Bishop Short reported on behalf of the Task Force which recommended the following as principles for further discussion:
(1) electoral procedures should not be affected by economic considerations
(2) all dioceses should have the same right to elect their bishops
(3) the Province should have a significant role in making nominations in all episcopal elections
(4) the Province should participate in each episcopal election
(5) a Provincial Committee (?) should be in charge of all nominations, which may be submitted from the Church-at-large.
It was pointed out that one of the least defined areas in the Episcopacy is that of Suffragan, and agreed that this requires further study, along with a consideration of more extensive opportunities for the translation of Bishops.
"That this House strike a Task Force to give serious consideration to the matter of episcopal elections in the light of the recommendations presented to the House at the December, 1974, meeting, and that a report of their considerations be presented at the next meeting of the House." CARRIED
That this General Synod received with gratitude the declaration of the House of Bishops affirming determination to lead the Church in advancing into the Seventies and pledges the support of the Church to the Bishops in their work towards that goal. CARRIED
[Recorded as No. 139 in Acts of Synod, p. 72. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
THAT this General Synod advise the Provincial Synod of Rupert's Land that the Eskimo delegates reported the feelings of the Eskimo people of the Diocese of the Arctic were that when the new Bishop is elected he should be a person able to speak the Eskimo language, and conversant with the culture and customs of the Eskimo people.
Be it resolved that this General Synod requests the House of Bishops to discuss the authority of a Bishop Ordinary with regard to the development and use of alternate forms of rites, ceremonies and services in the Diocese, and to inform the Church at large and in particular the General Synod Standing Committee on Doctrine and Worship of the conclusions reached. CARRIED
[Recorded as No. 136 in Acts of Synod, p. 72. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
"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
"That this House of Bishops extend to Mrs. John Anderson, Mrs. Kenneth Evans, Mrs. Ernest Reed and Mrs. George Luxton assurance of our thoughts and prayers in their bereavement, together with our gratitude in each case for the life and work of each of these our brother bishops who have passed to rest since our last meeting." CARRIED
THAT General Synod request National Executive Council to consider the best way of securing the membership of the Metropolitans on the National Executive Council when desired without depriving the Metropolitical dioceses of the chance for lay or clerical representation, and if necessary to prepare a change of Constitution for submission to General Synod.
London, Ontario - The Very Reverend K.B. Keefe, Dean of Huron, has indicated that the Installation Service for the Right Reverend Carman J. Queen as seventh Bishop of Huron will reflect the pastoral nature of the Bishop's relationship with his diocese. Over the past few weeks a new service has been evolved by the Cathedral Chapter which serves as the Diocesan Task Force on Worship.
The Installation of Bishop Queen will take place on Monday, November 30, at St. Paul Cathedral, at 7:00pm.
The installation of a bishop is the formal ceremony in which a diocese recognizes and accepts its new Diocesan Bishop, hears from him his promises of faithfulness and gives to him its loyalty and support.
The chief ministrant is the Dean supported by his Chapter of Canons. The Dean is the representative of the people of the Diocese and he receives and installs the Bishop into the "Cathedra" (Bishop's throne) symbolizing the episcopal seat of authority.
The Bishop is presented with the Pastoral Staff of the Diocese as a symbol of his office as Chief Shepherd. On this occasion, and for the first time, a prominent lay member of the Diocese (Dr. Douglas Broadwell of Windsor) will make the presentation.
During the service the Bishop will receive and acknowledge fraternal greetings from other Christian bodies. It is expected that the Roman Catholic Bishop of London, The Most Reverend G. Emmett Carter, will convey greetings on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Reverend Canon D.T. Jones, Canon Precentor of the Diocese, commented that this is a change from the old idea of an enthronement which was a monarchical concept of a Bishop and this service stresses that the Bishop is more of a servant and "Father in God" than a "Prince of the Church."