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PREPARATORY STAGE
(INTER – ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL PREPARATORY COMMISSION)

 

1. September 1-15, 1966 – Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Drew up list of possible subjects for discussion

2. October 1-7, 1970 – Chambésy / Geneva, Switzerland

How the Anglican Church conceives its union in faith with the Orthodox; is union between the Anglican and Orthodox church possible; will decisions taken in the dialogue be binding in the whole Anglican Communion; the authority of the 39 articles and the Book of Common Prayer for the Anglican Communion

3. July 7-11, 1971 – Helsinki, Finland

The Holy Spirit as Interpreter of the Gospel and Life-giver in the Church; the Nature of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross and resurrection; modern problems in the Anglican Church

4. September 7-11, 1972 – Chambésy, Switzerland

Final plans for the joint meetings

(ANGLICAN PREPARATORY COMMISSION)

1. September 15-19, 1969 – Jerusalem, Israel

Comprehensiveness and the mission of the Church; the 39 Articles; Anglican understanding of the Eucharist; the Filioque; the minister of the Eucharist; consideration of pastoral, liturgical and spiritual nature; consideration of difficult questions involved in the presentation of the faith in the world today

2. July 26-30, 1971 – Haywards Heath, England

Continued the discussion of the previous meeting subjects; Anglicans prepared a response to the four questions raised in 1970 by the Orthodox

ANGLICAN AND ORTHODOX SUB-COMMISSION

September 11-14, 1972 – Chambésy, Switzerland

Final decision on the plan; confirmed the proposal that the conversations should not be limited to doctrine but include questions of church life and worship

 

PHASE ONE 1973-1978

MEETINGS:

 

1. July 6-13, 1973 – Oxford, England

Comprehensiveness and the Mission, the Church: the Holy Spirit as Interpreter of the Gospel and Giver of Life in the Church today; the Redemptive Work of Christ on the Cross and in the Resurrection

SUB-COMMISSIONS:

July 1-6, 1974 – Crete, Greece

Inspiration and revelation in the Holy Scripture

July 8-10, 1974 – Long Island, New York USA

The Church as an Eucharistic community

July 9-14, 1974 – Rimnicu Vilcea, Rumania

The authority of the ecumenical councils, the Filioque

July 7-11, 1975 – Truro, England

Inspiration and revelation in the Holy Scripture

July, 1975 – London, England

The Church as an Eucharistic community

July 21-28, 1975 – St. Albans, England

The authority of the ecumenical councils, the Filioque

2. July 26-August 2, 1976 – Moscow, Russia

The work of the sub-commissions was submitted , scrutinized and amended” – MOSCOW STATEMENT — Full-Text

3. July 25-August 1, 1977 – Cambridge, England

The Church and the Churches; the Communion of Saints; ministry and priesthood; women’s ordination; the Filioque clause

SUB-COMMISSIONS

The Church and the Churches
The Communion of Saints and the veneration of the Mother of God
Eucharist and ministry

CO-CHAIRS:

Rt. Rev. Robert Runcie, Bishop of St. Albans
Archbishop Stylianos, Archbishop of Australia

CO-SECRETARIES:

Rev. Colin Davey, Church of England
Very Rev. Archimandrite Kallistos Ware

 

4. July 13-18, 1978 – Athens, Greece

Difficulties caused by the ordination of women to the presbyterate by some provinces of the Anglican Communion; preparation of a statement” – THE ATHENS STATEMENT — Full-Text

STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE ANGLICAN-ORTHODOX JOINT DOCTRINAL DISCUSSIONS

July 10, 1979 – St. Albans, England

Exploration of the fundamental questions of doctrinal agreement and disagreement; decision that the full commission should continue its work

CO-CHAIRS:

Rt. Rev. Robert Runcie, Bishop of St. Albans
Archbishop Athenagoras, Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain

CO-SECRETARIES:

Rev. Colin Davey, Church of England
Very Rev. Archimandrite Kallistos Ware

 

PHASE TWO 1980-1984

MEETINGS:

 

1. July 14-21, 1980 – Llandaff, Wales

Three sub-commissions met on the themes: the Church and the churches (unity and diversity; inter-communion); the communion of saints and the departed; the Filioque clause” LLANDAFF STATEMENT — Full-Text

COORDINATING COMMITTEE

March 27, 1981 – London, England

2. July 20-27, 1981 – Chambésy, Switzerland

Themes of three sub-commissions: the mystery of the Church; participation in the grace of the Holy Trinity; Tradition (unity in faith and comprehensiveness)

3. July 12-19, 1982 – Canterbury, England

The mystery of the Church; participation in the grace of the Holy Trinity and Christian holiness; Tradition, Christian worship, and the maintenance of the Christian faith

4. September 12-19, 1983 – Odessa, URSS

Witness, evangelism, and service; primacy (seniority); Filioque clause; prayer, icons, and family devotion

5. August 13-20, 1984 – Dublin, Ireland

Finalizing the statement” DUBLIN AGREED STATEMENT — Full-Text

CO-CHAIRS:

Bishop Henry Hill, Anglican Church of Canada
Archbishop Methodios (Fouyas) of Thyateira and Great Britain

CO-SECRETARIES:

Rev. Colin Davey, Church of England
Very Rev. Dr. George Dragas

 

Name change for the Commission:
International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD)

Lambeth Conference 1988

Resolution 6:4 on Anglican-Orthodox Relations passed”- RESOLUTION — Full-Text

 

PHASE THREE 1989-2006
The Doctrine of the Church in the Light of the Doctrine of the Trinity

MEETINGS:

 

1. June 20-26, 1989 – Uusi Valamo, Finland

Ecclesiology is the main theme taken up with the following topics: Image, Symbol and Language in relation to the Trinity; The Holy Trinity as Communion; The Filioque in relation to the Immanent Trinity; Christ and the Spirit; Christ, Creation and Humanity; Christ and the Church” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

2. September 10-17, 1990 – Toronto, Canada

Symbols and language in relation to the Trinity; the Trinity as communion, and the Filioque clause in relation to the immanent Trinity; the doctrine of God as Trinity in its relation to our understanding of the Church

DRAFTING COMMITTEE MEETING

May 31-1 June, 1994 – Oxford, England

Elaboration of a common declaration on the Trinitarian basis of ecclesiology

3. October 16-22, 1994 – Chambésy, Switzerland

Agreed a final version of ‘The Trinitarian Basis of Ecclesiology’; the Commission studied the doctrine of the Person of Jesus Christ as it relates to our doctrine of the Church” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

DRAFTING COMMITTEE MEETING

Istanbul

DRAFTING COMMITTEE MEETING

London

Preparation of an interim agreed statement ‘Christ and the Spirit’

4. June 16-22, 1996 – Llandaff, Wales

Approval of the final drafts on ‘Trinitarian ecclesiology’ and ‘Christ and the Spirit’; discussion of the statement ‘Christ and culture’

DRAFTING COMMITTEE MEETING

“Preparation of an interim agreed statement on Christ, humanity and the Church”

5. June 17-23, 1998 – Bucharest, Rumania

Interim Agreed Statements on ‘The Trinity and the Church’, ‘Christ, the Spirit and the Church’, and ‘Christ, Humanity and the Church’: Parts I and II

6. October 12-16, 1999 – Salisbury, England

Continued discussion the doctrine of the Church; the nature and authority of the episcopal ministry and the question of conciliarity and primacy” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

7. February 12-15, 2001 – Volos, Greece

The meaning of sacramental priesthood in the Church, and its relation to the unique high priesthood of Christ and the royal priesthood of the whole Christian community; an agreed statement on ‘Episcope, Episcopos and Primacy’ was approved” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

8. June 26-28, 2002 – Abergavenny, Wales

Ordained and other ministries in the Church; the ordination of women to the priesthood and the episcopate; an agreed statement on Priesthood, Christ and the Church was approved” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

9. February 4-7, 2003 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Lay ministries in the Church, and the ordination of women to the priesthood; non-ordained ministry was discussed together with an Anglican paper on the Ministries of Lay Men and Women and Deacons in the Anglican Tradition; the nature and understanding of diaconal ministry in the churches” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

10. June 21-25, 2004 – Canterbury, England

First draft of an Agreed Statement on lay ministries in the Church, and on the question of the ministries of women and men, including the question of ordination to the diaconate, presbyterate and episcopate; topic on heresy and schism; the theology and practice of Reception” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

June 2-8, 2005 – Kykkos, Cyprus

Finalization of agreed statements” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

2006

Finalization of agreed text” – CYPRUS AGREED STATEMENT — Full-Text

CO-CHAIRS:

Bishop Mark Dyer, The Episcopal Church USA (Co-Chairman from1990)
Bishop Henry Hill, Anglican Church of Canada (Co-Chairman 1989-1990)
Metropolitan John of Pergamon

CO-SECRETARIES:

Dr Donald Anderson, Anglican Communion Office (1989-1996)
Canon Gregory Cameron, Anglican Communion Office (from 2003)
Bishop David Hamid, Anglican Communion Office (1998-2002)
The Revd Alexander Fostiropoulos (1989-1990)
The Revd Dr Christos B. Christakis (from 1994)

 

PHASE FOUR 2009-2015

MEETINGS:

 

1. September 15-20, 2009 – Chania, Crete

Theological anthropology; the Christian understanding of the human person as being in the image and likeness of God, and the implications of this for church life and contemporary ethical issues” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

2. August 31-September 7, 2010 – Oxford, England

Aspects of Christian anthropology: ‘what is a human being?’; ‘the freedom and growth of the human being with particular reference to the understanding of image and likeness’; and ‘human responsibility for the creation; a critical overview of recent statements by our churches’” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

3. September 16-23, 2011 – Shen Vlash, Durrës, Albania

Study of the theological riches, in Scripture and our traditions, of the understanding of the nature of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God; human rights, ecology, the environment and agricultural practices, and the questions that arise around the ethics concerning the beginning and the end of human life, the nature and relationship of man and woman, technology, and the constant warfare that plagues many parts of the globe”- COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

4. September 3-10, 2012 – Chester, England

Christian anthropology, particularly in regard to what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God. The Commission discussed the draft of its joint theological work on this subject, developed through the collaborative studies of previous meetings and enriched by presentations at this meeting on nature and grace, marriage, celibacy and friendship, and creation”- COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

5. September 4-11, 2013 – Novi Sad, Serbia

Continued the focus on Christian anthropology, specifically what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

6. September 17-24, 2014 – Jerusalem, Israel

Reviewed the draft of an agreed statement on the theological presuppositions of the Christian understanding of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

7. September 19-25, 2015 – Buffalo, NY, USA

Practical implications and the ethical questions, of pressing concern in today’s world, that follow from these presupposition; completion of agreed statement ‘In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology’” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text
and AGREED STATEMENT — Full-Text

8. September 23-29, 2016 – Armagh, Northern Ireland – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

PREPARATORY COMMITTEE MEETING

June 28, 2017 – London, England

9. October 14-21, 2017 – Sliema, Malta

Work on the theological understanding of the human person, according to principles in its agreed statement ‘In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology’ (Buffalo 2015) with the focus on the practical implications of the Buffalo Agreed Statement, especially in regard to the complex and pressing issues surrounding environment and ecology as well as the ending of human life” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

10. October 13-20, 2018 – Larnaca, Cyprus

Work on the theological understanding of the human person, according to principles in its agreed statement ‘In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology’ (Buffalo 2015); focus on the practical implications of the Buffalo Agreed Statement, for the complex and pressing issues surrounding the environment and ecology as well as the end of human life” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

DRAFTING COMMITTEE MEETING

June 20-21, 2018 – Halki, Turkey

Revised draft on the environment, ‘Stewards of Creation: A Hope-filled Ecology’, was discussed in plenary sessions where further critical reflections ensued in a constructive manner” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

11. October 10-17, 2019 – Canterbury, England

Completion its work on issues surrounding the environment and ecology according to principles established in its agreed statement, “In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology” (Buffalo 2015). “The text of a statement, entitled ‘Stewards of Creation A Hope-Filled Ecology,’ was finalized and will be prepared for publication as part of a projected series,” states the communique. “Further consideration was then given to the proposed statement on the end of human life, now provisionally entitled ‘Good Dying: the Christian Approach to Life and Death’ ” – COMMUNIQUÉ — Full-Text

CO-CHAIRMEN:

Archbishop Roger Herft, Anglican Church of Australia (2009-2015)
Most Rev Richard Clarke of Armagh, The Church of Ireland (2016-2019)
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Ecumenical Patriarchate (2009-2012, 2014-2015)
Metropolitan Serafim of Zimbabwe, Greek Patriarchate of Alexandria (2013, 2016)
Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium (2017-2019)

SECRETARIES:

Revd Dr Timothy Bradshaw (2009)
Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan (2010-2014)
The Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut (2015-2019)
Revd Dr Christos B Christakis

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