Mr. Justice Ronald Stevenson reported that the Assessors had heard and considered an appeal from the Diocese of Brandon regarding eligibility for membership in the General Synod for Mrs. Doreen Church, as she did not reside in her diocese. The appeal had been dismissed. [Under Section 3(c) of the Declaration of Principles and Section 8(c) of the Constitution, members of the Orders of Clergy and Laity must have their principal residence in the diocese they represent.]
That this General Synod receive the Report of the Assessors. CARRIED ACT 22
It was recommended that consideration be given to suspending Rule of Order No. 3 and extending the courtesies of the General Synod to Mrs. Church, including the right to participate in debate, but not to vote.
Moved by: Mr. Justice R.C. Stevenson
Seconded by: Mr. R.W.P. Welch
That this General Synod accept the decision of the Assessors on the appeal. CARRIED Act 23
Chancellor David Wright, Chairperson of the Credentials Committee, announced that Mrs. Doreen Church was ineligible to represent the Diocese of Brandon as a member of the General Synod, because her principal residence is not within the boundaries of the diocese.