That the privileges of the House be extended to the Reverend Michael Hicks. CARRIED #38-05-88
The Reverend Michael Hicks, Mrs. Amy Newell and Archdeacon David Woeller joined in presenting the report of the Task Force and invited comments and questions.
Mr. Hicks said that it would be very important for the church to do careful research and analysis, to enter into dialogue and to speak with a critical voice. Lobbyists he has spoken with have expressed the view that there is a vital role for the churches to play and they should be encouraged.
Much discussion centred around financial implications, increasing the assessment budget and how the items in this budget are evaluated and ranked in priority.
Seconded by: Mrs. A. Newell
That the National Executive Council authorize the appointment by the Primate of a National Affairs Liaison Officer by July 1, 1990, and request the Administration and Finance Committee to provide the necessary funding, including an exploration of a possible partnership with the Diocese of Ottawa. A careful evaluation of this work is to be undertaken not later than three years after its establishment.
That this matter be referred to the Administration and Finance Committee. CARRIED #39-05-88
That the National Executive Council authorize the entire 50% of the Johnston Bequest income (as described in NEC minutes, March 1986) to be designated for general income in the Apportionment Budget. CARRIED #33-05-87
The Rev. Michael Ingham, Chairman of the Program Committee, presented the report with the assistance of Dr. L. Whytehead, Mrs. P. McBeth and the Rev. C. Raymond.
Members of the Council were invited to join in a worksheet exercise using the General Synod Apportionment Budget publication "We've Got Something to Share". Members were requested to indicate preference for categories under the headings of "Increase", "Stay" or "Decrease". Following a small discussion group period, the process was repeated and comparative figures noted.
Discussion followed during which questions were responded to by Committee members and staff.
That the National Executive Council approve the spending estimates for the 1988 Apportionment Budget, subject to advice from Administration and Finance about the spending ceiling in the amount of $8,065,574.00. CARRIED #15-10-87
That the National Executive Council request the Administration and Finance Committee to consider placing a 5% cap on annual increases to the Assessment Budget for the period 1989 to 1996 inclusive, so that the Apportionment Budget, AIM grants and the Assessment Budget are all consistent with the commitment to a 5% increase over that period. CARRIED #20-11-88
Since the termination of Project North in 1987, further evaluation and consultation between the churches in Canada has led to a new coalition on aboriginal justice concerns. This is the result of discussion between the churches, network groups, and native organizations. It shifts the focus of the former Project North to include justice issues for native people all over Canada and is based upon the church leaders' recent statement: "A New Covenant".
That this National Executive Council support and participate fully in the new coalition: Project North - Ecumenical Coalition for Aboriginal Justice; and request the Program Committee to appoint two representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada to its Steering Committee. CARRIED #54-11-88
a) That this National Executive Council approve the rescheduling of 1989, 1990 and 1991 AIM funding so that the overseas component (AIM & Goal III) is held to a 5% annual increase to keep in step with the Apportionment Budget.
b) That the National Executive Council approve that the sum of AIM overseas funding in 1990 and the 1990 Apportionment figure for overseas work as the base figure upon which future budgets for overseas work will be built. CARRIED #19-11-88
Section b) of Resolution #19-11-88 was corrected by the March 1989 NEC meeting. See page 2, section 2 as CARRIED #01-03-89.
The Committee has recommended a major shift in national work toward a new staff position in Stewardship/Financial Development and has requested that the stewardship/Financial Development Committee determine on the work to be done. Priority was given to this work in response to requests from dioceses for help in this area.
The budget (with AIM funds integrated) represents an increase of 5 % over 1988 and 7.4 % with the addition of the funds from the Walley Estate (to Canadian Grants - North).
That this National Executive Council approve the Spending Estimates of $11,714,242 for the 1989 Apportionment Budget. CARRIED #10-11-88