This entire issue, which is inset into vol. 9 no. 4 (Pentecost 2003) is here presented as "a theological contribution to The Baptism Project, LC's [i.e. Liturgy Canada's] attempt to foster dialogue about the process of Christian Initiation. Dr. Holeton offers an extensive and, we believe, very important historical account of Fr. Fairweather's significant contribution both the BAS and, even more importantly, to a renewed understanding of the theologically necessary link between Baptism and Eucharistic fellowship." -- From Editorial by John Hodgins to vol. 9 no. 4 (Pentecost 2003), p. 3.
"Eugene Fairweather's contributions to the work of the national Doctrine and Worship Committee (D&W) and to the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) lay primarily in two areas: unmuddling the impasse between the House of Bishops (HoB) and D&W in the work towards new rites of Christian Initiation and drafting the rites of Ordination" (p. 1).
The article is a concise and penetrating analysis of the development of the "new" theology of baptism and Christian initiation (including the issue of admission to Communion) which took place in Canada between 1969 and 1985. It focuses on the controversy and conflict between the Doctrine and Worship Committee (and its sub-committees and task forces) and the House of Bishops. Fairweather's pastoral, political and theological contributions are described, especially his crucial report delivered to the October 1981 [* See paragraph below] meeting of the Joint Task Force on Christian Initiation entitled "Christian Initiation : our Present Situation" which included "A Modest Proposal" and set out seven key principles about baptism and Christian initiation.
*N.B. A typo, two thirds of the way down the second column on page 4, says October 1982 instead of 1981. Footnotes 12-14 on page 8 confirm that the report was in fact presented in October 1981
That the Alternative Ordinal be referred to the Doctrine and Worship Committee and to the House of Bishops for their joint consideration and for any revision - to be approved by the National Executive Council before publication. CARRIED ACT 59
In reporting on behalf of the Joint Task Force, Bishop Berry reported that work on the Alternative Service Book cannot go ahead without further clarification from the House, and recommended that consultants from the Episcopal Church in the USA be invited to assist.
That two consecutive periods on one day be assigned at the February meeting of the House of Bishops for a study of the matter of Christian Initiation. CARRIED #7-11-81
Bishop Berry reported that the Task Force on the Ordinal recommends that the Ordinal be placed in the Bishop's Book, and that it is hoped it will be ready for approval by the House in February, 1982, adding that copies will be distributed to all Bishops as soon as possible. Included in the Bishop's Book will be all Services which are used on a regular basis in the parish church. Bishop Short stressed that this will not replace the Prayer Book, but will provide Alternative Services.
Bishop Parke-Taylor reported that the Committee believes the Psalter of the Episcopal Church in the USA would be best for use in the Canadian Church.
Regret was expressed that it has not been possible to proceed with the appointment of a liturgical officer, and it was noted that this matter is to go before the November meeting of the National Executive Council.
The Ordinal was presented by Bishop Parke-Taylor and questions and comments were invited from the floor.
Bishop Valentine was asked to propose a motion for presentation to General Synod, and his submission was later presented to the House as follows:
Ordinal: Memorial to General Synod
This House commends the form of Ordinal presented by the Doctrine and Worship Committee. We consider that it expresses renewed understanding of the ordered ministry within the ministry of the whole people of God. It gives significant form to the participation of the whole Church in the choice and ordination of the clergy. It sets the action of Consecration clearly and powerfully within the context of prayer, and it emphasises that particular gifts of the Spirit are sought and given not only in the fact of ordination but also in the on-going work of an ordered ministry.
It would be our strong hope that this Ordinal, because of these and other great strengths which it exhibits, will be made available for alternative use in the Church, subject to the decision of the appropriate authority in each case.
We are aware that a legitimate concern may centre upon the actual moment of "Laying-on of Hands" and the form and intention of the accompanying words. We would suggest that this concern might be met by providing an alternative wording in the following form:
"N. In the name of God and in the authority committed
to His Church, we consecrate you for the office
and work of a Bishop
Deacon in the Church."
A subsequent prayer might then commence:
"Almighty Father, give your Holy Spirit to your servant, fill him with the grace..."
It is our conviction that such authorisation for alternative use of the Ordinal, together with a careful process of report and review, will set forward the achieving of a form which is true both to our historic heritage and to our contemporary responsibility.
That the Statement on the Ordinal be sent to General Synod as a Memorial. CARRIED
That this Council of General Synod approve for trial use and evaluation the French text of the ‘Ordination of Bishops, Priests and Deacons” prepared by CLEF (le comité liturgique épiscopale francophone). CARRIED #14-11-06
- 1. receive The Iona Report, including the Competencies for the Diaconate, and commend it to the dioceses for study and for use in review of their existing guidelines and practices with respect to the diaconate, sending their feedback to Faith, Worship and Ministry Coordinating Committee no later than October 2018;
- 2. request that the Primate convene a study of The Iona Report within the House of Bishops and report to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Coordinating Committee;
- 3. request that the Faith, Worship and Ministry Coordinating Committee review the Ordinal, in light of current scholarship and best practices, and present to the General Synod of 2019 a revision of the liturgical text for the Ordination of a Deacon.
That this General Synod direct the Doctrine and Worship Committee, in Consultation with the House of Bishops, to prepare an Ordinal for alternate use, study and comment in the Anglican Church of Canada, and to bring it to General Synod for discussion and appropriate action in 1980. CARRIED ACT 58