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
That the members of this House participate in the procession in Halifax when the Cross is moved from the Cathedral to St. Paul's Church during the October meeting of the House in Halifax. CARRIED
It was suggested that the period of time immediately before the state banquet which is to be held Saturday evening be free, and that the Sunday free time be spent with families in the parishes. The families will be responsible for transporting the bishops to the Metro Centre for the Service at 4:00 pm. Bishops are to vest in rochet and chimere for the service.
Moved by: Archbishop Bothwell
Seconded by: Bishop Wood
That this House agrees with these suggestions. CARRIED
That the timetable suggested by the Metropolitans be approved with the proviso that if a session is needed prior to General Synod a brief meeting of the House be scheduled immediately prior to the General Synod.
Moved by: Bishop Curtis
Seconded by: Bishop Lackey
That this House have a Fall meeting in 1988 and that the February 1989 meeting be moved to just prior to General Synod. CARRIED
Seconded by: Bishop Hannen
That the motion be referred to a group to be named by the Primate to develop a recommendation to be put before the House later in this meeting. CARRIED
That the following dates be accepted as the 1988-1989 meeting dates of the House of Bishops:
June 12-16 (before General Synod -- with wives present)
November - dates to be set CARRIED
Moved by: Bishop Clarke
Seconded by: Archbishop Hambidge
That Administration and Finance be requested to allot $73,500 for 1988 meeting costs. 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 move into an in camera session including the Primate's Principal Secretary, the Director of Communication and Information Resources, and the Director of Faith, Worship and Ministry. CARRIED HB Res. 03-04-07