That this Synod go on record as commending the action of the Universities in Canada for the stand they have taken in relation to amateur inter-collegiate athletics, as being in the interest of athletics as a means to an end rather than as an end in itself and for the development of the whole personality of students involved; that copies of this resolution be forwarded to all the University Presidents. CARRIED in both Houses.
"For all its benefits, university can be an unsettling experience for young adults" (p. 8). "Enter university chaplaincy services, multifaith islands of calm dedicated to the spiritual care and development of students. Often poorly funded and unable to offer secure contracts, academic chaplaincies attract a unique type of mentors who provide one-on-one pastoral care not offered by a college's secular counsellors and health-care professionals". The Rev. Megan Collings-Moore has been the Anglican chaplain at Renison University College, an Anglican affiliate of Ontario's Waterloo University, for eight years. "Today, most chaplains will tell you that dealing with student mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder is an increasing part of their role .... 'Last year, I did a lot of triage for suicidal ideation', says Collings-Moore" (p. 8). The Rev. Richard Reimer, a Lutheran chaplain at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, "echoes her point that student mental health is a growing issue" (p. 8). The Rev. Emily Carr was a former ecumenical chaplain at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon but had to leave the financially insecure position for established Anglican parish ministry. "In her two years, Carr married students and presided at student funerals. 'Chaplains are called when there's a death on campus or a rape, and we can help by participating in conversations about these', she says. At Dalhousie University in Halifax, Clement Mehlman has been an unordained Lutheran chaplain for 16 years. Mehlman, who taught English for 31 years before training for the chaplaincy, feels certain students may feel more comfortable with an unordained adviser" (p. 9). "Ultimately, chaplains cannot take away the stress of campus life. But they can walk with students and help them navigate it -- and be there as they wrestle with the big questions of where they want to go in life. And as student mental health issues overwhelm secular counselling services, the healing guidance of chaplains is more essential than ever" (p. 9).
"A publication of Renison University College". -- verso of t.-p.
"Copyright Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Renison University College, 2008". -- verso of t.-p.
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"Established in a house in Waterloo, Ontario in 1959 as an Anglican liberal arts college affiliated with the University of Waterloo, Renison University College has evolved into a dynamic post-secondary institution with over 4000 alumni. Innovative programs, committed faculty, small classes and a strong sense of community are among the elements that have made Renison a success during its first fifty years of existence". -- back cover.
"Anglicans established Renison. Without the dedication of energetic individuals, committed parishes, and an engaged episcopacy, the College would not have come into being. The founders were motivated by their faith, and they saw the College as a way to hand on that faith to successive generations. Unlike other Anglican colleges, Renison would not try to nourish that faith by excluding others. From its early years, it welcomed faculty, staff and students of all faiths, or of no faith. For outsiders, it has often been difficult to decipher what being an Anglican college means when the number of Anglicans studying, teaching, and working in it constitutes a minority. Over the years, however, the College has proudly expressed its Anglican identity, through its chaplaincy, the Renison Institute of Ministry, and its active involvement in Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, an international network of some 120 post-secondary institutions". -- Intro., p. 8-9.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Laying the foundation, 1959-1969 -- Tumultuous times, 1970-1979 -- Consolidation, 1980-1989 -- New faces and places, 1990-1999 -- The New millennium, 2000-2009 -- Appendix 1: The Most Reverend Robert John Renison, 1875-1957-- Appendix 2: List of College Officers and Honorary Associates, 1959-2008 -- A Note about Sources.
"All the essays in this volume were initially written in response to an invitation from Renison College at the University of Waterloo to come together to reflect on where Anglicanism in Canada finds itself as one century ends and another dawns. Thus, these essays were first presented at a conference hosted by Renison College, `Challenges Facing the Anglican Communion at the End of the Twentieth Century'. Held in May 1999, the conference was part of the fortieth anniversary celebrations of Renison College." -- Intro., p. [iii].
Contents: Introduction / M. Darrol Bryant -- Challenges Facing the Anglican Communion at the End of the Twentieth Century / Michael Peers -- Anglicanism in Canada : A Sociological Sketch / Roger O'Toole -- The Anglican Church of Canada Among the Social Scientists / David A. Nock -- The Anglican Church and the Cultural Wars : Transcending Ethical Tribalism / Ron Dart -- Anglican Women : A Future / Wendy Fletcher-Marsh -- Honouring Fallibility / Tom Settle -- Native and Christian : A Search for an Authentic Spirituality / Laverne Jacobs -- Ecumenical Vision, Concerted Action / Frank Thompson -- A Parish Response to Cultural Diversity / Patrick Yu -- The Shapes and Forms of Ministry and Liturgy : Some Underlying Principles / Barbara Liotscos -- Challenges Facing Anglicans in Shaping and Forming Ministry / Eileen Scully -- The Challenge of Lay Ministry : The Renison Institute of Ministry / Patti Carlisle -- The Anglican Church and the Challenge of Higher Education : The Utility of History / William Westfall -- Anglican Church Colleges : What Do We Have to Offer ? / Gail Cuthbert Brandt -- Anglicans and Higher Education / Don Thompson -- Challenges at the Frontier of Medical Ethics : Medicine, Technology and the Sense of Self / Dalice A. Sim -- Anglicans and the Ecological Crisis / M. Darrol Bryant.
Message No.25 was received from the Upper House, "Church Universities and Colleges."
Resolved, That this House concurs in Message No.25.
No.25 - Church Universities and Colleges
That the following be sent as a Message to the Lower House and that the concurrence of the Lower House be requested therewith:
The Upper House deems it to be its duty to impress upon all members of the Church of England in Canada the great importance of giving sympathetic and generous support to the Church's universities and colleges. The Bishops have noted with much satisfaction the marked advance that has been made by all such institutions since the last meeting of the Synod. Yet, without a single exception, these places of higher learning are suffering seriously for want of money. As the inevitable result of a greatly increased cost of administration, the endowments and other sources of income, which were at one time more or less sufficient to meet the need, are now completely inadequate to that end; and it has been found extremely difficult to make the significance of that fact clear to the members of the Church. It is not fully realized, the Bishops fear, that the welfare of the Church is inextricably bound up with the welfare of the Church's colleges, and any widespread failure to recognize the fact is certain to re-act unfavorably upon the life of the Church itself. The Upper House would point out that the issue is not merely that of conserving the prestige of the Church by maintaining in a worthly manner the institutions of higher learning that are either directly or indirectly under her control. It goes much deeper than that. As a Church, we are bound to make an adequate contribution to the common Christian task of providing for the young men and young women of the land a sufficient opportunity of preparing themselves, under definitely Christian influence, for life's great undertaking, and, if for that reason only, it is the imperative duty of the Church to see that all our universities and colleges are properly equipped for the tremendously important work that has been committed to their care. But that is not all. The Church of England in Canada is bound to see that those to whom there has come a call to the Sacred Ministry shall receive at her hands, and within her own borders, such a thorough training as shall enable them to discharge worthily the solemn duties of their calling, and to present in all its fullness the Faith of Jesus Christ, as the Church of England holds it. For these reasons the Upper House calls upon all members of the Church of England in Canada to face frankly and to accept gladly their full share of responsibility for both the equipment and maintenance of the Church's universities and colleges.
In evidence of the marked advance to which reference has been made, the Bishops desire to call attention to certain instances of this progress of considerable importance.
St. John's College, Winnipeg, is still doing a good work and in order to add to its efficiency, it is launching a campaign to increase its General Endowment Fund. During the current academic year it has eighty-six students in Arts in attendance, of whom thirty-one are Theological students, five students taking post-graduate work in Theology. During the winter months no less than eighteen students take duty in various Parishes in the Dioceses of Rupert's Land and Brandon, and during the past summer vacation twenty-two students took charge of Mission Stations.
Wycliffe College is celebrating the completion of fifty years of service in the Church. The Upper House would gladly and gratefully recognize in particular the splendid contribution made by the College to the Church's missionary enterprise in the persons of its many graduates, who in the far north of the Dominion, and the foreign field, are rendering signal service.
The Anglican College of British Columbia is about to open its new buildings on the ground of the University, thereby consummating a unification of the Church's educational work in that great Province.
The University of King's College, Halifax, under circumstances of the most difficult nature, has succeeded in meeting the munificent offer of the Carnegie Corporation in the matter of a permanent endowment to the extent of raising $370,000.00 out of the $400,000.00 required by the end of the present year, under the terms of the Carnegie Corporation offer.
The University of Bishop's College, Lennoxville, has successfully carried through a campaign for a large increase in its funds, and is facing bravely the difficult task of providing in the near future a still greater sum to meet the needs of its rapidly expanding work.
The University of Trinity College, as a result of a similar effort, has adorned the grounds of the University of Toronto with a magnificent building, thereby consummating the federation of that great University.
The Montreal Diocesan College begins its work this term, strengthened and encouraged by the successful outcome of a vigorous financial campaign, and with new and brighter prospects of still more useful service.
Huron College, London, is to be congratulated upon its greatly improved position in consequence of provincial support given to Western University, upon the extension and strengthening of its staff, and upon its success in securing a substantial increase in its funds.
Emmanuel College, Saskatoon, reports a total of forty-five students in Divinity, thus making a fine contribution to the needs of all the Western Dioceses; while, also in the Diocese of Saskatchewan, Bishop's College has in course of training thirty-five men, who are destined to work in the northern part of the Diocese.
St. Chad's College, Regina, opens this term under the most encouraging conditions. The number of students in attendance has increased so greatly that the present building cannot contain them and the problem of providing more accommodation will soon become a very pressing one.
The Bishops rejoice in all these achievements and prosperity and are encouraged to believe that a new era of usefulness is opening before the Church's institutions of higher learning.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.25 of the Upper House.
In 1931 we called the attention of the General Synod to the importance of the work of Christian education amongst the students of our colleges and universities, and made special reference to the work of the Student Christian Movement.
Among the recommendations contained in our Report at that time, and which was received favourably by the Synod, was the following, viz:
"That the Church should be more friendly towards, and co-operate more fully with, the Student Christian Movement in its work in behalf of the religious life of the student body generally."
The Student Christian Movement is a fellowship of students based on the conviction that in Jesus Christ is found the supreme revelation of God and the means to the full realization of life. It seeks through study, prayer, service and other means to understand and follow Jesus Christ and to unite in its fellowship all students in the colleges of Canada who share the above conviction, together with students who are willing to test the truth of the conviction upon which the Movement is founded.
Any Christian Society in any University or any place of higher learning in Canada, whose aims are in harmony with the aims of the Movement may become a local unit of the Student Christian Movement of Canada.
The Movement is directed by a General Committee composed of representatives elected annually by the students and of the officers of the Movement.
As an evidence of the strength of the Movement, it may be pointed out that between Victoria and Halifax, there are about 17 local units. Summer and Spring Conferences are held annually which, although organized primarily for students in a given area, are also a meeting ground for students, professors, and friends from other areas.
The Movement is affiliated with the World's Student Christian Federation and appoints representatives to that body.
The following extract from an editorial, which appeared in one of our Church papers, is a splendid sidelight on the Movement:
"If a man could pass invisibly through the colleges of the world he might surprise many an earnest group of young men and women who were sitting late into the night to talk of religion...The chances are he would be listening to groups of the Student Christian Movement, one of the most striking and significant phenomenon of the religious world today.
It is a silent thing this Student Movement. It is not a denomination, it is not a church. It is the loosest of organizations, existing mainly in the colleges of the world. Its members number Christians of all denominations. Its favourite method is study and discussion and, if, at times, it seems heterodox or feeble, dangerous or harmless, it is well to remember that it is vital, that it represents a living interest in religion, that it expresses a craving of youth for religion.
What will be its outcome?...To many of our clergy and church people, the Movement is only a name; to some it is a dangerous tendency towards unbelief, to others it is a sign of a reviving religious faith amongst the intellectuals...What matters most to the Church today with respect to the Movement is that it should understand it, and meet it on any terms. At their conferences, held yearly, there is always a ready invitation to church speakers to present religion from their own angle, and to speak of faith as they receive it. Youth is interested in religion, and here is a golden opportunity to tell youth of religion."
It is just because we feel that the Church cannot afford to hold itself aloof from these gatherings that the G.B.R.E. has frequently sent representatives to the Student Christian Movement Conferences, not only to study the Movement itself but, by personal contact with the students, to bring to them that help and guidance which they welcome gladly when it is not forced upon them. It is our hope, in this way, to make some definite contribution to the religious training of those thousands who, today, are to be found seeking the higher education which our colleges and universities are providing so splendidly.
It is a matter of great gratification that one of the General Secretaries of this Movement is, at the present time, one of our own Clergy, viz, the Reverend Philip Beatty. CARRIED in both Houses.
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