Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT -- ATTENTION: DIOCESAN BISHOP OF DESIGNATE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 1991
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Church leaders, including Archbishop Michael Peers, have this afternoon released the following statement:
"We, as leaders of the Christian churches in Canada, call on our people to turn to God in prayer for a just and peaceful resolution to the Gulf Crisis by means other than war. We therefore urge our congregations and parishes to devote Sunday January 13th as a day of prayer for peace in the Middle East."
The statement is endorsed by leaders of the Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Churches, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. It is the first time all six of these bodies have come together in a joint statement.
If possible, you may wish to contact local radio and television stations and ask for their help in letting people know. A possible wording for a Public Service Announcement follows:
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Leaders of Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical Churches in Canada have designated this Sunday a day of prayer for peace in the Middle East. People in all congregations and parishes are asked to turn to God in prayer for a just and peaceful resolution to the Gulf Crisis.
That this National Executive Council approve the five recommendations of the Anglicans in Mission Celebration Committee and the National Steering Committee, as follows:
a) That we develop a five year communications plan, to include communication with the general public as well as the Anglican population, and that this plan include milestones and other special events in the implementation of national and diocesan cases.
b) That an annual Anglicans in Mission Sunday be observed; when special materials, printed and audio visual, designed to report to the Church on what has been done through Anglicans in Mission in the previous year would be circulated for use in the parishes.
c) That we work with diocesan representatives in communicating the work done through Anglicans in Mission in their dioceses, and also communicating any new priorities being set by the dioceses.
d) That a report on Anglicans in Mission be written as an official record of this event in the life of the Church. CARRIED
The Primate reported that Mrs. Joy Maclaren had assisted him in drawing up a letter which was intended to be sent to people who had made commitments to Anglicans in Mission but who have not, as yet, made payments. He asked the Bishops to make their comments about this letter and relay them to him.
The Primate reminded the House that the Anglicans in Mission Steering Committee had recommended to the National Executive Council that a Continuity and Planning Study be undertaken. The Rev. Michael Rolph amplified the printed report, noting that each Diocese had participated in the study. Mr. Kevin Allen of Community Charitable Counselling Service of Canada, in reviewing the Report, expressed the belief that concerns around implementation would be in the areas of structure, methodology and approach. It was recognized that, while the Study conveyed the feelings of the people, it should not necessarily be assumed that this is the most constructive course of action.
Mr. Allen said that stewardship should have a place of high priority in the life of the Church at the present time and recommended that the National Executive Council and the House of Bishops should collaborate on methods and designs.
Mr. Allen reminded the House of the Motion of the 1983 General Synod about the one percent program. He said that personal example is the best form of leadership, but doubted that the one percent program would be effective.
Mr. Allen said that a collation of the questionnaires will be distributed to the members of the House, when completed. He said that, when speaking of "the national Church", reference should be made to the whole of the Church in Canada and the National and Diocesan Offices should work together in full co-operation. Mr. Allen said that comments made by the members of the House will be taken into account in the preparation of the report which will be presented to the National Executive Council.
Canon Hobbs presented statistics on income.
That this House of Bishops agrees that the Sunday in 1985 designated for Anglicans in Mission be October 20th. CARRIED #3-10-84
The National Steering Committee has met for the last time and a small Committee has been appointed, subject to the approval of the National Executive Council, to oversee the follow-up work.
Canon Hobbs was pleased to announce that the Anglicans in Mission book is proceeding well and is expected to be ready for sale in the Spring of 1985.
It was reported that conferences are planned for January and February, 1985, to assist Dioceses in Anglicans in Mission follow-up. A Conference is to be held in eastern Canada and one in western Canada, but it was recognized that some of the Dioceses may not feel it necessary to participate.
Canon Hobbs said that alterations will be made in the records of financial and donor statistics from the Dioceses of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador and the Diocese of Montreal. Concern was expressed regarding the spending of overage funds before receipt of these funds, and further information was requested.
The Primate thanked Canon Hobbs and Canon Glen Bresee and paid special tribute to the members of the Anglicans in Mission staff for their loyalty and support to the Anglicans in Mission project. Thanks were expressed, also, to the members of the national staff who have worked so diligently to bring together Anglicans in Mission and the Program of the Church.
The Primate welcomed Canon Ebert Hobbs, Mr. William Hanrahan and Mr. Kevin Allen to the meeting.
Canon Hobbs presented three aspects of Anglicans-In-Mission as an up-date.
(a) what has been happening
(b) visits with dioceses and strategy for the future
(c) outline of timetable.
Staff for Anglicans-In-Mission has now been hired. Phase I of the Mission Study will be ready for distribution around the middle of November, and 200 people have been asked to read the material and comment. The national case statement will be ready for the November meeting of the National Executive Council, and will be presented for approval. Accountability procedures have been tightened up and the categories in which the money will be spent have been listed. Results to date indicate that twenty-nine dioceses have dealt with the question of participation, with the remaining dioceses to make a decision at their next Synods.
Canon Hobbs expressed thanks to the Bishops for the generous cooperation which has been accorded Anglicans-In-Mission staff.
He said that Anglicans-In-Mission is simply a tool or a process, and it will be what is made of it. He expressed appreciation for the openness with which people have expressed their feelings.
Canon Hobbs recognized that, unless Church leaders are prepared to take the first step in raising the money to reach the agreed goal, it will not work and if the goal is not reached, it will mean cutting back on the program. He stressed that Anglicans-In-Mission needs the full cooperation of all dioceses if it is to be effective. Each diocese is urged to use the plan which has been developed. Anglicans-In-Mission is a partnership programme - parish to diocese and diocese to national, and each will have to make decisions and must be faithful to Anglicans-In-Mission. Canon Hobbs said that the attitude towards the Project is positive, and that he has discerned a strong desire to move together and make Anglicans-In-Mission a success.
Mr. Allen reflected upon his observations gathered in diocesan visitations. A position description for Diocesan Coordinators was distributed along with a Statistical Analysis of Diocesan Visits.
Mr. Hanrahan reviewed papers on strategy and planning, and a flow chart entitled, "Movement of Anglicans-In-Mission Through Eight Stations of Process and Activity."
Archbishop Garnsworthy thanked Canon Hobbs and the Community Counselling Services staff for their willing help and generous assistance and encouragement.
Following an open discussion and question period, the Primate summarized the main points raised as follows:
(1) Kit Study Materials - Suggested that the dioceses may wish to add further materials and requested that suggestions be conveyed to Canon Hobbs;
(2) National Consultation on Mission - The Message from the National Consultation may be included in the first Study Kit;
(3) Anglicans-In-Mission and continuing Stewardship Program - should be kept in on-going relationship to the dioceses.
(4) It was suggested that a national event, such as Theology '76, be held in 1984.
(5) It was suggested that consideration be given to events and gatherings which will inspire the Church in the next year or two.
Canon Hobbs encouraged the Bishops to organize their diocesan efforts as they find most useful, but urged the Bishops to keep the national structure informed.
That the Call the [be] approved, and read in Canadian Churches on the first Sunday in Advent. CARRIED #1-11-81
In June 1980 the General Synod decided to undertake one of the most challenging programs in the history of the Anglican Church of Canada. Known as Anglicans-In-Mission and based on the question "What is God calling us to do in the 80's?", the program is an attempt to develop a renewed vision of the Church's mission and to provide human and financial resources for translating the vision into actions during the remainder of the decade.
The first phase of the program was a Feasibility Study in every Diocese. The results indicate strong support in all parts of the country. As the next phase begins, we the Bishops, unanimously call upon every Diocese and congregation to examine carefully the Anglicans-In-Mission proposal, and to give it their unreserved support.
In particular we urge all members of the Church, both clergy and lay, to share in a carefully prepared program of reflection, study and prayer during 1982, so that we might gain a better understanding of the Church's mission in today's world, and on the basis of that understanding renew our commitment to partnership in mission.
Anglicans-In-Mission depends on the full involvement of all of us; Bishops, other clergy and laity together. We look to the future in confidence, faith and hope, and we invite you to share in that future.
After a conference with Chancellors Gisborne and Harris, the Upper House passed the following Resolution: "That a Joint Committee of both Houses be formed to arrange for a proper Commemoration of the Consecration of Bishop Inglis. Such commemoration to include:
(a) A service in all our Churches on a Sunday to be fixed.
(b) A service with a similar purpose, to be held, if possible, in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England, and in Trinity Church, New York, U.S.A.
(c) And any further Commemoration such as this Committee may decide as fitting."
Resolved, That the Lower House concurs in Message II-1 and requests the Prolocutor to appoint the members of the Lower House on this Committee. MESSAGE II-1A.
That Canon V - Department of Missions - be amended as follows: (The vote was taken on each section, as shown below)
(1) To strike out sub-section 2) of Section 2 as no longer applicable. CARRIED
(2) To amend Section 10 by striking out the word "heathen" in the fifth line, and substituting the word "other", so that it will read "Indian and other missions in Canada," and to strike out the word "foreign" in the same line and substitute the word "overseas" so as to read "overseas missionary work undertaken by the Church." CARRIED
(3) To amend Section II by adding the following words after the word "appeals" in line 1, "subject to Section 25 (sub-section 6) of Canon IX." CARRIED
(4) To strike out Section 13 and substitute the following:
"13. Missionary Education. In promoting the work and interest of the Society it shall be the duty of the Executive Committee, under the authority of the Bishops of the several dioceses, to arrange for missionary education to be carried on throughout Canada by all available means. Emphasis shall be laid upon the observance of the two appointed Missionary Sundays - the Sunday after Ascension Day and the Sunday next before Advent." CARRIED
(5) To amend Section 17 by striking out all words after the words "the Consolidated Trust Fund" in the eighth line thereof, and by substituting the words "in the name of the General Synod." CARRIED
(6) To strike out Section 18 and substitute the following therefor:
"18. Executive Committee
(1) The Board of Management shall elect annually six Bishops, six clergymen, six laymen and three women who, with the officers of the Society, and the President of the Dominion Board of the Women's Auxiliary shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Board. CARRIED
(2) Immediately following the annual meeting of the Board of Management the Executive Committee may co-opt additional members, not more than four. CARRIED
(3) The Executive Committee shall meet at least three times a year and promote the work and interest of the Society in every way open to them under the powers and instructions which may be given to them from time to time by the Board of Management. CARRIED
(4) The Executive Committee shall appoint:
(a) A Sub-Committee consisting of not more than ten members who shall act for the Executive Committee in cases of emergency and in matters referred to it by the Executive Committee. Such Sub-Committee may also submit recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding the work of the Society.
(b) A Finance Committee, consisting of not more than seven members together with the Chairman of the Executive Committee and the General Secretary, which Committee shall assist the Treasurer in managing the finances of the Society and shall prepare annually an estimate of the revenues and expenditures of the Board for the ensuing year for submission to the Executive Committee at its first regular meeting in the calendar year." CARRIED Message L-26.
Concerning the quotas assigned for the raising of funds, the following letter was submitted by the Diocese of Toronto:
"The Executive Committee of this Diocese has considered the matter of the quota set for Expo '67 of $51,210, which is based on the normal share allocated to this Diocese in the General Synod Apportionments.
While this Diocese is conscious of its responsibility to the whole Canadian Church, and ready at all times to take its fair share of any sum required for the work of the Church, it feels that the impact of Expo '67 will be greatest in the Diocese of Montreal, to which a quota of only $17,418 has been allocated. It is noted that the Dioceses of British Columbia and New Westminster, which are some 3,000 miles from Montreal, and upon which the least impact would be received are given substantial quotas. In view of this, we request the National Executive Committee of General Synod to reconsider the proposed quotas in the light of geographic locations.
We should like to point out, also, that the lengthy delay in securing adequate information as to the nature of the Christian Pavilion, and the proposed method of operation during Expo '67, is a factor which makes an appeal in the early part of 1966 very difficult, and unlikely to be successful. It is recommended that General Synod produce a pew leaflet which could be used uniformly throughout the Canadian Church, and which would supply the essential information which is so lacking. Such a pew leaflet could be of an ecumenical nature. Possibly the Montreal Committee could be asked to design and produce a leaflet at the cost of General Synod.
It is felt that there are certain values in the appeal which must be stressed to ensure an adequate response. These are: (a) it is an evangelistic witness in the Twentieth Century to present a Christian witness where so many of our people and visitors from abroad will be gathering; (b) it is an Ecumenical witness in which for the first time in Canada all denominations are actively sharing; (c) it is a reconciling witness on the Canadian scene, for it will indicate a joint French-English operation.
In consideration of these obvious values, it is felt that other weaknesses in the appeal should be ignored or played down.
For your information, this Diocese has not placed an amount in this year's Budget as it is too late, and it is felt some effort should be put forth to the Centennial year.
It is our plan to have an appeal on the Sunday next before Advent (Stir Up Sunday), namely November 20, with envelopes and supporting literature.
It is hoped that the contents of this letter will be given consideration by the National Executive Committee during the February meetings."
That this letter be received. CARRIED
Regarding this letter, it was stressed that the impact of the Pavilion should be felt throughout the country, and its activities involve all the churches in Canada. Its success is of as much importance to the other Provinces as it is to Quebec.
The General Secretary reported that the following Dioceses have replied accepting their quotas: Newfoundland, Brandon and Qu'Appelle. One Diocese has not accepted its quota.
In order to make this a truly united appeal, it was suggested that the booklets already available be distributed by the parishes on Whit Sunday to stimulate interest in the project, and then on Stir Up Sunday the appeal be made for funds by all the Dioceses. One of the main challenges of this Pavilion was thought to be that this project should be done in conjunction with the other denominations, thus making it a truly ecumenical project across the country. While it was originally suggested that all denominations make their appeals simultaneously, this was found to be impossible as the Roman Catholics have stated they would not make appeals in their parishes. They would prefer to make a lump sum available through their church.
That, recalling General Synod Act 74, June 1995, this Council of General Synod:
- Encourages Canadian Anglicans to commemorate on Palm Sunday, April 4th (also Refugee Rights Day in Canada), the 10th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, remembering in the prayers of the people or otherwise those who perished and those who survived, involving Rwandans in their remembrance wherever possible;
- Requests that the Acting Primate write to the Prime Minister of Canada:
-- Welcoming the House of Commons' declaration of April 7th as "a Day of Remembrance of the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide....encourag(ing) all Canadians, including the Government, to take appropriate steps on that day to commemorate the genocide and to reflect on its lessons," unanimously adopted on February 24th ;
-- Welcoming the UN General Assembly's resolution "to designate 7 April 2004 as the International Day of Reflection on the genocide in Rwanda;" and
-- Urging the Government of Canada:
--- To provide greater official development assistance in support of Rwandan civil society initiatives for justice, reconciliation and reconstruction;
--- To support international efforts to end impunity and bring to justice those responsible for crimes against humanity in the Great Lakes Region of Africa;
--- To support international efforts for an end to genocide.
- Requests the Acting Primate to communicate to the Rwandan partners of The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and of Partners in Mission our ongoing compassion and solidarity with those who suffered by loss of life or loved ones in the genocide and civil war in Rwanda.
- Endorses "Remembering Rwanda: The Rwanda 10th Anniversary Memorial Project" CARRIED #24-03-04
That Recommendation (2) "That the regional promotion and administration of Theological Education Sunday be a responsibility of these regional committees, the National Staff Consultant acting as coordinator for the several regions"; Recommendation (4) "That the Committee on Ministry arrange for an annual consultation of, and with, the Principals (or their nominees) of the Schools and Colleges training men for ministry; and that consideration be given to including the Principals or Directors of Centres for Christian Studies in these consultations"; and Recommendation (5) "That when possible the Annual ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination] Consultation be coincident with a meeting of the Committee on Ministry so that there be good communication and interaction between the two groups"; be approved and referred to the Committee on Ministry for appropriate action. CARRIED