General Synod voted July 14 to make changes to the General Synod Pension Plan that would allow groups outside of the Anglican Church of Canada to join the plan. In the same afternoon session, the synod also passed motions to put in place a plan to re-evaluate the purpose and mission of the Council of General Synod (CoGS).
“Our children are crying.”
That was how Primate Fred Hiltz—paraphrasing the observation of delegate Michael Chartrand—described the pain in the room following the failure of the 42nd General Synod to pass a resolution amending the marriage canon, which would have allowed for the solemnization of same-sex marriage.
General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada passed four resolutions on the evening of July 13, following presentations from Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Foundation of Canada and the Council of the North. The subject of the previous day’s vote on same-sex marriage also briefly returned to the floor.