Magazine article Anglican Journal

Stipend Issue Divides AClP, Bishops

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Stipend Issue Divides AClP, Bishops

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Edmonton

Talks have collapsed between the house of bishops and the Anglican Council of Indigenous People (ACIP) after the two groups were unable to agree on issues around non-stipendiary, or unpaid, priests.

A joint task force of the house of bishops and the Anglican Council of Indigenous People (ACIP) announced that they disagreed on whether to limit discussion on compensation for non-stipendiary ministers to the 11 Council of the North member dioceses (rather than all 30 Canadian dioceses) and whether to embark on a five-year pilot project providing remuneration for clergy in Council dioceses.

(Many priests in poorer dioceses, a majority of them aboriginal, receive no stipend, or remuneration, for their work in the church, said the taskforce.)

"It was mutually agreed that an impasse had developed and that further discussion would be fruitless," said a statement signed by task force co-chairs Eunice McMahon, representing ACIP, and Bishop David Ashdown of the diocese of Keewatin, representing the house of bishops at the end of their Oct. 2 meeting here.

The statement, read by Bishop Ashdown to members of the Council of the North, which met separately here Oct. 3-6, said that

ACIP had rejected the house of bishops' proposal to limit the participation to the member dioceses of the Council. …

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