A look ahead at 2020 for the Anglican Communion Office

By Lucy Cowpland

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Lambeth Conference in Canterbury. This gathering, to which all active bishops of the Anglican Communion’s member churches are invited, takes place approximately every 10 years and will run from the 23 July until 2 August.

The Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican Alliance and Lambeth Conference Company are all part of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO), in London. Staff from all three charities are busy preparing for the Lambeth Conference, but that is not all that 2020 holds for the ACO.

The Primates’ Meeting will be held in Jordan from 12 to 17 January. The Anglican Alliance will host a Safe Migration consultation for the Middle East from the 29 January until 2 February.

The Secretary General, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, will travel to Sri Lanka in February for a meeting of the Anglican Interfaith Commission. The Anglican Alliance will host a “She Works” Photography workshop in the Philippines.

In March, there will be an Intentional Discipleship consultation in Kuching, Malaysia and in Lweru, Tanzania. The Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) will be taking a delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, and the department for Theological Education will be participating in a Latin American Theological Commission.

The Season of Prayer and Repentance, proposed by the Primates’ Task Group, will be held around the fifth Sunday in Lent (29 March).

In April, Mandy Marshall will join the ACO team as Director for Gender Justice. In the same month, the ACOUN team will participate in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and there will be an Intentional Discipleship consultation in Ghana.

The Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) will meet in May. Anglican Communion Sunday will be celebrated on the 24 of May with special prayers taking place in services around the world, including at Westminster Abbey in London.

In June, the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion (TEAC) team will take part in the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) network conference in London. The ACOUN team will participate in the UN Human Rights Council meetings in June and in September.

The Safe Church Commission will meet in July. TEAC will hold a consultation for theological college principals, deans and bishops in Cuddlesdon; and an Intentional Discipleship consultation and leadership training will be held in Birmingham, England.

In September, the Climate Emergency and Mission conference for theological educators will be held in Malaysia. The Anglican Alliance will host their training for ‘Agents of Change’ in the Pacific, and the Intentional Discipleship Coordinating Group will hold a residential meeting in Johannesburg following the Anglicans Ablaze renewal conference.

The Anglican Consultative Council’s Standing Committee will hold a face-to-face meeting between 20 – 23 September.

The International Commission for the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) and the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC) will both meet in October. There will also be an ecumenical consultation of Asian theological educators, and a Brazilian theological consultation and commission. The ACOUN team will attend a conference on biodiversity.

The ACOUN team and the Anglican Alliance will work together to make Anglican voices heard in the debate about how to tackle climate change, at the 26th UN Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

In December, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) will meet in December.

 

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Episcopal News Service, January 9, 2020