That the House of Bishops meet immediately prior to the June 1992 General Synod, and we strongly urge that funding be made available to allow our wives to attend, and that the House meet again in November, 1992. CARRIED
Bishop Asbil informed the House of an invitation which has been extended by St. George's Church, St. Catharines, for the bishops and their spouses to meet in St. Catharines in June, 1992. It is hoped that the bishops and their wives would arrive in St. Catharines on Saturday, June 13th, and depart for Toronto on Thursday, June 18th to register for General Synod. The suggested venue is Brock University.
Bishop Asbil reviewed a suggested pattern for the meeting, noting two major areas of concern in Niagara Diocese are the use of agricultural land and pollution.
Remembering the major contribution which the bishops' wives made at the meetings of the House in Brandon and Corner Brook, it was unanimously agreed that wives should take an active part in the educational component of the meeting.
That we accept the invitation to have the meeting of the House of Bishops in St. Catharines in June, 1992. CARRIED
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
The General Secretary reported that an invitation has been received from the Diocese of Western Newfoundland to hold the meeting of the House of Bishops prior to General Synod in Corner Brook. The bishops were pleased to accept the invitation.
Concern was expressed regarding the provision of funds to enable the wives of the bishops to be present at the meeting.
That a small task force be appointed to consider the various options for paying the expenses of the bishops' wives who attend the House of Bishops' meeting in June, 1989, and that the task force bring its suggestions before this House prior to the end of the meeting. CARRIED
That this House ask the Budget Sub-Committee of General Synod to include annually in the House of Bishops' budget a sum of money to enable the wives of bishops to attend and be part of a specific program during the pre-General Synod House of Bishops meetings every three years. CARRIED
Moved by: Bishop Payne
Seconded by: Bishop Bays
That the proposals contained in Bishop Payne's report be submitted to the Budget Sub-Committee. CARRIED
The Primate indicated the hope that it will be possible for the Bishops' wives to accompany their husbands to England at the time of the Lambeth Conference and requested suggestions re wives' participation in the Conference.
The Primate described the role of Suffragan Bishops in England. He said that, in some instances, Suffragans are territorial Bishops who are active in Diocesan activities and meet as a College of Bishops, while in other situations, they work under the Diocesan's authority. The Primate said that Australia shares the same tradition, while in Africa that pattern has been to create more dioceses.
The Primate said that there is a desire to have more representation from India at the 1988 Lambeth Conference.
We recognize that the numbers and the duties and functions of Suffragan Bishops vary widely in different Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
However, in the Anglican Church of Canada, Suffragan Bishops are very few in number, and share fully in every aspect of episcopal and synodical ministry.
Therefore, the National House of Bishops requests that our Canadian Suffragan Bishops be invited to full and equal participation in the 1988 Lambeth Conference, without prejudice to other decisions about the attendance of Suffragans which may be made with regard to other Anglican Provinces. CARRIED #9-9-85
"Having been informed that the next Lambeth Conference will be held from July 16th to August 7th, 1988, as a residential conference at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and that each Bishop or Diocese will be responsible for:
(a) the travelling expenses to and from Canterbury
(b) a contribution towards the cost of food and lodging
and that Canada will be asked to accept a share of the administrative costs of the Conference and to make a contribution to the travel pool for Bishops from Dioceses who are unable to meet the costs:
This House of Bishops agrees that each Diocese should be responsible for the expenses of its Bishop or Bishops and also for an appropriate portion of the Canadian share of the administration assessment, and contribution to the travel pool.
Further, that it be agreed that no Diocesan Bishop should be prevented from attending for financial reasons and that if any Diocese is not able to make the necessary provisions, the Primate should be notified so that necessary assistance can be provided. CARRIED #4-11-83
It was agreed that a letter should go from the Primate to all the Dioceses urging that provision be made at the diocesan level to enable the Bishops' wives to attend the Lambeth Conference.
The Primate noted that attendance of Suffragan Bishops at the Lambeth Conference is now being studied.
Discussion took place as to whether the House ought to attempt to re-open, on the floor of General Synod, the subject of the next date of Synod. It was decided to take no action.
"That the House of Bishops meet from December third to tenth, 1973." CARRIED
N.B. Because of difficulties which arose in arranging accommodation, it became necessary to schedule the December meeting of the House of Bishops for December 2-7, 1973.
It was generally agreed that, due to the amount of material addressed from General Synod to the House of Bishops, the House meet in Niagara Falls on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The Bishops' wives are invited to accompany their respective husbands.
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