The Rt. Rev. Mark L. MacDonald will assume office as the Anglican Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Bishop after serving 10 years as Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska where he was consecrated bishop on Sept. 13, 1997.
He is far from unfamiliar with Canada, having attended Wycliffe College in Toronto and served as a priest in Mississauga, Ont.
Bishop MacDonald was born on Jan. 15, 1954, the son of Blake and Sue Nell MacDonald. His formal education includes a B.A. in religious studies and psychology at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, an MA in Divinity from Wycliffe, and post-graduate work at Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in Minneapolis.
Bishop MacDonald has a long and varied ministry, holding positions in Mississauga. Ont., Duluth, MN; Tomah, WI and Mauston, WI; Portland, OR; and the Southeast Regional mission of the diocese of Navajoland. Immediately prior to his ordination to the episcopate, Bishop MacDonald was Canon Missioner for Training in the Diocese on MN [Minnesota] and vicar of St. Antipas' Church, Redby, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Red Lake, Red Lake Nation.
He has served on the board of The Indigenous Theological Training Institute; the faculty of Leadership Academy for New Directions (Land XXVIII); and, a trustee of the Charles Cook Theological School in Tempe, AZ; and is the Board Chair for Church Innovations, Inc., member of the Episcopal Council of Indian Ministries, Member of the Governor's Council on Suicide Prevention (AK), President of Alaska Christian Conference. He is also a Third Order Franciscan.
Among his published works are "Native American Youth Ministries," co-authored with Dr. Carol Hampton and published in Resource Book for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults, the Episcopal Church Center, New York, NY, 1995: "It's in the Font: Sacramental Strategy for Growth for the Episcopal Church: Joining Multiculturalism and Evangelism, Inter-Cultural Ministry Development, San Jose, CA, 1994. He co-edited "Liturgical Studies" IV, just released  by the Church Publishing Company.
Married on Nov. 11, 1989, Mark and his wife, Virginia Sha Lynn, have three children: daughters Rose May Li (born November 15, 1991) and Brenna Li (born October 23, 1993), and one son, Adrian Blake (born May 21, 2000).
(Adapted from Bishop Mark MacDonald's official biographical sketch as prepared by the Diocese of Alaska.)
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MONTREAL (May 25) -- Anglican Bishop of Montreal Andrew Hutchison has given members of the church's chief governing body a vision of the church in Quebec that would see it stay out of partisan politics while pursuing goals of reconciliation, justice and peace.
Speaking on the theme of "nation and identity", Bishop Hutchison told 300 members of the Anglican General Synod meeting here this week that the church has no mandate to advocate one form of government over another.
"How we choose to organize ourselves for collective security and well being is a political question that must be settled by voters at the ballot box, be they Christian or not," he said.
But the bishop added: "We do, on the other hand, have a mandate ... to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.
"It is my view that the church has no business aligning itself with the Yes or the No side of a referendum on such issues. It must, however, be vigilant in safeguarding the fundamental rights and well being of its citizens. It is not acceptable to achieve a political agenda at the cost of the just and core values of a society".
Bishop Hutchison admitted that as a leader of an overwhelmingly anglophone diocese in a francophone province, his refusal to take political sides has at times been uncomfortable both for him and for members of the church who look to him for leadership.
On the other hand, he said he has not hesitated to speak passionately on political issues, both in private and in public, where he feels that questions of justice are involved.
He noted that he has spoken out on the question of native self-determination and on the "scandalous" removal of Passover foods from store shelves because they lacked French language packaging. "These are matters that for me touch our baptismal commitment," he explained. "Political organization, on the other hand, does not in such an obvious way".
Bishop Hutchison's address was an introduction to a session later in the day in which an invited panel was to engage General Synod in a discussion on "nation and identity" . The bishop told the gathering that in the context of his views on church and politics, it "is important to say that we do not intend a debate on the issue of the aspirations of Quebec or any group".
Rather, he added, it was important that General Synod members be exposed to an exchange of information, to the realization that concerns about issues of nation and identity are common among many groups across the country and to the exploration of ways in which these diverse groups can help each other.
On the question of Quebec, however, Bishop Hutchison said it is a myth that Canada consists of "two solitudes". Politicians and others, he said, have been quick to exploit this myth of a nation based on a duality for their own purposes.
"It is a myth that does not take into account societies that have evolved clear across this land over thousands of years prior to European immigration. It takes no notice ... of any countries other than France and Great Britain." The myth as exploited by politicians "has effectively re-enforced a victim mentality among French Quebecois," he said.
Rather than a nation of two solitudes, Bishop Hutchison argued, Canada is, in fact, based on a notion of partnership, an area, he added, where the Anglican church has a great deal to teach the rest of the country.
The Anglican concept of partnership, he said, consists of listening to others, understanding their aspirations and sharing resources required for them to achieve their dreams."
"I believe that the partnership principle that has become so respected internationally and in the affairs of our church in Canada could have a wider application within our land and serve us well in the future," Bishop Hutchison said.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: The plenary sessions of General Synod are held in the Arthur Currie Memorial Gymnasium at 475 Pine Avenue at McGill University. This evening's panel begins at 7:15 p.m.
Members of the panel are former Quebec Liberal leader Claude Ryan, Grand Chief Matthew Coon-Come of the Grand Council of the Cree, the Hon. Brian Smith, former Attorney General of British Columbia and current chairman of BC Hydro and Power Authority, Archdeacon Rod Gillis of Cape Breton; and Joan Fraser, Director General of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada and a former editor of the Montreal Gazette. The moderator will be Senator Ann [i.e. Anne] Cools.
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Canadians must address the urgent question of cultural identity, Bishop French Chang-Him told about 800 Anglican General Synod members and visitors at Montreal's Christ Church Cathedral Thursday evening. The service marked the opening of the Anglican Church of Canada's 35th General Synod, which meets every three years to discuss issues relating to church and society.
Bishop Chang-Him of Seychelles, who is attending the Synod as an overseas partner, told the congregation that Canada's future depends on its ability to hear and understand the diverse voices of its population.
"Canada has become very cosmopolitan since I first visited in 1986," he said. "On a 1991 visit I preached a sermon that had to be translated into Cantonese so I could be understood. This was not in Hong Kong or Singapore, but in downtown Toronto."
Bishop Chang-Him told the congregation that Canada must work hard to promote increased cooperation and appreciation between people of different backgrounds. Drawing on the Anglican General Synod theme "Lift Every Voice/Faisons Entendre Nos Voix" he asked: "When you lift the many voices of this country, will it be a rich harmony or a disturbing, competing cacophony ?"
Bishop Chang-Him shared his personal struggle to find peace with his cultural identity. "Coming from a background that included African, French and Asian roots I felt a pain inside of not knowing who I was," he said. He urged all Canadians to affirm the rich diversity of their citizens and to listen carefully to those who are not in the mainstream of society.
Among the discussions scheduled during the nine-day Anglican synod is a forum on nation and identity. The synod includes bishops, clergy and lay representatives from 30 dioceses across Canada.
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Since the last General Synod, 17 Anglican parishes, from the Maritimes to British Columbia, have made a concerted effort to answer that question. For at least one parish, diversity has been a key to survival and growth. Several others have been forced to confront the "darker side" of multiculturalism -- racism and prejudice. To recognize that the problem exists and to begin to talk about it is often half the battle, they have found.
InterMission looks at the three-year-old Multicultural Parishes Project in April.
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"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.
Toronto, June 14, 1993 -- Is conflict always destructive ? Is it necessarily wasteful ? And is it unchristian ? Definitely not, assert the creators of "Making it Work : Managing Parish Conflict Creatively", an innovative new Anglican Church video, resource kit and training program.
"Making it Work" is designed to help parish lay leaders and clergy identify and resolve conflict before it becomes unmanageable: equally important, the project shows how conflict can be a creative, positive force in the life of a congregation.
The 15-minute video, accompanying workshop study guide and additional background, exercises and reference material will be available for ordering this September. In addition, every Canadian parish will be mailed a free "Making it Work" poster. A related two-day training event intended for diocesan leaders will take place February 18th and 19th, 1994 at the Toronto School of Theology. Participants will become more skilled in the use of the "Making it Work" kit, as well as honing their own conflict management and consultancy skills.
"The idea behind "Making it Work" originally came from a November 1991 national consultation on congregational development," comments the Rev. Paul MacLean, Consultant for Congregational Development and Multiculturalism in the National Church and member of the conflict management project team. "We became aware of the dramatic changes that are affecting congregations now, such as shifts in the understanding of liturgy or of the roles of clergy and laity. Any kind of change such as this -- even change for the better -- will produce conflict. To be a leader in a congregation today means to be engaged in conflict. If you avoid it, you eventually end up with submerged conflict, and that will kill congregational life."
To further define and research the issues, a conflict management project team was formed, made up of six volunteers with wide ranging backgrounds in congregational development and conflict management.
"We felt that we needed to offer some basic skills on low level conflict -- that is, conflict which could be managed without the intervention of an outside consultant. We believe very strongly that the expertise exists within the congregation to manage its own life, and that conflict management skills will help them do just that," continues Paul MacLean.
The team designed a questionnaire that was sent to all Anglican congregations in Canada, as well as bishops and diocesan program directors. Respondents were asked if they felt a resource on conflict was needed; what kinds of conflict they had experienced within their parish, and were asked to rate the intensity level of those conflicts. The response to the survey was overwhelmingly positive: almost all respondents believed that a conflict management resource kit would be extremely useful. Participants described several types of conflict their congregations had experienced, including issues concerning the liturgy, budgets and authority. Several of the stories (with changes to protect privacy) form the basis of case studies contained within the "Making it Work" kit.
The team hopes that parishes ordering the kit will invite leaders within their congregations, including members of advisory boards, parish councils and vestries, to watch the video and use the workshop guide and background material as catalysts for a discussion of their own issues. Theology schools are another target audience for the kit.
"Making it Work: Managing Parish Conflict Creatively" will be available through The Resource Centre, The Anglican Church of Canada, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2J6 in September, 1993. The cost is $25 per kit.
For more information, please contact: The Rev. Paul MacLean, Consultant, Congregational Development Phone (416) 924-9192
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 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.
Bishop Pryce reported that the planning group of Bishop Walmsley, Bishop Donovan, the Rev. Richard Chang, the Rev. Pat Mauney, the Rev. Michael Ingham, and himself met in June.
Bishop Pryce reviewed a suggested format for the meeting. He said that a second planning meeting is to be held in January. Further enquiries are to be made into possible locations.
He reported that the estimated attendance would be forty-five bishops from each House, with a total of one hundred persons. The projected date is February 13-16, 1993. The ECUSA bishops would return home on the 17th and the Canadian bishops would continue until the 19th to work on their own agenda.
A suggested theme is "The Gospel in a Changing Church and in a Changing Culture." Among the topics suggested for study were Anglican Identity and Authority, Structures in the Anglican Communion, Multiculturalism, Racial Issues, Pastoral Issues, Justice and Peace, Roles of Bishops and Churches in solidarity with Women. Community would be built with daily Bible study in small groups.
That we thank the committee and approve the plan as outlined. CARRIED
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).
That NEC appoint a local management team (4 or 5 people) to implement the research plan outlined in the Multicultural Study Project proposal; i.e. design a detailed proposal, a budget and a timeline by August 1990.
That the motion be amended by adding the words "request the Program Committee to" after the words "that NEC". CARRIED #29-05-90
The motion as amended was put as follows:
That NEC request the Program Committee to appoint a local management team (4 or 5 people) to implement the research plan outlined in the Multicultural Study Project proposal; i.e. design a detailed proposal, a budget and a timeline by August 1990. CARRIED #30-05-90
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
Courtesies of the House were extended to Canon R.M. Turpin, who presented the report.
"That this General Synod reaffirm the obligation of Anglicans to do everything possible to further French-English relationships and request the National Executive Council to monitor the continuing work of the French-English project and to report to the 1986 General Synod." CARRIED Act 80
[Text of report, in English and French, as published in 1983 General Synod Journal of Proceedings]
PROJECT IN FRENCH/ENGLISH RELATIONS
To the Members of General Synod
From its beginning in 1977, the French/English Relations Project always assumed that the nature of the Canadian nation and of the total Canadian Church required Anglicans to see the "French Fact" as something much bigger and more complex than being solely a Quebec phenomenon. However, the initial small part time measure of the Project and the dynamics of events in Quebec dictated that most of the Project's early efforts should be centred there. In brief, the first objective was to support the Quebec dioceses in becoming better equipped to function effectively in the changing Quebec milieu.
In these past years, like many other groups, usually identified with the overall English minority in Quebec, the Anglican Church has accepted and supported the need of the majority to take initiatives to ensure a French future in North America. Such initiatives are often referred to as the "francization process" in Quebec society. It is a continuing process and it has not proved any easier for Anglicans than for others. While some extreme policies and regulations are opposed, the main thrust of the minority generally has been to adjust, to find common goals, and to work out a viable relationship between French and English.
The Anglican Church has made steady progress in coping with these changes, yet much remains to be done. There are now many more bilingual clergy. There is much more frequent and closer co-operation with French neighbours in Church and society. Signs of the Anglican Church's involvement in issues or in activities which cut across old English-French divisions are the Brief submitted by the Quebec Anglican Bishops concerning the Government's drastic proposal to restructure the Quebec school system; the participation of Anglican representatives in a new province-wide bilingual ecumenical association; co-operation with French Protestant groups; the annual meetings of Anglican/Roman Catholic bishops; some radio and T.V. broadcasts, such as the service in French at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Quebec City during the 1983 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. One disappointment has been the slow pace in developing a fully French ministry across the province, a goal to which all the dioceses are committed but for which, as yet, there is no common agreement in how best this should be led and organized. A number of the dioceses have included in their Anglicans in Mission objectives resources for expanded "French work".
Since the 1980 General Synod at Peterborough, with the approval of the National Executive Council, the Project has been enlarged to allow for more activity outside Quebec, emphasizing the national nature of the English/French relationship. On the political front, this period coincided with the whole Canadian constitutional debate and the repatriation process that aroused a mixed reception in Quebec and among French minorities. This has been a time, also, when bilingualism has grown in Canada, and when some provinces, such as Ontario, have increased the rights and services provided for their French minorities, even though falling far short of French aspirations. Moreover, the increased focus of the Project was developing at a time of mounting interest in bilateral and multilateral discussions among different Churches, such as that between the Anglicans and the Roman Catholics. These various Project initiatives have been mainly of an educational kind, in providing information, and in developing sensitivity. Activity was largely concentrated with the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, particularly in the Dioceses of Moosonee, Algoma, and Ottawa, where English and French live side by side, through visits, dialogue, and research. Arising from this background and experience, a small manual has been produced as a possible resource item for general use. It is entitled "A Primer to Encourage and Equip Anglicans Outside Quebec for Encounters of the French-English Kind". These efforts were supported indirectly through contacts made with representatives of such diverse groups as the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, la Federation Des Francophones Hors Quebec, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, and The United Church of Canada. More routine features of the Project include preparing data for the Primate and other Anglican leaders; the promotion of bilingualism at various conferences, the obtaining of French resources for Anglican inquirers; and serving as a "resource person" at seminars.
While the achievements have been relatively modest, the Project has helped to sharpen awareness within the Anglican Church concerning both the English-French partnership of the country and the bilingual character of the Christian family of churches. It visibly conveys to the latter a sense that the Anglican Church, so strongly English, has some appreciation of the French dimension and is actively engaged in the ongoing struggle to bring about greater understanding and community between English and French people everywhere.
Reginald M. Turpin, Project Officer.
[French language report]
PROJET de RELATIONS FRANCOPHONES-ANGLOPHONES
Au très réverènd le Primat et aux membres du Synode général:
Dès le début en 1977, le Projet de relations francophones-anglophones a toujours admis que la nature de la national canadienne et de l'église épiscopale en son entier exigent des épiscopaliens qu'ils voient dans le "fait francais" quelque chose de bien plus grande portee et complexité qu'un simple phénomène quebécois. Par ailleurs, le peu de temps qu'on pouvait consacrer à ce Projet au départ, et la poussée des événements au Québec commandaient que les premiers effort soient centrés en cet endroit. Bref, l'objectif primordial fut d'aider les diocèses du Quebec à se mieux pourvoir afin de fonctionner efficacement dans le milieu francophone en évolution.
That this National Executive Council express its deep appreciation for the invaluable work of the Rev. Canon Reginald Turpin, in keeping the French/English question before The Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED by applause