The man whose name most commonly springs to mind when anyone says "Anglican" in Canada, is Ted Scott. The beloved and controversial "Archbishop Ted" will step down as Primate of the Church in June, after more than fifteen years as senior Archbishop of the country's approximately one million Anglicans.
His successor will be elected and installed at the thirty-first session of the Church's General Synod to be held in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba from June 14 to 22.
The General Synod meets every three years and is the highest parliament and policy-making body of the Canadian Church. Reports will be received on all national and international work of the Church, and future policies and plans will be discussed. One major decision to be made concerns the future Anglican involvement in the Canadian Interfaith Television Network (CIN).
There will be a fully equipped and staffed Media Centre for the use of all accredited journalists throughout the Synod, the sessions of which are all open to the media.
Detailed releases on subjects to be discussed, format and agenda will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead, but make plans now to cover this highly significant event.
The Anglican Church of Canada is breaking new ground with a set of nation-wide broadcasts designed to help Anglicans take a hard look at their future.
The church recently was forced to trim a third of its national budget due to revenue shortfalls, but decided to go ahead with a three-part broadcast series as a means of national outreach.
Lisa Barry, series producer, says you don't have to be Anglican to enjoy the programs. "Anyone who is interested in matters of faith and spirituality will find this series engaging and entertaining," she says.
Entitled "Tomorrow's Anglicans", the Anglican Video production is scheduled to air in October on VISION-TV.
Highlights include an interview with a 21st century primate who delights in leading a church without buildings and a conversation with Festus Aviolus, a crusty slave with a faith unshaken by the loss of two parents to the Roman arena.
The programs aren't all whimsy and imagination, though. They include interviews with numerous Canadian Anglicans, including church leaders, youth representatives and members of the church's 200 native congregations.
The production aims at providing a glimpse of who Canadian Anglicans are by looking at what they have been and speculating on what they might become.
In between the first and last programs, viewers will be invited to phone or fax their comments and observations for possible inclusion on subsequent segments.
The series will air on three consecutive Wednesdays -- October 12, 19 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (or local equivalent). Each broadcast will be repeated twice, once later the same evening at 1 a.m. (10:30 p.m. Pacific Time), and again the following day at 11 a.m.
Contact Doug Tindal, Director Communications 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence) or Lisa Barry, Senior Producer, 416-924-9199 ext. 295.
Toronto -- Anglicans in Ontario will have a chance to go "live and interactive" with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. George Carey, on Sunday, June 19, when Archbishop Carey participates in a public television forum during his first visit to Canada.
The one-hour public forum with Archbishop Carey, hosted by Valerie Pringle, will feature studio audience interaction with the archbishop. The midsection of the forum will be broadcast live on the Baton Broadcast System (BBS) from 10 to 10:30 a.m., during which the archbishop will field phone-in comments and questions from viewers across the province.
"This is the first time Dr. Carey has visited Canada since he was enthroned as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury in 1991," said General Synod Communications Director Doug Tindal. "We want to take advantage of this encounter with him to raise the issue of faith questions in the larger society. Most exciting for us is that everyone watching the program will have the possibility of speaking with the archbishop directly -- as well as to one another -- about what really matters to them concerning their faith."
He said many parishes are making plans to watch the broadcast together as a group and to continue among themselves the discussion raised in the television forum. Some will view it live, as an adjunct to regular Sunday worship. Others will tape it for later viewing and discussion.
Archbishop Carey is in Canada to participate in the Christian Festival in Hamilton, ON, from June 23 to 26 . While there, he will lead Bible studies, make a major address, and lead a workshop on issues of the day. This is the fourth major ecumenical festival of its type to be held in Canada since the first one was organized in Ottawa in 1982. Others have been held in Calgary and Halifax.
In a brief tour before the festival, the archbishop will visit Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Magog.
The following BBS stations will carry the broadcast, live from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, 1994: CFPL London, CJOH Ottawa, MCTV Sudbury and CFTO Toronto.
For further information: John Bird, Communications Officer, Anglican Church of Canada, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2J6 (416) 924-9199 ext. 256 FAX: (416) 968-7983
Enclosure: Biography of the Archbishop of Canterbury
A Brief Biographical Sketch : The Most Rev. Right Honourable, George Carey 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. George Carey, is the working-class son of a hospital porter from East End London, a high-school dropout, and a "keen supporter of the Arsenal Football Club". He had been a bishop for less than three years when he was chosen to succeed Robert Runcie as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, "first among equals" in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Born Nov. 13, 1935, George Carey did not become a Christian until 1953, after his younger brother introduced him to the local Anglican church. He left school the same year, without graduating, and found work as an office boy. Later, while doing compulsory British military service in Iraq, he made a decision to seek ordination to the Anglican priesthood when his stint in the Royal Air Force was done.
After intense make-up study, he was allowed into the University of London where he earned a bachelor of divinity degree in 1962. He was ordained the same year. Archbishop Carey later went on to earn a Masters in Divinity and a PhD, and to write 10 books on theological issues.
Since ordination, Archbishop Carey has served as a parish priest, a lecturer in theology, prison chaplain, university chaplain and military chaplain, and the principal of Trinity College, Bristol. He also served on a number of national church and academic boards.
In 1988, Dr. Carey became the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and in 1991 he was the surprise choice to become Archbishop of Canterbury. As such he is considered the spiritual leader and focus of unity within the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Church of Canada is one of 35 self-governing churches which make up the communion of 70 million Anglicans in 160 countries around the world.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is automatically president of Lambeth Conference, a gathering of all bishops of the Anglican Communion every 10 years, and president of the Anglican Consultative Council. He is described as "primus inter pares" (first among equals) among the archbishops of the member churches within the Anglican Communion.
Although he is considered an Evangelical within the Anglican tradition, Archbishop Carey has repeatedly expressed his commitment to a vision of the Anglican Communion that is able to embrace a wide range of theological styles. Some of his recent statements regarding the larger society have expressed a commitment to green ecology and support for the poor and disadvantaged.
Archbishop Carey is married and has four grown children and two grandchildren.
This Synod expresses its very great appreciation and thanks to the C.B.C. and the Canadian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters, and to the personnel of their stations, for the generous assistance and sympathetic co-operation given to our Church in her endeavour to use their media for spiritual purposes. CARRIED (See p. 95) Message L-52.
A report provided by the Rev. W.E. Lowe regarding the Canadian Interfaith Communications Network, along with a letter which Mr. Lowe prepared for distribution to all Parishes, was discussed.
Bishop Parke-Taylor distributed copies of a memorandum which he had received from the Media Communications Committee of the Diocese of Toronto in which the Committee raised concern regarding the philosophy, content and funding of the enterprise.
That the House of Bishops request that the issues raised by the Diocese of Toronto be discussed with Inter-Church Communications and that this matter be referred to the Program Committee for consideration. CARRIED #5-2-84
During the course of the ensuing debate, members expressed arguments in support of and against ongoing support of the Canadian Interfaith Network. At the conclusion of the debate and in light of what was said the Mover and Seconder of the original motion re-worded their motion, and therefore it was
That this National Executive Council approves the expenditure of $120,000 as its membership fee from September 1, 1985 to August 31, 1986, and recommends that this issue be presented for major consideration at the General Synod, 1986. CARRIED
It was agreed that the Primate should gather representatives of the Administration and Finance Committee, the Program Committee and the Senior Staff to consider possible sources of funding.
That the action of the Officers in appointing the Deputy Prolocutor, the Chancellor, the General Secretary and the Rev. W.E. Lowe as interim Anglican representatives on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Interfaith Network be confirmed, and that the Nominating Committee be instructed to propose the names of four persons as our continuing representatives on the Board. CARRIED
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.