Resolved, That this Board of Missions request the Executive Committee to give attention to the following matters.
1. The adding of the appropriate information concerning the founders of our Canadian Church to its publication - with events bringing the same before our Church people generally in the most effective manner.
2. That the Very Rev. Dean Tucker be asked to be good enough to prepare a pamphlet along the lines of his admirable address to this House this morning.
3. The preparation of a form of Intercession on behalf of Missions to be used generally throughout the Canadian Church.
Resolved, That this Board of Missions of the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada wishes to convey to the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs and the permanent Staff of his Department, the deep appreciation of this Board of the unwearied interest shown and the splendid service rendered by the Department in the uplifting of the Indian and Eskimo wards of the Dominion.
Resolved, That the Upper House concurring, the messages between the two Houses be dealt with in consolidated form, that is to say, that each message in its entire history be recorded as a single document under one number, and when finally disposed of between the two Houses the said document be placed in the hands of the Secretaries of the Lower House for publication and thereafter be deposited in the archives of the Registrar.
That a message of condolence be sent to the family of Mr. Evelyn Macrae. That this General Synod in joint session assembled desires to express its sense of loss sustained by the Church, not only in the Diocese of Toronto but throughout the Dominion, by the sudden and unexpected passing of Mr. Evelyn Macrae, whose splendid work as Commissioner for the A.F.M. laid the Church under lasting obligation to him.
The Synod wishes to convey to his widow and children its sincere sympathy with them in their irreparable loss, and to assure them of their prayers for their consolation and support.
Message No.3 "Report of the Committee on Method of Electing the Primate" consideration of which had been deferred until the Report should be in the hands of the members of the House, was now considered. The following Report was read by the Deputy-Prolocutor:
Committee on Method of Electing the Primate
The Committee met on Monday evening, Sept. 12th, 1927, in the City Hall, Kingston, Ont.
There were present, the Archbishops of Huron and New Westminster, the Bishops of Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa and Saskatchewan, and Chancellor Gisborne.
The Archbishop of Huron was elected chairman of the Committee in succession to the Archbishop of Algoma.
The Chairman reviewed the work of the Committee hitherto and read the correspondence which had been handed to him by the Archbishop of Algoma. The correspondence covered a period from 1921 to the present time.
After a full consideration of the present situation and of suggested changes, the Committee passed the following resolution, viz.:
"That the Committee, after careful consideration of many points of view, both practical and historical, that have been brought before them, have come to the conclusion that they can recommend no change in the method of the election of the Primate."
The Committee now beg to submit this Report and recommend its adoption.
David Huron, Chairman; John Charles Ottawa, Secretary; Sept. 12, 1927, Kingston, Ont.
Resolved, That this House concurs in Message No.3.
No.3 Election of Primate
That the Report of the Committee on the Method of Election of Primate be adopted recommending that no change be made in the manner of the election and that the Lower House be asked to concur.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.3 of the Upper House.
Report of the Business and Contract Committee of the Book of Common Prayer
To the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada:
Your Committee begs to report that they have carried on the work entrusted to them, and have reported in due course to the Executive Council of the General Synod.
Our relations with the Cambridge University Press have continued to be satisfactory, and we have been met at all times with a spirit of fairness and good will.
Your Committee requested the Syndics of the Press to issue at an early date the Bishop's Book, containing the Offices required by the Episcopate in their special work.
Mr. B. Ince promised the Secretary in a recent interview that this Book would be issued at once.
The Syndics have, however, not been willing to issue the Book known as The Church Service, containing the daily lessons.
Your Committee have been in conference with Mr. Ince in regard to the publication of a Shortened Prayer Book. But it hardly seems possible with the present conditions to publish a Book, which would be satisfactory at a low cost. We shall, however, continue our investigations as to the ways and means.
Your Committee on instructions from the Executive Council undertook the business of publishing our Prayer Book in the Ukrainian language at the sole cost of Mrs. Albert E. Gooderham of Toronto. The S.P.C.K., with the consent of the Cambridge University Press, published the book.
Your Committee reported to the last General Synod, held in London, Ont., in 1924, that the sales up to 31st Dec., 1923, had totalled 194,917 copies, yielding a Royalty of $10,981.55.
No. of copies (31st Dec., 1923)..............194,917
No. of copies (31st Dec., 1924)...............18,021
No. of copies (31st Dec., 1925)...............36,478
No. of copies (31st Dec., 1926)...............38,683
Total No. of Copies sold.....................288,099
Canon Vernon then presented the Third Triennial Report of the Council for Social Service to the General Synod.
Resolved, That Section "Department of Literature and Publicity" be received.
The General Synod commends to the careful study of members of the Church the Bulletins issued from time to time by the Council for Social Service, recommends to the Clergy the formation of study groups in Christian Social Service, and commends to the Church the new Text Book, "The Church and the Newcomer," which has been issued by the Joint Committee on Education of the three Boards.
Message No.31 was received from the Upper House, "Resolution of the Bishop in Honan."
Resolved, That this House concurs in Message No.31.
No.31 - Resolution of the Bishop in Honan
That the Resolution of the Bishop in Honan concerning the Election of an Assistant Bishop of Chinese Nationality in the Diocese of Honan be referred to the Executive Committee of the M.S.C.C. with the request that the necessary negotiations concerning the relations of the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada and the local Chinese Church be carried to completion as soon as possible and further that question of the appointment of a Chinese Bishop be fully considered and if possible determined favorably subject to the approval of the Primate.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.31 of the Upper House.