That this National Executive Council reaffirms the resolution of November 1981 respecting El Salvador; expresses its pleasure that the Minister of Immigration has announced an increase in the quota of immigrants from Central America in 1983; and requests the Primate to meet with the Prime Minister and the Minister of External Affairs in company with such members of this and other churches as he may determine, to express our deep and continuing concerns over the flagrant violations of human rights in El Salvador, and to urge our Government to take active, positive and immediate steps both at the United Nations and bilaterally with other governments to seek an embargo on all shipments of armaments to El Salvador, and to support negotiated settlements of the conflicts in Central America in every way it can including particular and public support of all other nations who are seeking such settlements especially Mexico. CARRIED unanimously.
That the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting on 13th February, 1985, send greetings and an assurance of our prayers to the Right Reverend S. Downs, Bishop of Nicaragua, and to his Diocese, upon the start of his episcopate, and that in the spirit of the appeal of the Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church of Nicaragua, November, 1983, to the entire Anglican Communion, we pledge ourselves to do all we possibly can to influence our members, our communities and our Governments to help in the steps taken to promote peace in Central America. CARRIED #8-2-85
That the Government of Canada be urged to support actively the peace initiative of the Central American countries by:
a) using its role in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and its potential role in an international verification group to urge compliance with the Esquipulas II Accord (Arias Plan);
b) taking a leading role in creating the diplomatic and political atmosphere which will ensure that a peacekeeping operation is efficacious, which includes encouraging the Government of the United States to fully cooperate with the regional efforts and to cease all aid to the Nicaraguan Contras. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 55
That the following resolutions be referred to the National Executive Council:
Revised Resolution #43
That this General Synod adopt the document entitled "Human Rights Principles for The Anglican Church of Canada" and recommend it for study and implementation at parish, diocesan and national levels under the Direction of the National Executive Council.
That this General Synod request
(i) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee prepare a theological statement on poverty which will include women's experience; and
(ii) that the Doctrine and Worship Committee involve the Task Force on Women in Poverty in the preparation of the theological statement.
That the General Synod recognize the feminization of poverty and request the Program Committee and the Women's Unit:
(i) to develop and implement ways to raise the awareness of people in dioceses and parishes about the reality of poverty in women's lives; and
(ii) to report on the resulting experiences and actions to the General Synod in 1989.
Revised Resolution #49
That this General Synod declares unemployment, homelessness and hunger to be major concerns of the Church. We recommend to the National Executive Council that adequate staff time be allocated to assist The Anglican Church of Canada, nationally, provincially and locally to address these concerns in the following ways:
a) to work together to seek just solutions to the problems of unemployment, homelessness and hunger;
b) to work with the unemployed, the homeless and the hungry towards such solutions;
c) to work ecumenically;
d) to challenge and to work with government: federally, provincially and locally to seek a more just society.
Revised Resolution #56
That this General Synod requests the National Executive Council to establish a Task Force to explore and make recommendations regarding the feasiblity of setting up a National Church presence in Ottawa, to support and enrich ongoing dialogue with the federal government.
Revised Resolution #59
That this General Synod call for a national consultation to explore the possibility of establishing an Anglican computer users network and ask the Program Committee to enable such a consultation.
Revised Resolution #60
That this General Synod commends the Principles of a healthy Remuneration System to the dioceses with the request that each diocese study the Principles and the implications of their implementation, and to respond to the Committee on Ministry within the next 18 months, in order that the Committee on Ministry may make recommendations to the 1989 General Synod re: remuneration practice in the Church.
That this General Synod directs the Office of Personnel Resources to maintain a registry of Licenced Lay Workers in order to facilitate their recognition and mobility within the Church.
That the Doctrine and Worship Committee be directed to begin a process towards the development of a new hymn book which will provide hymns and other music for worship that complement the Common Lectionary, which draw on a wide variety of styles and traditions and which are couched in language which is as inclusive as possible.
That the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada request the Goverment of Canada to retain the question on religious affiliation in the 1991 national Census, thereby continuing to make available information of great value to the religious communities of Canada.
That this General Synod, mindful of the oneness of God's human family, urges the General Committee of the Leonard Foundation of Canada to direct its Board of Trustees to apply to the appropriate Court in Canada to write out all references in the Trust Deed which discriminate on the basis of sex and race.
That this General Synod affirms in principle the amending of Canon XXI (On Marriage in the Church) in order to permit the re-marriage of divorced persons in the Church without the requirement of applying to an Ecclesiastical Matrimonial Commission, and directs the Organization Committee to bring such an amendment before the next General Synod.
That this General Synod commends the work of Church House staff at this Synod and recommends that serious consideration be given to providing sufficient computer equipment to facilitate their work at the General Synod in 1989.
That this General Synod reaffirm the National Executive Council (May 1985) condemnation of the U.S. government's economic and military policy toward Nicaragua, particularly its policy of providing covert military aid to the anti-government counter revolutionary forces, and urge the Canadian government to do everything in its power to influence the U.S. government and those of Central America to give their full support to current peace-making efforts in Central America.
That this General Synod request the Agenda Committee of the thirty-second session of the General Synod
a) to continue our practice of inviting representatives from partner Churches overseas and other denominations in Canada as observers and participants in Synod, and
b) to ensure that plenary session time be planned in order that all members of Synod may hear the partners' critique of the Synod's life and sense of priorities, and also may gain an understanding of the situations in which our partners are in mission.
That this thirty-first General Synod
1) regard the national membership of The Anglican Church of Canada as comprising those who indicate, in the Statistics Canada National Census, that they are Anglican, and
2) direct all committees, councils, boards, etc., in their deliberations, planning and other activities to accept this definition of membership.
That this General Synod adopt as a matter of urgent priority the need to reconstruct the Ipelegeng Community Centre in Soweto, and urge the Primate through every means possible for him to effect this priority.
That the Committee on Ministry be requested to formulate a complete and integrated set of Career Development Guidelines similar to the existing diocesan and national policies dealing with:
ii) terms of appointment
iii) continuing education plan
iv) pensions and other related matters.
That the Program Committee expand the scope of the examination of violence against women to include those native cultures within the Anglican Church which have their own distinct economic, family, work, social and educational structures.
That this General Synod directs the Program Committee and other interested committees:
1) to prepare a theological statement regarding the maintenance and termination of human life;
2) to prepare pastoral guidelines for families faced with decisions related to the resuscitation of loved ones
That Resolution #105 be deleted and be put forward now. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS.
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS. Act 92
That this National Executive Council reaffirms it condemnation of the U.S. Government's Economic and military policy towards Nicaragua and commends the Government of Canada for voting in favour of the recent United Nations resolution calling on the Government of the United States to respect the judgement of the World Court in The Hague to desist from military interference in Nicaragua; and
Further we urge the Government of Canada to do everything in its power to further influence the Government of the United States and governments of Central America to support all attempts to settle the Nicaraguan conflict through peaceful negotiations, especially those based on the Contadora peace proposals, and
Further that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister, Secretary of State and External Affairs and leaders of the national political parties. CARRIED #35-11-86