That this General Synod endorse the policy statement on Multiculturalism presented by the Program Committee and commend it to dioceses. CARRIED Act 86
Theology: "No Longer Strangers"
The Anglican Church of Canada, as part of the one, holy , catholic and apostolic church with a divine commission to proclaim the gospel of God in Christ, embraces in its mission and ministry peoples of every race and culture. In faithfulness to its calling it recognizes, affirms, and celebrates the gifts and graces of persons of all cultures, and welcomes all persons into the household of God.
The lessons of the first council of Jerusalem and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles speak to our contemporary situation. They teach us that it is God who calls people of all races, languages and cultures into a community of faith where there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female.
As a consequence of Anglican missionary enterprise and contemporary migrations to Canada, we now see Anglicanism embodied in a variety of races and cultures. But many of our sisters and brothers have experienced rejection in society at large and also within the church. These experiences reflect the wounds and sin of the world.
To this end this General Synod endorses the following principles:
1. That in the activities pertaining to partnership in mission:
1.1 our connections with the world-wide Anglican communion be used to promote the multicultural nature of our church at both local and global levels
1.2 connections be made between the call to partnership with Anglicans overseas and the call to partnership with these same people when they emigrate to Canada
2. That in the activities pertaining to evangelism and social action in Canadian society:
2.1 we actively invite and welcome people from all cultures and races into our church fellowships
2.2 we encourage cross cultural learning and relationships within congregations
2.3 we address issues that divide and oppress people due to cultural misunderstanding or racism in both church and society
3. That we actively promote an identity which is culturally rich, diverse and inclusive:
3.1 by seeking ways to honour the gifts and the heritage of ethnically distinct congregations and to encourage their sharing with the wider church
3.2 by encouraging worship which is expressive in its music, words and symbols of the activity of God in many cultures
3.3 by seeking leaders, both lay and clergy, who collectively represent the cultural diversity of our church and bring gifts that will enhance the church's life
3.4 by ensuring that educational resources, continuing education programs, and educators promote sensitivity to the multicultural nature of the ACC [Anglican Church of Canada] and Canadian society
3.5 by encouraging theological schools to address issues of ethnocentrism and racism.