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
Discussion took place about the re-examination of the statement on the common cup (this was due to a concern expressed because of the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis "B" in society today).
Some members suggested that a new statement would risk sending an unintentioned message to the constituency. It was agreed that TB is of growing concern and would warrant a re-investigation about the tradition of the common cup. However, AIDS is not (a concern), and any new statement would have to be clear about the distinction. It was agreed that the national Doctrine and Worship Committee together with the library would be requested to prepare a summary of contemporary material for the House of Bishops for its consideration.
That the Doctrine and Worship Committee draft a summary of recent literature regarding the use of the Common Cup and report back to the House of Bishops. CARRIED
Bishop Lemmon was pleased to extend an invitation for the bishops to hold their Fall meeting in 1995 in Fredericton, noting that in 1995 the Diocese of Fredericton is to celebrate its 150th anniversary. He suggested that the Fall meeting might be held in October.
That we accept, in principle, the invitation and ask for further discussion between the Diocese and the Bishops. 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 of Bishops accepts with gratitude the sum of $10,000 from the Assessment Budget toward the costs of the spouses attending the national House of Bishops educational event in June, 1992. Additional costs to allow the spouses to attend this important event will be raised by members of the House.
We recognize the fact that this is an educational and training event for the spouses and the bishops together. For this reason we apply to have all costs for all bishops and their spouses to attend the training event in 1995. This means that the Administration and Finance Committee of the General Synod should be alerted to this immediately so that the budgetary considerations for the future may be met. CARRIED
That the June 1992 meeting of the House of Bishops include an educational component and that the spouses of the bishops be invited to participate in the educational programme; and
That the Planning Committee for the June 1992 meeting should include some wives to assist in the planning, and be in touch with St. George's Church, St. Catharines, and be available to work with St. George's Church on the development of the agenda.
That this motion be tabled and brought forward later at this meeting. CARRIED
Bishop Lackey spoke regarding a Human Rights monument in Ottawa, the only one of its kind in the world. He requested permission, on behalf of the diocesan executive of the Diocese of Ottawa, to request contributions from other dioceses.
That the House grant permission to the Diocese of Ottawa to request contributions from other dioceses for the Human Rights monument. CARRIED