RESOLVED That this Synod place on record its deep appreciation of the valuable service given by the Very Reverend N.R. Burke during the years following the General Synod of 1946, in the development of a comprehensive programme of Public Relations for our Church. With tenacity of purpose, vision, courage and good humour, he has offered vigorous leadership in this important field of activity, and has established, with the aid of the members of the Committee on Public Relations, a firm foundation upon which a strong Department of Information and Stewardship may be built.
(F) The following resolution was presented by the Chairman of the Department of Information and Stewardship: "That the Board of Information and Stewardship accepts the responsibility to provide the Archbishop of Canterbury with Public Relations services while he is in Canada in 1966, and we request the National Executive Council to assist in underwriting the cost of this service."
It was stated that the cost of such a service is roughly estimated to be $2,500. This would cover the cost of one person travelling with the Archbishop all the time, in some areas a second person to be present, plus the cost of an advance trip in order for a public relations man to meet with local people. The Rev. Canon W.E. Hobbs explained that this service was not intended to obtain publicity but to assist the Archbishop in his dealings with the media and to ensure that we receive the type of publicity we want.
Moved by the Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt, seconded by the Rev. H. St. Clair Hilchey,
That the Council accepts the offer of the Board of Information and Stewardship to provide the Archbishop of Canterbury with public relations services while he is in Canada in 1966, and requests the Board of Finance to provide a grant of up to $1,000 to assist in the financing of this service.
That we delete the request that the National Executive Council ask the Board of Finance to find $1,000.
The amendment was CARRIED.
The motion as amended was CARRIED and reads,
That the Council accepts the offer of the Board of Information and Stewardship to provide the Archbishop of Canterbury with public relations services while his is in Canada in 1966.
It was further agreed that the Department of Information and Stewardship should make such arrangements as necessary, in consultation with each diocese being visited by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Archbishop of Fredericton requested that for the meetings in Fredericton the Primate appoint two people from the General Synod level to handle press relations in general with two people appointed from the local area. The Primate agreed to do so.
That Canon X (Department of Information and Stewardship) be repealed and the program duties and powers of the Department be merged in the authority of the Program Committee, and the administrative and financial powers and functions be merged in the authority of the Administration and Finance Committee. CARRIED in both Houses.
That clause (f) of subsection 1 of Section 40 (Departments) of the Constitution be struck out and the following substituted therefore:
- (f) Literature and Supplies (Canon XVI)
- (g) Information and Stewardship (Canon X)"
(See pp.67, 98.) RESOLVED Message L-52.
Message U-23 "The Upper House concurs in Messages L 38, L 39, L 40, L 41, L 42, L 43, L 44, L 45, L 50, L 51, L 52, L 53, L 54, L 55, L 56, L 57,L 59, L 63, L 64. (See pp. 38, 40, 41, 43, 48, 51, 52, 55, 56, 59, 96-99.)
Message L-52 - Section 40 of the Constituton, Departments
That Clause (f) of subsection 1 of Section 40 ("Departments") be struck out and the following substituted:
- (f) Literature and Supplies (Canon XVI)
- (g) Information and Stewardship (Canon X) (See p. 51.)
The Upper House concurs in Message L-52 of the Lower House. (See p. 67.)
The Rev. Canon A.J. Jackson, Director of the Department, Mrs. Gordon Montizambert, Supervisor of Broadcasting, and the Rev. Provost D.R.G. Owen, spoke to the report.
That this General Synod, having heard with interest and approval of the intention of the Broadcasting Division to explore the possibility of producing programmes for radio and television, recommends to the Central Executive Committee and the Budget Committee that serious consideration be given to proposals for production that may be forthcoming in the next triennium, with a view to the gradual implementation of such a policy as funds can be made available.
That the Departments of Religious Education and Information and Stewardship be asked to investigate the possibility of establishing one planning agency for lay training and adult education. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the Departments of Missions and Information and Stewardship be asked to investigate the possibility of establishing one planning agency for certains aspects of missionary education, in particular, publications, films and speakers' bureau. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the present Canon X, "Department of Lay Work" (National Laymen's Council), be repealed, and a new Canon X "Department of Information and Stewardship" be adopted, reading as follows:
CANON X - DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND STEWARDSHIP
1. The Department
(1) Subject to the authority of General Synod and/or the Executive Council, the Department of Information and Stewardship shall be the agency for co-ordinating and carrying forward studies, policies, plans and activities of the Departments and Committees of General Synod in the fields of publicity, public relations and promotion; lay work; stewardship; broadcasting, and communications in its widest sense with functions and powers as herein defined.
(2) In particular, through its Divisions, the Department shall:
(a) Establish and maintain effective services in the areas of publicity, public relations and promotion.
(b) Encourage and promote among laymen a fuller realization of their total responsibilities as members of the Church.
(c) Cultivate among the members of the Church the principles and practices of Christian Stewardship.
(d) Promote the use of all broadcasting media to forward the work of the Church.
2. The Board
(1) The Department shall be administered by a Board composed of:
(a) The Primate, the Prolocutor, the Deputy Prolocutor and the General Secretary of the Synod;
(b) One person each from the membership of the Board of Management of the Missionary Society, the General Board of Religious Education, the Council for Social Service and the Board of Literature and Supplies, appointed respectively by these Boards or their Executive Committees;
c) One person appointed by the Executive Committee of the Dominion Board of the Woman's Auxiliary;
d) Two persons appointed by the Budget Committee from its membership, one of whom shall be a bishop;
e) A bishop and one other person from each of the four Ecclesiastical Provinces, from the membership of General Synod, elected annually by the General Synod or the Executive Council;
f) Eight persons, not necessarily members of General Synod, especially qualified in the fields to be served by the Department, to be appointed by the Primate in the first year and thereafter by the Executive Committee in consultation with the Primate;
g) The Director of the Department.
2) All members of the Board, appointed or elected under subsection (1) shall be appointed or elected annually at a session of General Synod or Executive Council or as soon afterwards as possible, by the appointing body.
3) Vacancies occurring by reason of death, resignation, removal from Canada or by a member ceasing to qualify, where required, as a member of General Synod, or the appointing body, shall be filled by the Executive Committee of the appointing or the electing body for the remainder of the term, excepting when such vacancy occurs under Section 2(1)(f). In such cases the Executive Committee of the Board shall fill the vacancy.
4) Ten members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
5) The Board shall meet at least twice a year at the call of the Chairman.
3. Powers and Duties of the Board
1) The Board, at its first meeting following each meeting of the General Synod or the Executive Council shall elect a chairman, vice-chairman, and a secretary, hereinafter referred to as the officers of the Board.
2) The Board shall appoint the Director of the Department, who shall be responsible to the Board for co-ordinating the work of the Department and its several divisions and for performing such duties as may be required by the Board and/or its Executive Committee.
3) The Board or its Executive Committee shall appoint divisional secretaries or supervisors who shall, in consultation with the Director, perform such duties as may be related to the work of the respective divisions.
4) The General Treasurer of General Synod shall be the Treasurer of the Department.
5) Subject to the provisions of this Canon, the Board may make by-laws for the regulation of the affairs of the Department, and its several divisions.
6) The Board or its Executive Committee may appoint such committees and sub-committees as may be required for the efficient discharge of the programme and duties of the Department and its several divisions, which committees and sub-committees may include persons other than members of the Board.
7) The Board shall appoint Chairmen of its several divisions, who shall be members of the Board.
8) Subject to the consent of Diocesan authorities, the Department shall encourage and promote the work of Diocesan Boards of Information and Stewardship.
4. Executive Committee
1) The Board shall appoint an Executive Committee, composed of the officers of the Board, the Director of the Department and not less than five and not more than seven other members of the Board.
2) Subject to the authority of the Board the Executive Committee shall carry forward the work of the Board between meetings of the Board, and in particular:
a) Unless the Board determines otherwise, act as a nominating Committee,
b) Consider and report on matters referred to it by the Board, and take appropriate action,
c) Initiate and execute business relating to the functioning of the Department,
d) Receive and act upon the reports of the Director of the Department and of its Divisional Secretaries or Supervisors,
e) Recommend to the Board suitable by-laws for the regulation of the affairs of the Department and its Divisions.
3) A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum.
5. Consultative Members
The following persons shall be consultative members of the Board and of the Executive Committee, with the right of debate, but not the right of vote:
a) The General Secretary, or an Assistant Secretary of the Departments of Missions, Religious Education, Social Service, and the Director of the Department of Literature and Supplies,
b) The General Treasurer,
c) The Divisional Chairmen, Secretaries or Supervisors of the Department,
d) The Editor of "Canadian Churchman".
6. Division of Laymen's Work (National Laymen's Council)
1) The Division of Laymen's Work shall encourage and promote among laymen a fuller realization of their total responsibilities as members of the Church, with particular reference to the following functions:
a) The acceptance of the Lambeth Rule of Life,
b) to encourage lay support for the work of the Church in the parish and diocese and personal support for the rector and bishop,
c) foster new or recognized movements among laymen as means whereby they may extend the work of Christ and the Church,
d) promote knowledge of, and interest in, the programmes of the Departments of General Synod and recommend to the Departments such literature and other material as may be specially needed for and adapted to men's work,
e) create and enhance a sense of unity and solidarity among laymen as Churchmen and as Christians in the world,
f) make available to the Departments of General Synod and Divisions of this Department such resources, channels of communication and other facilities of the Division as may from time to time be desirable,
g) foster where necessary and desirable, training courses, conferences and other gatherings for laymen.
2) The Divisional Committee for Laymen's Work shall be composed of the following:
a) A chairman, the immediate past chairman and four vice-chairmen (one representing each Ecclesiastical Province), and six other lay members of General Synod to be appointed by the Board,
b) A maximum of nine other laymen, not necessarily members of General Synod, to be co-opted by the Divisional Committee (see p. 67, 97). RESOLVED Message L-45.