That the National Executive Council approves that, in view of the substantial increases in the grants to Assisted Dioceses, which are not guaranteed in block grants from the Apportionment beyond 1976 nor from the Appeal beyond 1978, the Primate's Council on the North and the Bishops of Assisted Dioceses be requested to report, by September 15, 1976 to the Program and Administration and Finance Committees, on their proposals for new forms of ministry in the North and new means of funding. CARRIED
Bishop Matthews and the Reverend Alyson Barnett-Cowan reported on the January meeting of the ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination] secretaries. At that meeting there was a sense of frustration because on the one hand, the Church makes use of ACPO, but on the other hand, dioceses use several different systems for screening potential candidates for ordination. A discussion followed. Another difficulty for the ACPO secretaries is the feeling that their requests for direction from the House of Bishops often receive no response.
Issues which were raised at the secretaries' meeting included questions such as:
- What models are we looking at ?
- Does ACPO have a role in screening out sexual abusers ? And, how can that be done ? Can that be done in one weekend ?
- Does ACPO help or hinder the process of screening candidates ?
The House of Bishops broke into provincial table groups to discuss three questions asked of them.
The groups reported back in plenary. There was some disagreement about whether the ACPO recommendations put to the House at their May 1995 meeting were dealt with and what was the final agreement. (The recommendations were attached to the minutes of that meeting as appendix i.)
1. In light of the re-structuring of General Synod, and of new realities of ministry, the House of Bishops recommends to the Council of General Synod that it establishes a consultation to examine and make recommendations to the appropriate bodies concerning:
a) The role and governance of ACPO
b) Alternate models of ministry and methods of discernment for these models
c) The appropriate lines of accountability for processes relating to all models on the diocesan, provincial and national levels
and that this consultation be representative of:
a) the House of Bishops
b) the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
c) ACPO secretaries
d) Theological Colleges
e) those conversant with the concept of Mutual Ministry;
2. The House recommends that, in the meantime, ACPO be considered by all concerned as discernment for training for the professional model of priesthood;
3. The House requests that future ACPO conferences offer the category `Recommended at this time for postulancy' instead of `Recommended at this time for training'. CARRIED
Contents divided into four main sections: Local and Shared Ministry -- Urban and Community Ministry -- Indigenous Ministry -- A Theology of Ministry.
Contents: Introduction / Maylanne Maybee -- The Kokanee Story / Dirk T. Rinehart-Pidcock -- Non-Stipendiary Ordained Ministry / David Fletcher -- Lay Leadership Comes Alive / Michelle Moore -- Parishes without Full-Time Clergy / Robin Duffield -- Ecumenical Shared Ministry / George Pell -- The Border Parish / Granvyvl G. Hulse -- Educating for Mutual Ministry / Donald Phillips -- River North Anglican Parishes / Maylanne Maybee with Peter Flynn -- The Industrial Cape Breton Experiment / Jack Risk -- From Charity to Justice / Pat Connolly and Sue Garvey -- Tradition and Transformation / Michael Batten -- New Westminster Reachout / Kimiko Karpoff -- Mile Endd Community Mission / Roslyn Macgregor -- God has Moved into the Neighbourhood / Mark Kinghan -- Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Resource Centre / Maylanne Maybee with Aileen Urquhart -- Keewatin and TAIP / David N. Ashdown -- The Henry Budd Experience / Fletcher Stewart -- Thirty Years of Change and Development / John A. (Ian) MacKenzie -- The Bread Will Rise / Maylanne Maybee -- Bringing the Light of Christ into Places of Darkness : The Diaconate in the Anglican Church of Canada / Maylanne Maybee -- Priestly Ministry / Michael Thompson -- The Episcopate / Michael Ingham -- Biographical Sketches.
"The money you contribute to the ministry of your local parish is shared far beyond its boundaries". "Some of that money is used to fund the ministries of General Synod, and the rest is shared". "Just about one-fifth of the money we get from dioceses (from you !) supports ministries in the dioceses of the Council of the North". "Smaller amounts strengthen partner churches in the Anglican Communion". "Your generosity conveys your spirit and your faithfulness to Sacred Circle, a gathering of indigenous Anglicans that takes place every three years to strengthen and sustain spiritual renewal both among those who attend and in the communities they serve". "At General Synod we are taking serious steps to reduce what it costs to administer the national work of our church. Good administration really matters, but we can be better stewards of God's bounty and leave more for other things. More resources to support an emerging national project in adult Christian formation, more to address the high suicide rates that plague some indigenous communities, more to care for creation. In God's transforming mission, there will always be new work for God's church to take up".
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
That in regard to women presently ordained as deaconesses in the Anglican Church of Canada, the Primate be asked to initiate any steps which may be necessary to ensure that those who are so ordered may belong to the diaconate. CARRIED in both Houses.
This is in substitution for Resolution 2, page 264, which was withdrawn by the mover and seconder.
"This book is based on two sets of addresses: the Martin Memorial lectures entitled `The Compass Rose : Flowering of Fading ?', given at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatoon in May 1999, and three addresses on the theme 'Composing the Lord's Song', given at the diocese of Calgary's `Theology Alive' weekend in October 1999". -- Acknowledgements, p. 7.
"I believe that Anglicanism is characterized by a distinctive way of doing theology. And I believe that a tolerance for diversity is an integral part of being Anglican. So I believe that our current struggles and debates are essential to being who we are, and I am hopeful that our diversity will strengthen us as we respond to God's call to be part of the church, the body of Christ. In `Anglican Diversity', I will articulate a foundation for this belief, then explore how such an Anglican identity can help us to respond to the challenges of the twenty-first century". -- Intro., p. 10.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography, pp. 126-128.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Strange Land -- The Anglican Church: Yesterday and Today -- The Lord's Song -- Looking to the Future in Worship -- Looking to the Future in Ministry -- Social and Ethical Issues -- Living with People of Other Denominations and Faiths -- Authority in the Anglican Communion -- Conclusion: What is the Future of the Anglican Communion ? -- Appendix A: A Response to the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Bishops / Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars -- Bibliography..
Author defines a professional as "someone who does things that most other people can't do for themselves, like pulling teeth or removing gall bladders or conveying property. An artist is someone who so displays his or her insights and intuitions that other people are enabled to experience fresh insights of their own. I suggest that the real work of ministry is that of an artist -- sermons, liturgy, study groups, even counselling, are all intended to enable people to discover the meaning of the Gospel and the call of the holy for themselves." Previously "posted in a meeting called Professional Ministry on [the] Ecunet [electronic religious network]". Also published in "AngliCan Arts", vol. 1, no. 1, Epiphany 1998, p. 7.
"My wife, Dianne, and I have been a clergy couple since Dianne's ordination 23 years ago. We like this co-operative style of ministry. In fact, we would not want it any other way because, for us, it more enriching and more effective than 'flying solo'." Article enumerates several advantages of a clergy couple in ministry. Also lists some of the downsides including the fact that it is "not easy for most bishops to place clergy couples in the same parish and this often results in the two priests being appointed to separate parishes (sometimes requiring two hours or more of driving). Many parishes simply cannot afford to pay two priests and so a clergy couple may have to share one salary to live and minister together."
The author "The Rev. Patrick Tomalin and the Ven. Dianne Tomalin are a retired clergy couple who live in Port Alberni, B.C., where they served together for six and a half years".
"All the essays in this volume were initially written in response to an invitation from Renison College at the University of Waterloo to come together to reflect on where Anglicanism in Canada finds itself as one century ends and another dawns. Thus, these essays were first presented at a conference hosted by Renison College, `Challenges Facing the Anglican Communion at the End of the Twentieth Century'. Held in May 1999, the conference was part of the fortieth anniversary celebrations of Renison College." -- Intro., p. [iii].
Contents: Introduction / M. Darrol Bryant -- Challenges Facing the Anglican Communion at the End of the Twentieth Century / Michael Peers -- Anglicanism in Canada : A Sociological Sketch / Roger O'Toole -- The Anglican Church of Canada Among the Social Scientists / David A. Nock -- The Anglican Church and the Cultural Wars : Transcending Ethical Tribalism / Ron Dart -- Anglican Women : A Future / Wendy Fletcher-Marsh -- Honouring Fallibility / Tom Settle -- Native and Christian : A Search for an Authentic Spirituality / Laverne Jacobs -- Ecumenical Vision, Concerted Action / Frank Thompson -- A Parish Response to Cultural Diversity / Patrick Yu -- The Shapes and Forms of Ministry and Liturgy : Some Underlying Principles / Barbara Liotscos -- Challenges Facing Anglicans in Shaping and Forming Ministry / Eileen Scully -- The Challenge of Lay Ministry : The Renison Institute of Ministry / Patti Carlisle -- The Anglican Church and the Challenge of Higher Education : The Utility of History / William Westfall -- Anglican Church Colleges : What Do We Have to Offer ? / Gail Cuthbert Brandt -- Anglicans and Higher Education / Don Thompson -- Challenges at the Frontier of Medical Ethics : Medicine, Technology and the Sense of Self / Dalice A. Sim -- Anglicans and the Ecological Crisis / M. Darrol Bryant.