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UFO committee meets in Seoul: The Church of England Newspaper, December 16, 2011 p 6 December 18, 2011

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UFO Committee members in Seoul

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

The representatives from the Global South coalition of Anglican provinces have boycotted the December meeting of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order.

The absence of Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, the Southern Cone and South East Asia and the presence of the Episcopal Church’s member at the 2 – 9 Dec 2011 UFO meeting in Seoul, South Korea will damage the commission’s credibility in a sharply divided Anglican Communion.

In a statement released at the close of the meeting, the UFO commission voiced its regret at the absence.  “Aware of our mandate to promote the deepening of communion between the churches of the Anglican Communion, we emphasised the importance of being a fully representative group, and we greatly regret that some of our members were not present,” the communiqué said.

The UFO committee, under the chairmanship of the Primate of Burundi, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi was tasked by Dr Rowan Williams in 2009 to promote the “deepening of Communion” with other ecclesial entities and offer advice on questions of “faith and order”.

IASCUFO carries on the work of IASCER and IATDC—the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations and the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission.

Its third meeting focused on the preparation for the 2012 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in New Zealand.

The communiqué stated the commission reflected “critically on the Instruments of Communion and the relationships among them”; studied the “definition and recognition of churches”; discussed ways of promoting the Anglican Covenant; assisted the Anglican Communion in its “engagement with the complex processes involved in reception,” though it did not define what this meant; and considered the “question of transitivity” in light of “regional ecumenical agreements between churches which are members of different global communions in one geographical area affect or extend to other parts of the Communions.”

The commission reviewed regional ecumenical agreements endorsed by members of the Anglican Communion and prepared draft guidelines “articulating expectations of Anglican participants in ecumenical dialogues.”

The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for September 2012.