This could be the sign of a new Dawn for Anglicans around the world.
You may have noticed that we don’t have ALL the candles burning here – there would appear to be a fourth candle missing. This could represent the self-styled sodality of the Global South Anglicans, who have sent a message t0 the Church of England General Synod, to the effect that, whatever the C.of E. decides on the matter of the New Covenant, they will not sign up to it.
My picture of the Advent Candles here may be symbolic of the world-wide family of ANGLICANS – without the dissentient voices of the Global South Conglomerate, that wants to ‘go it alone’.
Of course, a model can be pressed too far – especially when many of us have been touting the positive model of ‘NO COVENANT’ in the Communion. However, with the G.S. withdrawal from the prospect of a Covenant (a message to this effect has now been delivered to the English General Synod meeting) – which the Church of England has just signed up to – we may have adequate grounds to change our tune. However, we still could not live with a Section 4-Covenant!
IN FACT, it may be that, with a Church of England willing to properly consider the place of the LGBT community within the Church, as has now been suggested by the Archbishop of Canterbury – we learnt today in the Christchurch Press from journalist Ruth Gledhill – then our Church of ACANZP could perhaps become a party to a Revised Covenant with no Section 4!
So, as in my picture of the Advent Wreath – with one candle missing – there could be a light shining in the darkness for Anglicanism without the restrictive sola-Scriptura puritanism of the Jerusalem Statement of the Global South. Agape, Fr. Ron
P.S: You will notice that the Central CHRIST Candle is still burning!