On Friday, November 13th , there were comments about the agenda. Particularly on how items get sent to the House of Bishops from other committees. It was observed that the end result is often that the House becomes reactive rather than proactive with respect to its agenda. There was general agreement that the House of Bishops needs to let others know what it is, and what it does. The hope being that such information would avoid the tendency to make the House of Bishops a clearing house (for items sent from other groups and committees). It was suggested by one member that House items should be those which fall under the categories of faith, order or discipline. Also of concern, was the need for program specifically oriented to new bishops. ("New bishops" were defined as those who have been bishops for one to five years.)
That this House ask the agenda committee to include a session for new bishops' training at the second half of the February 1993 House of Bishops meeting. CARRIED
The House welcomed the Reverend Brian Prideaux, National Ecumenical Officer.
Mr. Prideaux said that the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are now called to develop a common Christian life in the light of their agreement to establish a relationship of Interim Sharing of the Eucharist which became effective 1 October, 1989. This includes eucharistic hospitality to the members of each church. Joint celebrations of the Eucharist are to take place under carefully worked out conditions, with the knowledge and consent of the respective diocesan bishops. There is one president and that president is the priest or pastor of the host church, using the liturgy of that church. Other ordained persons assist with the service and the distribution of the elements.
Ways of developing common Christian life are being explored such as regular prayer and intercession for the other church. Local study groups will be encouraged to examine each other's church.
It is hoped that pastoral agreements will be developed to allow ministers of each denomination to serve in churches of either denomination in sparsely populated areas of Canada, along with ecumenical shared ministries, and the shared use of physical facilities. Common programs of education and outreach are to be encouraged. It is hoped that there will be reciprocal attendance at services of ordination and installation. The exchange of theologians to deliver addresses at major events is to be encouraged. Co-operation is encouraged in areas of social ministry. Mr. Prideaux said that a detailed commentary of the agreement is available through his office, on request.
It was agreed that practical recommendations regarding the eucharist should be made clear in the large commentary.
That work be done locally and jointly on procedures re joint services. CARRIED
It was agreed that the development of common understandings is very important, especially in the area of shared ministries.
It was suggested that diocesan newspapers be sent to each Lutheran clergyperson in each area.
That this House urgently request the Committee on Ministry to present to the General Synod in June 1989 definitive recommendations about ongoing funding to theological colleges and, in the process, check with the appropriate financing authorities. CARRIED
The Primate invited Archbishop Hambidge to take the chair and left the room.
Bishop Brown spoke about the Primate's Discretionary Fund. He said that $9,000 is budgeted annually at the present time, but a substantial portion of that amount is committed for other purposes. Bishop Brown said that he has spoken to a small group of people who have indicated a keen desire to contribute to a fund for the Primate's discretionary use.
Following discussion, it was
That this House of Bishops approve the concept of the support fund for the Primate as outlined at this meeting;
and that its purpose and constituent support be reviewed on an annual basis. CARRIED
During General Synod 1992, the House of Bishops and the National Executive Council were requested to commission a study of sexuality (specifically homosexuality and homosexual relations). The first two days of the House of Bishops were devoted to beginning their study on the topic. The session was held in camera.
The following motions were put forward.
Moved by: Bishop Brown
Seconded by: Archbishop Lackey
That the session be held in camera. CARRIED
Moved by: Bishop Lawrence
Seconded by: Bishop Baycroft
That the courtesies of the House be extended to allow the Anglican Journal to plea [sic] to stay in the House during the session on sexuality. CARRIED
Mr. Bill Glisky from the Anglican Journal spoke to the House to request that it reconsider its decision to keep the sessions on sexuality in camera. Mr. Glisky then left the room and a general discussion took place.
Moved by Bishop Genge
Seconded by Archbishop Stewart
That the study on sexuality be held in camera. CARRIED
Moved by Bishop Brown
Seconded by Bishop Asbil
That during this in camera session of the House of Bishops, the Principal Secretary to the Primate and the Executive Assistant to the Primate be present. CARRIED
seconded by Bishop Finlay
That the Director of Communications should be present for this in camera session. CARRIED
That the Bishop of Bermuda and the Bishop of Tabora be included in this in camera session. CARRIED
The Principal Secretary and Executive Assistant were asked back into the House of Bishops. Archbishop Peers invited the Director of Communications by telephone.
Discussion continued about "guests" during in camera agenda items. It was suggested that the Primate appoint an adhoc committee to review procedures for the in camera session of the House. The committee would also prepare guidelines for how the House of Bishops should make use of the services of the communications officer.