The Rev. Canon Dr. Todd Townshend, Chair of the Theological Education Commission (TEC), provided an overview of the committee’s deliberations regarding the Competencies for Ordination to the Priesthood. The committee consulted widely and responses were very positive.
The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford introduced the Competencies relative to the following principles – i.e. candidates –
- must have a personal faith and spiritual life adequate to leading others
- need to understand who we are as people of God and what it means to be Anglican within the wider family
- can translate their ministry into the context of the community
- should have the capacity to provide effective leadership in communities; and
- should have capacities for both teaching and learning.
Canon Beresford noted that the Competencies are aspirational and provide a framework—not a checklist—for ministry. They were developed to enhance transferability between dioceses. He responded to questions and advised that a further report will be presented in March 2013.
That this Council of General Synod receive the Competencies for Ordination to the Priesthood in The Anglican Church of Canada for information and discussion.
That this Synod feels that a much longer period of trial than has yet elapsed since last General Synod should be given to test the far-reaching changes there made resulting in the present set-up of our Indian School Administration; but urges a period of training for clergy who leave parish work to become principals of Indian Schools. CARRIED in both Houses.
Moved by Rev. Canon W. Cooper, seconded by Rev. A.T.F. Holmes,
That Whereas many Parish Priests of the Church of England in Canada have resigned their Parishes and are on leave from their Dioceses for the purpose of serving as Chaplains to the Forces, and
Whereas the majority of these Priests will desire on demobilization to return to Parish work,
This Synod requests His Grace the Primate to establish a Commission of General Synod to watch over the interests of these returning Chaplains.
And further, this Synod requests the Diocesan Bishops to set up Boards in their several Dioceses charged with the duty of keeping contact with Chaplains from their own Dioceses; and who shall also, as demobilization approaches, work in liaison with the General Synod Commission for the happiest and best re-settling of returning Chaplains in the cure of souls throughout the Dominion, endeavouring to care both for the wishes of the Chaplains and for the best interests of the Church's work as a whole.
And further that a report in this work be made by the Commission at the meeting of the Executive Council in September 1944, and at succeeding meetings of the Council or of General Synod until the work is finished.
That the question of appointing a Commission regarding returning chaplains be laid over until the Report of the Commission on Reconstruction be considered. The amendment was CARRIED and sent to Upper House.