Famine-stricken peoples of India and Africa and earthquake victims in Turkey received a major portion of $200,724 contributed last year by Canadian Anglicans to the Primate's World Relief Fund.
Since the fund was established in 1960 a total of $1,422,358 has been disbursed through the World Council of Churches and other agencies for the alleviation of distress in the world's disaster areas.
Responding to an appeal by the Christian Council of India which has undertaken the emergency feeding of 1,000,000 persons daily, the Primate's fund made a grant of $35,000 in 1966. One phase of the council's plan involves the increasing of water supplies and another seeks to improve farming methods to prevent recurring famines.
An additional grant of $20,000 went to the Canada-Mysore project, an cooperative scheme in food technology in which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Canadian Hunger Foundation and India's Technological Research Institute are among the participants. The total disbursement of $62,621 in India included also $5,000 to aid rehabilitation work following the Madras cyclone and floods and $2,500 for tuberculosis control in the sub-continent.
Famine sufferers in Africa were helped to the extent of $10,000 while a similar grant was made to Turkey for housing victims of the severe earthquake in Eastern Anatolia.
Other grants included $19,000 for refugees in Kenya, Rwanda and the Sudan, while a total of $33,000 went for agricultural projects in Burma, Rhodesia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Greece, West Pakistan and Chile.
The Primate, Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, appeals to Anglicans to mark Centennial Year by making a substantial birthday gift to the world's needy people through the World Relief Fund.
In connection with Section II, it was noted that it was hoped that all the large services of worship during Centennial Year would be of an inter-faith nature rather than just Anglican. It was thought also that consideration should be given to inviting the Moderator of The United Church to those services attended by the Primate.
That Section II be referred to the Primate for consideration, along with the comments concerning the inter-faith nature of services during Centennial Year. CARRIED
It was noted that the Archbishop Owen Memorial Lectureship Fund is available to provide for expenses of outstanding theological scholars, writers and authors, also there will be a number of leading theologians visiting this country during 1967.
That this information be brought to the attention of the Centennial Committee. CARRIED
That the recommendation regarding the Centennial International Development Programme project referred to the Chairman of this Committee at the August meeting of the National Executive Council be included in the list of additional suggestions. CARRIED
Moved by the Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt, seconded by the General Treasurer, That the Executive Council approve of the installation in 1967 of a stained glass window in the west end of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, as an appropriate memorial, at an appropriate time, to Canada's pioneers, and that the Board of Finance be asked to make funds available for such project when a design has been approved and costs are known.
Moved in amendment by Mr. F.L. Hallett, seconded by the Ven. G.H. Dowker, That the resolution be referred to the Board of Finance for study and consultation with the Centennial Committee, and with power to act.
That both the previous motions be referred to the Centenary Committee for further study and report to the General Synod.
The amendment to the amendment was put and CARRIED.
The Very Rev. W. Bothwell distributed copies of a booklet entitled, "THE 'CHRISTIAN PAVILION' AT EXPO '67," of which a supply is available for general distribution.
He reported on action taken in Montreal since the November meeting. The design of the building has been completed and the program has been scrutinized by a theological body of churches involved. The program is to be presented in such a manner that language will be no barrier. The ground for the pavilion will be broken as soon as the frost is out of the ground, possibly around the middle of March. The Diocese of Montreal at its Diocesan Synod plans to submit a recommendation to raise a minimum of $30,000. The United Church in Montreal is raising $50,000 locally, and the Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Montreal will make their appeal on Whit Sunday.
The following report was received from the Department of Information and Stewardship:
"The Centennial Committee has asked the Department of Information and Stewardship to help in presenting the resolutions of the November meeting of the NEC, referring to the Christian Pavilion at Expo '67 to the Church. In answer to this request the Department has studied this subject and the following recommendations and resolution were approved by our Board at their meeting on February 16, 1966:
'The theme of Expo '67 is "MAN IN HIS WORLD" - a modern man surrounded by the amazing environment of technological achievement. The responsibility of the church in this context is to insure that "man in his world" is reminded of the spiritual dimensions of human living: hence, the Christian Pavilion - an imaginative project through which 95% of the Christians of Canada are united in saying to the world that the Gospel is relevant and meaningful in this space age.
In view of this unprecedented opportunity for Christians of Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions to speak with one voice in the modern idiom to man in his marvellous world, the Board of Information and Stewardship makes the following recommendations:
(1) That the Centennial Committee of General Synod undertakes a program of interpretation, (a) to encourage an awareness across the Canadian Church of the unique opportunity for Christian witness and ecumenical encounter which the Pavilion provides; (b) to encourage support of the Christian Pavilion, not as a matter of necessity, but as an occasion of unprecedented opportunity and challenge.
(2) That all Anglicans in Canada be given an opportunity to share in the financial obligations involved, either through diocesan budgets or on a personal basis.
(3) That insofar as possible there be cooperation, both nationally and locally, with other communions, and with the public relations committee of the Pavilion, in interpreting the concept of the Pavilion to our people.
(4) That "tools" be provided for use where requested:
(1) Pew Leaflets
(3) Sermon Outline
(5) Local Committees of well informed persons who can interpret the Pavilion adequately be formed.
BE IT RESOLVED,
That the Department of Information and Stewardship cooperate with the Centennial Committee in the implementation of these recommendations as and when approved.'"
That the resolution presented by the Department of Information and Stewardship be approved. CARRIED
The Department of Information plans to circularize the dioceses to find out which of the material offered can be used and the quantities required. It is understood tha the material will be distributed free and charged to the $25,000 in the budget.
Concerning the quotas assigned for the raising of funds, the following letter was submitted by the Diocese of Toronto:
"The Executive Committee of this Diocese has considered the matter of the quota set for Expo '67 of $51,210, which is based on the normal share allocated to this Diocese in the General Synod Apportionments.
While this Diocese is conscious of its responsibility to the whole Canadian Church, and ready at all times to take its fair share of any sum required for the work of the Church, it feels that the impact of Expo '67 will be greatest in the Diocese of Montreal, to which a quota of only $17,418 has been allocated. It is noted that the Dioceses of British Columbia and New Westminster, which are some 3,000 miles from Montreal, and upon which the least impact would be received are given substantial quotas. In view of this, we request the National Executive Committee of General Synod to reconsider the proposed quotas in the light of geographic locations.
We should like to point out, also, that the lengthy delay in securing adequate information as to the nature of the Christian Pavilion, and the proposed method of operation during Expo '67, is a factor which makes an appeal in the early part of 1966 very difficult, and unlikely to be successful. It is recommended that General Synod produce a pew leaflet which could be used uniformly throughout the Canadian Church, and which would supply the essential information which is so lacking. Such a pew leaflet could be of an ecumenical nature. Possibly the Montreal Committee could be asked to design and produce a leaflet at the cost of General Synod.
It is felt that there are certain values in the appeal which must be stressed to ensure an adequate response. These are: (a) it is an evangelistic witness in the Twentieth Century to present a Christian witness where so many of our people and visitors from abroad will be gathering; (b) it is an Ecumenical witness in which for the first time in Canada all denominations are actively sharing; (c) it is a reconciling witness on the Canadian scene, for it will indicate a joint French-English operation.
In consideration of these obvious values, it is felt that other weaknesses in the appeal should be ignored or played down.
For your information, this Diocese has not placed an amount in this year's Budget as it is too late, and it is felt some effort should be put forth to the Centennial year.
It is our plan to have an appeal on the Sunday next before Advent (Stir Up Sunday), namely November 20, with envelopes and supporting literature.
It is hoped that the contents of this letter will be given consideration by the National Executive Committee during the February meetings."
That this letter be received. CARRIED
Regarding this letter, it was stressed that the impact of the Pavilion should be felt throughout the country, and its activities involve all the churches in Canada. Its success is of as much importance to the other Provinces as it is to Quebec.
The General Secretary reported that the following Dioceses have replied accepting their quotas: Newfoundland, Brandon and Qu'Appelle. One Diocese has not accepted its quota.
In order to make this a truly united appeal, it was suggested that the booklets already available be distributed by the parishes on Whit Sunday to stimulate interest in the project, and then on Stir Up Sunday the appeal be made for funds by all the Dioceses. One of the main challenges of this Pavilion was thought to be that this project should be done in conjunction with the other denominations, thus making it a truly ecumenical project across the country. While it was originally suggested that all denominations make their appeals simultaneously, this was found to be impossible as the Roman Catholics have stated they would not make appeals in their parishes. They would prefer to make a lump sum available through their church.
In response to the Council's request at the November meeting for further information, copies of "A Submission on Summer of Service '67 to the National Executive Council from Youth Division of Department of Religious Education" were distributed.
Mr. George Cramm, Executive Secretary of "Summer of Service '67," was invited to speak and briefly covered what was envisioned in assisting young people to become aware of social problems in Canada in the hope that this would give new direction to youth programs of various churches. In addition, there is to be a pilot project during the winter of 1966 which will send young people as volunteers to various sections of the country to meet others in order to discuss projects. The National Executive Council was asked to supply funds for an administrative body and funds for Anglican participation in the program. It was not being asked for program funds for 1966 as a positive response has already been received from such sources as the Government and the Young Canadians.
During discussion it was pointed out that the $18,000 requested for the "Summer of Service '67," had in fact been approved at the November meeting of the Council as part of the resolution on Page 11 covering funds to be raised for the Christian Pavilion. In order to clarify this, it was moved [and seconded].
That in reference to the minute on Page 11 of the Minutes of the NEC of November 11-12, 1965, relating to Expo '67 and Summer of Service '67: "That a total sum of $175,000 be raised be amended to read that a total sum of $200,000 be raised" it is here understood by this Council that this sum includes the amount of $18,000 requested for the "Summer of Service '67" project. CARRIED
The General Secretary presented the following report of the Steering Committee in relation to the raising of the Anglican share of the amount required for the Christian Pavilion, viz:
That the National Executive Council recommend to the Dioceses:
- i. That they accept an amount of approximately 10% of their apportionment for 1966, spread over the years 1966-67-68, to implement the General Synod commitment for Expo '67.
- ii. That the method of raising this sum be left to the Dioceses, with the suggestion that they join with their Roman Catholic brethren, where possible, at the time when they make their national appeal.
- iii. And that the Centennial Committee be asked to undertake the promotion of this appeal.