The General Secretary reported the following correspondence:
a) Diocese of Calgary, January 31, 1974 - officially inviting General Synod, 1977 to meet in the City of Calgary. (To be dealt with in the Report of the Committee on Organization).
b) Secretary of the Doctrine and Worship Committee, December 28, 1973 - re: proposed changes, Terms of Reference, Doctrine and Worship Committee. The General Secretary reported that this was put before the Committee on Organization, and has been referred to the Task Force on the Handbook.
c) Miss Betty Graham - Summary of highlights - Anglican Information No. 6, Anglican Consultative Council. (Circulated, for information.)
d) The Right Rev. H.V.R. Short - Expressing appreciation, on behalf of the clergy of the Diocese of Saskatchewan for stipend augmentation received in 1973.
e) The Venerable L. Hatfield - Letter of appreciation.
f) Colonel D. Mitchell - Letter of appreciation.
g) The Diocesan Synod Secretary of the Diocese of Accra, Ghana, December 10, 1973 - Expressing appreciation, on behalf of the Diocese of Accra for assistance received from the Anglican Church of Canada. The General Secretary referred the members to a collation of similar expressions referred to the National Executive Council by the Reverend T. Anthony, and circulated for information.
Bishop Short, David Carter and Bishop Berry presented the report of the Doctrine and Worship Committee.
Bishop Short, in reviewing the report, made special note of the service entitled "The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage" which will be presented to General Synod for approval and publication. It is hoped that a Eucharistic Liturgy will be ready for use and presentation to the 1979/1980 General Synod.
Bishop Short mentioned that the idea of a new Prayer Book for Canada has been discussed at the last meeting of the Doctrine and Worship Committee but stated that no action had been taken. After a brief discussion Bishop Berry gave notice of motion to come later in the meeting.
It was noted that the booklet "Christian Initiation" did not readily identify its sponsors and a request was made that this be corrected.
David Holeton of Vancouver has been working with the Rev. W. Crockett on a revised three-year cycle Lectionary. It was requested that a check be made to see that the Old Testament is properly covered and possibly a section be inserted for family prayer.
That the report of the Doctrine and Worship Committee be received. CARRIED
(ref. p.29, Minutes NEC, November, 1973) This item refers to the possible division of Newfoundland into three dioceses and the following motion deals with General Synod's area of authority in the proposal.
That Section (3) be referred to the Organization Committee for report to the National Executive Council in May, 1974. CARRIED
That the General Secretary be instructed to place Plan of Union on the agenda for the 1975 General Synod, and take whatever preliminary steps that are required to implement this decision, including wide publicity throughout the Church. CARRIED