"National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and Melissa Green reported to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) at its Nov. 14 to 17  meetings in Mississauga, Ont., about their experiences at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which took place Oct. 30 to Nov. 8  in Busan, Korea". "MacDonald attended in three capacities: as part of the WCC group tasked with writing the Unity Statement at the end of every assembly; as a facilitator for a pre-assembly gathering on aboriginal issues; and as a 'consensus candidate' for president of the WCC's North American region, a position to which he was elected". "The WCC has a critical role to play defending the rights of indigenous peoples', [MacDonald] said. 'Indigenous people are going to face not only the dispossession of their land but questions of life itself'. The WCC is, and always has been, poised to help'. [Melissa] Green is from the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior in B.C. Other Canadian Anglican voting delegates to the WCC were the Rev. Canon John Steele from the diocese of British Columbia and the Rev. Nicholas Pang from the diocese of Montreal".
"The intention of this report is to present stories that reflect the WCC delegation members' experiences in Durban. It has the deliberate intention of sharing something of the flavour, the colours, the diversity of voices, issues and visions. It is an attempt to bring the reader on a journey to Durban". -- p. 3.
Contents: The Journey to Durban and Beyond / Marilia Schuller -- An African Perspective / Pauline Muchina -- Was Durban a Failure ? / Betty Ruth Lozano -- Indigenous Peoples / Lucy Mulenkei -- Dalit Rights are Human Rights / Y. Moses -- Connecting the Disconnected : The Vision Forward / Mvumelwano Dandala -- Appendix A -- Appendix B - Photo Credit and captions.
Contents of Appendices: Appendix A -- 1. WCC Ecumenical Delegation participants list -- 2. Submission to the High Commissioner on Human Rights on the draft Declaration and the Programme of Action -- 3. Address to the UN WCAR / by His Holiness Aram I -- 4. Ecumenical Caucus Statement -- 5. Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Points of clarification of WCC Policy -- 6. Background to questions arising from some aspects of the WCC Ecumenical Delegation in the UN World Conference against Racism -- 7. Press Stories and Updates -- 8. Workshops -- 9. WCC - UN Calendar of Events -- Appendix B -- Ecumenical Service and Candlelight Procession.
Contents divided into sections: 1. Opening Actions -- 2. Reports of the Moderator and General Secretary -- 3. Applications for Membership -- 4. Finance -- 5. Public Issues -- 6. Preparations for the Ninth Assembly -- 7. Programme Committee -- 8. Plenary Hearing: An Ecumenical Conversation on Contemporary Ethical Challenges : Human Sexuality -- 9. Pacific Plenary -- 10. Plenary of the Reorganization of the Ecumenical Movement -- 11. Report of Policy Reference Committee I -- 12. Report of Policy Reference Committee II -- 13. Report of Policy Reference Committee III -- 14. Staffing -- 15. Introduction of Decision-Making by Consensus -- 16. Reception at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey -- 17. Dates of Future Meetings -- 18. Closing Actions -- Appendices.
Contents of Public Issues section include: Minute on Israel/Palestine -- Statement on Indigenous Peoples -- Statement on the Tsunami -- Statement on the International Criminal Court -- Statement on Guantanamo Bay -- Statement on Iraq -- Memorandum and Recommendations on Uprooted Peoples.
Appendices include: List of Participants -- Membership of Sub-Committees -- Funds and Reserves Policy -- Recommendations from the Joint Working Group to the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches.
That NEC receive and review the first five paragraphs of the statement "Move Beyond Words" in light of the past policies of General Synod and report to the next meeting of NEC with a view to determining the way in which the Anglican Church of Canada can respond to the WCC [World Council of Churches] request that member Churches act on the statement "Move Beyond Words"; and, that the Primate be asked to name a task force for this purpose, made up of Native and non-Native persons. CARRIED #12-05-91
"That this General Synod urge the Primate to request the World Council of Churches to include the major Canadian justice issue of aboriginal agenda, providing access for representative Canadian Native leaders to address this issue when aboriginal concerns throughout the world are dealt with on the agenda." CARRIED Act 43