"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
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.
That the Council of the General Synod request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to establish a consultation to examine and make recommendations to the appropriate bodies concerning:
a) the role and governance of ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination];
b) alternate models of ministry and methods of discernment for these models; and
c) the appropriate lines of accountability for processes relating to all models on the diocesan, provincial and national levels;
d) other issues raised in the proposal of Faith, Worship and Ministry;*
with representation from:
a) the House of Bishops
b) the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
c) ACPO secretaries
d) Theological Colleges; and
e) those conversant with the concept of mutual ministry
with funding for the consultation to be provided from existing budgets of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and the House of Bishops, and to report the interim results of the consultation to the Council of General Synod no later than the Fall of 1997. CARRIED #39-11-96
*See report #006-06, item 3.1.
Faith, Worship and Ministry received a copy of the House of Bishops' Memorandum dated 21 May 1996 "Recommendations to the Council of General Synod re ACPO". Out of the discussion of this memo arose a proposal from Faith, Worship and Ministry regarding the House of Bishops' recommendation that the Council of General Synod establish a consultation regarding the role of ACPO, models of ministry, and lines of accountability. It is offered to the Council as a suggestion as to how to respond to the House of Bishops' request:
PROPOSAL FOR PROCESS OF CONSULTATION ON MINISTRY AND THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Purpose: To review and propose revisions to the national standards of the Anglican Church of Canada regarding ordained ministry and theological education.
1. Review the conversations and findings of the OPCOTE ministry conference at Huron College in May 1996.
2. Survey present standards, practices, and conversations in the various dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada, and representative other branches of the Anglican Communion and representative other communions.
3. Define questions and promote conversations regarding ordained ministry (including non-stipendiary ordained ministry, vocational diaconate, shared ministry, local ministry and other new forms of ordained ministry) and theological education (including recruitment, discernment, and evaluation) of the following constituencies of the Anglican Church of Canada: bishops; executive archdeacons; heads and chief academic officers of theological colleges; ACPO secretaries; representatives of persons involved in new forms of ordained ministry.
4. Convene regionally based conferences involving bishops, executive archdeacons, heads and chief academic officers of theological colleges, ACPO secretaries, persons involved in new forms of ordained ministry, and lay people, being sure to include persons from groups often unheard or marginalized.
5. Write a report with recommendations for changes in canons and new canons.
6. Convene a national conference involving three persons from each of the five conferences in #4, to discuss the report and recommendations.
7. Present the findings and recommendations to General Synod in 2001.
The Committee also considered recommendations 2 and 3 from the House, noting that there is an inconsistency between them. The second recommendation might more properly read "ACPO be considered by all concerned as discernment for postulancy for the professional model of priesthood".
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
That the House extends an invitation to the leaders of the Conference after they have prepared their report, to attend a meeting of the House to discuss the findings and resolutions from the Conference. CARRIED 18-2-82