That the House of Bishops meet immediately prior to the June 1992 General Synod, and we strongly urge that funding be made available to allow our wives to attend, and that the House meet again in November, 1992. CARRIED
Bishop Woolsey read a letter which went to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney from Archbishop Edward Scott, President of the Canadian Council of Churches, in which Archbishop Scott, on behalf of the Canadian Council of Churches, urged the immediate implementation of the resolution passed on February 9th by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development calling on the Government of Canada to initiate bilateral negotiations with the Lubicon Lake Indian Band over the next six months and to appoint the Hon. E. Davie Fulton as mediator in a determined effort to seek a just settlement on this long, outstanding land claims dispute.
That this House request the Primate to write a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to implement the resolution passed on 9 February, 1988 by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development calling on the Government of Canada to initiate bilateral negotiations with the Lubicon Lake Indian Band over the next six months, and to appoint the Hon. E. Davie Fulton as Mediator in a determined effort to see a just settlement on this long outstanding land claims dispute. CARRIED
Bishop Mark Genge asked if it would be possible for Christian Education funds to be made available for the purchase of, and training in, the use of computers?
That the House request the Committee on Ministry to recommend to NEC that a change be made in the regulations governing the Continuing Education fund to enable dioceses to purchase computer equipment and train clergy in their use. CARRIED
Bishop Woolsey said that he has been asked to design a presentation/discussion to look at some of the recommendations in the final report on Compensation Policies and Practices which all the dioceses have received. He quoted recommendation 3.3 from the report as follows:
"We recommend that the Committee on Ministry, in conjunction with the House of Bishops, develop a system for measuring the complexity of responsibilities of all Bishops and that a compensation structure be developed which reflects the scope, complexity and specific demands of their positions. This ranking system would be anchored to the Parish Ministry Assessment structure of each diocese as well as considering relative peer relationships with other bishops and would be tied to a system of setting objectives for bishops, to be undertaken by each bishop in consultation with the diocese and intended to enhance the effectiveness of both bishop and diocese."
That the Primate be asked to establish a Compensation Task Force of the House of Bishops to:
i. assist the bishops to participate in developing a healthy remuneration system;
ii. identify the areas in the Compensation Report that need to be addressed by the bishops;
iii. assist the bishops in relating to other committees of the Anglican Church of Canada on compensation issues (i.e. National Executive Council, Committee on Ministry, Pension Committee). CARRIED
Bishop Woolsey said that there has been concern regarding the compensation policies of the Anglican Church of Canada, and some clergy will not go to certain dioceses because of the compensation package. This has affected mobility. The Canadian Church is comprised of thirty dioceses and the national office, each with its own compensation policy. This has led to inequities.
The Committee on Ministry produced a document on the development of a health remuneration system across the church, and the Stipend Sub-Committee of the National Executive Council began, through discussion with the House of Bishops, to address compensation policies in a different way. Compensation consultants were hired to help, and a preliminary report produced. Out of the National Consultation came a final report to be used as the basis for discussion to develop a remuneration system.