Archbishop Thabo Makgoba writes: “None of us, as individuals or churches, can see ourselves as self-determining.”
By Peter M. Doll
Here is the challenge the Covenant poses to the churches of the Anglican Communion: to commit themselves to a deeper fellowship with one another.
The proposed Anglican Communion Covenant has taken a battering lately in a handful of diocesan synods of the Church of England, thanks in part to an influential, if incoherent, campaign by the No Anglican Covenant Coalition.
Members of the Anglican Communion with Internet access can now watch three videos produced by the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order (IASCUFO) in which its members speak about the Covenant.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba writes: “It concerns me greatly that, from what I read online and elsewhere, and from the responses I received to the article I wrote for The Living Church last year, too much of the debate around the Covenant seems to have lost sight of our true context.”
Council urges General Convention not to adopt the proposed Anglican Covenant.
Executive Council “expresses thanksgiving for those who worked at producing the Anglican Covenant” and adds that the Episcopal Church is “unable to adopt the Anglican Covenant in its present form.”
By David Richardson
What the Covenant has to offer the churches of the Communion is an instrument of unity and mission which, in good Anglican fashion, steers a middle path between centralism and juridical structures on the one hand and unfettered license and mutual irresponsibility on the other. But it does more.