"It is sometimes said that the Church of England in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States have a genius for work in the cities, but lack it for work in the country. To acknowledge this would be a negation of the Church's catholicity and of the relevancy of the Gospel to all classes of society. But there is a problem to be faced. The appointed services of the Church and the services of the ministry to the community must be made to meet the needs of rural life. The rural Church must be vitalized to serve its constituency, including both the active, devout members of the Church and the `unchurched' populace. How can this best be done, with the clergy themselves, the local congregations, and diocesan and central authorities co-operating. In its broadest sense the problem is one of preaching the Gospel and of spiritual ministrations as always, but it is also one of understanding the economic and social problems of the farm and countryside, and of community co-operation. The articles in this Bulletin have been gathered by a committee of clergy and laity appointed by a conference group in Toronto, last April , who gathered under the auspices of a Rural Church Committee of Toronto Synod assisted by the Council for Social Service". -- Editor's Note.
Contents: Editor's Note / W.W. Judd -- A Conference on the Rural Work of the Church / E.G. Bruton -- Resolutions from the Toronto Conference On Rural Church Work, April 12-14, 1948 -- Ottawa Diocesan Policy in Rural Areas / H.C. Vaughan -- The Rural Clergyman as Leader / L.C. Harding -- The Rural Church and the Conservation of Soil and Forest / W.E. Steele -- Rural Clergy and Transportation / L.J. Delaney -- Some Possibilities of a Rural Rectory / Harold F. Cross -- The Problem of the Basic Stipend / John O. Peacock.
That the minimum stipend of married priests in missionary dioceses be increased from $1200 per annum to $1400 per annum, and that the annual grant of M.S.C.C. to such dioceses be estimated on the basis of bringing to $1400 per annum the stipends of these married priests who would otherwise receive less than that amount. And further, that the pressing need by many missionary priests for additional grants for transportation be kept continually before the conscience and mind of the whole Church; that the dioceses be asked to do all in their power to achieve this end; that the present system inaugurated after the last General Synod be continued and developed, so that by every means an adequate solution for this may be found at the earliest possible date.
The motion was then put and CARRIED in both Houses.
That (1) we affirm the minimum stipend of the married Missionary clergy throughout Canada to be $1800 per annum, independent of transportation benefits. (2) That the M.S.C.C. continue its present plan of assistance up to $1600 level and (3) that the Primate, after consultation with the Budget Committee, be asked to issue a call to the Church, the Dioceses and the Parishes, requesting them to lift the minimum stipends of their Clergy from $1600 to the $1800 level by means of Diocesan and Parochial resources. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the $1,200 minimum voted today, for Western Missionary stipends, shall be applicable to single as well as married priests and be referred to the Executive Committee of the M.S.C.C. for consideration. CARRIED in both Houses.
Memorial from the Synod of the Diocese of Montreal:
To the Bishops, Clergy and Laity of the Church of England in Canada in General Synod Assembled:
The Memorial of the Diocese of Montreal respectfully showeth as follows:
That the General Synod be memorialized to endorse the principle of a system of one basic diocesan stipend with family and special allowances and that a committee be constituted to explore ways and means and to report.
And your Memorialists will ever pray.
As witness the Diocesan Seal and the hand of the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, and the Clerical Secretary of the same.
Signed, John Montreal, President of the Synod; J.F. Morris, Clerical Secretary of the Synod.
That this Synod having heard the discussion on the principle of one basic stipend for the clergy of the Church of England in Canada, requests the Primate to appoint a committee to study this matter and to report to the next General Synod. CARRIED in both Houses.
File consists of oversize copies of the register of marriages.
Places included are Fort Chimo, Leaf River, George River, Makalik (Whale River), Lower Koksoak, Aupaluk, Fort Mackenzie, Payne Bay, Great Whale River, Kokapic, Upper Koksoak River, Tameruseak, Mukalik, and Diana Bay.