and propose membership in the Commission by the end of January 2005, and that the Officers be authorized to confirm the membership of the Commission
Motion to table
Moved by: Dean Peter Wall
Seconded by: Mrs. Betty Livingston
That the motion be tabled until the May 2005 meeting.
CARRIED #36-11-04
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Government
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Structure
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Commission on Governance
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (FMDC) REPORT #007-10-09-05

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Date
2009 May 8-10
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 05-05-09
Date
2009 May 8-10
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 05-05-09
Prologue
Ms. Monica Patten, FMDC Chair, reported that early in the triennium the committee had initiated a review of its governing document Canon VI and had proposed changes to better reflect the work of the new Department of Philanthropy. It also raised a number of fundamental questions including, “who ultimately has the authority and control of financial matters and financial decisions?’ and other than what is specified in the Canon, “is there another role that COGS might be playing in the oversight of financial matters in our church?” The canon suggests that FMDC has an operational function as well as a governance role, which differs from actual practice. FMDC identified the need to clarify the role of committees as an urgent governance issue; one that should be addressed in the context of the Operational Review.
There was consensus in the Council:
Text
That the Financial Management and Development Committee has a mandate to consult with the Governance Working Group regarding the issue of governance they have raised in relation to Canon VI. #05-05-09
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Financial Management and Development Committee
Anglican Church of Canada. Financial Management and Development Committee - Terms of reference
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon VI
Anglican Church of Canada. Dept. of Philanthropy
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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Date
2004 March 4-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 12-03-04
Date
2004 March 4-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 12-03-04
Mover
Chancellor Robert Falby
Seconder
Mrs. Betty Livingston
Prologue
Moved by: Dean Peter Elliott
Seconded by: Ms. Sally Tuckey
That this Council of General Synod propose the following resolution to General Synod:
That this General Synod request the Council of General Synod to explore the terms of membership of the Council of General synod with a view to establishing a term of 6 (six) years with half the membership being elected every 3 (three years).
Amendment
Text
That the motion be amended to read:
That this Council of General Synod propose the following resolution to General Synod:
That this General Synod request the Council of General Synod to review the governance of General Synod with a view to enhancing the work and mission of General Synod.
Vote on the amendment CARRIED
Vote on the main motion as amended. CARRIED #12-03-04
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Government
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Structure
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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General Synod 2019 Resolution C005 and the Governance Working Group

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Date
2019 November 7-10
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 008-11-19
Date
2019 November 7-10
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 008-11-19
Mover
The Rev. Dr. Karen Egan
Seconder
Ms. Judith Moses
Text
Be it resolved: That this Council of General Synod refer General Synod Resolution C005 to the Governance Working Group, so that they may engage the Council in a process of consideration at subsequent meetings. ADOPTED #CoGS 008-11-19
Notes
The Rev. Dr. Karen Egan and Ms. Judith Moses spoke to General Synod 2019 resolution C005 – Constitutional Review (as amended). Council would not be voting on the resolution itself, but dealing with what it asks them to do. Dr. Egan and Ms. Moses requested the resolution be passed to the Governance Working Group (GWG). The GWG is the servant of the Council to make sure that the information it has is sufficient for a good decision-making process. It is chaired by Chancellor Canon David P. Jones and is made up of Canon Clare Burns, Ms. Ann Chaplin, Ms. Cynthia Haines Turner, the Ven. Alan Perry, and the Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson (ex officio). The work that the GWG will undertake on this resolution will be done in consultation with CoGS and the Strategic Planning Working Group.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Government
Anglican Church of Canada - Structure
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod. Strategic Planning Working Group
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