"The gathering of the Anglican response to B.E.M. was undertaken by the Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations Committee of General Synod in consultation with the Ministry Committee and the Doctrine and Worship Committee. Following its approval by Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations in November, 1985 the National Executive Council agreed to forward this statement to the World Council of Churches as the 'initial response' of the Anglican Church of Canada". -- p. 21.
Contents divided into sections: What the process has been in our Province -- The Questions -- General Comments -- Question One: the extent to which your church can recognize in this text the faith of the Church through the ages -- Question Two: The consequences your church can draw from this text for its relations and dialogues with other churches -- Question Three: The guidance your church can take from this text for its worship, educational, ethical, and spiritual life and witness -- Question Four: The suggestions your church can make for the ongoing work of Faith and Order -- Conclusion.
Author defines a professional as "someone who does things that most other people can't do for themselves, like pulling teeth or removing gall bladders or conveying property. An artist is someone who so displays his or her insights and intuitions that other people are enabled to experience fresh insights of their own. I suggest that the real work of ministry is that of an artist -- sermons, liturgy, study groups, even counselling, are all intended to enable people to discover the meaning of the Gospel and the call of the holy for themselves." Previously "posted in a meeting called Professional Ministry on [the] Ecunet [electronic religious network]". Also published in "AngliCan Arts", vol. 1, no. 1, Epiphany 1998, p. 7.