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
Bishop Ferris, chair of the agenda committee announced additions to the agenda. He reminded the members that the day to be spent with the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples had been planned with representatives from that group.
"That the agenda be adopted with those changes." CARRIED Res. #HB-01-10-99
"That the House of Bishops move in camera, and that the people named for the previous in camera session be included with the addition of Dr. David Kuhl, meeting facilitator."
Bishop Harvey suggested that consideration be given to going in camera for the small (discussion) groups, but that conversations in plenary be held during general sessions (when the House wasn't in camera). Archbishop Morgan responded saying that the agenda committee had thought that a conversation during a general session might occur when the House was closer to the end of its discussions.
Archbishop Crawley proposed that the motion be amended to include the words "remain in camera until noon" so that the House could talk over the lunch hour (without restriction of being in camera).
That the House of Bishops move in camera, and that it remain in camera until noon. And that the people named for the previous in camera session be included with the addition of Dr. David Kuhl, meeting facilitator. CARRIED #HB-02-10-03
After lunch the House of Bishops went back in camera.
Moved by: Archbishop Morgan
Seconded by: Bishop Arthurson
"That the House move in camera with the inclusion of the people who were named for the previous in camera session".
Bishop Harvey inquired about the necessity of going in camera. Mr. Slavik answered by encouraging the members to continue with their work in camera with the idea that their final conversation could be held during a general session.
Bishop Tottenham registered a complaint saying that she had heard a member of the House of Bishops telling a writer for `The Anglican Journal' that the reason for the in camera sessions was because the bishops were embarrassed to have what they were saying recorded publicly. She shared her view that the point of holding the conversations in camera was to allow for individual comments that the House might not want to be held to.
Archbishop Peers reminded the House of Bishops that the standard was at the end of the meeting, to take out of camera the items which they felt didn't need to be held in camera. Archbishop Crawley added that there had to be a unanimous vote. The Primate concurred that the vote had to be unanimous.
The motion was put to the House.
That the House move in camera with the inclusion of the people who were named for the previous in camera session. CARRIED #HB-02-10-04
The motion moved by Archbishop Hutchison and seconded by Archbishop Finlay about enabling the Task Force on Episcopal Oversight for Dissenting Minorities was put on the floor. There was some discussion about making an amendment to part four of it.
"That the House of Bishops refer the motion (by Archbishops Hutchison and Finlay) and the subject under discussion to a writing group to be named by the chair, which will report back at 7 p.m." CARRIED Res. #HB-03-10-07
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