"This important work of prayer and support can now be accessed daily on the www.anglicancommunion.org website along with a lectionary suggestion. This means any changes in people or information is made as soon as it is received a the Anglican Communion Office, thus our prayers can be accurate and up-to-date as we name before God in Christ those who serve the global Communion. Please make sure and all bishop and leadership appointments are sent to Michael Ade at St. Andrew's House in London (firstname.lastname@example.org). The entire ACP can be downloaded at any time by anyone. If you do not have the facility to download and print the ACP, the London secretariat will do it for you and send it to you at no charge." [Text of entire article.]
Editor reflects on his recent trip to Sudan and the role that computer technology can play to help link the provinces of the Anglican Communion. Includes a renewed plea for subscriptions and funding to support the work of Anglican World and make the stories of the Anglican Communion better known.
A request from the editor of "Anglican World" as follows: "There are great stories just waiting to be told in and about the Anglican World. I need -- more than just a committee -- a group of global links, to keep news coming and going. I am asking each bishop of each diocese to designate one person (not necessarily an employee or clergyperson) to serve as a reporter in their diocese for the Anglican Communion. It would be my hope that each person would send one story (with action photos) each month. They will all be read and many will appear on our web site or in the magazine."
In November 1994 representatives of Quest International met in London England. "My challenge to myself and the managers is to have at least one station in each Province of our Communion online by the Lambeth Conference 1998. This most important Anglican meeting will then come alive for people throughout the Communion".
In April 2000 a consultation took place in London, sponsored by the Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, Grants Programme. "The consultation looked at the role of telecommunications and the mission of the Anglican Episcopal Communion around the world." "At the close of the conference, those gathered in London formally emerged as an Advisory Council and they will petition the Anglican Consultative Council for official recognition as a Standing Commission of the ACC." The Archbishop of Canterbury addressed the gathering and "spoke about the Christian use of technology. He said, `I believe very strongly that the example of Christ impels us to take new developments in technology seriously. But this cannot be an uncritical embracing of the novel and the innovative. We know that the Global Information Highway brings with it increasing dangers of cultural imperialism and control of knowledge. A mark of a Christian use of telecommunication will be that it focuses on those most in need and places power into the hands of the marginalised and the dispossessed."
"The Rev. Dr. Joan Butler Ford has been appointed Director of Telecommunications for the Anglican Communion Office. The post will involve the enhancement of global communication via computer and other electronic means. A great deal of interest in communication via email and the Internet amongst Provinces and dioceses in the Communion has already been shown. Dr. Ford will co-ordinate efforts to pull together these different strands of communication on a full-time basis from the London office."
That the following resolutions be referred to the National Executive Council:
Revised Resolution #43
That this General Synod adopt the document entitled "Human Rights Principles for The Anglican Church of Canada" and recommend it for study and implementation at parish, diocesan and national levels under the Direction of the National Executive Council.
That this General Synod request
(i) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee prepare a theological statement on poverty which will include women's experience; and
(ii) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee involve the Task Force on Women in Poverty in the preparation of the theological statement.
That the General Synod recognize the feminization of poverty and request the Program Committee and the Women's Unit:
(i) to develop and implement ways to raise the awareness of people in dioceses and parishes about the reality of poverty in women's lives; and
(ii) to report on the resulting experiences and actions to the General Synod in 1989.
Revised Resolution #49
That this General Synod declares unemployment, homelessness and hunger to be major concerns of the Church. We recommend to the National Executive Council that adequate staff time be allocated to assist The Anglican Church of Canada, nationally, provincially and locally to address these concerns in the following ways:
a) to work together to seek just solutions to the problems of unemployment, homelessness and hunger;
b) to work with the unemployed, the homeless and the hungry towards such solutions;
c) to work ecumenically;
d) to challenge and to work with government: federally, provincially and locally to seek a more just society.
Revised Resolution #56
That this General Synod requests the National Executive Council to establish a Task Force to explore and make recommendations regarding the feasiblity of setting up a National Church presence in Ottawa, to support and enrich ongoing dialogue with the federal government.
Revised Resolution #59
That this General Synod call for a national consultation to explore the possibility of establishing an Anglican computer users network and ask the Program Committee to enable such a consultation.
Revised Resolution #60
That this General Synod commends the Principles of a healthy Remuneration System to the dioceses with the request that each diocese study the Principles and the implications of their implementation, and to respond to the Committee on Ministry within the next 18 months, in order that the Committee on Ministry may make recommendations to the 1989 General Synod re: remuneration practice in the Church.
That this General Synod directs the Office of Personnel Resources to maintain a registry of Licenced Lay Workers in order to facilitate their recognition and mobility within the Church.
That the Doctrine and Worship Committee be directed to begin a process towards the development of a new hymn book which will provide hymns and other music for worship that complement the Common Lectionary, which draw on a wide variety of styles and traditions and which are couched in language which is as inclusive as possible.
That the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada request the Goverment of Canada to retain the question on religious affiliation in the 1991 national Census, thereby continuing to make available information of great value to the religious communities of Canada.
That this General Synod, mindful of the oneness of God's human family, urges the General Committee of the Leonard Foundation of Canada to direct its Board of Trustees to apply to the appropriate Court in Canada to write out all references in the Trust Deed which discriminate on the basis of sex and race.
That this General Synod affirms in principle the amending of Canon XXI (On Marriage in the Church) in order to permit the re-marriage of divorced persons in the Church without the requirement of applying to an Ecclesiastical Matrimonial Commission, and directs the Organization Committee to bring such an amendment before the next General Synod.
That this General Synod commends the work of Church House staff at this Synod and recommends that serious consideration be given to providing sufficient computer equipment to facilitate their work at the General Synod in 1989.
That this General Synod reaffirm the National Executive Council (May 1985) condemnation of the U.S. government's economic and military policy toward Nicaragua, particularly its policy of providing covert military aid to the anti-government counter revolutionary forces, and urge the Canadian government to do everything in its power to influence the U.S. government and those of Central America to give their full support to current peace-making efforts in Central America.
That this General Synod request the Agenda Committee of the thirty-second session of the General Synod
a) to continue our practice of inviting representatives from partner Churches overseas and other denominations in Canada as observers and participants in Synod, and
b) to ensure that plenary session time be planned in order that all members of Synod may hear the partners' critique of the Synod's life and sense of priorities, and also may gain an understanding of the situations in which our partners are in mission.
That this thirty-first General Synod
1) regard the national membership of The Anglican Church of Canada as comprising those who indicate, in the Statistics Canada National Census, that they are Anglican, and
2) direct all committees, councils, boards, etc., in their deliberations, planning and other activities to accept this definition of membership.
That this General Synod adopt as a matter of urgent priority the need to reconstruct the Ipelegeng Community Centre in Soweto, and urge the Primate through every means possible for him to effect this priority.
That the Committee on Ministry be requested to formulate a complete and integrated set of Career Development Guidelines similar to the existing diocesan and national policies dealing with:
ii) terms of appointment
iii) continuing education plan
iv) pensions and other related matters.
That the Program Committee expand the scope of the examination of violence against women to include those native cultures within the Anglican Church which have their own distinct economic, family, work, social and educational structures.
That this General Synod directs the Program Committee and other interested committees:
1) to prepare a theological statement regarding the maintenance and termination of human life;
2) to prepare pastoral guidelines for families faced with decisions related to the resuscitation of loved ones
That Resolution #105 be deleted and be put forward now. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS.
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS. Act 92
The Inter-Anglican Telecommunications Commission of the Anglican Consultative Council met for the first time in Canterbury, England, from 29-31 January 2004. The members of the Commission were nominated by the Primates of the Anglican Communion in 2003. The Chairman of the Commission is the Rev. Professor Philip Sallis from New Zealand. The meeting was facilitated by the Rev. Kris Lee from the Anglican Communion office who "steered the previous Commission on Telecommunications which focused on telecommunications infrastructure in the Communion and also supported the development of the Anglican Communion website and the ACNS News Service." The Commission will serve for three years. Its action plan includes four main points: "Partnership with the Provinces is seen as key to the work of this Commission. The needs of the existing Commissions and Networks of the Anglican Consultative Council are also seen as a central issue in terms of building them into future telecommunications structures both as supporting and supported organs of the AC [Anglican Communion]. Ongoing development of the Anglican Communion Portal as a telecommunications tool of the Communion will be explored. A survey of telecommunications infrastructure and applications throughout the Communion will be a priority".
Article include lists of Commission members, "Vision" and "Aims" statements.