Magazine article Anglican Journal

After General Synod? Provinces Plan for National Insolvency

Magazine article Anglican Journal

After General Synod? Provinces Plan for National Insolvency

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Toronto

Anticipating possible change in the structure of the national church, the four ecclesiastical provinces have agreed to continue the canons, or laws, of the church in case of the insolvency of General Synod.

British Columbia and Yukon, Rupert's Land, Ontario and Canada, at their provincial synods last year, implemented an agreement reached by the four archbishops of the provinces, said Archbishop David Crawley, metropolitan of British Columbia and Yukon.

"The metropolitans and the primate (Archbishop Michael Peers) met last spring. We agreed we had to do something to preserve the canons should something happen to the national church," Archbishop Crawley said.

The resolution enables the four provincial synods to assume the responsibilities and duties of General Synod and enables the primate to organize the creation of a new organization to replace General Synod as the embodiment of the national church. General Synod's finances have been shaken by the costs of defending itself against lawsuits brought by those who claim they were abused in Native residential schools.

At the Province of Canada's synod last May, Archbishop Peers, said, "I see two visions for the future. It (the national church) will be as it is now or it will be a culmination of values that I hope survive from the present system, in a new format."

At its November meeting, the Council of General Synod received an update on the residential schools situation, but the three-hour meeting was closed to news media. …

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