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
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.
TORONTO (Feb. 19, 2003) -- The Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada have begun an ongoing dialogue. These are the first formal conversations between the two denominations since the end of the Plan of Union talks in the 1970s.
The meeting took place February 13-16, 2003 at the Vancouver School of Theology. The V.S.T. meeting site is significant because the school was the product of earlier ecumenical cooperation between the two churches, along with the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It was important for the dialogue to meet with faculty from the school and hear their reflections about current ecumenical relationships.
The mandate of the dialogue is to identify and address issues affecting our relationships. The major task of the first meeting was to identify the most significant areas of mutual interest and concern. These were named as core theological affirmations, sacramental theology, missiology and witness, shared ministries, and indigenous issues and relationships. Central to the dialogue team's work is the impetus toward deepening each community's understanding of the other. To this end, perceptions, stereotypes and history are being explored.
The next meeting will take place in Winnipeg in November 2003 and the major issues for consideration will be shared ministries and relations with First Nations people.
Members of this dialogue came away from the meeting feeling that this was a positive step for the two churches to be taking at this time. The participants were:
David Ashdown (Bishop of Keewatin, Kenora ON), Heather Labrie (lay person from a shared lay ministry congregation, Slave Lake, AB), William Harrison (professor of theology and Anglican studies, Saskatoon, SK), Rosalyn Robertson (lay reader and social activist, Lawrencetown, NS), and staff person Alyson Barnett-Cowan (Toronto ON)
Gerald Hobbs (professor of Church history and music, Vancouver, BC), Bob Mills (retired United Church minister and past General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, Halifax, NS), Kelly Shapiro/Ojosho Benisikwe (minister in training, Winnipeg, MB), Nobuko Iwai (rural minister, Davidson, SK) and staff person Chris Ferguson (Toronto ON).
William Harrison and Kelly Shapiro were named co-chairs of the dialogue.
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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That, with the consent of the Synod, Recommendation VIII be changed to the following:
That since in the sparsely settled parts of our country the difficulty of reaching with any degree of regularity the scattered groups of our people is almost insurmountable - which difficulty extends to other Christian Communions - we recommend that in the interests of our Christian Faith an advance be made, through the Bishops of our Church, to the authorities of other Christian Communions in the several localities concerned with a view to discussing possible means of co-operation with them in an endeavour to minister to these small and isolated units, subject always to the principle being clearly indicated that we must administer the Sacraments to our own people. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the following clause (omitted from Recommendation VIII in Convening Circular) be reinstated:
We recommend that, in view of the constant contacts throughout Canada between these two bodies, especially, and ourselves, we should, in the words of the Lambeth Appeal to all Christian Peoples of 1920, be ready to embark upon "An adventure of good-will and still more of faith, for nothing less is required than a new discovery of the creative resources of God." CARRIED in the Lower House; Upper House reserved decision.
Text of Recommendation VIII "Cooperation" as found on pp. 118-199 in "The Report of the Field Commissioners to the Anglican National Commission May 18th, 1931" bound with 1931 General Synod Journal of Proceedings.
That since, in the sparsely settled parts of our country the difficulty in reaching, with any degree of regularity, the scattered groups of our people, is almost insurmountable, which difficulty extends to other Christian communions, we recommend that in the interests of the Christian faith and advance be made to the authorities of the United Church and the Presbyterian Church with a view to discovering if some arrangement could be made for a more friendly co-operation with them in the matter of ministering to these small units, subject always to the principle being clearly indicated that we must administer the sacraments to our own people. We recommend that, in view of the constant contacts throughout Canada between these two bodies, especially, and ourselves, we should, in the words of the Lambeth Appeal to all Christian Peoples of 1920, be ready to embark upon "An adventure of good-will and still more of faith, for nothing less is required than a new discovery of the creative resources of God."
THAT this Synod receive the following Memorial from the Diocese of Rupert's Land regarding Anglican-Roman Catholic Agreement on Eucharistic Doctrine and refer it to the Doctrine and Worship Committee and the Inter-Church Relations Committee for information:
`BE IT RESOLVED THAT it is the opinion of the Synod of the Diocese of Rupert's Land that there is nothing in the document entitled "Anglican-Roman Catholic Agreement on the Eucharist 1971" contrary to the beliefs of the Anglican Church of Canada as understood and received by us. It is the hope and prayer of this Synod that our fellow Anglicans, together with the Christians of the Roman Catholic tradition, will find it similarly acceptable so that we may move further forward on the road to unity within the Body of Christ.'
"Submitted to the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity".
"[W]e offer to the world-wide Church a positive and hopeful outlook on The Final Report. The task of bringing together two different but related ecclesial traditions such as those of the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church while respecting their identities is a delicate one. We believe it can be achieved. The theological and human issues raised by The Final Report are complex, but together, in openness to the Lord's gift of koinonia,we can build a unity which fosters rather than stifles diversity. We can because we must: 'Give what you command, and command what you will'. (Augustine, Confessions, 10, 29)" -- Intro., p. 2.
Contents divided into five main sections: Introduction -- On the Eucharist -- On Ministry and Ordination -- On Authority in the Church -- Conclusion.
On the Eucharist section divided into sub-sections: 1. Eucharistic Sacrifice -- 2. The Presence of Christ -- 3. Reservation.
On Ministry and Ordination section divided into sub-sections: 1. The Divine Origin of the Ordained Ministry -- 2. The Emergence of the Threefold Ordering of the Ordained Ministry -- 3. The Relationship of the Ordained Ministry to Other Ministries in the Church -- 4. The Functions and Priestly Character of the Ordained Ministry -- 5. Ordination: An Unrepeatable Sacrament -- 6. Apostolic Succession -- 7. Recognition of Anglican Ordinations -- 8. Ordination of Women.
On Authority in the Church section divided into sub-sections: 1. Universal Primacy -- 2. Jurisdiction -- 3. Scripture and Tradition -- 4. Infallibility -- 5. Marian Definitions.