"The ACC [Anglican Consultative Council] is the only instrument of Communion that comprises both ordained and lay members. Due to the relational nature of our Communion, this Instrument is consultative, but it does make strong recommendations regarding decisions and courses of action to the Member Churches. By the end of the meeting members reviewed and voted on 41 such resolutions".
One of the resolutions voted on by the more than 80 delegates was one to "adopt a Safe Church Charter protecting vulnerable people. Australian Garth Blake, convener of the Communion's Safe Church Network, explained that society is watching to see what the Communion is doing about abuse in churches. 'There has been a disconnect between what churches say and what has happened', he said. 'People have been severely harmed in our churches. Trust has been lost. The charter is designed to rebuild that trust'."
"Other ACC recommendations include Member Churches reviewing their current communications capacity and taking steps to improve it. ACC members were warned that many Provinces were letting the secular media and agenda-driven bloggers tell the Church's story for them.
'In today's world, of instant, global communications almost everyone within reach of a mobile phone or computer can tell their own story,' said the Anglican Communion's Director of Communications, Jan Butter. 'Member Churches can now, more than ever before, ensure that other Communion Churches hear the truth about their life and mission'."
There were three public evening sessions during the course of the meeting -- on peace, the environment and Christian witness. There were other presentations on the Communion's relationships at the global level with other Christian traditions and on the Anglican understanding and use of the Bible (Bible in the Life of the Church Project).
The Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch, "spoke on the history and progress of the Anglican Communion Covenant. A member of the Commission mandated to review the unity, faith and order of the Communion, Bishop Matthews explained it was not the Commission's task to promote the Covenant, but rather monitor its reception".
Pages 8-9 include additional photos from ACC-15 with six (6) brief notes including links to websites and also QR codes at the bottom of the pages.