"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
"That the service entitled 'Commitment and Commissioning' be referred back to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for further study and work and after consultation with the House of Bishops be published for experimental use where authorized by the Bishop."
"That the tree members of this House who are members of the Committee on Doctrine and Worship provide liaison between the Doctrine and Worship Committee and this House concerning Act. No. 72." CARRIED
On Friday, November 13th , there were comments about the agenda. Particularly on how items get sent to the House of Bishops from other committees. It was observed that the end result is often that the House becomes reactive rather than proactive with respect to its agenda. There was general agreement that the House of Bishops needs to let others know what it is, and what it does. The hope being that such information would avoid the tendency to make the House of Bishops a clearing house (for items sent from other groups and committees). It was suggested by one member that House items should be those which fall under the categories of faith, order or discipline. Also of concern, was the need for program specifically oriented to new bishops. ("New bishops" were defined as those who have been bishops for one to five years.)
That this House ask the agenda committee to include a session for new bishops' training at the second half of the February 1993 House of Bishops meeting. CARRIED
In response to the letter from the General Secretary, this House approves the proposal that would make provision for the transfer of clergy employed at the National Office to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Primate. CARRIED 10-2-82
It was agreed that the Committee on Organization be asked to study the many factors involved, recognizing that there must be a clear line of accountability. It was agreed, also, that the Organization Committee be asked to study the matter of transference of Diocesan titles.
Concern was raised regarding the House of Bishops' List. The Primate reported that the Rev. R. Johns is working on this and that he is to report to the Organization Committee and the House of Bishops.
The General Secretary noted that retired Bishops are, by Canon, now accountable to the Bishop in whose Diocese they reside.
Bishop Hollis reported that the subject of Bishops Continuing Education Seminars at the next meeting will deal with biological issues, rational suicide, etc. It was his opinion that four or five sessions would be necessary.
That Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons be set aside for Continuing Education. CARRIED
Moved by Bishop Short, seconded by Archbishop Crabb,
That Wednesday evening be scheduled at the next meeting as a free evening. CARRIED
That the House ask Bishop Lawrence and Bishop Hatfield to bring the concerns of the House of Bishops on the deployment of ordained women to the Committee on Ministry, assemble facts and data available, and report back to the House at the May, 1981 meeting. CARRIED
The House welcomed the Reverend Brian Prideaux, National Ecumenical Officer.
Mr. Prideaux said that the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are now called to develop a common Christian life in the light of their agreement to establish a relationship of Interim Sharing of the Eucharist which became effective 1 October, 1989. This includes eucharistic hospitality to the members of each church. Joint celebrations of the Eucharist are to take place under carefully worked out conditions, with the knowledge and consent of the respective diocesan bishops. There is one president and that president is the priest or pastor of the host church, using the liturgy of that church. Other ordained persons assist with the service and the distribution of the elements.
Ways of developing common Christian life are being explored such as regular prayer and intercession for the other church. Local study groups will be encouraged to examine each other's church.
It is hoped that pastoral agreements will be developed to allow ministers of each denomination to serve in churches of either denomination in sparsely populated areas of Canada, along with ecumenical shared ministries, and the shared use of physical facilities. Common programs of education and outreach are to be encouraged. It is hoped that there will be reciprocal attendance at services of ordination and installation. The exchange of theologians to deliver addresses at major events is to be encouraged. Co-operation is encouraged in areas of social ministry. Mr. Prideaux said that a detailed commentary of the agreement is available through his office, on request.
It was agreed that practical recommendations regarding the eucharist should be made clear in the large commentary.
That work be done locally and jointly on procedures re joint services. CARRIED
It was agreed that the development of common understandings is very important, especially in the area of shared ministries.
It was suggested that diocesan newspapers be sent to each Lutheran clergyperson in each area.
That this House urgently request the Committee on Ministry to present to the General Synod in June 1989 definitive recommendations about ongoing funding to theological colleges and, in the process, check with the appropriate financing authorities. CARRIED