"That this General Synod direct the Doctrine and Worship Committee, in consultation with the House of Bishops, to prepare an Ordinal for alternate use, study and comment in the Anglican Church of Canada, and to bring it to General Synod for discussion and appropriate action in 1980."
"That the Nominating Committee be asked to make nominations to comply with this Act of Synod." CARRIED
In reporting on behalf of the Agenda Committee, Bishop Berry noted that the Report of the Task Force on Funding National Goals would come before the House on June 11th, and that the Reverend Canon Ebert Hobbs, newly appointed Director of Membership Development would be present for the presentation. He noted, also, that meetings of Provincial Houses were to be held at the close of the evening session on June 12th.
That the agenda, as presented, including the two additions, be accepted. CARRIED
Bishop Valentine introduced Dr. David Skelton who is a geriatric specialist and ordained priest. He explained that Dr. Skelton and Archdeacon Ralph Baxter, out of their deep common concern for the elderly, have spearheaded the Elders in Ministry Project. Dr. Skelton thanked the Bishops for the opportunity to address the House. He provided background information on the study, noting that in geriatric medicine concern is for physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of life. He reported that, barring unforseen calamity, the world's population will double within the next thirty-five years.
Dr. Skelton explained that the purpose of the Project is to develop programs for use on the national, diocesan and local levels within the Church framework which will improve the quality of life of the elderly.
Dr. Skelton outlined the three phases of the Project as follows:
(i) to identify the needs and resources - (data is available through university computer facilities);
(ii) assessment of how older people view their needs to discover similarities and differences;
(iii) development of facilities to enable older people to become actively involved in both secular and church activities.
Using researched data, work out strategies to fill the identified gaps;
Implement programs and make them available to Church, society and government. Dr. Skelton noted that Bishop Valentine is Chairman of the Board which is centred in Winnipeg, and that there is a good representation of seniors on the Board. Dr. Skelton said that Archdeacon Ralph Baxter is fulltime Project Director, while he serves as technical adviser. Dr. Skelton urged those Bishops whose dioceses have not yet appointed a diocesan representative to convey the name of their representative to Canon Baxter as soon as possible. He noted that the United Nations has designated 1982 the Year of the Elderly, and suggested that a Senior Sunday may be set in the Fall of 1981 which would provide an opportunity for national coverage.
Dr. Skelton expressed appreciation to the Bishops for the opportunity to speak, and kindly offered to contribute the notes of his address. (Appendix D)
That this House recommend to the National Executive Council that it consider the possibility of including "Elders in Ministry" in the national program. CARRIED
Bishop Valentine kindly agreed to present this concern to the National Executive Council.
"That we meet for discussion on the Plan of Union 9:00 a.m. January 31st and on February 1st for as long as necessary." CARRIED
Bishop Matthews said that he would be happy to arrange for hospitality for any of the Bishops who wished to stay in Quebec City following the meeting of the House of Bishops in Montreal, and prior to the start of General Synod. The Primate noted that the Department of Administration and Finance has approved a per diem rate for the Bishops.
"That we concur that the Agenda Committee explore the possibility of holding a two-week meeting of the House of Bishops in 1976." CARRIED
It was generally agreed that Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre is a suitable and convenient location for meetings of the House but agreed that occasional meetings should be located in other parts of the country.