Archbishop of Canterbury announces
18 DECEMBER 2003
As required by its mandate, the Commission will begin by considering recent work elsewhere on the issue of Communion. It will give primary consideration to the resolutions of the Lambeth Conferences of 1988 and 1998 on this issue, together with a consideration of what has been achieved in the Grindrod, Eames and Virginia Reports, which addressed matters of Communion, particularly in relation then to the issue of the ordination of women to the episcopate. It will also wish to give especial attention to the recent work of the Inter Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission on the theological nature of Communion, and the various statements and pastoral letters issued by the Primates at their recent meetings.
are no plans at this stage to hold sessions of the Commission in public,
but it is felt that it will be important for the work of the Commission
to be as open as possible. For this reason, evidence considered by
the Commission will generally be published on the web site associated
with the Commission, and it is intended to publish interim reports
of the work of the Commission following each plenary session. Specific
submissions to the Commission will be invited from particular groups
or individuals, both in written form and by the reception of
Submissions of evidence may be forwarded unsolicited for the consideration of the Commission, provided that the following criteria are met:
The Commission may decide to request clarification or development as it feels appropriate. All submissions may be published on the Commission web site at the direction of the Commission's Chair, Archbishop Robin Eames.
The Commission should be grateful if members of the Anglican Communion, and our ecumenical partners, will hold the Commission's work in their prayers, together with the life of the Anglican Communion.
on the Commission and its ongoing work may be found on the
The Commission's Key Questions:
Taking into account work on issues of communion carried out by Lambeth Conferences 1988 and 1998, and the views of the Primates Meetings since 2000: