Magazine article Anglican Journal

Strengthen Provinces and Abolish General Synod, Says Prolocutor

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Strengthen Provinces and Abolish General Synod, Says Prolocutor

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Quebec

The Canadian church would be better served if it abolished General Synod and worked only through provincial synods, said an observer at the provincial council meeting of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.

(The Anglican Church of Canada comprises four ecclesiastical provinces, each of which includes several dioceses.)

Rev. Peter Yeung, prolocutor of the Province of Rupert's Land, made the observation at the Sept. 26 meeting here and noted that the opinion was his own and not the official position of his synod.

The province of Canada invites an observer from one of the other three provinces to all of its meetings and Mr. Yeung was a member of a panel that presented its views on the question of governance and the mission of the church to the council. The panel arose in response to a request from the primate (national archbishop) to diocesan bishops that they examine the place of dioceses and provinces in fulfilling the mission of the church. The members of the panel included Bishop Sue Moxley and chancellor (legal advisor) Anthony Chapman, both of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; chancellor David Eramian of Montreal; provincial prolocutor Alan Perry and Mr. Yeung. It was chaired by the provincial chancellor Charles Ferris.

The panel discussed how the provincial canons or church laws address the question of mission. Bishop Moxley, who is a member of a General Synod working group looking at church's governance, suggested that dioceses and provinces do not want to give up their control over their own matters to a central power. …

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