Bishop John Timothy Frame, eighth bishop of the diocese of Yukon from 1968 to 1980 died of a stroke 4 August 2017 at the age of 86. "Frame, who had a reputation for conservatism, opposed the ordination of women to the priesthood. He was, however, committed to remaining a part of the Canadian Anglican church regardless of what future changes came". "In 1980 he returned to parish ministry. He became dean of the diocese of British Columbia and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, where he played an important role in developing the Christ Church Cathedral Schools, while maintaining his life long passion for gardening. Frame retired in 1995, but remained active in his local parish, St. John the Divine, in Courtenay, B.C."
Photo with extended caption. "Kindergarten children from Christ Church Cathedral School, housed in Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria [BC]. The school is the only Anglican school in Canada attached to a cathedral and educates children from kindergarten to Grade 7." "The school, with a current enrollment of 95 students, plans to introduce a Grade 8 class in the 2004-2005 academic year. It predicts enrollment of about 160 within five years. The school was started in 1989 by the then dean, John Frame, and members of the parish."
Bishop Frame presented a report from his Committee, the bishops in British Columbia. (See Appendix A for Recommendations). There was some feeling that what was recommended was already being done so far as additional ministries are concerned. The possibility of introducing "eucharistizers" was discussed at some length. In summarising the Report, the Primate said it picks up the focal point of episcopacy and affirms "oversight" as the work of the bishop. While the traditional concept is that the Ordained Ministry is life-long, there may be need for greater flexibility required by commissioning people for specific tasks for a specific time. This commissioning comes from the Bishop. There was evidently not enough consensus for a decision at this time on this issue.
"That the Report on the Wider Ordained Ministry (Frame) be received.
That we take note of its appended recommendations and
That we ask the Committee to continue its work and report at our next meeting." CARRIED
Report of House of Bishops' Committee on the Wider Ordained Ministry (December, 1972).
That this House of Bishops, appreciating the traditional understanding of Ordination in the Catholic Church and yet realizing the need for making available the fulness of Christ's ministry in and by the whole Church, authorizes and empowers the Bishops of the Church to commission persons to supplementary ministries for specific tasks and for limited periods of time after due inquiry and proper preparation of those to be commissioned.
In this way, the whole Laos of God may be seen to share more fully in such ministerial functions as the following: liturgical, educational, administration, evangelistic, pastoral, healing, etc.
The establishment of such supplementary ministries does not in any way limit the present authority of a Bishop to ordain as Deacons or Priests postulants for specific, permanent ministries who will continue in secular callings.
"Bishop John Frame ('Bishop John Timothy Frame: 1930-2017', Oct. 2017, p. 9) was a man with a calling. After the Chooutla Indian Residential School (Carcross, Yukon) closed, he visualized an alternative school within that building. In the early '70s, he began the Carcross Community Education Centre. High school students came from across Canada. Parent Members (teachers) were idealistic young professionals. Bishop Frame required them to accept a two-year commitment at $50/month, under a Rule of Life. I was one of those who responded to Bishop Frame's vision: it changed my life. I continued to teach and became a clergy wife. I will always be thankful to Bishop Frame for believing in us. His deep caring continued until his death. May he rest in peace, a good and faithful servant of God". [Text of entire article.]
Regina - Across the top of the world, in the vast belt of Arctic tundra and forest that stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic, lies the future of Canada, some Canadians say.
There, too, may lie the future of the Anglican Church of Canada, says a report by the task force on the North going to the 26th general synod meeting here next week.
The area geographically covers the political districts of Keewatin and Mackenzie, 5,000 miles east to west and nearly 1,000 miles south from the Arctic Ocean to the northern limits of six provinces.
The task force, a special committee set up by the national executive council in 1970, was formed to meet the appeal of those in the North that they were not effectively being supported by the church in the south.
The task force takes up the cudgels on their behalf in a report to general synod demanding action.
It proposes a Church in the North, "self-determining and ministering appropriately with the people."
By next January 1, an officer of the North would be appointed, with a "support group" of clergy, eight from the North and four from the south.
By January 1, 1975, adequate personnel facilities for recruitment, training and development would be provided.
By the end of 1976, the officer of the North would produce a program, developed and approved by the people of the North, a true Church of the North.
In a preface to the report, Rt. Rev. J.T. Frame, Bishop of the Yukon, says:
"The future of the North is the biggest question facing our country, and our church, today. Will greed and a high standard of living determine the outcome? Or will the North be allowed to decide its own future - not just politically and economically, but as a part of the church, too?
For we must recognize that the church is in the North to stay - one way or another?"
The task force report notes that those working in the North "must always contend with isolation, harsh climate and a high cost of living."
With its report is a book-length report on research on the North by a Toronto researcher, Dr. J.W. Frei, whose research team conducted detailed surveys of the area.
Dr. Frei met with diocesan bishops, representatives of government and advisers resident in the North and conducted personal and group interviews in many communities north of the 60th parallel of latitude.
Says the report:
"The church can no longer be satisfied with a ministry of picking up the wounded and of protest but must make a creative contribution to the building of a new society.
However fundamental this change may be, the particulars cannot be worked out in the south, by the south. This can only be done by a healthy and strong church in the North."
The task force said:
"Finally, we must talk of money.
Three kinds of assistance are required:
For clergy and their families, simple justice calls for more sensitive support.
(A minimum salary of $6,000 per annum by January 1, 1975, is recommended.)
Progress towards self-determination requires extra funds in order to provide the person, the meetings and the projects which will help the church in the North to realize its own mission and strength."
The report adds:
"The wealth of the south depends on the resources of the North. Therefore a new way of sharing our funds will not be a form of generosity but a privileged expression of solidarity with each other."