In response to a query from Bishop Peers, it was noted that General Synod in 1965 authorized the Revised Standard Version for Lessons at Morning or Evening Prayer and that General Synod, 1967, authorized either Revised Standard Version or New English Bible for the Epistles and Gospels at the Eucharist. (The New English Bible could not be authorized for Morning and Evening Prayer as the Old Testament was not completed.)
"That this House of Bishops is willing to participate in a joint task force with the Doctrine and Worship committee on the subject of 'authorized scriptures'. The House also requested that a report be presented to the House as soon as possible. CARRIED
The Nominating Committee was asked to nominate names of those to serve on this Task Force.
"That this House of Bishops requires that on the election of a Bishop the electing Diocese, the Diocese where the Bishop elect presently holds an appointment, and the Bishop elect make provision through the Metropolitan for up to one full month between the election and consecration for a period of preparation and training according to the House of Bishops guidelines, and at the expense of the electing Diocese."
"That we vote by Provincial Houses." CARRIED
The Motion was put and CARRIED IN ALL PROVINCES.
Moved by: Bishop Bothwell
Seconded by: Bishop Hambidge
"That this Resolution be sent from the National House of Bishops to all Diocesan Executive Committees and Diocesan Chancellors, and that we espouse this policy and recommend it, and request comments by the end of 1978." CARRIED
The focus of this Seminar, probably lasting two or three days, would be upon the informational area, the spiritual dimension, and the theological dimension. Some work would also be done in the inter-personal and administrative dimensions.
B. Seminar for Recently Consecrated Bishops
Approximately six months after Consecration, an additional Seminar would be provided. Here again, the time span would probably be two or three days. The focus on this occasion would be on pressure areas, the personnel dimension and the leadership dimension. Some additional time would be spent in the informational area. Also, additional work would be done in the inter-personal dimension, and time would be allowed for some significant theological reflection.
C. Support of Episcopal Couples
Each newly elected Bishop would be encouraged to develop his own appropriate opportunity for reflection on this new ministry and its effect upon his wife and family. Some individuals may choose to spend two or three days alone with their wife thinking and planning together. In other cases, couples may wish to spend two or three days with another Bishop and his wife. While flexibility would be encouraged, each Bishop Elect who is married would be expected to do some disciplined work in this area with his wife." CARRIED
On behalf of the Agenda Committee, Bishop Snowden suggested that a meeting be held February 5-7, 1980. It was suggested that the Reverend Peter Jagger, Warden of St. Deiniol's Library, be invited to lead a forum on Christian Initiation, and that there be a special emphasis on continuing education and learning opportunities at this meeting. It was suggested, also, that there be a meeting of the House immediately prior to General Synod, 1980, to be held as close to Peterborough as possible
"That there be a meeting of the House of Bishops from noon, Monday, June 9th until, Friday, June 13th, 1980". CARRIED
(Statement to National Executive Executive Council)
It was agreed that the following statement go from this House to the National Executive Council regarding the Committee on Union and Joint Mission and the Inter-Church Relations Committee:
"In view of Act 44 of General Synod in Quebec City requesting that Acts 41 and 42 (re Church Union) be placed before Provincial and Diocesan Synods.
And having in mind the strong recommendation of the House of Bishops meeting in Montreal before General Synod that until the next General Synod the Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), continue to meet informally to seek ways of understanding each other and participate as much as possible in each other's life rather than continue a formal process of negotiations towards organic union:
In accordance with the recommendations of the Inter-Church Relations Committee, we suggest that National Executive Council give consideration to inviting other Christian Churches to participate in a Joint Task Force on Future Ecumenical Relations to be set up as a successor to the Committee on Union and Joint Mission and that we suggest that the services of the Reverend James Boyles be made available to provide the Anglican Church of Canada share of staff support.
It is our hope that this Task Force will review carefully the possible ways the various churches can work together to implement the Lund Principle and make recommendations for fresh and creative ways of working towards the unity which Christ wills for His Church."
"That this Statement be adopted as the view of this House at this time." CARRIED
The House agreed that a Task Force should prepare a Brief to go to the Berger Commission, if the Task Force believes this would be useful.
"That Bishops M. Robinson, J. Frame, D. Hambidge, J. Sperry, J. Allan, T. Matthews and Archbishop Watton be authorized to submit a Brief to the Berger Commission on behalf of the House of Bishops, if such a submission is found to be desirable." CARRIED.
It was agreed that the Brief should be sent to the members of the House of Bishops for information.