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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Victory in Derby

We are beginning another season of Church of England synods voting on whether to approve sending the proposed Anglican Communion back to the General Synod for final adoption by the church. Needless to say, the No Anglican Covenant Coalition is working to encourage dioceses to vote No on the Covenant.

We received word today that the Diocese of Derby has not only voted No, but has done so rather decisively. The single bishop present voted against. Of the clergy, 21 voted against, 1 voted for, and 2 abstained. Of the laity, 24 voted against, 2 voted for, and 1 abstained.

It is widely assumed that, if the Church of England rejects the Anglican Covenant, the Covenant project will be effectively ended.

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Blogger Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

This is not only a victory for No Anglican Covenant but for the Indaba process in which Derby has been involved. They came to see that while the Covenant gives lip-service to positive values, its notorious Section 4 debilitates and undercuts those very values.

February 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger June Butler said...

Excellent news. May more dioceses follow Derby.

Tobias, I see Indaba as quite helpful in the way forward for the Anglican Communion and as a response to the TINA excuse in favor of the adoption the covenant. Indaba is, indeed, an alternative.

February 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger JimB said...

Second victory today in Gloucester. That is Truth 2, Covenant 0 for the day.

(I await someone's wet blanket)

February 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Malcolm+ said...

I expect we will need to mingle some tears in our champagne since Canterbury also votes today. Up until now, dioceses presented with balanced material have consistently rejected the Covenant while those presented with only the Anglican Communion Office / Church House / Lambeth Palace propaganda have voted for it. I have trouble imagining milord of Cantuar having the ... integrity ... to offer a balanced discussion.

Of course if we DID manage a win in Canterbury that might effectively end the charade.

February 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger JimB said...

I doubt any of us thought for even a second that we have a chance in Canterbury. It takes a very brave person to offer truth in a forum chaired by the "instrument of unity." He after all, only plays one note.


February 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM  

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