Anglican Consultative Council - ACC 11

Resolutions ACC - 11

  1. Welcome to New Provinces - Anglican Church of the Central America Region
  2. Welcome to New Provinces - Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
  3. Standing Committee Report
  4. Inter-Anglican Finance Committee
  5. Assessments
  6. Constitutional Amendments
  7. Anglican Communion Priorities, Strategies, and Budgets
  8. ACC Membership
  9. ACC-12
  10.  Anglican Observer at the United Nations
  11.  MISSIO
  12.  Network of Anglicans in Mission and Evangelism (NAME)
  13.  The Virginia Report
  14.  Anglican Congress
  15.  The Gift of Authority
  16.  Report of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network
  17.  International Debt-World Bank and IMF
  18.  International Debt Burden and Anglican Giving
  19.  International Debt-Anglican Development Projects
  20.  East Timor
  21.  Israel-Palestine Peace Process
  22.  Sudan
  23.  Cuba
  24.  Korea Re-unification
  25.  Nuclear Weapons
  26.  Land Mines and Arms
  27.  Network for Inter-Faith Concerns (NIFCON)
  28.  Women's Network
  29.  Urban Network
  30.  Co-opted Member of ACC
  31.  Resolutions of Thanks
  32.  Prayers and Greetings

Resolution 1: Welcome to New Provinces - Anglican Church of the Central America Region

Resolved that the Primates having assented, this ACC-11 meeting in Dundee, Scotland, welcomes into membership of the Anglican Consultative Council the Anglican Church of the Central America Region.

Resolution 2: Welcome to New Provinces - Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

Resolved that the Primates having assented, this ACC-11 meeting in Dundee, Scotland, welcomes into membership of the Anglican Consultative Council the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui.

Resolution 3: Standing Committee Report

Resolved that the report of the Standing Committee of the ACC be received.

Resolution 4: Inter-Anglican Finance Committee

This ACC

  1. Receives the report of the Inter-Anglican Finance Committee; and
  2. Adopts the budget set out in the committee's report subject to the continuing monitoring by the Standing Committee as prescribed in the constitution;
  3. Recognises with gratitude the strong commitment of many of the member churches to the support of the Inter-Anglican budget and the generous support that has been given by the Compass Rose Society membership;
  4. Encourages the member churches to support the Inter-Anglican budget in the coming years;
  5. Acknowledges the generous support given by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, the Church of England, the Anglican Church of Canada, Trinity Church, Wall Street, and others in assisting in areas not reflected in the core budget of the council.

Resolution 5: Assessments

This ACC asks the Joint Standing Committee to examine the present system for assessing the financial contribution from provinces and report to ACC-12 with recommendations on appropriate criteria on which to base assessments.

Resolution 6: Constitutional Amendments

  1. That the amendments to the constitution set out in the constitutional documents be adopted and referred to the provinces for ratification in accordance with article 10.
  2. That the amendments to the bylaws set out in the constitutional documents be adopted with immediate effect.
  3. Resolved that the Guidelines for ACC Meetings set out in the constitutional documents be adopted with immediate effect.
  4. That the Standing Committee consider, and if it thinks fit, adopt an appropriate legal structure for the ongoing work of the council within the framework of a limited company in accordance with legal advice and any directions of the charity commissioners for England and Wales, but so far as possible in all other respects in accordance with the existing constitutional arrangements.

Resolution 7: Anglican Communion Priorities, Strategies, and Budgets

ACC-11

  1. Thanks the Anglican Communion Priorities Working Group for their paper;
  2. Agrees that there are two priorities for the Anglican Communion, namely mission and ecumenism (as they are defined and elaborated in the Anglican Communion Priorities Working Group paper);
  3. Recognises that
    1. Communications
    2. Enabling the Communion to meet at various levels
    3. A strong and effective secretariat are all essential for achieving the two Anglican Communion priorities;
  4. Affirms that priorities in the future may be proposed by
    1. The Archbishop of Canterbury
    2. The Primates
    3. The Anglican Consultative Council
    4. The Lambeth Conference
    5. The ACC Standing Committee
    6. The Primates' Standing Committee
    7. Commissions and networks
    8. The Anglican Communion Secretariat
  5. Affirms further that the priorities must be decided by the ACC or the Joint Standing Committees.

Resolution 8: ACC Membership

  1. This ACC thanks the membership subcommittee for the work done in response to motions 6, 9, and 26 of ACC-10 and receives this report.
  2. This ACC, noting the additional funding that would be needed in relation to any expansion of the membership of the council or the Standing Committee, considers that no change to the present arrange- ments can be justified at the present time but requests the Standing Committee to keep the matter under review.

Resolution 9: ACC-12

This ACC

  1. Accepts with gratitude and pleasure the kind invitation of the Most Reverend Peter Kwong, the Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH) to hold AC0-12 in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China;
  2. Authorises the Standing Committee or such subcommittee as the Standing Committee may think fit to liaise with HKSKH regarding the timing, venue, and incidental arrangements for ACC-12; and
  3. Agrees to make financial provisions for ACC-12.

Resolution 10: Anglican Observer at the United Nations

  1. That the gratitude of the ACC be expressed to Bishop James Ottley for his services over the last four years as Anglican observer at the United Nations and to the members of the advisory council for their work in support of the office of the Anglican observer at the UN.
  2. That the office of the Anglican observer at the UN be continued, subject to the following:
    1. That the Joint Standing Committee ensures representation at the proposed January 2000 meeting with members of the advisory council and satisfies itself on the following matters:
      1. The role of the observer and the number of staff in the office;
      2. An agreed job description for the appointment of the next observer;
      3. Line management arrangements through the Secretary General of the Communion;
      4. Clear lines of accountability;
      5. Location of the observer's office;
      6. Possible ecumenical cooperation;
      7. The role of the advisory council and appointment by the Standing Committee of the chairperson of that council;
      8. A working budget for the next five years; and
      9. Contributions to that budget.
    2. Subject to the Standing Committee being satisfied on these mat ters, an appointment committee comprising representatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the chair and vice chair of the ACC, the Secretary General, and a representative of the advisory council be authorised to select and appoint a new observer for a term not to exceed five years.
    3. That budgetary provision be continued as recommended by the Inter-Anglican Finance Committee.

Resolution 11: MISSIO

This ACC

  1. Receives the report of MISSIO to ACC-11, "Anglicans in Mission: A Transforming Journey";
  2. Notes the positive experience of MISSIO in holding each of its meetings in a different part of the Communion, thereby experiencing the life and witness of the local church in its own context, and encourages this way of working to the future commission and to other bodies of the Communion as appropriate;
  3. Endorses the MISSIO proposal to hold a meeting of synodical, provincial, and voluntary mission agencies in the year 2001 to reflect on the roles and responsibilities of the mission agencies, as well as to promote networking and mutual understanding among the older agencies and newer expressions of mission structures;
  4. Asks the Joint Standing Committee to consider the MISSIO suggestion to initiate a review within the Communion of leadership training and clergy formation to identify trends, needs, and problems and how they might be addressed;
  5. Encourages

    1. The provinces and dioceses of the Communion to evaluate the lessons learned during the Decade of Evangelism, with a view to continue and build on the momentum the decade achieved and to keep evangelism as a high profile in the Church's mission; and
    2. Provinces, dioceses, and parishes to develop and expand appropriate training to equip individuals and congregations for effective work in mission and evangelism;
  6. Recommends the continuation of a Standing Commission on mission that would be called the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism and that would have functions and member- ship as detailed on pages 58 and 59 of the MISSIO report, "Anglicans in Mission: A Transforming Journey";
  7. Asks the Joint Standing Committee in consultation with the Inter- Anglican Finance Committee to consider the appointment of a senior- level mission and evangelism staff officer to the Anglican Communion Office when the funds are available, to be responsible for the functions listed on page 60 of the MISSIO report, "Anglicans in Mission: A Transforming Journey."

Resolution 12: Network of Anglicans in Mission and Evangelism (NAME)

This ACC-11

  1. Welcomes and appreciates the desire of groups within the Communion to assist the Communion in its mission and evangelism responsibilities.
  2. Hopes that, in time, it will be possible to welcome the Network of Anglicans in Mission and Evangelism (NAME) as a network working with the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism.
  3. Requests that NAME comply with the ACC-10 guidelines for networks.
  4. Resolves that for this to happen the following steps must be completed to the satisfaction of the ACC Standing Committee:

    1. A positive review of the proposal by the provinces and major mission agencies, to be facilitated by the Anglican Communion Office (AGO).
    2. Formation of a Secretariat, or staff, and programme committee by NAME that inspires confidence in the network's intentions.
    3. Clarification of the membership of NAME, particularly the ques- tion of whether the network is open to people or organisations other than individual bishops and institutions/agencies.
    4. The working out of a mutually acceptable reporting and financial accountability to the Anglican Consultative Council, by NAME liaising with the Secretary General.
    5. The establishment of a mutually acceptable working relationship with the mission commission that takes account of the mission commission's mandate while enabling NAME to operate effectively and efficiently.
    6. Compliance with other recommendations of MISSIO as set out in appendix B of its report to ACC-11.
  5. Asks the Standing Committee, once all requirements have been met regarding NAME as a network member, to bring a recommendation to ACC-12.

Resolution 13: The Virginia Report

This council, noting that The Virginia Report was introduced to ACC-10 (Panama 1996) and that Lambeth 1998 welcomed the report and requested the Primates "to monitor a decade of study in each province on the report,"

  1. Requests the Primates to ensure that opportunity is given at provincial and diocesan level for careful and critical study of the report.
  2. Asks that a summary of the report in simple language be made available by the Anglican Communion Office in order to assist further study.
  3. Recommends that The Virginia Report be studied by others, such as those working in theological seminaries.
  4. Suggests that seminars be organised as soon as possible to train leaders to facilitate the study of The Virginia Report at the local level.

Resolution 14: Anglican Congress

This ACC

  1. Receives the report on the proposed Anglican Congress;
  2. Welcomes the positive suggestion of the Archbishop of Canterbury during the ACC discussion that an Anglican Congress should be held in association with the next Lambeth Conference;
  3. Notes

    1. The discussions, which date back to ACC-9;
    2. Various expressions of support for such a congress;
    3. The comment in The Virginia Report that acknowledges "the creative opportunity an Anglican Congress might, from time to time, offer the Communion for the renewal of its life, witness, and mission"; and
    4. The estimated cost structures and advice of the Inter-Anglican Finance Committee;
  4. Recommends

    1. That there should be an Anglican Congress in association with the next Lambeth Conference;
    2. That such an event should be held in the first decade of the twenty-first century at a place to be determined by the Archbishop of Canterbury in consultation with the Joint Standing Committee;
    3. That for the congress the Archbishop of Canterbury invites the diocesan bishop and on behalf of the Primates and the ACC invites four other persons, of whom three should be lay and at least one person a woman and one under the age of twenty-eight;
  5. and

  6. Requests the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Secretary General, and the Joint Standing Committee to put in hand such planning and financial provision as would make this congress a reality.

Resolution 15: The Gift of Authority

The Anglican Consultative Council, recalling that the 1988 Lambeth Conference encouraged ARCIC "to continue to explore the basis in Scripture and tradition of the concept of a universal primacy" and that areas for further work identified at that time included the relationship between Scripture, tradition, and the exercise of teaching authority; collegiality; conciliarity; and the role of the laity in decision making; and the Petrine ministry of universal primacy,

  1. Welcomes the publication of the report entitled The Gift of Authority: Authority in the Church III and all other reports of ARCIC II, which have yet to be considered;
  2. Expresses its appreciation to ARCIC for these agreed statements, in particular for The Gift of Authority, which seeks to address the issues identified at Lambeth 1988 and to deepen the agreement expressed in previous statements on authority;
  3. Commends these reports to the provinces for careful and critical study over the next five years, particularly with a view to considering any outstanding issues of ecclesiology and authority;
  4. Directs the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations

    1. To facilitate and monitor the process of response to The Gift of Authority and the other reports that the member churches of the Communion will undertake;
    2. To ask helpful questions to the member churches of the Anglican Communion based on the suggested questions circulated to the Primates in May 1999 and those offered by ACC-11; and
    3. To report to ACC-13 in 2005.

Resolution 16: Report of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network

This ACC

  1. Receives the report of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network dated April 1999;
  2. Welcomes the breadth of issues with which it is engaged and commends the report to the provinces for reflection and action.

Resolution 17: International Debt - World Bank and IMF

The Anglican Consultative Council, meeting in Dundee between September 14 and 25, 1999, representing the thirty-eight provinces of the Anglican Communion;

  • Noting with profound concern the continued burden of unpayable debt upon the poorest people of the world;
  • Conscious of the great significance of the biblical and theological concept of Jubilee;
  • Recognising the dramatic success of the campaign led by the Jubilee 2000 coalition to bring to the attention of the governments of the world, and to people in general, the moral scandal of unpayable debt;

Resolves,

  1. To call upon all member churches of the Anglican Communion to take action urgently with their governments on the basis of resolutions i.l5 and v.2 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference;
  2. To communicate directly with the president of the World Bank, the president of the International Monetary Fund, and the heads of governments of the G8 nations on the occasion of the annual meeting of the World Bank and the IMF to request both urgent action on the basis of agreements reached at the G7 summit in Cologne in June 1999 and further radical action to alleviate the intense suffering in many countries of the world;
  3. To urge Anglicans, together with ecumenical partners, people of other faiths, and all people of goodwill to engage in dialogue with governments of the world in order to seek ways to ensure that the UN targets for halving abject world poverty by 2015 are met.

Resolution 18: International Debt Burden and Anglican Giving

ACC-11 endorses the Lambeth Conference resolution i.l5 k and renews Lambeth's call to Primates to challenge their dioceses to fund international development programmes recognised by provinces at a level of at least 0.7 percent of annual total diocesan income.

Resolution 19: International Debt - Anglican Development Projects

This ACC

Noting that,

  • The debt under which the countries of the Third World suffer is a shared responsibility, thus it is also necessary to share the solution;
  • The transfer of technology has been a very costly process, since such technology has been the property of powerful nations; and
  • The authorised loans to countries of the Third World has, in many cases, through abuse benefited only a few;

Now

  1. Resolves to strengthen our efforts and advocacy in favour of the cancellation of the international debt of poor countries;
  2. Asks each of the delegates to ACC-11 to send a letter to each of the presidents of the countries in the group of seven (G7) to the president of the World Bank and to the president of the International Monetary Fund urging the cancellation of the international debt of poor countries;
  3. Encourages the identification of development projects in poor coun- tries or regions that have the potential to generate resources and pro vide local employment.

Resolution 20: East Timor

This ACC

  1. Expresses

    1. Deep concern over the East Timor tragedy following the referendum on independence in the territory;
    2. Appreciation of the work of the UN in moving forward possibilities of peace and justice for the East Timorese and their progress toward independence;
    3. Support for the ministry and human rights work of the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) and assures the PGI and its member churches of our continuing prayers; and
  2. Calls on

    1. Anglicans to press their political leaders to urge the Indonesian government and army to assist in bringing an immediate end to human rights abuses against the people of East Timor;
    2. Anglicans throughout the world to pray for the restoration of peace and justice and a cessation of guerrilla activity in East Timor;
    3. The world community to give every possible assistance for the rehabilitation and development of East Timor and its people; and
    4. Anglicans to pray for the safety of the members of the UN peace-keeping forces and all those ministering to the religious needs of the troops.

Resolution 21: Israel-Palestine Peace Process

In the light of recent positive developments toward reaching a just and lasting peace settlement in the Middle East,

this ACC

  1. Heartily endorses Lambeth Conference Resolution v.20 on the Holy Land.
  2. Asks the Secretary General to write to the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority urging them to continue their efforts to strengthen the peace process so that all involved may enjoy equal rights and live together in dignity and harmony as children of God.
  3. Asks member churches to continue praying for and encouraging the peace process.

Resolution 22: Sudan

This council

  • Noting with deep sadness the continuing war in Sudan, with all the atten- dant suffering and destruction;
  • Welcoming the renewed commitment of all the churches of Sudan to work together to seek peace;
  • Recognising and congratulating the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) in its centenary year for its continued courageous and faithful ministry in the face of antagonism, poverty, and division;

Resolves,

  1. To express its indignation at the government of Sudan in the confiscation of the headquarters of the Diocese of Khartoum in Omdurman;
  2. To urge the Sudanese government to bring to a rapid conclusion the proceedings against two Roman Catholic priests and others currently in detention in Khartoum;
  3. To support and encourage the Christians of Sudan in their ministry for peace and justice and to appeal again to the government of Sudan and other parties to the conflict to resolve the war in a peaceful spirit;
  4. To request the Archbishop of Canterbury personally to make the Sudanese government aware of the strength of feeling of the council on these matters;
  5. To renew its commitment and the commitment of all the churches of the Anglican Communion to pray for peace in Sudan and to act together in support of the Sudanese people;
  6. To send its warmest greetings

    1. To the centenary celebrations of the ECS due to take place in December; and
    2. To the meeting of the Provincial Synod due to take place in February in Nairobi.

Resolution 23: Cuba

This ACC-11 reaffirms resolution v.9 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference (and its predecessor resolution from Lambeth Conference 1988) calling for the cessation of the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

Resolution 24: Korea Re-unification

This ACC, at the request of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network (APJN), in order to facilitate the process of reconciliation and reunification in the Korean Peninsula,

  1. Offers the active support of the Anglican Communion to the Korean National Council of Churches in its admirable work in the realm of rec onciliation and reunification;
  2. Requests the Joint Standing Committee to investigate the possibility of sending a delegation to the Korean Christian Federation in North Korea under the auspices of the ACC and the Anglican Church in Korea and, if feasible, to implement the same;
  3. Supports the programmes based on mutual respect and mutual recognition of the government of South Korea that are aimed at transcend ing the paralysing consequences of the Cold War in order to create new political structures that will enable North and South Korea to move for ward together in harmony and peace;
  4. Encourages the government of North Korea to avail itself of opportunities presented to it, such as to host part of the programme of World Cup 2002.

Resolution 25: Nuclear Weapons

This ACC-11, at the request of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network,

  1. Urges all provinces to demonstrate their commitment to Lambeth Resolution i.ll on nuclear weapons.
  2. Urges all provinces to study and critically assess NATO's first-strike policy.

Resolution 26: Land Mines and Arms

This ACC

  1. Endorses Lambeth Conference Resolution i.l3 concerning land mines.
  2. Calls upon Anglicans throughout the Communion to work with other Christians in their provinces to establish more effective control on the production, sale, and distribution of arms and weapons.
  3. Commits itself to bringing, with its ecumenical partners, these concerns before the United Nations.

Resolution 27: Network for Inter-Faith Concerns (NIFCON)

This council:

  1. Affirms Resolution vi.l of Lambeth Conference 1998, "On Relations with People of Other Faiths";
  2. Charges the Network for Inter-Faith Concerns (NIFCON) to study and evaluate Muslim-Christian relations and report regularly to the Primates' Meeting and the ACC;
  3. Asks the Joint Standing Committee to continue to consider how to resource NIFCON adequately both in personnel and finance;
  4. Supports NIFCON's interim plan of seeking ways, in consultation with die Joint Standing Committee, to continue its work and to undertake this new charge as and when resources become available.

Resolution 28: Women's Network

This ACC-11

  1. Receives the report from the women's network;
  2. Notes the support from the various provinces for the decade of the churches in solidarity with women;
  3. Appreciates the initiatives and decisions from some provinces to give a quota of representation of women in their decision-making structures; and
  4. Commends and requests all provinces to set a women's desk at the provincial level.

Resolution 29: Urban Network

ACC 11

  1. Thanks the groups and individuals who have worked together so far on these significant issues and encourages them to work together to bring these issues before the churches of die Anglican Communion;
  2. Encourages those who are creating an urban network to continue to work toward being recognised in due course as an official network of the Anglican Communion and recommends that they are in touch with the Secretary General to discover the guidelines by which networks are recognised;
  3. Welcomes the proposal of a project to identify and develop urban resources in the Anglican Communion;
  4. Asks the urban network to prepare a further report for ACC-12 regard ing the scope and viability of a "Faith in an Urban World" Commission.

Resolution 30: Co-opted Member of ACC

This ACC requests the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church to nominate a person who would be willing to serve as a co-opted member of the council in accordance with paragraph e of the schedule of membership. The Secretary General should be notified of the nomination before the next meeting of the Standing Committee for ratification by it, and in default of such a person being so nominated, a casual vacancy shall be deemed to have occurred for the purposes of bylaw 6.

Resolution 31: Resolutions of Thanks

Resolved that the eleventh meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council thanks God for the ministry of so many whose dedication and service have enabled the council to do the work of the Church:

For our President, Archbishop George Carey, whose personal commitment, clear proclamation, pastoral compassion, and involvement in the daily life of the council inspire us.

For our Chairman, Bishop Simon Chiwanga, whose wisdom and experience have been a grace and strength to us.

For our vice chairman. Presiding Bishop John Paterson, whose steady hand has guided the work of the council.

For the Secretary General, the Reverend Canon John Peterson, whose enthusiastic presence and immense energy encourages us.

For the design group, led by Presiding Bishop John Paterson, assisted by Bishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Mr. John Rea, Ms. Maureen Sithole, and Bishop Femando Scares, who enabled us to diligently discharge our responsibility to the agenda.

For the Inter-Anglican Finance Committee, chaired by Archbishop Robin Eames, assisted by Ms. Judith Conley, Archbishop Alwyn Rice Jones, Mr. Ghazi Musharbash, and Bishop Fernando Scares, for their leadership on financial matters.

For the nominations committee, led by Mr. Samuel Arap Ng'eny, assisted by Archdeacon Barbara Clay and Archdeacon Bryan Williams, who helped us discern our future leaders.

For the resolutions committee, led by Canon Dr. Christina Baxter, assisted by Ms. Wong Fung Yi, Mr. Bernard Georges, the Reverend Robert Sessum, Mr. Robert Tong, and Mr. Bernard Turner, who helped us express our minds and will clearly.

For the Bible studies prepared by Bishop Leo Frade, which challenged us in our Christian walk.

For the worship team, led by the chaplains, the Reverend Paul Gibson and Father James Milne, and the organist, Mr. Matthew Edwards, who directed our hearts and minds in common prayer.

For the communications team, led by Canon Jim Rosenthal, assisted by Canon Margaret Rodgers, The Reverend Dr. lan Douglas, Mr. Chris Took, Mrs. Veronica Elks, Mr. lan Harvey, and Mr. Manasseh Zindo, who enabled us to speak to the world.

For the executive assistant to the Secretary General, Mrs. Deirdre Martin; the Secretariat, headed by Miss Marjorie Murphy and assisted by Mrs. Helen Bates, Miss Fiona Millican, and Mrs. Barbara Stanford Tuck; the treasurer, Mr. Michael Nunn, assisted by Ms. Rosemary Palmer and Mr. Graeme Smith; and for the travel officer, Ms. Ann Quirke - for their dedication and skills in serving the council.

For the legal advisor. The Reverend John Rees, for his counsel on legal and constitutional matters.

For the director of Ecumenical Affairs, The Reverend Canon David Hamid, for assisting the ACC with its ecumenical and doctrinal agenda.

For the Archbishop of Canterbury's staff. Dr. Herman Browne, The Reverend Canon Andrew Deuchar, and The Reverend Lesley Perry, for assisting the Archbishop.

For our partners in full Communion:
the Right Reverend Joseph Mar Irenaeus - Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar
the Right Reverend Joachim Vobbe - the Old Catholic churches of the Union of Utrecht, for enriching the life of the council with insights from their churches.
For our ecumenical partners:
The Reverend Dr. Alan Falconer - Faith and Order, WCC
The Reverend Timothy Galligan - Roman Catholic Church
The Right Reverend William Boyd Grove - World Methodist Council
The Reverend Sven Oppegaard - Lutheran World Federation, whose presence reminded us of the Church beyond the Anglican Communion.

For speakers and presenters:
Bishop Mark Dyer on the instruments of unity and The Virginia Report
The Reverend Dr. John Pobee on the interpretation of Scripture
The Reverend Eric Beresford on technology and ethics
Bishop Leo Frade on international debt
Bishop Bruce Cameron, The Reverend Dean Fostekew, and The Reverend Clive Wylie on Mission 21
Bishop Mark Santer, The Reverend Timothy Galligan, and The Reverend Canon David Hamid on ARCIC
Dr. Ida Glaser, The Reverend John Sargant, and The Reverend Dr. Israel Selvanayagam on the Network for Inter-Faith Concerns (NIFCON)
Archbishop Glauco Scares de Lima and The Reverend Samuel Koshiishi on urbanisation
Bishop Roger Sainsbury, Bishop Laurence Green, and The Reverend Canon Andrew Davey on the Anglican urban network, who, each in their turn, informed and challenged us in the great issues before the Church.

For our hosts:

The Most Reverend Richard Holloway, the Right Reverend Neville Chamberlain, the Right Reverend Bruce Cameron, and Ms. Pat McBryde, who opened their hearts and their arms to offer us unfor- gettable hospitality and witness. The First Minister of Scotland, the Right Honorable Donald Dewar, for his presence with us in Edinburgh. The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, the Lord Provost of Dundee, and the Lord Provost of Glasgow, for their warm welcome and kind hospitality. For the interpreters, the Reverend Paula Mayer, Mrs. Dominique MacNeill, Ms. Ruth Lambert, Mrs. Dorothy Evans, and the Reverend Rogelio Prieto, who opened the meeting to Spanish and French speakers. For the West Park Centre staff, Eve Anderson, Anne Bishop, and all who assisted in the dining room, the conference centre, and the villas. For the volunteers from the Scottish Episcopal Church: Ms. Pat McBryde, the Reverend Clive Wylie, the Reverend Dean Fostekew, Mr. Rob Whiteman, Ms. Jean Forbes, the Reverend Joe Morrow, Mrs. Judy Robinson, Mrs. Judith Edmond, the Reverend Kathleen Dall, Mrs. Olive McAusland, Ms. Mary Affleck, and Mrs. Margaret Knox. For the drivers: Bishop Neville Chamberlain, Bishop Michael Henley, Bishop Ted Luscombe, the Reverend Canon Bill McAusland, the Reverend Canon Richard Jones, the Reverend Edmund Marquis-Faulkes, the Reverend Canon Jim Wynn-Evans, the Reverend Canon Malcolm Richardson, the Very Reverend Robert Breaden, Mrs. Diana Chamberlain, Mr. Donald Chamberlain, Mr. Ed Creany, Mr. Colin Humphries, Mr. Alan Nicoll, Mr. lan Tumbull, Mr. John Dilks, Mrs. Dilks, the Reverend David Campbell, the Reverend David Elder, and the Reverend Darren McFarland. For members whose last meeting was ACC-11: the Very Reverend David Richardson (Australia), Mr. Robert Tong (Australia), the Right Reverend Bernard Ntahoturi (Burundi), Venerable Barbara Clay (Canada), the Right Reverend Bernard Malango (Central Africa), the Right Reverend Femando Soares (Portugal), the Right Reverend Phillip Newell (Australia), Mr. Michael Kututwa (Central Africa), the Right Reverend Sylvestre Tibafa Mugera (Congo), Canon Dr. Christina Baxter (England), Mrs. Brenda Shell (Ireland), Mr. Samuel Arap Ng'eny (Kenya), Venerable Nelson Nyumbe (Sudan), the Reverend Canon Mkunga Mtingele (Tanzania), and the Right Reverend Mark Dyer (United States); for their dedication and commitment to the work of the wider Anglican Communion.

For the Reverend Kevin Franz and the participants in the sensitive and informative hearing on human sexuality in Edinburgh, which offered the members of the ACC an opportunity to listen and reflect.

Resolution 32: Prayers and Greetings

Resolved that this eleventh meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council sends its greetings and assurances of prayer to the following:

The Bishop of Rome, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, with prayers for his apostolic, evangelical, and ecumenical ministry as Christians approach the third millennium of the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ;

The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomeos I, with prayers for the patriarchate in Constantinople and with thanks for the relationships between the Orthodox churches and the churches of the Anglican Communion;

The moderator of the central committee of the World Council of Churches, His Holiness Aram I, with thanks for its work on behalf of all of us who pray for growth among Christians in faith and order, life, and work;

His Eminence Cardinal Edward Cassidy of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Dr. Ishmael Noko, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation; Dr. Joe Hale, General Secretary of the Methodist World Council; and Dr. Konrad Raiser, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches; for enabling ecumenical partners to be with us who have enriched our fellowship;

The Most Reverend Antoniusjan Glazemaker, Archbishop of Utrecht, and the Old Catholic churches of the Union of Utrecht; and the Most Reverend Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma; for ensuring the presence of representatives from churches in Communion who make visible our unity in Christ.