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
Bishop Collings requested guidance from the House on a particular point in the Rupert's Land "Handbook for Bishops" which states in section II that "...the bishop-elect must be a priest of not less than five years' standing, and...". Bishop Collings explained that there was someone in his diocese who has been ordained for less than five years, who he thought would make a good candidate, and who would be of support to the House. There was discussion about whether or not an exception could be made. It was agreed that it would be the Metropolitan who would be the one to determine whether or not an exception could be made.
Moved by: Bishop Collings
Seconded by: Bishop Allan
That this House put the word "normally" in section II to read: "The bishop-elect should normally be a priest of not less than five years' standing, and..."
There was further discussion and it was thought by some that "...and must be at least 30 years of age" should be added to the motion.
Moved by: Bishop Finlay
Seconded by: Bishop Asbil
That the motion be tabled until morning. CARRIED
Archbishop Jones said he believed that there was a need to have a number of candidates for the position of bishop. Canonically, the provincial canons govern the province, while the guidelines assist in the direction.
The next morning the following motion was put on the floor.
That the bishop-elect should normally be a priest of not less than five years' standing and must be at least 30 years of age; of good character, piety, learning; with a zeal for souls, prudence; sound in health of body and mind. CARRIED