That this General Synod of the Church of England in Canada assembled in the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in its Seventeenth Session, hereby records its deep appreciation of the services rendered to the Canadian Church by the visit of the Most Reverend and Right Honourable C.F. Garbett, D.D., Lord Archbishop of York and Primate of England.
Both by his presence among us and by his notable utterances at the services and meetings held in conjunction with our General Synod, His Grace has placed us under obligation to him and has quickened the life of our Church.
The Synod recognizes with thankfulness to God His Grace's strong leadership not only in the domestic life of the Mother Church but also in the many critical affairs bearing upon social and international life.
In expressing its thanks to His Grace the Synod prays for God's blessing upon him, with the hope that he may have health and strength to continue for many years his devoted service to our Lord and His Church. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod hereby endorses a nine-point rule of life, and commends it as a practical expression of real and active membership in the Church as follows:
"As a member of Christ and His Church, I will strive, with God's help, to govern myself by the following precepts:
1. To pray morning and evening and read Holy Scriptures regularly. (In families the practice of family prayer is strongly urged.)
2. As a Christian Duty, and as an act of Witness, to attend Divine Service regularly on the Lord's Day, unless hindered by sickness or other unavoidable cause.
3. To receive Holy Communion regularly; and always on the greater Festivals; and, if possible, on occasions of personal interest (such as a Birthday, Confirmation or wedding anniversary); after due preparation through repentance and faith, and with thanksgiving.
4. To practice Christian self-discipline, in harmony with the teaching of the Prayer Book.
5. To undertake personal service in parish and community; and in the faithful fulfilment of my daily work to serve the Lord Christ.
6. To express the principle of stewardship by generous and systematic giving of money, according to my means, for the work of the Church at home and abroad, and for the relief of the needy.
7. To study the Christian Faith and its principles of personal and social conduct, and thus to be able to bear an intelligent witness in the fellowship of the Christian Church.
8. To preserve and strengthen Christian home and family life, by upholding the Church's standard of marriage, and by training children to love and serve the Lord in the fellowship of His Church.
9. As opportunity offers, to promote harmony and good-will in the relationships of daily life."
The Synod requests the G.B.R.E. to have this printed on a card, with two good adult prayers printed on the reverse side, and made available for all parishes and missions; and asks the Clergy to present it to their congregations, at the same time urging their people to accept it and act upon it. CARRIED Message L-39.
That this General Synod of the Church of England in Canada, conscious of the moral and spiritual nature of the sicknesses by which multitudes of people are distressed, and thankfully aware of the healing ministry with which Our Lord has endowed His Church: hereby stresses the great blessings which are made available through the Church's ministry of Absolution, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. It urges upon the clergy the importance of clear teaching on this subject, and the making of such provisions for the exercise of the function of their pastoral ministry, as will enable those who are troubled in mind, whose consciences are by sin accused, to seek and find the benefit of absolution, together with ghostly council and advice, to the quieting of their conscience and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod applauds the proposal recently made by the Secretary General of the U.N. Organization, that its meetings should be opened with a period of silent prayer and meditation, so that members should have an opportunity to express, each in his own way, their dedication to common ideals.
This General Synod, recognizing that man's relation to God is the basis of any valid claim to freedom, education, equality of opportunity, dignity of the individual, or any other "human right" urges that, in all agreements between God-fearing nations and peoples, His protection and guidance should be invoked, and that where the performance of any joint duty under such agreements has its roots in moral obligation, that fact should be proclaimed so that morality may be exalted as the supreme purpose and principle of common action. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod of the Church of England in Canada hereby makes the following affirmations, bearing on the mission of the Church in the contemporary world;
1. The Church may not become identified with any political or economic system. It should constantly seek the wisdom that is from above, by which it will discern between truth and falsehood in all systems devised by men and nations. Particularly at the present time it should endeavour to gain a true understanding and make a right evaluation of the rival systems of Communism and Capitalism, so that it may speak "a word of God" in regard to both.
2. No economic system devised by man can adequately guarantee the fundamental values, such as freedom and justice, which are inherent in "the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness." Christians should endeavour to bring any particular system under which they live into harmony with this transcendent Divine Order. Marxist Communism, by its secularist materialism, undermines the Christian belief in God and man and is in conflict with the Christian way of Life; traditional Capitalism, through unrestricted competition and the dominance of the money motive, has led to social injustice and human exploitation in the pursuit of wealth and power. Thus in their several ways they conflict with the true worship of God and the true life of man as a child of God. The Church should meet the errors of both with a full and balanced Christian teaching, with a demonstration by its members of that way of life which none can gainsay nor resist, and by a fearless witness against all forms of political, social and economic injustice as they become apparent in concrete situations. It is most desirable that in the councils of the Church there should be a larger representation of those who live and labour in the rank and file of the industrial order.
3. In a world suffering from the material, moral and spiritual disasters which are the outcome of war, and menaced by the possibility of a renewal of global warfare, the Church should stand constantly for peace among the nations and within nations, and in the Name of the Prince of Peace point the way to the things that belong to our peace.
4. The Church, as well as the world, is always under the Judgement of God. Only as it is constantly renewed by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit and exhibits a corporate life of genuine community can it rightly speak to a disordered and distracted world and be a fitting instrument for the redemption of human life in all its aspects. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Synod having heard with great satisfaction of the completion of 25 years of service, as Editorial Secretary under the Department of Religious Education, of the Reverend D.B. Rogers, M.A., D.C.L., desires to congratulate Dr. Rogers on this fine record of service in the Church's Educational work and to express to him our grateful appreciation and thanks for the splendid contribution which he has made in this field, especially in the development of our Lesson Courses and Publications; we hope that he may long be spared to continue this unique service to our Church in Canada. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Synod of the Church of England in Canada hereby conveys to Mrs. R.E. Wodehouse its warm congratulations on being honored by the University of King's College with the Honorary Degree of D.Cn.L. The Synod expresses to Mrs. Wodehouse its sincere appreciation of the services she has rendered to the Church, particularly through the Woman's Auxiliary, as its President, which have now received signal and well deserved recognition. CARRIED in both Houses.