Resolutions of ACC-4
Resolution 1: Anglican-Reformed Relations.
The Council accepts the recommendations of the Anglican-Reformed Consultation of 1978 and therefore resolves to enter into dialogue with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.
Resolution 2: Anglican-Orthodox Relations
The Council re-affirms its commitment to Anglican-Orthodox dialogue and calls for the continuance of the Anglican-Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions at the official and international level.
Resolution 3: The Filioque Clause
Resolution 4: Response to ARCIC Statements
The Council requests the Secretary General to initiate an inquiry of the member churches concerning the most appropriate way in which the for Communion as a whole should be able to respond to the three Agreed Statements of the ARCIC, and to the results of international bilateral dialogues in general, and to report to ACC-5.
Resolution 5: Future Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations
The Council requests the Secretary General
Resolution 6: New Zealand Unity Proposals
In answer to the Provincial Commission on Church Union of the Anglican Church of the Province of New Zealand the Council:
Resolution 7: Full Communion with Other Episcopal Churches
The Council requests the Secretary General to commission a theological study on the implications of full communion between the Churches of the Anglican Communion and other Episcopal Churches, in consultation with those Churches, taking into account the report of the Iberian Churches Commission, and to bring this study to the attention of ACC-5.
Resolution 8: Dialogue on Ordination of Women
Because of the ecumenical consequences of the ordination of women, the Council affirms the importance of ecumenical participation in inter- Anglican dialogue concerning this matter, particularly by those non- Anglican Churches with which Anglicans are already in national or international dialogue.
Resolution 9: Tasks Facing the Anglican Communion
The Council requests the Secretary General to establish a procedure where- by during the next five years more serious study and review can be undertaken of
Resolution 10: Human Rights
The Council calls upon its member churches and individuals to concern themselves with human rights and responsibilities, reflecting upon them in the light of the Gospel, so that Christians may be as well informed about them as possible; and asks, more specifically, that the churches
Resolution 11: Another Anglican Congress
The Council, taking note of the suggestion contained in the Report of the 1978 Lambeth Conference that another Anglican Congress might be desirable, refers this matter to the Standing Committee with the request for a report and recommendation to ACC-5.
Resolution 12: Service in the World-Wide Church
The Council encourages world-wide service by clergy and lay servants of the Church and recommends the above guide-lines to the member Churches in facilitating and enabling such service.
Resolution 13: Pensions
The Council requests the President and the Secretary General to take the initiative in convening a meeting of appropriate persons from within the Church with expertise in pension planning to explore ways of obtaining pertinent information on pension plans, retirement patterns and government regulations as they pertain to pension planning. It asks that Standing Committee shall be kept informed and appropriate steps taken to disseminate to the member Churches the information gathered.
Resolution 14: Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission
The Council recommends:
Resolution 15: Inter-Anglican Dialogue on Women in the Priesthood
Resolution 16: Guidelines on Provincial Constitutions, etc.
The Council strongly urges the use of
Resolution 17: Constitutions: Korea, Francophone Dioceses
The Council accepts the report of its Constitutions Committee on the Constitutions of Korea and of the Francophone Dioceses and asks the Secretary General to convey the questions on the latter to the appropriate authorities.
Resolution 18: Extra-Provincial Dioceses
In consultation with His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury , this Council resolves that the Secretary General arrange for a study to be made of the present and future situation of existing extra-Provincial Dioceses, in consultation with the dioceses concerned, for presentation to and consideration by ACC-5.
Resolution 19: Criteria for Dioceses seeking Autonomy
That this Council concurs with and affirms the minimum criteria for autonomy as stated by the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church USA on April 19th, 1979, and regards them as normative.
Resolution 20: Criteria for New Dioceses
The Council affirms the attached criteria for new dioceses in response to LCR 17, 1978. The Council asks the Standing Committee to develop guide lines as to how to deal with dioceses which are in trouble and may no longer be viable.
Resolution 21: New Bishops
The Council requests the Secretary-General to arrange for a review to be made, for the benefit of the member Churches, of the various practices in choosing, electing, consecrating, and installing of bishops in the Anglican Communion.
Resolution 22: A Common Lectionary
The Council affirms the principle of a common lectionary for the member Churches and awaits with interest the work of the Consultation on Common Texts. In the meantime when Anglicans gather from more than one Province, the use of the lectionary of one of the Provinces using the three year cycle is commended.
Resolution 23: Accounts and Budgets
The Council receives and adopts the Accounts of the ACC for the year ended 31st December 1978, and approves the Budget Contributions Schedule for 1980, and the draft budgets for 1981-82.
Resolution 24: Personal Emergencies Fund
The Council authorises the Standing Committee to establish and administer a Personal Emergencies Fund according to the conditions contained in this Report.
Resolution 25: Charitable Status of ACC
This Council approves the amendments to the Constitution (new Clauses 1, 2, 12, and an addition to Clause 11) and requests the Secretary General to submit them to the Constitutional bodies of the member Churches for ratification.
Resolution 26: Review of Constitution
This Council authorizes the Standing Committee to review the Constitution with a view to its amendment and to submit any necessary changes directly to the member Churches for approval.
Resolution 27: Schedule of Membership
The Council recommends that, subject to the approval of the Primates, the Schedule of member Churches be amended in paragraphs (b), (c)and ( d) as follows:
Note: the representation of the United Churches is covered by Section (e) of the Schedule (see Dublin, p. 64).
Resolution 28: Duration of Membership
The Council resolves:
Resolution 29: Primates' Meetings
The Secretary General shall be available to serve, as the Archbishop of Canterbury may require, as Secretary to Primates' Meetings. The ACC shall not be responsible for the expenses of the Primates' Meetings, and the Primates' Meetings shall be responsible for expenses incurred on their behalf by the Secretary General and his staff.
Resolution 30: Anglican Clergy in Exile
The Council recommends:
Resolution 31: The Future of Iona
That this Council, on behalf of the Member Churches of the Anglican Communion throughout the world, and in the belief that in this matter it speaks for other Christian Churches, expresses its very great concern at the possibility of the sale of the Island of Iona for commercial or sectarian purposes. The Council therefore urges the British Government to take action to ensure that the present character and use of the Island is not radically altered, and that its future is secured.