Bishop Phillips complimented the Agenda Committee on their work with the facilitators in designing the process for the sessions about the blessing of the unions of same sex couples, and the actions of the Diocese of New Westminster.
That the House express its deep and heartfelt thanks to the Agenda for their work. #HB-02-10-12
"That the House of Bishops move in camera, and that the people named for the previous in camera session be included with the addition of Dr. David Kuhl, meeting facilitator."
Bishop Harvey suggested that consideration be given to going in camera for the small (discussion) groups, but that conversations in plenary be held during general sessions (when the House wasn't in camera). Archbishop Morgan responded saying that the agenda committee had thought that a conversation during a general session might occur when the House was closer to the end of its discussions.
Archbishop Crawley proposed that the motion be amended to include the words "remain in camera until noon" so that the House could talk over the lunch hour (without restriction of being in camera).
That the House of Bishops move in camera, and that it remain in camera until noon. And that the people named for the previous in camera session be included with the addition of Dr. David Kuhl, meeting facilitator. CARRIED #HB-02-10-03
After lunch the House of Bishops went back in camera.
Moved by: Archbishop Morgan
Seconded by: Bishop Arthurson
"That the House move in camera with the inclusion of the people who were named for the previous in camera session".
Bishop Harvey inquired about the necessity of going in camera. Mr. Slavik answered by encouraging the members to continue with their work in camera with the idea that their final conversation could be held during a general session.
Bishop Tottenham registered a complaint saying that she had heard a member of the House of Bishops telling a writer for `The Anglican Journal' that the reason for the in camera sessions was because the bishops were embarrassed to have what they were saying recorded publicly. She shared her view that the point of holding the conversations in camera was to allow for individual comments that the House might not want to be held to.
Archbishop Peers reminded the House of Bishops that the standard was at the end of the meeting, to take out of camera the items which they felt didn't need to be held in camera. Archbishop Crawley added that there had to be a unanimous vote. The Primate concurred that the vote had to be unanimous.
The motion was put to the House.
That the House move in camera with the inclusion of the people who were named for the previous in camera session. CARRIED #HB-02-10-04
That the House of Bishops go in camera and that the session include the General Secretary, the General Synod Treasurer, the Principal Secretary to the Primate and the Primate's Executive Assistant. CARRIED #HB-01-04-02
Bishop Coffin spoke on behalf of the Diocesan Synod of Ottawa, expressing its concern about the Diocesan Synod of Sydney's (Australia) decision to endorse lay presidency (lay people celebrating the Eucharist). Archbishop Peers was requested to write to the Archbishop of Sydney supporting the Archbishop of Canterbury's concern about lay presidency. The Primate agreed to write a letter and asked for volunteers to work on a draft version to be presented later in the meeting. Bishop Coffin, Bishop Burton and Bishop Lawrence volunteered.
Later in the meeting Bishop coffin presented the draft letter to the Archbishop of Sydney which he, Bishop Lawrence and Bishop Burton had worked on.
That the House of Bishops requests that the Primate express to the Most. Rev. Harry Goodhew, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, the concerns of their House regarding the recent resolution of the Diocese of Sydney in reference to diaconal and lay presiding at the Holy Communion". CARRIED Res. #HB-06-10-99
Bishop Jenks spoke about the genocide by the governing forces in Sudan and the denial of the rights of the people living in Southern Sudan. He also reported on a visit of church leaders to Sudan, saying that all of those observers realized the accusation that the Government of Canada has been using royalties from oil for the purpose of war are accurate. Talisman Energy Inc. is a Canadian company which is involved in oil exploration and development in Sudan. Bishop Jenks told his colleagues that the pension fund of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has 2.5 million dollars invested in Talisman. He put a motion on the floor encouraging the pension fund to disinvest in Talisman Energy Inc.
That this House of Bishops express to the Trustees of the Pension Fund, our concern regarding continuing investment in Talisman Energy Inc., and our request that all necessary steps be taken immediately to develop a schedule for disinvestments from Talisman Energy Inc. CARRIED Res. #HB-10-04-01
There were two vacancies on the House of Bishops' Nomination Committee to be filled by a bishop from the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land and the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.
That the vacancies on the Nominations Committee be filled by Bishop Njegovan representing the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land and Bishop Young representing the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada. CARRIED Res.#HB-03-04-14
The Bishop of Cariboo, Jim Cruickshank, stated he was being upheld by prayer and that it was an incredible feeling. The Provincial Synod of B.C. and Yukon was a glorious occasion, with the Holy Ghost bouncing off the walls!
The following resolutions, adopted at Provincial Synod, were noted:
1. that the bishop and diocesan executive be given authority to formally wind up the affairs of the diocese within 12 months
2. that the diocese be authorized to negotiate a settlement with the Government of Canada, "provided that any such proposal must be sustainable from resources within the Diocese of Cariboo or its successor and must be of direct benefit to victims of abuse at St. George's Residential School"
3. that the use of an arbitration procedure between the diocese and the government be authorized to determine whether parish buildings are owned by the diocese or held in trust for the parish
Bishop Cruickshank described the rationale for the above action, including (re #3) that government lawyers have claimed parish buildings are assets of the diocese and should be turned over to the government. He noted that the finding of an arbitrator would be binding upon the diocese. If bankruptcy occurs, the Archbishop of British Columbia and Yukon would undertake Episcopal oversight of the region.
Bishop Cruickshank responded to questions.
Diocese of Qu'Appelle
The Bishop of Qu'Appelle, Duncan Wallace, stated there are 330 lawsuits before the courts relative to this diocese (33% directly and 67% as a third party). Legal expenses to date are $300,000+, although the diocese has not yet entered a courtroom. There has been one out-of-court settlement. The diocese has planned a major gathering in early December, following which a clearer picture will emerge. Bishop Wallace is hoping to be able to spend additional time in aboriginal communities and felt the diocese had a responsibility to develop and implement programs of reconciliation and healing and to combat racism.
Bishop Wallace responded to questions.
The Primate extended the appreciation of the House to Bishops Cruickshank and Wallace.
"That the House of Bishops enter into an In Camera Session to include Anglican bishops/archbishops, Lutheran bishops, House of Bishops' staff, General Synod staff at the "Director" level and General Synod's Consultant, Mr. Michael Butler." CARRIED Res. #HB 05-10-03
See In Camera Minutes, including resolution to conclude the session.