That the matter of the Evaluation meeting as one House be referred to the Committee on Organization and the House of Bishops with the request that a report be given to the November meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED
The Primate then asked the House for suggestions on topics which might be discussed when the House meets later in the year. The dates given were in November, but after discussion, the following motion was presented: -
"That the next meeting of the House of Bishops be held during the first week in December from the fourth to the eighth." CARRIED
The Primate announced that the meeting would be in the Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre.
Discussion then centred around the topics for consideration at that time. The following topics were eventually agreed upon: -
The Wider Ordained Ministry;
Committee on a Constitution for the House of Bishops;
Committee on Tenure;
Ordination of Women;
During the discussion, the question of the relation of the House to the Committee on Doctrine and Worship received a good deal of consideration. It was felt that while certain Bishops were members of that General Synod Committee, there was need for more independence so that the House of Bishops might be able to give real leadership. The thought was expressed that the House should rightly be the Committee and the General Synod members added by way of liaison in order to avoid the difficulties which were apparent at the last meeting of General Synod where the House found the Report of that Committee unacceptable in the form to be presented. Others felt that the Bishops on the General Synod Committee could act as a liaison between the House and the Committee.
The Bishop of Moosonee, chairman of the Committee, reported on a meeting held in the Diocese of Calgary for those bishops with Indian and Eskimo work in their dioceses. The Committee met from Dec. 15th., to 17th., 1970. Bishop Watton asked for the approval of the House of the Terms of Reference for, and the Financing of, this committee. As no copies of these were available for individual members it was:-
That we receive the Report of the House of Bishops Committee on Native Canadians and further discussion be postponed pending copies of:
(i) Ther Terms of Reference and Financing;
(ii) The Memorial to the P.W.R. and D. Fund Committee. CARRIED
This further discussion was held on Saturday, January 23rd., and the Bishop of Moosonee presented the Terms of Reference.
(i) To keep under review the general native situation and initiate action where considered necessary.
(ii) To maintain liason with task forces within the Church in relation to native work.
(ii) To maintain close liaison with Federal and Provincial Government Indian departments and with national native organizations.
(iv) To maintain liaison at ecumenical levels where applicable.
(v) To study and make recommendations concerning briefs, proposals and requests brought to the attention of the Church in regard to Native matters.
Membership of the Committee.
The Bishops of Quebec; Moosonee; Keewatin; Rupert's Land; Brandon; Qu'Appelle; Saskatchewan; Calgary; Caledonia; Yukon; the Arctic; Mackenzie.
Membershiop of the Executive.
Bishops of the Committee who are also members of the National Executive Council plus the Chairman (Watton) and the Secretary (Cook).
The whole Committee to meet once a year for a period of three days. The Executive to meet during the period of the N.E.C. meetings.
a) In the event the Chairman and/or Secretary are not members of the N.E.C., the General Treasurer be asked to provide funds.
b) A Budget of about $4,000 will be required for the annual meeting of the whole Committee.
Resolved that the Synod of Nova Scotia views with concern an apparent tendency in the Armed Forces to emphasize the function of the chaplains as members of the military structure at the expense of their primary position as clergymen and representatives of the Christian Church. It is sincerely believed that the Mission of the Chaplain should be clearly recognized as one of spiritual and social concern towards those to whom he is called to minister, that in as far as it is possible, his dignity and authority should be kept free of all suggestions of military rank and status.
This Synod, therefore, respectfully requests the House of Bishops and General Synod to give serious consideration to the present situation in regard to their Chaplains and to make such representation as may be appropriate to the Department of National Defence to the end that the Mission and witness of the church may be safe guarded and enhanced.
That the Memorial of the Diocese of Nova Scotia re Chaplaincy Service be referred to the Chaplaincy Committee of the Canadian Council of Churches. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Chairman, Bishop Dean, presented the report. The Unit of Management was set up according to Canon V approved by General Synod August 1969. Following a discussion of possible terms of reference it was [moved and seconded].
That this NEC constitutes itself as the Board of Management of MSCC. CARRIED