That this National Executive Council commends the two statements (Eucharist, Ministry) of the Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission to the diocesan synods for study and discussion before General Synod '75. CARRIED
That this General Synod adopt the following Terms of Reference of the Inter-Church/Inter-Faith Relations Committee:
The Committee shall:
a) promote an understanding of the essential unity of the Church universal and of the religious pluralism of Canada and the world;
b) carry out and foster harmonious relations between the Anglican Church of Canada and
i churches with which the Anglican Church of Canada is in full visible communion including provinces of the Anglican Communion,
ii Christian churches with which the Anglican Church of Canada is not in full visible communion, and
iii other living faiths;
c) maintain relationships with the Anglican Consultative Council, Canadian Council of Churches, World Council of Churches and other inter-church or inter-faith bodies, including the nomination to National Executive Council of representatives to such bodies;
d) recommend policy proposals to the General Synod with regard to the foregoing;
e) develop a budget for its areas of responsibility;
f) consult as necessary with other national committees; and
g) maintain liaison with the House of Bishops and committees of the Anglican Church of Canada as appropriate. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 45
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.
An educator and priest with broad experience in Canadian ecumenical affairs has been appointed to the Anglican Church of Canada's ecumenical office.
The Reverend Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Co-Director of the Henry Budd Christian Training Centre in The Pas, Manitoba, will take up the position of Ecumenical Assistant to the General Secretary on April 15, 1991.
Ms. Barnett-Cowan is a Vice President of the Canadian Council of Churches and a member of the Council's Faith and Witness Commission. She has been a participant in the Anglican/Lutheran International Consultation on "Episcope" and a member of the Canadian Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue. She is the author of the Anglican Church's response to "Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry" in "Churches Respond to BEM, Vol II" (Faith and Order Paper 132, WCC, 1986) and further developed her work on this theme while earning a Master of Theology degree at Trinity College, Toronto, in 1987.
Ms. Barnett-Cowan, who has been a teacher and guidance counsellor as well as a parish priest, has been co-director of the Henry Budd Centre, since 1983. She teaches a variety of bible, theology and pastoral courses at the Centre, which provides theological education and training for ministry in the North.
In her new position, Ms. Barnett-Cowan will work with Archdeacon David Woeller, General Secretary, to represent the Anglican Church in ecumenical and inter-faith concerns. She will provide staff support to the Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations Committee, of which she has been a member since 1986. She will also provide staff support to the church's organization committee, and play a key role in making arrangements for meetings of the General Synod.
For further information, contact: David Woeller, General Secretary, The Anglican Church of Canada, (416) 924-9192
Deviations from church discipline and practice arising out of ecumenical enthusiasm are a matter of concern to the Anglican Church of Canada.
The church has played an important role in bringing about a relaxation of tensions that for centuries have been divisive religious factors. But its bishops stress that negotiations with other churches have union and full communion as their objective and until this is attained Anglican clergy and laity should observe canonical laws and regulations.
In connection with marriages of Anglicans and non-Anglicans the House of Bishops has reaffirmed that Anglican clergy may accept invitations to participate in services in other communions provided that no breach of the matrimonial discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada is involved.
The House of Bishops recognizes that the instruction on mixed marriages issued in Rome last March by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith represents a real effort by the Roman Catholic Church to solve some of the problems involved in this difficult question. However, the bishops feel that the instruction does not really succeed in meeting the Anglican viewpoint.
Therefore, in the case of a marriage in a Roman Catholic church involving an Anglican who has given a pre-nuptial undertaking respecting the nurture of children in the Roman Catholic faith, the participation of an Anglican priest is not permitted. Such participation, by the terms of the Rome decree, is limited to a post-service exhortation and word of goodwill. If the Anglican party to the marriage has made no pre-nuptial agreement, the regulation does not apply and each case must be dealt with individually.
At the marriage of an Anglican and a member of another communion in an Anglican church, a non-Anglican priest or minister may be invited to assist, reading from the Anglican marriage service such prayers as are generally allowed by diocesan bishops.
To meet increasing pressures for inter-communion and to regularize practices that have developed in some churches, the Anglican House of Bishops has modified regulations concerning the administration of Holy Communion to unconfirmed persons. The bishops stipulate, however, that Anglican clergy are not authorized to issue any open invitation to Holy Communion.
The new ruling, to be used by diocesan bishops at their discretion, would permit Holy Communion to be administered to the following baptized persons of other communions:
Isolated communicants who have no regular opportunity of receiving the sacrament from their own ministers; staff members and pupils in hostels, boarding schools and colleges where there is a chapel in which the eucharist is celebrated; staff and inmates or patients of institutions in which there is an Anglican chaplaincy; Christian people gathered together for dialogue and prayer for the unity of Christendom; tourists and travellers attending Anglican churches; members of families, some non-Anglican, who on special occasions wish to receive the Holy Communion together.
Generally speaking, Anglican clergy do not refuse communion to any baptized persons, but in some cases they inquire into the communicant status of individuals.
"This book is based on two sets of addresses: the Martin Memorial lectures entitled `The Compass Rose : Flowering of Fading ?', given at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatoon in May 1999, and three addresses on the theme 'Composing the Lord's Song', given at the diocese of Calgary's `Theology Alive' weekend in October 1999". -- Acknowledgements, p. 7.
"I believe that Anglicanism is characterized by a distinctive way of doing theology. And I believe that a tolerance for diversity is an integral part of being Anglican. So I believe that our current struggles and debates are essential to being who we are, and I am hopeful that our diversity will strengthen us as we respond to God's call to be part of the church, the body of Christ. In `Anglican Diversity', I will articulate a foundation for this belief, then explore how such an Anglican identity can help us to respond to the challenges of the twenty-first century". -- Intro., p. 10.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography, pp. 126-128.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Strange Land -- The Anglican Church: Yesterday and Today -- The Lord's Song -- Looking to the Future in Worship -- Looking to the Future in Ministry -- Social and Ethical Issues -- Living with People of Other Denominations and Faiths -- Authority in the Anglican Communion -- Conclusion: What is the Future of the Anglican Communion ? -- Appendix A: A Response to the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Bishops / Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars -- Bibliography..
"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".
That this Council of General Synod welcome the Anglican Lutheran Joint Working Group's Draft Declaration of Full Communion between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada; and that it give approval to the circulation of "CALD [i.e. Called to Full Communion] throughout the Anglican Church of Canada for study and comment. CARRIED #07-11-97
Waterloo Ontario, 8 July 2001 -- An exuberant service of joint worship between Anglicans and Lutherans here today marked the capstone of celebrations concluding nearly two decades of discussions culminating in this week's historic entente between Canada's two largest episcopally-based protestant religious denominations.
The historic celebration of [the] Eucharist at Waterloo's civic stadium, bringing together more than 1,000 members of the two churches attending their respective national conventions, represented the first joint worship service following the successful passage, on July 6 , of "The Waterloo Declaration", extending mutual recognition and full communion rights between the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
Throughout the week at adjacent university campus locations in this southwestern Ontario city for their respective national governing council meetings, Anglicans and Lutherans held simultaneous votes, with all but unanimous support, on the carefully-framed declaration of cooperation -- "The Waterloo Declaration : Called to Full Communion" -- which had been under extensive discussion and review by both churches since the mid-1980s.
"This marks a pivotal moment in the movement toward Christian ecumenism in Canada, and a landmark in the history of the Anglican Church," said Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada following the all-but-unanimous vote at the 36th meeting of Anglican General Synod. "For me personally, it marks the climax of nearly 30 years of personal hopes and aspirations."
Bishop Telmor Sartison, ELCIC National Bishop and Lutheran counterpart to the Anglican Primate, said following the vote at the ELCIC convention, "it was so moving, it was hard to hold back the tears of happiness". In a sign of the times, the two bishops announced the outcome of their respective ballots in a cellphone conversation relayed to cheers and applause from more than 300 delegates attending both Anglican Synod and the Lutheran Convention.
The Waterloo Declaration -- so named because both ACC and ELCIC delegates held simultaneous national conferences in this namesake city in anticipation of a successful outcome on inter-church partnership -- sets out terms under which Anglicans and Lutherans acknowledge a broad range of parities between their respective denominations, both forged during the Reformation in 16th century Europe.
While stopping short of a "merger" or "union" between the two churches, "The Waterloo Declaration" formally acknowledges agreement on a wide range of liturgical issues, establishes full interchangeability between clergy of both churches and permits full "communion rights" among members of each denomination.
The agreement creates a religious fellowship numbering more than one million formally registered church members throughout Canada, linking the ACC's official parish membership of well over 700,000 with the ELCIC's membership of more than 200,000. Official statistics of church membership are difficult to assess accurately. In the case of the ACC, official Census Canada statistics list the number of Anglicans at more than 2.2 million while parish membership of regular attendees produces the smaller statistic.
This week's Anglican-Lutheran cooperation agreement mirrors similar ecumenical partnerships already forged between Anglicans in Great Britain and Lutherans in Scandinavian countries, as well, between the two denominations in the United States.
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For further information contact: Anthony Whittingham, ACC Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 324; 6416-738-8909 (Mobile)