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Communion News Update 2.3.2021

This News Update from the Anglican Communion Office reports on material discussed by the recent Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) Standing Committee meeting.

Anglican Communion Office  |  02 Mar 2021  |

ACO Review Implementation
Canon Maggie Swinson, the Vice Chair of the Standing Committee, updated members on the implementation of the restructuring of the ACC. The statutory consultation with staff concluded last week and as a result of the restructuring, two members of staff have been made redundant.
Further information about the restructuring is available on a dedicated Anglican Communion webpage:

Personal Emergencies Fund
The Standing Committee approved the transfer of the Anglican Communion’s Personal Emergencies Fund (PEF) to a new home. Once complete, the PEF will become a function of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Anglican Communion Fund.
The PEF provides emergency grants, primarily for urgent medical treatment to bishops in poorer parts of the Anglican Communion, and was administered by the ACO. It will now be administered by Lambeth Palace. New contact details will be published once the transfer has been completed.

Proposed new Anglican Communion province: Igreja Anglicana de Moçambique e Angola
The Standing Committee welcomed a proposal for a new Anglican Communion province for Mozambique and Angola. The new province was proposed by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and would see the Anglican Church in those two countries emerge from that province into a new Portuguese-speaking province. The Standing Committee has established an exploration committee, in line with its Guidelines for the Creation of New Provinces. The Standing Committee agreed that the Exploration Committee should be allowed to work remotely, in light of international Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Anglican Health and Community Network
The Standing Committee received an update about the development of the new Anglican Health and Community Network from The Revd Canon Rachel Carnegie, Executive Director of the Anglican Alliance. The Standing Committee agreed to recognise the new network as a formal network of the Anglican Communion. It will be convened by Bishop Michael Beasley (Church of England), Bishop Luke Pato (Anglican Church of Southern Africa) and Dr Janice Tang (Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui).
More details about the new network will be available later this week as a press release ( and on the Anglican Communion News Service (


The Standing Committee will meet again in May.


Archbishop of Canterbury to address UN Security Council

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, will address the UN Security Council on Friday 19 March, on the theme “Religious Actors in Peace Processes.” This will be his second address to the UN Security Council – in August 2019 he became the first Archbishop of Canterbury to address the UNSC. The address will be part of a consultation that the UK government hope will lead to a UN Security Council Resolution on religious minorities in conflict.


Webinar: Anglican Communion Church Planting Network

The Anglican Communion Church Planting Network, in collaboration with the Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, is organising a webinar on Creative Church Planting. The panellists for the webinar are Bishop Moon Hing, the former Archbishop of South East Asia; the Revd Canon John Ganapathy, Diocesan Missioner for West Malaysia; and the Revd Canon Fred David, former Principal of the School of Evangelism and Church Planting in the Diocese of Sabah, on the island of Borneo.

The webinar will take place from 8 pm to 9.30 pm MYT (Midday to 1.30 pm GMT) on Tuesday 23 March. To register for the free webinar, visit by Monday 22 March. Further information is available by email: