Shifting the Deck Chairs: the ACC’s Standing Committee In-Action


July 27th, 2010 Posted in Anglican Consultative Council |

By A S Haley

In  the Anglican Communion Office’s report of the second day of proceedings at the meeting of the ACC’s “Standing Committee”, we find this paragraph:

A proposal from Dato’ Stanley Isaacs that The Episcopal Church be separated from the Communion led to a discussion in which Committee members acknowledged the anxieties felt in parts of the Communion about sexuality issues. Nevertheless, the overwhelming opinion was that separation would inhibit dialogue on this and other issues among Communion Provinces, dioceses and individuals and would therefore be unhelpful. The proposal was not passed, and the group agreed to defer further discussion until progress on Continuing Indaba project had been considered.

Dato’ Stanley Isaacs is a Malaysian attorney, and one of only two lay persons serving on the fifteen-person Committee. The next meeting of the ACC will be his last, because he has already served at the two previous meetings. The fact that his motion did not pass is a reflection of the composition of the Committee, as discussed in this earlier post. Its membership now comes largely from ECUSA and those provinces sympathetic to it.

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