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 Hatton reminded the House that the task force was appointed at Corner Brook in 1989. He sought the permission of the House to do more work, saying that the task force would like to up-date the work done by Bishop Nock in 1985. He said that Bishop Peters, Bishop Lemmon and he would compile the returns and invite Mr. John Ligertwood to work with them. Bishop Hatton distributed questionnaires and requested that they be filled in and returned.
Bishop Hatton said that the report would be sent to all the bishops.
That this House approve the circulation of information from the Compensation Task Force in anticipation of a committed response from individual bishops to complete the data required, and
That the information gathered be evaluated with the assistance of John Ligertwood. CARRIED
Bishop Garnsworthy stated that the stipend situation across the whole of the Canadian Church must be looked at with the hope that a national salary scale can be achieved.
"That this House of Bishops commend action taken by the Administration and Finance Committee to accumulate data on the stipend situation and that the House take similar action involving the Bishops with respect to stipend and allowances." CARRIED
It was agreed that the Metropolitans would take responsibility to gather this information concerning the Bishops, after agreeing to a common questionnaire. Thanks were expressed to Bishop Garnsworthy for presenting this concern.
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.
The Primate referred to the Resolution of the February, 1987 meeting of the House which reads as follows:
"That the Primate appoint three Bishops to research this matter and report their findings to the October 1987 meeting of the House."
Archbishop Peers explained that, in the light of the Resolution passed by the National Executive Council in May, 1987 any action by the House should be taken in conjunction with this Resolution.
The National Executive Council Resolution of May, 1987 reads as follows:
"That, because the Terms of Reference of the National Executive Council Stipend Sub-Committee include the work proposed in the National Executive Council motion, November, 1985, the Pension Committee and the Committee on Ministry be advised that the National Executive Council Stipend Sub-Committee will liaise with them as the work of the Sub-Committee progresses."
Bishop Woolsey reported on behalf of the House of Bishops of the Province of Rupert's Land who proposed the following Motion:
"Whereas the stipends for clergy and bishops of the assisted dioceses have, over the years, been lower than the average throughout the Church, and
Whereas the work and ministry in the remote and isolated places of this nation are of the utmost importance, and
Whereas this mission and ministry is in need of continued stable and experienced leadership:
Be it resolved that this Provincial House of Bishops recommends to the National Executive Council, the National Stipend Sub-Committee, the Council of the North and the National House of Bishops, the principle of a minimum annual Years of Service Increment of $200 a year from the first to the twenty-fifth year for those in ordained ministry in the Council of the North, commencing in 1988."
The General Secretary read a response from the Treasurer of General Synod in which it was requested that this matter be referred to the Stipend Sub-Committee, and that the other bodies to whom this motion is addressed be requested to wait until the Stipend Sub-Committee has completed its work.
That this House of Bishops authorize, when requested, the sharing of information with the Stipend Sub-Committee in the areas of stipends, allowances and fringe benefits, including all benefits of retirement and
That the recommended time frame be a major presentation to General Synod, 1989, with the 1988 figures being used as the basis for the study. CARRIED
Archbishop Watton spoke on stipends and allowances, and reported on research that has been done. The Primate expressed appreciation to the members of the House for their co-operation and openness which assisted in the compiling of the report. He conveyed special appreciation to Archbishop Watton for having the report ready for presentation at this meeting of the House.
It was agreed that this report was for the information of the House, but that factual information (no names and/or dioceses), will be made available to the National Executive Council's Task Force on Stipends.
"Realizing the urgent needs of the Church throughout the world indicated in the statement on Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ, presented at the recent Anglican Congress, and desiring to see the Canadian Church make a worthy response without delay, the Members of this House of Bishops pledge themselves to contribute 5% (five per cent) of their salaries for 1964, as an initial donation." (This amount to be additional to their present Church contributions). CARRIED unanimously