1. That this National Executive Council concur with the holding of a conference in 1975, on the Theological perspectives before the Church.
2. That this National Executive Council commits itself to a continuing process of Theological renewal following the conference.
Moved by Wright, seconded by Davis,
That this Motion be voted on Seriatim. CARRIED
A ruling was requested as to whether or not this Motion is in order as it involves an expenditure of money that is non-budgetory and has not first gone to the Administration and Finance Committee. (paragraph 21, page 38 - Handbook)
The Chair ruled that: If this is considered as voting "in principle", the Motion can be voted on.
It was noted at this time that reference to the Theological Conference was omitted from the November 1973 Minutes.
The mover and seconder agreed to amended their Motion, as follows:
That this National Executive Council concur "in principle" with the holding of a conference in the Autumn of 1975, on the Theological perspectives before the Church. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council establish an enlarged Committee to explore ways and means by which the Conference on Theological perspectives before the Church and a continuing process of Theological renewal following the conference can be carried through, and report back. CARRIED
Moved by Carter, seconded by Somerville,
That the National Executive Council agenda for November, 1974 become a planning conference which would include representatives from outside Canada. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council recognizes the widespread concern of the Church about social and economic problems in Canada and abroad, requests the Primate to convene a three-day seminar to include such members as the corporate and business community, members of the Unit of Public Social Responsibility, Native people, Labour leaders, Third World representatives and members of the National Executive Council and requests that costs be shared by participating groups. 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.
That the Handbook Task Force, the Administration and Finance Committee, the Pension Committee and any other appropriate Committee be asked to consider what other implications would be involved should General Synod at its June 1975 Session approve the suggested restructuring of the Diocese of Newfoundland in order that any necessary legislation may be available in draft form for implementation as needed.
That a Task Force be set up to make a study of available information and submit a report to the National Executive Council in February. CARRIED
It was AGREED that the Officers of the National Executive Council appoint this Task Force.
National Executive Council has received with appreciation the statements from the Board of Directors of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Committee of The United Church of Canada, and has noted the generous offer of the latter body of a moratorium on negotiations toward organic union if the National Executive Council is unable to accept the recommendations of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission.
Within the context of these statements and of the CUJM report, the memorial from the House of Bishops and the resolutions from the Inter-Church Relations Committee, this National Executive Council
Regrets that it cannot accept the recommendations attached to the Message to the Churches from the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, but is mindful of the Act of General Synod 1975 that a continuing committee be established to forward consultations; and,
desiring to facilitate a process of reconciliation within the context of the expressed willingness of The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to pursue a search for Christian unity,
A.1. That the Anglican Church of Canada withdraw from the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, and accepts the suggestion of a moratorium on negotiations toward Organic Union.
2. That The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) be asked to consult with representatives of the Anglican Church of Canada with a view to establishing a task force for the purpose of -
a) giving leadership in the understanding and implementation of the Lund Principle
"We would, therefore, earnestly request our Churches to consider whether they are doing all they ought to do to manifest the Oneness of the peoples of God. Should not our Churches ask themselves whether they are showing sufficient eagerness to enter into conversation with other Churches and whether they should not act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act separately?"
b) developing a process which will provide for stage-by-stage agreements on matters of Faith, Ministry and Sacraments, having in mind the Faith and Order section of the Principles of Union and the ARCIC statements on the Eucharist and Ministry.
B. That the presently participating Churches be asked to extend a joint invitation to other Christian Churches in Canada to become members of the task force and join in its work which we see designed to search for a deeper sense of unity at the levels of spirituality, personhood and wholeness.
C. That Anglican Church of Canada members of the task force be appointed by the Nominating Committee of the National Executive Council.
D. That the staff of the task force be drawn from the participating Churches.
E. That the task force report to the Church through their Executive bodies and the appropriate Inter-Church Relations committees. CARRIED - 1 against
That the Primate, General Secretary and General Treasurer be given authority to take counsel with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and The United Church of Canada to make sure that adequate appreciation and pastoral support is provided to the staff of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission. CARRIED
Mr. Boyles went on to stress that one of the issues to be faced is the interpretation of Act 48 of General Synod:
"That the National Executive Council be requested to consult with The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada with a view to reconstituting the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, under a new name if desired, to provide for greater theological competence and involvement in the life and program of the churches, in order to facilitate a process of reconciliation between churches, leading to a sharing of a common life and the development of a common mind in the Body of Christ.
The ICRC feels this is best done by disbanding CUJM and establishing a new low profile agency.
The CUJM takes "reconstitution" literally and proposes a revised agency.
The House of Bishops agrees with the ICRC regarding disbanding, and asks for a sharing of denominational staff to continue contact.
It was agreed that all visitors be invited to join in the open discussion concerning church union.
The Primate requested Chancellor Harradence to assist him on any legal matters that might arise.
A lengthy discussion followed.
That the Council move into small groups for discussion. CARRIED
It was felt by the National Executive Council that two or three days will be needed to properly discuss Plan of Union.
1. That the National Executive Council strongly urge the officers to:
a) extend the February meeting of the Council from 2:00pm on February 4 until 4:00pm on Friday, February 7 - with the first five sessions devoted to a discussion of Plan of Union and proposed revisions;
b) plan a special session of the National Executive Council for Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2, for the discussion of Plan of Union and proposed revisions.
2. That the Officers be requested to design the special sessions in a way that will assist the discussion.
3. That the National Executive Council agrees, if necessary, to delegate business that it is unable to consider to an interim executive group of the National Executive Council with power to act. CARRIED