Monday, 15 November 2010

Covenant - Sugar and spice, or strychnine …

Bishop Alan Wilson has written at Cif belief about the Anglican Covenant. The article is titled

Sugar and spice, or strychnine …

Niceness may carry the measure, but it won’t make the covenant the turbine of a more mutually engaged global denomination.

In the Hebrew scriptures, people cut covenants by chopping a bird in half and walking between the halves to indicate sincere meeting of hearts and minds.

The Anglican Communion is proposing a fractionally less messy covenant between member churches – part of the fallout from the Windsor report, which attempted to resolve its gay bishops row in 2003. Perceptions have progressed faster these last seven years in the world, perhaps, than in the higher echelons of the Anglican Communion…

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Monday, 15 November 2010 at 10:50pm GMT | TrackBack
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Perceptive and nuanced, or indecisive?

Posted by: Jeremy on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 2:53am GMT

"Perceptions have progressed faster these last several years in the world, perhaps, than in the higher echelons of the Anglican Communion."

- Bishop Alan Wilson -

Precisely, dear Bishop! However, I now believe that in certain parts of the world - even though they now have computers and mobile phones - the real world hasn't really caught up with them. Or is it that they have not cuaght up with what is going on in the REAL WORLD. If God had meant us to remain static in faith and hope and love, God would not have surrounded us with a world of infinite variety and movement.

Surely The Church ought to be a part of all that - not an impenetrable fortress, but a moving column of living saints, all called to bring justice and life to all people (not just the ones who think they've already made it).

The Covenant, by its very name, is a closed document - affording little room to move. There is no prospect of growth, only of putrefaction; no vestige of hope to people on the margins, only a stockade for the self-righteous.

Where is the excitement of renewal and new life?
Section 4 definitely keeps the lid on that!
God's Covenant wasn't like that.

Will the Church of England sign up to it?
I hope not - if only for the sake of those on the outside looking in - for some glimmer of light in a world of darkness and fear. Man the Barricades?
Not me. Ill just continue doing what I have always done - get down on my knees and pray.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 3:38am GMT
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