Friday, May 19, 2006

More on the "Anglican Covenant" Conversation

From The Living Church -- an interesting "corrective" to Petre's story in the UK Telegraph (and a timely reminder that secular journalists are charged with writing stories that will sell newspapers -- not getting all the nuances of Anglican polity and politics figured out!)

Anglican Covenant Unlikely in Less than Five Years

The formulation and adoption of a covenant will not resolve the current division in the Anglican Communion, but could assist the process of reconciliation in the “post-Windsor” period, according to a report which has been adopted for discussion and reflection in the Communion.

The report, titled “Towards an Anglican Covenant,” was accepted by the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at a recent meeting in London.A common covenant could help reconcile opposing factions “by focusing on that which unites us, reaffirming our commitment to one another, and thereby helping to heal and strengthen the bonds of affection that have been damaged in recent years.“

Any covenant also has the potential of providing what is currently lacking – an agreed framework for common discernment, and the prevention and resolution of conflict,” the report states. “It could do this by bringing together and making explicit much that until now has been a matter of convention with the Communion’s common life.”

Read it all here

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