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                            RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS of the 41ST GENERAL COUNCIL 2012
The United Church of Canada/ L’Église Unie du Canada
	OFFICERS OF THE INAUGURAL GENERAL COUNCIL
	SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL
Contents
In Memoriam
	Newfoundland and Labrador Conference
	Maritime Conference
	Montreal and Ottawa Conference
	Bay of Quinte Conference
	Toronto Conference
	Hamilton Conference
	London Conference
	Manitou Conference
	Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario
	Saskatchewan Conference
	Alberta and Northwest Conference
	British Columbia Conference
	All Native Circle Conference
Attendees at the 41st General Council 2012
	MODERATORS
	GUESTS
		Jonas Abromaitis
		Aruna Alexander
		Helen Bickle
		Cindy Blackstock
		Miguel Tomás Castro
		Jim Champ
		Terence Corkin
		Jarley García
		Victor Goldbloom
		Khadija Haffajee
		Jennifer Henry
		Johnson Mbillah
		Karla Mercado
		Bruce Myers
		Thérèse Samuel
		Marilia Schüller
		Sunita Suna
		Ramzi Zananiri
	OPEN SPACE
 TEAM
	COMMISSIONERS
		Additional Executive Members
Letters and Commissioner Information
	LETTER FROM THE MODERATOR, MARDI TINDAL
	LETTER FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY, NORA SANDERS
	THE STATE OF THE CHURCH 2012
		Appendix A: General Council Financial Outlook
		Appendix B: Congregational Giving and Financial Reserves
	L’ÉTAT DE L’ÉGLISE 2012
		Annexe A : Aperçu des finances du Conseil général
		Annexe B : Dons des paroisses et réserves financières
	CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE
	BUSINESS COMMITTEE CHAIR
	WELCOME LETTER FROM LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEELETTRE DE BIENVENUE DU COMITÉ ORGANISATEUR LOCAL
	HOLY MANNERS
	A WHOLE PEOPLE’S COVENANT
	GUIDING PRINCIPLES
	NOMINEES FOR MODERATOR / CANDIDATS AU POSTE DE MODÉRATEUR
		Ross Bartlett
		Arlen John Bonnar
		Sally Boyle
		Gary V. Clark
		Jeff Cook
		David Fines
		Dr. Orville James
		Moses Kanhai
		John Lawson
		Gary Paterson
		Lisa Potter
		Barry K. Pridham
		Paul Reed
		Tom Sherwood
		John H. Young
	MEDIA COVERAGE
	ACRONYMS
Commission Membership
	Green
	Orange
	Purple
Proposals by Origin
Minutes of the 41st General Council 2012
	SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012
	SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012
	MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012
	TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012
	WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012
	THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
	FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012
	SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012
	GREEN COMMISSION
	ORANGE COMMISSION
	PURPLE COMMISSION
Actions of the 41st General Council 2012
BUSINESS OF THE 41ST GENERAL COUNCIL 2012
	Proposals
		PLENARY 1 – Plenary Consent
		GCE17 – Nominations Report – Executive of the General Council
		GCE18 – Nominations Committee Report and Appointments
		GS2 – Conference Records
		LON2 – Responsibility to Protect
		PLENARY 2 – Manual Changes
		GCE2 – Simplification of Church Processes
		GCE2a –  Rules for Keeping Minutes
		GCE2b –  Decisions by Congregations and Pastoral Charges
		GCE2c – Composition of Committees and Other Bodies
		GCE2d – Delivery Time Periods for Notices
		GCE2e –  Calculating Time Periods for Notices
		GCE2f –  Admitting Newly Elected Members to Session
		GCE2g –  Pastoral Charge Committees
		GCE2h –  Terms of Reference for M&P Committees
		GCE2i – Audits for Financial Statements
		GCE2j – Terms of Office for Chair of Pastoral Charge
		GCE2k –  Chair of Meetings of Congregational Trustees
		GCE2l –  Presbytery Roll
		GCE2m – Notification Re: Discontinued Lay Ministry Appointment List
		GCE2n –  Covenanting Service
		GCE2o –  Adjourning Special Meetings of Presbytery & Conference
		GCE2p – Honouring Deceased Members of Conference
		GCE2q – Responsibilities of the General Secretary
		GCE2r – General Council Meeting Procedures
		GCE2s – Police Record Checks
		GCE2t –  Historic Congregation Roll
		GCE2u – Distribution of Funds by Disbanding Congregations
		GCE2v – Two Treasurers for Each Pastoral Charge
		GCE2w – Representation from Men’s & Women’s Organizations
		GCE2x – Pastoral Charge Responsibility for Support to Seniors
		GCE2y – Congregational Designated Ministers
		GCE2z – Members of the Order of Ministry in Leadership in Other Faith Traditions
		GCE2aa – When Presbytery Chairs Take Office
		GCE2ab – Licensed Lay Worship Leaders
		GCE2ac –  Settlement for Pastoral Charges Not in Compliance with Pastoral Relations
		GCE2ad –  Membership of the GCE – Chairperson of the Business Committee
		GCE2ae –  Documents and Notices Sent by Courier
		GCE2af – Grounds for a 363 Review
		GCE2ag –  Members of Joint Search Committee
		GCE2ah –  Warrant to Covenant
		GCE2ai – Vacancies in Session, Church Board and Church Council
		GCE2aj – Recognition of Designated Lay Ministers
		GCE2ak – Staff as Lay Members of Presbytery
		GCE2al –  Presbytery Representation from Presbytery Accountable Ministries
		GCE2am – Transfer & Settlement – Presbytery Recognized or Accountable Ministries
		GCE2an –  Election of Commissioners by Overseas Personnel
		GCE2ao – Presbytery Calling Congregational Meetings
		GCE2ap – Sending Documents by Email
		GCE2aq –  Oversight of Retired Members of the Order of Ministry
		GCE2ar – Members of the Order of Ministry Under Appointment Exercising Functions of Appointment
		GCE2as – Appointing a New General Secretary
		GCE2at – Audited Financial Statements for Pastoral Charge
		GS1 – Ratifying and Enacting Remits
		GCE1 –  The Basis of Union and Crest
		GCE14 –  Doctrine of Discovery
		GCE15 –  Comprehensive Review
		TICIF1 – Statement on Ministry
		TICIF2 – Local Ordination
		TICIF3 – Regional Team Models
		TICIF4 – Ecclesiology Report
		GCE16 – Effective Leadership and Healthy Pastoral Relationships
		GS3 – The Working Group on Israel/ Palestine Policy
		LON1 – Responding to the Palestinian Call for Solidarity
		BC2 – Modifying the United Church’s Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State
		BC6 – Affirming the General Council Israel/ Palestine Report
		HAM7 – Accept the Kairos Palestine 2009 Document and to Act on Its Call
		HAM5 – Proposal on the Palestine/ Israel Dispute
		M&O3 – Support of Recommendations of “Report of the Working Group on Israel/ Palestine Policy”
		HAM6 – Amend United Church Recognition of Israel from “Jewish state” to “state”
		MNWO4 – Accepting the Kairos Palestine 2009 Document and Acting on Call
		BC4 – Boycott Divestment and Sanctions as Solidarity Action Toward a Just Peace in Israel/ Palestine
		GCE12 –  Intercultural Ministries: Living into Transformation
		HAM1 – Inclusion of The Evangelical United Brethren Church Symbol in the United Church Crest
		BQ2 – Affirming Ministry Status for General Council and Its Executive
		GCE10 –  Administration of Sacrament of Baptism in Emergencies
		GCE7 – General Council Review of Judicial Committee Decision: Grounds
		GCE6 – General Council Review of Judicial Committee Decisions: Options for Action
		SK1 – Acknowledgement of the Hardship of Rural Churches and Reinstatement of the Former Congregational Accountable Ministry Policy
		MAR5 – Plain Language Handbook for the Sale of Property
		GCE11 – Report of the Interim Ministry Steering Group
		MAR2 – Copyright Procedures for Worship Resources
		MNWO1 – Appointment of a Licensed Lay Worship Leader
		MAR1 – Clarification of 363(c) During Maternity/ Parental Leave
		SK3 – Ordination/ Commissioning Dependent upon Settlement or Call Only
		TOR1 – Conference Interviews for Interim Ministers, Section 465.1
		HAM10 – Sabbaticals for Persons Involved in Interim Ministry
		M&O2 – Noah or Belshazzar – The United Church and Global Warming
		TOR2 – United Church Response to the Tar Sands Impact on Indigenous Rights
		M&O5 – Paying Attention to the Global Ocean
		TOR3 – United Church Response to Canada’s Contribution to Climate Change
		MTU3 – Full Member Status for Conference-Elected Alternate GCE Representatives
		TOR4 – Election of General Council Commissioners – President-Elect/ Leading Elder
		TOR5 – Election of General Council Commissioners Designated Lay Ministers
		TOR6 – Election of General Council Commissioners Change of Eligibility
		ANW1 – The Granting of the Right to Administer Sacraments to All Diaconal Ministers
		MNWO5 – Sacraments Elders
		SK4 – Reverse the Decision to Make 67 the Minimum Age for Application for OAS and GIS
		HAM3 – Full-Time Employment
		HAM4 – Pension Plan Changes
		HAM9 – Pension Contributions
		ORANGE 1 – MAR3 M&O4
		ORANGE 3 – GC41 2012 - 067
		MAR3 – United Church Pension Board Divestment from Goldcorp
		M&O4 – Living with Dignity on Earth as Members of the Same Body
		M&O1 – From Province to Province: The Beaconsfield Initiative
		ANW2 – Child Poverty
		MNWO3 – Review of Harassment Prevention Policies
		GCE3 –  Definition of “Sexual Abuse”
		GCE4 –  Definition of “Party”
		GCE5 – Appeals and “Directly Affected Parties”
		GCE13 –  Associate Relationships with Migrant Church Communities
		BC3 – Expand the Structure and Scope of Interfaith Partner Relations
		Composite GREEN 2
		MTU1 – Funding for Ministry Personnel Spiritual Growth and Direction
		BC1 – Added Compensation for Ministry Personnel for Spiritual Direction
		HAM2 – Our Buildings, Our Future – Beyond Bricks and Mortar
		SK2 – Including Persons Living with Mental Health Issues
		HAM8 – From Policy to Action
		BQ3 – Prophecy and Empire
		MNWO6 – Reinstatement of Katimavik Funding
		MNWO2 – Gossip
		BC5 – Justice in Environmental Assessment Hearings
		BQ1 – Assistance with Charity Returns
		LON3 – Proposal to Address Systematic Inequality in Clergy Compensation
		MTU2 – Program of Debt/ Loan Repayment for Ordered Ministry Personnel
		GCE8 – Termination of Pastoral Relationship with or without Cause
		GCE9 – Quorum
		ANCC1 – Northern Gateway Pipeline
		MAR4 – Review of Centralized Pastoral Charge Payroll Program
	Reports
		MODERATOR’S REPORT
		MODERATOR’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE
		EXECUTIVE OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL
		NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR CONFERENCE
		MARITIME CONFERENCE
		SYNODE MONTREAL & OTTAWA CONFERENCE
		BAY OF QUINTE CONFERENCE
		TORONTO CONFERENCE
		HAMILTON CONFERENCE
		LONDON CONFERENCE
		MANITOU CONFERENCE
		ALL NATIVE CIRCLE CONFERENCE
		CONFERENCE OF MANITOBA AND NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
		SASKATCHEWAN CONFERENCE
		ALBERTA AND NORTHWEST CONFERENCE
		BRITISH COLUMBIA CONFERENCE
		THEOLOGY AND INTER-CHURCH INTER-FAITH COMMITTEE
		TICIF ECCLESIOLOGY REPORT
		COMMITTEE ON INDIGENOUS JUSTICE AND RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
		TASK GROUP ON THE BASIS OF UNION AND CREST
		WORKING GROUP ON ISRAEL/ PALESTINE POLICY
		EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND HEALTHY PASTORAL RELATIONSHIPS
		STEERING GROUP ON CANDIDACY PATHWAY
		WORKING GROUP ON DIACONAL MINISTRY
		MINISTRY COMPENSATION
		INTERCULTURAL MINISTRIES: LIVING INTO TRANSFORMATION
		SIMPLIFICATION OF CHURCH PROCESSES
		JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
		MANUAL COMMITTEE
		OBSERVER
		RULINGS AND OPINIONS OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY,  2009–2012
		DIGEST OF MINUTES OF THE GCE, APRIL 16, 2009, TO JUNE 11, 2012
		ACTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE – SUMMARY REPORT
		ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY
		NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
		TICIF REGIONAL TEAM MODELS REPORT
Index
                        
Document Text Contents
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The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada


RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS


of the


41ST GENERAL COUNCIL 2012


August 11–18, 2012

Ottawa, Ontario































Issued by
The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada

3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8X 2Y4

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The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada

Constituted June 10, 1925, by the union of the Methodist Church, Canada, Newfoundland, Bermuda, the
Presbyterian Church in Canada*, the Congregational Union of Canada and the 2nd Council of Local Union
Churches. The Canada Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church entered The United Church of
Canada on January 1, 1968.


OFFICERS OF THE INAUGURAL GENERAL COUNCIL, TORONTO, JUNE 10 −19, 1925
Denomination Chairperson Secretaries
Methodist Rev. Samuel Dwight Chown, D.D., LL.D. Rev. Thomas Albert Moore, D.D.
Presbyterian Rev. George Campbell Pidgeon, B.A., B.D.,D.D. Rev. William George Wallace, M.A.,D.D.
Congregational Rev. William Henry Warriner, M.A., D.D. Rev. William Thomas Gunn, M.A.BD.,D.D.

SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL
Year Place Moderator Secretary
1925 Toronto, ON Rev. George C. Pidgeon, B.A.,B.D.,D.D. Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D.
1926 Montreal, PQ Rev. James Endicott, B.A.,D.D.,LL.D. Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D.
1928 Winnipeg, MB Rev. William T. Gunn, M.A.,B.D.,D.D. Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D.
1930 London, ON Rev. Edmund H. Oliver, M.A., Ph.D.,D.D., Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D.
LL.D.,F.R.S.C.
1932 Hamilton, ON Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D.,S.T.D.,LL.D. Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D.,S.T.D.,LL.D.
1934 Kingston, ON Rev. Richard Roberts, D.D.,D.Litt. Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D., S.T.D.,LL.D.
1936 Ottawa, ON Rev. Peter Bryce, D.D.,LL.D. Rev. T. Albert Moore, D.D.,S.T.D.,LL.D.
1938 Toronto, ON Rev. John W. Woodside, M.A.,D.D.,LL.D. Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
1940 Winnipeg, MB Rev. Aubrey S. Tuttle, M.A.,D.D.,LL.D. Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
1942 Belleville, ON Rev. John P. Sclater, M.A.,D.D.,LL.D. Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
1944 London, ON Rev. Jesse H. Arnup, B.A.,D.D. Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
1946 Montreal, PQ Rev. Thomas W. Jones, M.A.,B.D.,D.D. Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
1948 Vancouver, BC Rev. Willard E. Brewing, B.D.,D.D. Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
1950 Toronto, ON Rev. Clarence M. Nicholson, B.A.,D.D.,LL.D. Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
1952 Hamilton, ON Rev. Alexander A. Scott, M.A.,B.D., Rev. Gordon A. Sisco, M.A.,D.D.
B.Paed.,D.D.,LL.D.
1954 Sackville, NB Rev. George Dorey, B.A.,D.D.,LL.D. Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.
1956 Windsor, ON Rev. James S. Thomson, M.A.,D.D., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.
LL.D.,F.R.S.C.
1958 Ottawa, ON Rev. Angus J. MacQueen, B.A.,B.D., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.
D.D.,LL.D.
1960 Edmonton, AB Rev. Hugh A. McLeod, M.A.,B.D.,D.D., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.
LL.D.,S.T.D.
1962 London, ON Rev. James R. Mutchmor, M.A.,B.D., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.,
D.D.,LL.D. LL.D.
1964 St. John’s, NF Rev. Ernest M. Howse, B.A.,B.D.,S.T.M., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.,
Ph.D.,D.D.,D.Litt LL.D.
1966 Waterloo, ON Rev. Wilfred C. Lockhart, M.A.,Ph.D.,D.D., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.,
LL.D.,D.C.L. LL.D.
1968 Kingston, ON Dr. Robert B. McClure, M.D.,F.R.C.S., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.,
F.I.C.S.,D.D.,LL.D.,D.Litt. LL.D.
1971 Niagara Falls, ON Rev. Arthur B. B. Moore, O.C.,B.A.,B.D., Rev. Ernest E. Long, B.A.,B.D.,D.D.,
D.D.,LL.D. LL.D.
1972 Saskatoon, SK Rev. N. Bruce McLeod, M.A.,B.D.,Th.D., Rev. George Morrison. B.Comm.,B.D.,
LL.D.,D.D. D.D.,F.C.A.
1974 Guelph, ON Rev. Wilbur K. Howard, B.A.,B.D.,D.D., Rev. George Morrison, B. Comm.,B.D.,
LL.D.,D.de Un. D.D.,F.C.A.
1977 Calgary, AB Rev. George M. Tuttle, B.A.,B.D.,Th.D., Rev. Donald G. Ray, D.F.C.,B.A.,D.D.
D.D.,LL.D.

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resource Open Hearts. At the end of their process, ministries make a decision about whether to
become an Affirming Ministry, making public their celebration of the involvement of people of
all sexual orientations and gender identities in their life and work. As part of the process, the
ministry develops a mission statement relevant to their ministry, develops an action plan and
celebrates their decision to become Affirming in a worship service.

Given The United Church of Canada’s strong support for people of differing sexual orientations
and gender identities, it would be a logical next step to become an Affirming Ministry as have
over 70 congregations, presbyteries and Conferences.




Title: GCE10 – REF GS68 2012 – Administration of Sacrament of Baptism in

Emergencies
Originating Body: The Executive of the General Council
Financial Implications if known:
Staffing Implications if known:
Source of Funding if known:


The Executive of the General Council proposes that:

the 41st General Council 2012 adopt the policy that the Sacrament of Baptism may
be administered to both children and adults in an emergency situation where it is
not possible to obtain the prior consent of the Session (or equivalent).


Background:
The by-laws currently provide that the Sacrament of Baptism may be administered in an
emergency situation where it is not possible to obtain the prior consent of the Session or Church
Board or Church Council.

Section 10(b) of the by-laws implies that only children may be baptized in such circumstances.
However, there is no rationale for limiting Baptism to children at any time. The by-laws should
clarify that the Sacrament of Baptism is available to any person in these circumstances.

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Title: GCE7 – REF GS64 2012 – General Council Review of Judicial Committee
Decision: Grounds

Originating Body: The Executive of the General Council
Financial Implications if known:
Staffing Implications if known:
Source of Funding if known:


The Executive of the General Council proposes that:

the 41st General Council 2012 approve the following grounds for General Council
reviews of Judicial Committee decisions, and direct that they be added to the by-
laws:

Grounds for Review. The grounds for a review of a decision of the Judicial
Committee are:

i. the failure of the Judicial Committee to consider the matter as completely as
practicable;

ii. that the decision was not in accordance with the rules of natural justice;
iii. that the decision was not reasonably able to be reached on the evidence;
iv. that the decision was not in accordance with the Polity of the United Church;

or
v. the availability of evidence that could not reasonably have been adduced and

that might be relevant.

Background:
Section 546 of the By-laws says:


The decision of the Judicial Committee with respect to appeals and all matters of law and
jurisdiction submitted to it shall be binding on all parties until the date of the final
decision of the General Council. Any decision of the Judicial Committee may be
reviewed, but not re-heard, by the General Council to which it has been reported, and
may be affirmed, reversed, modified, suspended, or remitted to the Committee for further
hearing. If any matter shall not be reviewed by the General Council to which it has been
reported, or if it shall be reviewed and no decision shall be reached, the decision of the
Judicial Committee shall be deemed to be the final decision of the General Council.
(2010)


Any body conducting a review of a decision should have criteria for the review. In section
076(g) of the By-laws, there are grounds that must be met for an appeal of a decision by a court
of the church or a ruling by the General Secretary. These grounds would also be appropriate for a
General Council review of a Judicial Committee decision.

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