Unity Faith and Order - About the Department

The Department for Unity, Faith and Order (formerly the Department for Ecumenical Affairs) works towards the deepening of communion between the Churches of the Anglican Communion, and between those Churches and other Christian traditions. The Department staffs and services the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) and all bilateral ecumenical dialogues at the global level, and acts on behalf of the Communion in multi-lateral contexts, such as the World Council of Churches.

IASCUFO was established by the Lambeth Conference and the Primates´┐Ż Meeting, and endorsed by ACC-14. The commission is building on work previously undertaken by the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations and the Windsor Continuation Group. It reports to the Standing Committee and its mandate is to review all issues of ecumenical engagement, and developments in the areas of unity, faith and order in the Anglican Communion and among ecumenical partners, in order to advise the Churches of the Anglican Communion or the Instruments of Communion in order to promote common understanding, consistency, and convergence. The Commission met for the first time in Canterbury in December 2009 and developed a vision that gives expression to its mandate.


Director for Unity, Faith and Order: Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan

Administrator: Neil Vigers