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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Australia Fails to Adopt Covenant

Without fanfare, the following item was added to the page on the Anglican Communion Web site that keeps track of the status of “responses” to the Anglican Covenant:
  • The Anglican Church of Australia declined to adopt the Covenant but adopted a resolution affirming its commitment to the Anglican Communion. July 2014.
    In particular, on June 30, 2014, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia passed the following motion:
    That this General Synod:
    1. Affirms the commitment of the Anglican Church of Australia to the Anglican Communion;
    2. Affirms its openness to participating in any further consideration of a covenant proposal; and
    3. Urges upon the Instruments of Communion a course of action that continues to seek reconciliation and the preservation of the Communion as a family of interdependent but autonomous churches.
    In other words, while expressing support for the Anglican Communion, the Australian church pointedly declined to adopt or reject the covenant on offer. This is, of course, standard Anglican politeness. Apparently, Australia has no interest in the present Anglican Covenant and covets its autonomy.

    The motion as passed and the record of amendments that were rejected can be found on page 15 of the minutes of the June 30, 2014, session of the General Synod, which can be found here.

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    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Sudan Adopts Covenant

    It was reported at the just completed meeting of the Standing Committee in London that the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan has adopted the Anglican Covenant. (See ACNS report here.) Note that, although the nation of Sudan split into Sudan and South Sudan, the church in that part of the world has remained united.

    The official tally of Covenant reception is here. The accounting by the No Anglican Covenant Coalition, which includes more detail, is here.

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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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