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
The Primate welcomed members of the Women's Unit and requested Bishop Hatfield to take the Chair. Bishop Hatfield introduced Mrs. Margaret Waugh, who in turn introduced the members of the Task Force: Mildred Robertson, Frances Lightbourn, Dianne Marshall, Getta Doyle, Jeanne Rowles (staff).
The theme of the presentation of the Task Force from the Women's Unit was "Participation of Women in the Church".
At the conclusion of the presentation, the Bishops were asked to divide into three groups to discuss:
(1) How do you see the problem ?
(2) How can we do something about it together ?
(3) What would the next steps be ?
The following were some of the comments from the groups:
- The problem is slowly healing itself
- General Synod Committees - the Nominating Committee has a difficult role
- educational process is going on
- urban and rural situations not too different
- women members of Synods do not participate fully
- must watch carefully that the profession of the woman in the home is not denigrated
- A.C.W. groups are becoming fewer
- women not involved in the decision-making process - i.e. how money is spent
- vision of the whole spectrum of ministry - women as yet are not included
- women are not given a chance to use their expertise
- women not being elected to Committees and to diocesan executives
- women now being seen as equals
- new vision needed for women to work in the Church
- women can see the whole picture and are not analytical
- men and women both are given tasks that don't really matter
- men are the 'models'
- God is viewed as a "he". God is neither male not female
- be careful of language in worship services. Male terms are generally used
- in rural dioceses it is more difficult to get women to go away, and they cannot take the time to attend meetings
- timing of meetings, etc., is a factor
- women are more concerned in reporting back but will take a lesser part at meetings.
-women not elected to church committees
1. That this House record appreciation to the Women's Unit for the preparation and presentation of its report;
2. That we undertake to bring this report to our Executive bodies and to our Archdeacons and Rural and Regional Deans;
3. That we request the Nominating Committee to recommend some Bishops to work in co-operation with the Women's Unit. CARRIED
Mrs. Waugh thanked the Bishops for allowing the Task Force of the Women's Unit to meet with them. The sitting was closed with prayer.