The Anglican diocese of Calgary, the Roman Catholic diocese of Calgary, and the Alberta Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, have formed a task force to develop a covenant between the three churches.
[By] Kenneth Sansbury, Robert Latham [and] Pauline Webb"
"With appendices by Vere Ducker".
Includes bibliography: p. 70-71.
"What was PND [People Next Door] ? How did this particular set of initials come about ? What was the object of the exercise ? This book is an attempt to record the evens and the movements which led up to PND; to describe what happened throughout the British Isles in the Spring of 1967 when PND flourished; to summarize the findings; to assess the significance of the enterprise; and also to indicate what the next steps should be". -- p. 5.
Contents: Preface dated October 1967 / Kenneth Sansbury, Bishop, Robert Latham, Pauline Webb -- The People Next Door -- What was PND about ? -- What Emerged ? / Pauline Webb -- What do we make of it ? / Kenneth Sansbury -- What does it mean for the Churches ? -- What does it mean for the Churches (continued) ? -- Appendix 1: Quotations from Report / Vere Ducker -- Appendix 2: Some statistics -- Some suggestions for Further Reading and Study / John G. Weller.
That the Board of Trustees of Canadian Churchman be asked to study the possibility of amalgamating with National Periodicals of other Christian bodies in Canada with a view to creating a general Christian journal for this nation as a whole; to report back to the next meeting of General Synod. CARRIED in both Houses.
That when the report on the Canadian Interfaith Network has been received and questions addressed to the Committee, the House move into "in camera" to discuss the report. CARRIED #5-10-84
N.B. In camera minutes NOT included in electronic database.
The Rev. W. Lowe introduced the Rev. David MacDonald, president-Elect of the Canadian Interfaith Television Network, Dr. David Nostbakken, who has special responsibility for production and animation and the Rev. Canon Ebert Hobbs who has been involved in funding and development.
Mr. Lowe said that the two to three day hearing is to be held before the C.R.T.C. in November in Hull, Quebec. He reported that data revealed in the public hearing would be reviewed, and if approved, the licence will be issued in January or February of 1985.
Mr. MacDonald said that a free, no-pay television licence has been applied for. He stressed that a key question is the situation with the Roman Catholic Church whose real problem is both size and the Anglophone/Francophone division, further complicated by the fact that the Roman Catholic Church has had no personnel for communications for the past several years. He reported that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that they felt it would not be appropriate for them to become further involved, as a Conference of Bishops, but would encourage regional participation.
Canon Hobbs reviewed financial statements which were distributed, for information. He reported that a Feasibility Study is now being conducted by Community Charitable Counselling Service and that their report will be part of the public document which is available at the Hearing. Among the questions and concerns raised by the Bishops were the following:
- What is the potential viewing audience ?
- What are the financial implications ?
- It was recognized that neo-religious groups will be given air time as well.
Dr. Nostbakken spoke regarding the Children's Broadcasting Institute. He said that research reveals that there is a large concern on the part of parents and teachers regarding the quality of programs which reach children. He stated that television has become a way of life for children and that, by the time they have graduated from high school, they have watched on an average of 15,000 hours of television. This has a great influence on their beliefs and attitudes.
Concern was expressed regarding production costs. Mr. MacDonald expressed the opinion that the C.R.T.C. will accept the Canadian Interfaith Network application, and Mr. Lowe added that the C.R.T.C. is concerned that the coalition of religious communities stay together in this endeavour.
Archbishop Scott reminded the Bishops that there is to be a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 6th November regarding the Canadian Interfaith Network, and enquired as to the possibility of any of the Bishops being present at that meeting. Unfortunately, all of the Bishops indicated that other commitments made attendance at that meeting impossible.
The Primate shared a letter which had been sent to the Rev. David MacDonald from the Jesuits in which they expressed enthusiastic support and indicated that financial support would be available for the Canadian Interfaith Network. The Jesuits indicated in their letter that they would encourage other Roman Catholic groups to give their support to the project.
"The author says: 'This book tells some stories about the search for unity. Unity is not easy to find or to keep. It is a dynamic thing, and unless people are for ever making the church for themselves, that unity will never be found'. He goes on to describe the varied approaches in groups and geographical areas large and small, old and new, from some representative parishes to nation-wide enterprises like the 'People Next Door' programme. Successes and failures alike show the interaction of mission and unity, and both the need and the increasing scope for freedom for the church to grow". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgments / R.M.C. Jeffery -- Prologue -- Some Models -- Finding New Life -- PND [People Next Door] and All That -- Local Councils of Churches -- The Ecumenical Parish -- Planning for Mission -- The Emerging Church -- Epilogue.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk.
That this General Synod commends the National Executive Council for the efforts which it has taken in attempting to establish the Youth Commission proposed at the last Session of Synod, but regrets that nothing has resulted to date, and therefore remits to the Long Range Planning Division this project suggesting that an ecumenical approach to the Youth Commission be now considered. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the following Memorial from the Diocese of Kootenay be referred to the Committee on the Hymnal:
"Whereas it is evident there is a desire in the Church for the re-examination and development of our Hymn Book and other resources for Church music, Be It Resolved that the Synod of the Diocese of Kootenay request General Synod to move with all possible speed to the production of a new Hymn Book and this be done, if at all possible, in cooperation with other Christian Communions, for example, the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church." CARRIED in both Houses.
We rejoice that the Canadian School of Missions, the Canadian Overseas Missions Council, and the International Missionary Council, in all of which we share, are providing effective media for co-operation in missionary work.
That this section be adopted. CARRIED in both Houses.
"This book is about councils of churches and the people who are part of them. How do councils look when they correspond to the ecumenical vision ? What qualities are desirable in volunteer and professional ecumenical leaders ? What are the spiritual marks and fruits of ecumenical commitment ? In what ways should councils address the relationship between Christian churches and peoples of other faiths ? After showing how the conciliar movement developed in history, the [American] authors deal clearly and concisely with these issues, and many others: membership, the relationship between conciliar theory and practice, worship and spirituality. They conclude with a frank appreciation of the challenges and dangers: while they do not pretend to have the answers, they do point to strategies for coping with them." -- back cover.
It was decided to consult the House with reference to a request for support of an ecumenical Pastoral asking that Christian people in Canada, and others, join in a day of prayer and fasting "in order that we might more clearly discern what the Lord would have us do to fashion peace in this troubled world."
That copies of the revised Ecumenical Pastoral be sent to all clergy with full explanation and suggestions for its use. CARRIED #14-2-84
AN ECUMENICAL PASTORAL LETTER
March 1, 1984
Amid the fear and anxiety created in the hearts of many people by the threat of nuclear war, Christians are called to bear witness to a hope that is firmly rooted in their Faith. This hope is not founded in some naive optimism, but in God revealed in Jesus Christ.
God in Christ encountered the tragic and sinful forces present in our world. These same forces continue to be sources of violence and oppression, immorality and injustice, but we do not despair. The eyes of faith which saw the Resurrection of our Lord discern the Spirit of God at work as a life-giver and as peace-maker among us. We believe the madness of the arms race can be stopped; the hearts of men and women can be changed from hearts of stone to hearts of flesh; we can beat our swords into ploughshares; we can choose life over death. But for this to happen we must not only speak about the "peace of God"; we must also work for peace.
If we dare to speak and act for God, we must be attentive to the word and wisdom which God is addressing to us. In this regard the Scriptures say that in prayer and fasting we grow in our knowledge of what God wills for us. Today we have great need to listen with care to our God.
At this time, therefore, when people everywhere are seeking the way to peace, we invite Christian people in Canada, people of other faith communities, and all men and women of goodwill to participate in a special day of prayer and of fasting. We suggest that this day be Friday, 13 April .
For Christians, the Risen Christ has made peace available in a special way in the community that is the Church. To all humanity, the Creator God gives the precious gift of life. We invite all to celebrate this gift and to share in our hope for peace. We especially invite Christians to reflect on the hope that the Gospel makes possible as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord during Easter.
May men and women everywhere be touched by the Peace of Christ and offer it one to another as a sign of hope in our troubled times.