(ref. p.29, Minutes NEC, November, 1973) This item refers to the possible division of Newfoundland into three dioceses and the following motion deals with General Synod's area of authority in the proposal.
That Section (3) be referred to the Organization Committee for report to the National Executive Council in May, 1974. CARRIED
Canon W. Asbil informed the National Executive Council that four draft reports have been distributed. Approximately 300 people have received these reports and many answers were returned. A final draft has been written with the assistance of these replies and will be presented to General Synod.
Canon Asbil expressed appreciation to those who took the time to reply.
The Prolocutor thanked Canon Asbil for the report.
24. REPORT OF THE JOINT TASK FORCE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEES ON GENERAL SYNOD, PROVINCIAL, DIOCESAN RELATIONSHIPS
Canon Asbil, the Rev. W.E. Lowe and the General Secretary presented this report.
The General Secretary spoke to the report, after which the Council considered the report by sections.
Concern was expressed that there is no Provincial representation working with the Task Force.
That the National Executive Council recommends that a further consultation of representatives from the Provinces, Organization Committee and Long Range Planning Committee be held to consider this report before the presentation to a General Synod. CARRIED
It should be stated to General Synod that all four Provincial Synods were in common agreement that there should be a three-year Synod.
There was considerable discussion and a number of questions were asked. The Primate reported that Lambeth '78 would be considering the whole role of synodical government out of which would probably come guidelines and directions for future consideration.
This report will now be distributed to the Provinces, Diocesan Bishops and future members of the Task Force, along with the action taken by the Council.
That the Organization Committee be asked to give consideration to the size and method of election/appointment of C/C/B's [i.e committees, councils and boards] not covered in resolution #G and recommend adjustments considered appropriate to NEC in March 1992. CARRIED #75-11-91
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 the new Committee on Organization be directed to conduct a study of the Declaration of Principles with a view to proposing to National Executive Council and General Synod in 1971, amendments in it which will provide a procedure to effect Unions of the Anglican Church with other Churches. CARRIED in both Houses.
In presenting the report of the Committee on Organization, Chancellor R.H. Soward stated that the committee had not been able to examine the Price-Waterhouse report on "Restructuring the General Synod Committees and the Position of the General Secretary," in detail and introduced two resolutions related to the report for consideration.
(1) "That the Committee on Theological Education should be renamed the Committee on Ministry with its scope open to include all areas that logically fall within the context suggested by that designation."
In the discussion that followed, it was agreed that the proposed name change of the committee required further study.
(2) "That the Committee on Organization welcomes the Price-Waterhouse report as being in harmony with the policy that the Committee on Organization has pursued under the direction of General Synod and we recommend that NEC appoint a committee of five members to meet with three members of the Organization Committee to consider the report of Price-Waterhouse on restructuring the General Synod Committees and Commissions and the position of General Secretary and to report through the Organization Committee to NEC at its February meeting."
It was agreed that the three members would be the Chairman, Chancellor Soward and the General Secretary.
Following further discussion, it was moved [and seconded]
That the National Executive Council approves the recommendation of the Committee on Organization that there be a joint committee of 5 members of the National Executive Council and 3 members of the Organization Committee to study the Price-Waterhouse Report on Restructuring the General Synod Committees and Commissions and the position of General Secretary and to report its finding through the Organization Committee at the February meeting of this National Executive Council; and the National Executive Council requests the Primate to name the 5 members of this executive and the Chairman of the Organization Committee to name the three members of the Organization Committee. CARRIED
Members of the National Executive Council were requested to study the Price-Waterhouse report and forward their comments and observations to the General Secretary.
Judge Hudson requested that if possible the report of the special committee be fowarded to members of National Executive Council and the Committee on Organization prior to the February 1969 meetings.
The appendix to Section C. of the Report was then considered. Regarding subsection A. of Section C ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"], it was moved by Mr. J.W. Graham, seconded by the Very Rev. W.E. Jackson, and resolved:
That the Primate, in consultation with the Prolocutor, be requested to appoint a commission to study the matters outlines in Part A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the Report of the Organization Committee, found on p. 335 of this Journal: such commission to report its findings and recommendations to the next session of this Synod.
Message U-18 -- 'Report of Committee on Organization' -- "That the Upper House votes non--concurrence in Message L 48, Section A of Appendix to Section (C) ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"], but recommends that this be referred back to the Committee on Organization for further study as there appears to be a conflict with No. (7) 'Fundamental Principles', p. 19 Declaration of Principles.
That the Upper House concurs in Message L 49, (Section B. ["Internal Organization of General Synod"] of appendix to Section (c).
Moved by Chancellor Soward, seconded by the Deputy Prolocutor, and resolved:
That we concur in Message U 18. (See pp. 37, 68, 97.)
Message U-25 - "Concurrences"
That the Upper House concurs in Messages L-61, L-62, L-65, L-66, L-67, L-68 and L-71. L-74, L-69 were received as information. (See pp. 55, 56, 67, 68.)
Messages L-48 and L-49 -- Committee on Organization
That the Primate, in consultation with the Prolocutor, be requested to appoint a Commission to study the matters outlined in Part A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the special report of the Committee on Organization, (see p. 335 of the Journal), such Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the next session of this Synod. (See p. 37.)
The Upper House votes non-concurrence in Message L-48, Section A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the special report found in Appendix to Section C of the Report of the Committee on Organization, and recommends that this be referred back to the Committee on Organization for further study, as there appears to be a conflict with Number 7 ("Fundamental Principles"). (See Handbook, 1953 edition, page 19). (See p. 56.)
The Lower House concurs in Message U-18 of the Upper House. (See p. 56.)
The Upper House acknowledges Message L-62 of the Lower House. (See p. 68.)
That the Committee on Organization be authorized and instructed to continue its studies of the matters outlined in Part B ["Internal Organization of General Synod"] of the special report of the Committee (see p. 336 of the Journal), and to report thereon from time to time. (See p. 37.)
The Upper House concurs in Message L-49 of the Lower House, (See p. 56.)
Chancellor Ryan outlined the proposed changes in wording in sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Task Force re Procedures to Effect Unions, and stated that the proposal before the House at the previous discussion of this matter was to accept the Report up to section 9, incorporating the Amendments reflected in these changes.
Moved by: The Venerable J.G. Morden
Seconded by: Dr. D.J. Broadwell
That clause 9.i.2, be deleted, and in its place the following be substituted: '9.i.2 -- Each ecclesiastical province totalling the clerical and lay vote from all the diocesan synods within the province must have a majority of each order concurring in the plan of union', and that in clause 9.i.3 we delete the word 'diocese' and insert the words 'ecclesiastical province', and that clause 9.j. be similarly amended.
A procedural motion was then introduced.
Moved by: The Venerable E. Rigby
Seconded by: Dr. C.E. Challice
That section 9 (i) be referred back to the Task Force under Chancellor Ryan to be reconsidered in the light of Dr. Morden's amendment.
The motion was defeated. The amendment was then put and defeated. (It was carried in the House of Delegates, and defeated in the House of Bishops.)
That the Report up to the end of Section 9 be accepted as so amended. CARRIED IN BOTH HOUSES
At this point in the proceedings, the Reverend E. Bull introduced to the Synod Brother Robert, of the Society of St. Francis in New York.
[Recorded as No. 48 in Acts of Synod, p. 68. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]