Canon W. Asbil informed the National Executive Council that four draft reports have been distributed. Approximately 300 people have received these reports and many answers were returned. A final draft has been written with the assistance of these replies and will be presented to General Synod.
Canon Asbil expressed appreciation to those who took the time to reply.
The Prolocutor thanked Canon Asbil for the report.
24. REPORT OF THE JOINT TASK FORCE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEES ON GENERAL SYNOD, PROVINCIAL, DIOCESAN RELATIONSHIPS
Canon Asbil, the Rev. W.E. Lowe and the General Secretary presented this report.
The General Secretary spoke to the report, after which the Council considered the report by sections.
The Reverend Clarke Raymond presented the following statement to the Council:
"At the annual meeting of Noranda Mines Ltd., on April 29, 1977, the representatives of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, United and Lutheran Church in America attempted to propose resolutions asking Noranda to postpone its present Chilean investment plan until human rights and democratic institutions are restored.
"Before the resolutions could be proposed the Vice-president for Corporate Affairs, Mr. R.P. Riggin, moved the meeting be adjourned. This action not only prevented the representatives from speaking to the resolutions, but also prevented them from replying to the opening statement from Mr. Alfred Powis, President, alleging that as 'part of a well-financed, highly organized campaign', Noranda's Montreal offices had been occupied that morning.
"Neither the Task Force on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility, nor any other official body of the Anglican Church of Canada, had any part in, or prior knowledge of, this event. It is understood that some forty persons distributed information including some produced by TCCR. The Police were not called nor was there any violence."
That the National Executive Council receive the statement and request the Primate, on behalf of the National Executive Council, to convey this to Noranda Mines Limited. CARRIED
Whereas General Synod instructed the Doctrine and Worship Committee to develop a Contemporary Eucharist in Consultation with the House of Bishops, and
Whereas an experimental Liturgy demands a supportive program of testing and evaluation, and
Whereas the Price-Waterhouse Report envisaged the submitting of all National Programs through the Program Committee for coordination and staff support;
Therefore be it resolved
"That National Executive Council express concern that major programs are being carried out by General Synod Committees without fulfilling the procedures directed by General Synod, and without integrating their program of experimentation with the National Program Committee;
also that the National Executive Council request the Committee of Doctrine and Worship, and other Committees as necessary, to comply with these organizational procedures."
During the discussion of this matter the following Acts of General Synod, 1973 were brought to the attention of the Council:
"That this General Synod direct the Doctrine and Worship Committee to proceed expeditiously with the production of a Eucharistic Rite for submission to the House of Bishops for possible trial use throughout the Church and invite the Committee to consider the American `Second Service' and the English 'Series Three' as suitable models for such a rite." Act 21
"That this General Synod direct the Doctrine and Worship Committee to publish, after due consultation with the House of Bishops, such documents as may be considered useful and necessary for study and comment in the course of the Committee's discharge of its mandate from this Synod." Act 22
That this matter be referred to the House of Bishops. CARRIED
This will be accompanied with relative Minutes from past NEC meetings as background.
The Primate emphasized that one of the functions of the National Executive Council is to adjudicate between recommendations that come from different bodies or committees within the Church, and that at this time the Council was required to decide between different recommendations concerning future steps to be taken in the area of ecumenical and Church union action and concern.
Three documents were presented to NEC, from the Inter-Church Relations Committee, the Committee on Union and Joint Mission and a memorial from the House of Bishops.
That this National Executive Council move into a Committee of the Whole. CARRIED
That National Executive Council endorse in principle the proposal regarding the appointment of a person to assist the Anglican Church of Canada to understand and involve itself at all levels in the cultural and religious content of Quebec and French-Canada, and request the Primate to consult with the Administration and Finance Committee and the Dioceses concerned regarding its implementation. CARRIED
Dr. Balcom introduced a resolution for action by the Council concerning the Canadian Council of Churches, and Jim Boyles then presented reports from the General Board of the Canadian Council of Churches in which the following was stressed:
The General Board passed the following motions:
- We are convinced that the Canadian Council of Churches is necessary as a sign and agency of the common faith and mission of its members.
- We believe that the coming into being of the Canadian Christian Council including membership of the Roman Catholic Church is an encouraging possibility within the next few years and that one of the priorities of the present Canadian Council of Churches and its staff is to assist in that development.
- We therefore ask the member churches to commit themselves to participate in the Canadian Council of Churches with its present basis, purpose and functions and to maintain the budgets for 1976 and 1977 as requested, which make provision for an executive staff of four.
- The Board asks that the Executive Committee undertake and report to the General Board,
a) a review of the structure and functioning of the three Commissions
b) a review of the relationship of the Council and of member churches to the ad hoc groups and coalitions.
That the report of the General Board of the Canadian Council of Churches be received. CARRIED
1) That all former terms of reference for the Marriage and Related Matters Committee be revoked.
2) The establishment of a sub-committee of the Doctrine and Worship Committee entitled the "Sub-Committee on Marriage and Related Matters" having the following terms of reference:
a) To have a specific concern for the operation of Canon XXI "On Marriage and the Church" in the light of Christian Doctrine and pastoral care, in the circumstances of current social and economic issues, related to marriage and quasi-marital relationships.
b) To assist diocesan matrimonial commissions with questions of interpretation of the Marriage Canon.
c) To report to the Doctrine and Worship Committee, as appropriate, on questions pertaining to Doctrine and Worship covered by the Canon.
3) Recognizing that the work of the Sub-Committee requires expertise in a number of fields (ie. canon law, civil law, marriage counselling and family life) rather than geographical representation, the following regulations should govern the membership of the Sub-Committee:
The Sub-Committee should have a membership of five (5) including at least a bishop, priest and lay persons. Among the membership of the Sub-Committee there should be persons who are
- qualified in theological and ethical matters related to marriage and family life
- competent in counselling and pastoral care
- duly qualified in family law and legislation
- experienced in the operation of an ecclesiastical matrimonial commission
- qualified in appropriate social science disciplines.
b) Staff Support
That the Executive Director of Program be requested to provide staff and program support to the Sub-Committee for its work and to have administrative oversight of the operation of Canon XXI.
That the Sub-Committee membership be drawn primarily from a local area that would afford the possibilities of regular meetings without incurring sizeable expense.
4) At least one member should hold membership on the Doctrine and Worship Committee.
5) Nominations for membership should be approved by the Doctrine and Worship Committee. CARRIED