The third Anglican–Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) held its sixth and final meeting in the holy city Jerusalem between 18 and 25 June 2011, under the leadership of the Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, Primate of Canada, and of the Reverend Dr Thomas Nyiwé, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon.
So begins the press release from the Anglican Communion News Service on a recent ecumenical meeting.
What caught our eye, however, was the list of Anglican participants:
The Most Revd Fred Hiltz, Canada (Co-Chair)
The Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen, Germany and United Kingdom
The Rt Revd Dr Musonda T. S. Mwamba, Botswana
The Revd Professor Renta Nishihara, Japan
The Very Revd Dr William H. Petersen, USA
The Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican Communion Office (Co-Secretary)
Mr Neil Vigers (administrative assistant)
The Revd Dr Cathy Thomson, Australia
“I am therefore proposing that, while these tensions remain unresolved, members of such provinces – provinces that have formally, through their Synod or House of Bishops, adopted policies that breach any of the moratoria requested by the Instruments of Communion and recently reaffirmed by the Standing Committee and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) – should not be participants in the ecumenical dialogues in which the Communion is formally engaged. I am further proposing that members of such provinces serving on IASCUFO should for the time being have the status only of consultants rather than full members”.
The matter was further confused by the Communion’s decision to appoint the Rev. Mark McIntosh, a priest of the Diocese of Chicago to the Anglican-Roman Catholic panel, and justify the appointment by noting that he was also, at the moment, a canon of an English Cathedral.
It would be interesting to know the exact status of Episcopalians and members of the province of the Southern Cone–whose now Primate was also bumped–on these panels.