Resolved, That, the Upper House concurring, this General Synod of the Church of England in Canada do express to the Rt. Rev. W.C. White, D.D., Bishop in Honan, China, its most sincere appreciation of his illuminating, statesmanlike and inspiring sermon preached at the opening of its Eleventh Session.
His vivid presentation of the serious outlook in the Eastern World with its causes, and ominous features; his portrayal of the opportunities of the Church created by the present situation in the East, and his clarion call to the Church to return to apostolic precedent and principle in the prosecution of the missionary enterprise were an inspiration to the whole Synod and a strong incentive to a more aggressive missionary policy.
Moved by Canon Gould, seconded by the Archbishop of Ottawa,
1. That in the opinion of this General Synod, the successor to the Right Reverend W.C. White as Bishop of the Diocese in Honan should be a Canadian.
2. That this recommendation be remitted to the Chairman of the House of Bishops of the C.H.S.K.H. with the request that they take the steps which in their judgement are necessary, under the Canon of the C.H.S.K.H., for the election of a suitable Canadian Priest, and on the approval of such election by the House of Bishops of the C.H.S.K.H. and by the proper authority of the Church in Canada, proceed to his consecration in China.
During discussion of the second recommendation the Archbishop of Ottawa asked if Canon Gould would accept a change in the wording, ie., after the word "request" in line 2, insert the words "if it should be approved by them." Canon Gould accepted the change.
1. That the General Synod of the Chang Hua Sheng Kung Hui having unanimously passed a resolution expressing the opinion that the Diocese of Honan would be in a position to elect its own Bishop (or entrust such election to the House of Bishops) in accordance with the Canons of the C.H.S.K.H., this General Synod of the Church of England in Canada concurs in this resolution and agrees that the Diocese of Honan should proceed to act in this matter according to the Canons of their Church, under the advice of their metropolitical authorities.
2. Further, this General Synod recommends to the Synod of the Diocese of Honan that the election should be entrusted to the House of Bishops of the C.H.S.K.H. as allowed by Canon.
3. And further, this Synod would place on record that such Bishop who may be thus elected, whether of Chinese or Canadian nationality, should be required to render allegiance only to the metropolitical authority of the Church in China.
In a speech which was listened to with the deepest attention Bishop White stated his reasons for moving this amendment which he earnestly asked the Board to adopt.
At the close of the Bishop's speech Canon Gould announced that he and the seconder of the previous motion would make Bishop White's amendment their own motion.
This announcement was received with great and hearty applause, and, on the motion being put to the Board, was CARRIED unanimously.
The President asked all present to stand and offer silent prayer to God for this manifestation of unity and concord - after which the Doxology was sung as a thanksgiving.
Requesting financial assistance from the Anglican Church of Canada to the Bishop W.C. White Memorial Committee of the Royal Ontario Museum for the purpose of publishing a Biography of the Right Reverend W.C. White, D.D., a former missionary and Bishop of Honan and a distinguished scholar of Chinese culture.
Members were informed that the amount the Committee was seeking was approximately $2,000.
That the appeal of the Bishop W.C. White Memorial Committee be referred to The Anglican Foundation of Canada for their sympathetic consideration and report to NEC. CARRIED
The Minutes of the meeting of the House held in Montebello, P.Q. on August 28th to 30th 1959, as printed and circulated, were adopted.
(iii) Report on Deceased Members.
The Bishop of Nova Scotia reported, with deep regret, the passing on January 25th, 1960, of the Right Reverend William Charles White, retired Bishop of Honan, China, and the first Bishop of that Diocese. Consecrated in November 30th, 1909 in St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, Bishop White gave his life to the work of the Church overseas. Due to his zeal and perseverance, the way was opened for the consecration of a Chinese priest to succeed him and thereby an indigenous episcopate for the Chung Hwa Sheng Kung Hui was established.
Resolved, That the Banner presented by the Diocesan Synod of Honan, through Bishop White, be accepted; be committed to the trusteeship of the M.S.C.C.; and be hung in a prominent place in the halls in which future meetings of the Board of Missions are held; and that a message of thanks and good wishes be sent to the Synod of Honan by the General Secretary M.S.C.C.