"That we receive this Canon with thanks to the Committee and request further consideration with amendments in the light of the suggestions made, together with any further suggestions that any bishops may care to offer the Committee."
The inability to devote sufficient time to consideration of the above report resulted in the following action.
"That the Primate and the Secretaries arrange for a full discussion of those fundamental questions relating to the office and work of a bishop which underlie this Canon at an early meeting of the House of Bishops, if necessary a special one, the expenses of this to be met from the Appleford Bequest."
II. That, using accepted guidelines, each diocesan bishop, in consultation with his clergy and church wardens, prepare and share with the national personnel office, a description of every assignment within his diocese, and an evaluation of the qualifications and skills of every minister within his diocese by June, 1970. CARRIED in both Houses.
"The Upper House shall consist of the Primate and Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada (holding Sees therein), or (b) discharging the functions of the episcopate as Coadjutor, Suffragan, Assistant Bishop or Bishop Ordinary to the Armed Forces, or (c) Missionary Bishops appointed by the Church in Canada to any Diocese outside of Canada under the provisions of any Canon of this Synod; and (d) any such Bishops who having resigned their Sees are residing in Canada and are not engaged in any work, other than episcopal; but Bishops who have resigned their jurisdiction shall not have the right to vote in the Upper House." CARRIED in both Houses.
That the Memorial from the Executive Committee of the Provincial Synod of British Columbia reading as follows, be considered in Joint Session:
Re The Diocese of Yukon
"1. That the office of the Bishop of Yukon be preserved and continued and that the election of a successor take place at the earliest possible opportunity in accordance with the Canons of the Provincial Synod of British Columbia.
2. That a Committee be appointed, to begin immediately an examination of the necessity, or otherwise, of the re-alignment of the boundaries of the dioceses of the Province of British Columbia and to bring in a preliminary report at the next meeting of the Provincial Synod Executive to be held not later than December 31, 1967." (see page 83)
That we concur in Message U24. CARRIED Message L-29.
London, England - Canadians are playing a prominent role in developing contemporary statements of the Anglican Communion, as bishops throughout the world gather here at the Lambeth Conference to re-assess the church's work and set new goals.
Eight bishops from Canada, including Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, Primate of the Canadian church, have been placed in critical positions on the Conference's committee to draft statements relating to doctrine, new theology, secularism, current church union schemes and the role of women in the church.
Archbishop Clark is Chairman of the commission dealing with renewal of the church's faith, the first of the three major commissions. This section is responsible for studying vital areas of concern to the church in a secular and technological society and the effects of theological debate about the existence of God.
Another key figure in the Conference is its Episcopal Secretary, Rt. Rev. Ralph S. Dean, Bishop of Cariboo, in British Columbia. Other bishops from Nova Scotia to Vancouver are among the Conference's leaders.
Rt. Rev. W.W. Davis, Bishop of Nova Scotia, is Chairman of a committee which has unanimously recommended ordination of women to the Anglican priesthood.
The Bishop of Montreal, Rt. Rev. R.K. Maguire, is vice-chairman of the committee dealing with relations with the Eastern Orthodox church. It will suggest to the Conference that Anglicans and Orthodox work more closely in social and moral issues and investigate means to strengthen worship.
Rt. Rev. E.S. Reed, Bishop of Ottawa, is Chairman of the committee on Christian appraisal of secular society. Part of the discussion deals with poverty, mass media, scientific discovery, nuclear and chemical warfare.
Rt. Rev. K.C. Evans of the Diocese of Ontario and Rt. Rev. S.C. Steer, Bishop of Saskatoon, are both Chairmen on committees discussing theological language and the debate about God.
Most Rev. G.P. Gower, Archbishop of New Westminster, is vice-chairman of the committee discussing current union schemes and intercommunion. He has been a leading figure in the protracted negotiations, looking to the union of the Anglican and United churches of Canada.
Canada's four Anglican archbishops say they will not support any segment of their church which organizes to oppose union with the United Church of Canada, the Canadian Churchman states in an article this month.
The Anglican Church's national newspaper says the four metropolitans have bluntly rejected any move to create what one called a "schismatic program" within the church.
The article says a loosely-formed group known as "Canadian Confirmed Anglicans" will seek support from Anglicans to oppose implementation of the Principles of Union drafted by the two churches.
It had been reported in a Winnipeg-based independent church paper that Anglicans will soon be asked to "sign a declaration of loyalty to the vows we have made in the faith." The church paper, The Communicator, edited by Rev. Maurice Hardman, states Canadian Confirmed Anglicans are persons "persuaded in the Catholic and Apostolic faith" who are determined to stand fast in loyalty to their ordination and confirmation vows in spite of any bureau-cratic, economic...or private pressures designed to coerce compromise."
The Communicator had suggested that some bishops, including one archbishop, were having "second thoughts" about the direction union has been taking.
Most Rev. H.H. Clark of Winnipeg, primate of the Anglican Church, said that since there were only four archbishops, there was a 25% chance he was the one to which reference was made. Archbishop Clark described an organization to oppose union, if it is formed, as "schismatic in spirit and schismatic in program."
"I still believe that our church is right to seek union with the United Church and that the Principles of Union are a right basis for working out definite plans for this union."
"If I have any second thoughts, they are about the difficulties we shall encounter in this adventure."
Most Rev. A.H. O'Neil of Fredericton, said he supported the Principles of Union when they were passed by the Anglican Church in Vancouver in 1965.
Most Rev. W.L. Wright of Sault Ste. Marie, said he is a strong advocate of Christian unity movement which, he said, will eventually triumph.
Most Rev. H.E. Sexton of Victoria, B.C., said Anglicans know there are problems to be faced in union but that an effort must be made to work them out.
"We are not in favour here (of the views) of The Communicator because we feel it is not in accord with the spirit of the day."
Approved of a recommendation that the Executive Committee of the Provincial Synod of British Columbia be asked to meet as soon as possible to give consideration to the matter of episcopal oversight of the present Diocese of Yukon; that consideration be given to a radical realignment of diocesan boundaries in the Ecclesiastical Province in keeping with present-day modes of transportation; and that if the study so recommended requires considerable time, that interim arrangements be made for episcopal ministrations in the Diocese of Yukon.
That this be received for further consideration by the National Executive Council. CARRIED
Following considerable discussion, it was moved by the Bishop of Huron, seconded by Mr. H.D. Arnold,
That the National Executive Council concurs in the request of the Executive Committee of the Department of Missions that the Executive Committee of the Provincial Synod of British Columbia be asked to meet as soon as possible to give consideration to the matter of episcopal oversight of the present Diocese of Yukon; that consideration be given to a radical realignment of diocesan boundaries in the Ecclesiastical Province in keeping with present-day modes of transportation; and that if the study so recommended requires considerable time, interim arrangements be made for episcopal ministrations in the Diocese of Yukon;
And that the National Executive Council requests the Ecclesiastical Provinces of British Columbia and Rupert's Land to give careful consideration to the possibility of an alternative plan for Episcopal Ministry for the Diocese of Yukon, other than by the election of another Bishop of Yukon;
And that the National Executive Council further requests the Ecclesiastical Provinces of British Columbia and Rupert's Land to assure themselves that there are adequate financial resources available for the support of the See of Yukon, in connection with any proposal they make for its future. CARRIED