[Toronto] April 28, 1989 -- The Anglican Church's General Synod, its highest legislative body, will meet in St. John's, Newfoundland from June 14 to June 23, 1989. Archbishop Michael Peers will preside over his first General Synod since he was elected Primate of the church in 1986.
The Synod's 300 members, including lay persons, clergy, and bishops, will come together from across Canada to make policy for the country's third-largest denomination.
The General Synod, which meets once every three years, will hold its plenary sessions in the Thomson Student Centre of Memorial University. All sessions are normally open to the public.
- resolutions related to native rights and native land claims occupy a prominent place on the agenda. The Anglican Church has the highest percentage of native members of any Canadian church. A spate of resolutions focus on support for self-government, Innu land claims, and environmental protection (in lands held or claimed by natives). One resolution says the time has come to employ civil disobedience in defence of ancestral lands. It asks General Synod "to support aboriginal people, Anglicans and others, involved in non-violent direct action, in defense of aboriginal ancestral lands and the environment."
- General Synod may consider two widely differing court cases. In one, the church is participating in a challenge to Canadian law; in the other, the church itself is being challenged.
The Anglican Church is participating with the Canadian Council of Churches in a court challenge to Canadian immigration laws. Church leaders say the law is unconstitutional because it does not guarantee refugee claimants the right to be heard.
Earlier this year, the church convened its own Supreme Court of Appeal for the first time, to hear a complaint about the experimental service book, the Book of Alternative Services (BAS). Opponents of the BAS say that only the traditional Book of Common Prayer 1962 may lawfully be used in Canadian Anglican worship. The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its verdict in mid-May.
- A task force will present recommendations to General Synod on surrogate motherhood. The task force has taken a strong stand opposing surrogate motherhood, in contrast to a recent set of recommendations from the Ontario Law Reform Commission. Task force members say the practice is offensive for several reasons, including the fact that it turns children into "commodities".
- the second draft of a pastoral guide on cults will be distributed at General Synod. The guide is intended to help parishes and individuals understand the appeal of cults and enable the church to be "a listening and upholding community of support" to the families and friends of those engaged in cult activity.
- Among the international guests at General Synod will be Ms. Vanessa MacKenzie, youth officer for the Church of the Province of South Africa. She will hear the synod deal with resolutions calling for the Canadian government to legislate complete economic sanctions against South Africa, and to provide security aid to South Africa's frontline states, particularly Angola and Mozambique.
- The General Synod will make unusually extensive use of video and computer technology to enhance the relationship between the General Synod and the church at large. Video crews will produce a daily, half-hour "highlights" program to be broadcast across Canada via satellite. An international computer network will also report regularly through the day on synod happenings, and allow computer communication users to respond.
- Although there is concern across the Anglican Communion about the ordination of women to the priesthood and to the episcopate, the issue is not expected to be prominent at General Synod. Women have been ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada since 1976, and are eligible to be elected as bishops (though none has yet been elected).
- Ecumenical guests at General Synod will include: Archbishop James Hayes, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Rabbi Howard Joseph, Canadian Jewish Congress; Ebrahim Sayed, Council of Muslim Communities of Canada; Bishop Donald Sjoberg, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and President of the Canadian Council of Churches; Dr. Anne Squire, former Moderator of the United Church.
The worldwide Anglican communion will be represented by the chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, the Venerable Yong Ping Chung; and by the Rt. Rev. Clovis E. Rodriques, Bishop of Brazil.
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"July  saw a double consecration for two new bishops at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff -- the Ven. Anthony Crockett as the next Bishop of Bangor, and the Rev. Canon David Yeoman as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Llandaff. At present Llandaff Cathedral is the metropolitical Cathedral of the Church in Wales, since the Most Rev. Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales, is also Bishop of the Diocese of Llandaff."
"As suggested by the title, the author is particularly concerned with the question of transformation. Who or what is transformed and from what to what ? Crockett clearly believes that it is the community and not the bread and wine that are ultimately transformed, although the two are not exclusive". In addition, "he offers a comprehensive overview of Eucharistic tradition, tracing the cultural differences at work in some theologies, and reflecting always on the life of the worshipping community. It is well-written and a suitable resource for parish libraries as well as priests' bookshelves".
"Report of a World Consultation, organized by the Department on Cooperation of Men and Women in Church, Family and Society, held at St. Cergue, Switzerland, July 25th - August 2nd, 1967".
"The consultation ... was planned in order to share information about the efforts that have really caused some development in this field and to arrive at a common strategy, especially for the churches' ministry in this world-wide task. The majority of the participants in this consultation were experienced, professional people in the field of family counselling and family education, having experience not only in their own country but in work among other cultures. .... This meeting was one of dialogue; the recommendations made the result. The presentations included in this report differ very much in style and content, and are offered as illustrations of individual points of view and as descriptions of some situations, rather than as, together, giving a complete picture of the total situation". -- Foreword.
Contents divided into seven main sections: Foreword / M.J. -- Introduction / Matti Joensuu -- Lectures -- Recommendations -- Reports -- Bibliographies -- List of Participants.
Contents of Lectures section: The Problems of Guidelines / Gibson Winter -- Pioneer Approaches in Family Counselling and Family Education / David R. Mace -- The Roles of Professionals and Volunteers in Family Counselling Services run by the Churches / Guido N. Groeger -- Primary Elements in the Training of Counsellors / Aaron L. Rutledge -- The Role of Theological Schools and Counselling Services in the Training of Clergymen and Others for Family Counselling and Education / Howard J. Clinebell.
Contents of Reports section: Africa: Presentation from the Christian Council of Tanzania, Department on Cooperation of Men and Women in Church, Family and Society / H.R. Staub -- Asia: Presentation from the Union Theological Seminary, Palapala, Dasmarinas, Cative, Philippines / Jacob S. Quiambao -- Presentation from the Department of Pastoral Services, St. Luke's Hospital, Manila / J. Albert Dalton -- Presentation from the Family Life Committee of the National Christian Council of Japan / Hiroshi Kondo -- Australia: The Work of Marriage Guidance Organizations in Australia / L.V. Harvey -- Caribbean: Development of a Ministry to Families in the Caribbean Area: General Observations on Projects and Efforts / H. and M. Brinig -- Europe: The Work of the National Marriage Guidance Council / Gerald Sanctuary -- Extracts of a Report on the Marriage Guidance Work in Germany / Guido N. Groeger -- Presentation from the Roman Catholic Central Institute on Marriage and Family Questions / Paul Adenauer -- Family Counselling and Family Education in Scandinavia -- The Development of Family Counselling and Family Education in the Lutheran Church of Finland / Matti Joensuu -- Report / from His Eminence Anthony Bloom, Metropolitan of Sourozh -- USA: Patterns and Developments in Family Counselling and Family Education in the USA / Vera Mace -- Latin America: Some Efforts in Family Counselling in Brasil / Leticia Borges Costa -- The Function and Status of the Marriage Counsellor: Report of the Meeting of the Commission on Marriage and Marriage Guidance of the International Union of Family Organizations / D. and V. Mace.
Contents of Bibliographies section: American Books -- English Books -- German Books.
Photo consists of the Bishop, clergy, and those being confirmed posing in front of a banner with a cross inside of St. Andrew's Anglican Church. In the center stands the Bishop and the two young women are Maureen and Carolyn Schawrr.