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"A Covenant of Protection" - Proposed Human Rights Principles

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 78
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 78
Mover
Bishop B. Jenks
Seconder
Hon. R. Stevenson
Prologue
Debate continued on this amended resolution.
Text
That this General Synod adopt the following "Covenant of Protection" as policy and direct the Council of the General Synod to develop a process for implementation.
THEOLOGICAL PREAMBLE
Since 1949, General Synod has been urging Canadian and foreign governments to conform their policies to principles of Universal Human Rights. This position of the church is deeply rooted in Scripture.
In the first chapter of Genesis we read that all human beings have been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). We conclude from this that all human beings, regardless of their background, identity, status, ability, accomplishment or belief have a fundamental dignity which comes from God. All members of the Anglican Church affirm this position when, in the words of our baptismal covenant we promise to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."
As Christians, we also acknowledge with St. Paul that we have done those things we ought not to have done and we have not done those things we ought to have done. We are sinners and we need to build into the structures of our common life the same standards of right behaviour and safeguards against discrimination that we demand of others. We do this in the knowledge that the real test of our support for human rights is how we treat the minorities in our midst -- the poor, the stranger, the outcast and the foreigner (Matthew 25:40).
In the summary of the Law recorded in the Gospel of Mark, we are told by Jesus that we must love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, and love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). From this we understand that Christians are a covenant community called by God to join others in protecting the rights of all persons in society and in the church. One of the ways we do this is by ensuring that our own processes of participation and deliberation are fair and transparent.
COVENANT OF PROTECTION
The Anglican Church of Canada enters into a Covenant of Protection with its members, with its employees, and with those who seek the services of the church, in order to protect vulnerable persons. We call this Covenant, "Human Rights Principles."
1. The right to be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity
All persons who seek the services of the church, including sacraments, counsel and pastoral care, shall be treated with courtesy, compassion and integrity by the church and its representatives or officials, without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
2. The right to fair treatment
a) All persons receiving educational, medical or financial assistance from the church shall be treated fairly and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
b) All persons occupying church property or being accommodated in institutions provided by or governed by the church shall be treated fairly within the stated purposes of these institutions and without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
3. The right to vote
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to vote at General Meetings of their Parish and Synod without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
4. The right to be considered for election
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, are eligible to hold elected positions in the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of ) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
5. The right to be considered for service
All baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons, constitutions and guidelines, shall be eligible to have their vocations tested and to be considered for service in the life and on the committees of the church without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status.
6. The rights of employees
All persons employed by the church in positions not requiring ordination shall be employed on the basis of ability, skills and experience appropriate to the position without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, or socio-economic status. [Revised 11 November 1999 -- See GS minutes pg. 58. The amendment to leave these words out was defeated but when re-transcribed the words were left out.]
Six members of Synod requested a vote by orders, in accordance with Section III of the Rules of Order and Procedure.
The resolution was then put in the Order of Laity and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Clergy and - CARRIED
The resolution was then put in the Order of Bishops and - DEFEATED Act 78
Notes
The Prolocutor confirmed that the resolution had been Defeated.
[Correction of General Synod minutes by Chancellor Ron Stevens amended first sentence in paragraph 6 on p. 104 to be the same as paragraph 6 on p. 55. Correspondence dated 15 November 1999 laid in original General Synod Journal of Proceedings.]
Act 5 of the 36th General Session of the General Synod, held in Waterloo, Ontario, p. 19 enacted the following: "That the minutes of the 35th Session of the General Synod, held in Montreal, Quebec, May 21-29, 1998, as printed in the Journal and as approved by the Certification of Minutes Committee, be adopted subject to the insertion of the words "in positions not requiring ordination" in the first line of paragraph numbered 6 on page 104. CARRIED Act 5"
Subjects
Human rights - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Responsibility - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human rights principles for the Anglican Church of Canada
A Covenant of Protection
Employment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Disabled - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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A Proclamation of Responsibility

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 79
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 79
Mover
Mr. J. Sweeny
Seconder
Rev. C. Harwood-Jones
Prologue
Moved by: Rev. D. Ball
Seconded by: Rev. J. Howison
That this Synod adopt the document "A Proclamation of Responsibility" and refer it to the Council of General Synod for the development of 'Procedures for Implementation' and report to the 36th session of the General Synod.
Proclamation of Responsibility:
As a Community of Faith we strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
We, the Anglican Church of Canada, proclaim and fulfill our responsibility to be accountable in our treatment of all persons as being made in the image of God.
This treatment applies to all persons without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, family or marital status, race, colour, ethnic (or place of) origin, ancestry, disability, creed or socio-economic status.
We agree to:
1. Ensure that all persons are treated with courtesy and integrity, and respond to all pastoral situations with respect and compassion.
2. Ensure equal and fair treatment of:
- all persons for whom we provide educational, medical or financial assistance;
- all persons occupying church property or being accommodated in institutions provided by or governed by the church.
3. Ensure that all who qualify will be able to vote. (All Baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to vote at General meetings of their parish and at Synod.)
4. Ensure that all who qualify will be considered for election. (All Baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to hold elected positions in the church.)
5. Ensure that all who qualify will be considered for service. (All Baptized persons who qualify, in accordance with the relevant canons and constitutions, shall be eligible to have their vocations tested and to be considered for service in the life and on the committees of the church.)
6. Ensure that employees are fairly treated. (All persons employed by the church shall be employed on the basis of ability, skills and experience appropriate to the position.)
The mover and seconder agreed to amend item #1 (under "We agree to") by adding the words "to whom we minister" before "are treated", to read as follows:
Ensure that all persons to whom we minister are treated with courtesy and integrity ....
Motion to Refer
Moved by: Dr. G. Egerton
Seconded by: Rev. T. Chesterton
That this resolution be referred to the Council of the General Synod for consideration.
Amendment
Moved by: Archdeacon S. DeGruchy
Seconded by: Miss A. Weir
That the resolution be referred to the Eco-Justice Committee (instead of the Council of General Synod).
Amendment to the Amendment
Moved by: Rev. A. Perry
Seconded by: Mrs. C. Greenwood
That the resolution be referred to the House of Bishops, in consultation with the Eco-Justice Committee.
The amendment to the amendment was then put and - DEFEATED
Motion to End Debate
Moved by: Rev. K. Denman
Seconded by: Mr. D. Lewis
That the question on the amendment now be put. CARRIED
The amendment was then put and - DEFEATED
Seconded by: Rev. C. Harwood-Jones
That the question on the motion to refer to the Council of the General Synod now be put. CARRIED
The first amendment to refer the resolution to the Council of the General Synod was put and - DEFEATED
Text
That the original resolution now be put. CARRIED
Six members of Synod requested a vote by orders, in accordance with Section III of the Rules of Order and Procedure.
The resolution was then put and - DEFEATED IN ALL ORDERS Act 79
Subjects
A Proclamation of Responsibility
Human rights - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Responsibility - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Section V - Social and Moral Problems

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Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Rev. J. Burton Thomas
Seconder
Mr. William Winchester
Text
That this General Synod records its keen awareness of the dangers involved in paternalistic government and urges upon all authorities concerned the wisdom of encouraging by every means in their power, in every field of human endeavour, a high degree of initiative, a sense of responsibility, and a real pride in accomplishment on the part of individuals. CARRIED in both Houses.
Subjects
Individualism - Canada
Individualism - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Responsibility - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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