- Anglican Communion Primates' Meeting
The Anglican Communion Primates' Meetings are regular meetings of the Anglican Primates, i.e. the chief
archbishops or bishops of each (often national) ecclesiastical province of the Anglican Communion. There are currently 38 Primates of the Anglican Communion. The Primates come together from the geographic Provincesaround the world. The Archbishop of Canterburychairs the meetings, with the Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council(ACC) serving as secretary.
The Primates' Meeting was established by Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd.
Donald Coggan, in 1978 as an opportunity for “leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation”. The first meeting was held in 1979.
February 2001 meeting
Held at the
Kanuga Conference Centerin the USA, topics of discussion included mission issues, poverty and debt concerns, "Canons and Communion", and the response to the global HIV/AIDS crisis.
October 2003 meeting
Following the regular primates meeting of May 2003 The
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williamsconvened an extraordinary meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
The primates gathered at
Lambeth Palacein October for a series of closed meetings discussing a way forward because conflict over the Episcopal Church and the ordinationof a gay bishop. The Primates issued a communique at the close of the meeting.
February 2005 meeting
In February 2005, Anglican Communion Primates' Meeting was held at Dromantine in
Northern Ireland. The issue of homosexuality was heavily discussed. Of the 38 Primates, 35 attended. The Primates issued a communiqué that reiterated most of the Windsor Report's statements, but added a new twist. The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada were asked to voluntarily withdraw from the Anglican Consultative Council, the main formal international entity within the Anglican Communion until the next Lambeth Conferencein 2008.
February 2007 meeting
The 2007 Primates' Meeting was held in
Dar es Salaam, Tanzaniafrom 15 to 19 February 2007, and produced a draft Covenant for the Anglican Communion which is in part a response to disagreements between national churches on issues of sexuality and authority.
List of Anglican Communion Primates' Meetings
Washington, D.C., USA
* 1991: Newcastle,
Cape Town, South Africa
* 1995: Windsor,
* February 2001: Kanuga,
* May 2003:
Porto Alegre, Brazil
* October 2003:
Lambeth Palace, England
* February 2005:
Dromantine, Northern Ireland
* February 2007:
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
List of current Anglican Primates
* [http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/articles/42/50/acns4253.cfm Primates Meeting Communique - February 2007]
* [http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/articles/42/50/acns4252.cfm Report of the Covenant Design Group - February 2007]
* [http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/special/primates/general/info.html Information about the Anglican Communion] , from the 2003 Primates' Meetings
* [http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/articles/36/25/acns3633.html A Statement by the Primates of the Anglican Communion meeting in Lambeth Palace - October, 2003]
* [http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/articles/36/25/acns3634.html Archbishop of Canterbury's statement at the final press conference of the Primates' Meeting - October, 2003]
* [http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/articles/34/50/acns3450.html Pastoral Letter from the Primates of the Anglican Communion - May, 2003]
* [http://www.aco.org/primates/index.cfm Primates' Meetings]
* [http://www.anglicancommunion.org/windsor2004/index.cfm The Windsor Report 2004]
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