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 this House of Bishops commends the Reverend Canon John McCausland, SSJE, on the 60th Anniversary of his ordination as Priest, being celebrated at St. Brice's Church, North Bay, Ontario, on December 13, 1992.
We commend him for his long and faithful service as a Priest in the Diocese of Algoma and for a short term in the Diocese of Toronto, especially for his long term service as a member of the SSJE and as Father Superior for a number of years.
He has also worked with dedication in the field of Doctrine and Worship and served the interests of the National Church.
He will be remembered by most of the parish priests across the Church for "McCausland's Notes" on the daily and weekly Lectionary.
We affectionately wish him good health and join with his many friends who will be meeting in St. Brice's, North Bay, to honour him. 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
Bishop Pryce reported that the planning group of Bishop Walmsley, Bishop Donovan, the Rev. Richard Chang, the Rev. Pat Mauney, the Rev. Michael Ingham, and himself met in June.
Bishop Pryce reviewed a suggested format for the meeting. He said that a second planning meeting is to be held in January. Further enquiries are to be made into possible locations.
He reported that the estimated attendance would be forty-five bishops from each House, with a total of one hundred persons. The projected date is February 13-16, 1993. The ECUSA bishops would return home on the 17th and the Canadian bishops would continue until the 19th to work on their own agenda.
A suggested theme is "The Gospel in a Changing Church and in a Changing Culture." Among the topics suggested for study were Anglican Identity and Authority, Structures in the Anglican Communion, Multiculturalism, Racial Issues, Pastoral Issues, Justice and Peace, Roles of Bishops and Churches in solidarity with Women. Community would be built with daily Bible study in small groups.
That we thank the committee and approve the plan as outlined. CARRIED
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