THE PRINCIPAL of St John’s College, Nottingham, Dr Christina Baxter, has spoken of the challenges faced by members of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), one of the four instruments of the Communion,.
Dr Baxter, who served for nine years on the ACC, shared her experiences in an address to the Chelmsford Diocesan Evangelical Association at St Michael’s, Galleywood, on Saturday. Speaking on Wednesday, she said the ACC was “quite a modest and frail body, and people don’t understand that. People assume there are a lot of resources.
“Not everyone speaks English, and translation is always a challenge. Its membership doesn’t stay the same, so people are being asked to make decisions on things on which they may have little background.”
Dr Baxter said that the Council was not originally set up to “deal with the kind of tensions that there are now across the Communion, and the question is: ‘Is it designed for that kind of work?’ ” She emphasised that she was completely committed to the Anglican Covenant process.
The ACC exchanges information between the provinces, advises on the organisation of the Communion, and seeks to develop policies on mission and ecumenical matters.
The ACC membership includes from one to three persons from each province. It last met in Nottingham in 2005, and is scheduled to reconvene in May 2009 in Kingston, Jamaica.