ACC 16 – Programme now published

Programme published for Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka

See this press release from the Anglican Communion Office: Draft programme for Anglican Consultative Council meeting published.

[ACNS] Anglican Bishops, priests and laity from across the world will gather in Lusaka next month for the 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-16). Members will discuss a range of issues around the theme “Intentional discipleship in a world of difference” – how Christians can be faithful to the Gospel in all aspects of their lives in the different cultures and situations that Anglicans find themselves in.

The Anglican Communion Office is now inviting applications for media accreditation for journalists who wish to attend ACC-16.

The ACC facilitates the co-operative work of the 38 autonomous but interdependent national and regional Churches and the six extra-provincial churches and dioceses that are in Communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Through the ACC, churches of the Anglican Communion exchange information and co-ordinate common action. The ACC also advises on the organisation and structures of the Anglican Communion, and seeks to develop common policies on world mission and ecumenical matters.

There is more information here and the actual draft of the programme is available as a PDF here.

The meeting will be held in Lusaka, Zambia from 8 to 19 April, 2016.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 10 March 2016 at 5:13pm


Thanks to Simon Sarmiento of ‘THINKING ANGLICANS’ for this report.

Now that both Provinces, of Uganda and Kenya, have withdrawn from attendance at the upcoming Meeting of ACC16 in Lusaka in April, this year, the Provinces still in attendance will be able to discuss Communion affairs without having to worry about the problem of examining reasons why only TEC was considered to have offended against Communion polity, and disciplined, while Kenya and Uganda were not subjected to disciplinary action – despite their collusion with their local governments in legal criminal action against homosexuals in their Provinces.

The fact of the Primate of Uganda’s departure from the recent Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury before its final communique was issued, would, in part, explain Uganda’s absence from the ACC16 Meeting. However, one did wonder, when ++Uganda announced the fact that his province would not be represented at the Meeting, whether this action would propel other GAFCON Provinces to declare their intended absence. Up to this moment, it would seem that only Kenya has followed Uganda in boycotting the Meeting.

One could hope that this might be a sign of intended collegiality of the other Provinces – apart from Uganda and Kenya – to embrace the degree of diversity that is needed in the Communion at this time of its tendency to drift apart on matters of human sexuality and other attendant ancillary matters.

There can be little doubt that the intention of TEC to attend and vote at the ACC16 gathering is an earnest of its desire to remain in fellowship with all other Provinces of the Communion – despite the threat (not legal) of being side-lined from any decision-making at Meetings of the Communion Instruments. Sadly, this cannot be said of the Provinces of Uganda and Kenya, whose attitude towards TEC has been noted for their intentional refusal to co-exist in common Eucharistic Fellowship.

Does this mean that, for Kenya and Uganda at least, fellowship in common with every other Province of the Communion may be no longer possible.

Perhaps the proceedings of the Meeting of ACC16 will clarify this.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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3 Responses to ACC 16 – Programme now published

  1. recovering anglican says:

    There are no winners here. I think that is important whatever your view on the issues dividing the Communion. We all need to keep talking to each other, and be aware of each others pain. It is painful for those in the global south, who feel excluded by what they see as western liberal imperialism, just as it is painful for LGBT people to feel excluded.

    • kiwianglo says:

      You are so right, my friend. However, what we really need is the will to live together, despite our differences. BUT, if the G. S. cannot accept the differences, schism is not the answer.

      • recovering anglican says:

        The idea of ‘good disagreement’ is important, I think. It is hard – because of the pain on both sides, and the real belief that something vital is at stake – but we really need to try to see the other point of view.

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