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
That the National Executive Council, the All-Canada Committee and the Executive of the General Council be requested, through the General Commission Sub-Committee on Co-operation, to arrange to receive the Plan of Union from the General Commission on Church Union on the same date and in the same place (though not necessarily in joint session); that a Joint Statement of reception be prepared to clarify what is being received in the Plan of Union and how the Churches will deal with it.
That the NEC accede to the request contained in Recommendation (2). CARRIED
Canon R.R. Latimer, the Executive Commissioner for Church Union, presented the report of the General Commission. He also reported on the Tenth Consultation on Church Union (C.O.C.U.) which he had recently attended.
After discussion of the Plan of Union, First Draft, a resolution from the Inter-Church Relations Committee was presented:
The Inter-Church Relations Committee having received and studied a variety of reports including:
1. A report of the work of the General Commission
2. A report of the latest C.O.C.U. Conference
3. A response from the House of Bishops following a consideration of the Plan of Union - First Draft
4. A report of the Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean which gave thought to re-union discussions.
Recommends that the National Executive Council communicates with the General Commission on Church Union.
1. Commending it for the faithful and hard and valuable work that had been done.
2. Asking if changes in general attitude and outlook in Canada and elsewhere in the world since the Commission began its work do not call for a re-assessment of the present situation and the exploration of possible different emphases as we seek to move ahead towards unity.
Such different emphases might include:
1. Placing greater emphasis upon processes which would enable Churches to grow together rather than focussing almost total emphases upon the preparation of a plan. This might be accomplished by such means as:
a) Encouraging more vigorously cooperation between members of the three churches (and other churches) in God's work in the world.
b) "Exploring the possibility of sacramental communion on the basis of a common statement of faith and agreement on the question of the Minister of the Eucharist."
c) "Supporting increased sharing of the members of the three churches in the congregational life of each other, in study and organizational life, and in other worship activities."
2. Exploring further the nature of "unity" that human beings generally and Christians in particular seem to be seeking at this time.
3. Ways of meeting the problems of the mind and heart and spirit of men with a new flowering of Christian faith and life.
Moved by Luxton
Seconded by Brown
That the resolution be approved, deleting the words:
"2. Asking if changes in general attitude and outlook in Canada and elsewhere in the world since the Commission began its work do not call for a re-assessment of the present situation and the exploration of possible different emphases as we seek to move ahead towards unity.
Such different emphases might include:"
and replacing them by:
"2. In considering its work, it consider:"
An amendment was then introduced:
Moved by Huston
Seconded by Jackson
That "In considering its work, it consider" be expanded to read "In considering its work towards organic union, it consider"; and that the words "rather than focussing almost total emphasis upon the preparation of a plan" in #1 be deleted.
An amendment to the amendment was proposed:
Amendment to the Amendment
That the words "rather than focussing almost total emphasis upon the preparation of a plan" be reinstated.
Moved by Goodman
Seconded by Graham
That the motion and amendments be tabled until the February meeting of NEC. DEFEATED
After considerable discussion -
The Amendment to the Amendment was put and CARRIED.
The Amendment as Amended was put and CARRIED.
The Motion as Amended was put and CARRIED.
This amended motion reads:
That, having received
- a report of the work of the General Commission,
- a report of the latest C.O.C.U. Conference,
- a response from the House of Bishops following a consideration of the Plan of Union - First Draft, and
- a report of the Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean which gave thought to re-union discussions,
the National Executive Council communicate with the General Commission on Church Union:
1. commending it for the faithful and hard and valuable work that has been done; and
2. recommending that, in continuing its work towards organic union, it
a. place greater emphasis upon processes which would enable Churches to grow together rather than focussing almost total emphasis upon the preparation of a plan. This might be accomplished by such means as:
i) encouraging more vigorously cooperation between members of the three churches (and other churches) in God's work in the world;
ii) "exploring the possibility of sacramental communion on the basis of a common statement of faith and agreement on the question of the Minister of the Eucharist";
iii) "Supporting increased sharing of the members of the three churches in the congregational life of each other, in study and education, in programme planning and organizational life, and in other worship activities."
b) explore further the nature of "unity" that human beings generally and Christians in particular seem to be seeking at this time.
c) consider ways of meeting the problems of the mind and heart and spirit of men with a new flowering of Christian faith and life.
The Rt. Rev. S.C. Steer reported that only three members of the Task Force had been able to attend the meeting. The General Secretary was requested to arrange a meeting with the United Church Committee on Guidelines.
It was suggested that
(a) The Bishop of Saskatoon prepare a draft of suggested guidelines for presentation to the Task Force.
(b) The General Secretary write to the Bishops.
(c) The General Secretary call a meeting of the Task Force in May.
That the Report of the Task Force on Guidelines for Congregational Co-operation be received. CARRIED
The General Secretary reminded National Executive Council members that as a result of the resolution from the General Commission requesting that a joint committee be set up to consider possible guidelines and procedures for congregational co-operation, the Primate and the Prolocutor had been requested at the August 1969 meeting of NEC to study the matter. It had been agreed that this was a matter of concern to the Bishops and the House of Bishops had requested the Primate to appoint a small committee for the purpose of setting up guidelines.
That a small committee of Bishops, Clergy and Laity be set up to consider areas of co-operation between congregations of the Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada and the Disciples of Christ and that from this committee members of the Joint Committee be chosen and to report to the February meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED
Moved by the Bishop of Qu'Appelle, seconded by the Bishop of Saskatachewan,
That the following be appointed to the Committee.
Rt. Rev. R.L. Seaborn
*Rt. Rev. S.C. Steer
Rt. Rev. E.W. Scott
Rt. Rev. G.B. Snell
Ven. T.J. Matthews
*Ven. D.P. Watney
Very Rev. H.R. Bagnall
Dr. C.E. Challice
Dr. J.E. Merriman
*Dr. D.J. Broadwell
*Miss Betty Graham
* Suggested members of Joint ACC/UCC Committee. CARRIED
The hope was expressed that the Committee would make itself available through correspondence to the Church at large. The suggestion was made that the joint committee might meet before the next National Executive Council meeting, but make no commitment until approved by NEC.
Canada's four Anglican archbishops say they will not support any segment of their church which organizes to oppose union with the United Church of Canada, the Canadian Churchman states in an article this month.
The Anglican Church's national newspaper says the four metropolitans have bluntly rejected any move to create what one called a "schismatic program" within the church.
The article says a loosely-formed group known as "Canadian Confirmed Anglicans" will seek support from Anglicans to oppose implementation of the Principles of Union drafted by the two churches.
It had been reported in a Winnipeg-based independent church paper that Anglicans will soon be asked to "sign a declaration of loyalty to the vows we have made in the faith." The church paper, The Communicator, edited by Rev. Maurice Hardman, states Canadian Confirmed Anglicans are persons "persuaded in the Catholic and Apostolic faith" who are determined to stand fast in loyalty to their ordination and confirmation vows in spite of any bureau-cratic, economic...or private pressures designed to coerce compromise."
The Communicator had suggested that some bishops, including one archbishop, were having "second thoughts" about the direction union has been taking.
Most Rev. H.H. Clark of Winnipeg, primate of the Anglican Church, said that since there were only four archbishops, there was a 25% chance he was the one to which reference was made. Archbishop Clark described an organization to oppose union, if it is formed, as "schismatic in spirit and schismatic in program."
"I still believe that our church is right to seek union with the United Church and that the Principles of Union are a right basis for working out definite plans for this union."
"If I have any second thoughts, they are about the difficulties we shall encounter in this adventure."
Most Rev. A.H. O'Neil of Fredericton, said he supported the Principles of Union when they were passed by the Anglican Church in Vancouver in 1965.
Most Rev. W.L. Wright of Sault Ste. Marie, said he is a strong advocate of Christian unity movement which, he said, will eventually triumph.
Most Rev. H.E. Sexton of Victoria, B.C., said Anglicans know there are problems to be faced in union but that an effort must be made to work them out.
"We are not in favour here (of the views) of The Communicator because we feel it is not in accord with the spirit of the day."
"Distributed by Anglican Book Centre, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto 5, Ontario, and Diocesan Book Rooms [and] United Church Literature Distribution Services, 85 St. Clair Avenue E., Toronto 7, Ontario and Regional Depots". -- inside back cover.
Includes bibliographical references.
"The questions and problems which have arisen in the discussion of 'The Principles of Union Between The Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada' suggested to the Committees of Ten that a study guide would be helpful in the development of that discussion. They sought and obtained the authorization of their respective churches for the production of such a document. They now present this guide in the hope that it will assist the dialogue within and between the Anglican and United Churches. The study guide has been prepared by the Rev. Dr. R.C. Chalmers of Pine Hill Divinity Hall, Halifax. Associated with him in its preparation was an Advisory Committee, whose members (clerical and lay), represented both churches, and the Committees of Ten". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / A.B.B. Moore and Godfrey Gower -- Study Guide -- Principles of Union.
Two "Prayers", one "For Christian Unity" and one "For the Mission of the Church" on inside front cover.
The Bishop of New Westminster reported that the number of the special commissions will be discussed at the meeting of the joint Committees of Ten later in the day. It had been agreed by the Plenary Committee that the Committee of Ten would continue, although possibly reconstituted. The Bishop of Nova Scotia and Canon R.R. Latimer had been appointed as observer-consultants at the Consultation on Church Union to be held in Cambridge, Mass., on May 1-4, 1967.
The Plenary Committee had received a resolution from the Executive Committee of the Department of Religious Education reading, "That we express our concern for, and interest in, the whole are of education and training in preparing for union with the United Church and offer the resources of the department in assisting the Church in this task."
The Plenary Committee in considering the "Memorandum on the Restructure of Standing Committees and Commissions of General Synod," had approved the following resolution:
"That the Committee on Christian Unity and the Church Universal asks the National Executive Council to refer the matter of its relationship to the other committees concerned with the same general area to the Committee on Organization for study and report, with particular regard to the memorandum prepared by the General Secretary of General Synod in regard to the relating of the various committees of General Synod, and that this Plenary Committee would welcome a consultation with these bodies, if desired by the Committee on Organization."
(See also report of Committee on Organization).
That that resolution be received. CARRIED
Following the report of the Committee on Organization, it was moved by the Bishop of New Westminster, seconded by the Ven. D.P. Watney,
That the resolution of the Committee on Christian Unity and the Church Universal on this memorandum be referred to the Special Committee named. CARRIED
"Published jointly by Anglican Book Centre, 600 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2J6 and The United Church Publishing House, 47 Coldwater Rd., Don Mills, Ont. M3B 1Y9".
"The Canadian who sets out to widen his reading about church unity may well find his task peculiarly unsatisfying. His trouble will not be lack of material. .... But there is very little indeed written from the point of view of the local congregation struggling with the day to day disgrace of disunity and lack of love between Christian denominations in a small community. This is my only excuse for adding yet another book to the number already written about Christian unity. As [Anglican] Rector of the Parish of Arrow-Slocan Lakes in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, I have charge of a combined Anglican-United Church parish with five fully integrated congregations". -- Intro.
Contents: Preface dated Nakusp, B.C., March 1974 / John Stainer -- Introduction -- Putting My Foot In It -- Motive and Purpose -- Elementary Disunity and Schism -- The Rock From Which Which We Are Hewn -- Balancing the See-Saw -- Don't Offend Mrs. Smith -- Psychology. Liturgy, and Experiment -- Ignorance and Opportunity -- The Way of the Wild Olive -- Pride and Priesthood -- The Church in Poverty -- Appendix.
Author is an Anglican Church of Canada cleric "Rector