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Elders in Ministry Project

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Date
1980 October 27-31
Source
House of Bishops Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1980 October 27-31
Source
House of Bishops Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Goodman
Seconder
Bishop Conlin
Prologue
Bishop Valentine introduced Dr. David Skelton who is a geriatric specialist and ordained priest. He explained that Dr. Skelton and Archdeacon Ralph Baxter, out of their deep common concern for the elderly, have spearheaded the Elders in Ministry Project. Dr. Skelton thanked the Bishops for the opportunity to address the House. He provided background information on the study, noting that in geriatric medicine concern is for physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of life. He reported that, barring unforseen calamity, the world's population will double within the next thirty-five years.
Dr. Skelton explained that the purpose of the Project is to develop programs for use on the national, diocesan and local levels within the Church framework which will improve the quality of life of the elderly.
Dr. Skelton outlined the three phases of the Project as follows:
Phase I
(i) to identify the needs and resources - (data is available through university computer facilities);
(ii) assessment of how older people view their needs to discover similarities and differences;
(iii) development of facilities to enable older people to become actively involved in both secular and church activities.
Phase II
Using researched data, work out strategies to fill the identified gaps;
Phase III
Implement programs and make them available to Church, society and government. Dr. Skelton noted that Bishop Valentine is Chairman of the Board which is centred in Winnipeg, and that there is a good representation of seniors on the Board. Dr. Skelton said that Archdeacon Ralph Baxter is fulltime Project Director, while he serves as technical adviser. Dr. Skelton urged those Bishops whose dioceses have not yet appointed a diocesan representative to convey the name of their representative to Canon Baxter as soon as possible. He noted that the United Nations has designated 1982 the Year of the Elderly, and suggested that a Senior Sunday may be set in the Fall of 1981 which would provide an opportunity for national coverage.
Dr. Skelton expressed appreciation to the Bishops for the opportunity to speak, and kindly offered to contribute the notes of his address. (Appendix D)
Text
That this House recommend to the National Executive Council that it consider the possibility of including "Elders in Ministry" in the national program. CARRIED
Notes
Bishop Valentine kindly agreed to present this concern to the National Executive Council.
Subjects
Elders in Ministry
Aged - Canada
Aged - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the aged - Anglican Church of Canada
Senior Sunday
Special Sundays
Skelton, David, 1937-2016
Baxter, Ralph E. (Ralph Esdale), 1932-2020
Less detail
Date
1983 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 103
Date
1983 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 103
Mover
Dr. M.J. Allen
Seconder
Rt. Rev. L.F. Hatfield
Text
"That this General Synod, recognizing the need for more positive attitudes towards the aging process and towards older adults:
1) welcomes the initiative being taken by the Program Committee to advance the spiritual, social and personal well being of the elderly;
2) urges the new Program Committee to continue to provide guidance and leadership for study and programs in this area;
3) recommends that in discerning the special gifts and needs of older people this be done where possible in co-operation with other churches and groups, and that in assigning responsibilities, older men and women be included in planning and leadership." CARRIED Act 103
Subjects
Aged - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the aged - Anglican Church of Canada
Less detail
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 66
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 66
Mover
Rev. Dr. E.D. Busby
Seconder
Canon S.D. Abraham
Text
That the General Synod commend the work of the Unit on Aging and urge all dioceses to participate in a supportive network with the Unit. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 66
Subjects
Aged - Canada
Aged - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the aged - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Unit on Aging
Less detail