That the General Secretary be instructed to place Plan of Union on the agenda for the 1975 General Synod, and take whatever preliminary steps that are required to implement this decision, including wide publicity throughout the Church. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council, concurring with the House of Bishops, requests the Committee on Union and Joint Mission to spend more time developing particular alternatives for Joint Mission in accordance with the Lund Principle, and less on promoting Plan of Union.
The subject of Church Union was widely discussed. The Primate reported that no executive action will be taken at General Synod. It was reported the Issue Group tried to have the name 'Church Union' changed to 'Church Unity', but the attempt was too late - the material had been sent to the printers. Archdeacon Light enumerated Unity resource material to be supplied General Synod delegates.
"That we request the Chair to appoint a small committee to draft a suggested resolution for consideration of this House dealing with the manner in which the Anglican Church of Canada will deal with submissions from Anglican Dioceses, Parishes, etc., regarding the Plan of Union." CARRIED
It was agreed that the House of Bishops, at the Fall meeting, study the Plan of Union and the Agenda Committee was requested to arrange for same.
The Primate introduced a problem confronting Bishop Burch concerning a Mar Thoma Church clergyman operating in his Diocese. After discussion, it was generally agreed that Bishop Burch would have the support of the House in authorizing clergyman of Mar Thoma Church to officiate in his Diocese.
"That this General Synod requests that resolutions similar to those contained in Acts 41 and 42 be placed on the Agendas of the next meetings of the Provincial Synods and Diocesan Synods of the Anglican Church of Canada."
That the National Executive Council, the All-Canada Committee and the Executive of the General Council be requested, through the General Commission Sub-Committee on Co-operation, to arrange to receive the Plan of Union from the General Commission on Church Union on the same date and in the same place (though not necessarily in joint session); that a Joint Statement of reception be prepared to clarify what is being received in the Plan of Union and how the Churches will deal with it.
That the NEC accede to the request contained in Recommendation (2). CARRIED
The House re-assembled at 3:55 following coffee break, and the Reverend James Boyles reviewed a memorandum dated October 31, 1974 addressed to the National Executive Council regarding Plan of Union. Mr. Boyles reported that National Executive Council had agreed that extra time should be allowed at its February meeting to allow for a study of the Plan of Union, and that the Reverend D. Hodgkinson is to assist the NEC in planning and design for this study.
The Reverend Canon W. Sewell reported on behalf of the Task Force on Revisions, and said that study of submitted revisions will go forward until the next meeting of the Committee on Union and Joint Mission scheduled to be held January 20-21. Mr. Boyles suggested the following possible alternative courses of action:
-go ahead with the vote on the Plan as it is or with minor revisions;
-delay until 1977 for more thorough revision which procedure might involve a reaffirmation of intention by General Synod;
-withdraw from work on the Plan.
Following lengthy discussion, it was
Moved by: Bishop Garnsworthy
Seconded by Bishop Goodman
"That a meeting of the House of Bishops be held February 1st and February 2nd. and that persons with particular theological expertise be invited to be present."
It was moved in Amendment:
"That a meeting of the House of Bishops be held January 31st and February 1st, and that persons with particular theological expertise be invited to be present." CARRIED