"Anglicans across Canada are being called to demonstrate -- in the 22 days following the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- that this ending is only the beginning of healing and reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous people. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald have issued a call to the whole church today to participate in #22days, a campaign that will stretch from the start of the closing of TRC event in Ottawa on May 31  to National Aboriginal Day on June 21 . 22days was first conceived of by a group of cathedral deans from cities in which a national TRC event was held and was 'heartily endorsed' by the House of Bishops" (p. 10). "The General Synod communications team has created a web page -- 22days.ca -- that will offer resources, including 22 videos featuring former residential school students and staff describing their experiences in the schools. The videos are not the typical 30-second sound bytes people are used to viewing on television, they are about 15 to 20 minutes each, in order to tell the stories in a more whole and sensitive way, said Anglican Video senior producer Lisa Barry. One video will be added daily to the website during the 22-day period and each will be accompanied by a prayer, written by various people in the church" (p. 11).
"The General Synod office of the Anglican Church of Canada is leading what it hopes will be a co-ordinated response with dioceses and parishes across the country voicing opinions on proposed changes to the rules governing the ways they report their financial information". "If the church were required to use IFRS [International Financial Reporting Standards], Mr. [Michael] Herrera [interim General Synod treasurer] said it would greatly increase the amount of financial reporting required, and the accounting and audit costs associated with it would increase 'at least tenfold'." "The church has also had preliminary meetings with the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada and agreed to share their responses with each other 'so that it not seen as an Anglican issue or a Presbyterian issue, but as a faith-based issue', said Mr. Herrera. The deadline for submitting responses is June 30 ."
"General Synod's deficit for 2008 might have been higher than the approved $1.3 million but, thanks to a generous bequest, the General Synod ended the year with a $1.865 million surplus. Michele George, General Synod's new treasurer, said the deficit for the year ending Dec. 31  was $2.043 million. Although the bequest was expected, she explained that, 'in the budgeting process, we do not budget for undesignated legacies. We were fortunate in 2008 to receive a large legacy from the (Marjorie) Dashwood estate of $3.6 million and we were able as a result to absorb the deficit for the year and, in fact, show a net revenue position." "Although the year ended in a surplus, the cost-cutting was still necessary, said Archdeacon Michael Pollesel, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada. 'The plan to reach financial equilibrium means that deficits must be reduced each year,' he said. The national church plans to eliminate deficits by 2012".
Highlights of the 13-15 November 2009 meeting of the Council of General Synod (CoGS). "CoGS approved budget cuts to reduce the deficit in the 2010 budget to $492,000. This represented cuts to some programs, including grants to global partners. It has also meant eliminating 6.5 staff positions at General Synod offices in Toronto". CoGS also heard reports on Vision 2019 the strategic planning process for the Anglican Church. The Governance Working Group also presented several resolutions to CoGS that will go to General Synod in June 2010.
"Restructuring and layoffs were announced at the national offices of the Anglican Church of Canada on Oct 5. . Fourteen staff positions were affected". "The Partnerships department, which foster inter-Anglican and ecumenical relationships in Canada and internationally, appears to be the most heavily affected. The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), which is separately incorporated, will maintain current staffing levels. The General Synod Library at Church House, which is part of the Communications and Information Resources department, will be phased out over the course of 2011, but the Archives, which manages all of the information about Indian Residential schools, will remain. The restructuring follows a 2009 decision by General Synod to eliminate deficit budgeting by 2012. The amount to be cut from the 2011 budget is expected to be $1.1 million. The draft budget is subject to approval by the Financial Management Committee and the Council of General Synod".
"When the House of Bishops met in Niagara Falls, Ont., from April 13 to 17 , they discussed some contentious issues, including possible amendments to the marriage canon and a call from the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) for significant changes to church structures. But Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said there was, nevertheless, 'a spirit of hopefulness' at the gathering". "The bishops discussed the document, 'Where We Are Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', in terms of what they thought needed more clarification, what they found encouraging and what they found challenging." "Hiltz observed that what underlies much of these discussions is the question, 'What is everybody's understanding of self-determination ?' This is a conversation that needs to continue, he said. People are not sure what self-determination will mean in terms of concrete changes, said Hiltz". "Bishops also endorsed the #22days campaign calling Anglicans to commit to working toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. ... Hiltz noted that Bishop Robert Hardwick of the diocese of Qu'Appelle shared plans to ring church bells for murdered and missing women and girls, and other bishops decided that could be done in all of their dioceses".
"The Council of General Synod (CoGs) unanimously approved a balanced budget for the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod in 2011 when it met in Mississauga, Ont., from Nov. 18 to 22. CoGS previously set a goal of achieving a balanced budget by 2012, and that target has been met one year ahead of schedule. Over the past three years, 23 staff at the national office have been laid off. The Partnerships department has been eliminated and the position of a full-time librarian will be phased out this year". [Text of entire article.]
"CoGS approved a new proposal for a nationwide diocese-based fund-raising initiative and an additional $200,000 in funding. 'This is a new committee that has a new interim director and a new chair', said Archdeacon Michael Thompson, CoGS representative on the committee. Vianney Carriere, a member of General Synod's management team, is interim director and Monica Patten is the chair of the committee. 'What is being envisioned is a number of campaigns in dioceses pulled together by a centralized staff at General Synod', explained Suzanne Lawson, a consultant and and former executive director of program for General Synod. 'The attempt is to turn around the financial future of the whole church'. A feasibility study for the initiative will be conducted in up to 10 dioceses". [Text of entire article.]
"Approved a motion expanding the types of initiatives can be considered for Ministry Investment Fund (MIF) grants. Established by the financial management and development committee in 2008 ... The approved motion added two other criteria for consideration: - funding for up to $100,000 per year and $250,000 in aggregate to support 'new ways of working, for collaborative ministries between General Synod and ELCIC [Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada], diocese and/or other partners'; funding of up to $75,000 annually for emerging and unbudgeted initiatives of General Synod. The requirement that the balance of the fund may not fall below $2 million remains".