IASCUFO issues communique Douglas LeBlanc September 20, 2012 News Via Anglican Communion News Service All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5.18) Gathered in the name of the Triune God, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO), under the chairmanship of the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Archbishop of Burundi, met for daily prayer, Bible Study of 2 Corinthians and celebration of the Eucharist, and to prepare their report for the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26 October–8 November 2012 (ACC-15). Members reflected on the Christian calling to work for the visible unity of God’s Church as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation. The Commission received updates from ecumenical dialogues with Lutherans, Methodists, the Orthodox, Reformed, and Roman Catholics. Work relating to the Anglican Communion Covenant, Instruments of Communion, theological anthropology, and reception continued. The Commission expressed its enormous appreciation for the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, as he prepares to step down and take up his new responsibilities as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Advertisement This, the fourth meeting of IASCUFO was held at the Emmaus Centre, Dublin. Members joined in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist at Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin, attended evensong at St Patrick’s Cathedral and were hosted at a dinner at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute by the Church of Ireland’s Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue. The Commission also met with the Most Rev. Dr. Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Chair of the Management Group of the Anglican Communion’s Network for Inter Faith Concerns (NIFCON). Opportunities to see the early papyrus fragments of the Gospels and the letters of St Paul at the Chester Beatty Museum and the ninth-century Book of Kells at the Trinity College Library were deeply appreciated, as was a visit to the ancient monastic city of Glendalough. The Commission reflected on the on-going consideration of the Anglican Communion Covenant within the churches of the Communion. Further reflection on this process will be undertaken at ACC-15. The Instruments of Communion for the Churches of the Anglican Communion (the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates’ Meeting, the Lambeth Conference, and the Anglican Consultative Council) are the subject of an interim study offered to ACC-15 for consultation and discussion. The Commission commends for study the work of the Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC), Belonging Together in Europe: a joint statement on ecclesiology and mission, and hopes that ACC-15 will support the renewal of AOCICC’s mandate. IASCUFO also commends the Jerusalem Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, To Love and Serve the Lord: Diakonia in the Life of the Church, and supports proposals for developing that work. Following exploratory talks in 2011 between the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches, IASCUFO also hopes that ACC-15 will support the re-establishment of a formal dialogue with the Reformed Churches. IASCUFO commends the text of the WCC Faith and Order Commission, The Church: Towards a Common Vision, to ACC-15 for referral to the churches of the Anglican Communion, and itself intends to undertake further study of this text. Transitivity (the question of the relationship of different ecumenical agreements to one another) is the subject of a further report by IASCUFO to ACC-15. This meeting of IASCUFO was again superbly supported by the Rev. Canon Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan and Mr. Neil Vigers of the Anglican Communion Office. The Commission enjoyed a visit from the Rev. Canon Dr. Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, who assisted with preparing the IASCUFO report to ACC-15. Present at the Dublin meeting: The Most Rev. Bernard NtahoturiPrimate of the Anglican Church of Burundi, and Chair of the Commission The Rt. Rev. Dr. Georges Titre AndeProvince de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo The Rev. Canon Professor Paul AvisChurch of England The Rev. Sonal ChristianChurch of North India The Rev. Canon Dr. John GibautWorld Council of Churches The Rt. Rev. Dr. Howard GregoryThe Church in the Province of the West Indies The Rev. Dr. Katherine GriebThe Episcopal Church The Rt. Rev. Kumara IllangasingheChurch of Ceylon, Sri Lanka The Rev. Canon Dr. Sarah Rowland JonesAnglican Church of Southern Africa The Rt. Rev. Victoria MatthewsAnglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia The Rev. Canon Dr. Charlotte MethuenScottish Episcopal Church/Church of England The Rev. Canon Dr. Simon OliverChurch of England The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen PickardAnglican Church of Australia Dr. Andrew PierceChurch of Ireland The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Nai Chiu PoonChurch of the Province of South East Asia The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Guen Seok YangThe Anglican Church of Korea The Rev. Canon Dr. Alyson Barnett-CowanDirector for Unity, Faith and Order Mr. Neil VigersAnglican Communion Office The Rev. Canon Joanna UdalArchbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Anglican Communion Affairs Unable to be present: The Rt. Rev. Dr. Dapo AsajuThe Church of Nigeria The Rev. Canon Clement JandaThe Episcopal Church of the Sudan The Rev. Dr. Edison KalengyoThe Church of the Province of Uganda The Rt. Rev. William MchomboThe Church of the Province of Central Africa The Rt. Rev. Hector (Tito) ZavalaIglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America (Anglican Communion) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.