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Report of the Standing Committee meeting held on 24 June 2013

Mr Peter Evans and the Rev Craig Roberts led in prayer.

Welcome to the Rev Gary Koo

Standing Committee welcomed the Rev Gary Koo to the meeting as a member elected by the Synod.

Queen’s birthday honours

Standing Committee congratulated the following members of the Church who were recently awarded Queen’s birthday honours –

Mrs Susan Maple-Brown – a member of the parish of St Jude’s, Randwick – a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to youth through the Guiding movement, and to the community.

Mrs Betty Biffin – a member of the parish of St Mark’s, Sadlier – a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of Liverpool, particularly through contributions to the care of the elderly.

Mrs Edna McGuinness – a member of the parish of St Jude’s, Bowral - a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of the Southern Highlands.

Mrs Audrey Stuart – a member of the parish of St Jude’s, Bowral - a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of the Southern Highlands.

Archdeacon Ian Cox

Standing Committee, noting that this will be the last meeting of Archdeacon Ian Cox prior to his retirement as Archdeacon of Liverpool, gave God thanks for Ian’s contribution at their meetings and prayed for God’s continued blessing on Ian and his wife and the ministries they will exercise in the future.

Minutes of the Mission Board

Standing Committee noted the minutes of the Mission Board of 27 May 2013.

Minutes of 27 May 2013

Standing Committee approved of the minutes of 27 May 2013.

Ordinances

Bowral Land Sale Ordinance 2007

Standing Committee resolved under clause 3 of the Bowral Land Sale Ordinance 2007 to extend the period within which the land known as 82 Bowral Street, Bowral can be sold to 24 July 2016.

Ryde Trust Ordinance 2013

The purpose of this ordinance was to vary the trusts on which certain property is held and to establish the ACPT – Ryde Trust.

Endowment of the See Capital Ordinance 2012 Amendment Ordinance 2013

The purpose of this ordinance was to amend the Endowment of the See Capital Ordinance 2012.

Solemn Promises Ordinance 2011 Amending Ordinance 2013

The purpose of this ordinance was amend the solemn promises to be made before a person is ordained, licensed or consecrated, or elected as Archbishop.

Elections

Anglican Retirement Villages Diocese of Sydney

Mrs Laura Elder was elected.

Diocesan Retirements Board

The Rev Scott Blackwell was elected.

Sydney Church of England Finance and Loans Board

Mr Mark Boyd was elected.

Sydney Diocesan Secretariat

The Rev Ted Brush was elected.

Tertiary Education Ministry Oversight Committee

Dr Leela Cejnar was elected.

Anglican Aid
Arden Anglican School Council
Diocesan Ordinance Review Panel
Governance Oversight Committee
Illawarra Grammar School, Council of
New College Limited
NSW Council of Churches, Sydney Diocesan Representatives
SCECGS Redlands Limited
Sydney Diocesan Superannuation Board
William Branwhite Clarke College Council

These matters were deferred.

Casual Vacancies

(a)      Anglican Aid – Dr James Langridge had resigned and a vacancy was declared for a person.

(b)      Illawarra Grammar School, Council of – the Rev Murray Wale had resigned and a vacancy was declared for a clergyman.

(c)      Evangelism and New Churches Board – Mr Allan Dowthwaite had resigned and a vacancy was declared for a lay person.

(d)      Sydney Church of England Finance and Loans Board – The Rev David Ould had resigned and a vacancy was declared for a member of the clergy.

(e)      Stipends and Allowances Committee – Mr Barry Watson had resigned and a vacancy was declared for a lay person.

Secretariat and Glebe Board

Minutes

Standing Committee noted that the minute books of the Secretariat and Glebe Board had been tabled.

Reports of the Chief Executive Officer

Standing Committee received reports concerning the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat and the Glebe Administration Board.

Glebe Administration Board Annual Report for 2012

Standing Committee received a report.

Half-yearly review of Sydney Diocesan Secretariat’s services to the Synod and Standing Committee

Standing Committee received a report and –

(a)        confirmed that the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat (“SDS”) has satisfactorily provided services to the Synod and the Standing Committee under the current Service Level Standards document for the period between November 2012 and April 2013, and

(b)      requested SDS to prepare guidance for members of the Standing Committee and other diocesan boards and committees on the effective use of electronic agendas at meetings and to review the form and structure of the agendas it prepares to facilitate such use.

Financial Matters

Parish financial statements

Committee received a report from the Finance Committee.

Jesusbrings parish resource package

Standing Committee asked SDS to implement a system so that, where it has been given appropriate authority by a parish by 30 November 2013, it then adds 1/10th of the cost of the relevant Jesusbrings resource package to each instalment of that parish’s PCR charge for 2014, and pays the funds collected on to the Jesusbrings Campaign Committee and on the basis that a suitable fee to enable SDS to recover its costs in undertaking this work may be approved by the Finance Committee.

Endowment of the See

Sale of Bishopscourt

Standing Committee –

(a)      received a report, and

(b)      noted that a further report will be provided to the Standing Committee at its next meeting.

Endowment of the See – audited financial statements

Standing Committee noted the 2012 audited financial statements for the Endowment of the See Capital Fund and Endowment of the See Expenditure Fund.

Endowment of the See –financial forecast

Standing Committee received a report and requested that a suitable form of the report be printed for members of the Synod as part of the materials being prepared for the forthcoming election Synod.

Future accommodation for the Archbishop

Standing Committee received a report.

Archbishop’s remuneration

Standing Committee received a report and agreed to information about the remuneration package for the next Archbishop being provided to Synod members as part of the material being prepared for the forthcoming election Synod.

Consecration and inauguration of next Archbishop of Sydney

Standing Committee noted that the date for the consecration and inauguration of the next Archbishop of Sydney has been set as Friday 23 August 2013 at 7.00 pm in St Andrew's Cathedral.

Synod

3rd ordinary session of the 49th Synod

Standing Committee received a report.

28/11 General Synod Assessments and Consultation

Receipt of report

Standing Committee thanked Mr Neil Cameron, the Rev Nigel Fortescue, Mr Doug Marr, Canon Rick Smith and the Rev Dr Thompson for participating in unity discussions at the General Synod Standing Committee meeting in April 2013.

Request for a report concerning General Synod Funds

Standing Committee received the notes from a recent meeting between members of the Sydney Consultation Group and the Treasurer of the General Synod Mr Allan Perryman.

Review of the procedures for a vote by Houses

Receipt of report

Standing Committee received a report.

Motion and report for Synod

Standing Committee approved the printing of a suitable form the report for the Synod without recommendation.

Printing of reports for Synod

Printing of reports

Standing Committee approved of the printing of reports about the following matters for the Synod –

Northern Regional Council: Annual Report
Western Sydney Regional Council: Annual Report

Printing of GAB annual report

Standing Committee received the following report from the Diocesan Secretary –

‘The annual and audited financial reports for the Glebe Administration Board (“GAB”) and the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat (“SDS”) have been available on-line since 2010 as part of the material prepared about proceedings of the session of Synod each year.  From 2012, GAB and SDS have also make these reports available on-line prior to their tabling at the Synod session.

In view of the on-line availability of these reports (and consistent with the stated desire of the Synod to reduce the amount of printed material used for Synod sessions) these reports will not be printed in the Synod Book from this year.  There will however be a suitable reference in the Synod Book to their availability on-line.’

41/10 Amendments to the Anglican Church of Australia Trust Property Act 1917

Standing Committee received a report from the Diocesan Secretary.

Other Matters

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Standing Committee received a progress report.

Working with Children Check and other safe ministry matters

Standing Committee received a report.

Statements of faith used by New College and Robert Menzies College

Standing Committee received a report from the Diocesan Secretary and –

(a)      agreed to amend the regulation referred to in the report by deleting the words “or university college”, and

(b)      requested the Property Trust to seek the counsel of the Standing Committee before any change to the constitution of Robert Menzies College or New College is ratified.

Advice to parishes concerning the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Standing Committee noted that at its meeting on 13 June 2013 the Finance Committee noted the most recent circular sent to parishes concerning the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (“ACNC”) and thanked the staff of SDS for their work in preparing advice in relation to the ACNC and asked that the Committee’s view be drawn to the attention of the Standing Committee.

Proposed restriction on religious freedom for aged-care providers

Standing Committee noted the following –

(a)      an email from Freedom 4 Faith dated 18 June 2013 and associated letter sent to all Independents and members of the Coalition in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and

(b)      an article posted on smh.com.au on 19 June 2013 concerning this matter.

Archbishop Peter Jensen

The Archbishop vacated the chair during consideration of this matter.  Bishop Robert Forsyth took the chair.

Standing Committee, noting that this is the last meeting of the Archbishop as a member of the Standing Committee, recorded its thanks to God, and its gratitude, for the Archbishop’s significant work and ministry over many years, including –

(a)      his ministry in the parish of Broadway between 1969 and 1976,

(b)      his ministry, from 1973 as Lecturer at Moore Theological College and as its Principal between 1985 and 2001,

(c)      from 2001, his ministry to us as Archbishop, including his chairmanship of the Standing Committee,

(d)      his leadership of the Sydney Diocese at General Synod, and

(e)      his international leadership through the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and the GAFCON movement.

The Standing Committee sent its best wishes to the Archbishop and Mrs Jensen, and prayed for God’s continued blessing on them and the new ministries they will exercise in future.

Dr Karin Sowada spoke to the motion on behalf of the lay members of the Standing Committee.

Canon Sandy Grant seconded the motion and spoke to it on behalf of the clerical members of the Standing Committee.

Dr Sowada’s motion was carried by acclamation.

Mr Peter Kell presented the Archbishop with gifts on behalf of the members of the Standing Committee.

The Archbishop responded.

Date of next meeting

Monday 22 July 2013.

 

 

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