The General Secretary read a memorandum from Mr. J. Ligertwood concerning a self-insurance program for Church buildings, and Mr. Hyslop explained the dilemma that face some dioceses (parishes).
Moved by Hyslop, Seconded by Munn,
That in light of the drastic increases in Fire Insurance Premiums the National Executive Council requests the Pension Committee to investigate the feasibility of the Anglican Church of Canada developing its own Fire Insurance Package.
That this be referred to the Administration and Finance Committee rather than the Pension Committee. CARRIED
The motion will now read:
That in light of the drastic increases in Fire Insurance Premiums the National Executive Council requests the Administration and Finance Committee to investigate the feasibility of the Anglican Church of Canada developing its own Fire Insurance Package.
"Instead of featuring photos of Anglican churches from across the country, next year's calendar  will show Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans engaged in mission work, the national office announced earlier this year". "'There are some beautiful church buildings, there's no doubt about that', he said. 'But the loveliest thing about the church is God's people engaged in the transforming mission of God; feeding the hungry and looking after .. the poor, sheltering AA groups, welcoming refugees'. Production of the calendar, formerly handled by the 'Anglican Journal', will now be overseen by Trina Gallop Blank, director of communications and stewardship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Meghan Kilty, director of communication and information resources for the Anglican Church of Canada. The new concept for the calendar stems from a meeting between the Anglican and Lutheran staff in 2014. The ELCIC had been expressing interest in a jointly produced calendar for several years already".
"But following years of declining membership and ongoing disagreement among its clergy about how best to adjust to shifting patterns of religious affiliation and church attendance, the bishop and the diocesan executive committee have approved a set of recommendations for reorganization. It adopted, it will lead to the shuttering of 16 of the deanery's 35 churches. 'Particularly in Muskoka .. we have too many churches', former Algoma Bishop Stephen Andrews, who left the diocese at the end of July  to take up the position of principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, said in an interview" (p. 1, 15). Archdeacon Harry Huskins, administrator of the diocese, said: "We are striking a balance between trying to generate that full-time stipend, and not have too many [congregations]' ... adding that this is not simply about money, but also about ensuring that priests don't spend more time driving around their parish than they do serving it. According to a clergyperson within the deanery who requested anonymity, the problem is exacerbated by an unwillingness among some parishioners to drive to a different congregation if their church is closed". "The diocese if schedule to elect a new bishop October 14 ". "In his February  report, Andrews had stressed the importance of approaching the closure of congregations sensitively, with attention paid to each church's unique circumstances". "Andrews said the future of the cemeteries attached to congregations slated for closure will also need to be taken into account. (The deanery currently has 18 cemeteries under its care.)"
"All Saints Anglican Church dates back to 1869 when it held its first services on land given by George Lister. In 1905, a new church was designed by PEI [Prince Edward Island] architect William Chritchlow Harris, well-known for his unique church designs. The rich wood interior is exquisite in beauty and the stained glass windows are stunning memorials. AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada] provided a grant to repair and replace floor coverings in the main areas of the church building, to create a new and improved worship space for the community of Bedford". [Text of entire article.]
Loans totalling $116,000 have been authorized by the Anglican Foundation to aid building programs being undertaken by four churches and a lay training centre in various parts of Canada. The Foundation aids in a financial way, needs of the church which cannot normally be met by any other source.
The parish of St. Alban's, in a rapidly-growing district of Regina, receives a loan of $35,000 for a one-storey-and-basement structure, the first unit of a permanent church building. At present services are held in a small portable building.
Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Gold River, a new town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, are planning a church to be used by both denominations. The Anglican Foundation has made a loan of $25,000 to the Diocese of British Columbia to assist in the building of the church. Logging and a pulp mill are the basic industries of the Gold River, the population of which has grown from 300 to 2,000 in four years.
Bishop R.J. Pierce of the Diocese of Athabasca reports that the rectory at Hay River, the growing northern communications centre of the Northwest Territories, is hopelessly inadequate and cannot be made decently habitable. The diocese has received a loan of $21,000 together with a grant of $4,000 for the erection of a new house.
The parish of St. Augustine in St. John's, Newfoundland, is to receive a loan of $20,000 to aid in the erection of the first unit of a church planned to accommodate a congregation of 500. Currently services are being held in the gymnasium of Brinton Memorial School.
A loan of $15,000 has been made to the Sorrento Lay Training Centre in British Columbia for the erection of an additional building to accommodate some staff members, visiting lecturers and students. The facilities of the centre on the shores of picturesque Shuswap Lake at present consist of a brick house, camp sites, cabanas and a trailer park.
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"As a pandemic rings in dramatic changes across the world, Canadian churches will face long-deferred decisions -- but some signposts point us to glory". https://bit.ly/2ySLRzQ
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"God’s people have held on through the ages, and we’re going to hold on now! Our buildings, however, might not make it. We’ve known this for about 40 years. Of Canada’s 15,000 churches with buildings, some 5,500 reported financial operating deficits over at least one of the past few years. This number is set to triple in 2020. And with the arrival of COVID-19, one must (and we are obligated to) wonder: What about 2021? What can you hold on to, what should you let go of and what is the shape of what might be coming after? How as parishes and dioceses will you respond to the swarming property ravens ready to claw up vulnerable churches? Herewith are several areas of thought". "First, our buildings must be deeply shaped by more than our current forms of worship. We know we need to “share our space.” "Second, we need a totally new financing model for doing this." "Third, WWCD. What would Cranmer do? We must begin with repentance. This repentance needs to be in front of secular charities, municipalities and our children, who are deeply angry with us." "Fourth, what kind of leaders do we need for this task? I daresay, it is not clergy." "Fifth, if we release the false idolatry of our buildings, church might actually be more effective and more fun. What if we could use our buildings, but not be controlled by them? What if we could be prime tenants in our own historic spaces?" "Sixth, stop blaming the bishops, archdeacons, left-wingers or right-wingers."
QUESNEL, Sunday, October 15, 2000 -- Barring a miracle, the Anglican Diocese of Cariboo will pass into history sometime in the next 12 months.
Faced with crippling lawsuits brought trial by Canada's Department of Justice, the diocesan synod has approved a resolution authorizing its bishop, James Cruickshank, and its executive council to formally wind up the affairs of the diocese during the next 12 months.
It has also asked for a binding arbitration procedure to determine what assets are owned by the diocese and available for settlement of the lawsuits.
Government lawyers have argued that all church properties in the diocese are subject to seizure. But the diocesan chancellor, Bud Smith, said the diocese may hold properties in trust for the parishes, and may not have the legal authority to surrender them.
Government officials, including the Minister of Indian Affairs, Robert Nault, the Minister of Justice, Anne McLellan, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Herb Gray, have said it is not the government's intention to force any church to bankruptcy. But the Department of Justice has launched 12 of 14 legal actions currently facing the diocese, and its legal costs, more than $350,000 to date, have drained all its assets.
"The land and the buildings are the only remaining assets in the diocese," Mr. Smith told the synod, "but before we can offer any of them in settlement, we have to be clear who owns them," The diocese has proposed that the question of ownership be resolved by a process of binding arbitration, but he has not yet had a response from the government.
If it is determined that the diocese owns the buildings, Mr. Smith said, they will be turned over to the government.
A third resolution was characterized by Archbishop David Crawley, the senior bishop of the church's western region, as "a kind of faint hope clause." It authorizes the bishop and executive committee to negotiate a settlement with the government, provided that any such settlement must be sustainable from resources within the Diocese of Cariboo and "must be deemed by the bishop and the executive, in consultation with victims of abuse and survivors of St. George's Residential School, to be of direct benefit to those victims and survivors."
The Diocese of Cariboo straddles the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in interior British Columbia and runs from the small community of Spuzzum, south of Lytton, north to Prince George. Its 17 parishes include only nine that are self-supporting. Many church buildings are small and relatively poorly equipped. Relatively few have washrooms, for example. Priests are paid a basic living expense, or stipend, of approximately $27,000 a year, plus a housing allowance.
It is a point of great pride in the diocese that it has steadily increased its self-reliance over the past nine years. There was spontaneous applause when the synod heard that this year, for the first time, parishes have contributed more money to ministry beyond their borders than the diocese has received in external grants from the national Anglican Church.
But finances remain a struggle. So the members of the synod reacted first with disbelief, then with laughter, when told that a government lawyer had demanded a list of the diocese's "paintings and jewellery." Later, one of the members suggested, to general hilarity, "Maybe we should ask the Sunday school kids to do a lot of paintings and send them in."
The synod had also expected to deal with a resolution allowing clergy in the diocese to bless same-sex marriages. In view of the likely dissolution of the diocese, that motion was withdrawn. Members said it would not be responsible to take such an action when they could not be sure they would be able to follow through on it.
Instead, the synod has requested its churches to "continue to secure open and full participation and membership to all seekers," and to "respond appropriately" to the pastoral and sacramental needs of gay and lesbian persons.
In other business, the synod acted to ensure support for four meetings of the diocese's Council of Indigenous People, and support their participation at the Lytton healing gathering in July next year.
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Indian residential schools - Anglican Church of Canada
St. George's Indian Residential School (Lytton, B.C.)
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