Act No. 78: Requesting the National Executive Council to refer motion (re additional funds for Information and Stewardship to have representative accompany Bishop Dean) to appropriate Committee for consideration and report (See Sept. 2 minutes, p.3)
The following resolutions were received from the November 10th meeting of the National Anglican World Mission Committee:
- i. "After giving full consideration to the request for funds for a representative of the Department of Information and Stewardship to accompany Bishop Dean to Japan and having considered all the factors involved, the Committee believes that it is both unwise and not within its present terms of reference to release money for this purpose."
Canon Hobbs stated that the Department of Information and Stewardship does not have money available for this purpose, and also has serious questions regarding the policy involved.
Following a discussion of the financial support of the office of the Executive Officer, it was moved [and seconded],
That we accept and adopt the resolution of the A.W.M. [Anglican World Mission] National Committee in reference to a person to accompany Bishop Dean to Japan. CARRIED
The Bishop of Niagara reported that the Special Committee had agreed that in view of the longer meeting arranged for Fredericton in August-September 1966, it recommended that the May Meeting of the NEC be held in the Toronto Diocesan Centre, if accommodation available. The General Secretary stated that he had tentatively booked the Diocesan Centre. This recommendation was being made in order to avoid the additional expense involved in travelling to Aurora.
That this Committee recommends that in view of arrangements for meetings of the Council in May, August-September and November 1966 no meeting be planned for February 1967 unless essential items should occur in the meantime. CARRIED
That the grateful thanks of this General Synod be accorded to the Right Reverend Robert Jefferson, D.D., Bishop of Ottawa, for the great contribution he has made to the success of the Anglican Advance Appeal, by his wise, able and inspired leadership as Chairman of the Executive Council of the Anglican Advance Appeal. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the Synod approves of the proposal for a supplement to the Church Anthem Book as outlined in Section 7 of the Report of the Committee, and requests the Compilation Committee to compile such supplement for publication. CARRIED in both Houses.
This General Synod now assembled in Joint Session expresses to His Grace, the Most Reverend Philip Carrington, M.A., D.Litt., D.C.L., S.T.D., D.D., our deep gratitude for his leadership during his term of office as Acting Primate and for the guidance he so ably gave whilst presiding over us in the earlier sessions.
We acknowledge with deep appreciation those brilliant gifts which have been so generously used in the service of the Church, and which have gained him world-wide eminence.
We have been enriched by his wisdom and his understanding of the work and the problems of the Church. We are proud of those qualities which have enhanced the dignity and honour of the great heritage of the Faith he personifies.
We desire to convey to him and to Mrs. Carrington, whose outstanding contribution in many diverse fields of work has placed us forever in her debt, our warmest felicitations, and to assure them of our love and of our constant prayers for God's blessing in the years to come.
RESOLVED That we, the members of the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada in session assembled, desire to place on record our gratitude to Almighty God for the ready and loyal response of the men and women of Canada to the call of duty in defence of our Empire and the liberties of mankind.
We send them our affectionate greetings and would have them know the pride that is in our hearts at their gallant and devoted service. We assure them of our constant prayers that God may sustain them in every hour of duty and danger and bring them in safety to their homes and loved ones to enjoy the fruits of their victory.
Resolved, That this Board of Missions of the General Synod respectfully requests the Canadian Government to reconsider the recent ruling made with regard to the standard required before assistance will be given to allow Indian pupils to proceed beyond Grade VIII in their education.
In his Report, the Bishop quoted the Resolutions 88/91 of the Lambeth Conference 1958, and gave various instances of the way in which the Office of Deacon is regarded in various sections of the Church. Appended to the Report, which was one of progress, was an article on Deacons from the Dictionary of Doctrinal and Historical Theology.
In discussion which followed the Bishops of Toronto and Niagara spoke of the use made by them of Perpetual Deacons who were either retired or presently engaged in lay-work. It was generally agreed that these men should be on the Clergy List but not members of the Pension Fund. The men working in Toronto and Niagara are voluntary and receive no remuneration. When asked about the movement to some other diocese and the steps taken in such a case, it was reported that, so far, this matter had not arisen.
(c) The Bishop of Ontario spoke of the need for greater care in the issuing of Letters Dimissory but he did not advocate issuing them in respect of Deacons. In response to a question asked by the House of Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, there was some discussion on the administration of the chalice by laymen and the Bishop of Niagara expressed the desire for a Commission to assist in an over-all Canadian system, but not a system which would make it necessary to ordain a man Deacon to have his assistance in the administration of Holy Communion.
That we request the Committee on Deacons and Supplementary Ministries to continue their study, and received reports from Dioceses in Canada and elsewhere in which men have been ordered Deacons who remain in secular work and assist a Parish Priest on Sundays, with reference to the conditions of their preparation and selection, the Committee to report at the next meeting of this of this House of Bishops. CARRIED.
A further question from the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada "Should a Deacon be given permission to administer the Holy Communion to the sick in their homes?" was deferred until the Committee had again reported.