Joint Standing Committee meets

The Joint Standing Committee of the Primates/Anglican Consultative Council met in London February 29 – March 4. Episcopal Life reports on the meeting. Some excerpts:

The committee acknowledged that five primates have said their bishops will not be attending the Lambeth Conference, “but recognized that some bishops from those provinces are expected to attend,” Jefferts Schori said. “The hope is that more will certainly decide to attend.”

The bishops are invited to Lambeth on an individual basis and not on behalf of or through their primates, Sue Parks, Lambeth Conference manager, told ENS.

The committee met briefly with the Windsor Continuation Group, whose formation was announced February 12 by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. That group, which was addressed by Williams on March 4 and is meeting through March 7, has been charged with tackling outstanding questions arising from the Windsor Report and reviewing the various formal responses received from provinces and instruments of the Anglican Communion.

The committee, which meets annually, is the interim body that oversees the day-to-day operations of the Anglican Communion Office and the programs and ministries of the four Instruments of Communion: the Lambeth Conference; the Anglican Consultative Council; the Primates’ Meeting; and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Primates Standing Committee includes Archbishop Rowan Williams of England (chair), Archbishop Philip Aspinall of Australia, President Bishop Mouneer Anis of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the United States, and Archbishop Barry Morgan of Wales.

The ACC Standing Committee includes Bishop John Paterson of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (chair), Professor George Koshy of South India (vice chair), Philippa Amable of West Africa, Jolly Babirukamu of Uganda, Robert Fordham of Australia, Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe of Ceylon, Canon Elizabeth Paver of England, Bishop James Tengatenga of Central Africa, and Nomfundo Walaza of Southern Africa.

Illangasinghe, Orombi, and Walaza were unable to attend the meeting.

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