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Instruments of Communion
THE LAMBETH CONFERENCE
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The Lambeth Conference is a gathering of bishops, meeting every ten years under the presidency of the Archbishop of Canterbury. There have been thirteen conferences to date, with the first being held in 1867. and the most recent from 18 July to 9 August 1998. Until 1978 the conferences were for bishops only, but in 1988 the full Anglican Consultative Council membership and representative bishops of the Churches in Communion (the Churches of Bangladesh, North and South India, and Pakistan) joined with the bishops in the discussions, as did bishops of the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht.

THE PRIMATES
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Between 1979 and 1997 the Primates (the senior archbishop or presiding bishop) of the autonomous Churches of the Anglican Communion met every two or three years in consultation on theological, social, and international issues. Since 2000, the Primates have met annually. Meeting locations:
  • Ely, England 1979
  • Washington, USA 1981
  • Limuru, Kenya 1983
  • Toronto, Canada 1986
  • Cyprus 1989
  • Ireland 1991
  • Cape Town, Southern Africa 1993
  • Windsor, England 1995
  • Jerusalem 1997
  • Oporto, Portugal, 2000
  • Kanuga, USA, 2001
  • Canterbury, England 2002
  • Brazil 2003

THE ANGLICAN CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL
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The Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) is an international assembly of the Anglican Communion, bringing together bishops, presbyters, deacons, lay men and women, and youth, to work on common concerns.

Origins

The ACC was formed following a resolution of the 1968 Lambeth Conference which discerned the need for more frequent and more representative contact among the Churches than was possible through a once-a-decade conference of bishops. The constitution of the Council was accepted by the general synods or conventions of all the Member Churches of the Anglican Communion. The Council came into being in October 1969.

Meetings

The ACC meets every two or three years and its present policy is to meet in different parts of the world. Since it began there have been nine meetings of the Council:
Limuru, Kenya 1971 · Dublin, Republic of Ireland 1973 · Trinidad 1976 · London, Ontario, Canada 1979 · Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England 1981 · Badagry, Nigeria 1984 · Singapore 1987 · Wales 1990 · Cape Town, Southern Africa 1993 · Panama 1996 · Dundee, Scotland 1999 · Hong Kong 2002

Activities

The following activities and projects were inaugurated, implemented, and supported, in some way, by the Lambeth Conference, the Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council:

  • Partners in Mission
  • Companion Dioceses Programmes
  • Inter-Church Ecumenical Conversations (with the Lutheran, Oriental Orthodox, Orthodox, Reformed, and Roman Catholic Churches)
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer
  • Anglican World
  • Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission
  • The Anglican Centre in Rome
  • The Liturgical Consultation
  • Inter-Anglican Publishing
  • Inter-Anglican Information Network
  • United Nations Observer
  • Inter-Anglican Networks