Sunday, March 02, 2008

In London, Joint Standing Committee members attend St. Paul's Cathedral Eucharist

From EpiscopalLife Online [boldface mine]:

Members of the Primates/Anglican Consultative Council Joint Standing Committee attended Sung Eucharist at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on March 2, the midway point of their meeting which is being held behind closed doors at the Anglican Communion Office.

Meeting through March 4, a large portion of the committee's agenda is being devoted to the Lambeth Conference, the Windsor Process and budgetary discussions, said the Rev. Canon James M. Rosenthal, director of communications for the Anglican Communion.

Committee members will also meet with the Windsor Continuation Group, whose formation was announced February 12 by the Archbishop of Canterbury. That group has been charged with addressing 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.

In 2007, the committee scheduled an additional meeting for September in New Orleans after the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops in March 2007 expressed "an urgent need for us to meet face to face with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the members of the Primates' Standing Committee."

Following that meeting, the Joint Standing Committee issued a report saying the Episcopal Church had "clarified all outstanding questions" relating to its response to the requests of the Windsor Report, and questions on which the Anglican Primates had sought clarifications.

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.

The Joint Standing Committee is served by staff of the Anglican Communion Office, including the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general; the Rev. Canon Gregory Cameron, deputy secretary general; the Rev. Canon James M. Rosenthal, director of communications; and Deirdre Martin, executive assistant.

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