"The Challenge which Rural Canada presents to the Canadian Church demands consideration, study and action. This little book is published and sent out by Wycliffe College with the purpose of emphasizing that urgency. The Reverend W.J. Zimmerman, Rector of Kerwood, Ontario, who has been undertaking post-graduate study in Rural Sociology and Religious Education at Columbia University has directed this publication. He secured contributions from a group of Canadian Churchmen who are aware of the claims and needs of Town and Country across the Dominion. -- Preface.
Contents: Dedication [To Canon J.W. Donald] -- Preface -- Introducing the Problem -- [Table of] Contents -- The Shepherd / R.P.D. Hurford -- The Seeking Shepherd / J.A. Davies -- The Teaching Shepherd / A. Harding Priest -- The Shepherd in Relation to the Rural Community / M.A. Garland -- The Shepherd in Relation to the National Life / A.H. Sovereign -- A Christian Philosophy of Rural Life / W.J. Zimmerman.
OTCH copy has bookplate of The Council for Social Service of the Anglican Church of Canada.
"[B]y Samuel Henry Prince, M.A., PH.D., D.D., D.C.L. University of King's College, Halifax. N.S."
"Illustrator: Geoffrey W. Goss". -- verso of t.-p.
"'The Architecture of Rural Society' consists of a series of lectures delivered at King's College, Halifax, N.S., to mark the establishment of the HacKenley Memorial Foundation in Rural Sociology. The lectureship memorializes a former Archbishop of Nova Scotia, the Most Reverend John HacKenley, D.D., whose devotion to the well-being of the rural population was so great that his name has already become a tradition in that Province". -- Preface.
"At the request of the Memorial Committee the inaugural lectures have been put in a permanent and somewhat abbreviated form in the hope that they may perform a useful service as orientation material for those who may attend subsequent courses under the auspices of the Foundation. .... They contain the mature thinking of a longtime professor of Sociology at King's College and one who has had unusual opportunity for research in the field of rural society". -- Preface.
Contents: Foreword / Robert Harold Nova Scotia i.e. Robert Harold Waterman Bishop of Nova Scotia -- Preface -- Introduction -- The Rural Facade -- Structural Change -- Plans and Specifications -- Design for Rural Living -- Blueprint for Rural Betterment: i -- Blueprint for Rural Betterment: ii -- Gable Roofs and Rural Steeples -- Conclusion.
"The official voice of the Anglican Church of Canada on social issues from 1915 was the Council for Social Service. .... However, as social protest became more commonplace with the progress of the twentieth century and society's ills became more obvious, not all Anglicans were satisfied with what was later assessed as the passive role of the national Council. .... Some sought alternatives, and the Anglican Fellowship for Social Action (AFSA), which had its origin in meetings at Arundel, Quebec, in 1943, was such an alternative. .... Soon the Anglican Fellowship for Social Action had established branches in Toronto, Ottawa, New Jersey and Nova Scotia. It was vocal beyond its size: Rev. Russell Elliott in 1947 knew of only 49 full members. 'The Anglican Outlook' [the society's newsletter], as with the Arundel Conferences, provided a sense of identity" (p. 74-75). "AFSA Nova Scotia came into existence in June, 1946 ..." (p. 75). "In terms of social action, there was little short of civil disobedience in which the AFSA was not involved. They helped form buying cooperatives and organize union meetings. Mel French was deeply involved in the miners' union meetings. .... AFSA traveled, albeit cautiously, with the Canadian Cooperative Federation (CCF), with the attitude that 'the Socialism of heaven should be brought down to earth' and planned to make the best of their rural placements" (p. 80). "In 1948, the Lambeth League was formed by AFSA's most vociferous critics, who Canon French described as 'mainly laymen and clergy who were scared to death of us at Synod'" (p. 83). "One of AFSA's most central concerns was the development of clerical interest in the vitality of rural parishes. ... The Nova Scotia group aligned with the Rural Church Movement largely through the influence of John Peacock of Cowansville, Quebec" (p. 85-86). "Although several laymen became full members, and there were many sympathisers and like-minded people throughout the diocese, AFSA in Nova Scotia never grew beyond its original, and organically connected, handful of members" (p. 88).
Article divided into sections: Strategy and Tactics -- Opposition -- Rural Work -- Communists ? -- The End of AFSA.
Author is "Assistant at St. Barnabas Church, St. Lambert, Quebec". "This article is adapted from Chapter 3 of the author's M.A. Thesis, 'Divine Discontent: Anglicans and Social Change in Nova Scotia, 1945-1985', Anglican School of Theology, 1978" (p. 90).
"The present involvement of the Department of Christian Social Service in the rural work of the Canadian Church dates roughly from 1943 ...". "In the process of reassessing the goals and effectiveness of the rural program it seemed to be appropriate to convene a national conference of rural work leaders of the Canadian church. Early in the planning it was decided that this must be a working conference if it was to accomplish its objective of determining the present state of the rural program of the church and gain any clear insight as to the future direction it must take. Accordingly in November 1965, a Workshop dealing with the Work of the Church in the Rural Areas was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Approximately eight-five people were in attendance representing twenty-four dioceses and three Departments of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Protestant Episcopal Church U.S.A., the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church of Canada." "This Bulletin is a report of the pre-workshop materials, as well as the papers given, the findings and follow-up of the Workshop". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- Part I: Information from Participants' Questionnaires -- Part II: Mission to Metropolis : A Total Strategy / Hugh C. White, Jr., Robert C. Batchelder -- A Policy for Poverty / Ralph Hedlin -- The Small Church in a Big World / G.H. Earle -- Part III: Main Opportunities Identified -- Participants -- [Poem] The Ploughman Homeward Plods / Derek Salter.
Colophon: Printed by Charters Publishing Company, Limited, Brampton, Ontario.
"This draft Facilitator's Handbook was developed by graduate students of the School of Rural Planning and Development, University of Guelph, Ontario. The contents which follow reflect the results of the research work undertaken by the project team from September to December, 1992" -- Acknowledgements.
Prepared by Linda Busuttil, Derek Cook, Rev. Frances Kovar-Gough, Heather MacDonald, Colin Millette and Susan Quirk.
Forward signed: The Rev. Fran H. Kovar-Gough and the Rev. Richard P. Newland.
Includes bibliography: pp. 61-62.
"Circles of Change" enables a group of people, both church and secular, to examine issues which may affect their community life and to make changes for the common good. The activities in the handbook are presented in a step by step format to make it easy for a facilitator to use.
Available for sale from Diocese of Toronto for $10.00.
The resolution of the Rural Deaneries of Peace River and Grande Prairie suggesting a Commission on Rural Work was presented by the Bishop of Athabasca.
"The Rural Deanery of Peace River along with representatives of the Rural Deanery of Grande Prairie in the Diocese of Athabasca respectively suggest and request that the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada meeting in Toronto in September 1943 should appoint a Commission on Rural Church Work in Canada with special reference to the Church of England.
1. We would humbly suggest that this Commission should consist of three Bishops, three Priests and three laymen to be appointed by the General Synod in session this Fall, with power given to this Commission to increase its numbers by additional members, the same to be approved by the Primate. The Primate and the Secretaries of the three Boards of the General Synod would be ex officio members of this commission.
2. This Commission should give immediate attention to the formulation of plans for a survey of Rural Life and rural conditions in Canada with special reference to the ministrations of our Church in these rural areas, including the problem of education in rural areas, the important matter of the use of leisure in these areas, the home life, opportunities for advanced training of talented and ambitious young people, the stipends of the Clergy, the condition of the Rectories in which they live, the problem of transportation as they serve their people, the special training of clergy for rural work, etc, etc.
3. This Commission should examine carefully the great and important problem which deals with the place of the farm in our economic life, the financial returns for the labours of the farmer, the conditions under which he lives, etc, etc. This is one of the most important problems facing Canadian life today.
4. This Commission should have the power to co-operate with other Christian bodies within the boundaries of the Dominion as they study these and kindred problems.
5. Other nations and other parts of our Empire throughout the Church have given and are giving special attention to this vast and extremely important subject. Our Sister Church in the United States held its first Rural Church Conference in 1923. In 1924 a Division of Rural Work of the National Council was organized and a full-time secretary of Rural Work appointed. A special publication was issued regularly - The Rural Messenger. In 1925 the General Convention of the Episcopal Church appointed standing Committees on Rural Work. In 1928 a Joint Committee on Rural Work was appointed and in 1931, it gave a printed report which is a most valuable document.
In the USA the National Roman Catholic Rural Life Conference has been held annually for twenty years and this Church is giving very special attention to this Ecclesiastical and National problem.
In England at the beginning of this year of 1943, the Church of England along with other Church bodies has instituted a Rural Reconstruction Inquiry. This movement was inspired by the Oxford and Edinburgh Conferences. It is undertaken because the Council believes that all attempts at the social reconstruction of England will be finally void without a revival of the life of the countryside. This involves an awakening of interest among country folk in the needs of the family, the problems of industry, the claims of culture and the place of religion.
The ultimate purposes of the effort are said to be two: first, to secure that as much thought and energy are applied to the problems of villages as to those of towns; secondly, to "aid the Churches to relate their message and activities more closely to the needs and opportunities of rural communities."
That the Resolution be received and considered clause by clause. CARRIED in both Houses.
1st Clause was amended by adding "and three women" after "laymen."
Connecting churches and communities : As urban churches draw their members from outside the neighbourhood, they risk losing touch with their own neighbourhoods. Here are ways of relinking the church to the community
Contents: The Country Church and the Rural Problem / By the Rev. G.G. Wright, Rector of Navan, Ont.
"The years of warfare have served to place the importance of agriculture before the people of Canada with a clearness which a decade of writing on the subject could not have produced. .... The war has brought to people's attention the fact that the development of agriculture is fundamental to the national life, and that, for reasons which shall be noted later, the well-being of the farmer -- industrially, economically, socially, and in the religious sphere has a direct bearing on the development of every branch of the national life. The solution then of the rural problem is not a question which concerns only or even chiefly that part of the country but is of interest to everyone who has at heart the national well-being (p. 2)".
Contents divided into sub-sections: Rural Depletion -- Wherein Then Lies the Solution -- Woman's Work -- Social Life -- The Church and the Problem.