"Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil and bishop of South-Western Brazil, visited Canada in October  to speak to the synod of the diocese of Ontario about the church's role in transforming the world. Da Silva has a number of connections to the diocese of Ontario. Not only was his home diocese of South-Western Brazil a companion diocese with Ontario during the time of his predecessor, he is also a friend of Ontario's Bishop Michael Oulton, whom he met at the Canterbury course for new bishops. 'Despite not having a formal companionship agreement', da Silva said, 'we are very, very close dioceses'." "Transforming the world is a key part of the church's mission. 'Every community in our church is challenged to have a clear kind of interaction with the social context'."
"The very name of the church 'Ecclesia' means a community that has been summoned. It is not one that chooses to bring itself into being. 'Ecclesia' means 'called out' and called together'." "My question is, how do we change the basic Anglican attitudes, so that every Anglican and every parish sees as a first priority the ministry of 'declaring the wonderful deeds of him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light '? How do we move to the conviction that just as being sent lies at the heart of who Jesus is, so being sent lies at the heart of who we are ? Scriptures make clear that to be with Jesus, to be in Jesus, to follow Jesus, is to be moving with him from the heart of God into the streets, neighbourhoods, homes, shops and business offices, school cafeterias, sports centres around us. We are all called to be ministers of the Gospel". "How do we change basic Anglican attitudes to enable us to own and rejoice in being a church, a communion of believers, called to bear witness to the truth as revealed in Jesus Christ and to live in ever deeper unity as members of the body ?"
Excerpt from a charge by Archbishop Barry Curtis, Metropolitan of Rupert's Land, to the Calgary Synod, held in November 1998, in which he announced his retirement.
"'We wish to see Jesus'. In many churches, these words are etched on a brass plaque or penned on a piece of parchment near the pulpit. They are from the 12th chapter of the Gospel according to John". "Insofar as these words ... apply to the preacher, they apply to all of us. They raise questions like these: how do we receive those who in their quest 'to see Jesus' are checking us out ? How do we welcome and accompany them ? Can they see Jesus in us ? .... I think these words ... also speak to the church national. In the past 10 years, Anglicans in Canada have described themselves as 'a people seeking to know, love and follow Jesus in serving God's mission in the world. The 'seeking' reminds us that our calling as a church is aspirational. We aspire 'to see Jesus' and to live his gospel with joy and integrity. In this spirit, I will in coming months be inviting Anglicans across Canada into a time of heart-to-heart conversations about our life in Jesus and our work in his name".
"At the invitation of the Right Reverend Arthur E. Walmsley, bishop of Connecticut, and the Most Reverend Alastair I.M. Haggart, primus of Scotland, a number of Anglicans from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Oceania, and the United Kingdom gathered in Hartford, Connecticut, from September 1 through September 10, 1984, to participate in a symposium on the mission of the Church. The symposium was held as part of the celebrations marking the two hundredth anniversary of the consecration of Bishop Samuel Seabury, the first bishop of an Anglican diocese located outside the British Isles". -- Intro., p. xv.
Contents divided into two main sections: The Nature of Christian Mission -- Mission and the Common Life of the Church.
Contents: [Dedication] To Edward A. Bayne / Arthur E. Walmsley -- Table of Contents -- Foreword / Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury -- Acknowledgements -- Preface dated Sewanee, Tennessee, November 14, 1985 / W. Richard Kew -- Board of Trustees, SPCK/USA -- Introduction / Philip Turner [and] Frank E. Sugeno -- The Nature of Christian Mission -- Mission and Prayer / Marianne H. Micks -- The Mission of the Church in East Africa / David M. Gitari -- Mission, Morals, and Folk Religion / Helen Oppenheimer -- Mission of the Church in the Indian Context / Pritam B. Santram -- Mission, Paternalism, and the Peter Pan Syndrome / John S. Pobee -- Can Mission and Church Be Integrated ? / Kortright Davis -- Towards a Latin American Understanding of Mission / Jaci C. Maraschin -- Mission Theology: A Hong Kong Chinese Understanding / Alan Chan -- Mission and the Common Life of the Church -- Mission and Establishment / Colin Buchanan -- Mission and Church Identity / Paul A. Reeves -- The Mission of Christ in Urban America / A. Theodore Eastman -- The Mission of the Church and the Culture of a Nation / Edward W. Scott -- The Mission of the Church in an Islamic Country / Clement H. Janda -- The Anglican Communion in Latin America / Adrian D. Caceres -- Notes on Contributors.
Report of the Vision 2019 Task Force, chaired by the Very Rev. Peter Elliott "For consuderation at General Synod 2010".
"As the General Synod gathers once again, we will consider a new strategic plan -- Vision 2019 -- that invites the Holy Spirit to shape the life of our church more and more deeply in in paths of discipleship and mission. Vision 2019 takes three years of listening, prayer, consultation, writing, and waiting on God's Spirit and gives them back to the church as a trajectory for our national ministries under the auspices of the General Synod. Vision 2019 is more, though, than simply a vision for the work of General Synod. It challenges the whole church to receive the Anglican Communion's Marks of Mission as the Spirit's invitation to uinderstand ourselves as called into God's mission through our commitment to Jesus and the life of his church". -- Intro., p. 4.
Contents divided into three main parts: Part One: An Invitation to the Whole Church -- Part Two: A Plan for General Synod -- Appendices.
Contents: [Prefatory letter] dated March 2010 / Fred [Hiltz], Archbishop and Primate, The Anglican Church of Canada -- Part One -- Introduction -- The Five Marks of Mission -- Pray for the Land, Live in the Place: A Theological Framework for the Marks of Mission / [Michael Thompson] -- Part Two -- Vision 2019: The Process So Far -- Priorities for the Church: Living into God's Mission -- Summary: Priorities for the Church Living into God's Mission -- Practices for the Church : Ready for God's Mission -- Summary: Practices for the Church Ready for God's Mission -- Mission: Goes Out From God -- List of Appendices.
Contents of Appendices: A: Preliminary Timeline for Vision 2019 Priorities and Practices -- B: Vision 2019 and the History of General Synod Planning -- C: Quantitative Analysis Report -- D: Vision 2019 Analysis of Submissions by Marleen Morris and Associates, Nov. 2009 -- E: Stakeholders List -- F: Excerpts from the d'Youville Report (National Gathering on Theological Education), Jan. 2010 -- G: Summary of the Governance Working Group Report to the Council of General Synod, Nov. 2009 -- H: Tending the Flames, report of the Youth Initiatives Working Group, Sept. 2009.
Electronic document downloaded from General Synod 2010 section of the Anglican Church of Canada General Synod web site: http://www.anglican.ca/gs2010/wp-content/uploads/019-GS2010-Vision-2019-Report-and-Appendices.pdf
"The ecclesiastical province of Canada wound up its 47th session of synod [25-27 June 2015] with a motion that was as close to disbanding the synod as it could get". Bishop Ron Cutler of the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island "said that after some research they realized that they could not move to disband. Instead, the motion to alter and modernize synod rules was put forward. 'We have become slaves to the creatures we have fashioned', he said. 'We cannot vote ourselves out of existence, but we can vote ourselves into relevance'." "In this spirit, at the start of synod in Fredericton, on June 25 , Archbishop Percy Coffin, metropolitan (senior bishop) of the diocese, urged Anglicans to examine the church's mission in the 21st century and to look beyond maintaining it as an institution. 'The greatest challenge for us, who live in interesting times, is to examine ourselves, examine the mission of the church', said Coffin. The time has come, he said, for the church 'to leave the shallow waters of maintaining the institution and launch out into the deep waters of evangelization'."
That this Synod refers these paragraphs of the Report of the Executive Council to each Diocese of the Church in Canada, through the Bishop of each Diocese, with an expression of hope that prayers may be offered by all, and plans made everywhere that may be most suited to conditions of each Diocese, for the Educational and Evangelistic movements proposed; that Clergy and Laity alike may study anew the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, in the Church, and its members, in the Apostles' days and our own; that by the grace of God the whole Church of God may be renewed in power for the fulfilment of her tasks and the fruitful use of her present opportunity in the world. CARRIED in both Houses.
That General Synod request the Primate to set before the parishes of Canada the goal of sharing one dollar for every dollar raised toward parish expenditures, for the mission of the Church outside the parish, as an expression of their concern and involvement in Christ's work throughout the world.
An amendment was
Moved by: Archdeacon J.B. Own
Seconded by: The Rev. K.L. Genge
That this Synod request each diocese to set before each parish the goal of sharing in the mission outreach of the Church in relation to the amount spent on parish expenditures.
Moved by: Canon M.C. Magor
Seconded by: Mrs. Kay Childs
That the discussion of the motion and the amendment be postponed until after the presentation of the motion on Goals. CARRIED IN BOTH HOUSES
Moved by: The Rev. R.P.L.F. Playfair
Seconded by: The Ven. H.S. Rayner
"THAT the Rules of Order be suspended, and for this day only, the mover of a motion be permitted 5 minutes, the seconder 3 minutes, and every other speaker 2 minutes in order to facilitate the business of Synod". CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
That the motion be put. CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The Owen/Genge amendment, which reads as follows:
THAT this Synod request each diocese to set before each parish the goal of sharing in the mission outreach of the Church in relation to the amount spent on parish expenditures." CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The Slingerland/Emmons motion as amended:
THAT this Synod request each diocese to set before each parish the goal of sharing in the mission outreach of the Church in relation to the amount spent on parish expenditures, as an expression of their concern and involvement in Christ's work throughout the world." CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 77
"Architecture and decorating. The first is essential. Architecture makes it possible (or not) for a house to serve its purpose, and shapes -- sometimes quite dramatically -- the habits and patterns of those who inhabit the house. The second is discretionary, and depends upon tastes and preferences. So much of the life and ministry of our churches, it seems to me, deals with the decorating -- with efforts to respond to the range of preference and taste in our congregations. And relatively little of our time and focus goes to architecture -- to the structure of our life together". "'Follow me,' says the crucified and risen One, though the processional hymn isn't familiar, though the early service is too early and the later service too late. Follow me, though 'that thing they do' doesn't sit well with you, either too stodgy or too clappy. Follow me in a mission that seeks to mend life's torn fabric with worship that transforms, service that heals, news that is truly good, and hope that sustains in the face of all life's harm. `Follow me and you won't even notice the wallpaper'."
THAT General Synod approve the following goals for the Program of General Synod during 1974 and 1975. Statement of purpose (as approved by General Synod 1969)
`As an agent of General Synod, to share Christian insights and resources so that persons and communities may come to the fullness of life in Jesus Christ and may be enabled to fulfill their potential in a changing world.'
Goals for 1974, 1975
To deepen our involvement with an commitment to the life and work of the Church in other parts of the world, as they develop their leadership and work at social change, and as they confront us with the deeper dimensions of the Gospel.
To increase the strength of Canadian dioceses in their own planning, development and execution of programs as they work at social change, as they support parish and experimental ministries, as they seek personal and professional development and communication skills.
To raise the awareness of churchmen and other Canadians about the `concrete realities of life' in the third world and in Canada, and about the faith, life and work of the Anglican Church of Canada and to increase the commitment of Canadian Anglicans to that work, including the commitment of our money.
To sharpen the focus and effectiveness of our Christian mission, through research, through support of ecumenical and regional planning and experimentation through collaboration with other institutions and agencies.
There were two amendments to the motion on Goals; the first was
Moved by: The Rev. A.M.C. Waterman
Seconded by: Bishop B. Valentine
"THAT in Goal I and Goal II, delete 'at social change', and substitute the words, 'for the social good'." CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The second amendment was
Moved by: Bishop F.R. Gartrell
Seconded by: Canon A.D. Brown
"THAT after the words '1974 and 1975' in line 2 of the motion the following be added, 'and that a joint task force of the Program Committee and the Administration and Finance Committee be set up to promote the full achievement of these goals and the budgets to support them'." CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The Arnold/Clarke motion on Goals, as amended, was put and CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS. Act 78