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(Draft) Common Declaration

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Date
1990 February 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1990 February 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Archbishop Hambidge
Seconder
Bishop Baycroft
Prologue
Lambeth Conference 1988 Resolution #19
"This Conference resolves that the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission consider paragraph 20 of the paper 'Instruments of Communion and Decision-Making; (Draft Common Declaration) and report to the Primates' Meeting."
The Primate introduced this document which was included in Archbishop Eames' paper on 'Instruments of the Anglican Communion and Decision-Making'. He outlined the background of the discussion among the Primates at their meeting in 1989, and said that the response is due in October, 1990. It has gone to the Provinces of the Anglican Communion for comment. The Doctrine and Worship Committee, the House of Bishops and the National Executive Council are each to study the document.
It was agreed that great care must be taken in making statements of this kind. It was asked: "Do we have any idea how it might be used as an instrument of unity ? At what kind of major event is it going to be used ? Will it be used at the beginning of General Synods ?"
One of the weaknesses identified was that there is no mention of the laity in the document, nor of Jesus Christ.
If a final document comes from the Anglican Consultative Council, General Synod would make the final decision.
It was suggested that, if there is agreement that the document is unnecessary, revisions should be sent to the Primates' Meeting
Text
That this House endorses the overall message of this summary of our discussions and requests that:
1. The Primate convey the House's concerns to the next meeting of Primates;
2. Archbishop Hambidge convey these concerns to the Anglican Consultative Council;
3. These concerns be shared with the National Executive Council; and that
4. These concerns be shared with the Doctrine and Worship Committee. CARRIED
Notes
APPENDIX B
DRAFT COMMON DECLARATION
(For circulation to the Provinces for comment)
i. The Church (of the Province) of . . . declares itself to be united under one divine head in the fellowship of the one, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
ii. It professes the Faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the Catholic Creeds, to which faith the formularies of this Church bear witness and which the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation.
iii. It celebrates the divinely instituted sacraments, particularly those of Baptism and Holy Communion, as ordinances of the universal church.
iv. It expresses its continuity with the apostolic tradition of faith and witness, worship, fellowship and ministry by means of the historic episcopal order. It is in communion with each of those Churches which preserve the historic threefold order of the ordained ministry and are in communion with the See of Canterbury.
v. It looks forward to the unity of all Christians based on a common recognition of the place of the Holy Scriptures, the Catholic Creeds, the dominical sacraments and historic episcopal order in the Church of God.
APPENDIX B.1
1. The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada received the Draft Common Declaration but we believe that the Anglican Consultative Council should EITHER:
a) appoint an Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission which could respond to Resolution #19 of Lambeth 1988, OR
b) appoint an international task force, operating on a very small budget, to deal with this single issue.
2. We believe that this matter should come to us from the Primates' Meeting only after it has been either to the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission, as Lambeth 1988 directed, or to the Anglican Consultative Council.
3. We note that the "Draft Common Declaration" before us appears to differ in only one word from the text which appears in "Instruments of Communion and Decision-Making : The Development of the Consultative Process in the Anglican Communion", a discussion paper prepared before Lambeth 1988. Our recollection of the Lambeth discussions is of a very low level of interest in this particular proposal, although it was acknowledged that the possibility of the usefulness of such a declaration should be explored. We urge that the intended use of such a declaration be clarified.
Paragraph 129 of the Report on Dogmatic and Pastoral Concerns in the 1988 Lambeth Report suggests that the declaration might be used "at major events in the life of the Churches of the Communion". We ask whether the Draft Declaration truly reflects the faith and practice of the Churches of the Anglican Communion ?
It would not satisfy us as fairly representing our Canadian Anglican commitment to Christ, to the Kingdom, to mission and service in and to the world, to the full participation of the whole people of God in the light of their baptismal ministry, and to a prayerful pursuit of Christian unity and reconciliation.
4. If the proposed Declaration is primarily intended to reflect Anglican identity back to Anglicans, then it needs to be both sharpened and broadened. If it is meant to help to resolve difficulties and strengthen bonds between provinces within the Communion, it needs refinement and amplification. If it meant to function as a position statement or policy directive for ecumenical dialogue, then there is a need to clarify what is meant at several points of ecumenical tension, not least among these being the meaning of "in communion" and "historic episcopal order".
5. This House does not believe that it is appropriate at this time to respond to the Draft Declaration in its present unrefined form, before it has been studied and, we trust, revised by an appropriate group of theologians -- preferably a new Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission. Nor are we yet persuaded that such a declaration is needed at all, although we remain open to persuasion. However, it is only fair to report, even at this early stage, that we would have several difficulties with the declaration if it were not significantly revised. Without attempting a full critique, a brief discussion in the House revealed that, of the five paragraphs in the declaration, members had serious difficulties with paragraphs 2, 3, 4 and 5.
We believe that we should point out to other member churches of the Anglican Communion that this declaration might be too flimsy or too general to achieve the unifying effect that is desired. For example, although the Anglican Church of Canada remains loyal to our Solemn Declaration of 1893 -- a far more robust and ample statement than the new proposal, the firmness of our commitment does not prevent our church from ordaining women.
7. We believe that there are many other examples of the need for an Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission and urge ACC to appoint this Commission. We suggest that 12 persons, including bishops and theologians, male and female, representing as much as possible of the diversity of Anglicanism, could work very effectively, even with a small budget. Perhaps a plenary meeting could be held every two years and the continuing work could be done by a combination of oldfashioned postal correspondence, electronic networking and contracts with additional volunteer theologians from around the Communion.
RESOLUTION
That this House endorses the overall message of this summary of our discussions and requests that:
1. the Primate convey the House's concerns to the next meeting of Primates;
2. Archbishop Hambidge convey these concerns to the Anglican Consultative Council;
3. these concerns be shared with the National Executive Council; and that
4. these concerns be shared with the Doctrine and Worship Committee. CARRIED
Subjects
Draft Common Declaration
Anglican Communion. Primates Meeting (6th : 1991 : Belfast, N. Ireland)
Anglican Communion - Doctrines
Theology - Anglican Church of Canada
Theology - Anglican Communion
Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission
Lambeth Conference, 1988 - Resolutions
Instruments of Communion (Not as per Virginia Report)
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Group Presentations - Group I(B)

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1422
Date
1988 November
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 7-11-88
Date
1988 November
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 7-11-88
Mover
Bishop Baycroft
Seconder
Bishop Lawrence
Text
1. That in response to Lambeth resolution #43, the House of Bishops requests the Long Range Planning Committee to prepare a proposal for General Synod 1989 for the Anglican Church of Canada and, if possible, to move in conjunction with ECUSA on their program - "A Decade for Evangelism for the 90's".
2. That this House of Bishops recommends consideration of the Lambeth model of Bible Study for General Synod 1989. CARRIED
Subjects
Decade of Evangelism - Anglican Church of Canada
Decade of Evangelism - Anglican Communion
Decade of Evangelism - Episcopal Church
Bible - Devotional use - Anglican Church of Canada
Bible - Study and teaching - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (32nd : 1989 : St. John's, Nfld.)
Lambeth Conference, 1988
Anglican Church of Canada. Long Range Planning Committee
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House of Bishops - Joint ACC/ECUSA meeting of Bishops (1993)

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1480
Date
1990 November 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1990 November 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Baycroft
Seconder
Bishop Pryce
Text
Resolved that:
a) we strongly support the principle of the meeting of ACC and ECUSA Houses of Bishops in 1993 as proposed by the Ad Hoc Planning Group;
b) we are concerned about the cost, and recommend that the Ad Hoc Group explore the possibility of another location and date, preferably in Canada;
c) as a preliminary step, we propose that the American House be invited to send four bishops to our next meeting in the hope that they would invite four Canadians to their next meeting;
d) we suggest that provincial houses explore the possibility of regional meetings with American bishops if possible prior to the meeting in 1993. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Episcopal Church
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Meetings
Episcopal Church - Relations - Anglican Church of Canada
Episcopal Church. House of Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
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Human Rights Principles for the Anglican Church of Canada

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Date
1990 November 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1990 November 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Crawley
Seconder
Bishop Baycroft
Text
That the House of Bishops approve in principle the establishment of a declaration of human rights principles for the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED
Subjects
Human rights - Canada
Human rights - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human rights principles for the Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
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Lambeth Resolutions - #46 Ministry of All Bishops

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Date
1989 June
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1989 June
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Hatton
Seconder
Bishop Baycroft
Text
That this House of Bishops request the Primate to appoint a task force to study Lambeth Conference Resolution #46 regarding Ministry of all Bishops and report back to this House by February, 1990. CARRIED
Subjects
Lambeth Conference, 1988
Anglican Church of Canada - Bishops
Bishops - Anglican Communion
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Marriages between Anglicans and Roman Catholics - Pastoral Guidelines for Interchurch

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Date
1986 June 9-13
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 11-6-86
Resolution 12-6-86
Resolution 13-6-86
Date
1986 June 9-13
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 11-6-86
Resolution 12-6-86
Resolution 13-6-86
Mover
Bishop Lackey
Seconder
Bishop Baycroft
Text
That the House of Bishops receive the document "Pastoral Guidelines for Interchurch Marriages Between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Canada" (Revised June 1986), and approve it in principle.
And that the House of Bishops authorize the Anglican Bishops at the National Anglican/Roman Catholic Episcopal Dialogue meeting in November 1986, to negotiate a final agreed text, bearing in mind the discussions at this meeting of the House of Bishops, and arrange for its publications and distribution for use in dioceses at the discretion of the Diocesan Bishops. CARRIED #11-6-86
Notes
Resolution #12-6-86
Moved by: Bishop Lawrence
Seconded by: Bishop Goodings
That in light of the Motion in reference to the reception of the "Pastoral Guidelines for Inter-Church Marriages between Anglican and Roman Catholics in Canada", the particular reference to Article 9 be suspended".
Resolution #13-6-86
Seconded by: Bishop Sperry
That this Motion be tabled until the Fall, 1986, meeting of the House. CARRIED
Subjects
Interchurch marriage - Anglican Church of Canada
Interchurch marriage - Catholic Church
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Catholic Church
Catholic Church - Relations - Anglican Church of Canada
Pastoral guidelines for interchurch marriages between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Canada
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Members Concerns : Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue

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Date
1996 October 28 - November 1
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1996 October 28 - November 1
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Burton
Seconder
Bishop Baycroft
Prologue
Bishop Burton reported on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops Dialogue in Saskatchewan. He asked for a signal from the House about its enthusiasm (energy level) for continuing the dialogues. Bishop Burton referred to a letter written in 1994 by the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue about continuing discussions and wondered whether the time had come to update the document.
Text
That this House meet, if possible, in joint session with the Houses of Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches during part of one of our meetings in 1999. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Catholic Church
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Anglican Communion - Relations - Catholic Church
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Meetings
Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue (ARC Canada)
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Ordination of persons of homosexual orientation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1484
Date
1990 November 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1990 November 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Baycroft
Seconder
Bishop Lackey
Text
That the House of Bishops remind the NEC of this House's continuing commitment to our church's traditional standards and practice with regard to ordination and that the revision of the Human Rights Guidelines should clearly indicate this in order to avoid confusion or misunderstanding on this matter. CARRIED
Subjects
Ordination - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordination of gays - Anglican Church of Canada
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human rights - Canada
Human rights - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
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Setting of Future Dates

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1407
Date
1989 June
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1989 June
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Baycroft
Seconder
Bishop Curtis
Prologue
Bishop Baycroft said that it would be helpful if meeting dates could be set three years in advance.
Text
That the Primate, in consultation with the General Secretary, be asked to project meeting dates three years in advance, and each year add one year, thus always keeping three years ahead. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Meetings
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Rules and practice
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Unfinished Business : 1998 House of Bishops and Spouses Meeting

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7739
Date
1996 October 28 - November 1
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1996 October 28 - November 1
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Baycroft
Seconder
Bishop Lemmon
Prologue
There was some discussion about the meetings (General Synod and the Lambeth Conference) planned for 1998 which the members of the House would be attending.
Moved by: Bishop Finlay
Seconded by: Bishop Harvey
That the House of Bishops cancel the fall 1998 meeting which follows the Lambeth Conference in 1998.
Text
That the motion be tabled until the next meeting of the House of Bishops. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Meetings
Anglican Church of Canada - Bishops - Spouses
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