Resolution C001


Subject: Baptismal Covenant Addition

Moved by: The Very Rev. Louise Peters, Diocese of Cariboo (APCI)

Seconded by: The Very Rev. Peter Wall, Diocese of Niagara

Be it resolved that this General Synod

approve the following addition to the Baptismal Covenant set out in the Book of Alternative Services.  The following would be the ninth question in the Covenant Inquiry:

Celebrant: Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Source: Member

Submitted by: The Very Reverend Louise Peters

Does this motion contain within it any financial implications?      Yes     No    X

If yes, has the General Synod Expenditures Committee considered the implications?   Yes    No


General Synod 2010 directed the Faith, Worship, and Ministry committee as follows:

“ 1. to consider the best way to incorporate into the Baptismal Covenant set out in the Book of Alternative Services our ministry to sustain, respect, and renew the earth as stewards of creation; and

2. to make a recommendation to General Synod 2013.”

The Faith, Worship, and Ministry Committee requested that its Liturgy Task Force work on this directive and bring a motion to General Synod 2013. The Liturgy Task Force agreed this work at its meeting of April  2013, the timing of which did not allow for this motion to come to this General Synod as a priority motion from the Standing Committees and Council of General Synod.


In the normal course, an ordinary motion must be passed by a majority of the Order of Bishops, and by a majority of the Orders of Clergy and Laity voting together.

Six members of General Synod may, prior to the question being put, require a vote by Orders, with a majority of each Order being necessary to pass.

If a question passes on a Vote by Orders, any six members (two from each of three different dioceses) may require a vote to be taken by dioceses.  A motion passes if a majority of dioceses (or a tie) vote in favour.

Source: Section 5 of the Declaration of Principles and sections 18, 19 and 20 of the Rules of Order and Procedure.

If Resolution A030 is given second reading, the required majority will be all Orders voting together.