Anglicanism: Intrafaith Organizations

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Anglicanism: Intrafaith Organizations


Anglican Consultative Council

6733 Curran St.
McLean, VA 22101

Alternate Address: International Headquarters: c/o Sec. Gen. Rev. Canon Samuel Van Cullin, Partnership House, 157 Waterloo Rd., London SE1 8UT, Canada.

The Anglican Consultative Council is the continuing organizational arm of the worldwide Anglican Communion, i.e., those Anglican churches around the world in communion with the Church of England. Most member churches were at one time an integral part of the Church of England but have since become autonomous national churches. Traditionally, the unity of the Anglican Communion has been expressed through the periodic conferences of bishops which met at Lambeth Palace, the headquarters of the Church of England in London. The Lambeth Conference of 1968, in light of the growing number of independent Anglican jurisdictions, suggested the formation of the council.

The council meets every three years, and each member church may send up to three representatives. The council has no legislative authority but facilitates communication and consultation. It may make recommendations and on occasion speak for the Anglican Communion. It also encourages the participation of member churches in the larger ecumenical movement. It conducts ecumenical discussions with similar international organizations of other church groups.

Membership: In North America, the council members include the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church.


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Traditional Anglican Communion

℅ Rev. Gregory Wilcox
4510 Finley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Traditional Anglican Communion is the international ecumenical organization serving the Continuing Church Movement which swept through Anglican churches in the 1970s. Following a convention held at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1977, conservative members and priests began to organize traditionalist congregations, establish new jurisdictions, and, utilizing the cooperation of bishops of the Philippine Independent Church, have bishops consecrated. Through the 1980s, independent jurisdictions were established in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and it became evident that as a whole, the Anglican jurisdictions worldwide were either approving or tolerant of the changes toward liturgical experimentation and the ordination of females to the priesthood. Thus, in February 1992, the Anglican Catholic Church, the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, and the Anglican Catholic Church-Australia, and related traditional churches in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Central America, formed the Traditional Anglican Communion, a traditionalist counterpart of the jurisdictions in communion with the Church of England.

Membership: North American members include the the Anglican Catholic Church and the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada.

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