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.
Church leaders from six major denominations have joined in issuing a Christmas message tape which is being sent to broadcasting stations across Canada.
It marks the first time that leaders representing Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Churches have joined in sending their Christmas messages over public communications media. The messages are 30 seconds each.
The church leaders on the tape are: The Most Rev. E.W. Scott, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Rt. Rev. Dr. A.B.B. Moore, United Church Moderator; Rev. Dr. Earl Treusch, General Secretary of the Lutheran Council in Canada; Rev. Dr. R. Fred Bullen, General Secretary of the Baptist Federation of Canada; Bishop William E. Power, President of the Canadian Catholic Conference; and Rev. Dr. Donald C. MacDonald, Clerk of the Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
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For more information contact:
Mr. Michael O'Meara
Director of Communications
Anglican Church of Canada
600 Jarvis Street
Rev. Ron Fellows
Director of Program Information
Rt. Rev. Dr. A.B.B. Moore, Moderator
The United Church of Canada
President: The Canadian Council of Churches
"Christmas, 1971, takes place in a world of human misery and conflict. We sometimes wonder if we can, with any reality, wish each other a Merry Christmas. Yet Jesus came into the same sort of world nineteen centuries ago. He entered that world as love made flesh and hope made visible. Still he comes to us in the same way. We observe Christmas by receiving and giving that love and by living in the light of that hope. As we observe this season, so may its joy become our..."
Reverend Dr. Earl Treusch, General Secretary
of the Lutheran Council in Canada
"Now in the Advent Season we observe a God who is coming. The climax of the season comes in the birth of him who is called, among other names, Emmanuel, God with us. Our God is, therefore, not confined to the remoteness of outer space but he is with us in our world, our humanity, our lives, our joys and our sorrows. We don't go to him but he comes to us. Are we prepared to welcome him, to be open to him? This is the question of the ages and is asked of each one of you."
Reverend Dr. R. Fred Bullen, General Secretary
of the Baptist Federation of Canada
"Why is the whole world different at Christmas? It is because of the Good News. God is with us. Christmas cannot be brought to life - it is here, a living reality. Have you seriously considered making this Christmas truth a permanent factor in your life? Our prayerful Christmas wish is that every person in this favored land will respond to life's superlative benediction - GOD IS WITH US."
Most Rev. William E. Power, President
of the Canadian Catholic Conference
"Jesus Christ was born so that all mean may be free and live life more abundantly. After 2,000 years we are still struggling to bring this about. Christmas is here to remind us the struggle is still worthwhile and still the greatest challenge to man. Merry Christmas to everyone!"
Rt. Rev. E.W. Scott, Primate
Anglican Church of Canada
"Peace on earth among men of goodwill. So reads an Eastern translation of the Biblical verse which we in the West usually translate 'Peace on earth, good-will to men.' The Eastern form reminds us that goodwill is essential if peace is to be real. The peace of God is possible only because of God's goodwill to man, and this is given expression in the birth of Jesus Christ. May Christmas 1971 bring to you and me a deepened awareness of God's goodwill towards us as persons so that we may be enabled to become men of goodwill on a deeper level than ever before. God bless you all!"
Rev. Dr. Donald C. MacDonald, Clerk
of the Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada
"It is a great privilege to send a word of greeting on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Canada to those who are joined this day in celebrating the birthday of the Christ child. May the message of peace which he proclaimed so long ago be heard above the tumult of our daily lives, and the noise of our warfare, and to you and yours we send the sincere wish of the Presbyterian Church that this may be a Merry Christmas, and 1972 a Good New Year."
"[B]y Dorothy Forbes and William Tooley for Interchurch Broadcasting".
At head of title: Private and confidential. Not for publication.
Handwriiten cover title: Cable report.
Contents: Preface -- "The World As It Is: And Might Be" -- Communication Councils -- Training Education and Responsibility -- The Community Channel -- Middle City -- "Prairie City" -- "Seaside City" -- "Metro City" -- Small Towns and Rural Areas -- "Challenge for Change" -- Hopes and Realities -- Recommendations to the Churches
Plastic coil binding.
OTCH copy date stamped 14 Feb. 1973.
OTCH also has copy of report published as "Opening the closed circuit" and catalogued as HE 8700.7 C6 C65 1974.