That this National Executive Council request the Primate to establish a task force as soon as possible to determine ways of opening our national church structure to be receptive to any decision made by Anglican Native people in Canada meeting in Convocation. In particular this task force will make recommendations to the National Executive Council concerning the possibility of a separate jurisdiction for Native people within the Anglican Church of Canada and the possibility of establishing an episcopate for a Native person in any such jurisdiction.
That the second portion of the motion be deleted. CARRIED
Amendment - That the second portion of the motion be deleted. CARRIED
The motion now reads: That this National Executive Council request the Primate to establish a task force as soon as possible to determine ways of opening our national church structure to be receptive to any decision made by Anglican Native people in Canada meeting in Convocation.
That this National Executive Council express its dismay over the unauthorized involvement of the Bishop of London [Graham Leonard] in a parish which is not in communion with the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. and outside his jurisdiction and convey its support to the Church of England House of Bishops and to the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. regarding their stands on this jurisdictional matter. CARRIED #63-11-86
That the following procedures be recommended to the Electoral College on June 16th, 1986 - St. John's Cathedral, Winnipeg, Manitoba:
1. Canon III directs that `the Electoral College shall convene for a celebration of the Holy Communion'. The senior provincial metropolitan will be the Celebrant.
2. Following the Eucharist, the Electoral College will `receive the report of the Credentials Committee as to the standing of all persons present and as to a quorum of each Order'.
As no provision is made in the Canon for the appointment of a Credentials Committee, it is assumed that the Senior Provincial Metropolitan and the Prolocutor will do so. Their recommendation is that the Committee will consist of the Deputy Prolocutor as convenor, one of the assessors to the Prolocutor, three members of the Order of Clergy and three members of the Order of Laity.
3. Upon arrival at the Cathedral prior to the Eucharist, members of the Electoral College will be registered by the Credentials Committee. Each member will be required to wear a name tag, and each will receive a series of colour coded and numbered ballots. The clerical and lay members will be seated in the nave by dioceses alphabetically, clergy on the left and laity on the right. Bishops will be seated in the chancel.
4. A quorum of the Electoral College shall consist of not less than a majority of the members of each Order who are entitled to be present.
5. If the report of the Credentials Committee is favourable, the General Secretary will move, seconded by the Deputy Prolocutor, that the recommendation of the National Executive Council regarding the admittance of accredited observers and visitors be accepted.
6. The bishops will then withdraw from the Cathedral and meet under the chairmanship of the Acting Primate to prepare their nominations.
7. The Prolocutor will preside during the election in Orders of Clergy and Laity.
8. The Prolocutor will appoint three clerical and three lay members to act as scrutineers, and will designate one of the six as convenor.
9. The General Secretary will describe the procedures to be used.
Among the points to be made clear are:
a) At the request of the House of Bishops the procedures to be used by the bishops in determining their nominations to the Orders of Clergy and Laity;
The nomination procedures are as follows:
All voting and nominating will be by secret ballot. The scrutineers will be the five most recently consecrated bishops.
There will be no staff members present and the House of Bishops will meet In Camera. The Secretary of the House of Bishops will keep a record of the proceedings, recording the process but not the number of ballots required to identify a nominee. The first ballot will be the nomination ballot and the names will be listed in alphabetical order. Members of the House will be permitted to nominate up to three names. After nominations are sent to the Electoral College, bishops are to stay together at all times. No formal program will be undertaken while waiting. Provision for lunch will be made.
The first ballot is strictly the nominating ballot and the second and subsequent ballot shall proceed until one person has attained a majority of the votes cast (fifty percent plus one). This will proceed until either a motion that the process end be Carried, or until a motion that there be further nominations be Carried. Up to five names will be nominated to the Electoral College. No nominee has the right to decline nomination, except with the permission of the House, following explanation. There will be no abstentions or blank ballots, without the permission of the House. Every name submitted in nomination must have the support of the majority of all the bishops.
b) Voting Procedures
When voting, write the surname only on the ballot (except where it is necessary to distinguish between two nominees with the same surname); and fold the ballot only once; and
c) Request for additional names
If a motion asking the Order of Bishops for additional names is duly moved and seconded, it will be decided by ballot.
10. The name of the Primate-Elect will be communicated to the Order of Bishops by the Prolocutor and the General Secretary.
11. The bishops shall then join the clerical and lay members of the Electoral College and the Acting Primate shall formally proclaim the person elected to be Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. The bishops, clergy and laity pledge support of the new Primate of the Church.
12. The Certificate of Election shall be signed by the Acting Primate and the Prolocutor.
13. The Honorary Clerical Secretary and the Honorary Lay Secretary of the 31st Session of the General Synod will act as secretaries for the clerical and lay members of the Electoral College. Minutes, including the result of all ballots, will be kept and recorded in the General Synod Journal.
14. These procedures are subject to the approval of the Electoral College. CARRIED
That National Executive Council request the House of Bishops, in consultation with other groups as appropriate, to review the role and authority of the House of Bishops and clarify its relationship to General Synod, National Executive Council, C/C/B's [i.e. committees, councils and boards] and the Anglican Church of Canada at large; and
that the House of Bishops' agenda committee report preliminary reactions to this request to the National Executive Council meeting in November 1992. CARRIED #27-11-91
Approved of a recommendation that the Executive Committee of the Provincial Synod of British Columbia be asked to meet as soon as possible to give consideration to the matter of episcopal oversight of the present Diocese of Yukon; that consideration be given to a radical realignment of diocesan boundaries in the Ecclesiastical Province in keeping with present-day modes of transportation; and that if the study so recommended requires considerable time, that interim arrangements be made for episcopal ministrations in the Diocese of Yukon.
That this be received for further consideration by the National Executive Council. CARRIED
Following considerable discussion, it was moved by the Bishop of Huron, seconded by Mr. H.D. Arnold,
That the National Executive Council concurs in the request of the Executive Committee of the Department of Missions that the Executive Committee of the Provincial Synod of British Columbia be asked to meet as soon as possible to give consideration to the matter of episcopal oversight of the present Diocese of Yukon; that consideration be given to a radical realignment of diocesan boundaries in the Ecclesiastical Province in keeping with present-day modes of transportation; and that if the study so recommended requires considerable time, interim arrangements be made for episcopal ministrations in the Diocese of Yukon;
And that the National Executive Council requests the Ecclesiastical Provinces of British Columbia and Rupert's Land to give careful consideration to the possibility of an alternative plan for Episcopal Ministry for the Diocese of Yukon, other than by the election of another Bishop of Yukon;
And that the National Executive Council further requests the Ecclesiastical Provinces of British Columbia and Rupert's Land to assure themselves that there are adequate financial resources available for the support of the See of Yukon, in connection with any proposal they make for its future. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council authorize the Prolocutor to appoint a special Task Force to include representatives of the House of Bishops to evaluate and reconsider the Canon on the Primacy, coming to grips especially with an evaluation of the present Canon as it relates to the future style of the Primacy. We would request that an in-depth study be made of the pastoral-episcopal privileges of the Primate. CARRIED
That the NEC explore with the Administration and Finance Committee the development of an effective and ongoing program to equip new bishops for an increasingly complex and demanding ministry, that this program be seen as a priority concern, and that a report be given to the House of Bishops as soon as possible. CARRIED #49-11-93
That this National Executive Council approve a text for The Welcoming and Seating of a Bishop in the Cathedral for publication as an Occasional Celebration and for use when authorized by the diocesan bishop. CARRIED #25-11-94