That the following be added to the resolutions from the Commission on the Structure of the Canadian Church:
"That in view of the important issues faced by the Commission and the difficulty experienced in obtaining hitherto meagre attendance, the Primate be requested to arrange for meetings to be held at times and in places where the membership will not be called upon to attend other meetings and can devote its time to full consideration and debate. CARRIED in both Houses.
Whereas 93% of all Canadian homes now own television sets, and the average Canadian viewing in these homes is 43 hours a week,
Whereas broadcasters and educators cannot avail themselves of competent research into the impact and effects of television upon Canadian society,
Be It Resolved that this General Synod urges the Canadian Government to encourage the initiation of a program of research in this country similar to the Television Research Committee established in Britain in 1963 by the British Home Secretary to study the effects of mass communication on our society. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this 21st Session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada record its profound appreciation of the outstanding contribution made by the Rt. Rev. R.H. Waterman to the work of the Budget Committee. For twenty years Bishop Waterman has been a member of the Budget Committee, having served as Chairman for the past twelve years. To this work the Bishop has brought superlative qualities of organization, vision and courage. In addition, he has shown the happy faculty of inspiring others with the spirit of his own conviction: that the Anglican Church can provide, more and more adequately, for the work of the Church at home and abroad. Therefore, this Synod desires to express its thanksgiving to Almighty God for the dynamic leadership given by Bishop Waterman, and to record its warmest appreciation of the contribution made by him to the life and work of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED unanimously in both Houses.
Canon G.H. Tucker introduced the report of the Department of Information and Stewardship.
Whereas the peoples of the world are increasingly basing decisions on information received through new forms of communication, including over 2,000 television stations, 8,000 daily newspapers and 160,000 film theatres, and are expressing their beliefs through new channels,
Whereas ideas and learning processes themselves have been altered by the present electronic revolution,
Whereas it is of the nature of the Gospel that it be preached where people are in their daily life and it is of the nature of the mass media that they continuously reach into the lives of even the most remote inhabitants of the earth.
Be It Resolved that the Anglican Church of Canada recognizes its ministry in and through the mass media as an area of primary mission; that it accepts the responsibility of pioneering in the development of fresh ways of expressing the Gospel, and urges its members and organizations at all levels of the Church to give priority to the discovery and exploration of creative and imaginative avenues of effective communication, especially through the arts and the mass media. CARRIED in both Houses.
That General Synod having approved the appointment of an officer and committee for program planning and research with responsibilities which include those of the Unit of Research, the $25,000 budget for the Unit of Research be reallocated for this purpose. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the National Executive Council explore with the Pension Committee methods of improving the pensions of clergy and widows and bring in a specific recommendation at the General Synod of 1971, which might include an increase in the rate of assessment. CARRIED in both Houses.
A motion by the Rev. T.L. Leadbeater and the Ven. A. Hendy regarding Anglican Young People serving through educational exchanges was referred to the Agenda Committee.
That the address of Bishop Bayne delivered at the meeting of General Synod in 1962 be printed in the Synod Journal and that reprints of the same be made available for circulation. CARRIED Message L-38.
The report was presented by the Reverend R.D. MacRae, who advised that Pages 4, 5 and 6 (Criteria for the Disbursement of Development Grants) replaced Pages 4 and 5 of the report presented at the February meeting of NEC. Mr. MacRae pointed out that 80% of Development Grants would be used to assist Native Canadians in Canada and 20% for other developmental projects.
In the discussion that followed concern was expressed that there appeared to be an overlapping of the programs of the PWRDF and the Division of National and World Program. Canon Bothwell pointed out that the PWRDF made grants outside of Ecclesiastical structures.
That interim approval be given to the guidelines for the PWRDF, pending a report in September to NEC of a study of the duplication of policy enunciated by the Division of National and World Program of the Program Committee and the PWRDF Committee, the study to be conducted by the two above named committees, and members of the Budget Sub-Committee. CARRIED
That, having in mind the call of the Lambeth Conference, 1968, for a Renewal of Unity in seeking the wholeness of the Church and in response to the challenge to press on with the task of healing its divisions;
This General Synod instructs the appropriate committee to communicate with other Christian denominations and in particular with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches and extend an invitation to initiate dialogue and such other means as may be necessary to further the cause of unity. CARRIED in both Houses.