"The Anglican Church of Canada and its Council of General Synod (CoGS) are preparing for the issue of the blessing of same-sex unions to come before General Synod in June of 2004. For this discussion to occur in the most helpful way, CoGS mandated the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee (FWM) to `consider ways in which the church may be prepared for the discussion'. This report profiles the process and results of a research and consultation project initiated by the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee to inform the planning and design of the General Synod conversation on the blessing of same-sex unions". .... "FWM determined, in large part, how the consultation should take place, and how the research information would be gathered, and contracted the consulting firm of Linda Graff and Associates Inc. to finalize the research design and implement the broad-based input process." .... "This report lays out the key findings of the consultations. It ends with a final discussion of key themes accompanied by eleven recommendations." -- Executive Summary, pp. iv, v.
Report presented to the Council of General Synod meeting 4-7 March 2004.
Contents: Acknowledgements dated Dundas, Ontario, 27 January 2004 / Linda Graff, Linda Graff and Associates Inc. -- Executive Summary -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Consultation & Research Process -- 3. Research Findings: Context -- 4. Research Findings: Key Themes -- 5. Discussion and Recommendations -- 6. Appendices.
Separate compilation of 17 page Executive Summary containing title page, acknowledgements, table of contents, executive summary and recommendations laid in.
Available for download from General Synod website, Faith, Worship and Ministry section: http://generalsynod.anglican.ca/ministries/departments/fwm/graff/
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The Anglican Church of Canada today launches a series of online databases to facilitate research on Anglican policies, resolutions and books.
The databases, called "ASK -- Anglicans Seeking Knowledge", are part of the General Synod Library's web page and are, as of today, available to the public without charge at: http://www.anglican.ca/search/databases.htm
The online package consists of five major databases and their accessibility through the internet makes ASK a valuable new resource for the entire Anglican Communion and for researchers world-wide.
The databases include a full text database of General Synod policy resolutions dating back to 1924, a full text database of all resolutions of the Lambeth Conferences (1867-1998) and Anglican Consultative Council meetings (1971-2002), a book catalogue database of more than 4,000 titles and an article database containing more than 32,000 articles. Journals indexed include `The Anglican Journal', `Anglican World', `The Church Times', `Episcopal Life', `MinistryMatters' and `The Tablet' and others.
The Content Server/WebPublisher software (also known as INMAGIC) used to create the online databases allows researchers to search and print material from the various databases using the internet.
The project, which has been four years in development, demonstrates a commitment to corporate transparency and offers an example of mutual information partnership and reciprocity, said Karen Evans, General Synod Librarian.
"We see this project as an example of partnership in mission, and information and communication offering to the wider Anglican Communion", said Ms. Evans
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RESOLVED That this Synod place on record its deep appreciation of the valuable service given by the Very Reverend N.R. Burke during the years following the General Synod of 1946, in the development of a comprehensive programme of Public Relations for our Church. With tenacity of purpose, vision, courage and good humour, he has offered vigorous leadership in this important field of activity, and has established, with the aid of the members of the Committee on Public Relations, a firm foundation upon which a strong Department of Information and Stewardship may be built.