The General Secretary reported that an invitation has been received from the Diocese of Western Newfoundland to hold the meeting of the House of Bishops prior to General Synod in Corner Brook. The bishops were pleased to accept the invitation.
Concern was expressed regarding the provision of funds to enable the wives of the bishops to be present at the meeting.
That a small task force be appointed to consider the various options for paying the expenses of the bishops' wives who attend the House of Bishops' meeting in June, 1989, and that the task force bring its suggestions before this House prior to the end of the meeting. CARRIED
The Primate indicated the hope that it will be possible for the Bishops' wives to accompany their husbands to England at the time of the Lambeth Conference and requested suggestions re wives' participation in the Conference.
The Primate described the role of Suffragan Bishops in England. He said that, in some instances, Suffragans are territorial Bishops who are active in Diocesan activities and meet as a College of Bishops, while in other situations, they work under the Diocesan's authority. The Primate said that Australia shares the same tradition, while in Africa that pattern has been to create more dioceses.
The Primate said that there is a desire to have more representation from India at the 1988 Lambeth Conference.
We recognize that the numbers and the duties and functions of Suffragan Bishops vary widely in different Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
However, in the Anglican Church of Canada, Suffragan Bishops are very few in number, and share fully in every aspect of episcopal and synodical ministry.
Therefore, the National House of Bishops requests that our Canadian Suffragan Bishops be invited to full and equal participation in the 1988 Lambeth Conference, without prejudice to other decisions about the attendance of Suffragans which may be made with regard to other Anglican Provinces. CARRIED #9-9-85
"Having been informed that the next Lambeth Conference will be held from July 16th to August 7th, 1988, as a residential conference at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and that each Bishop or Diocese will be responsible for:
(a) the travelling expenses to and from Canterbury
(b) a contribution towards the cost of food and lodging
and that Canada will be asked to accept a share of the administrative costs of the Conference and to make a contribution to the travel pool for Bishops from Dioceses who are unable to meet the costs:
This House of Bishops agrees that each Diocese should be responsible for the expenses of its Bishop or Bishops and also for an appropriate portion of the Canadian share of the administration assessment, and contribution to the travel pool.
Further, that it be agreed that no Diocesan Bishop should be prevented from attending for financial reasons and that if any Diocese is not able to make the necessary provisions, the Primate should be notified so that necessary assistance can be provided. CARRIED #4-11-83
It was agreed that a letter should go from the Primate to all the Dioceses urging that provision be made at the diocesan level to enable the Bishops' wives to attend the Lambeth Conference.
The Primate noted that attendance of Suffragan Bishops at the Lambeth Conference is now being studied.