Canon 21 Steering Committee

Tool Box for Clergy

Resolution A051-R2 passed on first reading at General Synod 2016. This resolution approved wording that would change General Synod Canon 21 (The Marriage Canon) in order to make possible the marriage of persons in a same sex relationship. Each Provincial and Diocesan Synod is now required by General Synod (section 11 c i of the Declaration of Principles) to give consideration to the resolution which will be placed before General Synod 2019 for second reading.

Clergy are asked to discuss this issue with their Synod delegates prior to our Synod in November 2018 as a minimum requirement.

The following downloadable resources are provided as a “tool box” designed to assist you in planning sessions related to the proposed change to the Marriage Canon.

Resolution #A051-R2 (General Synod 2016)

Resolution #A054 (General Synod 2016)

Diocese of Ontario Norms

Diocesan Responses to Canon 21

This Holy Estate

Annotated Bibliography

Biblical Interpretation in This Holy Estate – Talking Points for Consultations in the Diocese of Ontario

Bishop Michael Oulton – ‘Understanding this Holy Estate: A Starting Point for Parish Conversations’

Canon 21 Steering Committee

Members of the Canon 21 Steering Committee who have been meeting monthly to flesh out the process leading up to our Synod. This group includes our delegates to General Synod 2016 Rev. John Van Stone, Rev. Lisa Chisholm Smith, Anne Patterson and Haroldine Neil-Burchert. Joining them are Rev. Canon Dr. Barbara Robinson, Rev. Dr. William Morrow, Mr. Andrew Innes and Dean Don Davidson.

Submissions from individuals

Members of our diocese are invited to contribute personal submissions regarding General Synod Canon 21 (The Marriage Canon) for posting in this attributable section. These submissions are personal opinion and do not come from the Canon 21 Steering Committee.

These personal submissions are not part of the Clergy Tool Box.

Personal submissions should be emailed to Archdeacon Wayne Varley at

• April 17: John Barron, St. Mark’s, Barriefield:  Is God Anti-Gay? Answering Tough Questions About Same-Sex Marriage | Sam Allberry.
• April 20: Rev. Richard Hetke, St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee:
• April 20: Rev. Richard Hetke, St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee:
• April 26: Betty and Cliff Chayer, St. Paul’s, Cardinal: personal submission.
• May 7: Rev Dorothy Lancaster: personal submission.
• May 14: Peter Gower: personal submission.
• May 14: Lynn Wilson: personal submission.
• May 24: Rev. Valerie Kelly: personal submission.
• May 24: Diana Davis Duerkop: personal submission.

may, 2018

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