Whereas there is need for clarification of the positions of deacons and deaconesses in the Anglican Church of Canada, be it resolved:
that the Primate be requested to initiate a study of all aspects of the diaconate, including requirements for ordination, the character of the office, the duties, the status and the permanency, with the effect which various uses of the diaconate would have on the Service of the Ordering of Deacons and of Deaconesses, and to report to the next General Synod. CARRIED in both Houses.
Arising from a discussion on the meaning of Sponsorship of Theological Students.
That the Primate be requested to appoint a committee of three bishops to draft a full statement regarding the meaning of sponsorship of theological students by the bishop. The statement to be of such a nature that it could be presented to the General Synod in the form of a Canon or considered as a directive from the House of Bishops to the Heads of Theological Colleges. And that the Committee considers all matters referred to in the letter from the Heads of Colleges to the Bishops. CARRIED
LETTER FROM HEADS OF COLLEGES
February 15th, 1961.
The Right Reverend Tom Greenwood, L.Th., D.D.
Secretary of the House of Bishops
My Lord Bishop:
At this brief conference held at Scarborough, immediately after we were privileged to meet with the House of Bishops, the Heads of Colleges discussed the subjects handed to us from that meeting.
1. Screening of Candidates for Holy Orders: Modified forms of C.A.C.T.M. [Central Advisory Council for the Ministry (Church of England)] were discussed, but we supposed that it was not within our competence to make resolutions, and our discussion did not get beyond a general opinion that such a move would be advantageous. Most of our discussion centred around, the pre-theological student, and the general feeling here was that men in this category should be handled in the same way as other undergraduate students, i.e. purely on the basis of accepted academic entrance qualification, and not as ordinands.
2. Sponsorship of Theological Students: We were left in some confusion as to the bishops' understanding of sponsorship, and I, as secretary, was asked to seek further clarification.
We understand that it is the desire of the bishops to distinguish 'sponsorship' from financial support; and we were encouraged by the impression we gained that the bishops are prepared to distinguish financial support from obligation to service.
It was our opinion that whatever 'sponsorship' might mean in regard to the theological student, any such condition for the pre-theological student would be premature. He is better regarded as an undergraduate student in Arts. None of this was intended to minimise the importance of pastoral care of and interest in such students form the start. We were concerned about the possible 'conditional' nature of such sponsorship as is proposed inhibiting such students from normal healthy competitive development in their undergraduate days.
As for theological students, nearly all of whom at present are in some direct way associated with a diocesan, we failed to appreciate the value of any rule making this necessary.
If we have misinterpreted the intention in this matter we shall eagerly anticipate correction.
3. Pastoralia and Devotional training in Course: As this is a matter largely of concern to the faculties of colleges we have referred the matter to the faculties for discussion, and if they so desire, to report back to us.
4. Training of a Native Ministry: All 'old Canadians' having the necessary entrance qualifications are welcomed at all the Colleges. But it is manifestly unprofitable to include in our present courses men whose English or general education does not enable them to compete. From the experience of some of the colleges frustration and failure among such candidates have been high and there is also apparently a real risk of "detribalisation'. In other words Indian students (we have had no experience of Eskimos) tend to loneliness and frustration, or to become Europeanised, and so to lose touch with their own people. It would therefore, appear to us that better results might be expected where such candidates are not removed from their own environment and culture, and that they are better trained by men familiar with their language and culture. We would like to have heard reports on the Summer courses held at Dauphin. The Conference asked that the three prairie colleges with some experience of training such men should continue conversations with the Bishop of Brandon on this matter.
5. Training of 'Special Course' men outside the Colleges: Recognising that the Colleges as presently constituted, are not directly concerned; that in the brief to the bishops from the Heads of Colleges we stated our readiness to accept men in this category, where possible, under a Bishop's sponsorship; and recognising this as a specified area of concern for the Provisional Committee on Theological Education, the Conference of Heads did however, venture to commend the work already done in the four centres (Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Huron). We were particularly relieved that residence and post-ordination internships are requirements for such men. In regard to residence for such men all the colleges will gladly assist within the limitations set by any other agreements.
I am asked to say again, my Lord Bishop, how greatly appreciated by us was the Primate's and hospitality, and the courtesy of the House of Bishops.
Yours sincerely, F.H.W. CRABB Secretary Heads of Colleges Conference.
The Secretary reported that the following Bishops had sent their regrets for non-attendance;-The Archbishops of Rupert's Land and British Columbia; the Bishops of Keewatin, James Bay, Toronto, Kootenay, Newfoundland, Huron, the retired Archbishop of Quebec (Carrington) and the retired Bishops Sovereign, Moorhead, Martin and Ragg. A motion moved by the Bishop of New Westminster and seconded by the Bishop of Ottawa asked that a special message be sent to the Bishop of Kootenay wishing him a speedy recovery from his serious illness. This was carried. Another Motion moved by the Bishop of Calgary and seconded by the Bishop of Niagara asked that a message of greeting be sent to the retired Archbishop of Quebec and Mrs. Carrington, in England. This also was carried.
A further Motion requested that greetings be sent to all the retired Bishops. This too was carried.
Later, the Bishop of Niagara very kindly suggested that if these messages of greeting were sent by wire the Diocese of Niagara would be responsible for the cost. This was done, with the exception of Archbishop Carrington and Bishop Ragg who were in England.
That subsection (c) of the resolution passed at Montebello concerning the Secretary of the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy be made effective in such manner as to indicate the sources and details of income as well as expenditure. CARRIED.
The Primate and the Archbishop of Algoma had represented the Canadian Church at the first meeting of the Wider Episcopal Fellowship held at Lambeth last Spring. The Archbishop of Algoma reported that all except four of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion had been represented among those present. Non-Anglicans had been there from almost every form of episcopal Church. The conference had issued little information for the general public but the value of the Conference in the development of understanding and fellowship in Christ had been considerable.
"That we express our gratitude to the Archbishop of Algoma for his report of the Wider Episcopal Fellowship held at Lambeth, and request him to make it available to be mimeographed and circulated to the members of the House of Bishops."
With reference to the memorandum prepared by the Bishop of Ontario at the request of the Primate, and circulated to members of the House of Bishops, it was moved and seconded
"That the Memorandum prepared by the Bishop of Ontario on the subject of "Priority in Application of Canons on Discipline" (See Page 4 of the Toronto 1962 Minutes) -- be referred to the Primate's Commission on Canon Law".
The thanks and appreciation of the House of Bishops was extended to Bishop Evans for his careful and arduous efforts in preparing this memorandum.