THINKING ANGLICANS

Irish Colloquium on The Proposed Anglican Covenant

The (slightly shortened) texts of the papers delivered at the recent event in Dublin are now online at the website of Search.

“The Proposed Anglican Covenant – a step forward or a step too far?”

The SEARCH Colloquium on “The Proposed Anglican Covenant – a step forward of a step too far?” took place in TCD on Saturday March 12th and has been judged a great success. Over 50 people attended the Thomas Davis Theatre to hear speakers from England, Wales and Ireland (both North and South) consider the decision on our response to the Covenant to be made at the General Synod in Armagh in May.

After a welcome from the TCD chaplain and secretary of the SEARCH editorial committee, the Revd Darren McCallig, and a brief introduction from the editor, Canon Ginnie Kennerley, the speakers and their subjects were as follows:

The panel discussion which followed was chaired by the Revd Professor John Bartlett, chairman of the SEARCH editorial committee.

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Bishop Michael Burrows has drawn our attention to several things about the Covenant which should cause some disquiet. However, in suggesting that the Church of Ireland might be more disposed towards ‘subscribing’ to the covenant process, in preference to ‘adopting’ the Covenant, he is offering what might, perhaps, be seen as a viable alternative to adoption by every one of the Communion Provinces. But, the question then might well be: at the end of the process, what will be the difference in status between those who adopt and those who subscribe? That could be a tricky one for the jurists.… Read more »