Primates elect standing committee reps

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The Primates of the Anglican Communion – the senior archbishops, bishops and moderators of the Churches of the Anglican Communion – have elected new regional primatial representation for the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council.

The Primates’ Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council are two of four “Instruments of Communion of the Anglican Communion – the other two are the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Anglican Consultative Council meets every three years and brings together bishops, clergy and laity from the Anglican Communion’s 40 member churches. It elects a standing committee which is augmented by five senior Anglican leaders chosen by and from the primates.

At their meeting today in Jordan, the primates elected the following regional primates to the Standing Committee:

Africa

Representative:

The Most Revd Jackson Ole Sapit,
The Anglican Church of Kenya

Alternate:

The Most Revd Zacharie Masimango Katanda
Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo

Americas

Representative:

The Most Revd Julio Murray Thompso
Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America

Alternate:

The Most Revd Linda Nicholls
The Anglican Church of Canada

Asia

Representative:

The Most Revd Humphrey Peters
The (united) Church of Pakistan

Alternate:

The Most Revd Michael Lewis
The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East

Europe

Representative:

The Most Revd John Davies
The Church in Wales

Oceania

Representative:

The Most Revd Philip Richardson
The Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Alternate:

The Most Revd Leonard Dawea
The Anglican Church of Melanesia

The Primate of Hong Kong, the Most Revd Paul Kwong, will continue as a member of the Standing Committee as he was elected by the ACC as its Chair. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, is President of the ACC and is an ex-officio member of the Standing Committee.

The Standing Committee usually meets in person once a year. Its next face-to-face meeting take place at the Anglican Communion Office in September. Following changes to the constitution agreed at ACC-16 in Lusaka, in April 2016, the Standing Committee is now able to conduct some of its meetings electronically.