28 March 2019
The draft agenda for the next meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council has been published. The ACC is the international co-ordinating body for the work of the global Anglican Communion and brings together archbishops, bishops, clergy and laity from the 40 autonomous member Churches in the Anglican Communion.
The 17th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-17) will take place from Sunday 28 April to Sunday 5 May at the Gold Coast Hotel in Hong Kong.
Significant agenda items include the report of the Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Commission, which was established at the last meeting (ACC -16) in Lusaka, Zambia in April 2016. It was tasked with reviewing safeguarding practices around the Anglican Communion and to “develop guidelines to enhance the safety of all persons especially children, young people and vulnerable adults, within the provinces of the Anglican Communion.”
Other agenda items include reports from official Anglican Communion Networks working on issues including women, the environment, and indigenous people; ecumenical dialogues; mission and discipleship; and the Anglican Communion’s work at the United Nations.
There will be a Presidential Address by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby. This will be live-streamed on the Anglican Communion’s YouTube channel; as will the official opening and closing services at St John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong.
Each province (member Church) of the Anglican Communion is entitled to nominate two people – one ordained and one lay – as their representative to serve for six years (three ACC meetings). Larger provinces are entitled to a third representative. Two provinces – the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the Anglican Church of Uganda – did not nominate any representatives to the meeting. Previously, smaller Provinces were entitled to only one representative. This was increased from this meeting by the ACC’s Standing Committee, the legal trustees of the ACC.
In addition to the Provincial members, the Primates of the Anglican Communion – the senior archbishop, moderator or presiding bishop from each member Church – nominate five regional representatives. There are also a group of youth representatives from each region.
The full programme and list of members can be downloaded from the ACC-17 page of the Anglican Communion’s website.