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.
The following motion was presented to the National Executive Council on behalf of the Department of Communication and Renewal of the Diocese of Fredericton.
Moved by Mr. A.Y. Goss
Seconded by Chancellor W.J. Hemmerick
"In the light of:
(i) the financial demands upon the Canadian Church and the necessity of establishing priorities of expenditures in both the National Budget and in Anglicans in Mission, and
(ii) Goal IV, `to provide information and resources about national programs and concerns and to increase understanding and action', under which the Canadian Churchman budget comes and to which it often acts contrary
Be it resolved that the National Executive Council look afresh at the policy under which the Canadian Churchman operates."
The purpose of this resolution "is to seek a common foundation between editorial policy and financial requirements on the basis that, if the editorial policy is to be independent (and hence can be non-supportive of official church policy), it shall also be financially independent. In this manner, half a million dollars could be freed for other church work annually. However, if it is to be financially supported, as at present, it be required to promote the principles and policies of the Church as required in Goal IV".
That this motion be referred to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Churchman for study and report back to the next meeting of the National Executive Council, with the request that there be a sincere effort to dialogue with the Diocese of Fredericton, in consultation with the General Secretary. CARRIED
a) In connection with the article "The Most Misunderstood Disease" (Alcoholism) in the January 1973 issue of the Canadian Churchman, Mr. Gault complimented the staff of the paper and, in particular, Miss Carolyn Purden for her factual and accurate account of this problem. Because of the excellence of this article and the valuable information it contains, the paper was in great demand in his area of the country.
b) Concern was expressed at the apparent contradiction between the stand of the Canadian Churchman on the Third World, poverty and racism and its acceptance of advertisements of expensive tours.
That this NEC request the Board of Trustees of Canadian Churchman to prepare a report for the next meeting of this Council on its policy concerning, and the operations of, Canadian Churchman tours. CARRIED
The report of the Committee on A Church Paper was presented by Canon Moulton.
That the report be received. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Financial Statement was presented by Chancellor Soward and on motion received by both Houses.
The recommendations contained in the report were then considered and their adoption was moved in each case by Canon Moulton, seconded by Mr. Hunt.
Recommendation (a) was carried in both Houses. Recommendation (b) was carried in both Houses.
Recommendation (c) was carried in both Houses. Recommendation (d) was carried in both Houses.
Report of Committee on Church Paper
To the Most Reverend, the Primate, and Members of the General Synod:
At the General Synod in 1946 a resolution was adopted which resulted in the appointment of a special Committee by the Primate to negotiate with the publishers of existing Church papers of a Dominion-wide nature "with a view to having a definite voice in the policy of making a paper that shall serve the whole Church in Canada." (Journal 1946, page 67).
Reports to Executive Committee of Executive Council
This Committee took immediate action and, as directed, reported in November, 1946 to the Executive Committee of the Executive Council, recommending the setting up of a Joint Committee, six to be appointed by the (then) Director of the Canadian Churchman, and five by the General Synod, with a view to a general re-organization of the Canadian Churchman. It was stated that the (then) Directors of the Canadian Churchman had agreed to this proposal. The Executive Committee accepted the recommendation and the Joint Committee was set up.
After several meetings of the Joint Committee, your Committee on a Church Paper received its report, and approached the Executive Committee of Executive Council at its February meeting, 1947, and again in May 1947, recommending the provision of financial support by General Synod for the promotion of the Canadian Churchman by the Joint Committee. This the Executive Committee was not prepared to do. It was in sympathy with the proposed policy and aims, but felt that the questions of financial support should await the decision of the Executive Council.
Report to Executive Council
The whole matter was presented to the Executive Council at its September, 1947, meeting. The report of the Committee on a Church Paper is printed in the minutes of the Executive Council, pages 10-13. It outlined a policy which was thought to be consistent with the spirit of the resolution passed by the General Synod of 1946. It further recommended (1) that the representatives of the General Synod on the proposed Joint Board of Directors be increased from five to six: (2) that financial support be authorized by the General Synod in amounts approved by the Executive Council.
The report was adopted by a large majority (40 to 16), but subsequent motions for providing financial support, either by assessment on the Dioceses, or by an allotment from A.A.A.[Anglican Advance Appeal] funds of the General Synod were rejected by the adoption of the following resolution:
- "THAT the Committee on a Church Paper be instructed to sit in with the Executive Committee of G.B.R.E. to see if they can find the means to finance the proposals to develop a National Church Paper." (Carried by 30 to 22).
Meeting with G.B.R.E. Executive
Your Committee met with the Executive of G.B.R.E. in November, 1947, and as a result of that Conference, the following proposal was agreed upon to present to the Executive Committee of Executive Council:
1. The G.B.R.E., from that part of its A.A.A. funds designated for literature, and publicity to subsidize a Church Paper up to an amount not exceeding $5,000 a year until the 1949 General Synod.
2. The (then) Directors of the Canadian Churchman to be approached with a view to the G.B.R.E. purchasing their unexpired advertising contracts, subscription lists, and the use of the name, for a sum to liquidate their present outstanding debts, to an amount not exceeding $1,500.00.
Meeting with Executive Committee of Executive Council
The General Secretary of G.B.R.E. and the Chairman of your Committee on a Church Paper met immediately with the Executive Committee of Executive Council and presented the above proposals. The proposal was favourably received and the following resolutions were passed:
1. "That the Executive Committee of the Executive Council express its appreciation of the action taken by the Executive Committee of the G.B.R.E. that this action is in our judgment what the Church would desire, and that it is our belief that the G.B.R.E. can count on the support of the whole Church in this effort."
2. "That this Executive Committee of the Executive Council endorse the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the G.B.R.E. of a Joint Directorate to consist of eleven persons, six to be selected by the G.B.R.E. Executive and five to be appointed by the Executive Committee of the Executive Council; and authorizes this Joint Directorate to approach the various boards, departments and societies of the Church, and the Dioceses of the Church in Canada, and solicit their support, financial and otherwise."
NOTE: Since the appointment of the Joint Directorate, your Committee on a Church Paper has not functioned, and in what follows we are recording, for the information of the Synod, action was taken by the Joint Directorate.
Offer of Purchase Accepted
Acting upon the above resolutions, an offer was made to purchase the Canadian Churchman and, effective on February 1st, 1948, the transfer of the Canadian Churchman was made from the (then) Directors to the new Joint Directorate, This was to be the Provisional Board of Directors, acting until this report was presented to the General Synod.
Appointment of an Editor
During the period of transfer, arrangements were made for continuance of publication of the Paper, and after the transfer was completed and until the appointment of an Editor, the Rev. Dr. D.B. Rogers, Editorial Secretary of the G.B.R.E. undertook the editing of the Paper. To him the Committee and indeed the whole Church are deeply indebted for this generous and valued service.
The Rev. Canon C.G. Lawrence, M.A., Rector of Trinity Church, St. John, was duly appointed Editor of the Paper on a full time basis and undertook his duties on July 1, 1948. He was accorded full editorial freedom and the Provisional Board has given him every assistance, so far as possible, in developing the Canadian Churchman as a National Paper.
In accordance with the statement of policy agreed to by the Executive Council in 1947, a Dominion-wide Campaign for increasing subscriptions throughout the parishes was launched by the Provisional Directors. The Bishops and Clergy of the whole Church were approached "with a view to securing greater support for a strong and virile Church Paper." The subscription price was increased to $2.50 per year. The services of Mr. E.J. Newell were retained as Business Manager, primarily for the purpose of promoting this Campaign for a six months' period from January 1st, 1949 to the end of June. It was greatly regretted that the financial affairs of the Paper did not seem to warrant the continuance of the office of Business Manager at the present time. The Campaign has not been the success that the Directors had hoped although a few parishes have made excellent response, notably St. John's, Peterborough, Ont.; St. George's, Oshawa, Ont.; St. Luke's, St. John, N.B.; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Toronto; and subscriptions have been gained from all parts of the Dominion, even including a few from Aklavik.
In reporting to General Synod, we wish to express appreciation for the opportunity to serve the interests of the Canadian Church in endeavouring to promote a publication worthy of the Church and state that we have striven to carry out the instructions as given, first by General Synod in 1946, and then by the Executive Council in 1947. In submitting this report we would ask:
- a. That General Synod approve the action taken by the Executive Council in 1947.
- b. That General Synod endorse the action of the Directors in managing the "Canadian Churchman" since Feb. 1, 1948 and in the appointment of Canon C.G. Lawrence, as Editor.
- c. That General Synod request the G.B.R.E. to continue to subsidize the operation of "Canadian Churchman" until the meeting of the Executive Council in 1950, when the situation may again be reviewed.
- d. That General Synod continue a Provincial Directorate of eleven persons, ix [sic i.e. vi] to be named by the Executive Committee of G.B.R.E. and five by General Synod.
The Provisional Board of Directors affirms its belief that there is a place for "Canadian Churchman" as a national paper in the life of the Church and, as fully developed, this should prove a powerful factor in strengthening and unifying the Anglican Communion in Canada. The confidence and support of General Synod will aid tremendously in achieving this purpose.
A statement of finance as of June 30th, 1949 with details of Revenue and Expenditures, is submitted herewith in multigraph. [Statement NOT included in electronic database.] It was our desire to present to the General Synod the statement of finances as late a date as possible. We therefore could not include it in this report on the Convening Circular.
All of which is respectfully submitted. C.A. Moulton, Chairman. G.H. Dowker, Secretary Committee on a Church Paper. H.R. Hunt, Secretary Provisional Board of Directors, Canadian Churchman.
This report was presented by Dean R. Lundy, Chairman of the Board. Mr. Lundy placed before the Council the serious financial difficulties facing the Canadian Churchman due mainly to printing and distribution costs. This inflationary factor would increase the cost of each issue by $2,856. The Board of Trustees had looked at three alternatives:
1) To seek additional funds
2) To eliminate one complete issue
3) To cut the size of a number of issues throughout the year.
In view of the fact that 1975 marks the 100th anniversary of the paper and is a General Synod year, and because of the significant role that the Churchman plays in articulating such programs as the Appeal for the North and Overseas and PWRDF, additional funds were requested from the National Executive Council.
Bishop Anderson reported that the Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt, Mr. Robin Merry and Mr. W.H. Woolnough had agreed to serve as a liaison committee with the Committee on Administration and Finance as requested.
That the resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Churchman respecting the appointment of a Liaison Committee of three locally based members of the Board be received; and that the Liaison Committee be asked to meet on a continuing basis as required with the Administration and Finance Committee and its Budget Sub-Committee to consider matters of mutual administrative and financial concern. CARRIED
Report on "The Canadian Churchman," Toronto, Sept. 10th, 1923.
Interim Report of Committee on "The Canadian Churchman."
No step having been taken by the Church to acquire "The Canadian Churchman" as a Dominion-wide Church Paper since the last meeting of the General Synod, and the matter being referred to the Executive Council; your Committee begs to report the following by way of a Memorandum rather than a Report.
Mr. G.B. Woods, President of the Board, took over the management of the Paper for a period of 5 years. He assumed liabilities estimated at $7,300.00, in reality about $8,000.00., for which he received stock covering $8,000.00. Under the agreement he agrees to hand back to the Shareholders the Paper free of all debt and liability excepting Capital Stock.
The 1st year resulted in a small profit, the 2nd (current year) shows so far a deficit. The circulation of the 1st year was 13,500. It is now about 10,000, many subscribers failing to renew their subscriptions. No Canvasser is employed, since to do so would add considerably to the outlay. Arrangements, however, have been made for a Business Manager to take over the business charge of the paper for 5 years. The present Management is doing the very best to make the Paper a success and is striving to keep it in every sense from being a "Party Organ."
Rev. Dr. E.A. McIntyre is the "Editor-in-Chief," with Rev. W.F. Barfoot as Assistant Editor. The Assistant having resigned, arrangements are being made to secure more of Dr. McIntyre's time and attention. The Management has appreciated the help given to the paper by the M.S.C.C. and other Boards of the Church and bespeaks the continuance of the same, but whether continued or not, wishes it to be understood that the columns are always open to any interests which concern the Church.
The Proprietor is of the opinion that it would be wise to finish the present period of 5 years under the able Editorial and Business Management now existing, but if at the end of the period it is the opinion of the Church, as expressed by her General Synod, that the Paper would be more useful if owned by the Church, then he would be prepared to do everything in his power to carry out the wishes of the Synod. In the meantime he is prepared to spend time, money and labour on making it a real Church paper - Helpful, Informing and Stimulating to both Clergy and Laity. Your Committee suggests, therefore, in view of this Memorandum that nothing further be done until the expiry of the 5 year period in 1926; but after that date, negotiations be again entered upon with a view to having one Dominion-wide Church Paper, representative of all Schools of Thought, the property of General Synod.
The whole is respectfully submitted, James Toronto, Convener.