That the following clause (omitted from Recommendation VIII in Convening Circular) be reinstated:
We recommend that, in view of the constant contacts throughout Canada between these two bodies, especially, and ourselves, we should, in the words of the Lambeth Appeal to all Christian Peoples of 1920, be ready to embark upon "An adventure of good-will and still more of faith, for nothing less is required than a new discovery of the creative resources of God." CARRIED in the Lower House; Upper House reserved decision.
Text of Recommendation VIII "Cooperation" as found on pp. 118-199 in "The Report of the Field Commissioners to the Anglican National Commission May 18th, 1931" bound with 1931 General Synod Journal of Proceedings.
That since, in the sparsely settled parts of our country the difficulty in reaching, with any degree of regularity, the scattered groups of our people, is almost insurmountable, which difficulty extends to other Christian communions, we recommend that in the interests of the Christian faith and advance be made to the authorities of the United Church and the Presbyterian Church with a view to discovering if some arrangement could be made for a more friendly co-operation with them in the matter of ministering to these small units, subject always to the principle being clearly indicated that we must administer the sacraments to our own people. We recommend that, in view of the constant contacts throughout Canada between these two bodies, especially, and ourselves, we should, in the words of the Lambeth Appeal to all Christian Peoples of 1920, be ready to embark upon "An adventure of good-will and still more of faith, for nothing less is required than a new discovery of the creative resources of God."
Consideration of the Recommendations of the Anglican National Commission was then resumed.
The Bishop of Ontario moved the suspension of the Rules of Order so that he might introduce a motion to draft an introductory paragraph to the Recommendations.
That the Mover and three Field Commissioners be requested to draft an introductory paragraph to the Recommendations of the Anglican National Commission safe-guarding the rights of the several Synods, which may be affected by any one or more of the Recommendations. CARRIED in both Houses.
2. That there should be associated always with Incumbents and Churchwardens, a group of laity empowered and entitled to assist in forming policies and in carrying out the management of the parish. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the Committee on Reunion of the General Synod renew its active and sympathetic efforts to carry out the purpose for which it was appointed. (Vide Journal, 1927, p.62)
Resolved, "That the wording of No.7 be deleted and the following recommendation of the Committee on Reunion substituted therefor: That a representative Committee on Reunion with an Executive be appointed by the General Synod to study continuously the whole question of the Reunion of Christendom and to deal with such special problems and opportunities relating thereto as may from time to time arise; and to report, before taking formal action, to the General Synod or to its Executive Council."
Resolved, That this Synod desires to encourage informal conversations and conferences between members of our Communion and those of others with a view to increasing the spirit of mutual understanding and sympathy necessary to progress toward re-union and expresses a hope that every opportunity may be used in the way of such co-operation in good works as shall increase the influence of the Christian forces in every Community.
Resolved, That the members of the Lower House of the General Synod desire to express their appreciation of the consideration and impartiality with which the Prolocutor has conducted the meetings of the present Session and assures him of their grateful esteem.
Resolved, 4. That in the matter of the formation of a new Diocese of the Chung Hwa [sic Hua] Sheng Kung Hui out of the present Diocese of Honan, the Church of England in Canada would require that before any official action is taken by the Church in China, the Church in Canada should be consulted concerning the contemplated action.