Founded in 1910, the British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society grew out of the earlier New Westminster and Kootenay Missionary Association, informally founded in 1879 by the Rt. Rev. A.W. Sillitoe, first Bishop of New Westminster. The association was continued by the second bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Dart and was formally established in 1902. In 1910, it became the British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society. Rev. Jocelyn Perkins, minor canon and sacrist of Westminster Abbey, was secretary for most of the society's life. Special interests of the society were the episcopal endowments of New Westminster, Kootenay and Cariboo dioceses, the provincial theological college, the Columbia Coast Mission and the Provincial Board of Missions. The society was disbanded in 1965.
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Microfilm consists of letter books of the Rev. Canon Jocelyn H.T. Perkins (1870-1962), General Secretary of the BC and Yukon Church Aid Society (1910-1965) and minutes of various committees, including the Executive Committee for the BC&Yukon Church Aid Society (BC&Y.C.A.S.).
Reel 1 - Letterbooks, Vol. 1-6
Reel 2 - Letterbooks, Vol. 6-11
Reel 3 - Letterbooks, Vol. 12-18
Reel 4 - Letterbooks, Vol. 18-25; Minutes of various committees
Reel 5 - Minutes, Executive Committee of the BC&Y.C.A.S.
Finding aid available. See Microfilm collections - British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society
British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society fonds
Title at head of page : A Rite for the Celebration of Gay and Lesbian Covenants.
"Blessing is a common feature of Christian worship. For centuries the church has blessed people, places and things. Every prayer of blessing is thanksgiving for creation and redemption offered in petitition for the fulfillment of God's purposes in the world. .... This Rite of Blessing is a public service of the church and is celebrated before God in the body of the church and in the presence of friends, family and the congregation. .... All matters relating to the conduct of the Rite shall be in accordance with the liturgical policy and practice of the diocese. It is desirable that the order of service be incorporated into the Eucharist wherever possible". -- Concerning the Rite, p. .
Contents: Concerning the Rite -- Guidelines for Admission -- The Celebration of a Covenant.
The Celebration of a Covenant section divided into sub-sections: Gathering of the Community -- Proclamation of the Word of God -- The Covenant -- The Holy Communion -- The Commissioning of the Community.
Colophon: "Diocese of New Westminster 2003" -- p. .
The Columbia Coast Mission was founded in 1904 on the British Columbia coast by John Antle (1865-1949), a Newfoundland priest, deep-sea navigator and yachtsman. Antle was commissioned by the Dioceses of Columbia and New Westminster to explore the possibilities of a mission among the lumber camps on the islands and mainland of northern B.C. In 1905, the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada gave a grant to cover the cost of Antle's first mission ship "Columbia". This ship served as a dispensary, a consulting room, an emergency ward or an ambulance, a travelling library and a chapel. In a few short years as superintendent, Antle had established seven mission ships and five mission hospitals in the area. The mission provided both physical and spiritual service to the isolated communities. It ceased activities in 1982, but still distributes various funds held in its name.
"Prepared by: Dr. Elmer Joy, Coordinator for Christian Formation, Diocese of New Westminster, Winter 2002/2003".
Resource consists of three Units, divided into Sessions. Each session ends with section "For Discussion and Reflection".
Contents: Unit One: First Things -- Unit Two: The Anglican Way -- Unit Three: God Speaking.
Contents of Unit One: Session One: God: Our Destination -- Session Two: Jesus: Our Forerunner Start to Finish -- Session Three: The Bible: A Very Good Read -- Session Four: The Christian Story: Taking a Good Run at It -- Session Five: The Church: Traveling Partners -- Session Six: The Anglican Way: Our Own Band of Pilgrims.
Contents of Unit Two: Session One: Who Are We ?: What is an Anglican -- Session Two: Joining the Family: Baptism -- Session Three: Our Weekly Bread: The Eucharist -- Session Four: Prayer and Worship -- Session Five: Every Member Ministry: Evangelism -- Session Six: The Agape Meal: Love Feast.
Contents of Unit Three: Session One: Do You Get My Point ?: The Bible as Communication -- Session Two: Stuff That Matters: Author, Canon, Translation -- Session Three: It's All in How You Say It: Literary Form -- Session Four: Putting Them in Their Place: Historical Context -- Session Five: Front to Back Or ?: Canonical Context -- Session Six: So What Has This To Do With Me ?: Contemporary Context.
"This book was prepared by Fforbez Publications on behalf of the Centennial Committee of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster".
This book "tells the stories of [Bishop] Sillitoe and the hot-tempered Father Pat and the bishop who went to war and the man whose work inspired 'I Heard the Owl Call My Name'. It follows Primate Ted Scott through the Depression in Vancouver and deals with the 'God is dead' controversy and the ordination of women priests. As well as being a history of the Anglican Church on the southern mainland of B.C., 'Pacific Pilgrims' is a story of brave, daring and eccentric men and women and of the bishops who were leaders of this spiritual 'Wagon Train'." -- back cover.
"[W]hat I offer, cap in hand, is a story in which a few have been selected to represent the many. This is not a conventional history. But perhaps it will help to stir an interest in our ecclesiastical roots. Archbishop Gower said to me, speaking about Bishop Sillitoe. 'I love that man !' And now, so do I. And Dart and Heathcote and all the rest. They are not figures of the past; they are alive all through the diocese, and their stories deserve to be freed from church archives. Maybe this book can be used to prop open the door". -- Acknowledgements, p. 194-195.
Contents: Foreword / Godfrey P. Gower -- Part I: Trumpets in the Mountains, Cymbals by the Sea -- Part II: The Scholar, the Soldier, and the Grand Old Man -- Part III: Visions and Reality -- Acknowledgements and an Apologia dated August 1979 / Lyndon Grove -- Index.
"It is to give some context for discussion of the liturgical and pastoral questions about same-sex rites that this essay has been written. Those who come to this book looking for a theoretical debate will go away empty. The goal here is to give a general picture of what is being done among those now shaping rites." -- Intro., p. 11. "[W]hether of not the Church endorses the blessing of same-sex vows, an enormous amount of work has gone into these rites, some of it representing new or richer language for expressing the sacramentality of life commitment. It would seem that liturgical revisers working on marriage rites of any kind would want to consult the wealth of material of which this essay has provided only a tiny sample". -- Conclusion, p. 63.
Contents: Prothalamion: Until We Have Faces: Annie and Brenda -- Introduction -- Witness and Bless -- A Word and The Word -- Vows and Tokens -- The Holy Communion -- Not Unadvisedly or Lightly -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Three Liturgies.
Contents of Appendix: The Covenanting and Blessing of the Life-Long Union of Anne Bursley Bost and Brenda Kay Bost -- Consultation on Blessing of Same-Sex Unions, Section Two: A Rite for the Celebration of Commitment to a Life Together -- Dialogue on Same-Sex Unions Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, The Blessing of Same-Sex Unions : A Proposed Rite.
Author is Episcopal Bishop of Bethlehem.
OTCH Note: Later expanded edition published in 2004 under title "Same-sex unions : stories and rites".