Thursday, May 7, 2009

Anglican Consultative Council Digest

Much happens each day during the Anglican Consultative Council's (ACC) 14th meeting. In addition to Episcopal Life Media's regular coverage, here's some of what else went on May 6, the fifth day of the May 2-12 gathering.

Son of South India representative killed
J.M. Richard, the lay representative for the Church of South India (United), has left for home after his 17-year-old son was killed in motorcycle accident. Richard was accompanied on his trip by the Rev. Moses Jayakumar, South India's clerical representative.

The Venerable Paul Feheley, ACC media relations officer, told reporters May 6 that a number of ACC members visited Richard in his room on May 5 to pray with him after they learned of the tragedy. Feheley said some ACC members told him they felt as if they were part of a church congregation trying to comfort one of their fellow members.

The Church of South India (United) continues to be represented at the Kingston meeting by George Koshy, who is ACC vice chair, and Bishop John Wilson Gladstone, who was elected as the church's episcopal representative before he became its primate.

North India representative encounters visa problem
Kalyan Peterson, the lay representative for the Church of North India (United), has not been able to get to the Kingston meeting because he was denied a transit visa by the United Kingdom. Feheley said he had no information about the reason for the denial. North India's other representative, the Rev. Ashish Amos, is attending the meeting.

ACC begins budget consideration
Anglican Communion Secretary General Kenneth Kearon told the council that it will be asked to request a 10 percent increase in the triennial contribution of the member provinces. Kearon noted, however, that few provinces met a similar request made by the ACC during its last meeting in 2005.

"As a result ACC struggled to balance its [budget] in 2006 and 2007," according to a handout outlining Kearon's presentation. The handout noted that the effort was "not helped by the continuing strength of the pound sterling against the U.S. dollar."

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