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 Primate introduced a letter from the General Secretary of General Synod containing a motion passed at the recent meeting of the National Executive Council.
"Be it resolved that:
The National Executive Council ask the House of Bishops to issue a statement:
1. enabling the local bishop to authorize ministers of other denominations to act as his representatives in matters pastoral and sacramental. (This was dealt with under Section (xlvi) Recognition of Ministers).
2. allowing Anglicans according to their own conscience, to receive the sacramental ministrations of other Christian traditions."
The House broke into groups for discussion on the second request and re-assembled at 10:15 a.m. Group reports were presented and after some discussion it was decided to withhold any action until a copy of the new Canon promulgated by the Church of England on this subject was available. The topic was resumed on Wednesday afternoon and the following motions were put to the House.
"That an editorial committee be appointed by the House to deal with the reports from the groups and the English Canon." CARRIED
"Moved by Bishop Goodman (Calgary)
Seconded by Bishop Maguire (Montreal)
"That the five bishops who reported for the groups form the Editorial Committee." CARRIED
Bishop Seaborn introduced an interim report and asked for further direction as the Committee had not had sufficient time to consider services from other areas such as Calgary and Winnipeg. It was felt the report should be received and the Committee continue its work.
"That the Report on Institution and Induction Services be received." CARRIED
The Archdeacon clarified many points connected with pensions ad made valuable suggestions. He referred especially to ordained men in secular employment who have permission to officiate in a priestly capacity. The Department of National Revenue considers these men to be employed by the Church even though they are non-stipendiary.
In pension concerns, ordination means employment. Men in this category should be asked to sign a waiver, (and their wives too) stating that they understand they are not members of the Church Pension Plan and will make no claim upon it.
In the Province of Ontario clergymen engaged in the teaching profession may transfer their equity in the Church Pension Fund to the Teachers Association Pension Fund and, if they return to full time work in the Church the total equity can be transferred back.
At the present time a clergyman's wife who is divorced surrenders all benefits from the Pension Fund unless it is decreed otherwise by the Courts. Children of the marriage, however, remain eligible for benefits. The Archdeacon mentioned that now the Clergy have to pay Unemployment Insurance there are certain benefits accruing in this respect. Voluntary contributions, additional to the pension premium, can be paid into a Clergy Retirement Savings Fund. This is open to clergymen who may be earning money from other than a Church source and are considered not to be employed in the eyes of the Church. Contributions up to $2,500 may be made annually, Income Tax deductible, that tax being paid when the assets are withdrawn on retirement. Withdrawal may be done in various ways:
1. by a lump sum Income Tax being paid on the full amount;
2. by periodic withdrawal, Income Tax being paid on the amount withdrawn;
3. the purchasing of an annuity
When a participant dies Savings Fund money, plus interest, is paid to the estate of the deceased.
"That the thanks of the House be given to Archdeacon Hobson for all the information given to us, and for all he is doing through the Pension Fund." CARRIED