"Bishop Henry Gordon Hill, a former Bishop of Ontario , is setting up an exchange scholarship to be known as the Scholarship of St. Basil the Great, between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East". "The Bishop has has a life-long interest in relations between these eastern Churches and the Anglican Communion which have had strong historical links. He hopes the scholarship 'will help us to learn together, to establish friendships and to build bridges'."
"The next meeting of the Anglican-Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions (AOJDD) will take place in March 1989 in Finland. Since the last meeting of the AOJDD in Dublin in 1984 the Ecumenical Patriarch has appointed Metropolitan John Zizioulas as its new Co-Chairman. In October , before the Orthodox Church met in Rhodes to discuss women's ministry and before the election of the first Anglican woman bishop, Nicola Currie interviewed the Co-Chairmen of the AOJDD, the Rt. Rev. Henry Hill [Anglican Church of Canada] and Metropolitan John Zizioulas about its future work".
Bishop Woolsey reported that the Diocese of Athabasca had recently had a Conference on the laying-on-of-hands and anointing with oil.
There is no statement from the House of Bishops regarding the anointing of the sick with oil by lay people. The House was reminded that, in his paper, Bishop Henry Hill stated that any Bishop can authorize anyone to anoint, but it is usually assigned to clergy only. There are no diocesan policies, but some Bishops have given special permission.
That the House of Bishops affirm the rubric on page 555 of the Book of Alternative Services as constituting the general guidelines for unction.
The rubric reads: "The oil for the anointing of the sick is to be used only by clergy and those lay persons who have received authorization by the diocesan bishop." [CARRIED #2-11-86]
"Henry Hill, who served as bishop of the diocese of Ontario from 1975 to 1981, and who was known for his contribution to furthering dialogue between Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churches, died Oct. 21 . He was 84". "In 1980, Bishop Hill was appointed by then Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie to succeed him as co-chair of the international Anglican-Orthodox joint doctrinal discussions. He was the first Canadian and the first bishop outside the Church of England to be named to the post". "As bishop, he also founded the Scholarship of St. Basil the Great (administered by the Anglican Foundation) to promote the friendship between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East".
Bishop Henry Hill has set up a scholarship and exchange program (the Scholarship of St. Basil the Great) between the Anglican Church of Canada and Oriental Orthodox churches which will be administered through the Anglican Foundation.
This Ethiopian Orthodox priest is the first recipient of the Scholarship of St. Basil the Great, which funds student exchanges between members of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
Bishop Hill reported on a meeting of eight Roman Catholic and eight Anglican Bishops which had taken place in October, 1975 in Toronto. Bishop Hill said there was discussion of the ARCIC Agreed Statement on the Eucharist and also some discussion on the Ordination to the Priesthood, including the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood. Also included on the agenda was a discussion of the Berger Commission report on aboriginal land claims, and Christian Initiation. Bishop Hill said that the group attended Evensong at St. James Cathedral and Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto.
He reported a clear desire had been expressed by the Bishops to continue discussions on an enlarged basis and suggested that the initiative for further encounters would need to be taken by the Anglican Church, through the Canadian Catholic conference. Bishop Hill expressed the strong hope that conversations will be held regionally and that they be the result of local initiative. Bishop Hill said that the Task Force on Anglican/Roman Catholic Relations is to meet November 13th, and requested the Bishops to inform him or the Reverend James Boyles of items of interest and concern for this group.
"That this House express its appreciation to Bishop Hill for his report." CARRIED
That this National Executive Council (a) welcome the publication of the Dublin Agreed Statement 1984 of the Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue; (b) express its appreciation to the Canadian Anglicans on the Commission: Bishop Henry Hill (co-chairperson), Dr. Eugene Fairweather and Canon John McNab; and (c) commend it for study by members of the Anglican Church of Canada together, wherever possible, with representatives of the Orthodox Church. CARRIED