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
The Archbishop of Huron presented the Report of the Executive Council which was considered section by section.
The adoption of each section was moved by the Archbishop of Huron and seconded by Chancellor Gisborne.
(1) "World's Alliance," adopted by both Houses. [See page 145]
(2) "Insurance on Church property," adopted by both Houses with the exception of the notes at the end of the Section. [See pages 145-148]
(3) "Organization of the Church." (Deferred). [See pages 148-149]
(4) "Sir Edmond Osler Trust," adopted by both Houses. [See page 149]
(5) "W.C.T.U. and Militarism," adopted by both Houses. [See pages 149-150]
(6) "A Revision of Statistical Form." The Bishop of Quebec, Chairman of the Statistical Committee, having read the following report, Section (6) was adopted by both Houses.
REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS
In September, 1926, the G.B.R.E. petitioned the Executive Council of the General Synod to have certain questions connected with Sunday Schools added to the Statistical Form which is issued to all the Dioceses.
The Executive Council having discussed the matter referred it to the Committee on Statistics and the State of the Church. This Committee was summoned to meet in Montreal to consider the matter, but unfortunately no one was able to attend except the Convener.
Another meeting of the Committee was held in Toronto last week. Two attended, but the opinion of those present was that it was not advisable to add more questions in connection with the G.B.R.E. work to the Statistical Form.
This decision was reported to the Executive Council on the 12th inst. The Council, however, decided by a majority vote that the additional questions asked for must be included in the Form, and a small sub-committee was appointed to decide in what way to recommend to General Synod that the questions ought to be inserted, i.e. whether on a separate sheet or otherwise.
The sub-committee was also asked to consider the best method of obtaining uniformity in the method of answering this questionnaire and any other matter which might facilitate the obtaining of accurate statistics.
The sub-committee therefore beg to report that in their opinion:
1. The additional questions asked for by the G.B.R.E. ought to be incorporated in the body of the Form in the place where other matters connected with Sunday Schools are placed.
2. That in order to obtain uniform and accurate information from the Dioceses, specimen copies of the Statistical Form be sent at once to the Synod Office of every Diocese in order that all the information required by the General Synod may be asked for in the form for returns issued to all the parishes in each Diocese.
3. That the present committee on Statistics and the State of the Church is too large and composed of members who are at distance far remote from each other and consequently seldom or ever able to meet together and that it would be far better to appoint a small committee of 4 and 5 who are near enough to each other to meet regularly and attend to the matter thoroughly.
4. That for the purpose of obtaining accurate information it is desirable that the Questionnaire should not be overloaded with minute questions which are not of any special value to the Church as a whole.
On behalf of the Sub-Committee, (Signed) Lennox Quebec, Kingston, 13 Sept., 1927.
(7) "Board of Finance and Legacies," adopted by both Houses. [See page 151]
(8) "Anglican War Service Fund," [adopted by both Houses]. [See page 151-152]
(9) "Ukrainian Prayer Book," adopted by both Houses. [See page 152]
(10) "Annual Meetings of Boards," adopted by both Houses. [See page 152]
(11) "Immigration," adopted by both Houses. [See pages 152-153]
[(11) Immigration: -- [Pages 152-153 of the Report of the Executive Council]
The Council for Social Service having requested the Executive Council to draft a Resolution to send to the Government at Ottawa, the following was drafted and carried:--
"That the Executive Council of the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada would urge upon your government the great importance of settling the land with people from the Mother Country, and would urge a close co-operation between your government and the British government to secure that end and trusts that this question of immigration will have a very prominent place at the forthcoming Imperial Conference."
A Deputation was named to wait upon the Government and present the Resolution.]
(12) "Church Newspaper," adopted by both Houses. [See page 153]
(13) "Episcopal Endowment Fund," adopted by both Houses. [See pages 153-154]
Resolved, That the Report of the Executive Council, with the exception of Section (3), be adopted.
Resolved, That, the Upper House concurring, this General Synod place on record and express its deep gratitude to Mrs. Albert E. Gooderham for her generosity in providing the cost of printing and publishing the Prayer Book in the Ukrainian language.