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
Archbishop Buckle gave an explanation about why the election of a Suffragan Bishop to the Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Provicne of British Columbia and Yukon had been postponed. He said that the postponement asked for by the Provincial House of Bishops had been "to enable Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) in conjunction with the Metropolitan:
- a. To establish a time line for reactivation of the Diocese of Cariboo
- b. To bring clarity to the issue of length of term of service of the Suffragan Bishop, and
- c. To review the process by which APCI recommends a nominee to assist with Episcopal oversight of APCI.
Archbishop Buckle said that it was thought that the Electoral College would meet in September 2009 to consider electing a Suffragan Bioshop. He acknowledged that the decision to defer the election had caused hurt amongst the people of APCI. Archbishop Buckle told the bishops that he had met with the people of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior before coming to the House of Bishops' meeting. He said that he had left with a sense of direction and hope.
That this House move into in camera. CARRIED HB Res. 09-04-02