That we approve the formation of the Anglican Consultative Council as recommended by the Lambeth Conference and ask the National Executive Council to provide our share for its support from the National Budget and to elect members to represent the Canadian Church in the Council. CARRIED in both Houses.
In substitution for (2), the following Resolution:
That this General Synod request the National Executive Council to set up a Task Force for the study of this need;
and also for the study of the Lambeth Resolutions on World Mission and the Project System in Resolution 67 (Lambeth Report, page 46), and in Section III, paragraph 6, page 167 [sic i.e. page 146] of the Report;
and that this Task Force be asked to report to the National Executive Council with recommendations. CARRIED in both Houses.
[Text of Resolution 67 ( Lambeth Report, page 46):
Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence
67. (a) The Conference records its gratitude for the concept of Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ, and for the renewed sense of responsibility for each other which it has created within our communion.
(b) The Conference believes that a developing M.R.I. has a vital contribution to make to our relationships within the whole Church of God. It therefore summons our Churches to a deeper commitment to Christ's mission through a wide partnership of prayer, by sharing sacrificially and effectively their manpower and money, and by a readiness to learn from each other.
(c) The Conference urges that serious attention be paid to the need for co-operation, at every level of Anglican and ecumenical life, in the planning, implementing, and review of all work undertaken, along the line set out in the Report of Section III (para 6 on p. 146).
(d) The Conference believes that the time has come for a reappraisal of the policies, methods, and areas of responsibility of the Anglican Communion in discharging its share of the mission of Christ and that there is a need for a renewed sense of urgency.
Text of Section III (para 6 on p. 146) of "The Lambeth Conference 1968: Resolutions and Reports":
Inasmuch as Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ (M.R.I.) has proved to be a great inspiration and blessing, the concept and programme should be continued. In particular, the project system should be pursued, subject to the following comments:
(a) Each Church must be free to decide to what extent it is appropriate to its own needs.
(b) Project programmes should be realistic in scale, flexible in operation, and in harmony with accepted criteria.
(c) Account should be taken in all building projects not only of the original capital cost but also of the continuing cost of maintenance.
(d) Support of the local ordained ministry should be a first charge of the local Church and not normally included in a Directory of Projects. The Directory, however, might be used to facilitate the interchange of personnel between regional Churches on a short-term basis.
(e) Regional Churches should be encouraged to appoint someone from their own membership, or to invite the Secretary General to send a representative, competent to help them in deciding on priorities among projects and in the effective planning, conduct, and evaluation of those selected.]
The Archbishop reported on the discussion in Group C on the proposed Plan of Union - First Draft. It was felt that the time factors involved and which appeared to be stressed in reports emanating from the General Commission, were causing some distress among Church members who desired adequate time to study the document.
This House of Bishops recommends to the Upper House that it dissociate itself from the last clause of paragraph 5 of the pink page vi-2 in the Convening Circular and suggests that the Upper House dissociate itself from the Nota Bene on page one of the Communication from the General Commission to the Study Groups called for Thurs. Jan. 28th. CARRIED
The Section of the Report dealing with the Philippine Independent Church was received, on motion of the Coadjutor Bishop of Toronto, seconded by the Bishop of Cariboo.
That the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada expresses its willingness to enter into a relationship of full communion with the Philippine Independent Church on the basis of the Bonn Agreement of 1931, and requests His Grace the Primate to correspond with the supreme Bishop of that Church to this end. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Section of the Report dealing with the Church of Lanka was received, with the deletion of two paragraphs of the Conclusion, beginning 'In the light of .. ' and ending ' .. of the Scheme.'
The section of the report dealing with the Church Union in North India and Pakistan was received, with the deletion of two paragraphs, beginning '.. In his letter' and ending 'its inauguration'.
The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has given sympathetic consideration to the "Scheme of Church Union in Ceylon" and the "Plan of Church Union in North India and Pakistan". We request our Primate in reply to the enquiry of the C.I.P.B.C. to convey to the Metropolitan our joy that they have gone forward in faith in this undertaking to heal the divisions of the Church. We have every confidence that the Bishops, Clergy and Laity of the C.I.P.B.C. will safeguard and uphold the doctrines and discipline of the Catholic Church. There are, it is true, certain features of the Scheme which give us concern and to a greater degree certain aspects of the Plan with which we find it difficult to agree. However these difficulties do not vitiate our acceptance of the general principles contained in these two plans. Furthermore, we understand that at the present time, both the Scheme and the Plan are being reconsidered and that further revisions may be made.
We urge our brethren in the C.I.P.B.C. to persevere in their negotiations in the hope that in God's time a united Church will emerge. In this way an inspiring example will be given to the whole cause of reunion.
This General Synod has every confidence that at that time we will be able to enter into full communion with the Church of Lanka, the Church of North India and Pakistan on the basis of the Bonn Agreement. CARRIED in both Houses Nem. con.
That through the Executive Council we recommend to General Synod that on the Committee on Theological Education, in place of the representatives of the Theological Colleges on the Board of Examiners for Degrees in Divinity, the Heads of Colleges nominate five of their number, or their representatives, to serve on the Committee on Theological Education with the five bishops, five priests and five laymen who constitute the Committee. CARRIED.
The Bishop of Toronto remarked that there was need for a Pastoral Letter from the House of Bishops definitely calling on the young men of the Church to give real thought and prayer to the service of Christ in the sacred ministry.
That this House requests the Primate to appoint a small committee of the House to collaborate with him in the preparing of a message to the people of the Anglican Church of Canada, informing them of the Church's urgent need of a sufficient supply of candidates for the sacred ministry in every Canadian Diocese, summoning all members to make this need a matter of their deepest concern and unceasing prayer, and calling upon the parish priests and the parents of each congregation to realize the challenge of this need to themselves in particular.
Further, that this message be sent out in the names of all the Bishops as an evidence of our corporate concern and deep desire for unified action for the welfare of every Diocese of the Church in Canada and overseas, and, finally that this message be given the widest possible publicity and printed in pamphlet form for distribution in the Parishes of all Dioceses. CARRIED
The Primate appointed the Archbishop of Algoma, the Bishops of Saskatoon and Cariboo and the Assistant Bishop of Newfoundland to form a Committee for the preparation of the Pastoral Letter.
The Bishop of Kootenay then presented a Report from the Heads of Colleges which was received on motion of the Bishop of Moosonee.
Many matters came under discussion such as, the need for a longer academic year; the need for the sponsorship of all candidates by their Bishops; the need for a unity of some kind in Deacons and Priests examinations; the desirability of grants coming from a central source in the Church rather than from an individual Diocese; the meaning of sponsorship; the testing of vocations; the dis-satisfaction of students with the present bursary system. There was a general agreement that the House of Bishops accepts as a principle that every candidate for Holy Orders should be under the care and guidance of his Bishop, and that there should be help for a bishop in the selection of men. The Primate asked the Archbishop of Algoma and the Bishop of Saskatoon to meet with the Secretary to prepare an Agenda for the meeting with the Heads of Colleges which was to take place the following day.