MONTREAL (May 22) -- Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of Canada, has urged more than 300 members of the church's chief governing body to give greater heed to minority voices in society, including Canada's francophone population, members of indigenous communities and those marginalized because of gender, sexuality or age.
In an opening address to the church's General Synod meeting here for nine days, Archbishop Peers, spiritual head of Canada's 750,000 Anglicans, also called on church members to address issues such as the impact of globalization and multinational trade agreements, international and third-world debt, and the widening gulf between the world's rich and poor.
Drawing on the Biblical vision of the "Jubilee" year, in which debts were to be forgiven and wealth redistributed, Archbishop Peers said he hoped the idea of debt cancellation for some of the world's poorest nations could be explored to mark the millennium.
General Synod meets every three years, drawing members from across each of the country's 30 Anglican dioceses, to discuss issues relating to church and society.
In his address, Archbishop Peers also spoke of the on-going conversations with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and expressed the hope that deliberations here would lead to acceptance of full-communion between the two churches by the next time synod meets in the year 2001.
("Full communion" is not a merger of the two churches, but means that they recognize each other's rites, services and clerical orders.)
"Lutherans and Anglicans have come to a point in which there is a friendship that holds the promise of genuine partnership," Archbishop Peers told synod members.
Archbishop Peers linked the theme of General Synod -- "Lift every voice -- Faisons entendre nos voix" -- to a theme of "connectedness". He noted that it has been 39 years since General Synod last met in Montreal. "The voice least heard in our midst is that of Quebec and francophone Canada," he said. "I suggest that for many in this assembly, the discipline of listening with care to that voice will be among our most serious challenges."
He also referred to matters such as social and justice issues and the cancellation of third-world debt, issues that are also likely to occupy more than 800 Anglican bishops from around the world when they meet in England at the Lambeth Conference later this summer.
In all their deliberations and debates in the next nine days, Archbishop Peers told members to avoid becoming "as those whose world is so far removed from the realities of most citizens of this planet that they cannot see or do not care about what happens to those whose lives they affect".
Among other tasks facing General Synod members, Archbishop Peers noted, is evaluating progress made since the last gathering in Ottawa in 1995, where the church decided to shift priorities at the national level away from domestic work in favor of developing and nurturing overseas partnerships.
Members are also expected to address:
- Issues relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide;
- Issues related to cloning and reproductive technologies;
- The place of indigenous peoples in the Anglican Church of Canada;
- Issues relating to human rights and
- Church legislation dealing with the authority of bishops over priests.
Members will also meet in a number of forums addressing topics such as the church's relationship with overseas partners, relations with other faiths and denominations, social justice issues and relations between the 30 dioceses and the national church.
The Anglican Church of Canada is the country's third largest Christian denomination.
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Letter commenting on a photo in the March 2012 issue of the 'Montreal Anglican' with a caption "More than 40 women priests from across Canada attended a service at St. John's Church in Lunenburg, N.S." Dr. Harding writes "All the women priests in the picture were white Anglo-Saxon Canadians. Conspicuous by their absence were visible minority women ordinands to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada. .... What of those sisters, those visible minorities who comprise more than 40 per cent of regular churchgoers ? .... Our primate, in his comments about the residential schools, said, 'Racism is endemic in Canada, even in our churches today as well'. The church has to seriously address this issue if it is to survive. The Anglican church has lost hundreds of its members, particularly those from visible minorities, who have experienced some form of alienation".
"A report directed and written by the late Rev. Dr. Romney M. Moseley for the National Program Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada, 1992" -- Cover title.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Policy Statement -- Key Learnings [and] Key Recommendations -- Table of Contents -- Report: The Study Project on Ministry in a Multicultural Society Submitted to the Program Committee, the Anglican Church of Canada, September 24, 1991 -- Appendices.
That the Motion be amended by changing Section 1 to read:
"Recognizes the imperative to search for a true Canadian unity which recognizes both the needs of major cultural groupings to exist within our nation and the rights of minority groups within these cultures. CARRIED
The Motion as amended now reads
That the twenty-eighth Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in session:
1) Recognize the imperative to search for a true Canadian unity which recognizes both the needs of major cultural groupings to exist within our nation and the rights of minority groups within these cultures;
2) Convey a message to the Prime Minister of Canada and the First Ministers of the Provinces and Territories, declaring our concern that the just language cultural and identity rights of all citizens be recognized throughout the country;
3) Appoint a task force to continue consideration and clarification of the ways by which the Anglican Church of Canada can contribute to national unity.
"This report is the result of a Diocesan survey concerning multicultural and ethnic ministry in general, and the `No Longer Strangers' project specifically, conducted in June 2000. ..... The purpose of this evaluation is to help us assess what we have accomplished in the past 5 years, and to assist us to develop our vision and goals for the future. This report is divided into two sections. The first includes an introduction, a theological reflection and our recommendations to the Diocese. In the second section, the respondents' views are recounted, first on multicultural ministry in the Diocese and then on the NLS [No Longer Strangers] project. Each of these parts is followed by comments from the author. Quotations from the respondents and the author's own comments are also included in boxes throughout the report." -- Preface, p. 1.
Cover letter laid in with report, dated 9 February 2001, and signed by Ann R. Keating, Director of Community Ministries, says "This report is a stirring invitation to the Church to shift to a new vision, a new paradigm. We must not be `survivalist' but we must reach out to others, especially to minorities in our midst; to open the doors wide for all. The report gives us specific suggestions about how we might do this."
Contents: Preface / The Editor -- Section One: Introduction / Juan A. Quevedo-Bosch -- Theological Reflection -- Recommendations -- Section Two: The Respondents' Viewpoints on Multicultural Ministry in the Diocese -- In Dialogue with the Respondents -- Ethnic/Language/Culture Based Congregations and Integrated Parishes -- Minority/Overseas Clergy: Vocations and Deployment -- The Respondents' Viewpoint on the "No Longer Strangers" Diocesan Project -- In Dialogue with the Respondents.
"A report to the Anglican Church of Canada by Romney M. Moseley with Recommendations and a Study Guide" -- t.-p.
"'No Longer Strangers: Ministry in a Multicultural Society' is based on the Moseley Report ("Ministry in a Multicultural Society"). Part I was adapted from the text of the report, omitting a chapter entitled 'Sociological Analysis', and adding new information about decisions by General Synod, to whom the Moseley Report was submitted in June 1992. The study material in Part II was not part of the Moseley Report but was prepared for this publication by Diane Engelstad" -- p. .
Contents divided into two parts: Part I and Part Part II.
Contents: Foreword / Michael G. Peers -- Part I -- Part II.
Contents of Part I: Introduction -- Using the Study -- About the Study -- Study Methods -- The Participants -- Questionnaire Responses -- Anglican Identity and Outlook -- Worship and Congregational Life -- Leadership -- Theology -- Ethnic Congregations -- Views of Canadian Society -- Multiculturalism -- Focus Groups -- Worship and Congregational Life -- Leadership -- Theology -- Ethnic Congregations -- Conclusions -- Understanding Cultural Identity -- Links with the Worldwide Anglican Communion -- "Ethnic" Congregations -- Worship and Liturgy -- Leadership -- Recommendations for Next Steps -- Postscript.
Contents of Part II: Questions and Activities -- Questions for Reflection and Study -- Parish Activities -- For the Diocese -- Bible Studies -- Bible Study Introduction and Leadership Notes -- Bible Study 1: The Gospel Affirms Cultural Identity -- Bible Study 2: The Gospel Transcends Cultural Identity -- Bible Study 3: For You Were Sojourners: Multiculturalism and Hospitality -- Bible Study 4: Disciples of All Nations: Multiculturalism and Baptism -- Bible Study 5: By the Same Spirit: Multiculturalism and Pentecost -- Bible Study 6: Of Every Race and Nation: Multiculturalism and the Eucharist -- Collects and Prayers -- Appendix I: General Synod Policy and Statement and Principles, June 1992 -- Appendix II: Questionnaire: Ministry in a Multicultural Society -- Appendix III: A Dialogue: Learnings from the Multicultural Study / Ken Fung and Roland Kawano.
The complete text of the Moseley Report is available in the Library and Resource Centre as a spiral bound document "Ministry in a Multicultural Society", catalogued separately.
That the increase in incidents which reveal deeply entrenched attitudes of racism toward Canada's visible minorities be noted and that the Program Committee be requested to provide educational resources and programs to promote inter-racial understanding. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 51
Having Recorded on various occasions our clear-cut opposition to any form of racial discrimination anywhere in the world,
And Having Presented to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism a Brief which concludes with the sentence, "We need to speak a language which we use all too seldom, the language of love",
And Recognizing that racial and cultural conflict anywhere affects human relationships everywhere,
This General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada Calls upon all Canadians to recognize this principle of racial and cultural interdependence and to accept the consequent personal and group responsibility for promoting racial and cultural harmony,
And Specifically Calls upon Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Governments to:
1. Examine their legislation, programmes and administration for any evidence of discrimination or other causes of cultural conflict,
2. Develop effective means of enforcing anti-discrimination legislation,
3. Develop effective programmes of cultural exchange and dialogue between the various racial and cultural groups within their jurisdictions, and
4. By all such means and other actions to maintain the unity and integrity of Canada as a whole;
And Further Specifically Calls upon the Church in its General Synod, Diocesan and Parochial structures and organizations to:
1. Recognize racial and cultural exchange and dialogue as a legitimate area of concern for Christian mission,
2. Develop and implement detailed and specific plans of education and action to meet and get to know their immediate neighbours of different cultures, colours and languages. CARRIED in both Houses.
"Original line drawings by Nancy Lambert. Maps drawn by Richard Bachand". -- verso of t.-p.
"Threatened populations often turn to key institutions for support in times of uncertainty. A central role has been played by the Anglican Church in helping Montreal's anglophone community deal with the social and political upheaval following the Quiet Revolution in Quebec. Marshall examines the effect of these socio-political changes, on the English-speaking community's relationship to the Anglican Church." -- blurb on back of dust jacket.
"The Anglican Church has played a central role in helping Montreal;s anglophone community deal with the social and political upheaval of post-Quiet Revolution Quebec. In times of uncertainty, threatened populations often turn to key institutions for support . Joan Marshall examines the effect of socio-political changes on the English-speaking community's use of and relationship to the Anglican Church at both the diocese and parish level. .... Marshall examines such areas as conversatism versus willingness to change, male-female role changes and expectations, the 'old order' Book of Common Prayer versus the 'new order' Book of Alternate Services, and the role of music to tease out an understanding of the central role of the church vis-a-vis individuals, the parish communities, and the wider Quebec society". -- p. [i].
Contents: List of Maps -- List of Tables -- List of Figures -- Preface -- Part One: A Minority Church in Transition -- Introduction: The Religion-Society Relationship -- Quebec and the Anglican Church: Changing Perspectives on Power, Identity, and Community -- Response and Commitment in Montreal -- Commitment to the Church, Tradition, and Finances -- Part Two: The Five Parishes -- Introduction: Meanings of Community and Place -- St. Matthias -- Grace Church -- St. Paul's Church, Knowlton -- Church of the Resurrection -- La Nativit? -- The Five Parishes: An Overview and Some Statistical Indicators of Commitment -- Anglicans in Quebec: Community, Identity, the Future -- Appendix A: Tables -- Appendix B: Figures -- Appendix C: The Surveys -- Appendix D: Some Measures of Anglican Commitment -- Appendix E: Definitions of Anglican Terms -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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That this General Synod express its alarm at the victimization of visible minorities by the law enforcement, judicial and penal systems; and call upon the Minister of Justice and the Solicitor General of Canada and the Attorneys General of the provinces and territories to implement immediately measures to improve in these systems:
a) employment opportunities for visible minorities; and
b) training in positive racial attitudes.
That the words "by some members and some parts of" be added to the resolution after the word "minorities" in the second line. CARRIED Act 93
Moved by Mr. T. Maffin
Seconded by: Rev. Dr. J. Maffin
That the question be put. CARRIED Act 94
The amended motion reads:
That this General Synod express its alarm at the victimization of visible minorities by some members and some parts of the law enforcement, judicial and penal systems; and call upon the Minister of Justice and the Solicitor General of Canada and the Attorneys General of the provinces and territories to implement immediately measures to improve in these systems:
a) employment opportunities for visible minorities; and
b) training in positive racial attitudes. CARRIED Act 95
The Rev. Canon Andrew Gates, Mr. Justice Ronald Stevenson, Mr. Michael Wolff and Mr. Justice David Wright abstained from the above motion.