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Canadian General Synod – Sunday

updated Monday morning

Sunday was a short day as the Synod only met in the morning. Members attended this in the afternoon and then had the evening off.

Anglican Journal reports of the morning sessions.

Budget blowout Big cuts to national programs, Church House staff planned for 2011
[scroll down to read the text below the video]
Lose the attitude Sporadic commitment to youth ministry damaging, says Steers

Update

More reports on Sunday’s proceedings from Anglican Journal
Constant comment Vision 2019 getting lots of feedback from GS delegates
Birds and Bees Faith, worship and ministry committee conducts a new kind of sex education
No more winners and losers New style of respectful listening and dialogue presented in same-sex blessings debate

And a report of the afternoon celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island: ‘A beautiful, beautiful sight’ Celebration of diocese‚Äôs 300th anniversary draws thousands to Exhibition Park

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Father Ron Smith

“None of this would have been possible “had we not been able to speak openly and listen respectfully” said Howson. There were moments on the Commission when we strained, really, really strained in hearing each other. But the seriousness of the task did press us into some very close quarters. (Still)..we discovered that it was never insurmountable, this challenge of DOING THEOLOGY TOGETHER”. (my caps) – ACofC General Synod per ‘Anglican Journal’ – I highlighted the above words ‘doing theology together’ specifically to emphasize what has NOT been done generally in many parts of the Anglican Communion to date. If… Read more »

Tim Chesterton
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It’s important to note, Ron, that by the testimony of these two Primate’s Theological Commission members (who are on opposite sides of ‘the issue’), in this particular instance the listening process went both ways.

Tim Chesterton
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I’m glad that there is a lot of discussion and critique going on about Vision 2019. My criticism of it is that it all looks very familiar; the national Church claims to be ‘charting a new direction’ but it looks very much like the old course, slightly tweaked. We are a church that is shrinking fast. If we are to reverse that trend and become more effective at the five marks of mission, we need to be intentional about doing all we can to change the Christendom DNA that views evangelism with suspicion. This will require a transformation of attitudes… Read more »

Chris Smith
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Chris Smith

I do not care about the numbers game. All organized religions are undergoing a change in their population sizes and it will always go up and down depending on historical circumstances. I do not subscribe to Tim Chesterton’s missionary zeal to talk to his non-Christian friends about Jesus. I think it is arrogant and presumptuous to “evangelize” in this manner. I prefer to “evangelize” by the way I live my life or by example. That, to me, is my greatest gift that I can give to my fellow human travelers on this good earth. I prefer to try to do… Read more »

Tim Chesterton
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Chris, what do you know about the kind of evangelism I seek to promote? Given that I’ve never described it here, you seem to know an awful lot about it.