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22. Report from the Organization Committee - b) Acts 73 and 108 of General Synod, 1973

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Date
1974 February 6-8
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1974 February 6-8
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Nock
Seconder
Light
Prologue
Act 73
Requested the National Executive Council to consider the effects of increasing the period between Synods, and to have amendments to the Handbook prepared in this regard.
Act 108
Received a notice of Motion to be considered at the next Synod, to amend Section 2(1) of the Constitution to enable Synod to meet every third year.
The Organization Committee has considered these Acts and, in view of the relationship and authority questions presently existing between General Synod and the Dioceses and House of Bishops,
and in view of the rapid social change in our society and church today, and because a longer gap between sessions of General Synod would likely mean a longer Synod, which delegates do not generally desire (see evaluation of 1973 Synod),
and because there was no general feeling expressed in the evaluation of the '73 Synod that it should meet less frequently,
the following resolutions were put:
Text
That no increase in the period between General Synods be contemplated at this time. CARRIED
[Moved by Nock, seconded by Light]
That provision be made for as much continuity as possible on major committees of General Synod because the two year space is a short one for Committees to work at their tasks. CARRIED
That the Committee on Organization be asked by the National Executive Council to explore ways of ensuring this continuity, possibly by electing persons to major committees for a four year term. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (26th : 1973 : Regina, Sask.) - Resolutions
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Meetings
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Frequency of meetings
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Committees - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Rules and practice
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Length of meetings
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23. Report of the Doctrine and Worship Committee

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Date
1974 February 6-8
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1974 February 6-8
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Carter
Seconder
Naylor
Text
That this National Executive Council refer to the Administration and Finance Committee an upward revision of the present allowances for transportation and meals for members of committees/task forces, in the light of increased costs. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Rules and practice
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Travel costs - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Amendment to the Rules of Order and Procedure - Section 9

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Date
1995 June 1-9
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 13
Date
1995 June 1-9
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 13
Mover
The Hon. R. Stevenson
Seconder
Mr. D. Reeves
Text
That Section 9 of the Rules of Order and Procedure of the General Synod be amended by deleting the words, "Rules of Order of the House of Commons of Canada" and substituting therefor the words "Kerr and King's Procedures for Meetings and Organizations (second edition)." CARRIED Act 13
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Rules and practice
Kerr and King's Procedures for Meetings and Organizations
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican Journal Board #17-01-07-11 Revised : Open Meeting Policy

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Date
2007 November 16-18
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 18-11-07
Date
2007 November 16-18
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 18-11-07
Prologue
Council considered the Open Meeting Policy presented by the Anglican Journal Board in its report #014-01-07-11 Revised. Council came to consensus on a number of changes to the policy as presented and proposed:
Text
That the Council of General Synod adopt the Open Meeting Policy for use in the Anglican Church of Canada.
APPROVED BY CONSENSUS #18-11-07
Notes
It was noted that this policy applies only to meetings of national organizations, not to diocesan or parish organizations. The Chancellor suggested and Council agreed that the Open Meeting Policy be included in the Handbook of General Synod as a new appendix.
The policy as approved by Council is attached as Appendix C.
APPENDIX C
1. Open Meetings and the Anglican Church of Canada
1.1 Background
Concern is sometimes expressed by members of the Anglican Church of Canada and media about decisions being made by church committees behind closed doors. They feel that the church should be more public in its discussions of important issues and open in its decision-making processes. Other members argue that they feel constrained by the presence of the public and media from being able to express themselves fully.
At present, there is no written policy in the Anglican Church of Canada governing when meetings should be open or closed. The intent of the draft policy that follows is to fill this gap. It is based on the following assumptions:
- That the Anglican Church of Canada seeks to be as open as possible in discussing issues and making decisions;
- That all meetings should be open by default unless they are closed for a specific reason;
- That there are limitations on what can be discussed and decided on in public; and
- That creating a policy that helps members of church committees decide when it is appropriate to close an open meeting and how to do it will provide clarity to the church, the public and the media.
2. Policy on open meetings in the Anglican Church of Canada
2.1 Purpose
The purpose of the policy on open meetings in the Anglican Church of Canada is to enshrine the concept that the exercise of the ministry of the church in meetings is conducted openly and inclusively except under clearly defined circumstances as explained in section three.
2.2 Open meeting definition
An open meeting is any regularly scheduled or special meeting of a group that has been elected or appointed by the General Synod or the Council of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada that may be attended by people who are not members of the group holding the meeting.
2.3 Groups affected by this policy
Any group that has been elected or appointed by the General Synod or the Council of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.
2.4 Conduct of business
The proceedings of open meetings are recorded and become part of the public record of the church, available for news reporting and historical reference.
2.5 Agendas
Agendas and background material are distributed in advance to all members of the group present for the meeting. In addition, agendas and background materials may be distributed to staff, people who are invited to speak at the meeting, and members of the media.
2.6 Participation
Only members of the group and those invited by the group to speak, may participate in the meeting.
2.7 Voting
Only members of the group may vote.
3. Policy on closed meetings in the Anglican Church of Canada
3.1 Purpose
The purpose of the policy on closed meetings in the Anglican Church of Canada is to define the circumstances under which the ministry of the church is exercised in a closed session and to provide a mechanism for moving from an open to a closed meeting and back again.
3.2 Closed meeting definition
A closed meeting is any regularly scheduled or special meeting, or a part of that meeting, of a group that has been elected or appointed by the General Synod or the Council of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada which may be attended only by people who are members of the group holding the meeting and by those invited to attend by the members of that group.
3.3 Reasons for closing a meeting
A closed meeting may be held to discuss personnel issues, contract proposals, financial matters, litigation, and/or at the request of a member (subject to section 3.3)
3.4 Moving from open to closed session
A majority of voting members is required on a motion to close an open meeting. The motion must include the reason for closing the meeting and is part of the public record.
3.5 Conduct of business
The proceedings of closed meetings are recorded. Where appropriate, decisions made and reasons for them become part of the public record of the church, available for news reporting and historical reference.
3.6 Moving from closed to open session
When all issues to be dealt with in a closed session are completed, a motion to come out of a closed session shall be called for by the Chair.
3.7 Reporting after a closed session
If the closed session is part of an open session, the chair shall where appropriate, relate the messages agreed to by the members, to those excluded from the meeting.
Approved by CoGS November 2007.
Subjects
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
In camera meetings
Decision-making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church and the press - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Rules and practice
Handbook of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada
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Archbishop appeals for 'civil' debate as Anglicans prepare to consider same-sex blessings

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Date
2004 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2004 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
ST. CATHARINES, ONT. -- May 28, 2004
In an opening address to more than 300 Anglican members of the church's highest governing body, Archbishop David Crawley, the Acting Primate, urged them to move away from the "harsh, vituperative and unacceptable" language that has often been used on both sides of the debate over the blessing of same-sex unions.
"We all feel deeply about this issue", Archbishop Crawley said, "but that is no excuse to descend into the depths. The judgmentalism and the profoundly personal nature of some comments, both private and public, could never reflect the nature of the Realm of God, no matter what you understand it to be".
Archbishop Crawley, who has been Acting Primate since Archbishop Michael Peers retired in February, was speaking at the opening session of the 37th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod is the church's highest governing and legislative body. It is made up of lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses, and meets every three years. The synod has gathered in this Southern Ontario city to conduct the church's business for the next nine days.
Among the tasks that General Synod members have before them is the election of a new Primate, or leader, on Monday, May 31 [2004].
They will be dealing with the issue of the blessing of same-sex unions on May 29, June 1 and June 2.
During that debate, Archbishop Crawley said, "it is imperative that we maintain a high degree of civility. He reminded members that applause after speeches is not allowed, and suggested that a few moments of silence be observed after each speaker to "help give the debate a measured dignity".
He also stressed the importance of this gathering making a decision on the issue, regardless of what the decision is. The church, he said, cannot afford a three-year continuation of the debate and controversy.
Archbishop Crawley highlighted other matters that will be before General Synod members:
- The relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous church members in light of an agreement signed with the federal government over native residential schools litigation;
- A presentation on HIV/AIDS, including a speech by Stephen Lewis, Special Envoy to the UN secretary general on HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Archbishop Crawley urged General Synod members to accept the fact that although they are all members of one church, they will never be, nor should they be, members of a homogeneous church. "True community can only be built on diversity," he said. "Diversity strengthens; homogeneity weakens".
He noted that the church faces "momentous decisions, difficult times and hard work", but told General Synod members that although they may forget God some times, God never forgets nor forsakes them.
- 30 -
For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, OR Brian Sarjeant, media relations, at the General Synod Media Room: 905-984-4868. Mr. Carriere's cell phone is 416-540-3853; Mr. Sarjeant's cell phone is 613-558-5023.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Decision-making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Bishops to focus more on mission

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Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 November
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 November
Volume
142
Issue
9
Page
1, 10
Notes
"After three years spent in intense debate over a resolution to allow the marriage of same-sex couples, the House of Bishops intends to shift its focus to 'evangelism and discipleship and mission' in the next triennium, says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, following the house's September 22-27 [2016] meeting in Winnipeg" (p. 1). "Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson of the diocese of Montreal, agreed, saying in an interview that the same-sex marriage debate had taken up 'way too much airtime' in recent years. She said she hopes the house can 'get on with the mission of the church' by making it 'more vital and adept' at creating disciples'" (p. 1, 10). The September 2016 meeting was the first since General Synod and While each bishop was given the opportunity to speak their mind, Hiltz said there was a general consensus that the matter now rests with the individual dioceses and provinces to continue the discussion in advance of 2019, when the motion will be sent for second and final consideration" (p. 10). "Another theme of the meeting, according to bishops contacted by the 'Anglican Journal', was the desire to create a more functional house over the next triennium" (p. 10). Bishop Larry Robertson, diocese of the Yukon, "who has been a vocal critic of the legislative system as a way of making decisions about same-sex marriage -- echoed these concerns, but cautioned that because the legislative process has begun, it must be carried through to completion" (p. 10).
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Rules and practice
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Discipling (Christianity) - Anglican Church of Canada
Hiltz, Fred (Frederick James), 1953-
Irwin-Gibson, Mary (Mary Catherine), 1955-
Robertson, Larry (Larry David), 1954-
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Bishops to focus more on mission

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article39754
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 November
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 November
Volume
142
Issue
9
Page
1, 10
Notes
"After three years spent in intense debate over a resolution to allow the marriage of same-sex couples, the House of Bishops intends to shift its focus to 'evangelism and discipleship and mission' in the next triennium, says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, following the house's September 22-27 [2016] meeting in Winnipeg" (p. 1). "Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson of the diocese of Montreal, agreed, saying in an interview that the same-sex marriage debate had taken up 'way too much airtime' in recent years. She said she hopes the house can 'get on with the mission of the church' by making it 'more vital and adept' at creating disciples'" (p. 1, 10). The September 2016 meeting was the first since General Synod and While each bishop was given the opportunity to speak their mind, Hiltz said there was a general consensus that the matter now rests with the individual dioceses and provinces to continue the discussion in advance of 2019, when the motion will be sent for second and final consideration" (p. 10). "Another theme of the meeting, according to bishops contacted by the 'Anglican Journal', was the desire to create a more functional house over the next triennium" (p. 10). Bishop Larry Robertson, diocese of the Yukon, "who has been a vocal critic of the legislative system as a way of making decisions about same-sex marriage -- echoed these concerns, but cautioned that because the legislative process has begun, it must be carried through to completion" (p. 10).
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Rules and practice
Anglican Church of Canada - Bishops
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Discipling (Christianity) - Anglican Church of Canada
Hiltz, Fred (Frederick James), 1953-
Irwin-Gibson, Mary (Mary Catherine), 1955-
Robertson, Larry (Larry David), 1954-
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Call for Review of Meeting Costs

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Date
2005 May 6 - 8
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 30-05-05
Date
2005 May 6 - 8
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 30-05-05
Mover
Mrs. Dorothy Davies-Flindall
Seconder
Bishop Robert Bennett
Text
That in light of the need to cut expenditures, the Council of General Synod calls on all its committees to review the length, frequency, venues and amenities of their meetings. CARRIED #30-05-05
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Circles reflect Native influence

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article25159
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 October
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 October
Volume
124
Issue
8
Page
6
Notes
The strong aboriginal influence and the large role Natives played in planning this month's synod in the Diocese of Brandon is reflected in the sharing circles delegates will participate in during the first evening.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Brandon
Native spirituality - Anglican Church of Canada
Sharing circles
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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CoGS gets funds for May meeting: cancels planning session to cut costs

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35615
Author
Staff
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 April
Author
Staff
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 April
Volume
135
Issue
4
Page
1
Notes
"The spring meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS), which was nearly cancelled due to a lack of funds, will take place as planned May 8 to 10 [2009], dealing with a wide range of issues as it prepares for General Synod in 2010." "CoGS members argued that they needed to have face-to-face meetings in order to govern properly."
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Meetings
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Meetings - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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