That the National Executive Council recognizes the widespread concern of the Church about social and economic problems in Canada and abroad, requests the Primate to convene a three-day seminar to include such members as the corporate and business community, members of the Unit of Public Social Responsibility, Native people, Labour leaders, Third World representatives and members of the National Executive Council and requests that costs be shared by participating groups. CARRIED
The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada meets next month at a time, in the words of its leaders, when values and issues are changing rapidly and the "very possibility of `faith' as a credible stance of life has been questioned."
The comment of the long-range planning committee in its introductions to reports to the 26th synod, meeting in Regina May 3-11, is underlined by Archbishop Edward W. Scott, primate of the church.
In a report prepared for the assembly he says if Anglicans are to respond to the demanding issues before them and to give leadership in complex situations they will need, among other things, "a greater sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit" and to display "greater willingness to make hard decisions." He may expand upon this when he officially opens the assembly in St. Paul's Cathedral May 3.
About 290 members of synod, clerical and lay, from the 28 dioceses of the church will attend the sessions in Regina's Hotel Saskatchewan.
Four main topics or themes have been set out for discussion: quality of life and community, of faith, of ministry and of the church. The themes provide opportunity for debate and decision on a wide range of social problems disturbing the church and the country in the 1970s.
A preamble, prepared by Dean Herbert O'Driscoll, to a report of the long-range planning committee says:
"To some extent it could be said that the criteria of faith in previous decades were quantitative. The strength of the church tended to be judged by quantities (that is, activities, budget) and faith tended to be seen in terms of private piety and attendance at worship...
Such categories have been found, not so much to be discredited, but to be inadequate...Between us and the comparative innocence of the late '50s too much has been said, too many paperbacks written, too many tides of opinion have flowed for everything to remain as it was.
In the 1970s the many options of a plural society vary from actual alternatives to the Christian faith to a whole spectrum of attitude and styles within the Christian faith itself...
Faith is no longer a piece of familiar furniture placed securely in the living room of the mind."
The committee says further, in another report on the quality of life and community, that the rate of change in the world "continues to be a major factor in challenging individuals and institutions to be flexible."
The free-wheeling tone of the committee's observations may typify the free and frank discussion expected at this synod with members participating more fully than in the past.
Six sessions - totalling 13 hours - have been scheduled for group discussion. Each session will bear upon a particular issue. Resolutions formulated by these groups will be correlated and sent to plenary sessions for decision and policy direction. Committee reports and resolutions go directly to the plenary meetings.
The synod meets every two years. Its last meeting was in Niagara Falls, Ont., in February, 1971, when some of its sessions were held jointly with those of the general council of the United Church of Canada which also meets biennially.
It was the first time in the history of Canada's largest Protestant denominations that their highest courts had met together.
Negotiations for organic union of the churches have been under way for more than a quarter-century but no definitive move on union will be taken at this synod.
Members of synod are the 55 bishops from the four ecclesiastical provinces of Canada (Quebec and the Atlantic provinces), Ontario, Rupert's Land and British Columbia and clergy and laity chosen by the dioceses with a youth delegation of 15.
At least 25 women, seven of them from the youth delegation, are among the lay members along with eight observers from Anglican Church Women who participate in discussions but do not vote.
Among controversial topics before the synod will be that of abortion and here the views of the women are expected to be expressed freely.
A strong bloc of women commissioners forced the abortion issue to the floor of the general council of the United Church two years ago when that church went on record as accepting abortion in certain social, economic and therapeutic circumstances. The United Church is the only Christian church to take such a stand but it does not support abortion on demand.
The Anglican Church opposes abortion and one of the questions to be posed at this synod by one committee, the task force on human life, is: "What does it mean to be human if the foetus can be aborted?"
Other questions also are posed by the task force in its report on human life and community:
"Who am I if bodily organs can be transplanted?"
"What quality of life are people living in our cities?"
"Why should anyone go to the moon when there are vast needs and agonies on the earth?"
Story of "Project Turkey" a program operated out of All Saints Anglican Church in Regina by parishioners Basil and Laura Pogue. The project which has grown since it began seven years ago helps to provide a special meal for Regina's hungry at Christmas time.
"The purpose of the Bulletin is to present to its readers various, and sometimes differing, view-points on social subjects. Its object is, therefore, information and not propaganda. The Editorial Board does not necessarily endorse all, or any, of the opinions expressed in its publications". -- p. 2.
Contents: The Beginning of Christian Social Service / J.H.H. Coleman -- Social Service Notes and News.
"Is Social Service an optional subject in the Christian curriculum ? Is it entitled to the place which the Canadian Church has assigned to it as a recognized department of its activities along with Missions and Religious Education ? If so, is the function of the rank and file of the people of the Church discharged by contributions in response to the annual appeal for the support of the work of the Council ? .... [I]n one of the most profound passages of the New Testament [St. Paul] emphasises the principle that the spirit of Social Service is to be developed and cherished in every disciple of Jesus Christ. It is not a frill or a fad but an essential for those who seek to be in harmony with the mind of the Master. `Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Le this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.' The Incarnation of the Son of God (which he proceeds to describe) is the supreme act of Social Service. It is also the ideal for the `mind' of those who feel the constraint of that love. `Those who have looked upward and seen the vision of the Saviour, can really look outward and see the vision of service'. `As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith'." -- pp. 14-15.
Section on Social Service Notes and News divided into sub-sections: The Council's Office After May 1st  -- Resolution on the Death of Canon Horsey -- The Save the Children of Russia Movement -- Welcome and Welfare Work for Montreal -- Plans for Community Halls -- Prevention of Blindness in Babies.
Colophon: Printed by Hanson, Crozier & Edgar, Kingston, Ont.
"Bob Smillie has been a United Church minister, social activist, and teacher of theology for the past 25 years. In 'Beyond the Social Gospel', he presents an analysis of the political and theological culture of the prairies, and its philosophical background. He argues that the cohesive force on the prairies has been protest, because people on the prairies have constantly worked to protest their hinterland status and its consequences". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Bob Haverluck -- Introduction: Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth ? -- Part I: Faith Seeking Understanding -- Allegiance to God or Caesar: Before the Modern Period -- God, Caesar and the Enlightenment -- Part II: Reclaiming Blown Away History -- The First People of the Hinterland -- Metis, Settlement and Protest -- The National Policy: National Dream or Western Nightmare -- Protest on the Prairies Between the Wars -- Post-war Protest on the Prairies -- Part III: Resurrection and Insurrection -- Hinterland Theology and Church Insurrection -- Hinterland Ministry -- Notes to Chapters -- Glossary -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
"The publication of this volume is sponsored by the Ecumenical Forum of Canada". -- p. [ii].
"Among the many Canadian organizations which have taken up the cause of a just society, few have worked harder for the realization of this goal than the Canadian churches. The documents that are contained in this book are evidence of the churches' strong concern to identify and combat injustices wherever they appear in society. .... The purpose of this introduction is to give, first of all, a brief historical account of the churches' recent involvement in social issues in Canada. Secondly, it will identify the issues which are of major concern and will describe how the churches deal with these issues. Finally, an overview and analysis of the churches' position on social justice will be given". -- Intro.
Contents: List of Contributors -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Section I: Poverty in Canada -- 1. The Salvation Army, 'Brief to the Special Senate Committee on Poverty' (1970) -- 2. The Eastern Canada Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, 'Report on Poverty and Christian Responsibility' (1973) -- 3. The United Church of Canada, 'The Economics of Injustice' (1975) -- Section II: Capitalism and Corporations -- 4. The United Church of Canada, 'Who's in Control ?' (1977) -- 5. Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility, 'Decennial Revision of the Bank Act' (1978) -- 6. Roman Catholic Bishops of the Atlantic Provinces, 'To Establish a Kingdom of Justice' (1979) -- 7. The Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 'Ethical Reflections on the Economic Crisis' (1983) -- Section III: Nuclear Energy -- 8. The United Church of Canada, 'Nuclear Power: Blessing or Blight ?' (1977) -- 9. Uranium Working Group, the B.C. Conference of the United Church of Canada, 'Ethics and Uranium Mining' (1980) -- Section IV: Northern Development and Native Rights -- 10. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 'Northern Development: At What Cost ?' (1975) -- 11. Project North, 'A Call for A Moratorium' (1976) -- 12. Project North, 'Before the National Energy Board in the Matter of the Norman Wells Oil Pipeline Application' (1981) -- Section V: Canada, Quebec and the Constitution -- 13. The Roman Catholic Bishops of Quebec, 'The People of Quebec and Its Political Future' (1979) -- 14. The United Church of Canada, 'Brief to the Joint Committee on the Constitution of Canada' (1980) -- Section VI: Population, Immigration and Refugees -- 15. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 'Brief to the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and of the House of Commons on Immigration Policy' (1975) -- 16. Inter-Church Project on Population, 'Report on the Immigration Debate' (1975) -- 17. The Refugee Concerns Project Committee, Canadian Council of Churches, 'Refugee Concerns: A Brief to the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Minister of Employment and Immigration' (1980) -- Section VII: Canada and the Third World -- 18. Canadian Church Leaders, 'Development Demands Justice' (1973) -- 19. Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America, 'Submission to the Canadian Ambassador to the 36th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' (1980) -- Epilogue -- 21. Canadian Church Leaders, 'Inter-Church Brief on Economic Outlook' (1978) -- Notes -- Addresses of Groups Mentioned in This Book.
The Davidson Christian Resource Centre Association is a joint project of the Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic and United churches. It provides informational material and referral counselling on social, medical and related issues, and serves more than half-a-dozen communities with a combined population of 50,000." The idea for the centre grew out of meetings between Mr. Brotherton [a Lutheran pastor] and Anglican Rev. David Ashdown".
"Writing, research and editing for 'Changing Course' was done by Murray MacAdam. Nancy Friday, John Hiemstra. Diane Marshall, Kathy Vandergrift, Mark Vander Vennen, John Olthuis, Ted Schmidt, Gerald Vandezande and Agnes Struik". -- Acknowledgements.
Includes bibliographical references.
"Why are poverty and hunger so widespread in Canada ? Why do so many people feel left out of our society, whether from unemployment, disabilities, loneliness or other causes ? What can be done about these problems ? 'Changing Course' is a study guide for individuals and groups who are trying to make sense of our society and want to learn how to improve it. It reaches the root of our problems: the values which dominate our society. 'Changing Course' shows how a more genuine application of Christian values would help create a truly just society". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Ted Scott, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Canada -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Layer One: Social Realities and Social Policy -- Layer Two: Social Structures -- Layer Three: The Heart of the Matter: How Are We Saved ? -- Alternative Layer Three: God's New Start -- Alternative Layer Two: Reforming Social Structures -- Alternative Layer One: Healing Social Realities with Christian Values -- Conclusion -- Appendix.
Includes "Questions for Discussion" at the end of sections.
"Christian people in all Communion, in most countries, are keenly aware of changing social and economic conditions. This fact is signalized by pronouncements of Church leaders. Such statements flow from a proper understanding of the gospel and of Christian doctrine. That is the reason and justification for Christian concern. Christianity is intended to affect life and the conditions of life. Sometimes, and in some places, the Church has not been keenly enough interested. Today, in revulsion against pagan revolutionary movements, the Church is forced to think of these matters. As well, too, she is interested in the good life for all, as part of the pattern of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. ....
We have been asked to publish the most relevant sections of our recent Annual Report in Bulletin form, this making them available for study group purposes. .... Perhaps the most useful booklet in this field published during 1942 was `Christianity and Social Order' by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is obtainable from the G.B.R.E. Department, 604 Jarvis Street, Toronto, at 25 cents.
It should be noted that this document below does not place the Church on the side of any particular economic system. Nor do the `Statements' by Archbishops, Popes or Church courts or Church Commissions do so. ....
The great need today is that the mass of people, not merely a few leaders, may come to understand these problems and come to a common will upon their solution. The greater need, however, is that they view them in the light of a Christian truth. Then only is the common will likely to be directed towards true ends. This is the people's day. We hope it will be a Christian people's day.
Extremely pertinent to the social scene today is the Statement on Church and Labour. Church people should understand more of the aspirations and aims of Organized Labour and should be able to read those aims intelligently into the needs of Industry as a whole and into the needs of the workers and consumers of the world, organized or unorganized, as a whole". -- Editor's Note, p. .
Contents: Editor's Note / W.W. Judd -- Part 1 : Church and Social Order -- Part 2 : Church and Labour -- Part 3 : The Church and the World of Affairs -- Pertinent New Books in Council's Library.
Part 3 consists of two parts: The Special Task of the Church / William Temple [Text of an address delivered in Albert Hall, 26 September 1942] -- The Archbishop and The Banks / W.G. Peck (From The Malvern Torch, November 1942)