"Canterbury College has had an ecumenical outlook ever since its foundation in 1957 as an Anglican affiliate of the Roman Catholic Assumption University which later became the non-denominational University of Windsor. It is appropriate, therefore, that this first booklet to be published by the College is on the subject, 'Anglicanism and Principles of Christian Unity'. In recent years, many branches of the Anglican Communion have been discussing Christian Unity. In Great Britain there have been the Anglican-Methodist talks; in the United States the Commission on Church Union, which includes several denominations; and in Canada 'The Principles of Union' have been presented as a basis for union between the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. These essays are concerned mainly with the Canadian discussions. They point out some areas where problems have arisen, and indicate how such problems might be solved". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Carman J. Queen, Bishop of Huron -- Introduction dated Canterbury College, Windsor, Ontario, April 28th, 1972 / F.T.K.-- Principles of Church Union / Lord Fisher of Canterbury i.e. Geoffrey Fisher -- The Canadian "Principles of Union" / Eric L. Mascall -- Anglicanism and Ecumenism / John Macquarrie -- Ecumenical Dialogue and Phenomenological Perspective / Temple Kingston.
OTCH copy inscribed: "To Archbishop Scott with my best wishes, Temple Kingston".
The General Secretary read the following letter received from Mr. W. John Dunlop, Network Supervisor, Religious Programs of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
"I am writing to ask if the Anglican Church of Canada would be interested in the televising of a 90-minute 'Teach-in' on the Principles of Union between the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada.
The CBC would be prepared to assume all the costs of bringing together a panel of persons to explain the Principles of Union and sketch future developments as they see them.
The proposed date of the 'Teach-in' is October or November. In return for the production of the 'Teach-in,' the CBC would expect that the churches concerned would organize groups to meet in many communities. These groups would watch the program and go on to their own discussion sessions.
The CBC has already scheduled a 'Teach-in' for May on the Vatican Council. We have been given to understand that programs of this nature help communities to plan ecumenical meetings, so that concerned Christian folk meet to know the problems and opportunities of their neighbours.
Could I have some expression of interest and willingness to work towards the production of such a 'Teach-in'?"
That we warmly approve of this 'teach-in.' CARRIED
That this General Synod reaffirms its commitment to parts 1, 2 and 3 of Principles of Union.
"That this General Synod reaffirms its commitment to the `Principles of Faith and Order' set forth in the Principles of Union, as a basis for further negotiations with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The United Church of Canada, and other Christian communions in Canada." CARRIED
The Primate declared the motion as amended CARRIED Act 41
That this General Synod approves the Principles of Faith and Order outlined by the Committees of Ten as a basis of agreement upon which to proceed in working out the details of the organizational union with The United Church and any other Church prepared to accept them. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the following memorial from the Diocese of Algoma be received:
"Re Principles of Union
That the Synod of the Diocese of Algoma endorses the report entitled `Principles of Union between The Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada' and looks forward to General Synod taking further steps in the implementation of this report." CARRIED in both Houses.
That we concur in Message U10, viz.: That a Pastoral on the subject of Church Unity, with special reference to the action of General Synod in accepting the Document on the Principles of Union, be prepared, and that His Grace, the Primate, in consultation with the Metropolitans, be asked to prepare the same. CARRIED Message L-49.
Canada's four Anglican archbishops say they will not support any segment of their church which organizes to oppose union with the United Church of Canada, the Canadian Churchman states in an article this month.
The Anglican Church's national newspaper says the four metropolitans have bluntly rejected any move to create what one called a "schismatic program" within the church.
The article says a loosely-formed group known as "Canadian Confirmed Anglicans" will seek support from Anglicans to oppose implementation of the Principles of Union drafted by the two churches.
It had been reported in a Winnipeg-based independent church paper that Anglicans will soon be asked to "sign a declaration of loyalty to the vows we have made in the faith." The church paper, The Communicator, edited by Rev. Maurice Hardman, states Canadian Confirmed Anglicans are persons "persuaded in the Catholic and Apostolic faith" who are determined to stand fast in loyalty to their ordination and confirmation vows in spite of any bureau-cratic, economic...or private pressures designed to coerce compromise."
The Communicator had suggested that some bishops, including one archbishop, were having "second thoughts" about the direction union has been taking.
Most Rev. H.H. Clark of Winnipeg, primate of the Anglican Church, said that since there were only four archbishops, there was a 25% chance he was the one to which reference was made. Archbishop Clark described an organization to oppose union, if it is formed, as "schismatic in spirit and schismatic in program."
"I still believe that our church is right to seek union with the United Church and that the Principles of Union are a right basis for working out definite plans for this union."
"If I have any second thoughts, they are about the difficulties we shall encounter in this adventure."
Most Rev. A.H. O'Neil of Fredericton, said he supported the Principles of Union when they were passed by the Anglican Church in Vancouver in 1965.
Most Rev. W.L. Wright of Sault Ste. Marie, said he is a strong advocate of Christian unity movement which, he said, will eventually triumph.
Most Rev. H.E. Sexton of Victoria, B.C., said Anglicans know there are problems to be faced in union but that an effort must be made to work them out.
"We are not in favour here (of the views) of The Communicator because we feel it is not in accord with the spirit of the day."
That, in a spirit of profound gratitude for the adoption of the report of the Committee on Christian Unity and the Church Universal, the General Synod desires to place on record its deep appreciation for the unceasing labours, infinite patience, and profound wisdom of the Committees of Ten, representing both The Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada. We especially record our gratitude to the Anglican members for their magnificent and lucid presentation to the Synod of the Principles of Union which so enabled the Synod to reach an almost unanimous decision. CARRIED in both Houses.