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As we move forward and beyond the inaugural gathering of the ACC in Detroit on Pentecost Weekend in June 2011, we build on our past as we shape the future. The following documents from the past inform our developing mission:
- ACC Declaration of Reform and Renewal (Jan., 2009);
- Motifs of the Spirit of Vatican II and original goals as put forth in ACC Talking Points (September, 2010);
- Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (adopted at the ACC gathering in Detroit, June 2011);
- ACC Core Values (draft February, 2013)
In our January 2012 Newsletter, we published a draft of the ACC Mission Statement …
We are a grassroots movement of faithful Catholics, grounded in prayer and informed by the proceedings of the inaugural convening of the American Catholic Council in Detroit, Michigan, on Pentecost Weekend in June 2011. We are dedicated to exercising our baptismal rights and responsibilities as full participants in the mission and governance of the Church, in order to make it more just, inclusive, collegial and compassionate. To that end, we provide action-oriented educational, communication and project resources.
The National ACC Planning Committee invites your feedback on our developing mission, vision, goals and core values. You can do that by posting to a Discussion Forum on our interactive site at the ASSEMBLIES COMMUNITY NETWORK. Go to please post to FORUM ON ACC MISSION STATEMENT
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Original ACC Mission Statement Prior to Detroit:
American Catholic Council is a movement bringing together a network of individuals, organizations, and communities to consider the state and future of our Church. We believe our Church is at a turning point in its history. We recall the promise of the Second Vatican Council for a renaissance of the roles and responsibilities of all the Baptized through a radically inclusive and engaged relationship between the Church and the World. We respond to the Spirit of Vatican II by summoning the Baptized together to demonstrate our re-commitment. We seek personal conversion to renew our Church to conform to the authentic Gospel message, the teachings of our Church, and our lived context in the United States. Our reading of the “signs of the times”, as we experience them in the US, our plan and our agenda are set out in our Declaration. We educate; we listen; we facilitate discussions and encounters; and, we build toward an American Catholic Council that will convene in Detroit over Pentecost weekend in June of 2011. At this Council we hope to proclaim our belief in the Rights and Responsibilities of US Catholics.