Resolved, That the Lower House concur in Message 15 from the Upper House re Order of Business and 3rd and 5th days of General Synod.
No.15 Order of Business on the 3rd and 5th Days of General Synod
That the Lower House concurring, Canon II, Clause IV (Page 549, Journal 1921), be amended to read: "The First Order of Business on the Third Day of each Session of the General Synod shall be the consideration of the work of the Missionary Society aforesaid.", also
That Canon VII, Clause XII (Page 557, Journal 1921), be amended to read: "The First Order of Business on the Monday of the Second Week of the General Synod shall be the consideration of the Report of the Board."
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.15, "Order of Business on the Third and Fifth Days of General Synod."
This report was presented by the Archbishop of Kootenay. Considerable discussion arose out of the report which was, on motion of the Archbishop of Kootenay, seconded by Mr. R.W. Allin, carried in both Houses.
Your Committee regrets that it cannot submit any report either on the "state" of the Church or on statistical returns. The information supplied is insufficient in both cases. Only nine bishops have replied to a request for a Church report of conditions in their areas; for the year 1944 statistical returns were not received until this year, and the figures of two important dioceses are still unavailable; less than half the returns for 1945 have been received.
Your Committee requests that it be relieved of its duties unless fuller cooperation is forthcoming and needful information supplied. It would however stress the great loss which the Church would suffer, if information as to the ebb and flow of Church life in various parts of the Dominion is not available. It may point out that the proportion of active to missing Anglicans would never have been known if statistics had not been collected and synthesized.
That this Synod requests the Committee on Statistics and State of the Church to continue its labours and calls upon all Dioceses to extend to the Committee the fullest co-operation so that all needful information may be supplied. CARRIED in both Houses.
(b) The Council shall represent the General Synod and execute its work between Sessions: it shall have charge of the co-ordination, development and prosecution of the Missionary, Educational and Social work of the Church; and to this end it shall supersede and exercise all the powers legal and otherwise now exercised by the Board of Management of the Missionary Society, by the General Board of Religious Education, and by the Council for Social Service.
Resolved, That the second clause of Section (c) be amended to read "The number of such persons not to exceed such number as may from time to time be prescribed by the Council."
(c) It shall elect an Executive Committee not exceeding twelve in number for each Department of the Church's work, viz.: The Department of Missions, the Department of Religious Education, and The Department of Christian Social Service, and shall have power to appoint such other Committees as may be deemed necessary in each Department, and with the approval of the General Synod, to create new Departments.
Each Executive Committee shall have power to call upon persons, not necessarily members of the General Synod, to aid in the work of the Executive and Sub-Committees thereof, the number of such persons not to exceed such number as may from time to time be prescribed by the Council.
(d) It shall meet at least once in each year to receive and pass upon reports from its Executive and other Committees and to transact other business and shall publish annually such a summary of its proceedings as it may deem expedient.