It was noted that the work of the Church Army has not been touched upon in the Report, and the Primate said that, at recent meetings with the Metropolitans, it has been agreed that conversations should be initiated with the Church Army about its future.
That this National Executive Council ask the Committee on Ministry to take steps to establish an inter-diocesan Theological Education Committee to coordinate and accredit Theological Education programmes of individual dioceses who have diocesan clergy schools for native postulants for ministry. CARRIED
The hope was expressed that such a Committee would ensure liaison with the Churches of South America, who have developed some interesting and exciting patterns for ministry among native peoples.
During the concluding session of the meeting, the Primate suggested that possibly the NEC might wish to associate itself with actions taken by PECUSA in regard to Corporate Social Responsibility.
That this NEC hear, for information, the action of the Episcopal Church. CARRIED
Mr. Anthony spoke of the resolutions on Southern Africa filed with twelve U.S. based corporations by a coalition of six denominations in the U.S.A. These proxy resolutions are information (disclosure) requests from the corporations about the nature of their activities in South Africa and Angola where racist, colonial, white regimes rely on police and military powers to maintain themselves. The intention is to raise public awareness of such corporations' involvement in racially troubled areas. The NWP [National World Program] Division feels that it is extremely important and a significant function on the part of Church agencies to exercise their proxy votes in support of these resolutions. It was noted that the Anglican Church of Canada has holdings in four of these U.S. based corporations: IBM, Xerox, Kodak and Exxon.
Reference was made also to the motion approved by the Central Committee of the WCC, supporting this kind of activity and requesting its member Churches, Christian agencies and individual Christians outside Southern Africa to use all their influence, including stockholder action and disinvestment, to press corporations to withdraw investments from and cease trading with South Africa, the Portuguese territories and Rhodesia.
That Right Reverend D.A. Ford, Dr. Ron Denham, Canon L.F. Hatfield, Mr. A.W. Cameron and Mr. T. Agg be elected by NEC to the Program Committee under the category of those not necessarily members of General Synod or NEC. CARRIED
At its November 1972 meeting the ICR Committee resolved "That the Primate be asked to appoint a committee to seek out contacts with Lutheran leaders with a view to establishing a working group, and that progree in this regard be reported to General Synod with a request that it approve such action.
The Executive of the ICR Committee in February 1973 recommended to NEC that they give approval in principle to the November motion (above), and to the establishing of a committee to hold Conversations with the Lutheran Churches in Canada.
That this NEC approves, in principle, the motion of the ICR Committee (November 1972), and the establishing of a committee to hold Conversations with the Lutheran Churches in Canada. CARRIED
(a) That we recommend that our subscription of $3,000 to the Anglican Centre in Rome be renewed for 1974.
(b) That the allocation to World Council of Churches be maintained at $22,000 for 1974 in spite of an urgent request from WCC for an increase.
(c) That the grant to the Canadian Council of Churches be the same in 1974 as in 1973.
(d) That the Summer of Service be dropped altogether.
(e) That the grant to the SCM should be increased by $1,000.
(f) That we advise Program, A&F, and NEC that our own Task Force had recommended that no further grant be made to the Ecumenical Institute after January 1, 1974, but that we now recommend that a grant of indefinite size be reinstated for 1974 pending the conclusion of current negotiations for the future of the Institute.
(g) That we recommend to NEC that $500 be allocated to retaining a consultant as outlined from "Consultation on Education Ecumenically," and that A&F be informed, and that the Committee on Ministry be advised of this action.
It was reported that the A&F Committee and its Budget Sub-Committee had referred Items (a) to (f) to the Program Committee, which has control of the details of the Budget. If NEC agreed to Item (g), this would necessitate the provision of an extra budgetary item since the 1974 Budget was completed in November 1972. It was then reported that Items (a) to (e) are already included in the Budget.
That this NEC notes the action taken by the ICR Committee under Items 3(a) to (e) of its Report, and refers them to the Program Committee. CARRIED
The following were recommended by the Committee for appointment as Anglican members of the General Board of the Council: Dr. E.W. Balcom, The Rt. Rev. J.C. Bothwell, Mrs. Mildred Davies, Canon H.St.C. Hilchey, The Ven. E.S. Light, The Rev. L.C. Raymond, The Rev. Dr. W.J. Sewell.
Alternates: The Very Rev. R.G. Fleming, Mr. D. Henderson, The Very Rev. R.E. Lundy, The Rev. J.B. Boyles.
That this NEC approves the appointment of the above as the Anglican members and alternates of the General Board of the Canadian Council of Churches. CARRIED
It was strongly recommended that the ICR Committee's Nominating Task Force be informed of concern about the preponderance of clergy nominated, with little representation of women and no representation of native peoples.