The Primate reminded the House that the above noted title was approved at the November, 1990 meeting of the House.
Moved by: Bishop Morgan
Seconded by: Bishop Wood
That this House revert to the name Chaplaincy to the Canadian Forces.
That this motion be tabled and that Bishop Hatton be requested to suggest an appropriate title before the Convening Circular of General Synod is prepared. CARRIED
Bishop Hatton distributed terms of reference and the job description of the Bishop Ordinary. He described the changing nature of the work of the Bishop Ordinary, indicating that he hopes to place emphasis on pastoral work with chaplains and their families, and Anglicans on the bases. He said that if confirmations were taken by the bishop of the diocese in which the base is located, closer ties with the dioceses could be established. Bishop Hatton said that Anglicans who live on bases are concerned about the remote possibility of being elected as members of diocesan, Provincial or General Synods.
Bishop Pryce commented on the working paper prepared by the Confirmation Task Force, composed of representatives from the Children's Unit, the Youth Unit, the Doctrine and Worship Committee, the House of Bishops, and national staff.
Bishop Pryce stressed that this is a working paper and not a report. He said that the Program Committee asked the Children's Unit to study this matter, and requested the Primate to appoint a task force.
Bishop Pryce said that the working paper needs to get into the church to be read and discussed. The task force is asking for a full day at the Fall, 1989 meeting of the House to present details of the report and discuss implications. He told the bishops that the document has gone to General Synod members and is to be dealt with at the information dialogue on June 16th as part of the Doctrine and Worship dialogue.
Statistics regarding the national church and quantities of the document are available from the Reverend Paul MacLean.
That we ask the Primate to appoint a task force to receive comments, criticisms and information from various parts of the church, and to submit a further report to the National Executive Council and the House of Bishops. CARRIED
Archbishop Bothwell read a letter from St. George's Church, St. Catharines, exentending an invitation to host a two-day seminar at Brock University as an anniversary project on the occasion of that parish's 200th anniversary. The suggested focus for the seminar was "Authority in the Anglican Communion."
The proposal is to invite outstanding leaders of the Anglican Communion. Bishops would be invited to submit questions regarding authority which they would like to have addressed at the workshop.
That this invitation be referred to the Agenda Committee of the House of Bishops to report back to the next meeting of the House. CARRIED
A request that consideration be given to the establishment of a fund to enable deans and their spouses to attend a Deans' Conference was received from the Provincial House of Bishops of Ontario. The Deans' Conference is held biennially or triennially, with one meeting being held immediately before General Synod. Deans who are able to finance their own attendance would do so and, where possible, contribute to a pool to assist those who are unable to provide their own financing.
Moved by: Archbishop Bothwell
Seconded by: Bishop Goodings
That this House endorse the principal of the Deans' Conference on a biennial or triennial basis, and requests every member of the House who is able to make a contribution of up to $500 to a fund to assist those who are unable to provide their own financing. WITHDRAWN
That the Primate appoint a small task force to consider a proposal to be brought before the next meeting of the House, after consultation with some of the Deans. CARRIED
That the timetable suggested by the Metropolitans be approved with the proviso that if a session is needed prior to General Synod a brief meeting of the House be scheduled immediately prior to the General Synod.
Moved by: Bishop Curtis
Seconded by: Bishop Lackey
That this House have a Fall meeting in 1988 and that the February 1989 meeting be moved to just prior to General Synod. CARRIED
Seconded by: Bishop Hannen
That the motion be referred to a group to be named by the Primate to develop a recommendation to be put before the House later in this meeting. CARRIED
That the following dates be accepted as the 1988-1989 meeting dates of the House of Bishops:
June 12-16 (before General Synod -- with wives present)
November - dates to be set CARRIED
Moved by: Bishop Clarke
Seconded by: Archbishop Hambidge
That Administration and Finance be requested to allot $73,500 for 1988 meeting costs. CARRIED
The Primate reminded the House that the National Executive Council in November, 1990, had asked the House of Bishops to replace the Third Collect for Good Friday in the Book of Common Prayer with a suitable alternative.
The following Collect has been proposed by the Doctrine and Worship Committee and accepted by the National Executive Council.
"O God of unchangeable power and eternal light,
look favourably on thy whole Church,
that wonderful and sacred mystery.
By the effectual working of thy providence,
carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation.
Let the whole world see and know
that things which were cast down are being raised up,
and things which had grown old are being made new,
and that all things are being brought to their perfection
by him through whom all things were made,
thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen."
That this Collect be authorized for use as an alternative to the Third Collect for Good Friday in the Book of Common Prayer. CARRIED
Bishop Asbil informed the House of an invitation which has been extended by St. George's Church, St. Catharines, for the bishops and their spouses to meet in St. Catharines in June, 1992. It is hoped that the bishops and their wives would arrive in St. Catharines on Saturday, June 13th, and depart for Toronto on Thursday, June 18th to register for General Synod. The suggested venue is Brock University.
Bishop Asbil reviewed a suggested pattern for the meeting, noting two major areas of concern in Niagara Diocese are the use of agricultural land and pollution.
Remembering the major contribution which the bishops' wives made at the meetings of the House in Brandon and Corner Brook, it was unanimously agreed that wives should take an active part in the educational component of the meeting.
That we accept the invitation to have the meeting of the House of Bishops in St. Catharines in June, 1992. CARRIED
That the Long Range Planning Committee, in co-operation with the Committee on Ministry, develop a plan for the 1990's of the long-range needs of the professional ministry of the Anglican Church in Canada and report back to the House by the winter of 1990. CARRIED
That this House, through the office of the Primate, convey its sincere condolences to the families of the late Archbishop Garnsworthy and Archbishop Wright, and express our gratitude for their episcopal ministries especially in and through this House. CARRIED