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 Woolsey said that he has been asked to design a presentation/discussion to look at some of the recommendations in the final report on Compensation Policies and Practices which all the dioceses have received. He quoted recommendation 3.3 from the report as follows:
"We recommend that the Committee on Ministry, in conjunction with the House of Bishops, develop a system for measuring the complexity of responsibilities of all Bishops and that a compensation structure be developed which reflects the scope, complexity and specific demands of their positions. This ranking system would be anchored to the Parish Ministry Assessment structure of each diocese as well as considering relative peer relationships with other bishops and would be tied to a system of setting objectives for bishops, to be undertaken by each bishop in consultation with the diocese and intended to enhance the effectiveness of both bishop and diocese."
That the Primate be asked to establish a Compensation Task Force of the House of Bishops to:
i. assist the bishops to participate in developing a healthy remuneration system;
ii. identify the areas in the Compensation Report that need to be addressed by the bishops;
iii. assist the bishops in relating to other committees of the Anglican Church of Canada on compensation issues (i.e. National Executive Council, Committee on Ministry, Pension Committee). CARRIED
Bishop Woolsey said that there has been concern regarding the compensation policies of the Anglican Church of Canada, and some clergy will not go to certain dioceses because of the compensation package. This has affected mobility. The Canadian Church is comprised of thirty dioceses and the national office, each with its own compensation policy. This has led to inequities.
The Committee on Ministry produced a document on the development of a health remuneration system across the church, and the Stipend Sub-Committee of the National Executive Council began, through discussion with the House of Bishops, to address compensation policies in a different way. Compensation consultants were hired to help, and a preliminary report produced. Out of the National Consultation came a final report to be used as the basis for discussion to develop a remuneration system.