The General Secretary presented a resolution from the Commission on Women pertaining to the restructuring of the Committees of General Synod, which will be considered by the Committee on Organization in its study of the recommendations of Price Waterhouse.
Bishop Somerville read a letter from the Alumni Association of AWTC [Anglican Women's Training College] requesting that AWTC be given consideration under the proposed Committee on Theological Education.
NEC members were also advised that the Council on Full-Time Women Workers would be presenting a resolution to General Synod on the recruitment and training of women.
Archdeacon Light presented the following resolution from ACW.
"That ACW seek the co-operation of General Synod in taking the necessary action for official representation of Anglican Church Women on General Synod, its Divisions and National Executive Council, in order to assist in the integration of Anglican Church Women into the mainstream of the Church's life and work."
That the resolution from the ACW be received and forwarded to the Committee on Organization. CARRIED
Mrs. Waugh advised that ACW would like to see a termination date and would ask for representation until the Anglican Church Women is melded into the full life stream of the Church.
Mr. G.E. Davy, Chairman of the Committee, presented its report (copy attached to the official minutes).
Publications Unit (pp.1-2 of report)
In response to a question regarding the publishing house that had been proposed at one time, this matter had been referred to the Working Committee which had prepared the Price Waterhouse and Co. recommendations to General Synod. This Committee had considered that a Publications Unit as part of the Division of Communications would be more feasible than the establishment of a publishing house.
Ministry Among Canadian Native Peoples (pp.2-3 of report)
A strong appeal was made that the Task Group should not be composed of staff people entirely but rather that the opinions of the native peoples themselves should be obtained as to what they want the Church to do.
Anglican Church Women Representation at NEC Meetings (p.4 of report)
The Program Committee requests that the National Executive Council make provision for a member of the Anglican Church Women to be invited to attend National Executive Council meetings as an observer/consultant. The Dominion President, Mrs. J. Robertson, would be prepared to attend or to appoint somebody to represent Anglican Church Women.
That the report be received. CARRIED
Moved by Canon J.C. Bothwell, seconded by the Rev. G.E. Hobson,
That the NEC make provision for a member of the Anglican Church Women to be invited to attend NEC meetings as an observer-consultant. CARRIED
7. Whereas men and women are called to share a common concern in the life and mission of the Church and have a common responsibility to fulfill this mission, and whereas the Church ought to be providing leadership in the contemporary cultural movement to give equal status to women, be it resolved:
a. That the General Synod endorse the policy of eventual total integration of the finances, personnel and programs of Anglican Church Women into the mainstream of the Church's life at every level, and,
that the General Synod take immediate steps through the Program Committee to initiate an educational program re integration at diocesan and parish levels.
b. That the General Synod urge Diocesan Synods to make the necessary changes in their constitutions and canons to permit women the right of election to all church offices.
That we vote clause by clause on the A.C.W. Motion. CARRIED in both Houses.
Resolution 7, paragraph one, CARRIED in both Houses.
Resolution 7, paragraph two, CARRIED in both Houses.
Resolution 7, paragraph three, insert "lay" after "church" in the second last line, to read then, "permit women the right of election to all church lay offices." CARRIED in both Houses.