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".
Archbishop Morgan addressed the proposed funding cuts re the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) and discussion ensued.
Moved by: Archbishop Morgan
Seconded by: Bishop Cruickshank
"That the House of Bishops request the Financial Management and Development Committee and Council of General Synod to consider reinstating the budget for ACPO." WITHDRAWN
"That as the House of Bishops considers ACPO to be a priority, the Financial Management and Development Committee and the Council of General Synod be requested, in consultation with ACPO Chairs and Secretaries, to reconsider the proposed funding cut in 2001." CARRIED Res. HB 16-10-00
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 House of Bishops move in camera with the inclusion of Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary; the Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Director of Faith, Worship and Ministry; the Rev. Dr. Michael Thompson, Principal Secretary to the Primate, and Ms. Jo Mutch, Executive Assistant to the Primate. CARRIED #HB-02-10-09
"That this House, while appreciating his desire to be helpful, urges Bishop Terry Buckle to withdraw his offer of Episcopal oversight for the seven parishes seeking alternative Episcopal oversight in the Diocese of New Westminster."
Moved by: Bishop Hollowell
Seconded by: Bishop Njegovan
"That the motion be amended to read 'That this House, while recognizing his desire to be helpful, urges Bishop Terry Buckle ... etc'."
Bishop Ashdown asked to be put on record as appreciating what Bishop Buckle was trying to do.
The amendment to the motion moved by Bishop Hollowell and seconded by Bishop Njegovan was put before the House. LOST
Moved by: Bishop Stavert
Seconded by: Bishop Matthews
"That this House, while appreciating his desire to be helpful, and in light of the appointment of Bishop Hockin to a special ministry in the Diocese of New Westminster, urges Bishop Terry Buckle to withdraw his offer of Episcopal oversight for the seven parishes seeking alternative Episcopal oversight in the Diocese of New Westminster."
Archbishop Morgan and Archbishop Hutchison agreed to accept the addition to their motion as a friendly amendment.
Moved by: Bishop Clarke
Seconded by: Bishop Burton
"That the motion be tabled." LOST
The motion was put before the House.
That this House, while appreciating his desire to be helpful, and in light of the appointment of Bishop Hockin to a special ministry in the Diocese of New Westminster, urges Bishop Terry Buckle to withdraw his offer of Episcopal oversight of the seven parishes seeking alternative Episcopal oversight in the Diocese of New Westminster. CARRIED Res. #HB -3-04-09
Archbishop Peers made a few comments about the episcopate acknowledging that bishops can have varying perspectives on the same issue. He concluded by commenting that he was proud of the House of Bishops with respect to "the context of which we wrote and spoke" (during the previous session).
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
The House of Bishops' Task Force on Non Stipendiary Ministry reported on the work it had done since its establishment in the spring. Membership of the task force included Bishop Ashdown, Bishop Atagotaaluk, Bishop Coffin and Bishop Lawrence. Following a presentation of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples at the spring 2002 meeting of the House of Bishops, they had been asked by the Primate to do some work on the topic of the non stipendiary ministry.
Bishop Atagotaaluk began the session with a prayer. Bishop Ashdown, the chairperson of the task force, reminded the House of how the working group had come into being and then gave an overview of the presentation. Bishop Ashdown said that non stipendiary ministry was being examined in the interest of the Church justly compensating its ministers. He said that non stipendiary ministers often have to work full-time in secular employment, and then volunteer up to 40 hours for the Church.
Bishop Lawrence presented the theological reflection he had been asked to write on the non stipendiary ministry. Bishop Lawrence said that it is the responsibility of the episcopate to look after the ordination, employment and deployment of the clergy. He said that the concern about those in the non stipendiary ministry had been brought to the bishops, and that they were the people who were ultimately responsible for those clergy.
Bishop Atagotaaluk said that because the task force's report hadn't yet been presented to the House of Bishops, he had only shared the opinions of the task force with the members of the ACIP at their most recent meeting. He said because he hadn't known the mind of the House about the report, he hadn't felt that he could have a discussion about it with the members of the ACIP. He reported that the ACIP were concerned that whenever there are issues involving aboriginal people, frequent studies done on the topic are then followed by little action. Bishop Atagotaaluk passed on the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples' request that the bishops do more than simply receive the report of the House of Bishops' Task Force on Non Stipendiary Ministry.
Bishop Coffin offered the assistance of his office to the bishops whenever they were in Ottawa. He said that because he was the only member of the task force who was not a member of the Council of the North he had brought a different perspective to its work. He commented that while the presentation of the report to the House of Bishops brought the work of the task force to an end, the members of the task force were still very much committed to the issues of the non stipendiary ministry. Bishop Coffin concluded with a prayer.
Archbishop Peers thanked the task force for their work, adding that he had heard two challenges. The first was to the Council of the North, and the second was about having a conversation with the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. He said that he couldn't imagine how the latter might occur, except by the two groups meeting together sometime in the future.
Bishop Ashdown said that the ACIP had already named people to represent them on a Joint Working Group on the Non Stipendiary Ministry. They are Ms. Maria Jane Highway, Ms. Lorraine Still, Mr. Andrew Wesley and Ms. Eunice McMahon. He indicated that the members of the House of Bishops' Task Force on Non Stipendiary Ministry were prepared to continue working on the issue. Questions and comments were invited from the floor.
That the House of Bishops request the members of the Task Force on the Non Stipendiary Ministry, Bishop Ashdown, Bishop Atagotaaluk, Bishop Coffin and Bishop Lawrence, to continue their work in liaison with the representatives of the Anglican Council of Indigenous People. CARRIED #HB-02-10-05
DRAFT report for consideration by Council of the North, House of Bishops, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
1. The New Agape for the whole church
In order for the New Agape to become a reality that serves the whole Anglican Church of Canada, our whole church needs a justly-compensated aboriginal clergy.
2. Justice principles for the whole church
Principles of justice for aboriginal clergy should apply to all clergy serving in non-stipendiary ordained ministries. At the same time, it is vital that the initial energy for justice, arising out of the experience of aboriginal clergy, continue to be recognized and honoured. A solution for the whole church cannot include continuing injustice for aboriginal communities and those who serve them.
1. For the good of all, each community has a responsibility to be a self-sufficient as possible.
2. The first responsibility for providing resources for ministry rests with the local community.
3. The diocese has primary responsibility for overseeing, encouraging and affirming ministry in its communities.
4. The whole church is responsible for sharing resources to enable all the parts to exercise their fullest ministry.
5. There must be mutual responsibility and accountability at all levels.
A way forward:
1. That Faith, Worship and Ministry be asked to convene a consultation among those who prepare clergy for ministry to explore how such providers can ensure a common standard of preparation for ordained ministries.
2. That the interim commitments of the House of Bishops be actively pursued in the dioceses. (recognition, inclusion, payment of ministry expenses)
3. That a National Fund be established to assist certain dioceses with funding for just compensation for clergy now not receiving a stipend.
The National Fund:
1. The maximum support available from the National Fund would be 50%, on a matching basis for local financial support.
2. Dioceses put forward proposals for funding that include a plan to move towards self-sufficiency.
3. That the National Church, in partnership with dioceses, identify or provide resources (stewardship, congregational development) for self-sufficiency in local ministries.
4. That a moratorium on further ordinations of non-stipendiary priests be established, to be reviewed for the General Synod of 2010.
5. That decisions about support be taken by a board including representatives from ACIP, Council of the North, other affected dioceses, and General Synod.
6. That ordained ministries involving more than ten hours per week of work, or in cases where a person has responsibility designated as or similar to that of a "priest in charge" be understood normally as ministries requiring compensation (cash, housing, utilities, benefits) beyond expenses.
Joint Task Force on Non-Stipendiary Ministry
Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
House of Bishops, Anglican Church of Canada
October 2, 2003
Priestly Ministry- Qualities, Knowledge and Skills
Exhibits love, compassion and caring and humility
Trusts self and others
A representative of Christ, recognized and accepted by the community as Christ-like
Confirmation of a call, evidence that God is the author of this ministry
Helps people develop a relationship with Christ because he/she lives that relationship
Fees on scriptures as the living Word of God- doesn't just read them
Prayer-filled - doesn't just read prayers or "take services"
Able to model the faith with integrity
Sensitive to a respectful of the community's rituals
Loves to learn and approaches learning with discipline and joy
Knows his/her own limitations; knows when, where and how to ask for help
Knows the tradition of the Anglican Church
"big picture" - chronology, "the story of salvation"
the story of Israel
the story of Jesus, the apostles and the church
Creeds - the teaching of the church across the ages
Order - the shape of ministry and authority
Community - the story of Jesus as it has been known in this local community
Knows what makes people, groups, communities and cultures "tick"
Cultural knowledge of this particular community - language, history, culture, spirituality of those with whom he/she is sharing and interpreting the Christian story
Able to share the story of Jesus and the Christian faith with others in a way that they find themselves in the story
Teaching at critical life events - baptism, marriage, grieving
Teaching the life of prayer
BAS and BCP Eucharist, Baptism, Marriage, Funeral
Planning worship and involving others in leadership
Administration and management
Encouraging teamwork and delegating
Enable people to talk with others across differences of culture, spirituality, values
Monday morning Archdeacon Boyles introduced Mr. Sam Galati as the General Synod's Communications Consultant. Mr. Galati was hired on a six months contract since the last meeting of the House. (His contract comes to an end in December 2002.)
That the House move in camera, with the inclusion of the others mentioned for the previous in camera session, and with the addition of Mr. Sam Galati, Communications Consultant. CARRIED #HB-02-10-06