They're coming from all over the world ... from coast to coast ... and from the 49th to above the Arctic Circle ... for some of the most significant events in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada !
It starts on March 11th  when the twenty-eight Primates, or senior Archbishops of the entire world family of Anglicanism will gather in Mississauga under the Chairmanship of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Overlapping the last day of that session (March 15) and for the following week in the same place, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council will convene. It consists of eleven members from as many countries and is chaired by Archdeacon Yong Ping Chung from Burma.
Also, from March 18 to 21, representatives of each of the thirty dioceses of the Canadian Church will gather at Geneva Park, Lake Couchiching, in the presence of 28 Roman Catholic, Protestant and Anglican "Partners" from around the world for the third Canadian Partners in Mission Consultation.
Finally, from June 14 to 22 in Winnipeg the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada will hold its thirty-first Session. This, the highest parliament of the Church, is always of major significance, but of added interest this year will be the election of a new Primate to succeed Archbishop E.W. Scott.
Detailed information about each of these events is enclosed. [No additional information with this press release in electronic database.]
Some years ago the independent Churches which make up the Anglican Communion throughout the world committed themselves to a periodic self-examination in the presence of fellow Christians from other parts of the Anglican family and from other denominations. This is referred to as the "Partners-in-Mission" process (PIM).
The Anglican Church of Canada has had two such consultations, and is about to hold its third. It will take place from March 18th to 21st at Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching as an extended meeting of the Church's National Executive Council (NEC).
The focus of the PIM will be on three questions:
- (1) What are the most important issues in ministry and mission today ?
- (2) What are some the specific areas where we can discern God calling for the transformation of both church and society today ?
- (3) What changes could improve the partnership among international, national, regional and local levels of the church ?
Since last September each of the Church's thirty dioceses has been studying those three questions as they relate to its own life. Their deliberations have been submitted to the National Office for compilation as resource material for the consideration of NEC and its Partners.
There are twenty-eight Partners involved in the process. The Anglican Partners come from the Churches in the West Indies, South Africa, the South Pacific, South America, Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the United States. There are also non-Anglican Partners from the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite, and United Churches in Canada.
In addition to this examination of the present and future work, policies and life of the Church, the NEC will be involved in its regular agenda at this its last meeting before the General Synod in June.
The sessions are open to the media and individual interviews with the Partners may be arranged, subject to very limited available time. Accommodation at Geneva Park is limited, so journalists wishing to attend, particularly if they wish to stay overnight, should advise the Media Officer as soon as possible.
That this National Executive Council commend the report of the Third Partners in Mission Consultation of the Anglican Church of Canada to the 1986 General Synod, following the revisions and compilations requested by the Consultation and that the report contain:
a) the preface outlining the preparation and process of the Consultation;
b) the final report of the external and ecumenical partners;
c) the final Statement of Counsel to General Synod prepared by the whole partnership of the Consultation;
d) an overview of the learnings by participation in the Consultation. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council appoint a small committee to make recommendations to the November 1984 meeting of the National Executive Council concerning the proposal that there be another Canadian Partners-in-Mission Consultation. CARRIED
The Executive Director of Program reviewed his report and presented the wording of a resolution to complete the process of the 1986 Canadian Partners in Mission.
That this National Executive Council, recalling our Church's participation in the third Canadian PIM and in particular the consultation held in March 1986, confirm our commitment to express in our priorities for this period leading up to General Synod 1989 the following:
1. That we give stronger support to, and expression of, baptismal ministry which involves the whole people of God;
2. That we hold together and strengthen our ministries of evangelism and justice;
3. That we seek ways of breaking out of our Anglo-Saxon ethnocentricity to include the full participation of Native people, francophones, and other cultural communities;
4. That we review our ecumenical partnerships and make clear commitments for an appropriate period of time;
5. That we commit ourselves to renewal of worship and prayer going beyond and deeper than the introduction of a new Book;
6. That we seek further ways of sharing mission with our Canadian and global partners and that committees and councils be asked to reflect on this and report back to the National Executive Council by May 1988. CARRIED #06-05-87
That the National Executive Council endorse the recommendations of the Task Force on Partners in Mission.
1. That the Anglican Church of Canada renew its commitment to participation in the Partners in Mission process.
2. That the process of participation be modified to rely more on the usual patterns and events of the Anglican Church in Canada than on an exceptional or additional process and consultation without letting go any of the challenge and wider accountability we have come to expect of Partners in Mission.
3. That we call on dioceses and all parts of General Synod to commit themselves to a Partners in Mission process leading up to National Executive Council in March of 1986 and to the General Synod of that year.
4. That the focus in 1986 be on mission directions, priorities and plans which will assist us to move with reasonable consensus into the 1990's. CARRIED