Fonds - Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster fonds

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Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster fonds

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  • 1861, 1879-2001 (Creation)
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    Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of New Westminster. Synod

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180 m of textual records and other material

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In 1879, the original (1859) Anglican Diocese of British Columbia was divided into three "sees" (bishoprics, dioceses): The Bishopric of British Columbia, The Bishopric of Caledonia and The Bishopric of New Westminster. The Bishopric or the Diocese of New Westminster consisted of the southern mainland of the civil province of British Columbia. It has been divided again twice: in 1899 with the creation of the Diocese of Kootenay and in 1914 with the creation of the Diocese of Cariboo. Since 1914 its boundaries have included the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley up to and including Yale, the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound area. The original See city was New Westminster with Holy Trinity Church constituted as the Cathedral in 1892. By the 1910's the Bishop and Synod administration had moved to Vancouver. In 1929 Christ Church in Vancouver was constituted the Cathedral of the Diocese. The Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster convened for the first time on April 18, 1882. The Constitution of the Synod was adopted at the conference held for this purpose. The attendees decided the following: the name and the composition of the Synod; the appointment and maintenance of the clergy; the tenure and management of church property; the formation and constitution of parishes; and the regulations for offices of the church. In 1893, an "Act to Incorporate the Anglican Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster" was passed by the Legislative Assembly of the civil province of British Columbia permitting the incorporation of the Diocese of New Westminster as a Corporation Sole. The Anglican Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster Incorporation Act, 1893 (the;"Act") established the boundaries of the diocese, the right of Synod to deal with real and/or personal property, to invest funds and to borrow money, to adopt, alter, amend or annul the Constitution, Canons, and Rules of order of the diocese. Diocesan parishes can also incorporate under this act. The "Act" was last amended by the Legislative Assembly of the province of British Columbia in 1961. Currently, the Act is included with the most recent printing of the Constitution, Canons and Rules of Order (1998). The Constitution, Canons and Rules of order are undergoing periodical amendments as circumstances require. The Canons of the diocese are the ecclesiastical laws by which it is governed. Canons must be authorized by a resolution that is carried at Synod and sanctioned by the Bishop. They can be changed, amended, deleted and/or added to only by the Synod and the Bishop. Regulations provide detailed information relating to various diocesan procedures. Rules of Order are detailed procedures for the proper management of meetings of sessions of Diocesan Synod.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, legal records, property records, financial records, clergy records, instruments of consecration, episcopal acts, statistics, parish profiles, manuscripts, notes, newsletters, printed material, clippings, architectural drawings, plans, graphic material, cartographic material, microfilmed material. Includes records of Diocesan administration consisting of: Act of incorporation, constitution and canons; Synod journals of proceedings; clergy documents and registers; cut files; diocesan officers and deaconesses files; financial records; general correspondence files; legal records; parish correspondence files; personnel records; procedures manuals. Includes also records relating to the activities and functions of Bishops, officers and offices. They consist of: Episcopal records; program officers records such as: Christian Education Coordinator; Communications Officer; Legal Assessor; Registrar; Treasurer; Youth Ministry Coordinator, Diocesan Programme Coordinator. Includes records of Diocesan Council and various boards, committees and task forces such as: Diocesan Council; Administration and Finance Committee; Bishop's Advisory Committee; Committee on Arrangements for General Synod; Communications Task Force; Diocesan Board of Missions; Committee on Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Diocese of New Westminster; Diocesan Board of Religious Education; Diocesan Centennial Committee; Diocesan Centre Task Force; Diocesan Expansion Planning Committee; Diocesan Extension Campaign Committee; Diocesan Social Service Committee; Every Member Visitation and Canvass Committee; Financial Development Committee; Netten Report Committee; Programme Committee; Retreat Committee; St. Gabriel's Orphanage Committee; Strategy Committee; Task Force on Diocesan Standards for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals; Architectural and Plans Committee; Ministry and Congregational Development Committee; Bishop's Advisory Committee on Appointments.

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BCAUL control number: ANGNW-446

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BCAUL control number: ANGNW-446

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