Message No.11 was received from the Upper House, "The Church Army."
Resolved, That this House concurs in Message No.11.
No.11 - The Church Army
That this House wishes to express its confidence in the work of the Church Army and its willingness to co-operate with the effort to establish the Church Army in Canada and asks the concurrence of the Lower House.
That the Lower House desires to qualify its concurrence in Message No.11 respecting the Church Army by adding the following thereto:
That the circumstances of the several Dioceses of Canada being very different, the establishment of the Church Army in any Diocese is a matter that is primarily a question of consideration of the Diocesan authorities.
That the Upper House concurs in Message No.11A from the Lower House.
Resolved, That this meeting of the Board of Missions requests the Literature Department of M.S.C.C. to revise the character and extend the scope of the Intercession Leaflet so as to make the intercessions of the Church co-extensive with the several aspects of its work. It commends as a suitable model for this purpose the Quarterly Intercession Paper.
Resolved, That this meeting of the Board of Missions, mindful of the truth that the Church's work must always depend upon an adequate background of prayer and intercession, would draw the particular attention of the Church to the Intercession Leaflets published by the M.S.C.C. Literature Department; and would urge that a real effort be made to extend the use of these Leaflets among all members of the Church.
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.
Resolved, That Subsection 1 of Section A [A. Introductory - I. Dr. Rexford's Resignation as Chairman of the G.B.R.E.] be adopted.
Act 79. Adopted Report of G.B.R.E. with amendments and resolutions connected thereto.
I. Dr. Rexford's Resignation as Chairman of the G.B.R.E.
Before presenting the Report of the work of the G.B.R.E. for the past three years, we desire to call the attention of the Synod to the fact that we have been compelled, with the greatest reluctance, to accept the resignation of the Rev. Principal Rexford, M.A., LL.D., as Chairman of the Board, a position which he has occupied so ably and so acceptably ever since the work of the Board was first recognized in the year 1908.
The sole reason for Dr. Rexford's retirement from this office was the fact that he felt that the time had come when he must lighten the responsibilities which he was carrying, and, although your Board used its utmost powers to persuade Dr. Rexford to carry on for a while longer, he felt that he could not accede to the request. We are glad to be able to say, however, that his resignation from the Chairmanship of the Board does not mean the loss of Dr. Rexford from the membership of the Boad. He has continued his membership and still gives to the Board most helpful guidance as Chairman of the Lesson Committee, Chairman of the Special Committee on Curriculum, and as a member of the Executive Committee on Curriculum, and as a member of the Executive Committee and of the various Departments of the Board's work.
The Executive Committee, acting for the Board, took the first opportunity of expressing to Dr. Rexford the grateful appreciation of the Board for the wonderful contribution he had made to the work of Religious Education, an illuminated address being presented to him at a luncheon given in his honour.
We feel sure that this Synod will endorse heartily the action taken.
The memorial of the Diocese of Toronto "Missionary Forward Movement" was presented by the Bishop of Toronto.
The Memorial of the Synod of the Diocese of Toronto respectfully showeth as follows:
That in view of the urgent World Call and the great opportunity before the Church today and the utter inadequacy of our Overseas Missionary Staff to worthily represent the Church of England in Canada, the General Synod is memorialized by this Synod to initiate a strong Forward Movement in regard to Missionary Work, especially in foreign fields, by increasing the staff of Male Workers to the utmost limit possible.
Resolved, That the memorial from the Synod of the Diocese of Toronto be received and be referred to the Special Commission appointed in connection with the Anglican National Commission to be considered by the Commission and to bring in a paragraph on the same when presenting their Report to the Board of Missions.