No, not “The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda” but our own “Society”, until now known as the “Anglican Use Society” (AUS) – cf. the report of the Board meeting in May.
The latest announcement on the AUS website and facebook page reports the expansion of the Board of Directors from five to nine members (with a possible further expansion to 15) following the recent Board meeting:
New Board Members Appointed
At its board meeting on June 15, 2015, the Board amended the by-laws to allow up to 15 members on the Board of Directors. Invitations were issued subsequent to the meeting and we are pleased to announce that the following have agreed to join the AUS Board to assist us in our renewal and extension of service to the Ordinariates. The four new members are:
- Ms. Deborah Gyapong, journalist from Ottawa, Canada, who blogs at “Foolishness to the World“;
- Professor Hans-Jürgen Feulner, author, lecturer and professor of liturgics at the University of Vienna and member of the Anglicanae Traditiones commission;
- Mr. David Murphy, webmaster of the “Ordinariate Expats” blog;
- Ms. Antonia Lynn, a former deacon in the Church of England, who is a frequent contributor to The Portal magazine, and who blogs at “The Love That Moves the Sun“.
These new members from Canada, the UK and Europe have considerably diversified the Board. Geographically Australia is now the only Ordinariate country not represented on the Board. The new intake also means a feminisation, an increase in the academic element, and a noticeable shift from clergy to laity (3:6). This last ratio will need to be put back into balance when more British and Australian members are added in future.
It is important to remember that the Society, whose new name will be debated and fixed fairly soon, is an independent, voluntary support organisation for the Ordinariate and Pastoral Provision movement, so the Board members are not official representatives of any particular community. They do, however, come from two Ordinariates including the Canadian Deanery, the Pastoral Provision and friends of the movement.
The next months will see a complete revision of the mission and aims of the Society but the basic aim mentioned on the AUS website will remain the most important:
- To increase knowledge and understanding of the Personal Ordinariates erected under the terms of Anglicanorum coetibus and the Pastoral Provision, and support their mission of gathering Anglicans into communion with the Holy See.
For details of the developments as they take place, you should follow this site and the AUS websites mentioned above. But it already makes sense to join the Society, so that you can play your part in determining its future direction. To become a member and/or to make a financial donation, please follow this link to the AUS website.
P.S. I would also invite you to (re)read my reflections on a possible future role for the Society.