Council of General Synod (CoGS) Highlights

CoGS convened last week (November 14-17) at Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, ON. Representing the Province of Rupert’s Land from the Edmonton diocese were Canon David Jones, Chancellor of General Synod, and Bishop Jane Alexander. During the meeting of CoGS, Bishop Jane was elected to the Anglican Consultative Council. Here are a few of the CoGS highlights:

  • Council was updated on efforts to carry out the General Synod Joint Declaration on Housing and Homelessness and Responsible Resource Extraction. Bishop Jane Alexander made a presentation on the Edmonton Diocese’s support of the City of Edmonton’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
  • Council passed a resolution allowing for new boundaries in Manitoba and Northern Ontario to create a new diocese named the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamekweesh.
  • Council commemorated the 20th anniversary of then-Primate Michael Peers apology, on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada, to the National Native Convocation in Minaki, Ont., Friday, Aug. 6, 1993.
  • Council resolved to adopt a balanced 2014 budget for General Synod, guided by the Marks of Mission and Vision 2019, which forecasts revenues of $11.538 million and expenses of $11.451 million.
  • Council endorsed the new PWRDF’ food security campaign, “Fred Says”  www.fredsays.ca
  • Council passed a resolution to establish a commission, appointed by the Primate and the Officers of General Synod, to consult about changing Canon 21 to allow for the marriage of same-sex couples.

You can read reports on CoGS by Anglican Journal writer Marites N. Sison  at: www.anglicanjournal.com

The official CoGS Highlights can be reviewed here