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Former Standing Committee Members Dispute Archbishop Welby On Outcome of ACC Meeting

The six outgoing members of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion released a statement today disputing the contention of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, that the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) endorsed sanctions against the Episcopal Church at its recent meeting in Zambia. Those sanctions were outlined in a communiqué from the primates, or…
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Walking Together: A Clarification

Walking Together: A Clarification May 6, 2016 Since the enriching, empowering and constructive meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC16) in Lusaka, 8 – 19 April 2016, a number of statements have appeared with respect to ACC16’s engagement with the outcome of the January 2016 Primates’ Gathering and Meeting. As outgoing members of the Anglican Consultative Council and…
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Final ACC Business Day Proves Pivotal

To Bishop Ian Douglas, the final business day of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia, was a pivotal moment in the history of the Anglican Communion. “We’ll look back on today and see that the door could have closed or opened,” he said. “It opened.” The turning point came when Resolution C35, which would…
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ACC Elects Primate as Chair

Lusaka, April 15–Today in Lusaka, the Anglican Consultative Council moved another step away from its original role as a voice of lay and clergy leadership in the Anglican Communion. The Most Rev. Paul Kwong, primate of Hong Kong, was elected as ACC chair, receiving 40 votes. Kwong was first elected to the ACC Standing Committee…
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Douglas Writes to ACC Standing Committee Members

Earlier today, Bishop Ian Douglas, the Episcopal Church’s bishop member of the Anglican Consultative Council, sent this letter to his colleagues on the ACC Standing Committee. April 12, 2016 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ on the Standing Committee who attended the meeting of the Standing Committee in Lusaka, Zambia: It was a joy to…
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Douglas Will Not Stand for Election as ACC Chair

Lusaka, April 12—Earlier today, Bishop Ian Douglas sent a letter to the members of the standing committee of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) who attended its April 6-7 meeting announcing that he will not stand for election as chair of that body in elections to be held on Friday. “While I pray that I can continue…
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ACC rebuffs primates’ “requirements” as meeting begins

Lusaka, Zambia, April 8—The Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) made clear in a statement released today that it will not allow the leading archbishops of the communion to dictate the council’s response to the Episcopal Church’s decision to authorize rites that allow same-sex couples to marry in the church. The primates of…
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The Parochial Report and the Pension Fund: Deputy Committee Studies How We Measure, What We Pay

It’s the time of year when just two words—parochial report—can drive many parish leaders into fits of frustration. This annual report, which summarizes each parish’s membership, attendance, and budget, was due to the Episcopal Church’s offices in New York by March 1. The format of the report, which is authorized by Executive Council and approved…
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Primates Meet, Confusion Ensues

When the cloud of confusion created by the most recent meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion had dissipated, not a great deal had changed. The Anglican Communion is still intact, the Episcopal Church is still a full member, and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Deputy Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, and Bishop Ian Douglas are…
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Deputies sprint to the finish

On a day that began with their presiding bishop-elect begging them to put a fresh charge into the Jesus Movement and ended almost 10 hours later, the members of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies sprinted through dozens of resolutions, sang and prayed, and forged a difficult compromise with their colleagues in the House of…
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