AIDS, Iraq Focus of ACC Resolutions

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The Anglican Consultative Council passed two resolutions opposing war against Iraq, reviewed Anglican programs on HIV/AIDS in Africa and launched a revitalized Anglican Communion web portal.

The anti-war resolutions expressed opposition to unilateral action by the United States against Iraq, and affirmed the position of the U.S. Episcopal church (ECUSA).

In June, ECUSA presiding bishop Frank Griswold spoke against action in Iraq. In September, he said such military action "would surely inflame the passions of millions, particularly in the Arab world, setting in motion cycles of violence and retaliation, further straining tenuous relationships that exist between United States and other nations."

In other ACC developments:

Archbishop John Paterson, primate of New Zealand and Polynesia and bishop of Auckland was narrowly elected chair of the ACC. The other nominee was George Koshy of India, a lay person, who was ultimately elected vice-chair.

A major expansion of the Anglican Communion Web site was announced. The new site. www.anglicancommunion.org will be an official Anglican web portal and a source for news, photos, information and education resources. It will have links to other official Anglican web sites around the world. …