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.