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
That the members of this House participate in the procession in Halifax when the Cross is moved from the Cathedral to St. Paul's Church during the October meeting of the House in Halifax. CARRIED
It was suggested that the period of time immediately before the state banquet which is to be held Saturday evening be free, and that the Sunday free time be spent with families in the parishes. The families will be responsible for transporting the bishops to the Metro Centre for the Service at 4:00 pm. Bishops are to vest in rochet and chimere for the service.
Moved by: Archbishop Bothwell
Seconded by: Bishop Wood
That this House agrees with these suggestions. CARRIED
Bishop Peters presented a report from the Diocese of Nova Scotia Bicentenary Planning Committee regarding the Anglican Episcopacy in Canada, pointing out that Charles Inglis, our first Bishop, was Consecrated in 1787.
That the House of Bishops recognizes the Bicentenary as a national observance and requests National Executive Council to provide a liaison with the Planning Committee. CARRIED #10-2-85
That this House of Bishops recognizes Sunday, 18th October, 1987, as a national day of Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Anglican Episcopate in Canada. CARRIED #11-2-85
The House was reminded of the decision made earlier to accept the invitation to hold its Fall, 1987 meeting in Nova Scotia where the first of the Owen Memorial Lectures on the Canadian Episcopate will be delivered.