History The Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Commission was established in 2001 and began its work by addressing questions of Christology. Building on the dialogues between the Oriental Churches and the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, it quickly produced a draft Agreement on Christology, which is currently being considered by the Churches of the Anglican Communion. After a long suspension from 2003, the Dialogue resumed, with a meeting in the UK in 2013 and in Cairo in 2014. The Cairo meeting saw the signing of the Agreed Statement on Christology.
Theologians officially representing the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches made history in 2014 by signing an agreement on their mutual understanding of Christology: what we believe together about the Person of Jesus Christ. This agreement addresses a major point of theology that divided Christians following the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD, leaving the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Byzantine and Western Churches separated from one another.
Theologians officially representing the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches achieved a second historic convergence in 2017 by signing an agreement on their mutual understanding of Pneumatology: what we believe together about the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit. In 2014 they had produced the important Agreed Statement, Christology.
This statement addresses a major point of disagreement on Pneumatology that has divided Eastern and Western Christians since the late sixth century, namely the addition of the words ‘and the Son’ (filioque) after ‘who proceeds from the Father’ in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.
The work to seek agreement between Anglicans and Oriental Orthodox on Pneumatology began in the 2015. By 2017 an Agreed Statement on Pneumatology had been prepared by the Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was formally launched at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, when the Co-Chairs of the dialogue, Bishop Gregory Cameron and His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of Damietta, signed the final text.
This agreed statement of the Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC) is now before the Churches for study, response and reception.