Periodically, there are official gatherings of Anglicans who hold particular positions in the structures of their churches, or who are appointed by their primates to represent their churches at specific consultations.
Provincial Mission & Evangelism Coordinators Consultation
Building on the momentum of the Decade of Evangelism, the first Inter-Anglican Consultation for Provincial Evangelism Coordinators was held in Nairobi in May 2002. Almost every province was represented. The participants themselves led discussion as well as Bible study, prayer and worship. They exchanged information about goals, strategies, programs and problems. This sharing of ideas was in itself a goal of the consultation, as many coordinators were the first in the newly created positions in their province. From this conference many consultations on mission and evangelism have been held, both on provincial and diocesan levels, and Guidelines for Evangelism Coordinators have been put together drawing from the experiences of the delegates.
The Episcopal Church was represented by the Rev. Charles Fulton, director of Congregational Development.
Provincial Secretaries Meeting
Those men and women charged with serving their churches as provincial or general secretaries, with major synodical as well as inter-Anglican relationships, try to gather periodically in different parts of the world. The purpose is fellowship and information exchange. (The last meeting was in Johannesburg in August 2004; the next meeting will be in 2007.)
The Episcopal Church has been represented by the director of Anglican & Global Relations (the Rev. Canon J. Patrick Mauney, who attended 4 of the 5 meetings held to date) and the executive officer of the General Convention (both the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan and the Rev. Anthony Jewiss have attended).
International Anglican Liturgical Consultations
The official network for liturgy in the Anglican Communion, recognized by the ACC and the Primates’ Meeting, and holding first responsibility to resource and communicate about liturgy on a communion-wide basis. Consultations are held every few years, with steering committees making arrangements in between. (The most recent meeting was in August 2003 in Cuddesdon, England; the next will be in August 2005, in Prague.)
Participants from the Episcopal Church have included the Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Morris (General Convention, staff officer for Liturgy and Music) and the Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, the Rt. Rev. Paul Marshall, the Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, and Robert Brooks, Jean Campbell, Carol Doran, Richard Martin, Ruth Meyers, Leonel Mitchell, Juan Oliver, Wayne Pokorny, Pamela Porter, Juan Quevedo-Bosch, Bryan Spinks, Tom Talley, and Louis Weil.
Anglican Mission Organizations Conference
The first mission agencies consultation was held in Brisbane in 1986 and was held for Northern mission agencies only, with those from the South invited only as “external partners.” At the strong recommendation of MISSIO, the second consultation, titled “Transformation and Tradition in Global Mission,” was held in Cyprus in 2003. It brought together leaders from the traditional voluntary and synodical mission agencies of the North with the new mission organizations and initiatives in the Global South. This event demonstrated the development in mission in the Anglican Communion and the growth and shifts in leadership and equal partnership. Coming from almost every church in the Communion, many participants were experiencing an inter-Anglican event for the first time. The energy, stimulation and visioning arising from the face-to-face meetings and exchanges of ideas continue to have a ripple effect across the Communion, with ongoing networking among delegates and important strategic planning for mission and evangelism within and across provinces and dioceses.
Participants from the Episcopal Church included the Rev. Jane Butterfield, Gini Peterson, Edwina Thomas, the Rt. Rev. Julio Holguin, the Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas, the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, the Rev. Thomas Prichard, and the Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh. (Margaret S. Larom was on the planning team.)
Advisory Council for Anglican UN Observer’s Office
The council is vital to the AUNO, not only for consultative support but also for visibility and fund-raising. The AUNO is located at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City.
The Episcopal Church has strong representation on the Advisory Council. Current members include: the Rev. Daniel Appleyard, the Rev. Canon George Brandt, the Rev. Theodora Brooks, the Very Rev. Donald Brown, James G. Carr, Marnie Dawson Carr, the Ven. Michael Kendall, the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, the Rev. Canon Harold Lewis, the Rev. Andrew Mead, Peter Ng, the Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, Charles Royce, the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw III, SSJE, the Very Rev. Spenser Simrill, Br. Stephen Storen, BSG, Anita Timmons, William Wright, the Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie (ex-officio), the Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk, and the Rev. Canon Brian Grieves, representing the Presiding Bishop.
Anglican Women’s Empowerment Team
Working closely with the Anglican UN Observer’s Office, this inter-Anglican task group succeeded in bringing 41 provincial delegates from 27 churches in the Anglican Communion to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in March 2005. The purpose is to bring a collective Anglican voice to the UN, to help the Anglican Communion do its share in implementing the Beijing Platform (on the rights of women), and to increase the participation of women in all areas of decision-making in the church and in society.
Goals include expanding the number of Anglican representatives to the UNCSW next year, and, with the International Anglican Women’s Network, support a global network of women who hope to sponsor a global gathering of Anglican women in the future.
The Episcopal Church delegates who served on the Anglican Communion delegation to the UNCSW this year were Marge Christie and the Rev. Canon Emily Morales. More than 40 women of the USA represented the Episcopal Church in a separate delegation to the UNCSW, but there was much collaborative effort and fellowship.
Members of AWET include Lois Bennett, Hondi Brasco, Theodora Brooks, Karen Chane, Marge Christie, Helen Goodkin, Phoebe Griswold, Christina Hing, Margaret Larom, Kim Robey, Margaret Rose, Karen Sisk, and Pat Yankus.