Welcome to the webpage of IALC. The International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) is the official network for liturgy of the Anglican Communion, recognized by the ACC and the Primates’ Meeting. Because of our network status, we exist to first serve the Anglican Communion as a resource for research, writing, and conversation on issues regarding Anglican liturgy, and secondly as a place to share the work of individual provinces on liturgical revisions and related scholarly research.
Historically, the Consultations (official meetings of the IALC) developed as Anglicans met alongside the biennial congress of the international and ecumenical society Societas Liturgica, either in the same place or at a nearby location. Under the new guidelines (adopted at the Montreal 2015 Consultation (and found under the tab “publications”), consultations are held every three to four years, and each Consultation appoints a steering committee in accordance with the guidelines to hold responsibility for arrangements for those meetings. Between the consultations, there are regional or super-regional gathers, at which members gather either in geographical, linguistic, cultural, or provincial groupings to articulate particular concerns and interests, share knowledge and insights, or work together on regional liturgical changes and new prayer books (such as the most recent regional meetings in Seoul, Korea and Hong Kong, November 2016), or gather in conjunction with the biennial meeting of Societas Liturgica (such as the upcoming meeting in Leuven, 4-6 August 2017).
The IALC is served by a steering committee, elected in business meetings every three-four years, including a chair and an honorary secretary. As a Network of the Anglican Communion, the IALC is linked to the Anglican Consultative Committee and to the Anglican Communion Office through the office of Unity, Faith, and Order. Currently the IALC Network Coordinator is The Revd Neil Vigers.
The Consultations and the regional gatherings are entirely self-funding by participants or locally sponsoring dioceses. Donations are gratefully received towards the IALC’s Bursary Fund, which provides the possibility for wider participation in the IALC’s full consultation gatherings. (see amended guidelines for more information)