That the Anglican Church of Canada accepts with gratitude the invitations of the Church of the Province of the West Indies; the Council of the Church in South East Asia; the Nippon Sei Ko Kei; the Church in the Provinces of Central Africa; Tanzania; and Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire; and the Anglican Council in South America to participate in their forthcoming consultations. In the spirit of Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the body of Christ, we look forward to discussing and discovering how we may deepen our relationships as partners in mission in other parts of the world and in our own land.
The following persons are proposed as representatives of this Church in the various consultations:
CASA.............Feb. 18-22.....Mrs. Leticia Cox
CPWI.............postponed......Bishop Arnold, Mrs. Denise Rees, Rev. T. Anthony
CCSEA............May 28-29......Bishop Berry, Mrs. Mary Murray
NSKK.............June 4-6.......Rev. Donald Clark (staff)
Central Africa...Aug. 7-14......Bishop Valentine, Dean Joe Fricker
Tanzania.........Aug. 19-20.....Rev. David Woeller (staff)
That the Report of the Program Committee be accepted as presented. CARRIED
That if vacancies occur among those appointed to attend MRI planning conferences the replacement be named by the Primate in consultation with the World Mission Sub-Committee, and that these names be forwarded to the National Executive Council for information. CARRIED
That NEC request the General Secretary to write to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, with copies to the Rev. Abby Hamilton and Mr. Vernon Hazelwood, expressing deep appreciation for their contribution over the last three years. CARRIED #41-05-94
"The global relations program currently has intentional church-to-church relationships in other provinces and dioceses, including the Episcopal Church of Cuba, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, churches in the Philippines, the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, says [Dr. Andrea] Mann [global relations co-ordinator], whose work falls within the primate's office under the area of mission and justice. A central aspect of global relations has always been the international theological education scholarship program. 'Out partners have told us that theological education in the Anglican tradition and the development of academic leadership in the provinces continue to be very important priorities for them', says Mann. A recent anonymous bequest of $160,000 for global relations and theological education will facilitate the support of overseas scholars". "Halfway around the world, in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, the program appointed the Rev. John Organ, a retired Canadian Forces padre, as chaplain at the request of Bishop Suheil Dawani. The program will cover Organ's stipend for three years as he supports Bishop Dawani in his daily ministry in the troubled Holy Land. In the West Bank, the program aids the Penman Clinic, a medical centre that treats as many as 3,000 people a month in Zababdeh, one of the few remaining Christian villages in the region. 'We fund the purchase of medicines and the maintenance of equipment', says Mann".
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
The Anglican Church of Canada does not set out deliberately to be confusing to the remainder of the Communion, but manages to in spite of its best intentions. The Communion refers to it as "The Province of Canada" and to Primate Archbishop E.W. Scott as its Metropolitan. The Church itself, however, is organized into four Ecclesiastical Provinces and has therefore, in addition to the Primate, four Metropolitans. To add to the confusion, Canada as a country is a federation of ten civil units which are also called Provinces.
Within the four Ecclesiastical Provinces (Canada, Ontario, Rupert's Land and British Columbia) there are thirty Dioceses. In addition to the Diocesan Bishops there are about a dozen Bishops Suffragan. There are just over three thousand Clergy in parish and specialized ministries. The total membership on the rolls of its three thousand congregations is about one million.
One of the primary problems facing the Canadian Church is what the Archbishop of Canterbury, on his recent tour, described as "the tyranny of distance." Canada is a vast land, a vastness which is difficult for others to comprehend. The Diocese of the Arctic, the largest territorially in the world, contains 2,750,000 square miles with a total population of only 35,500. A single parish in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan has ten separate congregations in an area of 3,600 square miles. In some countries that could well be a small diocese! Here it is served by two priests.
Contrasted with this, the Church faces, in many places, all the problems of densely populated urban areas. The Diocese of Niagara, for example, covers only 3,000 square miles but has 117 congregations, and about 130 clergy. Toronto, the largest diocese, by population, in North America, has about 156,000 souls on its parish rolls, 237 parishes and nearly 300 clergy!
Canada has about 300,000 aboriginal people. Of these, roughly one-quarter is Anglican. There is a significant number (150) of ordained native clergy ministering in the Church. The Canadian Church is in the forefront of support of native people in their legal and practical struggles for recognition, aboriginal rights and claims to hereditary lands.
The Anglican Church of Canada has ordained women to the Priesthood since 1976. There are now well over one hundred female Priests. The Primate of the Church, speaking from his experience travelling about the Church has declared, "I am convinced that the ministry of women in the Priesthood has enriched our whole concept of ordained ministry. It has brought a new element to the gatherings of Priests and a new dimension to all the pastoral work of the Church wherever they minister. There is, also, a new sense amongst women of being fully members of the Church when they see women Priests ministering. In this sense the whole community is enriched."
The General Synod of the Church meets every three years. Each diocese sends its Bishops, plus an equal number of Clergy and Lay members, the total number varying by the number or ordained Clergy in the Diocese. It will next meet in June of 1986 in Winnipeg, the See City of the Diocese of Rupert's Land. At this meeting of the Synod, a new Primate will be elected to succeed Archbishop Scott who is retiring after fifteen years as Senior Metropolitan. Between General Synods the National Executive Council meets twice a year and has the executive authority of the General Synod. The NEC consists of 15 each of the orders of Bishop, Clergy and Laity, with each of the 30 Dioceses having at least one member. General Synod has a National Office in Toronto with a total executive and secretarial staff of about 130.
The Anglican Church of Canada is a strong supporter of the Partners In Mission process at all levels of the Church. Individual Dioceses are urged to hold such Consultations, and the National Church endeavours to supply Partners to other parts of the Communion whenever asked. A third national PIM Consultation for the Canadian Church will be held in March 1986. At this gathering the Church will examine three questions, which at this time are being considered in each of the Dioceses. Presentations from each Diocese will be incorporated in the deliberations of the national consultation. The questions are:
* What are the most important issues in ministry and mission today?
* What are some of the specific areas where we can discern God calling for the transformation of both church and society today?
* What changes could improve the partnership among international, national, regional, and local levels of the church?
It is hoped the focus on those questions in advance, the deliberations at the consultation and the continuing work on the report from it, will shape the mission and ministry of the Church in all aspects of its life.
In a recent letter Archbishop Ted Scott named these questions as vital to the real focus of our mission. He asked, "Are we as Anglicans becoming more like Jesus Christ? As we influence the wider world, and all we do, are we helping it become more the kind of world God wants it to be?"
Canada is a diverse, pluralistic, multi-lingual society, still growing, still seeking its own identity and sense of purpose in the world community. The Anglican Church of Canada is, in many ways, a microcosm of that society, and shares the exciting potential and problems of a young and vibrant member of the family of God.
This group supports lay missionaries overseas and is requesting permission to approach clergy and parishes re personal visits. Concern was expressed as to how to deal with this without discouraging something which is good, while at the same time maintaining the standards of "Partnership-in-Mission" to which the provinces of the Anglican Communion are committed. The Bishops were advised that a consultation would be held by World Mission in March 1989 and that the House would be requested to nominate a representative to attend.
That Archbishop Hambidge be nominated to represent the House of Bishops at the World Mission consultation in March 1989. CARRIED
The Anglican Church of Canada has just completed a through-going self-criticism in the presence of third world critics. A four day "Partners in Mission" consultation wound up on Tuesday, May 29 at the University of Toronto.
The concept of Partners in Mission is an accepted one in the Anglican Communion throughout the world. It involves one of the twenty-seven independent, self-governing churches which constitute the Anglican Communion, in a process of critical examination of its programmes, life, structures and priorities in the presence of "Partners" from other countries, churches and cultures. Canadian Anglicans have acted as Partners in such consultations in several African churches and in Ireland, the USA, the Caribbean, South America and Asia.
During the past week more than a hundred Canadian Anglicans, representing the Church's thirty dioceses from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and north beyond the Arctic Circle, gathered in the nation's Capital. They were joined by Partners from Burundi, West Africa, the Sudan and South Africa, from the West Indies, New Zealand, Ireland and England, the USA and Asia. There were also representatives from the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches in Canada.
In their final report to the consultation, these Partners said, "We have come from continents which have experienced poverty, despair, effects of nuclear holocaust, inhuman racist regimes, military dictatorships, trampling of human rights and division of nations on ideological grounds. We have come too, from countries which are rich and affluent, and from sectors in the Third World which share in those riches and those who do not. In these situations we have experienced sufferings of all kinds - the rat-race of consuming more and more, of being bored, lonely and fearful. Yet we know that through these sufferings we also experience hope for we worship the crucified and risen Lord. In this spirit we share four examples of challenges we see based upon what we have seen and heard at this Consultation."
Their four areas of challenge were the Natives of Canada, the French Fact, the Ministry of the Laity and the Ecumenical Dimension.
The Partners observed, "The Natives of Canada have suffered through hundreds of years of genocide. Entire tribes and people have vanished from the face of the earth. Many of them today live in poverty, illness, early death rates and little or no education. To correct these wrongs requires a change in attitude, a death to the old ways and a rebirth under God." They agreed that they "must commend the Anglican Church of Canada for its long history of ministry to the Native People," but questioned whether native people have been trained for or allowed to assume positions of leadership in the church's structures.
They declared that "lumping the Native problem with the white rural or white isolated area problem will not work." The Partners had all travelled fairly extensively in Canada prior to the Consultation. From that experience and from their discussions in Ottawa, they concluded that there is a "strong undercurrent of prejudice against the Native People in Canada." They acknowledged that there are no simplistic answers, but urged the creation of a more adequately staffed Native "desk or portfolio" on a national basis.
The Partners described the French Fact as, "A people under the threat of losing its identity, its right to live according to its culture, can hardly act as a partner and may become, as a consequence, a burden to the country instead of taking its place as an enriching part of the cultural mosaic of Canada." They continued, "In a word, a whole mentality must be surrendered in order to communicate within the new milieu," and urged that "The Church must study this matter in the spirit of Christ, that is, in a spirit of love, detachment and sharing."
They added, "while fighting for the rights of this or that group, we must not forget that rights are first and foremost human rights; they are not French, they are not English; they are human, but they apply to French or English or Indians or West Indians."
An "inherited clericalism...which is still accepted as the norm" came under sharp criticism in the section of the Partners' report on the Ministry of the Laity. "The real participation of the laity in the mission of the church may pose a threat to the clergy" but that participation must not be "considered a privilege, a temporal innovation or a concession to the spirit of modern times." "A multitude of habits, ready-made judgements and reactions need to be stripped away from us before we can expect to progress very far in dealing with the key issue of the ministry of the laity."
In discussing the Ecumenical Dimensions, the Partners declared, "The general impression given is that the Anglican Church of Canada is self-sufficient and does not naturally look outside itself, whether to other churches in Canada or to other Anglican churches around the world, for working partners in the process of developing the issues which face them in their common service of the Mission of Christ to the world."
Although in principle the Anglican Church of Canada is committed to the "Lund Declaration" (that churches should not do separately what it is possible from them to do ecumenically), the Partners suggested that should mean "looking first to see what things can be done together and not regarding ecumenical cooperation as an optional extra."
The over-all report from the total membership of the Consultation is wide-ranging and lengthy. The discussions gradually crystallized into eight areas in the life of the church today:
- Mission: Theology and Practice
- Christian Lifestyle
- Commitment and Stewardship
- Ministry: Lay/Clergy
- Social Justice and Action
- Ethnic, Cultural and Linguistic Groups
- Communications and Structures
In each section there was a thorough evaluation of the present situation in the Anglican Church of Canada and an attempt to discover strengths and weaknesses in its life. Strategies for the future were also developed.
These reports will now receive wide distribution in the Dioceses and Ecclesiastical Provinces of the Church and in various national committees of General Synod, for study and discussion. They will have a major influence on the Church's National Programme Committee and National Executive Council when they meet this fall, and on the General Synod of the Church which will be held at the University of Trent in Peterborough in June 1980.
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In substitution for (2), the following Resolution:
That this General Synod request the National Executive Council to set up a Task Force for the study of this need;
and also for the study of the Lambeth Resolutions on World Mission and the Project System in Resolution 67 (Lambeth Report, page 46), and in Section III, paragraph 6, page 167 [sic i.e. page 146] of the Report;
and that this Task Force be asked to report to the National Executive Council with recommendations. CARRIED in both Houses.
[Text of Resolution 67 ( Lambeth Report, page 46):
Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence
67. (a) The Conference records its gratitude for the concept of Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ, and for the renewed sense of responsibility for each other which it has created within our communion.
(b) The Conference believes that a developing M.R.I. has a vital contribution to make to our relationships within the whole Church of God. It therefore summons our Churches to a deeper commitment to Christ's mission through a wide partnership of prayer, by sharing sacrificially and effectively their manpower and money, and by a readiness to learn from each other.
(c) The Conference urges that serious attention be paid to the need for co-operation, at every level of Anglican and ecumenical life, in the planning, implementing, and review of all work undertaken, along the line set out in the Report of Section III (para 6 on p. 146).
(d) The Conference believes that the time has come for a reappraisal of the policies, methods, and areas of responsibility of the Anglican Communion in discharging its share of the mission of Christ and that there is a need for a renewed sense of urgency.
Text of Section III (para 6 on p. 146) of "The Lambeth Conference 1968: Resolutions and Reports":
Inasmuch as Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ (M.R.I.) has proved to be a great inspiration and blessing, the concept and programme should be continued. In particular, the project system should be pursued, subject to the following comments:
(a) Each Church must be free to decide to what extent it is appropriate to its own needs.
(b) Project programmes should be realistic in scale, flexible in operation, and in harmony with accepted criteria.
(c) Account should be taken in all building projects not only of the original capital cost but also of the continuing cost of maintenance.
(d) Support of the local ordained ministry should be a first charge of the local Church and not normally included in a Directory of Projects. The Directory, however, might be used to facilitate the interchange of personnel between regional Churches on a short-term basis.
(e) Regional Churches should be encouraged to appoint someone from their own membership, or to invite the Secretary General to send a representative, competent to help them in deciding on priorities among projects and in the effective planning, conduct, and evaluation of those selected.]
That, whereas the Executive Council and Board of Management of M.S.C.C. in Joint Session at Ottawa in 1961 has taken the following action:
"Without jeopardizing the present overseas commitments of The Anglican Church of Canada in the following Provinces and Dioceses of the Anglican Communion:
The Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon
The Holy Catholic Church in Japan
The Archbishopric in Jerusalem
The Church of Uganda Ruanda [sic i.e. Rwanda] Urundi
The Church of the Province of the West Indies
The Diocese of Hong Kong
The Diocese of Accra
The Diocese of Malaya and Singapore, and
The Diocese of Madras in the Church of South India.
It is recommended that the Executive Committee of the Department of Missions of The Anglican Church of Canada be empowered to receive and consider, within the limitations of its Annual Budget appropriations, such appeals for personnel and funds for work in the Anglican Communion as are directed to the Department of Missions of The Anglican Church of Canada by the Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy of the Anglican Communion."
It is therefore recommended that as funds become available in the next triennium, the Department of Missions give priority in its overseas commitments to accepting increased appeals from the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon; The Church of Uganda Ruanda Urandi, and the Church of the Province of the West Indies for the following purposes:
(i) To provide assistance in the training and support of national clergy and lay workers.
(ii) To recruit and train overseas personnel in response to requests from overseas Diocesan Bishops.
(iii) To provide financial assistance for capital needs in the areas of church extension and theological education. CARRIED in both Houses.
That National Executive Council reaffirm the operating principle that, when budget reductions must be made, funding cuts to overseas partners should not be greater than cuts to Canadian work. CARRIED #17-11-94