Accompanying a written report about his work and travels recently, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, used his address to the Council of General Synod (CoGS) to focus attention on where the church is at in relation to the priorities and goals outlined in Vision 2019.
Dean Peter Wall, chair of the General Synod planning committee, updated the Council of General Synod (CoGS) on plans for General Synod 2016 and put forward a resolution proposing that during that meeting members of General Synod will be “seated, at times, in diocesan groups, and at other times, in mixed table groups,” depending on the agenda items.
It was 1944. As the war dragged on in Europe and the Pacific, 10 Protestant denominations came together in Canada with a new ecumenical vision: the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC). The council officially antedated by four years the World Council of Churches (WCC), whose long-expected formation was postponed by Hitler's rise.
Council of General Synod took some time Nov. 15 to consider what council members have learned so far from the new ways of working, which were brought in as part of Vision 2019 to deal with some of the financial and administrative pressures the national church has been facing in recent years.
Members of Council of General Synod (CoGS) meeting here Nov. 15 were asked to consider what role they might have as the Anglican Church of Canada begins to prepare to discuss the contentious issue of proposed changes to the marriage canon that would allow for same-sex marriages.
The Commission on the Marriage Canon’s final report
will incorporate not only the submissions received from Anglicans across
Canada, but will also reflect consultations about how changing the
church’s law to allow for same-sex marriage might affect relationships
within and outside of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Anglican Church of Canada’s special advisor for government relations on Nov. 14 gave a presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) about what principles should guide church involvement with government and how churches can best go about giving witness to their faith while trying to effect change in public policy.
In a presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov.14, the Rev. Canon Judy Rois and Emily Wall talked about some of the successes the Anglican Foundation has seen in the last year, and explained how much room there is for continued growth in Canada.
On the first morning of its fall meeting, Council of General Synod (CoGS) members unanimously approved a balanced 2015 budget of $11.95 million for General Synod.