That the National Executive Council, concurring with the House of Bishops, requests the Committee on Union and Joint Mission to spend more time developing particular alternatives for Joint Mission in accordance with the Lund Principle, and less on promoting Plan of Union.
That the reports of the Joint Anglican/Roman Catholic Study Commissions on Ministry and The Eucharist be circulated, for information and study, to the United Church and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and to members of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission. CARRIED
Chancellor Ryan, a member of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, spoke to the following Motion passed at the December, 1973 meeting of the Committee.
"That in accordance with the mandate, 'to develop a climate for a true and lasting union' given by the Churches to the Committee on Union and Joint Mission; in the spirit of Lund Principle, 'that we should do together everything which conscience does not compel us to do separately'; and recognizing the need for practical and symbolic actions at the national level to undergird and complement local and regional initiatives in the area of joint mission, this Committee requests the National Executive Council, the All Canada Committee and the Executive of the General Council, to deal jointly during 1974 with the following matters:
a) the creation of a new publication to take the place of The Canadian Churchman, the Canadian Disciple and the United Church Observer;
b) the unification of administrative units at national levels, eg. Christian Education, Communications;
c) co-operative use of space in national headquarters buildings."
Moved by Shepherd, seconded by Goodings,
That this Motion be accepted.
Moved by Graham, seconded by Cook,
That we move into a Committee of the Whole. CARRIED
The intent of the above Motion was to allow discussion of the Motion of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission in relationship to the report of the Canadian Churchman to the National Executive Council.
That we move out of the Committee of the Whole. CARRIED
It was agreed to vote on the three proposals from the Committee on Union and Joint Mission separately.
Moved by Shepherd, seconded by Goodings,
a) That the National Executive Council consider during 1974 the creation of a new publication to take the place of the Canadian Churchman, the Canadian Disciple and the United Church Observer. DEFEATED
b) That the National Executive Council consider during 1974 the unification of administrative units at national levels, eg. Christian Education, Communications. DEFEATED
c) That the National Executive Council consider during 1974 the cooperative use of space in National Headquarter buildings. DEFEATED
At least six major issues will highlight the 25th Session of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada next month in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
General Synod will convene at 9:30 am, Monday, January 25th in the Sheraton-Brock Hotel, with the opening Eucharist and the opening address by the senior Metropolitan and Acting Primate, the Most Reverend William L. Wright. The Session begins January 25th and continues to February 3rd.
According to the Executive Director of Program, National Office, the Anglican Church of Canada, Canon J.C. Bothwell, some of the major issues include: the election of a new Primate, the approval of a new joint hymn book for the Anglican and United Churches, the reception of the report of the Commissioners on Union, the full reconsideration of the Anglican Church of Canada's policy regarding overseas work, a discussion on the implications of the integration of the national structure of the Anglican Church Women with the structure of the whole church, reports and policy decisions on such matters as youth work, Coalition for Development and the implementation of the Hendry Report (dealing with native peoples).
Canon Bothwell says the reason for holding the Anglican General Synod and the General Council of the United Church at the same time and place, is to make sure the two national Churches will be on the same time schedule when an eventual Plan of Union is developed. Thus they would not be faced with the problem of one church having to consider such a plan before the other. He says, "I think there is general agreement that, although we are meeting in the same city and at the same time, for the most part, the two national bodies will function separately. On the other hand, there is much to be gained from the information sharing of the delegates of both churches."
General Synod is the national parliament of the Church and decides the policy for the work of the National Office at 600 Jarvis Street in Toronto. However, the Anglican Church is a "federation" of 28 dioceses and part of the job in the implementation of General Synod policy will be to make sure that the dioceses are adequately consulted and informed.
The last General Synod met at Laurentia[n] University in Sudbury in 1969.
With the exception of a few meetings at the Sheraton-Brock Hotel with the United Church of Canada, the Anglican sessions are being held about 75 yards away at the Sheraton Foxhead Inn.
The executives of the Anglican and United churches in Canada have recommended simultaneous meetings of their respective legislative bodies in the same city in late 1970 or early 1971.
Biennial sessions of the general synod of the Anglican Church of Canada and general council of the United Church of Canada have always met in alternate years. The new plan will synchronize the meetings of the two churches so that they may consider, within the same year, concerns that are common to both.
It is expected that a plan of union of the two churches will be prepared by 1972, after which it will come before the churches for consideration.
Proposals for uniting some divisions in the churches' national offices, as well as the national newspapers of both churches were set aside by the churches' executive bodies.
Most Rev. H.H. Clark, primate of the Anglican church, said both churches recognize that step-by-step merging is neither as easy or desirable as was first thought.
"There is frank recognition of the fact that we have reached a stage in our negotiations where certain difficulties, both theological and organizational, loom larger than they did a year ago or five years ago," he said. He said representatives of both churches recognize this and that it is not surprising.
"What is more important is a working together in ever closer involvement without organizational mergers," Archbishop Clark said.
Archbishop Clark also announced the appointment of Rt. Rev. John O. Anderson, co-adjutor bishop of Rupert's Land, as bishop ordinary to the Canadian armed forces. Bishop Anderson, who succeeds Rt. Rev. Ivor A. Norris, bishop of Brandon, who died January 28, will be responsible for all work of the Anglican Church with members of the Canadian armed forces and their families.
The primate, after consultation with the church's National Executive Council, sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau in which he said he sees no serious objection to the appointment of a Canadian envoy to the Vatican, if such an appointment would "advance the cause of Canada."
However, he said, there is some fear that the proposed appointment might impede the growing spirit of ecumenism in Canada.
"Despite this, Anglicans are open to hear the reasons why this proposal is being considered at this time," Archbishop Clark said. He said he hopes the proposal does not involve any changes in the status of the present representative of the Vatican in Ottawa.
TORONTO (Feb. 19, 2003) -- The Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada have begun an ongoing dialogue. These are the first formal conversations between the two denominations since the end of the Plan of Union talks in the 1970s.
The meeting took place February 13-16, 2003 at the Vancouver School of Theology. The V.S.T. meeting site is significant because the school was the product of earlier ecumenical cooperation between the two churches, along with the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It was important for the dialogue to meet with faculty from the school and hear their reflections about current ecumenical relationships.
The mandate of the dialogue is to identify and address issues affecting our relationships. The major task of the first meeting was to identify the most significant areas of mutual interest and concern. These were named as core theological affirmations, sacramental theology, missiology and witness, shared ministries, and indigenous issues and relationships. Central to the dialogue team's work is the impetus toward deepening each community's understanding of the other. To this end, perceptions, stereotypes and history are being explored.
The next meeting will take place in Winnipeg in November 2003 and the major issues for consideration will be shared ministries and relations with First Nations people.
Members of this dialogue came away from the meeting feeling that this was a positive step for the two churches to be taking at this time. The participants were:
David Ashdown (Bishop of Keewatin, Kenora ON), Heather Labrie (lay person from a shared lay ministry congregation, Slave Lake, AB), William Harrison (professor of theology and Anglican studies, Saskatoon, SK), Rosalyn Robertson (lay reader and social activist, Lawrencetown, NS), and staff person Alyson Barnett-Cowan (Toronto ON)
Gerald Hobbs (professor of Church history and music, Vancouver, BC), Bob Mills (retired United Church minister and past General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, Halifax, NS), Kelly Shapiro/Ojosho Benisikwe (minister in training, Winnipeg, MB), Nobuko Iwai (rural minister, Davidson, SK) and staff person Chris Ferguson (Toronto ON).
William Harrison and Kelly Shapiro were named co-chairs of the dialogue.
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.
"Canterbury College has had an ecumenical outlook ever since its foundation in 1957 as an Anglican affiliate of the Roman Catholic Assumption University which later became the non-denominational University of Windsor. It is appropriate, therefore, that this first booklet to be published by the College is on the subject, 'Anglicanism and Principles of Christian Unity'. In recent years, many branches of the Anglican Communion have been discussing Christian Unity. In Great Britain there have been the Anglican-Methodist talks; in the United States the Commission on Church Union, which includes several denominations; and in Canada 'The Principles of Union' have been presented as a basis for union between the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. These essays are concerned mainly with the Canadian discussions. They point out some areas where problems have arisen, and indicate how such problems might be solved". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Carman J. Queen, Bishop of Huron -- Introduction dated Canterbury College, Windsor, Ontario, April 28th, 1972 / F.T.K.-- Principles of Church Union / Lord Fisher of Canterbury i.e. Geoffrey Fisher -- The Canadian "Principles of Union" / Eric L. Mascall -- Anglicanism and Ecumenism / John Macquarrie -- Ecumenical Dialogue and Phenomenological Perspective / Temple Kingston.
OTCH copy inscribed: "To Archbishop Scott with my best wishes, Temple Kingston".
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.
"Each year, a writing team from a different country prepares liturgical materials and resources to be used internationally for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed annually from Jan. 18 to 25. This year, a team appointed by the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil chose its theme from John 4:7, in which Jesus meets a Samaritan woman and says, 'Give me a drink'. The materials -- available from the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) -- explains that the biblical gesture of offering water to a guest as a welcome is familiar in all regions of Brazil, where offering beverages are 'trademarks of acceptance, dialogue and coexistence'. Maria Simakova, co-ordinator for the CCC's commission on faith and witness, told the 'Anglican Journal', 'This image the Brazilian Christians are offering to world Christians and to Canadian Christians is an image speaking of complementarity; so to drink the water from somebody else's well is the first step toward experiencing their way of being and being in communion'." "Canada was invited by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to prepare the resources for 2014, and Simakova said that the CCC estimates Canadian participation increased by as much as 30 per cent, based on traffic on the CCC website, downloads and requests for resources".