Resolutions - ACC17

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B17:01 Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III)

B17:02 Anglican–Old Catholic International Coordinating Council (AOCICC)

B17:03 Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission

B17:04 Reception of Ecumenical Texts in the Anglican Communion

C17:01 Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission


A. The Marks of Mission


B Unity, Faith and Order

B17:01 Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III)

The Anglican Consultative Council

  1. welcomes the publication of the Agreed Statement of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III), Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal, as a shared exploration of what Anglicans and Roman Catholics can learn from one another, about our structures and processes of governance and discernment at all levels, to help us to walk together more closely in the way leading to full visible communion;

  2. commends the Agreed Statement to the Churches of the Anglican Communion and to local Anglican–Roman Catholic dialogues and committees for study, action and response, supported by the Official Commentaries on the statement produced by Ormond Rush and James Hawkey;

  3. affirms the continuing work of ARCIC III, building on this and other Agreed Statements, to explore Anglican and Roman Catholic approaches to discerning and articulating ethical teaching.

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B17:02 Anglican–Old Catholic International Coordinating Council (AOCICC)

The Anglican Consultative Council:

  1. welcomes the report of the Anglican–Old Catholic International Coordinating Council, Anglicans and Old Catholics serving in Europe (2019);

  2. commends the report to the Churches of the Anglican Communion for study, and where appropriate, action;

  3. renews the mandate given to the Council at ACC15, asking it:

    1. to continue to explore theologically the nature and meaning of our communion;

    2. to promote knowledge of our churches and their relationship;

    3. to assist the Old Catholic and Anglican bishops in Europe in their common ministry and coordinated oversight;

    4. to encourage joint initiatives in mission in continental Europe;

    5. to review the consistency of ecumenical agreements and dialogues of the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Union of Utrecht;

    6. to build on the work of previous mandates;

    7. as guarantor of the Bonn Agreement on behalf of both Communions, to oversee plans for the commemoration of the centenary of the Bonn Agreement in 2031;

    8. thanks the Anglican members of the Coordinating Council and requests that the Archbishop of Canterbury name the Anglican co-chair in consultation with the Secretary General, and that the Secretary General name the Anglican members in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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B17:03 Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission

The Anglican Consultative Council:

  1. welcomes the publication of the Agreed Statement of the Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission, The Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit, as a shared statement of the biblical and patristic foundation of Anglican and Oriental Orthodox teaching about the Holy Spirit and an exploration of how the Holy Spirit speaks in and gives life to the Church;

  2. commends the report to the Churches of the Anglican Communion for study, action and response;

  3. affirms the on-going work of the Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission, and the decision to explore “Authority in the Church”, asking that in this future work, attention be paid to the riches offered by the Anglican and Oriental Orthodox traditions subsequent to the patristic period.

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B17:04 Reception of Ecumenical Texts in the Anglican Communion

The Anglican Consultative Council endorses the following process for the reception of ecumenical texts in the Anglican Communion:

  1. When any ecumenical bilateral dialogue of the Anglican Communion has completed an agreed statement, it is first sent to IASCUFO.

  2. IASCUFO studies the agreed statement and reaches a common mind on whether it recognises the statement ‘as consonant with the faith of the Church as Anglicans have received it’. IASCUFO then prepares resources, advice, and draft recommendations to be taken to the next meeting of the ACC.

  3. The ACC then formally welcomes the agreed statement by resolution, and commends the text, together with IASCUFO’s advice, to the Member Churches of the Anglican Communion for study, reflection and response within a timeframe set by the ACC.

  4. At the meeting of IASCUFO immediately prior to an ACC, the members of the commission will be joined by an ACC reference group, comprising some members of the ACC for further reflection on ecumenical statements in the light of the provincial responses and any other considerations. The task of this enhanced commission will be to evaluate whether an agreed text has a sufficient level of consensus in the Member Churches for a recommendation to be made to the ACC.

  5. The Standing Committee nominates up to 15 people to form the ACC reference group. The constitution of this group is recommended to be:

    1. two primate members of ACC;

    2. two bishop members of ACC;

    3. two priest or deacon members of ACC;

    4. two lay members of ACC;

    5. relevant Anglican Co-Chairs of bilateral dialogue in question (e.g., with the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Methodist Council, and any other new dialogue partner).

  6. Having obtained sufficient support from the Member Churches, IASCUFO and the ACC reference group will then invite the ACC to recognise, by resolution, an ecumenical text ‘as consonant in substance with the faith of the Church as Anglicans have received it’ and as providing ‘a sufficient basis for taking the next steps towards the reconciliation of our Churches, grounded in agreement in faith’.

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C. Governance

C17:01 Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission

The Anglican Consultative Council, recognising the failures of the past, is determined that every church in the Anglican Communion is a safe place for everyone, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults, and therefore:

  1. approves the ‘Guidelines to enhance the safety of all persons – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults – within the provinces of the Anglican Communion’, and authorises the Standing Committee to amend the Guidelines, in consultation with the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission

  2. requests each Member Church and each extra-provincial Church under the direct metro-political jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury to take the following five steps:

    1. adopt the Charter and implement the Protocol, where it has not done so;

    2. implement the accompanying guidelines;

    3. report to ACC-18 on the steps taken to adopt the Charter, and to implement the Protocol and guidelines;

    4. appoint a representative with the responsibility of liaising with the Commission regarding the adoption of the Charter, implementation of the Protocol and the guidelines, and the development of recommendations for the enhancement of the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults in the Anglican Communion; and

    5. encourage those with safe church/safeguarding responsibilities in the Member Church to join the Anglican Communion Safe Church Network.

  3. requests the Secretary General to reconstitute the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission with the terms of reference as approved by the Standing Committee.

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