That this General Synod affirms the significant role in the witness, life and ministry of the Anglican Communion, that can be played by Lambeth Conferences. We assure the bishops, staff and visitors involved in the Conference to be held in 1978, of our prayers for them as they prepare for and take part in that gathering.
We rejoice that the Dioceses of the Canadian Church have been able to share, in some measure, in bearing the burden of the costs of this Conference. We offer to the Archbishop of Canterbury as president of this conference and to Bishop John Howe as its organizing secretary, the assurance of our readiness to support them with every resource of leadership, planning and design available to us. We look forward with hope and joy to the renewal and enrichment of the Anglican Church in its mission throughout the world, which may spring from Lambeth 1978. CARRIED ACT 36
That study guides be prepared, based on the Lambeth Conference material on this subject, together with other supportive data and that Dioceses and parishes be encouraged to study these carefully in the light of the present-day situation. CARRIED
[Recorded as No. 111 in Acts of Synod, p. 71. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
Added half-title on Contents page: Canterbury crossroads : the eleventh Lambeth Conference 1978.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The purpose of this book is to provide an account in some detail of the proceedings of Lambeth '78, and to attempt some evaluation of the decisions that the Lambeth Fathers made. As a priest from New Zealand, I was fortunate to be able to attend Lambeth '78 as a journalist, and therefore to see something of the Plenary Sessions, as well as to accumulate a considerable amount of material for this study". -- Intro., p. 1.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction dated Brigthwater Vicarage, Nelson, New Zealand / John H. Evans -- The Anglican Communion and the Lambeth Conference -- Lambeth '78 -- The Ordination of Women -- Authority -- The Ecumenical Scene -- The Church and the World -- Extra-Mural -- Resolutions and Reports -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: The Lambeth Quadrilateral -- Appendix B: Resolution 21 of the Lambeth Conference 1978 -- Notes.
Contents include extended report on discussion re authority in the Anglican Communion (including mention of specific roles of Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Conference, Anglican Consultative Council and Primates' Meetings) with reference to speech by Archbishop Donald Coggan on 8 August 1978.
Author is a priest of the Anglican Church in New Zealand.
Soon after his enthronement in January 1961"I studied [Archbishop Ramsey's] impressive countenance looming out from newspapers and magazines. I learned that he was a great preacher, a brilliant author, a profound philosopher. Clergy and laity spoke of him with deep respect. Presently, there evolved the idea of a book which would tell Episcopalians, and others who follow with interest the Anglican Communion's widespread life, something of the background and thought of the hundredth Archbishop of Canterbury. In the course of my research there also evolved a portrait of a warm, uniquely gifted figure who is without doubt one of the outstanding personalities of our times". -- Preface.
Contents: Dedication -- Contents -- Preface dated Middletown, N.J., Octave of All Saints, 1978 -- Introduction -- How Urgent to Hear -- A Living Relationship -- On the Hilltop -- In Many Tongues -- What is the Church For ? -- The People of God and Ministry -- Women's Ordination: A Test of Unity -- The Anglican Communion in the World-wide Church -- The Anglican Communion and Its Future -- Lambeth in Retrospect -- Appendix: Excerpts from Meditations / Anthony Bloom -- Excerpts from Meditations / Christopher Duraisingh -- Excerpts from Meditations / Stuart Blanch -- Archbishop of Canterbury's Sermon Opening Eleventh Lambeth Conference / Donald Coggan -- Archbishop of Canterbury's Remarks on Authority in Our Anglican Communion / Donald Coggan -- An Address / John Macquarrie -- A Statement by ... Roman Catholic Observer / Rt. Rev. Cahal Daly -- Sermon / John M. Allin -- The Chapel of Saints and Martyrs of Our Time: Notes / Victor deWaal -- Participants at Lambeth XI -- Committees of Lambeth XI -- The Resolutions of the Conference -- Ecclesiastical Heraldrey: Its Symbolism and Historical Significance -- Index.
That the words "This action implies no change in the doctrine expressed in Article 5 of the Thirty-Nine Articles contained in the Book of Common Prayer.", be added at the end of the motion. CARRIED
The motion now reads:
"That Synod notes with approval that the new Third Canadian Eucharist omits the filioque clause in the Nicene Creed, thus restoring the original text: we understand this action to be in response to the Lambeth Conference Resolution 35, part 3, and made at the request of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. We express the hope that all future revisions of Canadian Anglican liturgies follow this example, while leaving present formularies intact. This action implies no change in the doctrine expressed in Article 5 of the Thirty-Nine Articles contained in the Book of Common Prayer.
It was recognized that, in the opinion of the Archbishop of Canterbury, there are two main foci for the Lambeth agenda:
- The Exercise of Episcope
- Episcope in a Synodical Church
Concerns which may be raised at the Lambeth Conference were identified as follows:
- Ordination of Women to the Priesthood
- U.S.A. Dissident Church - St. Louis Developments
- Changing Shape of the Anglican Communion
- Persecution and Politics, e.g., Colin Winter
- Future Lambeth Gathering outside England
- African Church
- Process of Lambeth
- Theology of Politics and Economics
- Charismatic Movement
- An Acceptable Rite for recognition or non-episcopal ministries
- Relations with the Press
"That a skilled person be present at the January meeting to aid in the continuing designing of the Lambeth Conference." CARRIED
Bishop Valentine, who had been requested to provide introductory and explanatory material regarding the above motion submitted the following which was accepted by the House with deep appreciation.
"The Canadian House of Bishops has heard, with joy and anticipation, of the plans outlined for Lambeth 1978. In particular, we look forward to the new possibilities of learning, mutuality and spiritual growth, which the substantial changes in style and format will allow. We have ourselves enjoyed, in some measure, the benefits of living together as a House in residential situations, with daily opportunity not only for working sessions but also for worship, prayer and Bible study, and for informal conversation and personal friendship.
We think it of the highest importance that these opportunities, afforded by a "new-style Lambeth", should be genuinely subsumed, not only in the agenda of the Conference but also in the design of the sessions to deal with it. We believe that the warmth and fellowship in community which will be fostered by the experiences can be, and indeed must be, expressed in flexible and creative processing in the meetings.
It is essential, we feel, that the expectations brought by all of us to Lambeth and the spontaneous sharings which the new shape will enable for us, should emerge, not as a source of frustration and even disintegration, but as a dynamic of new growth and richer unities. There are people, we understand, with particular skills in this matching of form and content. We would recommend that such resources be consulted both in the strategic designing of Lambeth and in the day-by-day tactics of tits arrangements.
We reiterate our joy in the vision that has been offered and stand ready, as always, to give support in every way that we can."
"That this House send a message to Archbishop Coggan encouraging him to consider calling another Lambeth Conference and asking him what share of the cost the Canadian Church might be expected to bear." CARRIED
That this session of the National Executive Council extend, through our Bishops and Archbishops, our greetings to the Assembly of the Anglican Bishops gathering this summer at Lambeth. We pray for God's blessing on the deliberations of our Fathers in God and look forward to the sharing at our November session of the statements and decisions of the Lambeth Assembly. CARRIED