From the 1969 statement on the admission of children to communion through the 2012 Huron Statement, the agreed statements of the APLM Council have proven effective at concisely stating the theological rationale behind the centrality of baptism as the foundation for Christian ministry, the primacy of the Eucharist in Christian worship and parish life, the restoration of the catechumenate, the place of the distinctive diaconate in ordained ministry, and the use of expansive language in worship. Below you will find the full text of these statements.
The Huron Statement: Font to Table June 8, 2012
The Council of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM) has been honored to be part of the ongoing reform of the liturgy and mission of the Church for more than sixty years. Meeting at Canterbury College, Windsor, in the Diocese of Huron, we wish to define issues surrounding the traditional unity of baptism and eucharist in response to the innovation of inviting those who have not been baptized to share in communion. This contribution is the result of theological and liturgical research and discussions led by APLM over the last twenty years.
The Convent Station Statement on the changing ethos of the Anglican Communion June 13, 2010
The Council of The Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM), meeting in New Jersey, expresses its grave concern at the distressing news of the dismissal of the Episcopal Church´s members of Anglican international ecumenical dialogues on the basis of the Archbishop of Canterbury´s Pentecost letter. Our alarm, however, goes much deeper than the presenting issues.
Communion in Christ: A Liturgical-Theological Reflection
We must speak out of love of the Anglican Communion and its tradition. For the last sixty years, The Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM), a group of liturgists, musicians, pastors, theologians, and educators from the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church have explored, supported, and worked for the renewal of the worship and mission of the Church. Soon after the Covenant Design Committee of the Anglican Communion published a draft Covenant for the consideration of the Provinces, the APLM Council met in Montreal from April 25 to April 30, 2007.
We gathered in deep concern for the tenor of current conversations taking place in the Communion regarding church unity. In true Anglican fashion, recognizing that “Praying Shapes Believing,” we have explored the matters at hand by basing our theological insights upon our experience of worship, seeking to answer the question: “Who are we as the People of God together at prayer?”
Baptism as Full Initiation & Recommendations to the 75th General Convention
The Council of The Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission, meeting at the DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida, receives with gratitude the report of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as well as resolutions on Baptism as Full Initiation, passed unanimously by the conventions of the dioceses of Northern Michigan, Connecticut and California.
APLM Council issues Statement on Impaired Fellowship
The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, meeting in special session on Wednesday, April 13, agreed to the request of the Primates of the Anglican Communion to voluntarily withdraw its representation to the triennial meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in June. They also accepted the Primates' invitation to present the theological reasoning behind the decision of the Episcopal Church to ordain Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, and to allow the blessing of same-sex unions.
The Council of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM), at its annual meeting in Estes Park, Colorado, April 6-11, issued a statement addressing “The Scandal of Impaired Fellowship in the Anglican Communion.” The statement was sent to the special meeting of the Executive Council as a resource to assist the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada in their respective presentations to the Anglican Consultative Council in June.
The Council of Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission, meeting in Sorrento, British Columbia, in April, 2002, reaffirmed the Christian mission of embodying God’s reconciling love for the world. As Christians, our identity is rooted in Christ, who died on the cross rather than repay violence with violence, thus breaking the power of evil to reproduce itself and opening a new way to live.
The Council of Associated Parishes, meeting at Honey Creek in the Diocese of Georgia, wrestled with the following issues: environment, the daily office, celebration of a new ministry, non-verbal culture and print culture of the church.
In baptism all Christians share in the eternal priesthood of Christ. In ordination the church calls a few of its members to several distinct offices, as focal points and sacraments of Christ in particular ministries of leadership.
The Council of Associated Parishes, meeting in Rochester, New York, in April 1991, has considered the proposals of the Standing Liturgical Commission for the continuing study, development, and evaluation of liturgical materials for use within some of the rites in the Book of Common Prayer.
We are alarmed by the call to a "Decade of Evangelism." We recognize that evangelization is a biblical imperative. We also recognize that there are contradictory understandings of what the word "evangelism" implies. But the term "evangelism," as currently used and heard, leads to confusion, misunderstanding, and anxiety.
The Council of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission met on April 26 through May 1, 1989, at the conference center of the Diocese of Olympia in Gold Bar, Washington, a place where the majesty of Gods creation is revealed in the splendor of the Cascade Mountains. We have worshipped in this beauty and reflected on it. Anglican tradition has long encouraged worship in the beauty of holiness. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the Canadian Book of Alternative Services offer worshippers the opportunity to continue in this tradition.
The Council of Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission, meeting in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on 20-25 April 1988, has begun to experience an Anglican church foreign to most Episcopalians. In Latin America the Anglican churches are developing their own identity. Several of them are moving toward self-determination. This movement stands firmly within Anglican tradition, which includes the right of national churches to develop their own liturgies, pastoral styles, and methods of theological reflection.
The Council of Associated Parishes, meeting at the Lone Mountain campus of the University of San Francisco, notes with approval the charge given by General Convention to the Standing Liturgical Commission to prepare inclusive language liturgies.
Whereas: There seems to be great confusion relating to Christian initiation and the reception of holy communion... read full resolution here.
Waverly Statement May 1981
The theological basis and ministerial functions of the diaconate are clearly set forth in the Book of Common Prayer: the preface to the ordination rites, the rites of ordination of bishops and of deacons, and the catechism. How these functions can best find expression in the present day church will emerge from a continuation of the dialogue and prayerful study that renewed interest in the diaconate has begun.
The Nicene Creed is the most important summary of the historic faith of the Holy Catholic Church. Its wording is, therefore, a matter for serious attention. For generations Anglican scholars have been aware that the words in the third paragraph, "and the Son" (the so-called filioque clause), are no part of the ancient and authentic text. This intrusion has been and is a cause of scandal and grave offense to all Christians of the eastern churches, and a source of embarrassment to some in our own church. At the Lambeth Conference of 1978, the bishops of the Anglican Communion agreed to open discussion of this matter in their respective churches.
Under one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, historical Anglicanism holds up one book in the church. In our oneness of book and church we have unity without uniformity; we have order without rigidity.
The Associated Parishes Council is committed to the renewal of the order of deacon as a full, normal ministry in the church, alongside the priesthood. The diaconate is not properly a stepping-stone or a back door to the priesthood. It is not an auxiliary ministry. Deacons and priests have equal but different ministries whose functions are clearly outlined in the new ordinal of the Proposed Book of Common Prayer.