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
Be it resolved that this General Synod request the theological colleges to provide training in Evangelism, not only for undergraduates but also as a program for the continuing training of clergy. Furthermore, that the bishops of the dioceses be asked to give financial support where needed and every encouragement. CARRIED in both Houses.
A letter from the World Council of Churches and a wire from the Boundary Parish of Kootenay were read. These asked for some action against the proposed detonation of a nuclear blast on the Island of Amchitka, Alaska.
"That we respectfully send a telegram to the President of the United States of America in protest against the underground nuclear blast on Amchitka, that the names of all the bishops be appended to the telegram, and that the Press be so informed." CARRIED
That the sincere thanks of the General Synod be conveyed to the Bishop of The Arctic, Chairman of the Spiritual Advance Committee of the A.A.A., and the Bishop of Huron, who on the illness of the chairman, took over the leadership of this committee and has rendered devoted and lasting service to the Church in its policy of Advance. CARRIED in both Houses.
1. The General Synod of the Church of England in Canada expresses its appreciation of the steps thus far taken by the Department of Immigration and Colonization of the Government of Canada in the direction of showing at the present juncture a preference for immigration from the British Isles. It desires to urge upon the Department the vital need of extending its provisions to ensure the happy, satisfactory and permanent settlement of the immigrant in Canada.
2. The General Synod expresses its approval of the work done by the Council for Social Service to ensure the welcome and welfare of the newcomer, recommends the formation of local welcome and welfare Committees at all places in which immigrants settle, and urges upon the Clergy and Churchpeople generally the duty of welcoming the newcomers at the earliest opportunity to our Church life and activities and of linking them up with all agencies helpful to their spiritual and social welfare.