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Anglican Consultative Council to meet in Jamaica

Posted on: April 3, 2009 3:14 PM

The Anglican Consultative Council, made up of lay people, clergy and bishops from the 38 Anglican Provinces of the Communion, meets in Kingston Jamaica May 1 - 13, to consider among other things, mission in the 21st century, the future structure of the worldwide Church, and theological education.

The ACC meets approximately every three years under the presidency of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will give a presidential address on May 11.

Foremost on the agenda for this, the 14th meeting of the Council, will be consideration of a Covenant for the Provinces of the Anglican Communion and reception of the final report of the Windsor Continuation Process. Both of these documents are key to discerning a way forward for the Anglican Communion in light of recent stresses cause by differences over matters of human sexuality.

In a letter sent to all ACC members, Anglican Communion Secretary General Kenneth Kearon says: “Our 11 days together will provide an opportunity for us to engage with the Mission of the Anglican Communion through the work of its commissions, networks and working groups as well as experience something of the life and vitality of the local Anglican Church."

Many of the networks and working groups that help profile various areas of interest in the Anglican world including peace and justice, the international women’s network and inter-faith concerns will report during the meeting. Ms Hellen Wangusa, the Anglican observer at the United Nations will speak on mission

The ACC’s opening service will be on Sunday May 3 at the National Arena. On Sunday, May 10, ACC delegates will participate in Mission Sunday at various churches across the Diocese. The closing event will be a service to be held at the Cathedral of St. Jago de la Vega, Spanish Town, on May 12.

All plenary sessions and worship services are open to media. Plenary sessions will be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. Daily news briefings will be held and podcast as soon as possible on http://www.anglicancommunion.org to enable media and interested Anglicans from around the world to follow the proceedings. A final news briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12.

The current chair of the ACC is Bishop John Paterson of Auckland, New Zealand. Canon Kearon serves as the secretary to ACC meetings.

Media Notes:

  • More information on the Anglican Consultative Council can be found here or requests can be addressed to David Craig Office +44 207 313 3928. Mobile +44 07939 068 724.
  • The details of media arrangements and the requirements for accreditation can be found here.
  • During the meeting requests for information should be addressed to Archdeacon Paul Feheley, who will head up communications and media relations for ACC-14. A phone number and email address will be provided prior to the start of the meeting.