The Anglican Consultative Council (A.C.C.) is a representative body of bishops, clergy and laity from the 28 self-governing Provinces of the 64 million member Anglican Communion. Its tasks include planning international mission policy, ecumenical initiatives and fostering cooperation and communication amongst parts of the world-wide Anglican family.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is President of the Council. He and its Chairman, Mr. John G. Denton, have announced the appointment of a new Secretary-General of the A.C.C. He is the Rev. Dr. Samuel Van Culin of New York City. At present Dr. Van Culin is Executive for World Mission for the Episcopal Church, U.S.A. The fifty-one year old native of Honolulu has been involved in the mission of the Church in the U.S.A. for over 20 years.
He succeeds Bishop John Howe who is retiring after 14 years as Secretary-General.
The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed the appointment of Dr. Van Culin, "He is known and respected all over the world for the warmth of his friendship and the range of his abilities. He will bring to his new work a rare blend of imaginative Christian sympathies and outstanding administrative competence."
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop E.W. Scott noted that there had been real efforts to bring a third world person into this position. "Sam was conscious of that effort," he declared, "and wholeheartedly supported it. When it proved impossible he accepted the challenge. He brings extensive personal knowledge of all the major areas of the world. I am confident that he will do a very good job, but we in the Communion must give him adequate support for an extremely demanding task."
In addition to his duties as chief administrative officer of the ACC, the Secretary-General is Chairman of the Council of the Anglican Centre in Rome, the focus of Anglican relations with the Vatican and Europe. He also assists the Archbishop of Canterbury in the organization and planning of meetings of the Lambeth Conference, and of separate meetings of the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
Dr. Van Culin's appointment is the culmination of a 13 month selection process by a panel made up of representatives from Australia, East Asia, Scotland and Uganda. Laity and clergy from all over the world were considered. The final interviews and appointment were carried out by the ACC Standing Committee which also had persons from Australia, Canada, England, Tanzania, the USA and the West Indies, with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The appointment is effective on January 1st, 1983. Dr. Van Culin will live in London, England, but his work will take him to virtually every part of the world.
"The annual meeting of the secretaries of Christian world communions was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26 to 28 October . The informally constituted group includes the general secretaries of most global communions, including the Lutheran World Federation, the Anglican Communion as well as the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches. Off-the-record discussions serve to share information, explore mutual opportunities and discuss common problems".
The Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson, General Secretary, announced the Joint Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada will be held in Vancouver in 2019.
His report, in the form of prayer, “Thanksgivings for the presence of God’s Spirit in what is and has been”, gave thanks for the many blessings granted to the council, staff and church leadership in doing the work. “Prayer for the presence of God’s Spirit in what is to come” spoke to the church responding to some of the challenges to come.
Be it resolved that:
This Council of the General Synod asks the General Secretary to convey to the Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, our very best wishes and our prayers as he takes up his new duties.
That this General Synod request the General Secretary to convey to the Reverend Canon Dr. John Peterson its gratitude for his tireless work as Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and wish him God's blessing as he begins a new ministry in the church. CARRIED Act 61
In January 2005 the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon was officially commissioned as Secretary General of the Anglican Communion in a service in St. Andrew's House Chapel in London. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, presided at the liturgy and preached the homily. Anglican Communion Office staff also took part in the service. "The gathering took place in the Anglican Communion Office, formerly the Convent of the Community of St. Andrew, which is about to mark its first year of operation".
On 20 July 2004, Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, in his capacity as President of the Anglican Consultative Council, announced the appointment of Canon Kenneth Kearon, presently Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin, as the next Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. Canon Kearon will succeed Canon John L. Peterson who steps down 31 December 2004. Canon Kearon is a priest of the diocese of Dublin, in the Church of Ireland.
A formal process has been set in place to find a replacement for the Rev. Canon Samuel Van Culin who is retiring from his post as Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion at the end of December 1994.
A tribute to the Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, who is leaving the position of Secretary General of the Anglican Communion after 10 years in the post with a short list of his many accomplishments and legacies in the position. Canon Peterson came to London from Jerusalem where he was Dean of St. George's College, for 12 years. He leave to move back to his home country to take up new work at Washington's National Cathedral and the Diocese of Washington.
Article includes a number of photographs and tributes/quotes from: Robin Eames, Primate of All Ireland; George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury; Njongonkulu W.H. Ndungane, Archbishop of Cape Town; and the Very Rev. Don and Carol Anne Brown, of Sacramento, California.