Bishop Lemmon was pleased to extend an invitation for the bishops to hold their Fall meeting in 1995 in Fredericton, noting that in 1995 the Diocese of Fredericton is to celebrate its 150th anniversary. He suggested that the Fall meeting might be held in October.
That we accept, in principle, the invitation and ask for further discussion between the Diocese and the Bishops. CARRIED
That a rubber stamp, or other appropriate identification, be obtained stating that the report is intended for study purposes only. CARRIED
The Primate noted that there has been a twenty percent decline in the number of people baptized and fifty percent in the number confirmed, and that this issue is urgent. The purpose of the report will be well served if all groups respond as conscientiously as the House of Bishops.
The Primate expressed the appreciation of the House to the members of the Task Force.
Several areas of concern were identified. It was felt that release of the document, as it now stands, would create difficulties.
That the resolution be prefaced with the statement `that this House of Bishops found difficulty for various reasons with the statement of the Human Rights Principles for the Anglican Church of Canada and does not commend it to the National Executive Council.' CARRIED
The Motion, as amended, was put and carried as follows:
That this House of Bishops, while grateful for the work and the modifications which the Human Rights Unit has taken, found difficulty with the statement, for various reasons, of the Human Rights Principles for the Anglican Church of Canada and does not commend it to the National Executive Council; and
That this House of Bishops establish its own task force to examine the document entitled "Human Rights Principles for the Anglican Church of Canada" and bring recommendations to the next meeting of this House of Bishops; and
That National Executive Council be asked to withhold this item from its agenda until the House of Bishops has had time to deal with its task force report. CARRIED
Bishop Ken Genge asked the House how it dealt with clergy in distress. Discussion followed. Bishop Percy O'Driscoll offered to provide information (see Attachment) with regard to a program underway in the Diocese of Huron.
That the House forward a recommendation to the Metropolitans that, at the time of consecration of a bishop, the Metropolitan ensure that, as a `Standard of the House', a Bishop-to-Bishop relationship be established. CARRIED
A three page attachment entitled "Clergy Assistance Program for Diocese of Huron" is attached to the House of Bishop minutes, but not reproduced here.
That this House request the National Executive Council to give consideration to a regional meeting to be held in 1993, which would include the Archbishop of Canterbury, observers, and other partners as appropriate. This meeting to also include the provinces of North and South America and the Caribbean, bishops, clergy and laity. CARRIED
Bishop Fricker referred to the Notice of Motion from the February 1988 meeting of the House of Bishops and mentioned the Boston International Anglican Consultation which indicated there is an increase in the number of children receiving communion before confirmation, irrespective of age in the majority of cases. The House had asked for an opportunity to have the issue clarified and discussed. Bishop Ferris felt that, in some cases, children and parents were coming forward for communion with very little training and that removal of age limits may cause difficulties. Discussion followed.
The Primate read an excerpt from the 1973 minutes of the House of Bishops, with reference to these guidelines, drawing attention to the #5 - "No child should be admitted to communion under the age of five."
That any reference to a specific age limit be removed from the guidelines. CARRIED
That the House of Bishops ask the Doctrine and Worship Committee to prepare guidelines concerning reception into the Anglican Church of people who have been baptized/confirmed in other churches, both episcopal and non-episcopal, and that appropriate liturgical rites be prepared.
Following discussion, an amendment was proposed as follows:
That the words "and that appropriate liturgical rites be prepared" be deleted. CARRIED