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Referral of Resolutions

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Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 92
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 92
Mover
Prof. J.P.E. McLaren
Seconder
Mr. M.D. Clarke
Prologue
Moved by: Dr. D.N. Maybee
Seconded by: Ven. R.T. Pynn
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.
Resolution #46
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.
Resolution #47
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.
Resolution #62
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.
Resolution #71
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.
Resolution #84
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.
Resolution #88
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.
Resolution #89
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.
Resolution #96
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.
Resolution #100
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.
Resolution #102
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.
Resolution #104
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.
Resolution #105
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.
Resolution #106
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:
i) training
ii) terms of appointment
iii) continuing education plan
iv) pensions and other related matters.
Resolution #109
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.
Resolution #112
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
Text
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
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (31st : 1986 : Winnipeg, Man.) - Resolutions
Human rights principles for the Anglican Church of Canada
Human rights - Canada
Human rights - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poverty - Canada
Poverty - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Women and poverty - Canada
Unemployment - Canada
Unemployment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homelessness - Canada
Homelessness - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Hunger - Canada
Hunger - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church and state - Canada
Church and state - Anglican Church of Canada
Church and computers - Anglican Canada
Church and computers - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Salaries, etc.
Lay ministry - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Employees
Hymns - Anglican Church of Canada
Hymnbooks - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Book of Common Praise. 1998
Inclusive language - Anglican Church of Canada
Canada - Census, 1991
Canada - Religion - Statistics
Anglican Church of Canada - Statistics
Leonard Foundation
Racism - Canada
Racism - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Remarriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Divorce - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Matrimonial Commissions - Anglican Church of Canada
Nicaragua
Peace - Central America
Partnership in Mission - Anglican Church of Canada
Church membership - Anglican Church of Canada
Ipelegeng Community Centre (Soweto, South Africa)
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy
Anglican Church of Canada. Committee on Ministry
Family violence - Canada
Family violence - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Report of the Task Force on Human Life

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Date
1979 November 7-9
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1979 November 7-9
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Rt. Rev. J.C. Bothwell
Seconder
Ven. A.D. Brown
Prologue
Following further discussion it was [moved and seconded]
Text
That a press release be issued on the motion concerning the publication of the report. CARRIED
Notes
Press Release
The National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada has received a final report from the General Synod Task Force on Human Life, "Dying: Considerations Concerning the Passage from Life to Death."
The Council gave "general approval" to the report and ordered that "following the addition of revisions, footnotes and a deepening and amplifying of certain actions as discussed this evening, the report be published together with a suitable introduction by the Primate."
The Report, intended as a study document, does not define policies, but is intended to be, as Archbishop Scott said, "A contribution to a process that has to be ongoing." That process is an examination of the moral questions posed by, and the Christian implications of, the care of the terminally ill and the new born infant with gross and uncorrectable defects.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Human Life
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Dying : considerations on the passage from life to death
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27. Report of the Task Force on Human Life - Report on Euthanasia

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Date
1977 May 3-6
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1977 May 3-6
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Whytehead
Seconder
Fenwick
Prologue
Dr. L. Whytehead and the Rev. Canon Paul Chidwick presented this report and spoke briefly to it.
Text
That this report be received. CARRIED
Subjects
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Dying : considerations concerning the passage from life to death
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27. Report of the Task Force on Human Life - Report on Euthanasia

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Date
1977 May 3-6
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1977 May 3-6
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Graham
Seconder
Broadwell
Text
That this paper be received and published for study and presentation to General Synod. CARRIED
Notes
It was AGREED that all recommendations be published with the text and that a prologue indicating the status of the document be included.
The Prolocutor expressed appreciation on behalf of the members of the National Executive Council to the members of the Task Force for the reports.
Subjects
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Dying : considerations concerning the passage from life to death
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Human Life
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Report of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee : Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

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Date
1998 March 6-8
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 09-03-98
Date
1998 March 6-8
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 09-03-98
Mover
Bishop M. Ingham
Seconder
Captain B. Park
Prologue
Moved by Ms. L. Roff
Seconded by Mr. J. Parsons
That this Council of General Synod receive the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide with its supporting documentation and commend the statement to General Synod for adoption as a policy statement of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Text
Amendment
That the words after "documentation" on the second line be deleted and replaced with the following:
"for distribution as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; responses to be gathered by the FWM Committee and reported to COGS by March 1999." CARRIED
Notes
The motion as amended now reads:
That this Council of General Synod receive the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide with its supporting documentation for distribution as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; responses to be gathered by the FWM Committee and reported to COGS by March 1999.
CARRIED as amended #09-03-98
A second resolution commending the supporting documentation to General Synod was withdrawn.
Subjects
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

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Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 49
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 49
Mover
Mrs. P. Creighton
Seconder
Bishop M. Bedford-Jones
Prologue
Moved by: Bishop V. Matthews
Seconded by: Mrs. E. Hutchinson
That this General Synod commend the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and its supporting documentation for use as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; and request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to gather responses and report to the Council of General Synod in March, 1999.
Text
Amendment
That the resolution commence with the wording:
That, subject to further editing, this General Synod....CARRIED
The amended resolution was then put and - CARRIED Act 49
Notes
[The resolution now reads: That, subject to further editing, this General Synod, commend the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and its supporting documentation for use as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; and request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to gather responses and report to the Council of General Synod in March, 1999.]
Subjects
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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XXII. Report - "Dying - Considerations Concerning the Passage From Life to Death

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Date
1979 October 29 - November 1
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1979 October 29 - November 1
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Archbishop Watton
Seconder
Bishop Stiff
Prologue
General reaction to the Report was favourable. It was suggested that a more positive emphasis on life might be included, and that care should be taken when the final editorial revision is undertaken to ensure that no sentences of the report could be abstracted from their context and thus given an incorrect emphasis.
Text
"That the House agrees that the report merits publication." CARRIED
Subjects
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Human Life Task Force

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Date
2001 July 4-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 27
Date
2001 July 4-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 27
Mover
Mrs. Lela Zimmer
Seconder
Dr. David Gould
Text
That a Human Life Task Force be re-established, reporting through the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to the Council of General Synod, to reflect theologically on the ethical issues surrounding biotechnologies, euthanasia and assisted suicide, reproductive technologies and human cloning, and to monitor ongoing developments in these areas. Membership of no more than 7 should include 1 member of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, ethicists, theologians, scientists and clinicians from the various disciplines as required by the issues. CARRIED Act 27
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Human Life Task Force
Biotechnology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Cloning - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Task Force on Human Life - Report on Abortion

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Date
1973 November 7-9
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1973 November 7-9
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Brown
Seconder
Peers
Prologue
Dean Nock, in introducing the report of the Task Force on Human Life on Abortion, noted General Synod, 1971, Resolution which called for the establishment of the Task Force, and General Synod, 1973, Resolution requesting the Task Force to produce a report for November NEC on Abortion.
The Primate introduced those members of the Task Force present: Rev. P. Chidwick - Chairman, Rev. P. Gibson, Miss Betty C. Graham, Mr. H. Allan Leal, Mr. S.E. Kingstone, Dr. C.R. Feilding, Dr. David McCallion, Mrs. Phyllis Creighton, Dr. Eugene Fairweather.
Mr. Chidwick, in his introductory remarks, noted that the Task Force will address itself in the future to such pertinent areas of concern as transplantation, cloning, euthanasia, artificial insemination by donor, and stated that the Task Force would be pleased to submit further Papers to the NEC.
Mrs. Phyllis Creighton, in speaking to the Report on behalf of the Task Force, noted three major areas to which the Task Force had given consideration; the Law, the Church's role, and the Community.
Following a period of discussion and dialogue with members of the Task Force the following action was taken.
Text
That this National Executive Council receive the Report on Abortion of the Task Force on Human Life with appreciation to the members of the Task Force for their efforts, insights and recommendations;
That we endorse those recommendations and express the hope that the Task Force will continue its work within the original terms of reference;
And that we commend the Report to the Church, the Government and the Community for study, and that it be referred to the Program Committee to publish and implement the Report in close cooperation with the Task Force on Human Life. CARRIED
Notes
In closing, the Primate thanked the members of the Task Force for their presence, and for their generous gifts of interdisciplinary expertise represented in the Report on Abortion. Archbishop Scott paid special tribute to Mrs. Phyllis Creighton who edited and compiled the Report, and presented Mrs. Creighton with a floral token of appreciation on behalf of the members of the National Executive Council.
Subjects
Abortion - Canada
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Creighton, Phyllis
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Date
1972 November 10
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1972 November 10
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
Toronto hospitals are performing abortions "without restriction," according to a prominent official of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Rev. Arthur Brown, rector of a large Toronto parish and a member of the National Executive Council of General Synod made the charge in connection with deliberations on a forthcoming report by a Task Force on Human Life.
The report is not expected to be completed until the end of 1973 and Father Brown said he and other pastors are impatiently awaiting it for guidance on new and complex moral situations.
He told bishops and other delegates from across Canada to the executive council that "all kinds of girls are going through our hospitals in metropolitan Toronto being aborted of pregnancies." His information, he said, comes from nurses and other hospital staff.
Father Brown claimed that staffs in some Toronto hospitals are aborting without restriction "under the guise of it being good for the total health of the mother."
Five years ago, he said, one Toronto hospital listed 28 abortions. Last year, the number was over 300, "ten times as many, or more."
He said "doctors are compromised by the destruction of human life" in this abortion situation. On becoming doctors, he said, they swear an oath to preserve life but due to the present situation "they are placed in a major compromised situation."
Father Brown said nursing staffs are upset over having to clean up after induced miscarriages and they come to him for guidance.
Archbishop E.W. Scott, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada expressed deep sympathy towards the position described by Father Brown but said the task force's report will take another year due to the complexities of the issues involved.
"It's becoming obvious that people are feeling a need for help in making decisions in these areas," Archbishop Scott said.
"Each case has to be evaluated in terms of the health of the mother and the possible health of the child, and not only on the question of the sanctity of life but also in the area of the quality of life."
Archbishop Scott emphasized that hospital boards deciding abortion cases should include persons representing moral issues as well as medical issues.
Besides abortion, the task force is studying the whole concept of when life begins and ends in relation to euthanasia, transplants, biological engineering and the vast implications of discoveries in biochemistry. Archbishop Scott said the study has become increasingly complex as it delves into the legal, medical, moral and social aspects of life. The task force is composed of lawyers, doctors, research scientists, housewives, social workers, theologians and others. It is also consulting with similarly concerned groups in the United States, Britain and other parts of the world.
A progress report will be presented to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada at its biennial meeting next May in Regina.
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Subjects
Abortion - Canada
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Human Life
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Medical ethics - Canada
Chaplains, Hospital - Anglican Church of Canada
Brown, Arthur D. (Arthur Durrant), 1926-2011
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[New Style of Decision Making at 26th General Synod]

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Date
1973 March 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1973 March 9
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
A new style of decision-making will be tried by the Anglican Church of Canada when its General Synod meets in Regina, May 3-11.
The 290 delegates - bishops, clergy, laymen and women, and youth - representing parishes and dioceses from coast to coast, the Yukon, the Arctic, and Labrador, are already gathering hometown opinion and feelings to bring to the Regina session.
Policy-making plenary sessions will be interspersed with centering on four major themes: Quality of Life and Community, Quality of Faith, Quality of Ministry, and Quality of the Church. They will be dealing with issues such as ordination of women, overseas policy, public social responsibility, the condition and needs of the Church in the North including the state of affairs surrounding the James Bay hydro development project. They will also deal with a proposed new rite of Christian initiation, combining the rites of baptism and confirmation, community issues in the contemporary parish, long range planning, and current program.
They will also hear a progress report from the Task Force on Human Life, set up at General Synod in 1971 in Niagara Falls, to explore dimensions of when life begins and ends as they relate to abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, and half a dozen other aspects of the whole range of morals and ethics affecting respect for human life.
Special guests representing indigenous churches overseas, or Anglican mission outside Canada had been invited by General Synod to take part in the consideration and policy-making process of General Synod. They include Bishop J.W.A. Howe, Secretary-General of the Anglican Consultative Council, London, England. Bishop Howe is the world-wide fieldman for mission conducted by the Anglican Communion and will be giving the theme address on the Quality of Ministry as it relates to overseas policy; Bishop David Goto, Bishop of Tokyo and Chairman of the National Council of Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Primate) of the indigenous sister church in Japan; Bishop Clive Abdulah of Trinidad, Bishop Antonio Ramos of Costa Rice, Dean Martin Mbwana of Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, Rev. Walter Lini of New Hebrides, Rev. Edmundo Desueza of the Dominican Republic, Rev. Welby Walker, recently returned from the Windward Islands, and Miss Dorothy Robinson, recently returned from Uganda. Their role will be largely in a reflection process with Canadians about mission policies, and Canada's trade and aid with the Third World.
The tone of General Synod's deliberations will be set by the Primate, Archbishop E.W. Scott, in an address during the opening service at St. Paul's Cathedral on the evening of Thursday, May 3. The address will be, in part, a "state of the union" message, setting out where Archbishop Scott sees the Church as it is functioning in Canada and in part, a "speech from the throne" setting out the responsibilities of General Synod in its deliberations as he sees them.
Following the service, there will be an address of welcome by the Hon. Stephen Worbetz, Lt.-Gov. of Saskatchewan. The Mayor of Regina, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Regina, the President of the Regina Ministerial Association, the President of the Saskatchewan Conference of the United Church of Canada, and representatives of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Orthodox Church will attend the opening session on Friday morning.
Business sessions begin the following morning. In the meantime, delegates will be receiving advance copies of reports and resolutions in the next ten days and background material for the issue discussion groups by early April. They are urged to caucus as diocesan groups to discuss the issues and to formulate opinions at their particular stand on issues and resolutions. They are also urged to contact parish groups, other community groups and to bring to the discussion a broad perception of the opinions and mood of the people in their areas. Officially, each delegate will vote as an individual but is encouraged to bring as broad a range as possible of opinion representing his or her area.
Advance materials will include a cassette tape outlining the themes of General Synod, some of the issues, and a description of the role and responsibilities of delegates, to set an atmosphere of involvement and commitment prior to arrival at Regina.
The decision-making process differs primarily in two ways: in the prior discussion and opinion-gathering at home, and in the use of issue-discussion groups at General Synod.
In the course of synod, delegates will spend thirteen hours in six sessions of issue-discussion groups. The groups will formulate the resolutions on those issues which will be correlated and brought to the floor of the plenary sessions for decision and policy direction. Committee reports and their resolutions will go directly to the plenary sessions.
On the evening of May 9, an ecumenical Festival of Faith service will be held at the Saskatchewan Centre for the Arts. It will be a community service, involving General Synod delegates, laymen and clergy from the broader community of Regina and the district. Dean Herbert O'Driscoll of New Westminster diocese is designing the program of service, music and film, to express the Christian faith in various art forms. It is expected that 2,500 persons will attend.
On the evening of May 5, delegates will be guests at the production of a drama, "the Trial of Louis Riel," to give them a taste of the history and pioneer mood of the Canadian Prairies. In addition, delegates will have a part in the Centennial Celebrations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and will delve into the issues before them through a series of movies and audio-visual presentations.
Archbishop G.F.C. Jackson of Qu'Appelle (Regina) is in charge of local arrangements for General Synod and for the extra-agenda items.
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Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (26th : 1973 : Regina, Sask.)
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Rules and practice
Decision-making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Report on the Task Force on Human Life

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Date
1975 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 34
Date
1975 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 34
Mover
Miss Betty C. Graham
Seconder
Most Rev. E.W. Scott
Prologue
Miss Betty C. Graham presented the Report on the Task Force on Human Life in place of the Chairman, The Rev. Paul Chidwick.
Miss Graham brought special attention to the conclusion of the Report referring to AID.
"The Task Force would like the report to provide insights and guidance to help the persons involved in making responsible choices about these new techniques - the men and women facing the dilemmas of unwished for sterility, the doctors wishing to adopt a responsible approach to newly available medical techniques, the lawyers whose counsel may be sought, the legislators who ultimately will have to deal with the complex problems the techniques raise. As in its report on abortion, the Task Force wishes to promote serious discussion and to aid the church and the community to make responsible decisions in this expanding area of medical science."
Text
"That this Synod request the Primate to reappoint a Task Force on Human Life to:
a) conclude its study of the issues related to AID (Artificial Insemination, Donor) and after approval by the National Executive Council circulate its report for information and discussion before the end of June, 1976;
b) prepare a report on the issues related to death and dying including the extension of life by mechanical and other means; and after the approval by the National Executive Council, circulate its report for information and discussion by the end of 1976.
and that in accordance with the limitation of size imposed on all our committees, such a Task Force be centred in a specific area and be limited to 12 people (as is the A & F Committee) augmented as necessary by corresponding members."
Moved by: Chancellor J.E. Hudson
Seconded by: Mr. David Leaker
That after Section (b) there be added:
- "c) to continue to study the question of abortion. DEFEATED IN THE ORDERS OF CLERGY AND LAITY
The original motion was then put and CARRIED Act 34
Notes
The Prolocutor thanked Miss Graham and the Rev. P. Chidwick for their report.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Human Life
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Artificial insemination, Human - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Medical ethics - Canada
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Dying - Considerations Concerning the Passage from Life to Death

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Date
1977 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 70
Date
1977 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 70
Mover
Mr. P.J. Andrewes
Seconder
The Rev. P.C. Jefferson
Text
That
a) the report be sent back to the Task Force or a successor group for re-writing in the light of the total discussion on the floor of Synod, with a clear emphasis on the Christian concern for the sanctity of human life; such re-written report to be published for distribution and study on the authority of the National Executive Council.
b) the Task Force be encouraged to receive submissions from all interested bodies and individuals such as other churches, The Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded, the Address of Mr. Justice Lamer of the Canadian Law Reform Commission, etc.; and
c) in the meantime Recommendations 2 and 3 on pages 18 and 19 of the interim Report be accepted as a basis for ecumenical action from the present time.
After extensive discussion and debate the Motion was put and CARRIED ACT 70
Notes
The Recommendations referred to in paragraph (c) of the Resolution are:
2) Education
A) That the Church recognize its responsibility to provide educational programmes to effect a better understanding of the needs of the dying patient, of those responsible for the patient's welfare and of the next of kin. We believe that these programmes should focus on a number of specific areas.
a) The delineation, in the continuing education of clergy, of their special role with the dying patient and with their immediate families.
b) The inclusion of similar training and experience within the academic and pastoral programmes of theological colleges.
c) To equip church people for effective ministry to the terminally ill in conjunction with the medical team and for service in volunteer Home Care programmes of hospitals.
d) The establishment of Grief Recovery groups to enable the bereaved to identify and reconcile their feeling of guilt and grief.
e) The development in the Church and in society at large of a more realistic and wholesome attitude to and acceptance of the dying process and of death itself.
B) a) That the Church urge local professional associations to initiate programmes of continuing education for doctors and nurses to develop more skillful and compassionate care of the dying and bereaved.
b) That the Church emphasize the importance of similar training in the curricula of all health care teaching institutions.
3. Patient Care
A) That the Church actively support and encourage all persons and institutions which provide effective care for the terminally ill especially the Palliative Care Units at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal and at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, working toward the establishment of similar units in other hospitals.
B) That the Church make continuing representations to provincial governments for the provision on a growing scale of small, independent units for the care of terminal patients in which conditions allow the development of close relations between patients, their families and those who care for them.
C) That the Church urge hospitals to expand Home Care programmes in the community with the support of visiting nurses, physician home visits and ancillary services so that dying patients may have the option of remaining at home in the care of their families (see Malkin, S.: "Care of the terminally ill at home", "Canadian Medical Association Journal" 115 (July 17, 1976), p.129
D) That the Church cooperate at the local level with appropriate Medical Boards, District Health Councils, professional societies, provincial associations and other agencies to initiate feasibility studies for improving further the care of dying patients and that findings be forwarded to provincial and the federal governments.
Subjects
Euthanasia - Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Terminal care - Canada
Terminal care - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Palliative care - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the bereaved - Anglican Church of Canada
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Dying - Considerations Concerning the Passage from Life to Death

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1236
Date
1977 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 69
Date
1977 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 69
Mover
Dr. R.J. Gardiner
Seconder
Mr. W.R. Shepherd
Prologue
The Primate led the Synod in prayer, and then read the introduction printed in the draft Report.
The Rev. Canon Paul Chidwick was introduced by the Primate who then presented the background to the draft Report. He urged the Synod to bear in mind that this was an interim Report and he asked that discussion be on the Report and not on interpretaions of it.
Text
That this General Synod receive for discussion the Report of the Winnipeg Task Force, "Dying - Considerations Concerning the Passage from Life to Death" as an interim Report and express its appreciation to the Winnipeg Task Force. CARRIED ACT 69
Notes
Dr. Gardiner called for a tribute to the Primate for having set up this and other Task Forces, to which the Synod responded with applause.
The Primate stated that all correspondence received by him in connection with the Report would be acknowledged and passed to the Task Force for their consideration.
Dr. Donald Cameron, Vice President of the Canadian Association of the Mentally Retarded was introduced by the Primate and invited to address Synod. Dr. Cameron voiced the concern of his Association about the Report with special reference to Section III (3). In concluding he commended the Task Force for bringing this subject to the public's attention.
Subjects
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Dying : considerations on the passage from life to death
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Anglican Report on Dying Now Available to Public

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official3184
Date
1980 April 25
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1980 April 25
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
Toronto, Apr. 25, 1980 -- For immediate release
The long-awaited report of the Anglican General Synod's Task Force on Human Life titled, "Dying: Considerations on the Passage from Life to Death," is available to the general public.
The report, which has been the centre of major controversy for three years, and has gone through several revisions, is now published in its final form. The co-editors of the report were Dr. Lawrence Whytehead of Winnipeg and the Rev. Canon Paul Chidwick of Windsor.
"As has been said during those three years, and must be repeated again," said Archdeacon Harry H. Hilchey, the Church's General Secretary, "this is not a policy statement, it is a discussion paper. It will provide for Anglicans, and indeed many other Canadians, constructive assistance in grappling with the vital moral questions being raised by advances in technology and science. Also, it will give much-needed leadership in a critical examination of the manner in which we treat and minister to terminally-ill persons."
A copy of the report can be seen at Diocesan Synod headquarters. Copies may be purchased soon at retail outlets across the country or may be ordered now from Anglican Book Centre, 600 Jarvis St., Toronto M4Y 2J6.
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For further information, please contact:
R.J. Berryman
Media Officer
The Anglican Church of Canada
600 Jarvis St.
Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2J6
(416) 924-9192 ext. 286
Subjects
Dying : considerations on the passage from life to death
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Human Life
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Theological Statement

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official533
Date
1990 November
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-11-90
Date
1990 November
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-11-90
Mover
Rev. Dr. S. Moxley
Seconder
Dr. D. Maybee
Text
That National Executive Council request the Doctrine and Worship Committee to prepare a theological statement about the use of extraordinary measures to prolong life but which may diminish the quality of life. The statement should provide guidance for various groups involved in the issue, including the State, medical professionals and family members. CARRIED #16-11-90
Subjects
Euthanasia - Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Doctrine and Worship Committee
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Debates and resolutions on church and social issues await delegates to Anglican General Synod

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Date
1998 April 29
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1998 April 29
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO (April 29, 1998) -- More than 300 delegates to the Anglican Church of Canada's 35th General Synod will gather at McGill University in Montreal May 20 to 29 to chart the church's future into the next millennium.
General Synod, which meets every three years, is the church's chief legislative and governing body. It is made up of bishops, clergy and lay people who have been elected to the task in each of the church's 30 Canadian dioceses.
Among the highlights of the gathering will be a forum on "nation and identity" featuring as panelist former Quebec Liberal leader Claude Ryan, and an address on the state of the church by Archbishop Michael Peers, the Canadian Primate.
The nation and identity forum, under the leadership of Montreal Bishop Andrew Hutchison, is meant to highlight unity issues as being of concern to all Canadians and to recognize the church's presence in the host city of Montreal.
Also among the members' tasks are to debate and pass resolutions on both the internal governance of the church and on a host of social issues and programs that the church is involved in or that it has taken a position on.
Delegates meeting at McGill University in Montreal, will, for instance, consider resolutions on:
- Issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide;
- Issues related to cloning and reproductive biotechnologies;
- Closer relations of "full communion" between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada;
- The Multilateral Agreement on Investment;
- The place of indigenous peoples in the Anglican Church of Canada;
- Anglican identity: how Anglicans can effectively relate to each other in an increasingly complex and diverse society;
- Issues relating to human rights;
- Legislation dealing with the authority of bishops over priests.
Much of the nine-day gathering will consist of forums on various issues of concern to Canadian Anglicans. Among the topics to be addressed in these forums are the church's relationships with overseas partners, relations with other faiths and denominations, social justice issues, and relationships between the dioceses and the national church.
The last time General Synod met in 1995, it approved sweeping changes to the church's program, moving away from an emphasis on domestic work to one on building and developing overseas partnerships. This General Synod will review how that process has gone.
As well as Canadian delegates, several overseas partners also attend General Synod and participate in the deliberations. This time, these guests include Bishop French Chang-Him of the Diocese of Seychelles, Archbishop Glauco Soares de Lima, Primate of Brazil, Bishop Jubal Pereira Neves of the Diocese of Southwestern Brazil, Rev. Simea de Meldrum, the first woman ordained priest in the diocese of North Eastern Brazil and Rev. Andrew S'Zaw Lwin, a priest of the Church of the Province of Myanmar.
With about 750,000 active members, the Anglican Church of Canada is the country's third largest Christian denomination.
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Notes
Media representatives attending General Synod will have the use of a media room equipped with television monitoring the proceedings in the plenary hall. If you or your organization are interested in covering all or part of General Synod and you wish to reserve a "convening circular" (the agenda and all the supporting documents) or space in the media room, please contact Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Media Relations, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto ON, M4Y 2J6; Tel: (416) 924-9199 ext. 256; Fax (416) 968-7983; Email: scarriere@national.anglican.ca. The number of convening circulars is limited.
The General Synod agenda and background documents such as committee reports are also available through the Anglican Church of Canada's Web Site: www.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (35th : 1998 : Montreal, Que.)
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General Synod 1998 : Heed minority voices, Anglican primate tells governing body

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Date
1998 May 22
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1998 May 22
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
MONTREAL (May 22) -- Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of Canada, has urged more than 300 members of the church's chief governing body to give greater heed to minority voices in society, including Canada's francophone population, members of indigenous communities and those marginalized because of gender, sexuality or age.
In an opening address to the church's General Synod meeting here for nine days, Archbishop Peers, spiritual head of Canada's 750,000 Anglicans, also called on church members to address issues such as the impact of globalization and multinational trade agreements, international and third-world debt, and the widening gulf between the world's rich and poor.
Drawing on the Biblical vision of the "Jubilee" year, in which debts were to be forgiven and wealth redistributed, Archbishop Peers said he hoped the idea of debt cancellation for some of the world's poorest nations could be explored to mark the millennium.
General Synod meets every three years, drawing members from across each of the country's 30 Anglican dioceses, to discuss issues relating to church and society.
In his address, Archbishop Peers also spoke of the on-going conversations with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and expressed the hope that deliberations here would lead to acceptance of full-communion between the two churches by the next time synod meets in the year 2001.
("Full communion" is not a merger of the two churches, but means that they recognize each other's rites, services and clerical orders.)
"Lutherans and Anglicans have come to a point in which there is a friendship that holds the promise of genuine partnership," Archbishop Peers told synod members.
Archbishop Peers linked the theme of General Synod -- "Lift every voice -- Faisons entendre nos voix" -- to a theme of "connectedness". He noted that it has been 39 years since General Synod last met in Montreal. "The voice least heard in our midst is that of Quebec and francophone Canada," he said. "I suggest that for many in this assembly, the discipline of listening with care to that voice will be among our most serious challenges."
He also referred to matters such as social and justice issues and the cancellation of third-world debt, issues that are also likely to occupy more than 800 Anglican bishops from around the world when they meet in England at the Lambeth Conference later this summer.
In all their deliberations and debates in the next nine days, Archbishop Peers told members to avoid becoming "as those whose world is so far removed from the realities of most citizens of this planet that they cannot see or do not care about what happens to those whose lives they affect".
Among other tasks facing General Synod members, Archbishop Peers noted, is evaluating progress made since the last gathering in Ottawa in 1995, where the church decided to shift priorities at the national level away from domestic work in favor of developing and nurturing overseas partnerships.
Members are also expected to address:
- Issues relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide;
- Issues related to cloning and reproductive technologies;
- The place of indigenous peoples in the Anglican Church of Canada;
- Issues relating to human rights and
- Church legislation dealing with the authority of bishops over priests.
Members will also meet in a number of forums addressing topics such as the church's relationship with overseas partners, relations with other faiths and denominations, social justice issues and relations between the 30 dioceses and the national church.
The Anglican Church of Canada is the country's third largest Christian denomination.
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Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (35th : 1998 : Montreal, Que.)
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (35th : 1998 : Montreal, Que.) - Theme
Minorities - Canada
Minorities - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Quebec (Province) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Full employment policies - Great Britain
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General Synod 1998 : Euthanasia and assisted suicide a "failure of human community" Anglican report says

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Date
1998 May 24
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1998 May 24
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
(MONTREAL ) May 24, 1998 -- Anglicans across the country will be asked to respond to a new report which says the church cannot support euthanasia or assisted suicide.
The report, which will be presented to the 300 members gathered for the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod meeting here this week, states that such practices represent a "serious failure of human community".
"The Christian response is always one of hope," the report says. "From this hope there arises the commitment to give all members of society, especially the most vulnerable, the assurance that they will be supported in all circumstances of their lives, that they will not have dehumanizing medical interventions forced upon them, and that they will not be abandoned in their suffering."
Although the report acknowledges that individuals on both sides of this issue hold genuine concern for the protection of human dignity, it states that euthanasia is likely to have different impact on different parts of society. "We are concerned about the impact that making euthanasia available would have on the elderly and the disabled. We are also concerned that women may be more severely impacted than men."
The report goes on "We would further urge that the attempt to change the law and practice at a time when health services are being cut back and costs downloaded onto patients and their families is inappropriate."
The report notes the Anglican church's long history of providing many forms of care and support for the dying, including palliative care and hospices which attempt to alleviate pain and maintain the dignity of life.
"Good medical practice sustains the commitment to care even when it is no longer possible to cure," the report says. "Such care may involve the removal of therapies that are ineffective and/or intolerably burdensome, in favor of palliative measures. We do not support the idea that care can include an act or omission whose primary intention is to end a person's life."
The report adds: "Our underlying commitment is that health care delivery as a whole should reflect the desire of Canadians to be a community that sustains the dignity and worth of all its members".
General Synod delegates are to debate the report in the next few days.
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Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (35th : 1998 : Montreal, Que.)
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the terminally ill - Anglican Church of Canada
Hospices (Terminal care) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Public health - Canada
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General Synod 1998 : Anglicans approve report opposing euthanasia, assisted suicide

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7129
Date
1998 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1998 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
(MONTREAL ) May 28, 1998 -- The Anglican Church of Canada's chief governing body has endorsed a report which says the church cannot support euthanasia or assisted suicide.
The 300 members of the Anglican General Synod meeting here this week, commended the report which states that such practices represent a "serious failure of human community". The report will now go to Anglican churches across the country for study and response.
Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton who proposed the motion, said the report was created to engage Christians in ethical and theological reflection relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Our purpose is not to try and tell the government how to act, but to help Anglicans become aware of the concerns surrounding these practices".
Bishop Matthews said Christians view life as a gift that is not ours to discard", and noted that every life must be considered in relation to those in the wider society.
The report states that the Christian response is always one of hope. "From this hope there arises the commitment to give all members of society, especially the most vulnerable, the assurance that they will be supported in all circumstances of their lives, that they will not have dehumanizing medical interventions forced upon them, and that they will not be abandoned in their suffering."
Although the report acknowledges that individuals on both sides of this issue hold genuine concern for the protection of human dignity, it states that euthanasia is likely to have different impact on different parts of society. "We are concerned about the impact that making euthanasia available would have on the elderly and the disabled. We are also concerned that women may be more severely impacted than men."
The report notes the Anglican church's long history of providing many forms of care and support for the dying, including palliative care and hospices which attempt to alleviate pain and maintain the dignity of life.
"Good medical practice sustains the commitment to care even when it is no longer possible to cure," the report says. "Such care may involve the removal of therapies that are ineffective and/or intolerably burdensome, in favor of palliative measures. We do not support the idea that care can include an act or omission whose primary intention is to end a person's life."
The report adds: "Our underlying commitment is that health care delivery as a whole should reflect the desire of Canadians to be a community that sustains the dignity and worth of all its members".
The resolution approved by General Synod asks that the report and supporting documents be circulated throughout the Canadian Anglican community and that responses be considered by next year by the Council of General Synod. The council meets in years when General Synod does not.
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, General Synod News Room (514) 398-5192; Cell phones: (514) 953-7981 (Carriere) or (514) 953-8091 (Chortyk)
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (35th : 1998 : Montreal, Que.)
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the terminally ill - Anglican Church of Canada
Hospices (Terminal care) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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