"The latter years may be a time of loneliness, withdrawal and fears or alternatively a serene flowering of much that has been growing throughout a long life. A skilled and loving ministry to the aging can be an important factor in dispelling the former and supporting the latter and is increasing a challenge and incentive to clergy and people. In meeting this challenge a parish can be greatly enriched through the faith, wisdom and experience of its older members." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- The Problems of Aging and Old Age / J.R.D. Bayne -- Ministering to the Older Person in the Urban Parish / Paul E.F. Brillinger -- Gaiety and Action / Muriel Hooper -- Bibliography -- A Meditation onAge for use in groups or by individuals -- Addendum -- For Thought and Action.
"That this General Synod, recognizing the need for more positive attitudes towards the aging process and towards older adults:
1) welcomes the initiative being taken by the Program Committee to advance the spiritual, social and personal well being of the elderly;
2) urges the new Program Committee to continue to provide guidance and leadership for study and programs in this area;
3) recommends that in discerning the special gifts and needs of older people this be done where possible in co-operation with other churches and groups, and that in assigning responsibilities, older men and women be included in planning and leadership." CARRIED Act 103
"You hold in your hands a resource of materials designed to help you and your diocese develop a ministry with older adults. It is one of the ways we hope to equip and support your ministry. It is in response to requests for such material from clergy and laity who attended a national consultation on aging in May 1987. It is meant to be a model which you can adapt for your diocese by including such local resources and information which is useful to your parishes. We hope that each parish will receive a copy of your resources manual". -- "Why a Resources Manual", p. 1.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents divided into sections: Unit on Aging -- Section I : Your Diocese -- Section II : Facts on Aging -- Section III : Planning a Ministry -- Section IV : Program Ideas -- Section V : Resources -- Your Own Parish.
Two brochures from National Unit on Aging entitled "Life Long Living in the Church" in inside pocket of binder.
"The purpose of this book is to assist lay people and clergy to think about the world today in the light of our traditions, and to see some directions for the future. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus helped his audience see the Ten Commandments in terms that were relevant for their day. Although this book does not claim to be a new Sermon on the Mount, it attempts to do a similar task. Ten of the `followers in the Way' of the 1980s have undertaken to look at the Decalogue, and to share their thoughts on what the Law of Moses says to us now. .... In this book, we have tried to see connections with popular ideologies, family life, world issues, and personal moral choices, as well as relationships with the economic, political, liturgical, biblical, and educational spheres of our existence. If we are not exhaustive in our survey, we are at least diverse !" -- Preface p. .
Contents: Contributors -- Preface / Philip Jefferson -- The Other Gods of the Eighties : 1 : Thou shalt have none other gods but me / James Wilkes -- Unto the Third and Fourth Generation : 2 : Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image / Philip Jefferson -- Reverence for the Name of God : 3 : Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord they God in vain / Barbara Liotscos -- Creation and Redemption : 4 : Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day / Ebert Hobbs -- Stuff of Other Men's Lives : 5 : Honour thy father and thy mother / Sister Constance -- The Ethics of Death : 6 : Thou shalt not kill / Phyllis Creighton -- Toward a Healthy Sexuality : 7 : Thou shalt not commit adultery / James Reed -- Private Property, Inequality, Theft : 8 : Thou shalt not steal / Anthony Waterman -- Public Morality and Politics : 9 : Thou shalt not bear false witness against / Gordon Fairweather -- Coveting Amid Affluence : 10 : Thou shalt not covet / John Bothwell.
Bishop Valentine introduced Dr. David Skelton who is a geriatric specialist and ordained priest. He explained that Dr. Skelton and Archdeacon Ralph Baxter, out of their deep common concern for the elderly, have spearheaded the Elders in Ministry Project. Dr. Skelton thanked the Bishops for the opportunity to address the House. He provided background information on the study, noting that in geriatric medicine concern is for physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of life. He reported that, barring unforseen calamity, the world's population will double within the next thirty-five years.
Dr. Skelton explained that the purpose of the Project is to develop programs for use on the national, diocesan and local levels within the Church framework which will improve the quality of life of the elderly.
Dr. Skelton outlined the three phases of the Project as follows:
(i) to identify the needs and resources - (data is available through university computer facilities);
(ii) assessment of how older people view their needs to discover similarities and differences;
(iii) development of facilities to enable older people to become actively involved in both secular and church activities.
Using researched data, work out strategies to fill the identified gaps;
Implement programs and make them available to Church, society and government. Dr. Skelton noted that Bishop Valentine is Chairman of the Board which is centred in Winnipeg, and that there is a good representation of seniors on the Board. Dr. Skelton said that Archdeacon Ralph Baxter is fulltime Project Director, while he serves as technical adviser. Dr. Skelton urged those Bishops whose dioceses have not yet appointed a diocesan representative to convey the name of their representative to Canon Baxter as soon as possible. He noted that the United Nations has designated 1982 the Year of the Elderly, and suggested that a Senior Sunday may be set in the Fall of 1981 which would provide an opportunity for national coverage.
Dr. Skelton expressed appreciation to the Bishops for the opportunity to speak, and kindly offered to contribute the notes of his address. (Appendix D)
That this House recommend to the National Executive Council that it consider the possibility of including "Elders in Ministry" in the national program. CARRIED
Bishop Valentine kindly agreed to present this concern to the National Executive Council.