Joint Statement on Ecclesiology and Mission

Communiqué of the Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council

The Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) met inYork,Englandfrom 4 to 8 November 2011.

In its most important piece of work the Council finalized the text of a joint statement on ecclesiology and mission Belonging Together in Europe. An earlier version of the text was the major focus of the International Old Catholic and Anglican Theological Conference held inNeustadt,Germany from August 29 to September 2, 2011.The joint declaration fulfils two points of the Council’s mandate in offering a joint reflection on the ecclesiological and missiological implications of theBonnagreement and the relationship between our churches. It is intended to provide a platform on which our two churches might make further progress to full visible unity. The Council will submit this to our parent bodies.

The members received reports of developments in the Anglican Communion and in the Old Catholic churches of the Union of Utrecht, and reviewed present ecumenical dialogues in which our churches are engaged.

The Council participated in the annual meeting of the Society of St Willibrord. The Bishop of Lichfield presided at the festival eucharist in York Minster, and the Bishop of Haarlem preached. Bishop David Hamid presented a paper From anomaly to opportunity: diaspora and national churches with a common mission.

This was the final meeting under the Council’s current mandate. The Council’s report to the archbishops of Canterbury and Utrecht includes recommendations to be considered in a new mandate.

For further information, please contact the Revd Professor Dr Angela Berlis, tel +41 (0)31 631 4193, email, or Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan at the Anglican Communion Office, tel +44 (0)20 7313 3930, email

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York, 7 November 2011

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