Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
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"This is an adaptation of an address originally presented for clergy and Religious at the National Catholic AIDS Ministry Conference, University of Notre Dame, June 26-July 1, 1988". -- p. 5.
The text of this address "concerns not a terribly-wide spread phenomenon perhaps, but one with particularly sensitive dimensions: clergy and Religious who themselves contract the [AIDS] virus. This is not, to be sure, a very 'popular' topic. In fact there are still those among us who shudder at the very thought of discussing sexuality in an explicit context when it concerns ministers. But on this broad landscape of sexuality among celibate ministers, there are many questions that remain to be explored, and there are clear invitations to be more explicit and more detailed. I present the following reflections to you in the hope that at least one dimension of a very complex issue can receive a wider hearing. Because of the sensitive nature of this discussion, copies of this presentation will be made available only to Major Superiors and Bishops in the U.S. and Canada". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreward i.e. Foreword / John Allan Loftus, Executive Director -- Clergy and religious exposed to AIDS : an invitation to care.
Text divided into sections: Part One: Surveying the Terrain -- A virus knows no religion -- The obvious method of transmission -- Is this a gay problem ? -- The real "high risk" population -- A plea for education -- Part Two: The Emotional and Spiritual Consequences of AIDS -- Consequences even before exposure -- With HIV positive status, ARC, or AIDS -- Clusters of emotional issues -- Some final reflections.
Since the termination of Project North in 1987, further evaluation and consultation between the churches in Canada has led to a new coalition on aboriginal justice concerns. This is the result of discussion between the churches, network groups, and native organizations. It shifts the focus of the former Project North to include justice issues for native people all over Canada and is based upon the church leaders' recent statement: "A New Covenant".
That this National Executive Council support and participate fully in the new coalition: Project North - Ecumenical Coalition for Aboriginal Justice; and request the Program Committee to appoint two representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada to its Steering Committee. CARRIED #54-11-88