The International Anglican Liturgical Consultations (IALCs) are the official network for liturgy of the Anglican Communion, recognized by the ACC and the Primates’ Meeting, and holding first responsibility in the Communion to resource and communicate about liturgy on a communion-wide basis. Historically, the Consultations developed as Anglicans met alongside the congress of the international and ecumenical society Societas Liturgica. The Consultations are held at least every four years, and each Consultation appoints a steering committee in accordance with the guidelines that follow to hold responsibility for arrangements between those meetings.
Scholars and practitioners, bishops, other clergy and lay leaders gather biennially to work on a particular topic together, and to share liturgical developments in the Provinces with respect to worship and liturgy. Personal relationships serve the connections amongst the Provinces.
Members of IALC include Anglican members of Societas Liturgica, members of Provincial Liturgical committees or commissions, and those whom Provinces wish to send as official representatives.
The IALC is served by a steering committee, elected in business meetings every four years, including a chair and an honorary secretary. As a Network of the Anglican Communion, the IALC connects to the Anglican Consultative Committee and to the Anglican Communion Office through the department of Unity, Faith, and Order.
The Consultations are entirely self-funding by participants. Donations are gratefully received towards the IALC’s Bursary Fund, which provides the possibility for wider participation in the IALC’s biennial meetings.