ACNS 3994 | ACO | 22 JUNE 2005  

Resolutions passed today at ACC-13

A press release from the Anglican Communion News Service

The following resolutions were presented to an extended business session today
as part of the triennial meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Nottingham, England.

The resolution dealing with the “listening process“ from Lambeth 1998 passed
unanimously, while the resolution dealing with the Anglican Consultative
Council - North America itself passed with a vote of 30 in favour, 28
against, and 4 abstentions.


Resolution on the Listening Process, as requested by the Primates at Dromantine

In response to the request of the bishops attending the Lambeth Conference
in 1998 in Resolution 1.10 to establish "a means of monitoring the work done
on the subject of human sexuality in the Communion" and to honour the
process of mutual listening, including "listening to the experience of
homosexual persons" and the experience of local churches around the world in
reflecting on these matters in the light of Scripture, Tradition and Reason,
the Anglican Consultative Council encourages such listening in each Province
and requests the Secretary General:

1. To collate relevant research studies, statements, resolutions and other
material on these matters from the various Provinces and other interested
bodies within those Provinces; and

2. To make such material available for study, discussion and reflection
within each member Church of the Communion; and

3. To identify and allocate adequate resources for this work, and to report
progress on it to the Archbishop of Canterbury, to the next Lambeth
Conference and the next meeting of this Council, and to copy such reports to
the Provinces.



Resolution following the Primates' Statement at Dromantine

The Anglican Consultative Council

(1) takes note of the decisions taken by the Primates at their recent
meeting in Dromantine, Northern Ireland, in connection with the
recommendations of the Windsor Report 2004;

(2) notes further that the Primates there reaffirmed "the standard of
Christian teaching on matters of human sexuality expressed in the 1998
Lambeth Resolution 1.10, which should command respect as the position
overwhelmingly adopted by the bishops of the Anglican Communion";

(3) endorses and affirms those decisions;

(4) consequently endorses the Primates' request that “in order to recognise
the integrity of all parties, the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican
Church of Canada voluntarily withdraw their members from the Anglican
Consultative Council, for the period leading up to the next Lambeth

(5) interprets reference to the Anglican Consultative Council to include its
Standing Committee and the Inter-Anglican Finance and Administration



see news story by George Conger reporting for The Living Church Magazine
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