Source: Creation Matters Working Group of The Anglican Church of Canada
Submitted By: Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice Coordinating Committee
If yes, has the General Synod Expenditures Committee considered the implications?
We give thanks to God that Anglicans have proven their devotion to worship, fellowship, learning and proper governance by learning how to hold many forms of meetings online during the pandemic, and have found new ways of including people with disabilities and the vulnerable in so doing. The environment and our finances (national, diocesan and personal) were all blessed by the decrease in travel of all kinds, local as well as inter-provincial. Most meetings were effective, and creative hosts even found ways of sharing refreshments together and promoting friendships, new and old. Some learning still needs to happen to identify just which kinds of meetings should be in person, and how often any one body should meet physically.
This motion aligns with Resolution A203 passed at General Synod 2019 “The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development”, reflecting Goal #13: Climate Action and Resolution C003, which encouraged consideration of the purchase of carbon offsets as one action to address climate change.
PROCEDURE FOR ADOPTION
In the normal course, an ordinary motion must be passed by a majority of the members of General Synod present and voting together.
Six members of General Synod may, prior to the question being put, require a vote by Orders, with a majority of each Order being necessary to pass.
If a question passes on a Vote by Orders, any six members (two from each of three different dioceses) may immediately before the next item of business require a vote to be taken by dioceses. A motion passes if a majority (or a tie) of dioceses vote in favour.
Source: Sections 4 and 5 of the Declaration of Principles and sections 18, 19 and 20 of the Rules of Order and Procedure.