Resolutions of ACC-1
Resolution 1: Full Communion
The Council invites the member Churches to consider the theology of full communion and its implications as outlined in the report, and to send their comments to the Secretary General. It hopes that other Churches will also take part in this discussion, and share their reflections with us.
Resolution 2: United Churches and the Anglican Communion
Resolution 3: Church of South India
The Council notes that seven Provinces have requested full communion with the Church of South India and that eleven other Provinces have indicated their intention to work towards full communion. It urges all other Churches and Provinces to give further careful consideration to their relationships with the CSI with a view to entering into full communion with that Church.
Resolution 4: The Churches of North India and of Pakistan
The Council recommends that Churches and Provinces which have not yet established full communion with the new Churches of North India and Pakistan should do so as soon as they are able.
Resolution 5: The proposed Church of Lanka
The Council looks forward to the inauguration of the Church of Lanka and recommends, in the words of LCR 50, that Churches and Provinces of the Anglican Communion should enter into full communion with it and foster the relations of fellowship which this involves.
Resolution 6: Anglican-Methodist Unity
Believing the Scheme for union between the Church of England and the Methodist Church to be theologically adequate, and the procedure in two stages to be appropriate in English circumstances, and noting its bearing upon church union elsewhere in the Anglican Communion, the Council hopes that Stage One will be implemented as soon as possible and that every opportunity will be fostered of co-operative growth into the organic union of Stage Two.
Resolution 7: New Zealand Plan for Union
Resolution 8: Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations
The Council notes with satisfaction the increasing co-operation and understanding between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in many areas, and calls attention to the useful material for joint study available from the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. Recognizing that common study will do much to improve relationships between our Churches, the Council asks the Secretary General to keep the Provinces informed of useful publications as they are issued.
Resolution 9: Mixed Marriages
The Council hopes that the Joint Commission (see LCR 54) on the Theology of Marriage and its Application to Mixed Marriages will be able to pursue its task vigorously since, in spite of the publication of the Motu Proprio, many problems remain.
Resolution 10: The Anglican Centre in Rome
The Council approves the Constitution of the Anglican Centre in Rome and commends its work to the prayers, interest, and support of Anglicans everywhere.
Resolution 11: Communication of Policy and Action of the World Council of Churches
The Council urges:
Resolution 12: Size and Composition of the Assembly of the World Council of Churches
The Council agrees with the proposal of the World Council to have an Assembly smaller in numbers than at Uppsala and, in consultation with World Families of Churches, to allot seats by continental regions. The Council suggests that it should be authorized, in consultation with the member Churches of the Anglican Communion, to advise the World Council upon nominations from, and allocation of seats to, member Churches, making some provision for extra-provincial dioceses.
Resolution 13: Assistance with Church Union Schemes
In view of the considerable number of Church Union Schemes which have already recently been completed or which are in course of negotiation, the Council approves the World Council's proposal to appoint a member of staff responsible for giving help and advice on Union Schemes and to provide a liaison service for newly united Churches. The Council agrees to contribute towards the cost £415 sterling per annum for three years, provided there is sufficient support from other World Families of Churches.
Resolution 14: The Ecumenical Institute, Bossey
The Council warmly commends to member Churches the opportunities offered in the courses provided at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey.
Resolution 15: Our Ultimate Goal
The Council reaffirms its longing for the union of all God's people according to the prayer of our Lord Jesus.
It pledges itself to work for the removal of the calamitous obstacles to the unity of mankind created by Christian divisions, and to this end begs all our Churches and Provinces to persevere by the power of the Holy Spirit in the quest for Christian unity.
Resolution 16: Working with People of Other Faiths
The Council draws the attention of the member Churches to the study of other faiths in the context of culture and society, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, and urges them to make use of the studies produced; to engage in dialogue with people of other faiths, Marxists, and people of no faith; and to increase support both in the seconding of personnel and the provision of grants.
Resolution 17: Racism
In the light of the statement on racism, the Council resolves:
Resolution 18: The Use of Power and Social and Political Change
The Council calls to the attention of the Churches of the Anglican Communion "The Consultation on Christian Concern for Peace" held at Baden, Austria, 3-9 April 1970, and commends for study the official report of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Commission Justice and Peace, entitled "Peace - the Desperate Imperative".
Special attention is called to section 30 of that report as follows:
The fundamental question faced by mankind is whether the potentialities of modern science and technology will be used to perpetuate structures of injustice or for mass destruction on an unprecedented scale, or whether these potentialities will bring about prosperity, fellowship, and peace for all peoples of the earth. This effort to create a new world order should be undertaken by Christians together with men of other faiths and all people of good will.
In the light of this statement and the urgent need for development, we are alarmed at the great increase in the international arms industry. This both increases the power of oppressive governments and uses up money which is desperately needed for development. We therefore call upon the Churches to press their governments for a substantial decrease in the sale of, and expenditure on, arms.
Resolution 19: Ireland
The Council expresses grief at the social tension and violence in Northern Ireland and welcomes the reconciling role undertaken by the Churches in Ireland during the recent tension. We believe that the way forward is through the renunciation of prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance by all sections of the community.
In particular, we note the following statement of the Church of Ireland on the Role of the Church in Society and the decision to support the reform programme in Northern Ireland:
STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL SYNOD OF THE CHURCH OF IRELAND
THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH
In presenting this short statement on the role of the Church in Society we affirm the personal dignity of all human beings, their right to be free to seek and serve the truth, and their responsibility for the general welfare of the whole community in which they live.
Resolution 20: Development
In the light of the statement on development this Council resolves that member Churches of the Anglican Communion be called upon:
Resolution 20a: An Undertaking by the Australian Church
The Anglican Consultative Council authorizes the Australian Church, in consultation with the Secretary General, to request the several Provinces of the Anglican Communion, particularly those in developing areas, to submit informed Christian statements of national circumstances and needs; such statements to be collated, and a document prepared for the Secretary General to circulate to the member Churches.
Resolution 21: Creating and Dividing Provinces
Although there is no official definition of a province of the Anglican Communion, it can be described as the smallest complete unit of the Anglican Church because it exists under a College of Bishops - each of whom with his clergy and laity is autonomous within a diocese. A college requires to be more than a mere trio of bishops and is severely limited if it consists of less than four diocesan bishops. A province must have some common constitution, its geographical and political area must allow good communications, and, however much it transcends linguistic, national, or cultural boundaries, its peoples must have a community of concern which can unite them in a community of worship.
In the light of this outline, the Council makes the following recommendations:
Resolution 22: Criteria for the Size of a Diocese
The people of God who make up a diocese may come from diverse communities but should come from a natural area in which they live individual and corporate lives. The bishop, under God, is in a special way responsible with them and his clergy for the faith, teaching, unity, mission, and worship of that area, commonly called a diocese. Thus he represents the whole Church in and to his diocese, and his diocese in and to the councils of the Churches. He should also foster close relationships with other Churches and as far as possible with other faiths. The Council therefore suggests that the following are the criteria for the size of a diocese in which the bishop may exercise his episkope properly:
Resolution 23: Training for Bishops
Rather than recommend any new central institution for training bishops, this Council points to the need for definite training programmes for all clergy and lay people, including bishops. Specialized training is, however, needed by new bishops as they undertake their special function within the Church. They particularly need help in improving their skills as leaders, counsellors, and administrators. They need to deepen their understanding of relationships between individuals, groups, and cultures. They need help to meet the spiritual demands of their new task.
Expert training in all these fields is now available in every continent in the world, under church or secular auspices. The Council recommends the Church in each region to appoint a consultant who will discover the existing resources and use them to organize periodic courses for men who will soon be, or have recently been, consecrated bishop.
Regional consultants have the primary duty of discovering the re-sources and making courses available, but will not necessarily conduct the course. The cost of such courses must include provision for travel, which some provinces and dioceses may have to seek from outside their own area.
Resolution 24: Status for Bishops Who No Longer Hold Jurisdiction
Having received a request from the USA for advice on the status and ministry of bishops who no longer hold jurisdiction, the Council recommends that:
Resolution 25: Lay Training
Christian men and women have opportunities to witness in every type of human situation. Because of the demands of society it is a primary task of the Church to equip them to make the most of their opportunities. This Council therefore:
Resolution 26: Liaison Between Liturgical Commissions
Having received a request from the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England in Australia for the setting up of a Consultative Liturgical Committee, the Council recommends that the Secretary General:
Resolution 27: A Wider Ordained Ministry
Resolution 89 of the Lambeth Conference of 1958 encouraged provinces to make provision for supplementary ministries. Many provinces are now engaged in doing this with advantage. While the Council would agree that no Church could dispense with the vocation of the full-time ministry, there is an urgent need in most Churches today for a new appraisal of the place of non-salaried and part-time ministries.
The patterns of ministry in the Church today demand and are receiving much consideration and raise many questions. The Council suggests that it consider the whole matter at its next meeting in the light of reports on what has already been done in the provinces.
Resolution 28: The Ordination of Women to the Priesthood
Carried by 24 votes to 22.
Resolution 29: Marriage
As there is at present lack of a common mind on this subject, the Council was unable to give any general advice. It recommends, however, that the South Pacific and other regions and provinces in which this is a problem submit their views about it before the next meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council. In this way the whole question of marriage discipline against the background of polygamous cultures could be further considered in relation to Fr Adrian Hastings' report commissioned by the Anglican arch-bishops in Africa (if such is then available).
We are aware that there are places where polygamists are already being baptized and that it is for the diocesan to make the decision, but in the meanwhile this Council supports a recent resolution of the South Pacific Anglican Council which has said that polygamists should be encouraged:
Resolution 30: Training for the Ordained Ministry in Asia and Africa
The Council referred this subject to the Standing Committee for consideration and for consultation with the appropriate department of the WCC about future action.
Resolution 31: Provision for Interdependence in Planning
Resolution 32: Circulation of Chapter 4
The Chapter on Mission and Evangelism be submitted to all Anglican Missionary Agencies for study and action in the framing of policies.
Resolution 33: Study of the Report on Mission and Evangelism
The Council commends the Report on Mission and Evangelism for study by all the member Churches, drawing particular attention to what is said about:
The Budgets adopted for 1972 and 1973 on the recommendation of the Preparatory Committee are shown in Annexe 1.
The emoluments of the Secretary General and his deputy should be subject to annual review.
The meeting of the Council in 1973 should be in Britain.
The contributions invited from member Churches are shown in Annexe 2.
Member Churches of the ACC should examine in collaboration with other WCC members in their areas the adequacy of their contributions to the WCC.
Length of appointment of Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council.
Appointment and length of service of co-opted members.
The appointment as members of the Council of certain members of the Standing Committee should be extended, so as to avoid all the members of that committee being due to retire at the same time or in the very near future.
The terms of appointment of the Secretary General are set out.
The Council's recommendation with regard to St George's College. Jerusalem.
Matters referred by the Council to the Secretary General.