Mar 24, 2012

YES TO COMPREHENSIVE UNITY: The Anglican Covenant defeated in the Church of England

MARCH 24, 2012


LONDON – No Anglican Covenant Coalition Moderator, the Revd Dr Lesley Crawley, has issued the following statement on the defeat of the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant in the Church of England.

“With today’s results from the dioceses of Oxford and Lincoln, the proposed Anglican Covenant is now dead in the water in the Church of England. This also poses serious problems for the Covenant in other Provinces as it seems nonsensical to have the Archbishop of Canterbury in the second tier of the Anglican Communion and excluded from the central committees.

“When we launched the No Anglican Covenant Coalition 18 months ago, we were assured that the Anglican Covenant was an unstoppable juggernaut. We started as simply a band of bloggers, but we would like to thank the hundreds of supporters and our patrons for their dedication to promoting debate. The Covenant needed the approval of 23 diocesan synods, as of today, that result is no longer possible.

“Especially we would like to congratulate people in Diocesan Synods across the Church of England who, despite attempts in many dioceses to silence or marginalize dissenting voices, endeavoured to promote debate, ensuring that the Anglican Covenant was subjected to significant and meaningful scrutiny. We found, as the debate went on, that the more people read and studied the Covenant, the less they liked it.

“Under Church of England procedures , this proposal to centralize Communion-wide authority in the hands of a small, self-selecting group cannot return to the agenda of General Synod for at least three years.

“We are seeing the momentum turning internationally as well. The Episcopal Church of the Philippines has officially rejected the Covenant, the opposition of the Tikanga Maori virtually assures that the Covenant will be rejected in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and we are seeing increasing opposition in other Provinces of the Communion.

“While today’s diocesan synod results are exciting and gratifying, we are well aware that there is still work to do. However, if the proposed Anglican Covenant does not stand up to scrutiny in the Church of England, we are confident that it will not stand up to scrutiny elsewhere.

“We hope that the Church of England will now look to bring reconciliation within the Anglican Communion by means of strengthening relationships rather than punitive legislation.” HERE


susan s. said...

Yes! And now two more have turned it down, so that makes 24 against!

susan s. said...

Oops, only 3 voted against. But it's still over, I think!

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Yes, it´s over and there may be more...there was some confusion about Petersburough but, it was close in ¨clergy¨ orders...didn´t reject it there but fantastic at Oxford, Lincoln, Guildford (so far) a NO ANGLICAN COVENANT for the Church of England! Love you England and you too Susan!

it's margaret said...

Thank you for your continued work on getting this sucky covenant dunked.

Blessings abound!

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Thank you, was/is so illuminating being part of the NACC...the movers and includers are brillant and most of the time I just have my jaw dragging on the floor trying to take it all in--what a group!

Kirkepiscatoid said...

I don't care if it IS Lent--Alleluia! Some things are worth breaking the rules over...