That this House of Bishops, sharing with the people of the church our experience at the Lambeth Conference of 1988, in which we lived in, and participated in, a multicultural community, propose the following motion to General Synod:
`That this General Synod approves as a high priority for the next three years the development of our church as an inclusive multicultural community,
That National Executive Council be requested to commission a sociological study of the challenge to our church of being part of a multicultural communion, nation and world.
The purpose of such a study is to develop a strategy for evangelism for welcoming people of different cultures, and for developing appropriate forms of ministry.' CARRIED
That the National Executive Council authorize the publication during the centennial period of a series of thoughtful essays to provide a Christian perspective on such current issues as the environment, bio-ethics, family relationships, multiculturalism and Canada's indigenous people. CARRIED #08-11-91
NEC was advised that a small group is working on a volume of essays. The Anglican Foundation has agreed to accept an application for funding of this volume in the year in which it is to be printed.
That NEC endorse the principle that membership on C/C/B's [i.e. committees, councils and boards] be generally reflective of the following set of eligibility criteria (in order of importance):
3) gender parity
4) minority ethno-cultural representation
5) interest group representation
Moved by: Mrs. M. McKeith
Seconded by: Miss M. Baker
That the phrase (in order of importance) be deleted. CARRIED #36-11-91
That the above motion, as amended, be referred to the Organization Committee for report back in March 1992. CARRIED #37-11-91
The Rev. John Barton reminded NEC that it had formally adopted the WCC "Guidelines for Sharing", which call for 50:50 men:women and 20 percent youth on all church committees and councils. This should have a bearing on NEC's eligibility criteria for C/C/B's. It was agreed that this matter would be referred to the Organization Committee as it gives further consideration to #36-11-91 (above).
Moved by Ven. J. Boyles, seconded by Mr. D. Reeves,
That the NEC support the proposed amendment to Section 41 of the Constitution and forward it to the General Synod for action.
41. Standing Committees
a) There shall be the following Standing Committees of the General Synod:
i) Doctrine and Worship Committee
ii) Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations Committee
iii) Committee on Ministry
iv) Organization Committee
v) Program Committee
vi) Stewardship and Financial Development Committee
vii) Administration and Finance Committee
viii) Pension Committee
ix) Anglican Book Centre Committee
x) Board of Trustees of the Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican
xi) Archives Committee
b) Unless otherwise provided by the Constitution or by Canon, each of the Standing Committees of the General Synod shall consist of 15 members:
i) 12 of the members shall be elected by the General Synod
ii) 9 of the 12 members who are elected by the General Synod shall be members of the General Synod
iii) 2 of the 9 members shall be members of the National Executive Council
iv) 3 of the members shall be appointed by the Primate.
c) The Program Committee shall consist of 18 members:
i) 15 of the members shall be elected by the General Synod
ii) 12 of the 15 members who are elected by the General Synod shall be members of the General Synod
iii) 2 of the 12 General Synod members shall be members of the National Executive Council
d) The Board of Trustees of the Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican shall consist of 14 members:
i) 10 of the Trustees shall be elected by the General Synod from amongst its members
ii) 2 of the 10 elected Trustees shall be members of the Order of Bishops
iii) 4 of the 10 elected Trustees shall be members of the Order of Clergy
iv) 4 of the 10 elected Trustees shall be members of the Order of Laity
v) 4 of the Trustees shall be appointed by the Primate.
e) In the nomination of persons to be elected or appointed to Standing Committees, primary consideration shall be given to geographical representation and the expertise requirements of the specific committee. Consideration shall also be given to gender parity and minority ethno-cultural representation.
f) Except in unusual circumstances, the length of service on a Standing Committee shall not exceed two terms of three years.
g) Unless the terms of reference of a Standing Committee of the General Synod are established by Canon, the terms of reference:
i) shall be established by resolution of the General Synod
ii) shall be printed in the Appendices to the Handbook of the General Synod; and
iii) may be amended by resolution of the National Executive Council subject to the confirmation of such amendment by the General Synod at the regular session following the amendment.
h) At least thirty days prior to a regular session of the General Synod, each Standing Committee shall submit to the General Synod Nominating Committee the names of up to six persons to be considered for nomination for membership to the committee for its next term.
i) The Standing Committees shall report to the General Synod and regularly to the National Executive Council.
That section e) be replaced by the existing criteria presently appearing in the Handbook, and
that the term "Native Peoples" be replaced by the phrase "minority ethno-cultural representation". CARRIED #32-03-92
The Organization Committee was requested to edit this motion (regarding the criteria and numbers) before submission to the General Synod.
The original motion was then put and CARRIED #33-03-92.
The revised paragraph e) now reads:
e) In the nomination of persons to be elected or appointed to Standing Committees, consideration will also be given to age, gender, order, minority ethno-cultural representation and continuity of membership.
That this General Synod endorse the policy statement on Multiculturalism presented by the Program Committee and commend it to dioceses. CARRIED Act 86
Theology: "No Longer Strangers"
The Anglican Church of Canada, as part of the one, holy , catholic and apostolic church with a divine commission to proclaim the gospel of God in Christ, embraces in its mission and ministry peoples of every race and culture. In faithfulness to its calling it recognizes, affirms, and celebrates the gifts and graces of persons of all cultures, and welcomes all persons into the household of God.
The lessons of the first council of Jerusalem and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles speak to our contemporary situation. They teach us that it is God who calls people of all races, languages and cultures into a community of faith where there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female.
As a consequence of Anglican missionary enterprise and contemporary migrations to Canada, we now see Anglicanism embodied in a variety of races and cultures. But many of our sisters and brothers have experienced rejection in society at large and also within the church. These experiences reflect the wounds and sin of the world.
To this end this General Synod endorses the following principles:
1. That in the activities pertaining to partnership in mission:
1.1 our connections with the world-wide Anglican communion be used to promote the multicultural nature of our church at both local and global levels
1.2 connections be made between the call to partnership with Anglicans overseas and the call to partnership with these same people when they emigrate to Canada
2. That in the activities pertaining to evangelism and social action in Canadian society:
2.1 we actively invite and welcome people from all cultures and races into our church fellowships
2.2 we encourage cross cultural learning and relationships within congregations
2.3 we address issues that divide and oppress people due to cultural misunderstanding or racism in both church and society
3. That we actively promote an identity which is culturally rich, diverse and inclusive:
3.1 by seeking ways to honour the gifts and the heritage of ethnically distinct congregations and to encourage their sharing with the wider church
3.2 by encouraging worship which is expressive in its music, words and symbols of the activity of God in many cultures
3.3 by seeking leaders, both lay and clergy, who collectively represent the cultural diversity of our church and bring gifts that will enhance the church's life
3.4 by ensuring that educational resources, continuing education programs, and educators promote sensitivity to the multicultural nature of the ACC [Anglican Church of Canada] and Canadian society
3.5 by encouraging theological schools to address issues of ethnocentrism and racism.
That this General Synod request the Program Committee to consider providing appropriate resources, including staff support, for acting upon those principles in the policy statement on multiculturalism which are best pursued at the national level. CARRIED Act 87
That this General Synod request the convening of a national consultation on multiculturalism, in partnership with dioceses, in the next triennium. This consultation would examine progress in implementing the recommendations of the report and policy statement, study future directions and propose new initiatives. CARRIED Act 88
That this General Synod refer the remaining 21 resolutions to the National Executive Council, without recommendation.
Resolution A-83 - Terms of Reference, Committee on Ministry
That Section 4f) of Appendix B of the Handbook be repealed, and replaced by:
f) recommend policy to the General Synod on human resources development, particularly in the areas of employment, appointment and support of lay or ordained persons engaged in ministry in the Church.
Resolution B-12 - Family
That, in light of the 1988 Lambeth Conference document "The Truth Shall Make You Free - Living Together in Families," this General Synod request the Program Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada to continue to facilitate and build a network that will enjoin dioceses and parish churches in Canada to develop and implement significant family ministry in the routine life and work of the Church.
Resolution B-13 - Sexual Molestation and Abuse
That General Synod recognize that sexual molestation and abuse of young persons by some church personnel while administering church programs has occurred and deeply regrets that the pastoral needs of some victims and their families have not been met; and furthermore
that General Synod direct the Program Committee to examine this issue and produce a comprehensive protocol for responding to reports of sexual molestation and abuse of young persons by some church personnel and that this protocol be circulated to all dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Resolution B-19A - Support of Theological Education
That this General Synod approve in principle that financial support of training for all forms of ministry is the responsibility of the national church (in partnership with other levels of the church); and ask the National Executive Council to seek ways and means of implementing this responsibility.
Resolution C-10 - Constitutional Accord
That this General Synod encourage the leaders of our Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments to continue working together in a spirit of consultation, openness and consensus towards a new society, expressed in a constitutional accord, that recognizes the aspirations of the Province of Quebec and of the aboriginal peoples.
Resolution C-12 - Inter-Anglican Information Network
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request the Program Committee to make funds available for the next three years for the development of telecommunications within the Anglican Church of Canada to connect all National and Diocesan offices and provide support for (IAIN) the Inter-Anglican Information Network.
Resolution C-13 - Vancouver School of Theology/Native Ministries Consortium Funding
That this General Synod:
a) commend the initiative taken by the Native Ministries Consortium and the Vancouver School of Theology for providing a Master of Divinity degree by extension for persons engaged in native ministry; and
b) direct the National Executive Council to work with the Native Ministries Consortium and the Vancouver School of Theology to ensure that adequate long term funding for this program is established.
Resolution C-14 - Income Tax Deductions
1) petition the Federal Government to make appropriate changes to the Canadian Income Tax Act which would allow credit for Charitable Donations equal to credit for Political Party Donations, i.e. 50% of first $250 and 75% thereafter up to 20% of net income;
2) request dioceses to submit similar petitions to the Federal Government;
3) encourage parishes and individual members to write to their Members of Parliament concerning this resolution requesting their support.
Resolution C-18 - General Synod Elections
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request the Organization Committee to consider:
i) scheduling elections at General Synod toward the end of the session; and
ii) methods by which photographs and information about candidates might be made available to the members of Synod prior to the elections.
Resolution C-20 - Search for Healing Video
That this General Synod commend to the church the video "Search for Healing" and accompanying study guide; and encourage dioceses to make copies available for use in parishes.
Resolution C-21 - Ministere Francophone
Ressolu que ce Synode General de L'Eglise Anglicane du Canada affirme son apui pour le ministre actuel des francophones dans l'eglise et dirige le conseil executif de l'eglise national de consulter les communautes et paroisses francophones de notre eglise au sujet de nom francais de notre eglise et des autres moyens d'encourager davantage leur travail et de presenter une rapport de cette consultation au Synode General de 1995.
Be it resolved that this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada affirm its support for our French speaking congregations and parishes and direct the National Executive Council to consult them on the subject of the name of the church in French and other means of assisting their ministry and that a report of this consultation be presented to the 1995 General Synod.
Resolution C-22 - NEC Membership
That the following proposal be referred to the Organization Committee for consideration and recommendation to the next session of General Synod; namely:
to amend Section 35a) of the Constitution of General Synod by deleting the items numbered vi) and viii) [there being no number vii)] and replacing them by:
vi) one bishop (or bishop-elect), clerical member or lay member from each diocese, but no less than six in total from each ecclesiastical province, elected by the members of the Orders of Bishops, Clergy and Laity from each ecclesiastical province meeting together, provided that the members from each province shall select two bishops and, as nearly as possible, equal numbers of clerical and lay members.
vii) additional clerical and lay members elected at large by the General Synod so that the total number of clerical and lay members elected under subsections vi) and vii) shall be sixteen of each order.
Resolution C-23 - Abolition of the Long Range Planning Committee
That subsection 35b) of the Constitution of General Synod be amended by deleting from the list of committee chairpersons, the words "Long Range Planning Committee."
Resolution C-24 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod commend to the Church at all levels the goal of committing a minimum of 10% of budgets to implement the mandate of our Lord to care for the least of our brothers and sisters.
Resolution C-25 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod call upon the Government of Canada to:
a) remove the limitations on the Canada Assistance Plan in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario;
b) eliminate child hunger by the year 1996 and adopt the goal of eradicating child and family poverty by the year 2000; and
c) establish an all party committee dedicated to developing ways and means of eliminating hunger in Canada.
Resolution C-26 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request Program Committee to:
a) develop ways of monitoring the depth of poverty and hunger in each of the dioceses of Canada, so that people of commitment and faith can reflect on social injustice and plan ways by which injustices can be rectified;
b) develop programs designed to assist the Church at all levels in making an effective response toward eliminating poverty and hunger; and to
c) develop a parish partner system for the purpose of working toward a relationship of trust and reconciliation between suburban and inner city parishes, urban and rural parishes and parishes with different resources, so that each may learn of the other's realities.
Resolution C-27 - Use of Official and Other Languages
i) affirm and encourage the continued use of both English and French, as well as other represented languages as appropriate, in the worship and business of General Synod, with translation into English provided where English is not the language chosen for use; and
ii) direct the National Executive Council to ensure that, beginning with the 34th General Synod, printed forms of worship include English and French as well as other languages selected for use.
Resolution C-28 - Disposition of Frozen Human Embryos
1) Refer the Interim Report on the Disposition of Frozen Human Embryos, which was requested by Act 75 of General Synod 1989 and presented at the Doctrine and Worship Information Dialogue, to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for review and presentation to the National Executive Council, so that it might be made available to the church and the wider community; and
2) Direct the National Executive Council, in consultation with the Doctrine and Worship Committee, to appoint a working group to examine the recommendations of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies.
Resolution C-29 - Standing Committee Terms
That section 41f) of the Constitution of the General Synod be amended by:
i) deleting the words "except in unusual circumstances", and
ii) changing the word "two" to "three."
Resolution C-30 - Video Coverage of General Synod
That this General Synod request the National Executive Council to undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of the video and television coverage of this General Synod.
Resolution C-31 - Licencing of Clergy
That this General Synod request the Organization Committee to continue its study of licencing.
"The episcopacy should be about thinking, dreaming, praying ... and leadership," says the soon-to-be Rt. Rev. Michael Bedford-Jones on the eve of his consecration, February 12, as suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Toronto. Among the gifts he expects to bring to his new leadership role are "a growing love for the life of prayer, spiritual guidance and friendship.
"One of my real fears," he adds, "is that all I'll be asked to do is manage."
Bishop-elect Bedford-Jones, who was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1968, identifies three key issues with which he believes the church must grapple in the next few years:
- the need to develop different models for congregational life as the present parish structures seem to be becoming financially unsustainable;
- questions of sexuality within the church, particularly related to same-sex relationships;
- ministry in an increasingly multicultural society for a church that has been a traditional bastion of British ethnicity.
"We are asking parishes to do things they no longer have the resources to do," he explains. "We can't just pour money in to help them, because there isn't any money, there aren't any rescuers. But I believe that God can call any one of us into visualizing new structures that will further the reign of God. We will need to explore together some different ways that congregations can reshape themselves to become faithful communities of witness once again."
Regarding the issues of sexuality in the church, and particularly of same-sex relationships, he notes there are lots of strongly-held and well-articulated positions, but "we are not at the point of consensus that will allow us to move." Of primary importance now, he says, is that the lay people in the parishes address the question themselves.
Multiculturalism is especially an issue in the York-Scarborough Region of the diocese (basically Metro Toronto, east of the Don Valley), which will be the new bishop's designated area. "There are many difference cultures in the church here," he explains, "including several congregations that are designated for one particular cultural base. It's exciting and it's daunting. But it's a given and it's one that we should experience joyfully because it brings a richness to our Anglican tradition."
After three years as rector of St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Dean Bedford-Jones will bring to his new role as bishop, some significant experience in dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse in the church. Before his arrival, the congregation and the diocese had been rocked by revelations of ongoing sexual abuse of a number of adolescent choir boys by the cathedral's choir director.
"The experience in Kingston was so formative -- it will be what I bring to the episcopacy. In no way am I an expert; I'm terribly conscious of what I don't know. But I'm not as naive as I once was; I will be aware of abuse issues as they arise. I think that my experience will be useful in the House of Bishops."
For Bishop Bedford-Jones, the chance to work with the first woman bishop in Canada is exciting. "Victoria will make a wonderful addition to the episcopal leadership of the diocese and the whole church," he says. "I admire her integrity and her depth of prayer, I'm really pleased."
Bishop Bedford-Jones, 51, has served most of his ordained ministry in the diocese of Toronto, including positions as incumbent of St. Aidan's Church in Toronto and the Church of the Epiphany in Scarborough, on the staff at St. James' Cathedral, and as executive assistant to the Bishop of Toronto. Just prior to his own election as bishop he served as Dean of Ontario and Rector of St. George's Cathedral in Kingston. Bishop Bedford-Jones was married in 1967. His spouse, Jeanne Soules, is a high school teacher at Havergal College in Toronto.
The Rev. J. Boyles reviewed the proposal for an expanded French/English Relations Project and the Rev. Canon R. Turpin was invited to address the Council.
That the National Executive Council approve the project on condition that funds are available from the Johnson Bequest or the Anglican Foundation for 1980; otherwise implementation be delayed until January, 1981 and the Program Committee be asked to include funds in its 1981 budget. CARRIED
Canon Reg Turpin presented a verbal report in which he remarked that although a few pieces of material have now been published the National office must speed up translation of needed material. He named those groups who are now moving into bilingual type meetings, and stated that now more than ever the French/English project needs to have a greater emphasis.
1. That the project on French/English relations be continued to
a) provide liaison
i) to help the Anglican Church of Canada (L'Eglise Episcopale du Canada) throughout Quebec to adapt to the new "French Look" in the Province;
ii) to continue to promote closer relationships with the Francophone Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches in Quebec and with their National and Provincial organizations;
iii) to interpret to the Church across Canada what is happening in Quebec and in the French Canadian community at large outside Quebec
that a budget and structure be provided as follows:
i) that support for a liaison officer continue for an additional year at a level similar to that in 1978 - $7,500 stipend and expenses;
ii) that the liaison officer continue to be responsible to the Primate who shall consult with the six bishops with jurisdiction in the Province of Quebec.
b) allow for development
i) of a bilingual capacity in the Church to permit it to minister in French;
ii) to permit production of suitable "tools" such as language training, liturgies, educational materials, etc.;
iii) of an innovative program of mission and evangelism looking eventually to the establishment of new Francophone congregations;
and that a budget and structure be provided as follows:
i) that a block grant of $12,500 be provided;
ii) that it be administered by a Committee of the six bishops with the jurisdiction in the Province of Quebec.
2. That a budget of $5,000 be provided to allow certain National documents, press releases and other National Church correspondence to be translated into the French language. CARRIED
A request was made that there be liaison with the Diocese of Fredericton in the area of bilingualism.
That National Executive Council endorse in principle the proposal regarding the appointment of a person to assist the Anglican Church of Canada to understand and involve itself at all levels in the cultural and religious content of Quebec and French-Canada, and request the Primate to consult with the Administration and Finance Committee and the Dioceses concerned regarding its implementation. CARRIED
The Anglican Church of Canada has just completed a through-going self-criticism in the presence of third world critics. A four day "Partners in Mission" consultation wound up on Tuesday, May 29 at the University of Toronto.
The concept of Partners in Mission is an accepted one in the Anglican Communion throughout the world. It involves one of the twenty-seven independent, self-governing churches which constitute the Anglican Communion, in a process of critical examination of its programmes, life, structures and priorities in the presence of "Partners" from other countries, churches and cultures. Canadian Anglicans have acted as Partners in such consultations in several African churches and in Ireland, the USA, the Caribbean, South America and Asia.
During the past week more than a hundred Canadian Anglicans, representing the Church's thirty dioceses from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and north beyond the Arctic Circle, gathered in the nation's Capital. They were joined by Partners from Burundi, West Africa, the Sudan and South Africa, from the West Indies, New Zealand, Ireland and England, the USA and Asia. There were also representatives from the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches in Canada.
In their final report to the consultation, these Partners said, "We have come from continents which have experienced poverty, despair, effects of nuclear holocaust, inhuman racist regimes, military dictatorships, trampling of human rights and division of nations on ideological grounds. We have come too, from countries which are rich and affluent, and from sectors in the Third World which share in those riches and those who do not. In these situations we have experienced sufferings of all kinds - the rat-race of consuming more and more, of being bored, lonely and fearful. Yet we know that through these sufferings we also experience hope for we worship the crucified and risen Lord. In this spirit we share four examples of challenges we see based upon what we have seen and heard at this Consultation."
Their four areas of challenge were the Natives of Canada, the French Fact, the Ministry of the Laity and the Ecumenical Dimension.
The Partners observed, "The Natives of Canada have suffered through hundreds of years of genocide. Entire tribes and people have vanished from the face of the earth. Many of them today live in poverty, illness, early death rates and little or no education. To correct these wrongs requires a change in attitude, a death to the old ways and a rebirth under God." They agreed that they "must commend the Anglican Church of Canada for its long history of ministry to the Native People," but questioned whether native people have been trained for or allowed to assume positions of leadership in the church's structures.
They declared that "lumping the Native problem with the white rural or white isolated area problem will not work." The Partners had all travelled fairly extensively in Canada prior to the Consultation. From that experience and from their discussions in Ottawa, they concluded that there is a "strong undercurrent of prejudice against the Native People in Canada." They acknowledged that there are no simplistic answers, but urged the creation of a more adequately staffed Native "desk or portfolio" on a national basis.
The Partners described the French Fact as, "A people under the threat of losing its identity, its right to live according to its culture, can hardly act as a partner and may become, as a consequence, a burden to the country instead of taking its place as an enriching part of the cultural mosaic of Canada." They continued, "In a word, a whole mentality must be surrendered in order to communicate within the new milieu," and urged that "The Church must study this matter in the spirit of Christ, that is, in a spirit of love, detachment and sharing."
They added, "while fighting for the rights of this or that group, we must not forget that rights are first and foremost human rights; they are not French, they are not English; they are human, but they apply to French or English or Indians or West Indians."
An "inherited clericalism...which is still accepted as the norm" came under sharp criticism in the section of the Partners' report on the Ministry of the Laity. "The real participation of the laity in the mission of the church may pose a threat to the clergy" but that participation must not be "considered a privilege, a temporal innovation or a concession to the spirit of modern times." "A multitude of habits, ready-made judgements and reactions need to be stripped away from us before we can expect to progress very far in dealing with the key issue of the ministry of the laity."
In discussing the Ecumenical Dimensions, the Partners declared, "The general impression given is that the Anglican Church of Canada is self-sufficient and does not naturally look outside itself, whether to other churches in Canada or to other Anglican churches around the world, for working partners in the process of developing the issues which face them in their common service of the Mission of Christ to the world."
Although in principle the Anglican Church of Canada is committed to the "Lund Declaration" (that churches should not do separately what it is possible from them to do ecumenically), the Partners suggested that should mean "looking first to see what things can be done together and not regarding ecumenical cooperation as an optional extra."
The over-all report from the total membership of the Consultation is wide-ranging and lengthy. The discussions gradually crystallized into eight areas in the life of the church today:
- Mission: Theology and Practice
- Christian Lifestyle
- Commitment and Stewardship
- Ministry: Lay/Clergy
- Social Justice and Action
- Ethnic, Cultural and Linguistic Groups
- Communications and Structures
In each section there was a thorough evaluation of the present situation in the Anglican Church of Canada and an attempt to discover strengths and weaknesses in its life. Strategies for the future were also developed.
These reports will now receive wide distribution in the Dioceses and Ecclesiastical Provinces of the Church and in various national committees of General Synod, for study and discussion. They will have a major influence on the Church's National Programme Committee and National Executive Council when they meet this fall, and on the General Synod of the Church which will be held at the University of Trent in Peterborough in June 1980.
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A bilingual Anglican priest who was raised in the United Church and was for two years a member of the Ecumenical Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Valleyfield in Quebec -- certainly appropriate background for someone given national responsibility for the ecumenical relations of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Rev. Brian Prideaux, currently Rector of St. Martin's Church in Otterburn Park, Quebec, has been appointed Ecumenical Officer of the Anglican Church of Canada, effective January 1, 1982.
The thirty-eight year old priest was born in London, England but grew up in Montreal. He is a graduate of Sir George Williams University and also has a Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Arts from McGill. He studied theology at Montreal Diocesan (Anglican) Theological College. Father Prideaux is married and has four children.
In addition to his responsibility for national Anglican participation in inter-church bodies and activities, the National Executive Council of the church recently requested that the Ecumenical Officer initiate and encourage inter-faith dialogue with non-Christian bodies.
The General Secretary of the Anglican Church, Archdeacon Harry Hilchey, stated that in making this appointment great emphasis was placed on finding a person who is bilingual, as much of the current ecumenical dialogue, particularly between Roman Catholic and other denominations, is conducted in both French and English.
Father Prideaux is particularly excited about the possibilities of extending to the national scene the warm ecumenical relationships he has enjoyed at the local level. He hopes the national work can help the grass roots encounters to happen and to flourish. "There's a new climate now," he says, "Especially in relations with Roman Catholics. They know it is now officially 'OK' to enter wholeheartedly into ecumenical contacts, and great things are happening."
The Ecumenical Officer is based at the church's National Office in Toronto.
1. To accept its proper share of responsibility, in keeping with this country's size and affluence, in providing financial and technical assistance to the developing nations and in the welcoming of immigrants to Canada;
2. To incorporate a Bill of Rights into the Constitution so that these rights will be uniform for all Canadians.
B. We urge our church membership:
1. To take seriously the recommendations of the Anglican Brief presented to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism which urged Anglicans to recognize the "French fact" as an inherent and essential aspect of Canadian life and culture, and to make a deliberate effort to understand and enter into communication with their French-speaking compatriots;
2. Accept responsibility for keeping informed about international affairs through reading, and through radio and television programs; seeing that provision is made in the parish for the display and sale of pertinent paper backs; through membership in such organizations as the local United Nations Association, World Federalists, the Provincial Association for Human Rights, and the International Institute for International Affairs, etc. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Synod, representing the Anglican Church of Canada, is deeply appreciative of the contributions made by the French speaking peoples of Canada to the cultural and spiritual heritage of our country, and looks forward to a growth in loving co-operation in which all Canadians will participate to the Glory of God and the well-being of our Nation.
That copies of this resolution be sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and His Eminence Cardinal Roy, of Quebec.
The mover and seconder agreed to change the phrase "the French speaking peoples of Canada," to "Canadians of French origin." CARRIED in both Houses.