"The following papers are a collection of [five] essays that were written at the University of Oxford during the author's sabbatical from parochial ministry during the 1996/97 academic year. ... I aspired to understand more precisely the nature of the Anglican Church's propensity to accommodate the values and norms of its wider culture. Along with many other faithful Anglicans, I have been increasingly distressed to witness the Church bow more and more to the modern equivalent of the Roman Caesar". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- Inclusive Language for God : the Impact on the Doctrine of God and Implications for Worship in the Anglican Church of Canada -- Beyond the Debate over Religious Pluralism: Toward Mission in a Plural Society -- Transforming the Family: Social Influences and Theological Responses -- The Church in Conflict: the Pastor as Conflict Manager -- Reconciling Authorities: an Impasse in the ARCIC Dialogue.
"One of the topics on the Agenda for the ninth Lambeth Conference being held in 1958 is `The Family in Modern Society'. The Church of England Moral Welfare Council was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to prepare a report on this topic for the use of the Lambeth Conference. The Moral Welfare Council, in turn, contacted all of the Ecclesiastical Provinces in the Anglican Communion asking to be kept informed of any studies made concerning this subject. It was emphasized that two special concerns were Overpopulation and the Impact of Industrialization upon Family Life. At the request of the Primate, the General Secretary prepared a summary of factual information concerning the Canadian family for the consideration of the Canadian Bishops. This paper was read at the meeting of the House of Bishops in 1957 and at the request of the C.S.S. Executive and with the consent of the Primate is published in this Bulletin. The S.P.C.K. has published the Report of the special committee convened by the Moral Welfare Council, together with the Reports received from overseas, in `The Family in Contemporary Society'. The Canadian material is included in the publication and is reproduced in this issue of The Bulletin with the permission of the S.P.C.K." -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Leonard F. Hatfield -- The Canadian Family, 1957 -- Bibliography -- An Extract from the Encyclical Letter, Lambeth 1958 -- Some Books in the C.S.S. Library on the Family.
"The life of the nation can be no stronger that the life of its families. The tone of the family is dependent upon the moral and spiritual outlook of its members.
The Church has fostered the highest ideals of family life. Today, under the moral disintegration so apparent in many areas of society, these are jeopardized. The Church is therefore deeply concerned.
Moreover, due in part to this disintegration in morals, but also to social and economic maladjustments in society, the size of the family has rapidly lessened. Indeed, this phenomenon presents a distinct threat to the existence of some racial and social groups.
At the Annual Meetings in 1942 the members of the Council and of the Executive Council of General Synod asked that information about this be made available to our Church people. Since the Government has recently begun a careful study of the matter and is making information public, we are able to present some factual material very pertinent to the whole question.
We believe that this presents a distinct challenge to Christian teachers and leaders for more detailed education on Christian lines: a challenge also to Church people generally to regard their personal responsibilities in these vital matters". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- The Canadian Family, and Family Life -- Appendix : Christian teaching regarding marriage (Taken from "Home and Family Life" a booklet published by the British Council of Church, 1943) -- Pertinent Books in the Council's Library.
Section on "The Canadian Family" includes sections: Summary [of Statistics re Marriage, Divorce, Live Births, Illegitimate Births], Canada -- Education -- Trends in Canadian Family Size -- Summary -- External Factors Conditioning the Family.
"Part of the Resolution adopted by the Executive Council in 1942 reads as follows: `The Council views with great concerns the lessening proportion of the Anglo-Saxon to the non-Anglo-Saxons in the population of Canada and urges that there should be continually brought before our Anglo-Saxon people the privilege and opportunity of helping to preserve British ideals and influence in our country which larger families make possible'."
"This Bulletin is the first of three or four which will deal with the welfare of our Canadian children. No subject is of more interest to the Church." "In Part II we reproduce the paper given at the Pan Anglican Congress, Minneapolis, this month [August 1954] by the Bishop of Johannesburg, the Right Reverend Richard Ambrose Reeves." "Today, as well, whole cultures and civilizations are changing and are creating major disturbances in family life. There is, however, always a problem -- the need for the protection of underprivileged children everywhere and the development of future generations with sounder ideas and ideals by all spiritual and material means possible". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Part I, In Canada -- Part II Abroad -- An Excerpt from the Third Sectional Report of the Assembly of the World Council of Churches, August, 1954 -- Pertinent Books in the Council's Library.
Contents of Part I: Introduction / Leonard F. Hatfield -- Our Canadian Family / Phyllis Burns -- "The Census Family" / G.F. Boardman -- Child Welfare, Philosophy and Services / Phyllis Burns.
Contents of Part II: The Family / Richard Ambrose Reeves.
"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. 3.
Contents: [List of] Publications of the Council for Social Service of the Church of England in Canada Available for Distribution -- The Church and Her People's Homes.
"A paper prepared for the Conference of Social Workers of the Anglican Church in Canada and the United States, held at Havergal College, Toronto, 1924". -- p. 3.
Bulletin about the family "this most ancient and honourable of institutions ... now in danger of corruption and ultimate destruction not only in Canada, and in the North American continent, but in other sections of the world, as well. Its weakening is bound up with the growth of a whole body of social phenomena, interacting and reacting upon it .... And it is to the preservation of the very essentials of our community life that we should turn today. The high task that confronts not the social worker, but the citizen of today is to bulwark the old home life that has been the strength of this country and of the people from whom we have sprung against those forces which compass it about". -- p. 4. "The purpose of this paper has been to establish the fact that if the Church is to maintain the sanctity of the home here in this day and in this Dominion of Canada, She must dedicate herself to the very practical problem of ascertaining that the houses of her children are habitations in which homes can be formed." -- pp. 15-16.
Contents divided into sections: The Institution of the Family -- The Effect of the Industrial Revolution on the Home -- Growth of the City Community -- The House a Matter of Vital Importance -- The "Bad Lands" -- The City Problem -- What is the Remedy ?.
Author is described as "Honorary Secretary of the Canadian Council on Child Welfare".
"Thus Bulletin and another, No. 108, which will accompany it, deal with two matters, first the Church's relation to Social Agency work and, second, Social Insurances. These are closely allied. The problems of individual, family and social life which arise out of material as well as moral conditions are reflected in what the social worker and the pastor see day to day. These problem cases are met, to some degree at least, by the benefits of one or other of the Social Insurances.
In this Bulletin we deal with the relations of parish clergy and welfare workers, whose common responsibilities and efforts are complicated and highly intensified under war conditions. After a general article on the relation of pastors and welfare workers we are presenting excerpts from various sources which indicate these problems in different parts of Canada. No pastor today can be unaware of these conditions. His work is multiplied by reason of them. Nevertheless in order to sharpen up the attention of pastors and people alike we present these statements.
The need for a supreme pastoral effort by priest and people was never greater. The general welfare of our people depends upon the ministrations rendered to them in spiritual, moral and material affairs. Moreover the `morale' of the people necessary for winning the war, if for nothing else, will be maintained the better by such ministrations". -- Editor's Foreword.
Contents: Ministers and Social Workers, A New Approach -- Thrift Now ! -- Compendium.
Compendium includes several brief sections: From a Huron Diocesan C.S.S. Letter to Their Clergy, Endorsed by Their Bishop -- The Protection of Our Children . Nora Lea -- In Upper Canada / B.W. Heise -- On the Prairie Lands / Elsie J. Lawson -- Yukon and the Territories / Joseph E. Laycock -- The Family : A Nation's Citadel / Mrs. A.B. Hall -- Youth at the Crossroads / Elliott Hudson -- A Private Nursery School for Children of Working Mothers : From Council Comments, Feb.-Mar. 1942 -- Neighbours Can Help -- On the Eastern Seaboard / Gwen Shand -- City Will Have 23 Pre-school Health Clinics : From The Globe and Mail, Toronto, March 5, 1942 -- Juvenile Delinquency Up 47.5 P.C. Over 1940, Report of Court Reveals `Weakness in Home' : From The Globe and Mail, Toronto, March 6, 1942 -- Leisure Time : From Council Comments, Feb.-Mar. 1942.
A letter had been addressed to the Primate by Dr. Wilder G. Penfield, President of the Vanier Institute of the Family, asking the Anglican Church of Canada to endorse in principle, the Institute's approach to Canadian citizens for support. He had requested also the opportunity of consultations with representatives of the Anglican Church in order to develop appropriate ways in which the concern and support of the Anglican Church might be expressed.
That this National Executive Council warmly thanks their Excellencies, the Governor-General and Madame Vanier, for their loving concern and for suggesting the initial studies out of which grew the Vanier Institute;
That we commend the Vanier Institute for the important work which it has undertaken for the well-being of the families of Canada and assure the members of the Institute that we are encouraging our people in every Anglican Diocese of Canada to support them by prayer, by study and by finances;
That we agree that Sunday, May 7, 1967, would be an appropriate time for referring to the Institute in sermons and parish bulletins and for soliciting the full cooperation of our people;
And that the General Secretary, Canon R.R. Latimer, be appointed to work with the appropriate committee of the Institute to carry out the implications of this resolution. CARRIED
Moved by the Archbishop of Fredericton, seconded by the Bishop of Ottawa,
That the material in connection with the Vanier Institute of the Family be sent to the Synod Offices by the Vanier Institute, for distribution to the parishes. CARRIED