A brief biography and appreciation of the Rev. Dr. Frank A. Peake a prominent historian and writer about the Anglican Church of Canada. "Frank Peake was a dedicated priest, a stimulating educator, a tireless church historian who relished every discovery and a delightful conversationalist. His multiple publications leave an enduring contribution to an understanding of the life and mission of the Anglican Church of Canada from its beginning to the present (p. 72)". Dr. Peake was also "one of the founders of the Canadian Church Historical Society and was the Honorary President of the Society for many years" (p. ).
Speakers included Dr. French and Dr. Millman. At the conclusion of the Report of the Archive Task Force, it was
That this General Synod gives approval in principle to Anglican participation in a "Centre of Studies" in Canadian Church History, subject to the approval of the National Archives Task Force, and subject to approval of the financial and legal arrangements by the National Executive Council. CARRIED IN BOTH HOUSES
[Recorded as No. 44 in Acts of Synod, p. 68. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
The Chairman of the Committee appointed by the Primate, the Rt. Rev. G.B. Snell, reported that a good discussion had resulted from this Committee's meeting with Dr. F.A. Peake and Dr. T.R. Millman, who had presented their reasons why they felt a full-time Archivist-Historian was needed. The Committee felt that the NEC should be informed tha the Church is under a great debt to Dr. Millman for the amazing amount of work he has done during the past ten years. He has the work well organized and has collected a great deal of material. The Committee recommends the appointment of a full-time Archivist; that the present physical facilities at Church House should suffice for anywhere between five to ten years, and that it would appear the total amount required for 1967 should be in the neighbourhood of $20,000 rather than the $17,000 presently requested.
During the ensuing discussion, it was noted that the resolution passed at General Synod had stated, "That the proposal of the Archives Committee dealing with the appointment of a full-time Archivist-Historian be referred to the National Executive Council for consideration, and report to the next General Synod in 1967." In view of the possibility that Dr. Millman may be on sabbatical leave in 1966-1967, the question of whether it would be possible to secure a part-time Archivist was raised. A retired man with past experience in this field might be secured until General Synod meets and reaches a decision.
That the report of the Primate's Special Committee to consider a full-time Archivist-Historian be received and that it be referred to the Budget Committee for consideration for the 1968 budget in anticipation of favourable action being taken by the 1967 General Synod. In the meantime, the work is to be continued under a part-time arrangement. CARRIED
"The Divinity 150 Project of Trinity College, Toronto, held a colloquium on 'The Theological and Social Formation of Clergy: a historical perspective' at the college, 22-24 April 1993." This "Notes and Comments" summary describes and summarizes the presentations of several speakers including: William Westfall, Thomas McIntire, Robert Black, Elwood Jones, Joseph White, Jud Purdy, Bob Gidney, Wyn Millar, Neil Semple, John Thompson, Terrence Murphy, Roberto Perin, Brian Hogan, Ruth Brouwer, Mark McGowan, Ed Queen, Joseph O'Neill, John Grant, Phyllis Airhart, George Rawlyk, Brian Fraser and Alexander Reford.
"With Volume XLII the 'Journal' celebrates fifty years of publication. From modest beginnings in 1950, publishing only Anglican material, the 'Journal' now publishes articles on all aspects of Canadian church history and in wider church history when there are intellectual, methodological or institutional connections to Canada". Note also lists editors of the Journal with their approximate dates. "To commemorate this important milestone the Canadian Church Historical Society has established for this year the Millman Prize Essay competition". "It is also fitting on this anniversary occasion that an acknowledgement be made to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada for its support of the Canadian Church Historical Society and of the 'Journal' over the years. The Canadian Church Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 'Journal' is to be included in the American Theological Library Association's digital journal project. The 'Journal' was chosen by a national panel of scholars in theology and religion as one of fifty digital titles deemed essential to be included in the core collection of theological and religious journals".
"General Editor: Canon Vernon, Publicity Secretary for the Restoration Fund". -- t.-p.
Five parts: I: Our Church in the Maritimes / C.W. Vernon -- II: Our Church in Quebec / A.R. Kelley-- III: Our Church in Ontario / A.H. Young-- IV: Our Church in Rupert' s Land / Bertal Heeney.-- V: Our Church in British Columbia / J. Friend Day.
"I had intended to explore three themes: (1) How church archives and church history can help in understanding where the church is today; (2) How church archives and church history can help in articulating the mission of the church; and finally, (3) How church archives and church history can be a type of proclamation of the Good News. However, I soon realized that before I could so so it was necessary to treat in some detail both church archives and church history, to consider something of their history in the Canadian church. Therefore, while I will have something to say about the three themes I have just outlined, much of this paper is purely historical. I should like to begin then with a consideration of the development of church archives in the Anglican Church of Canada. Much of what I have to say concerns the Diocese of Montreal which I take as in many ways typical of archives in the Canadian Church". -- p. 59. "[B]oth in the diocese of Montreal and across the Canadian Church, there have been a number of positive developments as far as archives are concerned in the past decade or so. There are more archives and more active archives than ever before, and this is a good thing. And while the staff of church archives is still primarily composed of volunteers, it has been possible to provide archives training for them. .... Another encouraging development of the last decade is the attempt to make church records more easily available to researchers. The Anglican Church ... has undertaken the publication of a series of guides to the holdings of the various diocesan archives. .... These developments I believe mark an important change for church archives. we are clearly moving away from the historical society model that marked our beginning and towards a more professional approach to and understanding of church archives. But this change emphasize problems that are endemic to church archives and to which I would now like to turn my attention. The first of these can be stated simply: while church archives and archivists are becoming increasingly professional, our principal users are non-professionals". -- p. 63-64. "A second and more serious problem is the marginal position of archives in the church. .... our records are important. They are important for legal reasons .... the requirement to record births, marriages, and deaths dates as far back as the Instructions of Thomas Cromwell of 1538 .... Our records are important also for administrative purposes". -- p. 64. "Our records are important for historical reasons". --p. 65. "Finally, our records are important for theological reasons, and the archives can contribute to the life and mission of the church". -- p. 65. "The relationship between church archives and church history is a very close one; the church archivist is the keeper of the record and the church historian is the interpreter of the record". -- p. 65. "Church archivists and church historians can contribute to this witness by preserving and explicating the history of the church, the history of the church in one's own particular locality. There are many less than creditable events and actions to be recorded in the history of the church, and these must be faced honestly and openly. But church archivists and church historians will have no qualms about facing these because we will be able to provide the context, the social, economic, and political context, as well as the religious one". -- p. 69.