GS 2010 art 172

GS 2010 Article 172 – Printing of the Acts

1.         Material

Letter from Langley (8.1.r).

2.         Observations

  • 2.1        Langley notes that the printing of synod reports and the Acts constitute a large part of synod expenses (Acts 2007, Article 161, which reveals that the printing of the Acts of Synod 2004 cost $14,832.00, out of a total budget of $30,221.50). Langley also observes that due to inflation, the costs for the Acts of Synod 2007 would be even higher.
  • 2.2        Langley also notes that most members of the churches have ready access to internet.
  • 2.3        Langley proposes that the Acts of Synod 2010 be published in digital form on the federational website and also requests that the Website Committee be instructed to make all past Acts available on the federational website.

3.         Considerations

  • 3.1        The cost of publishing the Acts of Synod is significant. As Langley points out, the cost for the Acts of Synod 2004 was $14,832.00. In addition, Synod 2010 learned that the cost of the Acts 2007 was $16,793.10 (See Acts of Synod 2010, Article 158).
  • 3.2        People today are increasingly accustomed to accessing information digitally.
  • 3.3        Synod 2010 has already decided to instruct the Website Committee to work towards publishing all the past Acts of Synod in digital form (see Article 73).
  • 3.4        It would be good to keep in mind the needs of those who do not have access to the internet and the feelings of those who simply prefer to have a printed copy. As churches, we should encourage reading and study of the Acts to the fullest extent. For this reason, it would not be wise to publish the Acts only in digital form. Church members should have the possibility of ordering printed copies.

4.          Recommendation

That Synod decide:

  • 4.1        That the Acts of Synod 2010 should be published digitally on the federational website and that printed copies be made available upon request of the churches.
  • 4.2        T hat the cost of printing the Acts be carried by the local churches which request them.
  • 4.3        To direct the second clerk to advise the consistories of the churches of this policy change and cost allocation.