"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'."
That Resolution F, page 132 of the Convening Circular, be adopted. The resolution reads,
"Whereas modern society places tremendous pressures upon family life;
Whereas the 1966 Second North American Conference on Church and Family urged the channelling of Budget and Personnel for work relating to the family; and
Whereas there is in Canada both an increase in the number of new marriages and a growing number of marriage breakdowns,
This General Synod instructs the appropriate Departments of General Synod to provide for an intensive program of education work relating to family life, among both pastors and lay people." CARRIED in both Houses.
"In April 1966 in co-operation with a number of the Churches of Canada, Ortho Pharmaceutical (Canada) Ltd. planned and conducted a one-day symposium on all aspects of family planning. .... Encouraged by this experience Ortho again sought the co-operation of the Churches in planning a further symposium on family life education, as a Centennial project. This time almost three thousand physicians, clergy, educators, social workers and concerned parents attended and were treated to an outstanding program of addresses and discussions by Canadian and American leaders in the field of family life education". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- A Centennial Contribution / W.R. Ballantyne -- Table of Contents -- Keynote Address : Human Sexuality : Attitudes and Education / Mary Calderone -- Understanding the Teenager / William Lamers -- The Role of the Physician and Paramedical Personnel / Bruce Hatfield -- The Role of the Clergyman / W. Edgar Mullen -- The Role of the Social Worker / Sister St. Frances-Cabrini -- The Role of the Educator / Barry Lowes -- One Successful Community Program : A 20 Year Experience : Content and Curricula / James Semmens -- Organization and Development of the Multidiscipline Approach / Don Oakes -- Question and Answer Panel, Chairman R.A.H. Kinch -- Final Summing Up / Kay Crowe -- Appendix 1: Bibliography on Sexuality / Prepared by The Vanier Institute of the Family -- Appendix 2: List of Basic Resource Materials -- Appendix 3: Resources to be Obtained from Other Sources -- Advisory Committee for the Symposium.
Appendices include: Bibliography on Sexuality / The Vanier Institute on the Family -- List of Basic Resource Materials -- Resources to be Obtained from Other Sources.
That this General Synod in stressing the sacredness of Marriage and the sanctity of home life, is seriously concerned to make more effective the pastoral ministry of bishops and priests in their desire to approach the vexed problems relating to marriage, the building up of a healthy home life, and the stability of social conditions in every community. CARRIED in both Houses.
"The Canadian Family. In Bulletin No. 128 we dealt with evident trends in the size of Canadian families. It presented a fateful picture. Here we publish a statement by Professor Elton Scott of Bishop's College pointing out the dangers and challenging our Church people, and Canadians generally, to face the issue. We thank the author for his article, and `The Mitre' (of Bishop's College) for its courtesy in allowing us to republish it."
"Sex Instruction in the Parish. Intimately related to the well-being of family life is the matter of instruction regarding sex. Since we believe that this should be given in a spiritual setting and that religious sanctions are not the greatest safeguards of the sex life and of the family, the clergy are necessarily interested. .... The Reverend Gore Barrow, rector of Schreiber, who formerly had useful contacts in this field while in a parish in England, has written this article at our request. We are grateful for his assistance". -- [Foreword].
Contents: [Foreword] / W.W. Judd -- Sex Instruction in the Parish / Owen G. Barrow -- The Decrease in the Birth-Rate : What Does It Mean for Canada ? / Elton Scott -- From the G.B.R.E. Supplies Department : Literature for Sale -- Pertinent Books in The Council's Library
Issue bound in volume with Council for Social Service Bulletins 131-146 (1947-1950).
That in view of the failure and/or inability of many parents to give instruction to their young people concerning phases of sex, marriage and family life, the General Synod commends the attempts now being made by several clergy and deanery groups to supply organized instruction regarding these subjects and trusts that these efforts will be multiplied. CARRIED in both Houses.
The following resolutions are for the information of the National Executive Council and for referral to the appropriate Committee.
a) From the Marriage and Related Matters Commission
Resolved that this Committee (Marriage and Related Matters) draw the attention of the Doctrine and Worship Committee to the need to maintain an adequate staff in Family Life Education to support this Committee.
That this resolution be referred to the Program Committee. CARRIED