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
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.