London Diocese Rejects The Covenant

Anglican Covenant: London Diocesan Synod

London diocesan synod voted on the Anglican Covenant motion this evening.

The motion in favour of the covenant was lost, being defeated in both the houses of laity and clergy.

Bishops: 2 for / 1 against / 0 abstentions
Clergy: 17 for / 32 against / 1 abstention
Laity: 26 for / 33 against / 2 abstentions

These are the confirmed figures taken from the diocesan website, please ignore earlier incorrect results taken from a garbled tweet.

With this result the current figures are 24 diocesan synods against and 15 in favour of the Covenant.

Posted by Peter Owen on Thursday, 29 March 2012

Synod then debated and passed a following motion:

‘This Diocesan Synod, following the reference from the General Synod of the draft Act of Synod adopting the Anglican Communion Covenant, requests the General Synod to debate the following motion:

“That this Synod:

a) rejoice in the fellowship of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which is rooted in our shared worship and held together by bonds of affection and our common appeal to Scripture, tradition and reason;

b) thank the Archbishop of Canterbury for his tireless efforts throughout the Communion to sustain and strengthen unity in difficult times; and

c) call on the House of Bishops:

i. to find ways to maintain and reinforce strong links across the world-wide Anglican Communion and to deepen the Church of England’s involvement with the existing Communion ministries and networks (especially the continuing Indaba process);
ii. to publicise and promote this work within the dioceses of the Church of England in order to broaden understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the Anglican Communion; and
iii. to encourage a wide understanding of, and support for, the next Lambeth Conference.” ’

This motion was passed – with its request for General Synod to debate the motion. ______________________________________________________

Again, Laity and Clergy have rejected the Anglican Covenant in one of the foremost Dioceses in the Church of England. Whatever happens in the voting of the other dioceses still to debate the Covenant, it would appear that the majority of dioceses, while having been warned by its promoters of the possible consequences of their rejection of the Covenant, have declined to agree to its definition of Communion solidarity.
The  ‘Following Motion, which was passed by the London Synod, holds out hope for an alternative, more inclusive way for the Communion to hold together ‘by the bonds of affection’ with which the Communion has hitherto sought to exercise between the Provinces. It was good to notice that the Archbishop of Canterbury was given due thanks for his intentional desire to keep the Communion together. It is unfortunate, perhaps, that the Covenant – in its present form – seems not the way to bring this about.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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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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