Archbishop Nutter reported that the Primate wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury, as requested at the November meeting of the House, and received a response to his letter from Canon S. Van Culin's response were distributed to the Bishops.
According to the formula outlined by Canon Van Culin, as developed at the March 1986 meeting of Primates, the Canadian Church is entitled to send three Suffragan Bishops. No provision is being made for the attendance of the wives of Suffragan Bishops at the Lambeth Conference.
The Metropolitans identified various methods of indicating the Suffragan Bishops who should be invited to attend from the Canadian Church. It was agreed that seniority should be the defining factor, but that no more than one Bishop should attend from the same Diocese. If any Suffragan is unable to go because of illness, or chooses not to go, the next senior Suffragan Bishop should take his place. The Metropolitans agreed that this proposal should be placed before the Bishops for their consideration.
That the three Suffragan Bishops senior by Consecration be those designated to attend the Lambeth Conference in 1988, and that if any of those thus indicated are unable to attend, the next senior Suffragan Bishop shall take his place, with not more than one attending from any diocese. CARRIED
The use of generic language in the Baptismal Service in the Book of Alternative Services was discussed, and there was agreement with the decision of the Doctrine and Worship Committee on the use of generic language.
That this House of Bishops supports the position taken by the Doctrine and Worship Committee regarding the use of generic language in the Baptism Formula in the Book of Alternative Services. CARRIED #3-9-85
N.B. "Generic language" presumably means the formula "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen". Inclusive language is not to be used with respect to the Trinity. Clarification provided by Liturgical Office -- 26 Oct. 1993]
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
Whereas the General Synod of 1980 requested the House of Bishops to give leadership in implementing an effective program of evangelism throughout our Church;
And Whereas it is evident that a number of Dioceses have already identified evangelism as one of the priorities in their Anglicans in Mission Diocesan Cases;
Therefore be it resolved:
That this House of Bishops calls Dioceses and parishes to consider seriously the implementation of effective programs of evangelism and further requests that General Synod approve in principle the allocation of funds for the appointment of a support staff person at such a time as the House of Bishops and the National Executive Council through consultation deem it appropriate. CARRIED #17-6-83
That this House advise the Administration and Finance Committee that it would welcome negotiated standards and guidelines for chargeable travel and accommodation expenses related to meetings of the House of Bishops. CARRIED
The Primate reported that a communication had been received from Bishop Sjoberg, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada indicating the hope that opportunities would be provided in the future for closer relationships between Anglican and Lutheran bishops.
It was agreed that Bishop Sjoberg should be informed of the dates of the February meeting of this House, and that the suggestion should be made that the Lutheran bishops meet during the same period at the same place. It was agreed that some joint sessions would be beneficial.
That this House concur with the Primate's initiative in regard to the Lutheran Church and the November, 1988, meeting of the House of Bishops. CARRIED
Correction that "P. 9 - second to last line - should read `November 1988' [not 1987] to be found in Resolution 16-2-88 "House of Bishops - Minutes of the Meeting of the House of Bishops of October, 1987 - Amendments" in HB Minutes of February 1988.
Notation that this motion was CARRIED to be found in Resolution 16-2-88 "House of Bishops - Minutes of the Meeting of the House of Bishops of October, 1987 - Amendments" in HB Minutes of February 1988.