‘NO ANGLICAN COVENANT’ – statement

Updates

The Coalition has released its own one-page summary of the Covenant that explains what it is, where it came from, and what its adoption could bring about. More information about “A Short Introduction to the Anglican Covenant” can be found in the story above.

The Revd. Canon Alan T. Perry offers a spirited defense of that attribute of Communion churches that the Covenant would, its declarations notwithstanding, take away in “Provincial Autonomy,” which has been added to our Resources page here.

The No Anglican Covenant Coalition announced 6 July 2011 that Bishops John Saxbee and Peter Selby have been named Episcopal Patrons of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition. The Coalition news release can be found here.

A report from the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church has been recently released. It argues that extensive changes to church polity would be required if the Anglican Covenant is adopted by The Episcopal Church. It can be found on our Resources page here.

The Governance Working Group of the Anglican Church of Canada has published a report exploring the legal implications of the Canadian church’s adopting the Covenant. “Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant” suggests that there are serious problems with the Covenant text. Both the Canadian report and a related Executive Summary has been added to our Resources page here. Note that we had originally classified this report as commentary, but we have not listed it as an institutional document. (The distinction is not always crystal clear.)

A second Maori diocese in the New Zealand church has rejected the Covenant. See our Background page here.

The Revd. George Clifford has written an essay, “The Anglican Covenant and the ‘dominant melody,’” in which he describes the Covenant as un-American. It is available here on our Resources page.

The Anglican Church of Canada has issued a Communion study guide for use by parishes and dioceses. The guide is more objective than others we have seen and provides specific suggestions for how groups can study the Covenant. The study guide has been added to our Resources page here.

Lionel Deimel, in a pair of posts on his blog, has offered a case that Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the Anglican Covenant are anything but innocuous. His analysis is now listed among our resources here and here.

In May 2011, the churches of South East Asia and Ireland both approved the Covenant, though with very different language and expectations. (See our table on the status of the Covenant.)

__________________________________________ This Up-date from the ‘No Covenant Coalition’ provides a resume of the movement so far – and outlines a concise case for rejecting the Anglican Covenant as it now stands.

Father Ron Smith, presently in the UK.

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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