Advisory Council on the Relations of Bishops & Religious Communities [in the Church of England]

This Council is commonly known as ‘The Advisory Council’.

It was established in 1935 and is the body responsible for recognising and acknowledging communities in the Church of England and for encouraging those who are discerning and developing a community life.

It produces updated editions of a Handbook, containing recommendations for best practice among communities, as well as other reports and guidance as appropriate.

A list of the current membership of the Council may be found on the Organizations webpage.


“Acknowledged Religious Communities”, A briefing paper for the Council, November 2012

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“Towards Acknowledgement”, Guidelines, expectations and advice for a community seeking Acknowledgement as a religious community in the Church of England

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“The Call of the Spirit: Religious community and language”, A briefing paper on terminology for the Council, June 2019

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