Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
That the members of this House participate in the procession in Halifax when the Cross is moved from the Cathedral to St. Paul's Church during the October meeting of the House in Halifax. CARRIED
It was suggested that the period of time immediately before the state banquet which is to be held Saturday evening be free, and that the Sunday free time be spent with families in the parishes. The families will be responsible for transporting the bishops to the Metro Centre for the Service at 4:00 pm. Bishops are to vest in rochet and chimere for the service.
Moved by: Archbishop Bothwell
Seconded by: Bishop Wood
That this House agrees with these suggestions. CARRIED
The draft Guidelines which were presented by the Reverend Richard Johns were discussed.
That the Guidelines be accepted with the proviso that Section II C(i) include, as well as the license, that the individual be accepted into the diocese. CARRIED
GUIDELINES - CONTRACT CHAPLAINS SERVING IN CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA
I. Canon XVII - Section 4a
Bishops, Priests and Deacons who are engaged in specialized ministries outside the Diocese where they are registered, shall be considered to be on leave of absence from that Diocese, and subject to the general supervision of the Bishop of the Diocese in which the specialized ministry is exercised.
II. Appointment Procedures
A. Upon receiving an application for appointment from Anglican clergy, the Correctional Service will seek endorsation from the Diocesan Bishop of the applicant. This endorsation is a necessary prerequisite for all candidates.
B. The Office of Personnel Resources will also be notified of any Anglican applications, for information.
C. If, after screening for a specific position, an applicant is placed on a short list for further consideration, the Correctional Service will notify the Office of Personnel Resources, requesting that the Office confirm that, if the applicant is chosen, the Bishop of the Diocese where the position is located would either (i) receive Letters Benedecessit [sic i.e. Bene Decessot] for the individual and license him/her or (ii) accept general supervision as per Canon XVII, Section 4a.
D. The Office of Personnel Resources will seek confirmation from the appropriate Bishop as a prerequisite for further consideration of the applicant by Correctional Service Canada.
III. Transfer Procedures
In the event that a contract chaplain is considered for transfer to an institution located in another Diocese, the procedures in II C and D above will be followed as a prerequisite for such a transfer.
IV. Diocesan Registration
A. At time of appointment as a chaplain in Correctional Service Canada, a decision shall be made by the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese where the chaplain is registered as to whether the priest's registration is: (i) to be maintained in the Diocese; (ii) to be transferred to the Diocese where the priest is to serve as chaplain; (iii) transferred to the Primatial List of Clergy on the basis of the following criteria:
1. The feasibility of a continuing pastoral relationship between Bishop and priest.
2. The reasonable probability of the priest's return to service in the Diocese within a period of five to ten years.
3. The desire of the Bishop of the Diocese where the priest is to serve as chaplain to receive the priest into that Diocese.
B. If the decision is reached that the priest's registration should continue in the Diocese, the Bishop of the Diocese shall enter into a contractual agreement with Correctional Service Canada regarding the priest's service as a correctional chaplain, and shall continue as the contracting party so long as the priest remains a chaplain in the Correctional Service Canada.
C. If the decision is reached that the priest is to be transferred to the Diocese where he/she is to service as a chaplain, the Bishop of the receiving Diocese shall enter into a contractual relationship with Correctional Service Canada regarding the priest's service as a correctional chaplain and shall continue as the contracting party so long as the priest continues to serve as a chaplain within the Diocese. In the event that the priest is transferred to another Diocese by Correctional Service Canada, the options in III above are once again considered.
D. If the decision is reached that the priest's registration should be transferred to the Primatial List of Clergy, the Primate or his designate shall enter into contractual agreement with Correctional Service Canada regarding the priest's service as a correctional chaplain, and shall continue as the contracting party so long as the priest remains a chaplain in Correctional Service Canada.
E. It shall be the responsibility of each chaplain in Correctional Service Canada to be in personal contact or correspondence at least twice each year with his/her Diocesan Bishop or the Primate, describing the major dimensions of his/her ministry, and any areas where the Bishop's support may be appropriate.
F. In cases where a Diocesan Bishop is the contracting party with Correctional Service Canada, a copy of the contract will be forwarded to the Personnel Resources Officer for information.
G. In every case, a chaplain in Correctional Service Canada shall be subject to the general supervision of the Bishop of the Diocese in which his/her ministry is exercised, pursuant to Canon XVII, Section 4a.
H. The Personnel Resources Officer will provide a continuing relationship of support and contact for all chaplains in the Correctional Service Canada on behalf of their Diocesan Bishop or the Primate, and will monitor all contracts on their behalf.
I. The Personnel Resources Officer will be available to provide assistance to priests seeking a church appointment at the conclusion of the contractual term of chaplaincy service.
V. Annual Appraisal
A. Wherever possible, the appropriate Bishop or his/her designate will participate in a chaplain's annual performance appraisal.
B. If such participation is not possible, the Personnel Resources Officer will be asked to either participate in the appraisal process, or arrange for an appropriate representative of the Church to participate.
The above guidelines were approved by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada on February 19, 1987.
That according to the process outlined in the September 1985 Minutes of the House (Section 6. Appendix A), and upon receipt of a submission of three names from the Church Army, the Primate be authorized to make the appointment of an Episcopal Visitor in name of the House. CARRIED
Archbishop Nutter reported that the Primate wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury, as requested at the November meeting of the House, and received a response to his letter from Canon S. Van Culin's response were distributed to the Bishops.
According to the formula outlined by Canon Van Culin, as developed at the March 1986 meeting of Primates, the Canadian Church is entitled to send three Suffragan Bishops. No provision is being made for the attendance of the wives of Suffragan Bishops at the Lambeth Conference.
The Metropolitans identified various methods of indicating the Suffragan Bishops who should be invited to attend from the Canadian Church. It was agreed that seniority should be the defining factor, but that no more than one Bishop should attend from the same Diocese. If any Suffragan is unable to go because of illness, or chooses not to go, the next senior Suffragan Bishop should take his place. The Metropolitans agreed that this proposal should be placed before the Bishops for their consideration.
That the three Suffragan Bishops senior by Consecration be those designated to attend the Lambeth Conference in 1988, and that if any of those thus indicated are unable to attend, the next senior Suffragan Bishop shall take his place, with not more than one attending from any diocese. CARRIED
That $7,500 be included in the budget of the House of Bishops in 1988 to assist with the travel and accommodation costs related to the Training Event for New Bishops, and that the Administration and Finance Budget Sub-Committee be informed of this Resolution. CARRIED
Moved by: Bishop Curtis
Seconded by: Bishop Conlin
That an additional $1,500 be included in the 1988 budget for the Training Event for New Bishops to enable the engaging of a consultant for one event. CARRIED
That this House advise the Administration and Finance Committee that it would welcome negotiated standards and guidelines for chargeable travel and accommodation expenses related to meetings of the House of Bishops. CARRIED
AGREED to receive with gratitude a memorial from the House of Bishops about the positive experience in Canada with women in priesthood, and to urge the bishops to carry to the Lambeth Conference conviction that the priesthood of women has indeed been blessed and has enriched our common life, and to ask the Lambeth Conference to search for a way of upholding the unity of the church while allowing provinces to move, as appropriate for them, to the election and ordination of women to the episcopate in response to the call of God and the Church.
That Archbishop Bothwell be requested to convey this Resolution of General Synod 1986 and the motion of the House of Bishops, Brandon 1986, to the Lambeth Conference Agenda Planning Committee meeting with a view to its becoming a part of the agenda of the Lambeth Conference 1988. CARRIED
Bishop Clarke noted that he took up his duties as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces on September 1, 1986, and the Bishops were requested to make the necessary correction on page 2 of their copies of the Minutes.
That the Minutes of the meeting of 9-13 June, 1986, be approved as corrected. CARRIED #1-11-86
Bishop Woolsey reported that the Diocese of Athabasca had recently had a Conference on the laying-on-of-hands and anointing with oil.
There is no statement from the House of Bishops regarding the anointing of the sick with oil by lay people. The House was reminded that, in his paper, Bishop Henry Hill stated that any Bishop can authorize anyone to anoint, but it is usually assigned to clergy only. There are no diocesan policies, but some Bishops have given special permission.
That the House of Bishops affirm the rubric on page 555 of the Book of Alternative Services as constituting the general guidelines for unction.
The rubric reads: "The oil for the anointing of the sick is to be used only by clergy and those lay persons who have received authorization by the diocesan bishop." [CARRIED #2-11-86]