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Resolutions and Elections of the 130th Session
(Substantive motions carried)
Friday, 05 June 2009
PARISH DOCUMENTS TO SYNOD (Canon Five)
That Canon Five, s.7 be amended by re-lettering clauses (b) and (c) to be (c) and (d) and adding a new clause (b) as follows:
“(b) a copy of the financial statements, accounts and other information received at the annual meeting of voting members of the parish pursuant to clause 2(1)(d) of Canon Six.”
LANGUAGE OF CANON THREE
That the following amendments be made to Diocesan Canon Three (Election of Bishops):
‘Chair’ replaces ‘chairman’ s.3(3), 3(6), 9
‘Member of Synod’ replaces ‘delegate’ s.4(3), 4(5)
‘Or her’ added after ‘his’; ‘or her’ added after ‘him’ s.11
‘Or her’ added after ‘him’; ‘or herself’ added after ‘himself’
‘Perform’ replaces ‘preform’ s.13
‘Or her’ added after ‘his’ s.14
‘Or her’ added after ‘his’ s.15
That this Synod adopt, and refer to the Bishop and Diocesan Council for implementation, the report and recommendations of the Task Force on Budget Support, including its values and principles.
GIVING AND SHARING MODEL TO GENERAL SYNOD
That this Synod send a memorial to General Synod requesting that the national church investigate the adoption of the 10-10-10 giving and sharing model as the standard for the Anglican Church of Canada.
RURAL AND/OR STRUGGLING PARISHES
That this Synod adopt, and refer to the Bishop and Diocesan Council the report and strategic direction of the Task Force on Rural and/or Struggling Parishes.
That specific recommendations within the report be considered and prioritized by the Bishop and Diocesan Council for implementation subject to available funding as identified by the Bishop and Diocesan Council.
That the strategic direction of the transformational change included in the report be accompanied by a change program including a comprehensive communication plan as to why change is required and what this will mean to members of our church.
That this Synod affirm the need for a parish-based stewardship education initiative across the diocese, and refer this initiative to the Bishop and Diocesan Council for implementation, subject to available funding as identified by the Bishop and Diocesan Council.
EVALUATION OF STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES
That this Synod request that the Bishop and Diocesan Council establish a task group to assess the value and the effectiveness of current diocesan governance structures and processes, with a view to improving administrative efficiency and reducing costs, subject to available funding as identified by the Bishop and Diocesan Council.
EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH
Whereas we currently lack sufficient knowledge to make an informed choice on the issue of embryonic stem cell research.
Be it moved that, subject to available funding this Synod strike a committee to study the issue and report to the Diocesan Council at least six weeks prior to the meeting of Synod 2011.
Saturday, 06 June 2009
That under paragraph 4(2)(e) of the Anglican Church Act, 2003 and paragraph 15(1)(b) of Canon Two, that this Diocesan Synod amend section 7 of the Constitution of the Diocesan
Synod of Fredericton by adding after subsection (2) thereof, the following subsection:
"7(2.1) For the sole purpose of determining a quorum of the members of the clergy qualified to attend a meeting of the Synod under subsection (2), only those members of the clergy who are either the Rector or the incumbent of a parish, or are otherwise appointed the charge of a parish, chaplaincy or other position of pastoral responsibility by virtue of an appointment from the Bishop, including priests and deacons who are fully engaged in the work of the ordained ministry, shall be counted for the purpose of determining a quorum."
CAUTION ON BLESSING OF SAME-SEX UNIONS
In recent months, several Canadian dioceses have declared their intention to proceed with the blessing of same-sex unions with or without the assent of General Synod. Others have invoked the Bishops' Pastoral Statement of May 2007 in order to proceed in the same direction, but without the pronouncement of a nuptial blessing.
This Synod desires to bring to the attention of the Canadian Church and the House of Bishops that these actions must further divide the Anglican Church of Canada and distance us from the greater part of the Anglican Communion. These attempts to force a resolution of theological questions by political means will have serious and far-reaching consequences for our life together as a Church, and for those who look to the Church for guidance in the midst of the sexual revolution of the past fifty years. As a Church we have not answered the important questions about marriage, friendship, and the sanctification of sexual relationships raised by the St. Michael Report.
Be it moved, therefore, that this motion and its preamble be sent to each Canadian Diocese care of each Diocesan Bishop and Diocesan Synod lay chairs, so asking our brothers and sisters in Christ to refrain from actions that will be deeply destructive of our common life and witness and making known the resolve of this Synod to refrain from actions which may carry our Church out of the Anglican Communion.
COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH
That as part of this Synod’s commitment to children and youth, this Synod affirm that the positions of Youth Action Director, Christian Education Director, and Camp Medley Director are vital to the ministry of this Diocese, and must be given a high priority when considering possible financial restructuring, and the uncertainty this can bring.
That Synod take note of the resources and possibilities available in church planting as a means of evangelism and church growth, and direct Diocesan Council to explore opportunities for church planting in this diocese subject to available funding.
INTEGRITY FREDERICTON/ZACCHAEUS FELLOWSHIP
That this Synod:
-Recognize the importance of pastoral ministry directed towards Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered persons (LGBT), particularly in regards to that offered by Anglican clergy and Anglican organizations such as Integrity Fredericton and Zacchaeus Fellowship
-Recognize that Integrity Fredericton and Zacchaeus Fellowship are both organizations that operate pastoral ministries to the LGBT community within our Diocese, and
-Encourage the continued support of pastoral ministry towards the LGBT community.
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