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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Andrew Brown: The Anglican Communion is Dead

 Andrew Brown’s Guardian blog offers a provocatively titled essay, “It started as a split over gay clergy. But now the Anglican Communion is dead.” That title is a bit of an exaggeration; Brown’s point is better captured in his opening sentence: “What, you gave a schism and nobody came?” He argues that people in the Church of England—laypeople, anyway—are quite indifferent to GAFCON and the Anglican Mission in England.

I was particularly interested in this paragraph:
They [conservatives] feel they are part of the global, “orthodox” mainstream of Christianity. But almost the only decisive act of Rowan Williams’ time in office was the rejection, by a clear majority of committed churchgoers, of his “covenant”–a plan to bind the Church of England into the structures of the rest of the Anglican Communion. No one here wants to be told what to do by the Church of Nigeria, however many Anglicans there are there and however sincerely they seem to hate gay people.
From my vantage point in the United States, I cannot be sure that Brown is reading public opinion correctly, but I suspect he is. I certainly hope he is.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Southern Africa Completes Covenant Adoption

As expected, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa completed its adoption of the Anglican Covenant. Anglican Communion News Service reported on this today. The church first voted for the covenant three years ago, and the recent action completed the church’s approval.

See the No Anglican Covenant table showing the status of the Covenant throughout the Anglican Communion. If you know anything that should be in our table but isn’t, please e-mail us with the information. (Addresses can be found here.)

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Canada Delays Covenant Decision

As expected—see previous post here—the Anglican Church of Canada has adopted a resolution to delay a decision on the Anglican Covenant until 2016. Anglican Journal reported the action and quoted our Moderator, the Rev. Malcolm French. Malcolm has blogged about the ACoC action here.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hong Kong Anglican Church adopts the Anglican Covenant

Episcopal News Service reports that Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, the Hong Kong Anglican Church, has adopted the Covenant. You can read the story here.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Canadian Resolution Revealed

There has been little news about the Anglican Covenant of late, in part, no doubt, because the Anglican Communion has been occupied with installing a new Archbishop of Canterbury and trying to figure out what that means for the Communion. Of course, some have interpreted the lack of news as lack of interest, but that is a thesis that is hard to prove. In any case, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) is about to take action on the Covenant. Well, sort of.

The ACC will hold its General Synod in July. As expected, a resolution will be put forward that delays action on the Covenant until at least 2016. Resolution A120, from the Council of General Synod, declares that the General Synod “direct[s] the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.”

Of course, a similar 2010 resolution required that the Council of General Synod bring a resolution regarding adoption of the Covenant to the 2013 General Synod. If A120 is passed, the ACC may find itself voting on Covenant adoption in 2016. Or not.

The text of Resolution A120 can be found here.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Week of Prayer for Christian Diversity

Bosco Peters, the Anglican New Zealand priest who writes the Liturgy blog, has declared January 27, 2013 – February 3, 2013, the Week of Prayer for Christian Diversity. The octave of prayer for diversity is analogous to the established Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Unity in the Anglican Communion is taken by some to require uniformity, and Peters’ newly declared week is intended to promote the acceptability of the notion of unity in diversity. His blog post on his declaration is here, and the logo he has designed to celebrate Christian diversity is shown below.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Status Update on the Covenant

“South Park” Malcolm
“South Park” Malcolm
from Simple Massing Priest blog
News of the Anglican Covenant has been scarce for quite some time. The Anglican world has instead largely been focused on various goings on in the Church of England. The English church now has a new Archbishop of Canterbury, has the potential to consecrate gay (but celibate) bishops but not women bishops (of any sort), and has shown itself to be out-of-touch with the larger society on the matter of marriage equality. No one seems to be talking about the Anglican Covenant.

The Rev. Malcolm French, the No Anglican Covenant Coalition moderator, noting that he has not written anything about the Covenant since he blogged from the General Convention of The Episcopal Church last summer, has now published a post on his blog titled “Time for the new broom to sweep clean.” In it, Malcolm offers an evaluation of where the Covenant stands in January 2013. He stops short of asking Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, to sign the death certificate (or, perhaps, death warrant) of the Covenant, but he observes that the Covenant “staggers on like some dessicated zombie or reflection-free nosferatu.”

You can read Malcolm’s post here.

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