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Sunday, May 20, 2012

THE “must have” button for GC 2012

Yes to Communion, No to Covenant buttons will be available at the No Anglican Covenant Coalition's booth at GC 2012 in Indianapolis. Look for The Consultation and the Women's Caucus booth, they are kindly sharing space with us. This is the button for General Convention.

Go to our website for information on the proposed covenant and reasons why it is not the document for keeping the communion together. See also our proposed resolution on this blog.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Our Man Malcolm in the Anglican Journal

Reprinted on this blog with permission from Wounded Bird.

The Rev Malcolm French, Moderator of NACC
From the Anglican Journal in Canada:
An international coalition of Anglicans [No Anglican Covenant Coalition] hopes a model resolution to reject the Anglican Communion Covenant will be accepted by The U.S. Episcopal Church at its General Convention in Indianapolis in July.
The covenant was intended to be an agreement to bind the global Anglican Communion together despite differences about the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of bishops in same-sex relationships.
The coalition's resolution declines to approve the covenant and claims there are better ways to unify the Anglican Communion. It calls on the church to “at every level to seek opportunities to reach out to strengthen and restore relationships between this church and sister churches of the Communion.”
The covenant was never intended to bind the churches in the Anglican Communion together, but rather to discipline the churches in the Communion which strayed from the straight and narrow path by extending equality to all members of the church without exclusions because of sexual orientation.

The resolution submitted to the TEC General Convention 2012 is numbered D007.  "French here.  Malcolm French."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Resolution D007 is introduced.

The Coalition is happy to announce that our "model resolution" has been formally introduced to General Convention and assigned identifier, D007. The exact text and format of the resolution are below.


D007 TOPIC: Response to the Anglican Covenant

Russell, The Rev. Cn. Susan

Hopkins, The Very Rev. Michael; Lee, Ms. Lelanda

Buchanan, The Rev. Susan; Engstrom, The Very
Rev. Marilyn; Gracey, Mr. R. Stephen; Hart, Mr.
Christopher; Kandt, Mrs. Pamela; Leigh , Ms.
Tobyn; Moore, The Rev. Stephen; Russell, The Rev.
Michael; Shaw, The Rev. Lee; Williams, Ms.
Sandra; Bronson Sweigert, The Rev. Cynthia


Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 77th General Convention
give thanks to all who have worked to increase understanding and strengthen
relationships among the churches of the Anglican Communion; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention reaffirm the commitment of this church
to the fellowship of autonomous national and regional churches that is the
Anglican Communion; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention recognizes that sister churches of the
Anglican Communion are properly drawn together by bonds of affection, by
participation in the common mission of the gospel, and by consultation without
coercion or intimidation; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention, having prayerfully considered the merits
of the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant and believing said agreement to
be contrary to Anglican ecclesiology and tradition and to the best interests of the
Anglican Communion, respectfully decline to adopt the same; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention call upon the leaders of The Episcopal
Church at every level to seek opportunities to reach out to strengthen and restore
relationships between this church and sister churches of the Communion.

Churches of the Anglican Communion have been asked to adopt the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant.
The suggestion for such an agreement was made in the 2004 Windsor Report, which recommended "the
adoption by the churches of the Communion of a common Anglican Covenant which would make explicit and
forceful the loyalty and bonds of affection which govern the relationships between churches of the

The Windsor Report was produced at the request of Primates upset with the impending consecration of Gene
Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire and the promulgation of a liturgy for the blessing of same-sex unions by
the Diocese of New Westminster in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Archbishop Drexel Gomez, of the Anglican Province of the West Indies, was entrusted with leading the
development of the first draft of a covenant. This same Archbishop Gomez was one of the editors of "To Mend
the Net", a collection of essays dating from 2001 and advocating enhancing the power of the Anglican Primates
to deter, inter alia, the ordination of women and "active homosexuals," as well as the blessing of same-sex
unions. Archbishop Gomez's punitive agenda remains evident in the final draft of the proposed Covenant.

Despite protestations to the contrary, the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant attempts to create a
centralized authority that would constrain the self-governance of The Episcopal Church and other churches of
the Communion. This unacceptably inhibits Communion churches from pursuing the gospel mission as they
discern it.

The Church of England has already declined to adopt the Anglican Communion Covenant. The House of
Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines has indicated that they will not support the Covenant, and
the rejection of the Covenant by the Tikanga Maori of the Anglican Church in Aoteroa, New Zealand and
Polynesia renders it virtually certain that those churches will also decline to adopt.

The deficiencies of the proposed Covenant would lead to an Anglican Communion further divided rather than
more unified. Declining to adopt the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant not only avoids permanent,
institutionalized division, it opens the way for new opportunities to build relationships across differences
through bonds of affection, by participation in the common mission of the gospel, and by consultation without coercion or intimidation.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Coalition Plans Next Steps

No Anglican Covenant Coalition
Anglicans for Comprehensive Unity

 MAY 1, 2012


LONDON – With diocesan synod voting in the Church of England completed, and with 26 dioceses having rejected the proposed Anglican Covenant, the No Anglican Covenant Coalition is preparing for the next steps in its international campaign, including the appointment of a new Moderator, the Revd Malcolm French, a parish priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. The Revd Jean Mayland, a retired priest, will be the No Anglican Covenant Coalition Convenor for the Church of England.

“We have accomplished what many thought was an impossible task,” said the Coalition’s first Moderator, the Revd Dr Lesley Crawley. “After a full and fair debate, the Church of England has rejected the Anglican Covenant, and it cannot be considered again prior to 2015. As the campaign moves on to other fronts, this is an opportune time for me to hand over the leadership of the Coalition. Malcolm and Jean have been key members of the Coalition from the start, and I am confident the Coalition will experience continued success under Malcolm’s leadership.”

“Lesley stepped up to lead the Coalition with courage and commitment,” said French. “As we move forward, I will look to Lesley’s example of empowering leadership. The defeat of the Anglican Covenant in the Church of England has changed the playing field in the rest of the Anglican Communion. We are confident that a fair debate on the merits will lead to the defeat of the Covenant in several more Communion churches, just as we saw in the Church of England.”

Over the next six months, several more churches will consider the proposed Covenant, including the Scottish Episcopal Church, in June, and The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, both in July. Canadian dioceses have begun studying the Covenant in preparation for General Synod 2013.

A model General Convention resolution has been prepared to assist General Convention deputies in the Episcopal Church who may wish to submit a resolution on the Covenant. The model resolution, along with other supporting material, is available at the No Anglican Covenant website (


The No Anglican Covenant Coalition is an international group of Anglicans concerned about how the proposed Anglican Covenant would radically change the nature of the Anglican Communion.

The Revd Malcolm French (Canada)


The Revd Jean Mayland (England)

+44 07966 921247

The Ven Lawrence Kimberley (New Zealand)

+64 3 981 7384

The Revd Canon Hugh Magee (Scotland)

+44 1334 470446

Dr Lionel Deimel (USA)


Yes to Communion; No to Covenant

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