At the heart of our Anglican polity—our Anglican “decision-making process”—is the principle of conciliarism. We take council together, just as the apostolic church did in the great Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. It is a way that we walk together in the light (I John 1:7-9) so that we are truly a one, holy, apostolic, and catholic church in Christ. One of the guiding principles of conciliarism is that “what touches all must be decided by all.” In the Church, this means that whenever an internal church law (the canons) touches all it should at least be reviewed by all. In that spirit, the Governance Task Force of the ACNA has proposed the enclosed amendments to our canons for review by all members of the ACNA. Please take some time to download this First Draft of the GTF 2022 Report and watch the video. It is about 25 minutes long, but it will walk you through what is being amended and the reasons why. The video and the downloadable report contain the timeline for this process, which we have been following for the last few years.
Once you’ve reviewed these resources, send your questions, comments, or suggestions on the proposed amendments to Canon Phil Ashey, Chair of the Governance Task Force, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include the name of the Anglican Church in North America congregation and diocese in which you are a member.
The deadline for submitting your comments for this first draft is March 31, 2022. Thank you in advance for your participation in making the governance of the ACNA good and godly!