Archbishop Davis briefly reviewed the actions and thinking of the Task Force.
Moved by: Archbishop Davis
Seconded by: Bishop Gartrell
"That this House give general approval to the procedure for electing National Executive Council at General synod as amended and request the Organization Committee to consider how this procedure may be implemented at the coming General Synod."
Following discussion, it was agreed that a Task Force be appointed to prepare a motion for presentation to the House later in the meeting.
"That a small drafting committee, consisting of the Archbishop of Nova Scotia, the Bishop of British Columbia and the Metropolitan of Ontario, be set up to phrase the proposed addition that no one will serve on the National Executive Council for more than two consecutive terms and also to incorporate other proposed changes in wording as agreed by the House." CARRIED
Bishop Short reported on behalf of the Task Force which recommended the following as principles for further discussion:
(1) electoral procedures should not be affected by economic considerations
(2) all dioceses should have the same right to elect their bishops
(3) the Province should have a significant role in making nominations in all episcopal elections
(4) the Province should participate in each episcopal election
(5) a Provincial Committee (?) should be in charge of all nominations, which may be submitted from the Church-at-large.
It was pointed out that one of the least defined areas in the Episcopacy is that of Suffragan, and agreed that this requires further study, along with a consideration of more extensive opportunities for the translation of Bishops.
"That this House strike a Task Force to give serious consideration to the matter of episcopal elections in the light of the recommendations presented to the House at the December, 1974, meeting, and that a report of their considerations be presented at the next meeting of the House." CARRIED
Following Bishop Garnsworthy's report, there was a discussion which centred mainly on the level of commitment and budget considerations. Bishop Garnsworthy noted that thought has been given to the possibility of applying to the Anglican Foundation for financial assistance, and that there would be financial support from the diocesan level.
"That the House of Bishops reaffirms its support and recommends that this be taken to Executive Committees and Synods for official discussion and diocesan underpinning." CARRIED
"That the Holy Week Services, together with a Service of Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service annexed to the Maundy Thursday Service be approved for publication in the Canadian Anglican Liturgical Series after further consultation with the House of Bishops."
Bishop Snowden read a letter from the Secretary of the Committee on Doctrine and Worship, addressed to Bishop Nock, requesting guidance relating to:
- Service of Renewal and Commitment
- Blessing of Oils
- Reserved Sacrament on Good Friday
Bishop Berry introduced Act 60.
That this House approve the inclusion of Deacons and Bishops in the Re-Affirmation Service, and
That this Service be printed separately from the Maundy Thursday Rite. CARRIED
The Doctrine and Worship Committee was requested to include a rubric or preface with the Service.
That the following Statement of Policy be accepted by the House of Bishops, for the time being. CARRIED #3-6-83
1. Anglican clergy who have abandoned the Anglican Church of Canada in order to exercise their ministry in some church with which the Anglican Church of Canada in not in communion, should be considered to have abandoned the exercise of their ministry and be deposed. (This is in accordance with the practice of the Episcopal Church of America.)
2. Clergy who have abandoned the Anglican Communion but wish to return to the Anglican Church of Canada will be subject to the normal discipline applying to those who have been deposed and wish to resume their ministry. This applies only to clergy who have not been admitted to any other Order than that in which they stood when they abandoned the Anglican Communion.
3. Clergy of churches with which the Anglican Church of Canada is in full communion, or have been ordained in churches whose Orders are not questioned by the Anglican Church of Canada and who after being associated with the Anglican/Catholic Church of Canada desire to exercise their ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada will not be required to undergo further ordination or conditional ordination.
4. The Anglican Church of Canada has made no statement about its position with respect to the validity of the Orders of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. Any such statement should be in accord with the practices of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, whose officers should be informed of our actions in this respect. For the immediate future the Anglican Church of Canada will require ministers ordained in Anglican Catholic Church of Canada or its sister body in the United States of America to be conditionally ordained before exercising a ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Bishop Berry reported that a Pastoral Letter is to be prepared and submitted to the Primate for distribution in early September, 1985.
It is to be stressed in the Pastoral that the Book of Common Prayer is the official Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Canada. Wide use of the Lectionary throughout the Canadian Church will be urged. All clergy and laity will be encouraged to look at the theological focus and practical instructions regarding how to take the Services.
That a Pastoral Letter be distributed to the whole Canadian Church in September, urging the use of the Book of Alternative Services, and encouraging study at the parish, deanery and diocesan levels of theological focus and practical instructions regarding the taking of Services. CARRIED #3-2-85
It was agreed that those Dioceses which have guidelines on the use of the Book of Alternative Services should send a copy of the guidelines to the Primate for distribution to all the Bishops.
Text of Pastoral Letter issued September 1985 (as in Official binder)
The Bishops of the Church send greetings to all our people as we begin to use the new official Book of Alternative Services, authorized by the General Synod of 1983 at Fredericton, New Brunswick.
We write to all our people mindful that the Book of Common Prayer is the official prayer book of the Church but that, in line with most of the Anglican Communion and with other Christian traditions, new liturgical forms are being used. New expressions of faith and worship relevant to our understanding of God's purpose in this world, and adapted to the communication needs of our age have resulted in our Book of Alternative Services which offers new possibilities and resources for worship and nurture.
The Book of Alternative Services has been approved after fourteen years of experimentation. It combines an ecumenical dimension of worship together with the Common Lectionary, which should be of great value to the whole Church.
We are aware of the need for the care and sensitivity in introducing the Book of Alternative Services into the life of the Church, and we ask the clergy to provide guidance and instruction on its contents and to encourage congregations to participate in its regular use and evaluation.
The opportunity is before us to use a new vehicle of liturgical expression and it is offered to the whole Church with the prayer that we might grow in faith and in the worship of God.
We commend it for personal and congregational use.