Association for Canadian Church Union. — 1879, 1887-1893, 1917, 1921.
6.5 cm of textual records.

Biographical Sketch:

Charles Jenkins (1839-1920) is considered “The Father of the General Synod.”  In 1886, Charles Jenkins, a businessman and lay delegate to the Synod of Huron, moved a successful resolution calling the Provincial Synod to take immediate action to unite Anglicans in one national organization.  A committee was formed to investigate the extension of the existing Provincial Synod’s powers in legislating for the Canadian Church as a whole.  In 1887, Jenkins, with the help of other laymen founded the “Association for Canadian Church Union”.  He was also a member of the National Committee of the Anglican Layman’s Missionary Movement and of the General Committee for a revised Hymnal, and worked for changes in the Anglican Ordinal to allow for secular deacons.

Custodial History:

Collection acquired by the archives in 1955.

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of papers, letters, booklets and newspapers related to the promotion and organization of the Canadian Church Union and the formation of General Synod at the Winnipeg Conference.  Letters from Bishop Arthur Sweatman and Chancellor L.H. Davidson.

Notes:

Title based on contents of fonds.

Finding Aids: Finding aid available.

Related fonds:

Other records relating to the Canadian Church Union Movement can be found in the Canadian Church Union fonds (M55-3).

Records relating to the Canadian Church consolidation can be found in GS75-01

General Notes:

Other papers of Arthur Sweatman found in the Arthur Sweatman fonds (M81-18).

Repository:

Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.

Personal Names:

  • Davidson, L.H.
  • Sweatman, Arthur, 1834-1909.

Corporate Names:

  • Canadian Church Union.
  • Church of England in Canada
Accession numbers:  M55-2