TORONTO (June 30) -- The Anglican Church of Canada has announced staffing and structural changes to bring the national staff organization in line with the priorities and focus approved by its chief governing body earlier this month.
The key element in the new structure, as described by Archbishop Michael Peers, is a nine-person management team to direct the work and priorities in those areas approved by General Synod in Ottawa.
The restructuring has resulted in the elimination of three staff positions: Congregational Development consultant, Editor and General Manager of the Anglican Journal, and Director of the Anglican Book Centre.
Congregational development work will no longer be initiated at the national level. The Anglican Journal and Anglican Book Center will both come under the management of a new Information Resources Group. This reflects the priority General Synod gave to the development of a coordinated communications strategy that would incorporate all aspects of information dissemination under one umbrella department.
Archbishop Peers said the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal was affirmed by General Synod and will continue under a new editor, to be appointed. Carolyn Purden, who held the editor and general manager position at the Journal, was given a severance package. The new editor will be responsible for the editorial direction of the paper, but not its financial management.
General Synod also called on the national organization to bring more focus and integration to the work it does. It recommended a more consultative as opposed to legislative, style as well as more networks and fewer formal structures.
The management team announced by the Primate will include himself, the General Secretary and seven directors responsible for Financial Management; Financial Development; Faith, Worship and Ministry; the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund; Partnerships; Pensions; and Information Resources.
In announcing the changes to staff, Archbishop Peers stressed that they were not intended to effect a downsizing in staff. What they are meant to do, he said, is reflect the wishes of General Synod and implement a new way of working.
"In the long term we are looking at ways we can do our work better together, not better with fewer people," he said. "What we have been talking about is reorganization, not downsizing."
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Contact Doug Tindal, Director of Communication 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence) or Sam Carriere, Media Relations, General Synod, 416-924-9199, ext. 256
a) In connection with the article "The Most Misunderstood Disease" (Alcoholism) in the January 1973 issue of the Canadian Churchman, Mr. Gault complimented the staff of the paper and, in particular, Miss Carolyn Purden for her factual and accurate account of this problem. Because of the excellence of this article and the valuable information it contains, the paper was in great demand in his area of the country.
b) Concern was expressed at the apparent contradiction between the stand of the Canadian Churchman on the Third World, poverty and racism and its acceptance of advertisements of expensive tours.
That this NEC request the Board of Trustees of Canadian Churchman to prepare a report for the next meeting of this Council on its policy concerning, and the operations of, Canadian Churchman tours. CARRIED
"Several staffing and structural changes at Church House have been announced to bring the national organization in line with the priorities and focus set by General Synod when it approved the strategic plan this summer. The key element in the new structure as described by Archbishop Michael Peers, is the creation of a management team that will set policy and budgets, coordinate inter-departmental tasks and approve salaries and personnel". "The nine-member team replaces three former structures and eliminates a good deal of overlap". "Two areas where the new structure will have immediate implications are the Anglican Journal and the Anglican Book Centre (ABC). Part of the strategic plan approved by General Synod placed the Journal and ABC within the ambit of a unified information resources committee which was given the mandate to oversee and overall communications policy. Archbishop Peers announced that the position of editor and general manager of the Journal had ceased to exist and that Carolyn Purden, who had held the position, had been given severance. ABC publisher Michael Lloyd also accepted severance. Under the new structure, the editing and publishing of the Journal, the operation of the Anglican Book Centre, and the Archives will become part of an Information Resources department". "Archbishop Peers stressed that the purpose of the changes was to find ways in which the staff of the national organization can better work together to serve the whole church".
TORONTO July 12, 1995 -- Michael McAteer, formerly religion editor of the Toronto Star, has been named interim editor of the Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican, effective August 1.
McAteer will oversee the editorial direction of the monthly newspaper until a permanent editor is appointed. Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican is funded by the Anglican Church of Canada but has an independent editorial policy.
McAteer follows Carolyn Purden, who had been both editor and general manager of the paper. That dual position was eliminated in a restructuring after the church's General Synod adopted a new strategic plan last month. Purden joined the staff of the Journal in 1967 and became editor and general manager in 1991. Under her tenure the paper won numerous awards for news and feature reporting and for general excellence. Purden was given a severance package.
Michael McAteer covered religion and the environment for the Windsor Star, before moving to the Toronto Star in 1977. He became religion editor in 1982, and held the post until taking early retirement last year.
During his time with the Toronto Star, McAteer covered papal tours in Canada and Central America, a World Council of Churches meeting in Korea, and Roman Catholic synods in Rome. He has covered significant events in the life of all the major Canadian denominations, and expanded the Toronto Star's religion coverage to include other faith groups.
Currently, McAteer continues to write a weekly column for the Star and he is completing work on "The Man in the Scarlet Robe : Two Thousand Years of Searching for Jesus". The book, co-authored with new Testament scholar Michael Steinhauser, will be published in October. It explores current controversies surrounding the search for the historical Jesus.
The Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican has a circulation of 255,000. Under its terms of reference, the editor makes all decisions on editorial content. The paper is encouraged to express the full range of opinion within the Anglican Church community and takes an independent stance in editorials.
Contact Doug Tindal, Director of Communication 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence)