"You hold in your hands a resource of materials designed to help you and your diocese develop a ministry with older adults. It is one of the ways we hope to equip and support your ministry. It is in response to requests for such material from clergy and laity who attended a national consultation on aging in May 1987. It is meant to be a model which you can adapt for your diocese by including such local resources and information which is useful to your parishes. We hope that each parish will receive a copy of your resources manual". -- "Why a Resources Manual", p. 1.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents divided into sections: Unit on Aging -- Section I : Your Diocese -- Section II : Facts on Aging -- Section III : Planning a Ministry -- Section IV : Program Ideas -- Section V : Resources -- Your Own Parish.
Two brochures from National Unit on Aging entitled "Life Long Living in the Church" in inside pocket of binder.
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:
(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.
Using researched data, work out strategies to fill the identified gaps;
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)
That this House recommend to the National Executive Council that it consider the possibility of including "Elders in Ministry" in the national program. CARRIED
Bishop Valentine kindly agreed to present this concern to the National Executive Council.
"The latter years may be a time of loneliness, withdrawal and fears or alternatively a serene flowering of much that has been growing throughout a long life. A skilled and loving ministry to the aging can be an important factor in dispelling the former and supporting the latter and is increasing a challenge and incentive to clergy and people. In meeting this challenge a parish can be greatly enriched through the faith, wisdom and experience of its older members." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- The Problems of Aging and Old Age / J.R.D. Bayne -- Ministering to the Older Person in the Urban Parish / Paul E.F. Brillinger -- Gaiety and Action / Muriel Hooper -- Bibliography -- A Meditation onAge for use in groups or by individuals -- Addendum -- For Thought and Action.
O'Della Grundy, who is in her mid-70s " is a parishioner at St. George's Anglican Church in Kamloops, but she also has an extensive ministry of her own to the city's seniors. And given that 16.2 % of Kamloopsians are over 65 (almost 2 % more than the Canadian average), and that this percentage is projected to increase over the next 15 years, it is a vital area of ministry in which to be involved" (p. 1). In 2014 she performed 44 memorial services. "An added complexity is that many of the seniors with whom she works are not Anglicans. She stressed that 'you have to be aware of everybody, and open to anything happening' to minister effectively to everyone" (p. 1, 8). Grundy went into Education for Ministry (EFM) after attending a retreat at the Sorrento Centre. "She was licensed as a lay minister of word and sacrament in the later 1990s, and became involved in seniors' ministry in 2007" (p. 8).
"Most Church people will rejoice because of the provisions recently made by Federal and Provincial authorities. These fall into two classes: first, Assistance for those who have need and can prove it, sixty-five to sixty-nine years of age; and secondly, Pensions without any means test for those over seventy years of age. The basic amount in each case is $40.00 a month. That these provisions will ease many a dire case of want, cannot be doubted. We rejoice in this programme of partial security." "The Church's first task is to minister to the inmates of these [old age] institutions .... Every parish priest should visit the institutions or homes, little or large, where the aged are, and seek to know them and serve them." "In some place and circumstances the Church may be able to go further than that. Some deaneries or dioceses may be able to provide and manage a Home, and this is a most desirable solution to the problem. Whether it can be done by the local Church alone is questionable, but it is possible and probable that local state authorities will be glad to co-operate, and the Old Age Assistances and Pensions can make financing more easy". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Age Shall Not Weary Them / Leonard F. Hatfield -- Pertinent Books in the Council's Library -- Recent Additions to the Library.
"For the Rev. Canon Reginald Stackhouse, public service is part of the Christian vocation. A former priest in two west-end Toronto parishes and former principal of Wycliffe College, Stackhouse also has a long list of elected and appointed public offices on his resume: two terms as a Conservative MP, a commissioner on both the Canadian and the Ontario Human Rights commissions, a regent of Toronto's Centennial College and a member of library and public school boards. For Stackhouse, now 87 and retired, public service is part of the vocation of being a Christian. He points to Romans 13:1, which urges Christians to acknowledge the powers that be as existing by the will of God. 'Government is part of God's creation', he says. 'Whether you're appointed or elected, you're able to use the power of government to achieve things not possible as an outsider'." "As an MP, Stackhouse never played up his clerical status or brought his religion into the house. 'But I never hid it, either', he says. Not making a public issue of one's religion is a positive way Canadian politicians differ from some of their U.S. peers, he notes. Stackhouse admits he would like to have served longer in Parliament, focusing on human rights for the elderly. 'We've made notable advances in rights for women, and I'd like to see the same for older people'."
Archdeacon R. Baxter, in presenting the interim report, noted that one year has passed since Dr. David Skelton made his presentation to the House of Bishops. He reported that Phase I of the work is now completed, and the Paper presented represents a summary of the principle recommendations.
Archdeacon Baxter invited Dr. C. Schwenger to address the House. Dr. Schwenger laid particular emphasis upon health care services for the elderly.
Archdeacon Baxter indicated the intention to prepare a program for use at diocesan and parish levels, and expressed the hope that additional attention will be given in theological colleges to the whole area of care of the elderly. He reported that the Anglican Book Centre has agreed to publish a popular edition of the Report.
Archdeacon Baxter expressed appreciation to the Dioceses which have appointed diocesan representatives, and also to the dioceses which have provided financial support to the Project. He said that diocesan representatives will be called upon to be more involved now that the program phase of the Project is being entered into. He said that additional diocesan representation would be welcome and urged those dioceses which have not appointed a representative to do so.
Dr. Schwenger, in referring to the United Nations "World Assembly on Aging" which is to be held in Vienna in July, 1982, noted that the elderly population in the Third World countries is increasing, while traditional methods for care of the elderly are disappearing, creating desperate needs on the part of the elderly.
Archdeacon Baxter thanked the House for the opportunity to present the Report of the Elders and Ministry Project, and said that a full report will be sent to all diocesan representatives.
That the Executive of the Elders and Ministry Project provide appropriate material to be sent to the Bishops to assist in the observance of a "Senior Sunday" in June, 1982. CARRIED #13-2-82