The head of the World Council of Churches (WCC) says the Joint Assembly is a hopeful witness to the wider church.
On July 4, General Synod unanimously passed Resolution A051, which set out the criteria for the selection of future national indigenous Anglican bishops (NIAB) as well as members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous People (ACIP) and Sacred Circle.
After some debate, General Synod members on July 4 voted to abolish all but two of the national church’s standing committees, as part of proposed changes to its governance structures.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, delivered a presidential address to the members of General Synod that offered snapshots of what’s happening in the church across the country, some of the challenges that lie ahead and the reasons why he is full of hope.
Attendees at Joint Assembly rose to their feet in a standing ovation after 98 per cent of delegates voted to support the ongoing work of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC). The resolution, presented by Richard Leggett of the diocese of New Westminster, read: “That this assembly confirm and support the work of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission and affirm its continued work, with both the size and membership to be determined by each church.”
International and ecumenical guests brought greetings to members of Joint Assembly on Thursday morning, and they all offered some words of inspiration about the meeting’s theme, “Together for the Love of the World.”
Joint Assembly members were challenged on July 4 to think beyond the economic impact of resource extraction and to consider its “life and death” impact on indigenous communities in Canada and overseas and on the earth’s “ecological integrity.”
On the first evening of Joint Assembly, attendees viewed a dramatized presentation on homelessness and housing issues. Narrated by the Rev. Laurette Glasgow and Matthew Brown, “Putting a Face on Homelessness—Giving a Voice to the Homeless” contrasted the time-honoured picture of the sanctity of the home with the stark reality for the 400,000 Canadians who lack a healthy place to live.
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