Across Canada results of Remits 1 to 4 – all were approved at Presbytery and Pastoral Charge levels. See results.
Update on Remits:
Please note that at Council voted on Remits 1-4 at the March 2017 Council Meeting. Council will vote on Remit 6 later in 2017.
Passed Remits 1-4 (3-Council Model, Elimination of Transfer & Settlement, Office of Vocation & Funding a New Model)
What is a Remit?
There are significant changes being proposed to how The United Church of Canada is structured. Before June 30, 2017 the St. Aidan’s Council is being asked to vote on a number of Remits. It is important that all those attending St. Aidan’s understand what these votes are about and express their thoughts and concerns to the members of the Council to assist them in their decision-making. While members of the Council are entitled to vote as they see fit, it is important for them to have a sense of the thoughts of the congregation. Information will be available on this website as well as in the Life and Works in January. An after-church meeting will be held on February 5, 2017 to help promote this discussion. If you want to contact one or more Council members about the remits, they are: Colin Booth, Mary Kennedy, Paul Malnarich, Roger Hannaford, Gordon Robinson, Mandy Wilson, Helen Pinel, Doug Koch, Maureen Koch, Cheryl Black, Arlene Galloway Ford, Alan Curtis, Puddie Curtis and Tony Smith. Voting will occur at the Council meeting in mid-March.
So what in the world is a Remit? In 1925 when the founding denominations (The Methodists Presbyterians, and Congregationalists) joined to form The United Church of Canada, they created a governing document called “The Basis of Union”. From that time on, if the church wants to make a change in the Basis of Union, the General Council must first approve a remit. The remit question is then put to the presbyteries and sometimes pastoral charges, which must approve it by absolute majority. (An absolute majority is a majority of all those entitled to vote and not just those who do vote). Any Pastoral Charge or Presbytery who chooses not to vote are automatically counted as a negative vote. If the vote is approved by the voting bodies, the third step is for the next General Council to also agree to the proposed change.
Currently there are five remits being considered by the United Church which were approved for moving forward by General Council in 2015 which will result in a significant change to the Basis of Union if approved. These Category 3 remits require votes by both presbyteries and pastoral charges (of which St. Aidan’s is one) in order to go forward to General Council in 2018. To pass, they must be approved by both an absolute majority of pastoral charges and presbyteries, then by the next General Council.
For more information, check out the material on The United Church of Canada website at http://gc42.ca/remits, under Remits and view the attachments and/or view the links below.
- Overall information on the related work at the General Council in 2015 can be found at Fishing for the Future 7 min. 13 sec. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EphaaTyF5s – Published on Sep 2, 2015 A short documentary about the 42nd General Council of the United Church, which met in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The film explains the proposed new governance model of the church in easy to understand terms. Created by Stephen Milton as a course submission for the Masters of Divinity Program at Emmanuel College, the University of Toronto.
- Video (incorrectly identifies only M&S funding for General Council when really there are various sources of funding for GC which are included in Remit 4 video Funding a New Model)
Adapted from Lakefield United Church, ON web pages on Remits in December 2016.