A Special Meeting of Vestry for St Luke’s was held on 12 February in the nave of the church for the purpose of presenting a Motion from the Covenant process for a vote by parishioners.

The Motion

BE IT SO MOVED that

the option as recommended by the Bishop’s Commission in their Final Report of Options for the Best Use of the Resources to Support the Mission and Ministry of the Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Church in the City of Peterborough of October 19, 2016 to reduce the current five parishes of All Saints’ Anglican, Christ Evangelical Lutheran, St John the Evangelist Anglican, St Barnabas Anglican and St Luke’s Anglican to two parishes, each with a new name, two governance structures, worshiping at two locations be approved in principle;

AND that the Anglican Bishop of Toronto and the Bishop of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) establish an Assessment Commission made up of two Anglican clergy and two Anglican lay members of Synod, nominated by the Anglican Bishop of Toronto, plus one Evangelical Lutheran member, nominated by the ELCIC Eastern Synod Bishop, to evaluate and assess each parish facility, programs and ministries and recommend which two parishes are best suited to implement the recommended option and report their findings/recommendations by May 31, 2017 to the Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Bishops.

The Motion was passed by a high majority. The same Motion was passed in favour by the other Anglican-Lutheran churches in Peterborough.

Next steps

  • Early March 2017 – Diocesan Bishops to establish an ‘Assessment Group’ (a Bishop’s Commission, Canon 13)
  • 31 May 2017  – ‘Assessment Group’ to report their recommendations to the Diocesan Bishops.  Copies of the ‘Assessment Group’s ’ Report to be distributed to all parishes
  • 30 June 30 2017 – Anglican Diocese of Toronto and ELCIC Eastern Synod governing councils to approve the recommendations conveyed by the Bishops
  • September 2017 – Implementation process begins

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