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Reference to Dioceses: Anglican Covenant

Updated 9 & 11 January 2011: All the four documents linked below are now available on the new Church of England website, and I have updated the links accordingly.

As a result of the debate at the November 2010 General Synod on the Anglican Communion Covenant, the matter was referred to Diocesan Synods. The papers sent to dioceses and are available online. They include this paper outlining the process

Reference to Diocesan Synods (GS Misc 971)

and these background papers.

Transcript of debate on Anglican Covenant November 2010
Draft Act of Synod (GS 1809)
Faith and Order Commission: Briefing Paper (GS Misc 966)

Dioceses are required to respond by 5pm on Monday 30 April 2012, so the earliest that this matter can return to General Synod for a final decision on whether to adopt the covenant is July 2012.

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So, just a few months before the Mayan Long Count comes to an end … [chuckles].

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Peter,
Was there a similar reference to diocese re women bishops following the July session of the General Synod?
Can you point me to the post on TA?

Chip

Marshall Scott
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All right, folks: with only a quick skim, I’m not prepared to offer a systematic analysis. However, I do have some questions. From paragraph 30: “In recent years there has been some lack of clarity as to the status of the Resolutions of the Lambeth Conference….” I think it would more accurate to say that some haven’t been happy with the established (and clear) status, and asserted a change. From paragraph 37: It is important to understand that the Covenant will function within the existing Anglican structures; it does not envisage new structures, although it will probably bring about some… Read more »

Simon Sarmiento
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I am not Peter but the WB reference was reported on 27 September, at
http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/004634.html

Martin Reynolds
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36. At the same time, supporting the Covenant does not involve giving an uncritical endorsement to the Instruments in their current form. The Instruments of Communion will continue to develop as they have in the past. The Covenant provides an agreed theological framework in the light of which this continuing development can be shaped. Will the Covenant create highly centralised, and un-Anglican, structures? 37. It is important to understand that the Covenant will function within the existing Anglican structures; it does not envisage new structures, although it will probably bring about some formalisation of what were originally more flexible arrangements.… Read more »