The Joint Standing Committee of the Primates of the Anglican Communion and the Anglican Consultative Council met February 29-March 4 in London. There were a variety of ENS articles on the meeting, but no minutes. I can't find any reference to the JSC Meeting on the Anglican Communion website, save for a reference to an article in Anglican / Episcopal World for April, 2008.
Among the summary statements was this:
That the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates of the Anglican Communion and the Anglican Consultative Council
1. notes the Report of the Legal Advisor
2. notes that arising from Resolutions of ACC-13 the Primates Meeting has welcomed and supported
(a) the proposed change of constitutional format to that of a charitable company and
(b) the proposed inclusion of five Primates appointed by the Primates Meeting as members of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council and as ex-officio members of the Council
3. notes and endorses the proposed new Constitution presented at this meeting, including (a) and (b) above
4. requests the Secretary General to forward the proposed new Constitution together with an explanatory memorandum (prepared in conjunction with the Legal Advisor) to all Provinces seeking their ratification."
So a new constitution has been formally presented to the JSC, with the request that the Secretary General forward it to all Provinces seeking their ratification. If the secretariat gets on the ball I guess that means that we should have it in time for discussion at the next General Convention in 2009.
The effort to include in the ACC five members of the Primates is questionable at best. This has been in the works for a while, but the idea doesn't get any better.
I will be interested to see what changes in the constitution are required to make the ACC a "charitable company."
Where is the "proposed new Constitution"? When will any of us get to see it?