The Reverend Canon Ansley Tucker and the Reverend Paul Robinson members of the General Synod Ministry Committee brought two resolutions (from the Committee) to the House of Bishops about the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO). Their purpose was to receive the House of Bishops' input about the resolutions (#3-2-84 re. ACPO contemplated for Canadian Forces personnel and #4-2-84 re. Categories for use by ACPO assessors in relation to prospective postulants) to be taken back to the Ministry Committee, before bringing the resolution to the National Executive Committee for approval. (See appendix ii for resolutions).
Following a discussion in plenary, the consensus of the House of Bishops was that it would ask that the ACPO process continue.
That a joint task force of 2 episcopal chairs and 2 ACPO secretaries representing different regions meet with representatives from the Ministry Committee. CARRIED
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON POSTULANTS FOR ORDINATION (ACPO)
HOUSE OF BISHOPS
Guidelines re members of the Canadian Forces "who wish to be pursue the ordained ministry".
When ACPO is contemplated for the Canadian Forces personnel, the following guidelines will be observed:
1. The applicant must be co-sponsored by the Bishop Ordinary and a Diocesan Bishop.
2. The Diocesan Bishop interviews the candidate and helps provide pastoral support through regular diocesan channels.
3. If ordination is appropriate, then the Bishop Ordinary, at the request of the Diocesan or with permission of the Diocesan, may ordain.
4. The ordained person may be considered for employment in the Diocese of the co-sponsoring Diocesan Bishop of until accepted into the Forces.
5. If Provincial Postulancy is in effect, then this will be considered.
Categories for use by ACPO assessors in relation to prospective postulants:
a) recommended at this time for postulancy -- with suggestions for "areas of training and experience to be included in the education and training process".
b) not recommended at this time for postulancy -- with suggestions for "areas of training and personal growth to be undertaken before further assessment by ACPO or other appropriate evaluation in considered".
c) not recommended at this time for postulancy -- with suggestions of "other areas of ministry and service which may be more appropriate".
On behalf of the Metropolitans, Archbishop O'Driscoll requested input from the House of Bishops about those who would be permitted to attend the in camera study sessions on the church and sexuality.
That the House of Bishops' study sessions on sexuality, include its members, plus the Reverend Gordon Light, Principal Secretary to the Primate; Ms. Jo Mutch, Executive Assistant to the Primate; Mr. Douglas Tindal, Director of Communications, and Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary." CARRIED
The House then addressed a tabled motion from the spring 1997 meeting. (p. 10, April 1997 minutes)
That the motion put before the House by Bishop Ingham and Hutchison at the spring 1997 meeting be lifted from the table. CARRIED
There was some discussion about the motion before it was put to a vote.
Moved by: Bishop Ingham
Seconded by: Bishop Hutchison
While the House of Bishops, in reissuing and updating the 1979 Guidelines, states its commitment to the principles contained therein, nevertheless the House understands that individual bishops, acting with their diocesan synods, may wish to set these guidelines aside in specific instances and for pastoral reasons, and members of the House agree not to challenge the right of any bishop and/or diocese to do so. LOST
That this house, seeing the very real need of a training event for new bishops, including spouses, asks the primate's office to make arrangements for such an event during the fall of 1995, assuming that funding can be secured. (We suggest that all bishops ordained after January 1, 1992 be part of this program.) CARRIED
The General Secretary reviewed the request of NEC (November 1972) to the House of Bishops, the response of the House of Bishops, the Kootenay Memorial, and circulated documentation for information.
The resolution of the NEC (May 1972) regarding intercommunion and recognition of ministers was reviewed, and the following motion presented:
Moved by Broadwell, seconded by Jackson,
That this resolution not be placed before General Synod. CARRIED
Moved by Merriman, seconded by Cook,
That the Kootenay Memorial be tabled pending communication with the Diocese of Kootenay, to be brought forward on the agenda of this session later. CARRIED
The Primate reported later that he was unable to contact the Bishop of Kootenay, and it was AGREED to leave this to the General Secretary to consult with the Diocese on the possibility of it withdrawing its Memorial in view of the House of Bishops' request.
That the Dioceses be informed of the action of the NEC at this meeting with reference to the questions which they were asked to take up with their Dioceses individually. CARRIED
The following resolution of the ICR Committee's Executive (February 1, 1973) was noted:
That NEC be informed that we concur in the recommendations passed by the House of Bishops regarding intercommunion and recognition of ministers;
that NEC be made aware of the existing dilemma arising from the conflict between the Dioceses of Kootenay Memorial and the House of Bishops' recommendations;
that it be pointed out to NEC that the Memorial and accompanying paper does outline a means of implementing the motion, as requested in Part (4) of the House of Bishops' motion;
and that we recommend that NEC ask the Diocese of Kootenay if, in view of the House of Bishops' motion, it would be willing to reconsider its Memorial.