THE 17th Anglican Consultative Council (ACC17) meeting will feature an optional consultation on “Living in Love and Faith” (LLF), the Church of England’s sexuality review.
The agenda of ACC17, which will be held in Hong Kong from 28 April to 5 May, was released this week. The title of the conference is “Equipping God’s People: Going Deeper in Intentional Discipleship”.
On the fourth day, delegates will have the opportunity to be presented with the consultation of LLF (News, 4 January). The Archbishop of Canterbury will be present as the ACC’s president, as well as the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, the Revd Dr Andrew Atherstone, and the vice-chair of the ACC, Margaret Swinson.
Another item on the agenda is a report from the Safe Church Commission, which was set up to create a set of international guidelines and resources to ensure that churches were safe places for all people, with a focus on children, young people, and vulnerable adults. That will also happen on the fourth day.
The morning of day three is dedicated to discussion of the theme of the meeting. Sessions will be held on “developing and sharing experience from local contexts”, and the “lived experience from around the Communion”.
ACC17 will also feature a presidential address from Archbishop Welby, as well as a report from the Secretary-General, the Rt Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon.
There will also be sessions on Thy Kingdom Come, and “Women on the Front Line”, as well as various reports from the Anglican Communion Office: “Mission Cluster”, “Unity Faith and Order and related resolutions”, and “Theological Education in the Anglican Communion”.
Breakout sessions will be held on various Anglican Communion networks, including the International Anglican Women’s Network, the Anglican Indigenous Network, and the Francophone Network.
It is the second time that the ACC has been held in Hong Kong following the 2002 conference.
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