"I am heartened by the ecumenical possibilities" said the Revd Samuel Koshiishi of Nippon Sei Ko Kai and a member of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network. He was speaking in response to the Anglican Consultative Council's review of the Office of Anglican Observer at the United Nations.
Meeting in Dundee, Scotland, ACC11, considered a report from the Joint Standing Committee of the ACC and Primates on the future of the Anglican Communion's office at the United Nations. The review noted that the previous Observer's "contracted period of employment has now been completed, and we have the opportunity during this interregnum to achieve a common understanding of all the matters" related to the office. The need for clarification in the relationship between the New York based Advisory Council to the Anglican Observer and the Archbishop of Canterbury and especially the ACC was central to the review.
The Most Revd John Paterson, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and Vice-Chair of the ACC led the Council through a consideration of the issues. Discussion affirmed the importance of the office's ministry stressing the importance for the Church to be heard in the halls of political power. Mrs Margaret Bihabanyi of the Episcopal Church in Rwanda stated her concern about the lack of leadership in the interregnum period. Members emphasized the possibility of ecumenical cooperation at the United Nations.
A resolution was adopted by the Council thanking the previous Observer at the United Nations, The Rt Revd James Ottley, and the Advisory Council for their fine work. The resolution clarified the relationship among the Advisory Council, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the ACC. It further proposed new ways of viewing the office and streamlining the staff with the provision of a working budget for the next five years.