Thinking Anglicans

Canadian General Synod – Friday

Friday’s reports from Anglican Journal

Primate delivers Presidential Address to General Synod delegates
full text of the Presidential Address
Live together with difference, urges Hiltz
Canadian Church allies with Episcopal Church Archbishop Hiltz echoes objections to proposed sanctions

How do we determine CoGS representation? Resolution ‘not perfect but a lot better than what we have now,’ says Archbishop

General Synod sets goal of zero budget deficit by 2012 No more than 10% of funds should come from bequests

Why adopt Vision 2019? Task Force presents top 10 reasons
‘Train is on the track’ for Vision 2019, says Dean Elliot

The laws of attraction Freshly-baked bannock lures many

Anglican Church of Canada website report

Vision 2019 – Living out the Marks of Mission

Press reports

Alison Auld in the Toronto Star Anglicans try again to find same-sex blessings consensus

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Father Ron Smith
Father Ron Smith
11 years ago

As a pilgrim in a foreign land (New Zealand) I was heartened to note that Archbishop Fred Hiltz is urging Anglicans – at least in his Canadian Province – to “learn to live with differences”, which has up until now, been a classical Anglican way of ‘being Church’, and a mode of coexistence with every Province many of us would like to continue. However, as the Archbishop pointed out in his message to the Canadian General Synod in Halifax, Nova Scotia; he, like the TEC Presiding Bishop, Katharine Schori (who was present at the Synod), are of the opinion that… Read more »

Tim Chesterton
11 years ago

I appreciate the fact that you are focussing on more than just the covenant deliberations. Thanks. Personally I was disappointed that the motion to reduce the size of the Council of General Synod passed. Up until now it has been possible for there to be one representative from every diocese on CoGS. This will no longer be the case. Also, with the number of national officers (Primate, prolocutor, deputy prolocutor etc.) on CoGS remaining the same (10), but diocesan representative shrinking from 32 to 18, the proportion of Church House bureaucracy on CoGS has increased dramatically. This is an increase… Read more »

Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
11 years ago

Re, Tim Chesterton’s post, The debate over the size, composition, and diocesan/geographic representation on National Standing Committees of the GS of Canada has been debated many times in the past, and likely will be again. Reducing the size of governance, including the GS itself is a good thing, almost, but not quite as good, as obsessing over it. Size is not the only issue around CoGS. As the name indicates (Council of General Synod) this is a national executive type body accountable to General Synod.It failed to follow through on direction given to it by GS 2007 to prepare an… Read more »

Pantycelyn
Pantycelyn
11 years ago

Tim Chesterton’s post, The debate over the size, composition, and diocesan/geographic representation on National Standing Committees of the GS of Canada has been debated many times in the past, and likely will be again. Reducing the size of governance, including the GS itself is a good thing, almost, but not quite as good, as obsessing over it. Size is not the only issue around CoGS. As the name indicates (Council of General Synod) this is a national executive type body accountable to General Synod.It failed to follow through on direction given to it by GS 2007 to prepare an amendment… Read more »

Jim Pratt
Jim Pratt
11 years ago

By all accounts, CoGS, with almost 50 members, is an unwieldy and expensive body. Each meeting (3 or 4 per year) costs close to $100,000. And as Rod has said, it has failed to do the work assigned to it by GS2007. The need to restructure has been discussed at least as far back as 2004. This year’s resolution is just one part of a very comprehensive restructuring of the national church, both for reasons of economy and mission. Also under study is the office and role of the primate (do we need an “American-style” primate without diocese, or can… Read more »

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