The Primate expressed appreciation to Bishop Wyatt for being present and assisting with various procedures. Bishop Wyatt, in thanking the Primate for this opportunity to visit the Canadian House of Bishops, suggested that the services of a process consultant might prove helpful, both to the Agenda Committee and at future meetings of the House.
"That we express our sincere appreciation to Bishop Wyatt for being present with us at this meeting of the House, and for his generous assistance." CARRIED
The subject of Church Union was widely discussed. The Primate reported that no executive action will be taken at General Synod. It was reported the Issue Group tried to have the name 'Church Union' changed to 'Church Unity', but the attempt was too late - the material had been sent to the printers. Archdeacon Light enumerated Unity resource material to be supplied General Synod delegates.
"That we request the Chair to appoint a small committee to draft a suggested resolution for consideration of this House dealing with the manner in which the Anglican Church of Canada will deal with submissions from Anglican Dioceses, Parishes, etc., regarding the Plan of Union." CARRIED
It was agreed that the House of Bishops, at the Fall meeting, study the Plan of Union and the Agenda Committee was requested to arrange for same.
The Primate introduced a problem confronting Bishop Burch concerning a Mar Thoma Church clergyman operating in his Diocese. After discussion, it was generally agreed that Bishop Burch would have the support of the House in authorizing clergyman of Mar Thoma Church to officiate in his Diocese.
In opening the Fourth Session, the Primate offered his thoughts to the House for reflection.
Archbishop Scott expressed reluctance to summarize the present situation, as he said he would not wish to impose his reactions upon others but felt it necessary to call attention to some points.
He expressed appreciation for the careful work which had been done by the House on the previous day, and thanked the Bishops for their willingness to work diligently and conscientiously. The Primate stressed that, in the comments made, there is no suggestion of blame of persons who had worked on commissions and said that the three negotiating churches had been faithful to their task and had worked with deep commitment and sincerity towards the preparation of the Plan of Union.
On behalf of the House, Archbishop Davis thanked the Primate for his comments.
"That we move into small groups to explore all possibilities of which one will be revision of the Plan of Union." CARRIED
On behalf of the groups, reports were presented by Bishop Nock, Bishop Ford, Bishop Sperry and Bishop Hill.
Bishop Short reported that there would be a Motion to the May meeting of the National Executive Council from the Committee on Doctrine and Worship regarding Canadian Anglican Liturgical Series No.1, and asked for the support of the House for the Motion. It was agreed that a Motion from this House be prepared and circulated for action later in this meeting along with copies of the Service in question.
Archbishop Davis reported on behalf of the Drafting Committee on Election Procedures, and moved the following amendment:
That this House recommends to the Organization Committee that rotation be ensured in diocesan representation on the National Executive Council by requiring that Dioceses shall be represented by a person of the same order for not more than two consecutive sessions between General Synods." CARRIED
The Motion, as amended, now reads:
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;
That this House recommend to the Organization Committee that rotation be ensured in diocesan representation on the National Executive Council by requiring that dioceses shall be represented by a person of the same order for no more than two consecutive sessions by General Synod." CARRIED
Note: Amendments relating to the document from the Task Force on Election Procedures "Re: Procedures for Electing NEC at General Synod" should be made in the text of the report as follows:
- Section I (4) shall read: - "In 1971 the Upper and Lower Houses voted themselves out of existence and General synod became a unicameral House."
- Number 9 shall read: - "When one person has been selected by a simple majority of the votes cast, his or her name shall be noted on the chart according to diocese and order, and all other nominations of persons residing in that diocese shall be dropped from the list of nominees."
- Number 14 shall read: - "When a second person has been selected by a simple majority of the votes cast, such a person shall be noted on that chart as before, and all other nominees residing in the same diocese as the one selected shall be dropped from the list of nominees."
"That messages be sent to Bishops Clarke, Short and Archbishop Jackson wishing them a sure and steady recovery; to Mrs. Greenwood, Mrs. Hives and Mrs. Queen on the loss of their husbands, and to the retired Bishops who were unable to be present." CARRIED