A030 R2: GWG-8 Reducing the size of the Council of General Synod (carried)
Governance Working Group – 8
Subject: Reducing the size of the Council of General Synod
Moved by: Mr. David Jones, Diocese of Edmonton
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Susan Moxley, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Be it resolved that this General Synod amend section 33 of the Constitution as follows:
(a) by changing “forty-five percent” to “twenty-five percent” in section 33 a) v) I;
(b) by deleting the words in section 33 a) v) after section 33 a) v) II);
(c) by rewording section 33(e)(iii) to read as follows:
iii) in the case of a member elected under subsection 33 a) v) or vi), ceases to be eligible for membership in a synod of the diocese in the ecclesiastical province that he or she represents, or
(d) by adding section 33 e) iv) as follows:
iv) in the case of a member elected under 33 a) vii) ceases to be eligible to represent the Anglican Ordinariate,
(e) in section 33 f), by substituting “metropolitan” for “bishop” and “ecclesiastical province” for “diocese” in paragraph i), deleting the comma at the end of paragraph ii)and adding paragraph iii) as follows:
iii) in the case of a member elected under the provisions of subsection 33 a) vii), be filled by the Prolocutor, in consultation with the Bishop Ordinary of the Canadian Forces.
EXPLANATORY NOTE/BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The purpose of this resolution is to reduce the size of COGS. As a result, there will not be a person from every diocese on COGS. The amendment retains the current system of provincial caucuses nominating the members of COGS. There are some consequential amendments.
PROCEDURE REQUIRED FOR ADOPTION
In accordance with section 11(b) of the Declaration of Principles, this resolution must be approved by two-thirds majority in each Order voting at one session of General Synod.
If adopted, the revised provision will come into effect immediately and will apply to the next election of COGS. Accordingly, if adopted early in GS 2010, it will apply to the election of COGS for the 2010-2013 triennium.