That the members now serving on the Anglican Task Force on Ecumenical Coalitions be asked to continue for the balance of their three year term and, if a vacancy occurs, the Mission Coordination Unit be asked to name a replacement from the appropriate committee. CARRIED #27-03-95
The author, Coordinator for Mission and Justice Education, in the Partnerships Dept. outlines the history of Canadian coalitions in general with some detail about individual ones such as: Ten Days for Global Justice; Inter-Church Committee on Refugees; Inter-Church Action for Development, Relief and Justice; the Canada China Programme; PLURA; Ecumenical Coalition on Economic Justice and the Aboriginal Rights Coalition. "An inter-church body, the Coalition Priorities and Administration Committee (C-PAC) has been formed to monitor and consolidate links with the coalitions. The Anglican Church is re-examining its relationship with the coalitions. In 1993, a task force was commissioned to recommend Anglican priorities and funding for social justice work. In a report presented to the Council of General Synod (COGS) in February 1996, the task force recommended new priorities, improved connections with staff and volunteers, and new structures for oversight. It called for more accessible information about the coalitions' work and asked the Mission Coordination Group to provide support and consultation".
Inset paragraph has listing of the "official core group of coalitions" with their full names and acronyms.
That this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada
1. Recognize the substantial progress made in restructuring the Canadian ecumenical justice coalition and November 2000 Council of General Synod resolution approving participation of the Anglican Church of Canada in the newly established Canadian Churches for Justice and Peace (CCJP),
2. Affirm the courage and vision demonstrated to date by the member churches, Church House staff, particularly the Board members, namely the Executive Director of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and the Director of Partnerships, and coalition staff of the CCJP,
3. Acknowledge the constraints on resources necessitating a regrettable reduction in ecumenical coalition staff and the resulting associated pain and anxiety; and,
4. Support efforts of all CCJP members to strive for and celebrate the excellence of collaborative Christian ecumenical international and Canadian social justice work, CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 69
That this National Executive Council receive the revised by-laws of the Canadian Council of Churches, noting the need to clarify the relationship of ecumenical coalitions to the Commission on Justice and Peace. CARRIED #62-11-86
Church and coalition representatives soundly rejected proposals to restructure ecumenical coalition work in the face of serious financial difficulties. The restructuring proposals, in the report Empowered for the Future, were turned down by delegates at a two-day consultation hosted by the justice and peace commission of the Canadian Council of Churches.
"This book is both a record and a reflection on an extraordinary period in the life of the Canadian churches. .... In response to the spirit of renewal that followed from the Second Vatican Council, Roman Catholics in Canada were reaching out to experiment with new ecumenical relationships. While formal links through the Canadian Council of Churches seemed a long way off, Protestants were pushed by this surge of Catholic energy to build new models for peace and justice work. These became known as the interchurch coalitions, which the Protestant churches experienced as an opportunity to discover their own Social Gospel tradition (p. ). .... In this book we have asked the coalitions to tell their own story. Though the story may have a single person's name attached to it, it has been authorized by the coalition and circulated and revised by many people associated with the coalition's work. This was done to ensure the telling of a collective story rather than an individual one. These stories form Part One. .... We asked the writers of Part Two to read all of the stories and identify themes that emerged from the stories themselves. (p. 7) .... Another group of people [authors of Part Two], committed to supporting this justice work of the churches, has reflected on the strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences among the stories. They have found much to praise, but also much to challenge (p. 8)". -- Intro.
Contents divided into two parts: Part I -- Part II.
Contents: Introduction dated January 1994 / Christopher Lind, Saskatoon [and] Joe Mihevc, Toronto -- Contributors -- The Aboriginal Rights Coalition / Peter Hamel -- The Inter-Church Coalition on Africa / Gary Kenny -- The Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility / Renate Pratt -- The Canada-Asia Working Group / Terry Brown -- The Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice / Dennis Howlett -- The Canada China Programme / Cynthia McLean -- PLURA / Mary Boyd -- Ten Days for World Development / Jeanne Moffat -- The Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America / Bill Fairbairn -- Project Ploughshares / Ernie Regehr -- The Inter-Church Committee for Refugees / Henriette Thompson -- The Interchurch Fund for International Development / Robert Fugere -- The Lives of the Saints / John W. Foster -- A Regional Perspective / Robert McKeon -- A View from the Centre / Edith Shore -- "They Persevered as though They Saw the One Who is Invisible" / Michel Beaudin -- An Ecumenical Model for Participation in Civil Society / Rebecca S. Larson -- Policy Impact and Political Empowerment / David Langille -- Missiology / Roger Hutchinson -- The Wisdom of Doing Justice / Nancy L. Cocks -- Relinquishing Control / Lorraine Michael -- Seeds of Hope in the New World (Dis)order / Lee Cormie -- Endnotes -- Acronyms.