International Anglican Liturgical Consultations
Guidelines of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation 2001
Amended at Berkeley, California, August 2001
The International Anglican Liturgical Consultations (IALCs) are the
official network for liturgy of the Anglican Communion, recognized by the
ACC and the Primates' Meeting, and holding first responsibility in the
Communion to resource and communicate about liturgy on a communion-wide
basis. Historically, the Consultations developed as Anglicans met alongside
the congress of the international and ecumenical society Societas Liturgica.
The Consultations are held at least every four years, and each Consultation
appoints a steering committee in accordance with the guidelines that follow
to hold responsibility for arrangements between those meetings.
Attendance at an IALC shall consist of:
- those whom Provinces and Regional Churches choose to nominate and send;
- Anglican members of Societas Liturgica;
- members of provincial liturgical commissions;
- others whom the steering committee may invite.
The business of the IALCs shall be directed by the steering committee
and should include (but not be limited to):
The IALCs and the steering committee shall normally proceed by consensus.
- items or themes determined by the steering committee;
- matters referred by the ACC or the Primates' meeting;
- matters referred by particular Provinces or Regional Churches.
The steering committee may arrange other meetings between Consultations
as required or appropriate. Such meetings do not have the standing of Consultations,
do not qualify for IALC bursry grants to participants, have no power to
issue statements as though from a Consultation in the name of IALC, and
have no power to change these Guidelines or to instruct or appoint the
steering committee. Provinces and regions shall be given due notice of
IALCs are empowered to respond to matters referred by the ACC, the Primates'
meeting, and the Provinces and Regions.
Procedures for an IALC shall include:
- The steering committee shall notify each province or region of the
date of the Consultation at least one year in advance.;
- The steering committee shall arrange for a summary of relevant work
done at any prior meeting to be circulated in advance. Additional papers
may be solicited in advance by the steering committee
The responsibilities of the steering committee shall include:
The steering committee should normally meet yearly.
- planning IALCs and any other meetings.;
- responding to matters referred by the ACC, the Primates' meeting, or
Provinces or Regions that cannot wait until the next IALC.
- preparing a budget for its own work, and for IALCs and preparatory
meetings and submitting a financial report to each IALC.
The steering committee shall consist of:
This committee will elect from its own number a chairperson.
- two members elected at an IALC for a term of one Consultation;
- two members elected at successive IALCs for terms of two Consultations;
- one liaison person appointed by the Primates' Meeting.
The ACC-appointed Coordinator participates fully in the work of the
steering committee and normally serves as its Secretary.
The procedure for electing the steering committee shall be:
- A nominating group of three people shall be elected at each IALC. Agreement
to serve on this group shall disqualify a person from being nominated to
the steering committee.
- The nominating group shall invite nominations for membership in the
steering committee and then present three names to the IALC for election.
It shall take into account the diversity of regions and traditions of the
Anglican Communion, as well as practical considerations.
- The IALC will have the right to make further nominations and will conduct
a direct election.
- At each election the person obtaining the most votes shall be elected
for two Consultations and the others for one Consultation.
- If a vacancy occurs, the steering committee shall appoint a person
to fill the office until the next IALC.
The Consultation adopted these guidelines by vote.
27 August 2001