The Canadian Churchman Board of Trustees report was presented by Dr. Balcom on behalf of the Chairman, Dean Lundy.
Special note was made of the awards won by the Canadian Churchman and the new statement of Editorial Policy.
Six out of nine awards were presented to the Canadian Churchman by the Associated Church Press for: general excellence; best news; best feature articles; best photography; graphics; and for the monthly newsbrief section.
The Council discussed the proposed statement of editorial policy.
Moved by Balcom, Seconded by Childs,
That the National Executive Council approve the statement of Editorial Policy with a re-arranging of the order of paragraphs.
Moved by Landon, Seconded by Whytehead
That the statement on page 2 be reworded to begin as follows: 'The purpose of the Canadian Churchman is to reflect and further the life of the Anglican Church of Canada, an in particular ...". DEFEATED
Moved by Valentine, Seconded by Smith
That the wording of the first paragraph be changed to read: 'Canadian Churchman is the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada, but it is not the official voice of the Church. As an independent Christian newspaper it is encouraged to express under God the mind of Christ, through editorials and through the presentation of news and features, without fear or favour, but with balance, good taste and a human touch.
Moved by Tomlin, Seconded by Fenwick
This this National Executive Council move into a committee of the whole. DEFEATED
That this motion be tabled and be referred back to the Editorial Committee for re-writing, taking into consideration the discussion of this Council. CARRIED
The Primate thanked the Board of Trustees, the Editorial Committee and the National Executive Council for working so seriously on this subject.
Dissenters should be given representation on the Anglican-United Church general commission on union, The Canadian Churchman states in an editorial in its May issue.
The Churchman, the Anglican Church of Canada's national monthly newspaper, charges that "loyal members...with a dedication and record of service second to none" and who now oppose union with the United Churches, have been excluded from the commission.
Each denomination has a group of 20 persons on the commission. The Anglican group was appointed by the church's National Executive Council in consultation with another committee, Christian Unity and the Church Universal. The commission meets for the second time June 13-14.
The Churchman says the Anglican Church needs to review the membership of the commission, and must exercise extreme sensitivity in its appointments to the future sub-commissions which will study legal, doctrinal, liturgical and other matters.
"It will be a tragedy if the dissenters are left as a wailing voice in the wilderness. They have been loyal members of the Anglican Church of Canada," the editorial states.
The editorial says church union must be union which draws together people of faith and conviction in a common commitment to Christ, not just an amalgamation for institutional convenience.
The General Secretary reported on information received shortly before this session, from Minneapolis, where the Associated Church Press of North America had awarded the Canadian Churchman four international awards, from among 190 Anglican, Roman Catholic and Protestant publications.
The four awards are:
- Best National Church Newspaper in North America
- Best editorial entitled "Forgotten people are northern clergy"
- Best reportage for Carolyn Purden's series on Ireland
- Best use of photography: the TREND section on the Taize monastic community; and the Primate's visit to Caledonia Diocesan Synod
THAT the House commends the Canadian Churchman on the receipt of four special awards from the Associated Church Press of North America and for its general excellence;
and, further, that we commend the staff and editor for their outstanding work in serving our church and winning awards over the past several years. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY IN BOTH ORDERS Act 79
Dr. Broadwell presented the Report on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
Financial figures of the 1975 budget released for the year were $369,822 compared to the estimated budget of $378,000. The apportionment support required for production of Canadian Churchman in 1975 dropped from $258,000 that had been estimated to $219,928. In April, Canadian Churchman moved its typesetting and printing operations to Golden Graphics of Toronto and Signal Star Publishing Ltd. in Goderich, Ontario respectively and a two-year contract was prepared with each of the firms. As a result of a motion of NEC, November, 1975 concerning the church calendar the members of the Canadian Church Calendar production committee met to discuss the concern that had been raised and submitted its report to the Board. Board members noted their approval with the increasing popularity of the calendar as shown in the rising sales and drew to the attention of the National Executive Council as presented by the Calendar Production Committee:
1. That the sales of the Canadian Church Calendar have increased since the "Creation-theme" church calendar of 1974. This year, the highest market was reached with 335,000 calendars printed for the churches as compared to 275,000 in 1973. Committee members agreed that this reflects without any doubt the increasing acceptance and use by Christian families across Canada for a kind of church calendar of present theme and format.
2. That the sales of the church calendar generates $250,000 for mission enterprises, both on the local and national level, of the participating churches, thus assisting in the mission work of the church.
3. That joint production of the calendar by the Anglican and United churches, and in co-operation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is an important principle that must be continued, especially in the light of General Synod's commitment last year.
4. That a continuing professional quality of photographs must be maintained in future calendars. Members of the committee agreed that photographs for the months in which Easter and Christmas are celebrated should closely reflect the Gospel of Incarnation and Resurrection.
In response to a request from Qu'Appelle Diocesan Council and from the House of Bishops, the Board of Trustees and staff of Canadian Churchman are preparing a statement of general editorial policy and code of ethics. The statement of the role and responsibility of Canadian Churchman will be examined at the Board's next meeting in November and will be reported at the next meeting of the National Executive Council.
It was announced that the Canadian Churchman had won three first-place awards among North American religious publications. The awards were made at the annual meeting of the Associated Church Press.
That a letter of commendation and happiness be sent from this Council to the Canadian Churchman. CARRIED
Questions and comments were requested. The discussion that followed centred mainly around the calendar. It was felt that to maintain the high standard that has now been reached care must be taken concerning any changes. If any church member wishes to submit ideas (pictures) that reflect the life of the gospel the Calendar Production Committee would be more than happy to take them under consideration. There was also some discussion on the general editorial policy and mention was made of some negative articles and the editorial on China.
The Primate expressed his appreciation to the staff of the Canadian Churchman for the extra work and support they have given.
That the National Executive Council endorse the Statement of Editorial Policy and Terms of Reference of the Canadian Churchman, dated November 7, 1977. CARRIED
STATEMENT OF EDITORIAL POLICY AND TERMS OF REFERENCE
Canadian Churchman is the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada, but it is not the official voice of the church. As an independent newspaper it is encouraged to state its own mind in editorials, to present its news and features responsibly, without fear or favour, but with taste and a human touch.
Canadian Churchman has many roles and ideals, as does the Church itself. These include:
- To inform the Canadian Anglican community about its affairs, problems and progress in the light of the mission of the Church.
- To stimulate the interest and courage of Church people by a vital editorial presentation of our faith and its relevance to man, his needs and his problems.
- To give the Anglican community a fair picture of the thoughts and activities of other religious denominations in Canada and of the Church and religion abroad.
- To observe, report and comment on any Canadian or world matters which seem to the Editor to bear on the spiritual and general education and welfare of people - with emphasis on Canada.
- To recognize its international readership, influence and reputation throughout the Anglican communion by providing Anglicans of other countries with informal comment on Canadian, North American and international concerns, inside and outside the institutional church.
Canadian Churchman is published by a Board of Trustees responsible to the National Executive Council and General Synod.
The Board is composed of two bishops, four clergymen and four laymen, all elected by Synod from among Synod members; and four laymen, not necessarily members of Synod, appointed by the Primate.
Ex-officio members of the Board are the Primate, the General Secretary and General Treasurer of the Synod, the Executive Director of Program, Planning and Research and the Editor of Living Message.
The Board elects its own chairman and secretary and the General Treasurer of Synod is its treasurer.
The Board meets twice a year. It reports to each meeting of General Synod and to National Executive Council and presents its budget to that Council.
The Editor is appointed by the National Executive Council on recommendation of the Board of Trustees. The Editor is provided freedom to exercise his editorial judgment within a broad editorial policy established by the Board and adopted by National Executive Council.
The Editor is the chief officer of Canadian Churchman, decisive in employment, control of staff and carrying out the Board's principles. The duties of the General Manager include responsibility in the fields of printing, publishing, circulation and advertising.