A proposal was presented for a program of promotion of the Missionary Society as a vehicle for the receipt of legacies for the support of the missionary work of the Church.
Moved by Smith, seconded by Burch,
That the NEC authorize a program of promotion of the Missionary Society as a vehicle for the receipt of bequests for the missionary work of the Church.
The value was questioned of advertising the name of MSCC since it is now more or less a holding company and its work has been absorbed by a Division of the National Church. However, it was maintained that the Society is well known and accepted throughout the legal fraternity and by many elderly people.
That this National Executive Council endorse the advertising policy adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 8, 1983.
Advertisers with a product or service to sell, or an opinion to express, may purchase space to carry their messages. There are certain qualifications under guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. We accept no advertising for tobacco, small loans or lotteries. All advertising in Canadian Churchman must meet the standard of good taste.
When a proposed advertisement, appeal or insert, appears to be in conflict with a definite position of the General Synod, there will be consultation with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees before the advertisement is accepted.
a) In connection with the article "The Most Misunderstood Disease" (Alcoholism) in the January 1973 issue of the Canadian Churchman, Mr. Gault complimented the staff of the paper and, in particular, Miss Carolyn Purden for her factual and accurate account of this problem. Because of the excellence of this article and the valuable information it contains, the paper was in great demand in his area of the country.
b) Concern was expressed at the apparent contradiction between the stand of the Canadian Churchman on the Third World, poverty and racism and its acceptance of advertisements of expensive tours.
That this NEC request the Board of Trustees of Canadian Churchman to prepare a report for the next meeting of this Council on its policy concerning, and the operations of, Canadian Churchman tours. CARRIED
The Primate welcomed members of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Churchman. Archdeacon Williams presented the report of behalf of the Chairman, Dean Lundy.
The feasibility of inserts being mailed with the Canadian Churchman was discussed. Mr. Hames stated that it is the policy of the Canadian Churchman to carefully check the background and financial statements of any organization requesting that this service be provided.
It was agreed that the Churchman look at the kinds of material it will enclose and report back.
That the National Executive Council sends Greetings to Mr. Bruce Rathbone assuring him of its prayers and thanks. CARRIED
Prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics and parolees are among persons who were interviewed in a new religious series of one-minute radio announcements entitled, "LOVE AT WORK" to be broadcast daily on Toronto radio station CKFH.
The spot announcements were produced by the Communications Division of the Anglican Church of Canada for the Toronto diocese.
"It's part of our effort to develop new formats and models for religious broadcasting," said Al Bestall, supervisor of media planning for the Church.
"The series highlights the work of Anglicans in the community with actuality interviews with people who have been helped by someone who cared," Bestall explained.
"We consider the series a pilot or model which we expect other dioceses throughout Canada will adopt to tell the story of their involvement with people in their particular communities," he added.
The "LOVE AT WORK" series will be heard daily at 9:50 am on CKFH beginning May 1. Latest BBM Bureau of Measurement figures indicates the spots will reach 75,000 persons each week.
Each seven-day series of spots will deal with one of the more than 80 Anglican-supported services and institutions in the Toronto area, including the Street Haven Drop-In Centre, Yorklea Children's Home, Beverley Lodge, the Seamen's Mission, prison chaplaincies and Jewish-Christian dialogue.
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"LOVE AT WORK" - RADIO SPOTS
Some of the comments to be heard during the broadcasts:
"If there wasn't a Street Haven, the first place I'd head for is the hotel. Just drown my trouble in beer." - Street Haven
"On drugs, there's no such thing as you can't go any further. You keep going until you're dead or you find an agency where you can get help." - Street Haven
"The 85 and 95-year olds seem to be an age-group that nobody sort of wants to be bothered with and they need us very, very much." - Anglican Church Home for the Aged
"Some families are glad to push their older people into homes. But if they push them into a home like this they're lucky." - Anglican Church Home for the Aged
"In 1971, over 300 suicide deaths were recorded. That's the number they've recorded. I would anticipate it's much more than 300." - Distress Centre
That the Prolocutor and the General Secretary be requested to prepare and present to the next meeting of the NEC a procedure for the advertising of, and selection of candidates for senior staff, the filling of which is the responsibility of the NEC. CARRIED
December 01, 2009 - An interview with the Rev. Patricia Sawo, a church leader and mother living with HIV in Kenya inspired Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to entitle his World Aids Day Message A Space for Hope. Patricia says of her church "My congregation knows about my status and people in my church know that this is a place where, if they come with HIV, they can be loved." The Archbishop says "when the Church is doing its job, it is providing space for people to face themselves, to be themselves, and to cope with the future."
On my trip to Burundi in February, I saw numerous examples of that kind of space. Let me cite just two. In the heart of the city of Bujumbura there is an HIV/AIDS clinic. Above the main entrance of the administration building is a sign stating that the building was renovated though a gift of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) of the Anglican Church of Canada. That gift inspired other churches in the city to make contributions to expand the services of this clinic which serves teens and young adults who have been orphaned through AIDS. Most of them live on the street and their life is very rough. The clinic is a haven where they can learn about HIV/AIDS, get tested and if necessary receive treatment and counseling. As the Archbishop says, they can "face themselves, be themselves, and cope with the future."
Up in the hills, "in the bush" as Burundians say, in the village of Bitare, I and Cheryl Curtis (Executive Director of PWRDF) and Maureen Bailey (Youth Council, PWRDF) were invited to assist local people in laying the foundation stone for a new HIV/AIDS clinic. It was very humbling to kneel down and share in that work as hundreds of people looked on and sang and prayed for God's blessing on this project. The building is now complete and providing services to hundreds of people in Bitare and a number of surrounding villages. Individuals and families are feeling support and care. Lives are being changed and hope is rising like the glory of a new day.
This coming Sunday, the second in Advent, I ask that throughout the Church, prayers of special intent for those living with HIV/AIDS be included in the Prayers of the People. Pray for their caregivers and for their doctors and nurses and clergy. Pray especially for the work of the Mother's Union in Africa and their deep and steadfast commitment to helping those who are living with AIDS and those who have been widowed and orphaned through AIDS, and those who are caring for their grandchildren. Pray for those engaged in education about healthy sexuality and the prevention of AIDS. And as we pray for the eradication of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, pray also for that "space" the Church is called to provide where people can be welcomed and free to face themselves and be themselves without fear of rejection; where through loving care and support they can cope with their future. This calling is after the very example of Our Lord who reached out and "touched" (Mark 1: 40-41) the sick with love and mercy.
I encourage one and all to pray, to support the continuing work with HIV/AIDS, and to stand with all those who are pressuring world leaders, in the words of one of the Millennium Development Goals, "to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases." I issue this call in the name of him whose Advent sets us free, whose love brings healing and hope to all.