For a few days this week Alan Hayes has joined us for a local clergy conference. Alan is an historian at Wycliffe College within the University of Toronto. He has a fascinating array of materials surrounding the missionary movement and its relationship to the first nations in the 1800's, as well as numerous resources on the history of the church in Canada.
One of the most interesting sources is a commission report from 1931 in which the Anglican Church laments the fact that there is low morale, limited response to the changes in culture, lack of adequate finances, and so on and so forth. And what is one of the recommendations which the report makes? More power to General Synod and the Primate.
It strikes me that this is a return to the Toryism of the early 1800's.
When I get a chance I want to sift through some more of the historical sources. Fascinating stuff.
Plus ca change....