Chancellor Ryan, a member of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, spoke to the following Motion passed at the December, 1973 meeting of the Committee.
"That in accordance with the mandate, 'to develop a climate for a true and lasting union' given by the Churches to the Committee on Union and Joint Mission; in the spirit of Lund Principle, 'that we should do together everything which conscience does not compel us to do separately'; and recognizing the need for practical and symbolic actions at the national level to undergird and complement local and regional initiatives in the area of joint mission, this Committee requests the National Executive Council, the All Canada Committee and the Executive of the General Council, to deal jointly during 1974 with the following matters:
a) the creation of a new publication to take the place of The Canadian Churchman, the Canadian Disciple and the United Church Observer;
b) the unification of administrative units at national levels, eg. Christian Education, Communications;
c) co-operative use of space in national headquarters buildings."
Moved by Shepherd, seconded by Goodings,
That this Motion be accepted.
Moved by Graham, seconded by Cook,
That we move into a Committee of the Whole. CARRIED
The intent of the above Motion was to allow discussion of the Motion of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission in relationship to the report of the Canadian Churchman to the National Executive Council.
That we move out of the Committee of the Whole. CARRIED
It was agreed to vote on the three proposals from the Committee on Union and Joint Mission separately.
Moved by Shepherd, seconded by Goodings,
a) That the National Executive Council consider during 1974 the creation of a new publication to take the place of the Canadian Churchman, the Canadian Disciple and the United Church Observer. DEFEATED
b) That the National Executive Council consider during 1974 the unification of administrative units at national levels, eg. Christian Education, Communications. DEFEATED
c) That the National Executive Council consider during 1974 the cooperative use of space in National Headquarter buildings. DEFEATED
Added sub-title on cover: The Sweet and the Bitter.
"[By] James Homer Dean".
"Copies available through The Ecumenical Office [Anglican Church of Canada], Church House, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2J6 and The Division of Ministry Personnel and Education, The United Church House, 85 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1M8".
"The shared ministry project was initiated by Anglican and United Church staff persons with endorsation of the Anglican Primate and the United Church General Council Executive. I was given responsibility for research involving visiting as many shared ministries as possible between September and December, 1976, with a view to exploring their histories and functions, determining why they exist, and analyzing problems. It was a fact finding rather than a promotional venture and was in no sense an investigation. .... Concern was to make an orderly survey of shared ministries, joint ministries, blended programmes, and shared buildings in order that our two Churches might have a more complete picture of all co-operative parochial ventures. In spite of occasional difficulties, fifty thousand items of factual data were gathered from fifty-three communities through interviews and more than six hundred information seeking forms completed by clergy and lay persons. .... For information of readers, I am a United Church clergyman, responsible presently for national Personnel Services, Division of Ministry Personnel and Education". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- Where Shared Ministries Exist -- Nature of Shared Ministries -- History -- Concerns -- Failures -- Clergy -- Impressions -- Charts.
Loans totalling $116,000 have been authorized by the Anglican Foundation to aid building programs being undertaken by four churches and a lay training centre in various parts of Canada. The Foundation aids in a financial way, needs of the church which cannot normally be met by any other source.
The parish of St. Alban's, in a rapidly-growing district of Regina, receives a loan of $35,000 for a one-storey-and-basement structure, the first unit of a permanent church building. At present services are held in a small portable building.
Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Gold River, a new town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, are planning a church to be used by both denominations. The Anglican Foundation has made a loan of $25,000 to the Diocese of British Columbia to assist in the building of the church. Logging and a pulp mill are the basic industries of the Gold River, the population of which has grown from 300 to 2,000 in four years.
Bishop R.J. Pierce of the Diocese of Athabasca reports that the rectory at Hay River, the growing northern communications centre of the Northwest Territories, is hopelessly inadequate and cannot be made decently habitable. The diocese has received a loan of $21,000 together with a grant of $4,000 for the erection of a new house.
The parish of St. Augustine in St. John's, Newfoundland, is to receive a loan of $20,000 to aid in the erection of the first unit of a church planned to accommodate a congregation of 500. Currently services are being held in the gymnasium of Brinton Memorial School.
A loan of $15,000 has been made to the Sorrento Lay Training Centre in British Columbia for the erection of an additional building to accommodate some staff members, visiting lecturers and students. The facilities of the centre on the shores of picturesque Shuswap Lake at present consist of a brick house, camp sites, cabanas and a trailer park.
Church House, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto 5, Ontario. Telephone 924-9192
Amended Resolution 1 from GBRE on General Policy of Church's Educational Ministry
That the following resolution be referred to the Committee on Theological Education for study and report:
"Therefore Be It Resolved that this General Synod affirm the following standards of education for the renewal of the Church in its mission and ministry:
1. We must seek as much as possible to train and educate both lay and clerical members of the Church together.
2. On-the-job training provides the opportunity for testing the success or failure of training. Education should be geared as closely as possible to local ministry and the mission of the Church.
3. We can learn far more from our experience than we do. Research, planning, experimenting and evaluation all need to be elements of designs for education.
4. The Church must be encouraged to use the full resources of the community, including the experience of the laity and the non-Christian.
5. At every opportunity education should be inter-church and ecumenical.
6. There must be as much integration as possible between colleges, dioceses and national departments.
And that this General Synod requests the National Executive Council to direct such funds as shall become available for the purpose of (a) bursaries (b) partial support of pilot projects and experimental work with dioceses which meet the above standards, such funds to be administered by the appropriate body of the National Office;
And instruct the Program Planning and Research Committee (or its successor) and the Committee on Theological Education to accept the invitation of the United Church to participate with other Churches in any planning for a national consultation on ecumenical structures for theological education, and the sharing in the cost of such a consultation!" CARRIED
"This book is both a record and a reflection on an extraordinary period in the life of the Canadian churches. .... In response to the spirit of renewal that followed from the Second Vatican Council, Roman Catholics in Canada were reaching out to experiment with new ecumenical relationships. While formal links through the Canadian Council of Churches seemed a long way off, Protestants were pushed by this surge of Catholic energy to build new models for peace and justice work. These became known as the interchurch coalitions, which the Protestant churches experienced as an opportunity to discover their own Social Gospel tradition (p. ). .... In this book we have asked the coalitions to tell their own story. Though the story may have a single person's name attached to it, it has been authorized by the coalition and circulated and revised by many people associated with the coalition's work. This was done to ensure the telling of a collective story rather than an individual one. These stories form Part One. .... We asked the writers of Part Two to read all of the stories and identify themes that emerged from the stories themselves. (p. 7) .... Another group of people [authors of Part Two], committed to supporting this justice work of the churches, has reflected on the strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences among the stories. They have found much to praise, but also much to challenge (p. 8)". -- Intro.
Contents divided into two parts: Part I -- Part II.
Contents: Introduction dated January 1994 / Christopher Lind, Saskatoon [and] Joe Mihevc, Toronto -- Contributors -- The Aboriginal Rights Coalition / Peter Hamel -- The Inter-Church Coalition on Africa / Gary Kenny -- The Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility / Renate Pratt -- The Canada-Asia Working Group / Terry Brown -- The Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice / Dennis Howlett -- The Canada China Programme / Cynthia McLean -- PLURA / Mary Boyd -- Ten Days for World Development / Jeanne Moffat -- The Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America / Bill Fairbairn -- Project Ploughshares / Ernie Regehr -- The Inter-Church Committee for Refugees / Henriette Thompson -- The Interchurch Fund for International Development / Robert Fugere -- The Lives of the Saints / John W. Foster -- A Regional Perspective / Robert McKeon -- A View from the Centre / Edith Shore -- "They Persevered as though They Saw the One Who is Invisible" / Michel Beaudin -- An Ecumenical Model for Participation in Civil Society / Rebecca S. Larson -- Policy Impact and Political Empowerment / David Langille -- Missiology / Roger Hutchinson -- The Wisdom of Doing Justice / Nancy L. Cocks -- Relinquishing Control / Lorraine Michael -- Seeds of Hope in the New World (Dis)order / Lee Cormie -- Endnotes -- Acronyms.
In response to a request from the National Executive Council, the Committee on Ministry recommends the following resolution.
That this National Executive Council affirm its approval in principle of the concept of an Ecumenical Foundation to support and coordinate Theological Education in Canada, and requests the Primate and appropriate staff to negotiate modifications in the plan for such a foundation, which will accommodate the following four serious concerns before entering into further commitment:
1. That denominationally based programs in the areas of Theological Education be eligible for support and funding by such a foundation when ecumenical implications or importance can be demonstrated.
2. That there be a clear separation of responsibility within the foundation between fund raising and fund dispersement, with carefully established guidelines for the participation of all involved members in the latter.
3. That institutions and member denominations be assured of continuing authority to carry on their own necessary fund raising for educational purposes.
4. That high priority be given to experimental and innovative projects, and that this priority be expressed in articles, by-laws and letters patent of the foundation.
We also suggest that the proposed name of the foundation be modified to The Canadian Ecumenical Foundation for Theological Education. CARRIED
National Executive Council has received with appreciation the statements from the Board of Directors of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Committee of The United Church of Canada, and has noted the generous offer of the latter body of a moratorium on negotiations toward organic union if the National Executive Council is unable to accept the recommendations of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission.
Within the context of these statements and of the CUJM report, the memorial from the House of Bishops and the resolutions from the Inter-Church Relations Committee, this National Executive Council
Regrets that it cannot accept the recommendations attached to the Message to the Churches from the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, but is mindful of the Act of General Synod 1975 that a continuing committee be established to forward consultations; and,
desiring to facilitate a process of reconciliation within the context of the expressed willingness of The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to pursue a search for Christian unity,
A.1. That the Anglican Church of Canada withdraw from the Committee on Union and Joint Mission, and accepts the suggestion of a moratorium on negotiations toward Organic Union.
2. That The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) be asked to consult with representatives of the Anglican Church of Canada with a view to establishing a task force for the purpose of -
a) giving leadership in the understanding and implementation of the Lund Principle
"We would, therefore, earnestly request our Churches to consider whether they are doing all they ought to do to manifest the Oneness of the peoples of God. Should not our Churches ask themselves whether they are showing sufficient eagerness to enter into conversation with other Churches and whether they should not act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act separately?"
b) developing a process which will provide for stage-by-stage agreements on matters of Faith, Ministry and Sacraments, having in mind the Faith and Order section of the Principles of Union and the ARCIC statements on the Eucharist and Ministry.
B. That the presently participating Churches be asked to extend a joint invitation to other Christian Churches in Canada to become members of the task force and join in its work which we see designed to search for a deeper sense of unity at the levels of spirituality, personhood and wholeness.
C. That Anglican Church of Canada members of the task force be appointed by the Nominating Committee of the National Executive Council.
D. That the staff of the task force be drawn from the participating Churches.
E. That the task force report to the Church through their Executive bodies and the appropriate Inter-Church Relations committees. CARRIED - 1 against
Whereas mass media are by their very nature non-denominational, addressing themselves without discrimination to people of all religious persuasions and are received non-denominationally by the public,
Whereas the mass media have increasingly shown an inclination towards information which is ecumenically based and have given prime coverage to such ecumenically-based material,
Whereas the three largest communions of the Church in Canada have pioneered in inter-church cooperation in communications training and in radio and television production,
Be It Resolved that this General Synod commits itself to full cooperation in ecumenical work in the field of mass communication, locally and nationally, and instructs its full-time staff members at the national level to perform their functions as much as possible in an ecumenical context. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Committee on the Evangelization of Canadian Life, composed of representatives of the Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian and United Churches, has long been planning for a mission across Canada to our ministers and churches. From time to time they have been sending out suggestions to our ministers with a view to preparing our churches for a general spiritual movement. They are convinced that there are spiritual leaders in Canada who could bring real inspiration and strength to our ministers and congregations in the difficult places in the country. They believe still more strongly that there are religious leaders in the motherland who have a message for Canada which we need sorely. Spiritual conditions throughout the country indicate that we have reached the time for action. They wish therefore to bring before the boards of the churches which they represent in the following proposals:
First, that in the two months before Easter, 1935, our churches organize jointly a mission across Canada led by Canadians. Each church will choose its own men for this mission, yet it is felt that there should be consultation with the others in making these selections so that those chosen will be a real team capable of working together and of supplementing one another's message. The representatives of each of the bodies co-operating will meet their own clergy in the places visited, and then together hold public meetings for the churches at large. It is felt that each denomination should deal with its own churchmen in its own way, but at the same time by united effort and appeal they should make their impact on the community as a whole. It is our conviction that it is only by the united action of the churches that the life of any community can be moved to a higher level.
Then in the autumn of 1935 we shall endeavour to bring out at least four spiritual leaders from Great Britain representing the different churches co-operating. The object will be to organize the mission across Canada under their leadership along lines suggested above.
The committee requested the representatives of each of the bodies co-operating to bring this proposal before the boards of their respective churches and ask for their approval and for their authority to proceed. Respectfully submitted, Geo. C. Pidgeon, Convener of the Joint Committee on the Evangelization of Canadian Life.
That this memorandum on Evangelization be referred to the Executive Committee on this Council with power to act. CARRIED in both Houses.