Who are TEC’s representatives to Anglican Communion bodies?

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The Primates’ Meeting –
The Most Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

The Anglican Consultative Council –
The Rt Revd Ian Douglas, bishop diocesan of Connecticut, member of the House of Bishops
The Revd Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies of the General Convention
Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, lay person and deputy to the General Convention from the Virgin Islands

The Joint Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion –
The Rt Revd Ian Douglas (elected by the ACC)

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order –
The Revd Katherine Grieb

The International Reformed-Anglican Dialogue –
The Revd Amy E. Richter

Currently, the above members of The Episcopal Church represent TEC in the various bodies of the Anglican Communion. Two of the bodies are considered Instruments of Communion; the Primates’ Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). One is is a standing commission of the AC and the other is an ecumenical dialogue between the AC and the Reformed Churches. Additionally the Joint Standing Committee of the AC is a body with members from both the Primates’ Meeting and the ACC. The ACC will be meeting in Lusaka Zambia 8 -20 APR 2016.

At this moment it is anyone’s guess how the decision of the Primates’ Meeting will affect these respective members of the various AC bodies. The Primates’ Meeting has no constitutional authority to enforce its decisions. The ACC is the only constitutional entity of the AC and it would be up to the members of the ACC how it will act upon the decision of the Primates’ Meeting concerning TEC.

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Jeremy Bates
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Jeremy Bates

"Things may get dicey in gatherings chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury (ACC and Standing Committee)."

He doesn't have the authority, in and of himself, either.

But if the ABC does try to exclude people based on the Primates' so-called "requirements," then at least everyone (especially Parliament and General Synod) will know where the ABC really stands.

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Lionel Deimel
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The degree to which Episcopalians will be able to participate in various meetings will depend completely on the composition of the bodies meeting. Participants can choose to ignore the desires of the primates. In the best of all possible worlds, they will do so. Things may get dicey in gatherings chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury (ACC and Standing Committee).

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A primates meeting that this century hasn't met in 9 years (though will meet biennially until Lambeth 2020), a Lambeth Conference that won't have met for 12 years, 3 reps to the ACC which is the only regularly meeting (and functional) instrument of communion, one standing committee, one theology committee, and one dialogue, all with 1-3 reps each (save Lambeth Conference). Apart from Lambeth Conference, a small congregation sends more people to do Diocesan work than TEC sends to the Anglican Communion. That seems to speak to the actual significance (or lack thereof) of the instruments of communion and various bodies actually have in the lives on the grounds of the various provinces.

As for ecumenical dialogues, we are in full communion with the Old Catholics. What if the Old Catholics ask for TEC representation on their Communion level dialogue? That would be interesting.

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Jennifer Adams-Massmann
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Jennifer Adams-Massmann

I am one of the two TEC reps to the Anglican Old Catholic International coordinating council (both from the Convocation in Europe). We also have Anglicans from the church of England's diocese in Europe and church of Ireland and Old Catholics from continental Europe. Our work is focused on coordinating our mission in Europe (I live in Germany). It is not yet clear if our work will be affected as we are not an ecumenical dialogue but a working group of full communion partners without "decision-making" power beyond making recommendations.

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John Chilton
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John Chilton

Nothing the primates did or can do prevents you or any of the persons named in the post from taking their rightful seat at the table with the full voice and vote given to any member of their respective bodies.

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

Some members of Anglican Consultative Council are pretty much under the thumb of their bishops.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

The 'ACC' is further complicated because of the manner in which it has recently re-constituted itself as a legal body, via a Standing Committee.

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John Chilton
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John Chilton

Recently?

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Relatively recently, yes, that the ACC incorporated under English law. I don't know enough to know whether forming the Standing Committee was the means for that, or a consequence.

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