Resolutions of ACC-2
Resolution 1: Unification of Ministries
The Council notes that the Acts of Unification of the Ministries in the Churches of North India and Pakistan have made it possible already for most of the Anglican Churches to enter without reservation into full communion with the united Churches. It commends these acts as models to other Churches engaged in the preparation of schemes of union.
Resolution 2: Anglican-Lutheran Conversations
Resolution 3: Exchange of Information between Commissions
The Council requests the Anglican-Roman Catholic and the Anglican-Orthodox International Commissions to keep those engaged in the Anglican-Old Catholic Conversations informed of their progress.
Resolution 4: Anglican-Orthodox Conversations
The Council receives the interim report of the Anglican-Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Commission and commends the continuing dialogue to the prayer and study of the member Churches.
Resolution 5: ARCIC Statement on the Eucharist
The Council welcomes the ARCIC Agreed Statement on Eucharistic Doctrine. It recommends the Statement to the consideration of all member Churches and asks those Churches which have not already reported their response to the Secretary General to do so.
Resolution 6: Commission on the Theology of Marriage
The Council resolves that on the Anglican side the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on the Theology of Marriage shall continue under the aegis of the Council until its work is done.
Resolution 7: Mar Thoma Church
The Council encourages Churches of the Anglican Communion to enter into the same kind of relationship with the Mar Thoma Syrian Church as that which most of them already enjoy with the Old Catholic and other Churches in terms of the Bonn Agreement.
Resolution 8: Canadian Plan of Union
The Council considered the Canadian Plan of Union and asks the Anglican Church of Canada to take note of the observations made in this Report.
Resolution 9: Ghana Church Union
The Council encourages the dioceses in Ghana to continue in the negotiations and draws their attention to the difficulties that would be caused if lay celebration of Holy Communion were allowed in the Church.
Resolution 10: Anglican Centre in Rome
The Council warmly appreciates the past and present work of the Anglican Centre in Rome and its successive Directors. It hopes that this work will continue vigorously and that the Council of the Centre will consider how it may be promoted and extended. It emphasizes the importance of discussion with the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome, and the development of consultation with other departments of the Curia. It urges that proper financial provision be made for the activities of the Centre and its Director.
Resolution 11: Unity and Ecumenical Affairs
The Council commends the report on Unity and Ecumenical Affairs for study by all the member Churches, drawing particular attention to what is said about:
Resolution 12: Social Justice
The Council calls upon its member Churches:
Resolution 13: Christian Structures and Life-Style
Church institutions and leaders should critically examine their extravagant structures and life style in the light of Jesus' example, to demonstrate their solidarity with their fellows who suffer oppression and poverty.
Resolution 14: New Methods of Bible Study and Liturgy
The changing pattern of society demands that the Churches seek and engage in new methods of Bible study and liturgy to uncover their power for our times as revelatory instruments of the unique Christ.
Resolution 15: Programmes of Education
Resolution 16: Employment Schemes
As a means of seeking to achieve a liberated and just society, the Churches should become actively involved in schemes which provide employment opportunities for unemployed people, particularly the school and university leavers.
Resolution 17: Allocation of Gross National Product
The Council calls upon member Churches in developed countries, which have not yet achieved a minimal target of the allocation of 1 % of Gross National Product for the assistance of poorer nations achieving balanced growth, to do all in their power to educate and assist their adherents to bring pressure upon governments to achieve such a target.
Resolution 18: Investment Policy
As an example of the responsible use of power, the Council urges the member Churches, particularly in the more affluent countries, to examine their investment portfolios and bank deposits for the purpose of influencing, through the exercise of stock resolutions and other comparable means (not excluding divestment), the management practices of companies and multi-national corporations in which church funds are invested or deposited, to the end that heightened sensitivity to social goals, including environmental concerns, be furthered, and social justice be served; and where possible to integrate such practices with those of other church bodies.
Resolution 19: Anglican Council of South America
The Council recommends to the dioceses in South America and to the Province of Brazil that they should proceed with plans for the setting up of the Anglican Council of South America (CASA) after due attention to the points in the Report.
Resolution 20: Council of Jerusalem and the Middle East
The Council recommends that the dioceses of the Jerusalem Arch-bishopric should inaugurate a Council as outlined in the Draft, taking into account the specific recommendations in this Report.
Resolution 21: The Sudan
The Council advises that the diocese of the Sudan should be authorized to revert to the sole jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury as an extra-provincial diocese, pending the establishment of the new Province of the Sudan.
Resolution 22: Proposed Province of Melanesia
The Council recommends that the diocese of Melanesia and the Province of New Zealand proceed with plans for constituting a Province of Melanesia, and that when these are agreed to by the diocese and the General Synod of the Province, the Council recommends that the new Province may be formed.
Resolution 23: Metropolitan Functions
The following proposal is submitted to the member Churches of the Anglican Communion for their approval:
In any case in which they are satisfied that the existing metropolitan provision for a diocese or group of dioceses can no longer operate, the President of the Anglican Consultative Council, in consultation with i the Chairman and the Secretary General, is authorized to make the t necessary provision for such metropolitan functions.
Resolution 24: Information on Christian Initiation
The Secretary General is asked to circulate to member Churches information regarding the studies on Christian Initiation mentioned in the Report, and similar studies from other Churches, indicating how each may be obtained.
Resolution 25: Polygamy
The Council recommends to the Churches:
Resolution 26: Mission and Evangelism
In the light of the report on Mission and Evangelism the Council challenges anew the Church to embark on a prayerful, urgent, and realistic review of its role in all areas of society, and calls upon member Churches to set up or refer to appropriate committees, representative of all concerned, with a view to initiating action to recognize and remedy the deficiencies of the Church's work and witness, so that it may the better discharge its responsibilities to the whole community.
Resolution 27: New Implementation of MRI
Resolution 28: 'Membership, Manpower and Money'
The Council receives with appreciation the Report Membership, Manpower and Money in the Anglican Communion, commends it to church planning bodies as valuable resource material; asks the Standing Committee to consider and report to ACC 3 the need for a further issue and the form which it should take; and requests the Secretary General to convey to the Reverend Dr David Barrett the Council's gratitude.
Resolution 29: Exchange Rates and Payment of Contributions
When member Churches pay their contributions to the inter-Anglican budget, they should pay whatever sum will provide in £ sterling their allocation as stated in £ sterling in the budget.
Resolution 30: Chairman and Vice-Chairman's Term of Appointment
When the Chairman's appointment as Chairman extends beyond the ,date at which his or her membership of the Council ordinarily expires:
from the time of the expiry of the ordinary membership
Resolution 31: Proposal for Additional Younger Members
The Standing Committee is asked to consider amending the Schedule of Membership of the Council to provide for the appointment of an additional two lay persons not over 28 years of age at the time of appointment.
Resolution 32: Secretary General
The Standing Committee is empowered to deal with the appointment of the Secretary General should this be necessary at any time between meetings of the Council.
Resolution 33: Legal Status
Carried. In favour 47, against nil, abstentions nil.
Resolution 34: Communication
Resolution 35: St George's College, Jerusalem