The subject of Church Union was widely discussed. The Primate reported that no executive action will be taken at General Synod. It was reported the Issue Group tried to have the name 'Church Union' changed to 'Church Unity', but the attempt was too late - the material had been sent to the printers. Archdeacon Light enumerated Unity resource material to be supplied General Synod delegates.
"That we request the Chair to appoint a small committee to draft a suggested resolution for consideration of this House dealing with the manner in which the Anglican Church of Canada will deal with submissions from Anglican Dioceses, Parishes, etc., regarding the Plan of Union." CARRIED
It was agreed that the House of Bishops, at the Fall meeting, study the Plan of Union and the Agenda Committee was requested to arrange for same.
The Primate introduced a problem confronting Bishop Burch concerning a Mar Thoma Church clergyman operating in his Diocese. After discussion, it was generally agreed that Bishop Burch would have the support of the House in authorizing clergyman of Mar Thoma Church to officiate in his Diocese.
Archdeacon Hilchey referred to a letter addressed to the Primate from the Suffragan Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar. The letter contained a request for an agreement between that Church and the Anglican Church of Canada concerning an episcopal oversight of Mar Thoma Christians in this country.
The House agreed, in principle, with the proposal, and it was [moved and seconded]
That this be referred to the Organization Committee for implementation along the lines of the Episcopal Church in the USA. CARRIED #14-11-81
That the Anglican Church of Canada through this National Executive Council expresses its willingness to enter into a relationship of full communion with the Mar Thoma Church in South India on the basis of the Bonn Agreement of 1931, and requests the Primate to correspond with the Metropolitan of that Church to this end. CARRIED Unanimously