THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF SOUTHERN AFRICA HAS “GREENED” THEIR CANONS
At the Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the following measure was passed in order to “green” the Canons.
OF THE PROVINCIAL SYNOD
[Communication should as far as possible be electronic.]’’
CANON 15 OF ARCHDEACONS
Role of archdeacons
[The Archdeacon shall ensure that the Parish put in place ways to reduce its
electricity, water and paper usage]
The Archdeacon [or some other person who shall have been appointed for such
work] shall examine and report to the Bishop upon all plans for the building or
restoration or alteration of churches and other buildings, the property of the
Church. [bearing in mind the commitment to being environmentally friendly,]
Canon 16 OF DECLARATIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS TO BE MADE BY BISHOPS AND
[I commit myself to a lifestyle which safeguards the integrity of creation and sustains and
renews the life of the earth].
Canon 20 OF LAY MINISTERS
Duties of Lay ministers
Include ministry advancing the Anglican Communion marks of mission.]
Canon 23 OF PASTORAL CHARGES
Missions to railway workers, [seamen] [seafarers],
special classes of people where the Bishop thinks fit to provide for them apart
from the jurisdiction of the Incumbent licensed to the Pastoral Charge in which
they are territorially situated or with which they are territorially coincident.
OF INCUMBENTS AND OTHER CLERICS
Add to duties of incumbent
take responsibility to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and
renew the life of the earth within the parish boundaries]
CANON 31: ALTERATIONS TO CHURCH BUILDINGS
[Alterations shall be made taking into account their environmental impact].
Canon 32: OF REGISTERS, RECORDS AND INVENTORIES
[(g)] [ensure that electricity and water bills are audited, and necessary actions
taken to reduce such bills].
Canon 33 OF THE SERVICES OF THE CHURCH
5. Special Services
All Public Fasts and Thanksgivings [and Environmental days] enjoined by
authority shall in this Province be religiously observed, and every Bishop shall give
directions to the Clergy of [his] [the] Diocese as to the form of Prayer which they
are to use on such occasions.”
Canon 43 OF THE PROVINCIAL STANDING COMMITTEE
Additional function: assist in the direction of and co-ordinate the work of publications,
mission, religious education, justice and reconciliation, youth,
spirituality, [the environment], communications and other matters in
which this Church may be engaged, and to establish appropriate
structures, where necessary, for these or other purposes;
2 thoughts on “THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF SOUTHERN AFRICA HAS “GREENED” THEIR CANONS”
It is good to remind leaders of the church about Canons.
The Vicar General sent me a letter to attend a meeting and I sent her and the Archdeacon a letter of apology because I couldn’t attend. I explained the reasons why I couldn’t. At the meeting the letter was neither presented nor read. Consequently I suspended for defiance. What do you call this?