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"A Covenant of Protection" - Proposed Human Rights Principles

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7236
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 78
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 78
Mover
Bishop B. Jenks
Seconder
Hon. R. Stevenson
Prologue
Debate continued on this amended resolution.
Text
That this General Synod adopt the following "Covenant of Protection" as policy and direct the Council of the General Synod to develop a process for implementation.
THEOLOGICAL PREAMBLE
Since 1949, General Synod has been urging Canadian and foreign governments to conform their policies to principles of Universal Human Rights. This position of the church is deeply rooted in Scripture.
In the first chapter of Genesis we read that all human beings have been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). We conclude from this that all human beings, regardless of their background, identity, status, ability, accomplishment or belief have a fundamental dignity which comes from God. All members of the Anglican Church affirm this position when, in the words of our baptismal covenant we promise to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."
As Christians, we also acknowledge with St. Paul that we have done those things we ought not to have done and we have not done those things we ought to have done. We are sinners and we need to build into the structures of our common life the same standards of right behaviour and safeguards against discrimination that we demand of others. We do this in the knowledge that the real test of our support for human rights is how we treat the minorities in our midst -- the poor, the stranger, the outcast and the foreigner (Matthew 25:40).
In the summary of the Law recorded in the Gospel of Mark, we are told by Jesus that we must love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, and love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). From this we understand that Christians are a covenant community called by God to join others in protecting the rights of all persons in society and in the church. One of the ways we do this is by ensuring that our own processes of participation and deliberation are fair and transparent.
COVENANT OF PROTECTION
The Anglican Church of Canada enters into a Covenant of Protection with its members, with its employees, and with those who seek the services of the church, in order to protect vulnerable persons. We call this Covenant, "Human Rights Principles."
1. The right to be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity
All persons who seek the services of the church, including sacraments, counsel and pastoral care, shall be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity by the church and its representatives or officials, without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
2. The right to fair treatment
a) All persons receiving educational, medical or financial assistance from the church shall be treated fairly and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
b) All persons occupying church property or being accommodated in institutions provided by or governed by the church shall be treated fairly within the stated purposes of these institutions and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
3. The right to vote
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to vote at General Meetings of their Parish and Synod without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
4. The right to be considered for election
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, are eligible to hold elected positions in the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of ) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
5. The right to be considered for service
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons, constitutions and guidelines, shall be eligible to have their vocations tested and to be considered for service in the life and on the committees of the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
6. The rights of employees
All persons employed by the church in positions not requiring ordination shall be employed on the basis of ability, skills and experience appropriate to the position without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status. [Revised 11 November 1999 -- See GS minutes pg. 58. The amendment to leave these words out was defeated but when re-transcribed the words were left out.]
Six members of Synod requested a vote by orders, in accordance with Section III of the Rules of Order and Procedure.
The resolution was then put in the Order of Laity and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Clergy and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Bishops and - DEFEATED Act 78
Notes
The Prolocutor confirmed that the resolution had been Defeated.
[Correction of General Synod minutes by Chancellor Ron Stevens amended first sentence in paragraph 6 on p. 104 to be the same as paragraph 6 on p. 55. Correspondence dated 15 November 1999 laid in original General Synod Journal of Proceedings.]
Act 5 of the 36th General Session of the General Synod, held in Waterloo, Ontario, p. 19 enacted the following: "That the minutes of the 35th Session of the General Synod, held in Montreal, Quebec, May 21-29, 1998, as printed in the Journal and as approved by the Certification of Minutes Committee, be adopted subject to the insertion of the words "in positions not requiring ordination" in the first line of paragraph numbered 6 on page 104. CARRIED Act 5"
Subjects
Human rights - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Responsibility - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human rights principles for the Anglican Church of Canada
A Covenant of Protection
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Disabled - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Administration and Finance Committee

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official608
Date
1983 March
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1983 March
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Mr. E.H. Fisher
Seconder
Rt. Rev. M. Mate
Text
That comments from the Administration and Finance Committee, the Chairman's Advisory Committee, the Council of the North, the National Executive Council Stipend Sub-Committee and the National Executive Council be passed on to the Committee on Ministry for consideration when the Guidelines for Remuneration are reviewed and redrafted for further consideration by the National Executive Council and eventual consideration by the dioceses. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Salaries, etc.
Anglican Church of Canada - Employees - Salaries, etc.
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Algoma settles costly lawsuit with priest

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article21130
Author
Larmondin, Leanne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1996 September
Author
Larmondin, Leanne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1996 September
Volume
122
Issue
7
Page
1
Notes
"The Rev. Robert Flowers has settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit with the Diocese of Algoma out of court but no details have been released. Rev. Robert Flowers and his wife Marolyn had claimed damages of $4.2 million plus costs against the diocese, the then-bishop Rt. Rev. Leslie Peterson and the Archdeacon of Temiskaming, Ven. Leonard Shaw". Good summary of case.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Algoma
Flowers, Robert T. (Robert Thomas)
Anglican Church of Canada - Trials, litigation, etc.
Anglican Church of Canada - Employees
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Peterson, Leslie Ernest, 1928-2002
Shaw, Leonard (Leonard Allan)
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Arctic diocese bans gays from employment

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article32966
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2005 September
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2005 September
Volume
131
Issue
7
Page
8
Notes
The Anglican diocese of the Arctic has given notice that it will not employ anyone who does not conform to a strict moral code. Questions are being raised as to whether their decision to not hire gays contravenes the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of the Arctic
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Robertson, Larry (Larry David), 1954-
Nicholls, Linda (Linda Carol), 1954-
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Arctic may ask clergy to denounce gay unions

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article32361
Author
De Santis, Solange
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2005 February

Bishops continue study of sexuality

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article12458
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1992 December
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1992 December
Volume
118
Issue
10
Page
3
Notes
Anglican bishops will continue to study human sexuality, specifically homosexuality, until at least the spring of 1994.
In a special presentation on employment and the law, lawyer Linda Barry-Hollowell told the bishops that dioceses should have formal employment contracts with priests.
Subjects
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sex - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordination of gays - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Licensing
Barry-Hollowell, Linda, 1951-2008
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Discipline
Church discipline - Anglican Church of Canada
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Author
Knight, Albert (Walter Albert), 1920-2009
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2006 February
Author
Knight, Albert (Walter Albert), 1920-2009
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2006 February
Volume
132
Issue
2
Page
5
Notes
Letter to the editor from Capt. Canon Al Knight responding to December 2005 letter from M. Lane about the Diocese of the Arctic's decision to not employ homosexuals. "The church is called to stamp out sin by the blood of the Lamb rather than encourage it".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of the Arctic
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sin - Anglican Church of Canada
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Churches worried about job liability limits

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article25294
Author
Babych, Art
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 November
Author
Babych, Art
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 November
Volume
124
Issue
9
Page
8
Notes
Canada's three largest churches say the services they provide to the most vulnerable will suffer if the Supreme Court of Canada rules employers are vicariously liable for sexual assaults committed by their employees.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the two appeals early in the new year.
Subjects
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Employers' liability - Canada
Vicarious responsibility - Canada
Cadman, George E.H., 1951-
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Anglican Church of Canada - Trials, litigation, etc.
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Church House staff approve new model

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article25007
Author
Blair, Kathy
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 September
Author
Blair, Kathy
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 September
Volume
124
Issue
7
Page
14
Notes
"Employees at Church House have voted in favour of a staff association model that will give them a unified voice for the first time. The model was developed and proposed by a volunteer committee". Caese Levo, assistant librarian said "'We want to be staff-led' in order to reflect employees' concerns and interests. 'We want it to focus on the good things too. It's a very good place to work. Church House is a very good employer'". "The association idea emerged after staff voted not to join the Service Employees International Union last year [1997]". "The association will provide a venue for staff to get together and hear each others' concerns for the first time, says Theresa Zyp, also a volunteer committee member who works in the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund". The church's general secretary said the the management team "is prepared to work with the staff association in developing our common interests in improving the workplace. 'I personally support the creation of the association'".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Employees
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Employees
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Labor unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Levo, Caese
Zyp, Theresa
Boyles, James B. (Jim)
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Church law upheld in wrongful dismissal case

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article20410
Author
Davidson, Susan Becker
Larmondin, Leanne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1996 April
Author
Davidson, Susan Becker
Larmondin, Leanne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1996 April
Volume
122
Issue
4
Page
1-2
Notes
The Ontario Court of Justice dismissed an action by the Rev. Arthur Brewer against the Diocese of Ottawa that he had been wrongfully dismissed in 1992 after serving 30 years in the diocese.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Ottawa
Anglican Church of Canada - Trials, litigation, etc.
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Discipline
Brewer, Arthur (Arthur George), 1932-2011
Canon law - Anglican Church of Canada
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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