That the members of this National Executive Council express their profound gratitude for the life and work of Bishop Eric Munn who died on December 26, 1968 after a long illness and extend to Mrs. Munn and his son Harold their deep sympathy in this time of sorrow and bereavement and the assurance of their prayers for God's blessing upon them in the days to come, and further that the General Secretary be requested to include in the records of this meeting this tribute to one who by his humility, devotion and saintliness of life has left an indelible mark upon his diocese in which he laboured with great zeal and on the Church at large. CARRIED
In reply to the General Secretary's inquiry for suggestions from the Departments regarding the proposed biennial meetings, the following statements were received:
- i. M.S.C.C. - Resolution from Executive Committee on November 9, 1965:
-- "That, subject to the decision of the National Executive Council, a meeting of the Board of Management be held in 1966 for two days at a time to be decided, the Board to be composed of those representatives whom Dioceses send as allowed in the Canon, and such others as the Canon prescribes: that the quorum be declared to be those present; that the business of an annual meeting be conducted; that the remaining time be given over to a consultation on such matters as the staff think advantageous to the work of the Department;
-- Further, that the function and purpose of the Board of Management be studied at the forthcoming consultation of the Policy Committee and reported to this Executive."
- ii. C.S.S. - Resolution from Executive Committee on November 10, 1965:
-- "That the Council for Social Service Executive draw to the attention of the National Executive Council the financial bind created by the Canonical amendments adopted by General Synod in relation to the 1966 meeting of the Council in that no provision has been made for the payment of travel and accommodation expenses of members, other than through the limited funds provided by Dioceses."
- iii. G.B.R.E. - Canon Somerville reported that his Executive had discussed the matter and was aware of the financial difficulties entailed. They had also talked of the possibility of holding Provincial Consultations.
Chancellor Soward stated that, in his opinion, it was canonically requisite that such biennial meetings be held.
It was agreed:
That 1966 is a particularly difficult year to arrange meetings, because we are in a state of transition.
That it is still a diocesan responsibility to pay for representatives to attend the Departmental Biennials.
That it would have advantages, and would not be too much more expensive, to hold the meetings in Fredericton in conjunction with the House of Bishops and N.E.C.
While mindful of the opinion expressed at the February meeting, on further consideration entailing a lengthy debate, it was moved [and seconded], and RESOLVED:
That, in principle, the National Executive Council sets the last ten days of August 1966 as the period within which, in Fredericton, it shall have a meeting, and the three principle Boards (MSCC, GBRE, CSS) shall also meet; leaving the implementation to a small committee to be named by the Primate. CARRIED
The Primate named the following committee: The General Secretary of General Synod, the Archbishop of Fredericton, Canon A.H. Davis, Canon T.D. Somerville, Canon M.P. Wilkinson and Mr. J.W. Graham.
Concerning Section I of the report, it was moved [and seconded].
That the recommendations contained in Section I be referred to the Agenda Committee for its attention. CARRIED
The Chairman of the Agenda Committee mentioned that this report had been received by that Committee, for its information only, on November 14. As a result of the foregoing resolution, he will confer with the Heads of Departments to obtain their suggestions as to how such a conference might be arranged at the time of General Synod.
In connection with Section II, it was noted that it was hoped that all the large services of worship during Centennial Year would be of an inter-faith nature rather than just Anglican. It was thought also that consideration should be given to inviting the Moderator of The United Church to those services attended by the Primate.
That Section II be referred to the Primate for consideration, along with the comments concerning the inter-faith nature of services during Centennial Year. CARRIED
That the recommendation regarding the Centennial International Development Programme project referred to the Chairman of this Committee at the August meeting of the National Executive Council be included in the list of additional suggestions. CARRIED
The following resolution was presented in August when it was deferred for consideration at the next meeting:
"That this National Executive Council requests the Budget Committee of General Synod to provide in 1968 a sum not exceeding $10,000, if required, for the expenses in connection with the enquiry concerning theological colleges authorized by General Synod."
Following considerable discussion, it was moved [and seconded].
That the motion presented in August be now approved. CARRIED
The Rt. Rev. F.H. Wilkinson, Chairman of this Committee, together with Mr. A. Edinborough, Mr. P. Maclachlan and Prof. W. Kilbourn, joined the meeting at this point to present the "Report of the Primate's Committee on Publications." Copies of this report were previously sent to all members.
That Recommendation (1) be amended to read, "A Publishing Division responsible for the publishing and distribution of all publications of the Anglican Church in Canada be set up within the new Church House framework." CARRIED
Following considerable discussion, it was moved by Mr. J.W. Graham, seconded by the Very Rev. F.R. Gartrell,
That the "Report of the Primate's Committee on Publications" be approved. CARRIED
That the delegates of the Anglican Church of Canada to the Canadian Council of Churches be instructed that the motion granting general approval was passed on the understanding that it does not imply the build-up of an expensive organization or the complicating of the local scene where the organization of formal councils might be divisive and limiting to the local ecumenical effort. CARRIED