The Primate welcomed Canon Ebert Hobbs, Mr. William Hanrahan and Mr. Kevin Allen to the meeting.
Canon Hobbs presented three aspects of Anglicans-In-Mission as an up-date.
(a) what has been happening
(b) visits with dioceses and strategy for the future
(c) outline of timetable.
Staff for Anglicans-In-Mission has now been hired. Phase I of the Mission Study will be ready for distribution around the middle of November, and 200 people have been asked to read the material and comment. The national case statement will be ready for the November meeting of the National Executive Council, and will be presented for approval. Accountability procedures have been tightened up and the categories in which the money will be spent have been listed. Results to date indicate that twenty-nine dioceses have dealt with the question of participation, with the remaining dioceses to make a decision at their next Synods.
Canon Hobbs expressed thanks to the Bishops for the generous cooperation which has been accorded Anglicans-In-Mission staff.
He said that Anglicans-In-Mission is simply a tool or a process, and it will be what is made of it. He expressed appreciation for the openness with which people have expressed their feelings.
Canon Hobbs recognized that, unless Church leaders are prepared to take the first step in raising the money to reach the agreed goal, it will not work and if the goal is not reached, it will mean cutting back on the program. He stressed that Anglicans-In-Mission needs the full cooperation of all dioceses if it is to be effective. Each diocese is urged to use the plan which has been developed. Anglicans-In-Mission is a partnership programme - parish to diocese and diocese to national, and each will have to make decisions and must be faithful to Anglicans-In-Mission. Canon Hobbs said that the attitude towards the Project is positive, and that he has discerned a strong desire to move together and make Anglicans-In-Mission a success.
Mr. Allen reflected upon his observations gathered in diocesan visitations. A position description for Diocesan Coordinators was distributed along with a Statistical Analysis of Diocesan Visits.
Mr. Hanrahan reviewed papers on strategy and planning, and a flow chart entitled, "Movement of Anglicans-In-Mission Through Eight Stations of Process and Activity."
Archbishop Garnsworthy thanked Canon Hobbs and the Community Counselling Services staff for their willing help and generous assistance and encouragement.
Following an open discussion and question period, the Primate summarized the main points raised as follows:
(1) Kit Study Materials - Suggested that the dioceses may wish to add further materials and requested that suggestions be conveyed to Canon Hobbs;
(2) National Consultation on Mission - The Message from the National Consultation may be included in the first Study Kit;
(3) Anglicans-In-Mission and continuing Stewardship Program - should be kept in on-going relationship to the dioceses.
(4) It was suggested that a national event, such as Theology '76, be held in 1984.
(5) It was suggested that consideration be given to events and gatherings which will inspire the Church in the next year or two.
Canon Hobbs encouraged the Bishops to organize their diocesan efforts as they find most useful, but urged the Bishops to keep the national structure informed.
That the Call the [be] approved, and read in Canadian Churches on the first Sunday in Advent. CARRIED #1-11-81
In June 1980 the General Synod decided to undertake one of the most challenging programs in the history of the Anglican Church of Canada. Known as Anglicans-In-Mission and based on the question "What is God calling us to do in the 80's?", the program is an attempt to develop a renewed vision of the Church's mission and to provide human and financial resources for translating the vision into actions during the remainder of the decade.
The first phase of the program was a Feasibility Study in every Diocese. The results indicate strong support in all parts of the country. As the next phase begins, we the Bishops, unanimously call upon every Diocese and congregation to examine carefully the Anglicans-In-Mission proposal, and to give it their unreserved support.
In particular we urge all members of the Church, both clergy and lay, to share in a carefully prepared program of reflection, study and prayer during 1982, so that we might gain a better understanding of the Church's mission in today's world, and on the basis of that understanding renew our commitment to partnership in mission.
Anglicans-In-Mission depends on the full involvement of all of us; Bishops, other clergy and laity together. We look to the future in confidence, faith and hope, and we invite you to share in that future.
When the House of Bishops returned in the evening to a plenary session, the writing group made up of Bishops Ferris, Howe and Johnson presented their amendment to the fourth point of Archbishop Hutchison's and Archbishop Finlay's motion.
Moved by: Bishop Howe
Seconded by: Bishop Ferris
"4. That the Task Force of the House of Bishops select a negotiator, as soon as possible, to work with the Bishop of New Westminster and the dissenting parishes to secure the appointment of an interim Episcopal Visitor within the model of the ministry of Area Bishops in other parts of the Anglican Church of Canada."
There was some discussion about the writing group's proposal. Bishop Lawrence observed that it was clear that the bishops were at an impasse.
"That the House of Bishops table the motion (by Archbishop Hutchison and Archbishop Finlay) and the writing group's proposed amendment to it until 9 a.m. the next morning." CARRIED Res. #HB-03-10-09
The next morning Archbishop Peers told the bishops, Bishop Buckle had indicated that he was unable to fulfill section one in the motion by Archbishops Hutchison and Finlay. In that section of the motion the House of Bishops requested that he refrain from exercising Episcopal ministry in the Diocese of New Westminster.
Archbishop Hutchison and Archbishop Finlay withdrew their motion. The House of Bishops consented to have it removed.
Bishop Ingham and Archbishop Crawley indicated that had the motion passed they would have complied with its second and third points (to stay disciplinary proceedings). Bishop Buckle said that the relationship between the dissenting parishes and the Bishop of New Westminster had broken down to a point of no reconciliation. He reported also, that the parishes had lost confidence in the House of Bishops and had made an appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury requesting that Bishop Buckle be appointed to give them pastoral care.
Archbishop Crawley commented that if the Archbishop of Canterbury were to say "no" to the parishes, it might encourage them to reconsider. He asked if there was some way of keeping the motion over. Archbishop Peers responded that he thought the best way to do it would be for the House to move a similar motion at the next meeting. The discussion continued and there were several expressions of concern about having the motion withdrawn. Archbishop Hutchison said he withdrew only under the understanding that a motion incapable of performance should be withdrawn. However, he said he thought it was a statement that was worthy. Some discussion continued.
The Ordinal was presented by Bishop Parke-Taylor and questions and comments were invited from the floor.
Bishop Valentine was asked to propose a motion for presentation to General Synod, and his submission was later presented to the House as follows:
Ordinal: Memorial to General Synod
This House commends the form of Ordinal presented by the Doctrine and Worship Committee. We consider that it expresses renewed understanding of the ordered ministry within the ministry of the whole people of God. It gives significant form to the participation of the whole Church in the choice and ordination of the clergy. It sets the action of Consecration clearly and powerfully within the context of prayer, and it emphasises that particular gifts of the Spirit are sought and given not only in the fact of ordination but also in the on-going work of an ordered ministry.
It would be our strong hope that this Ordinal, because of these and other great strengths which it exhibits, will be made available for alternative use in the Church, subject to the decision of the appropriate authority in each case.
We are aware that a legitimate concern may centre upon the actual moment of "Laying-on of Hands" and the form and intention of the accompanying words. We would suggest that this concern might be met by providing an alternative wording in the following form:
"N. In the name of God and in the authority committed
to His Church, we consecrate you for the office
and work of a Bishop
Deacon in the Church."
A subsequent prayer might then commence:
"Almighty Father, give your Holy Spirit to your servant, fill him with the grace..."
It is our conviction that such authorisation for alternative use of the Ordinal, together with a careful process of report and review, will set forward the achieving of a form which is true both to our historic heritage and to our contemporary responsibility.
That the Statement on the Ordinal be sent to General Synod as a Memorial. CARRIED