Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Episcopal Patrons for No Anglican Covenant Coalition

Coalition Appoints Episcopal Patrons

JULY 6, 2011


LONDON – The Right Reverend Dr John Saxbee and the Right Reverend Dr Peter Selby have been appointed Episcopal Patrons of the international No Anglican Covenant Coalition.

“The Anglican Communion doesn’t need a Covenant because Anglicanism is a Covenant, predicated on grace and goodwill,” Dr Saxbee said. “If there is grace and goodwill, a Covenant is unnecessary. If there is no grace or goodwill, a Covenant will be unavailing.” Dr Saxbee was Bishop of Lincoln from 2001 until his retirement in January of this year.

Dr Selby, Bishop of Worcester from 1997 to 2007, has been a supporter of the Coalition since its launch last November. “This proposed Covenant is not the solution to the tensions in the Anglican Communion,” he said. “It will inevitably create a litigious Communion where every serious disagreement will become a possible occasion to seek a province’s exclusion.”

“More and more questions are being raised about the potential pitfalls of the proposed Anglican Covenant,” said the Reverend Dr Lesley Fellows, Moderator of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition. “We have consistently seen that support for the Covenant tends to collapse in the face of full and fair discussion and analysis. We are very pleased to welcome Bishops Selby and Saxbee as our first Episcopal Patrons. They are well respected in the Church of England and throughout the Anglican Communion. We expect that their views on the Covenant will persuade many more people to take a harder look at the risks inherent in this radical proposal.”

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Congratulations to the International No Anglican Covenant Coalition in appointing two excellent Episcopal Patrons. Both Bishops in a few words have summarized the reasons to oppose the Covenant. A covenant that will bring more division and heartache, as well as legal wrangling to the Anglican Communion. God's Grace is the bedrock of our Communion.

Posted by: Fr John Harris-White on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 at 10:32am BST

Today is the day devoted to a commemoration of John Fisher and Thomas More. Hernry V111 appointed More as Chancellor as he recognised his integrity-that very integrity that later led him to oppose his king.Before execution he declared he died'the king's good servant but God's first' These 2 retired bishops are men of great integrity, who have been loyal to ++ Rowan. They know however that if passed, the Covenant would be destructive of Anglicanism and harmful to the mission of trhe Church of England and have therefore spoken out.
We trust that some serving bishops will soon have the integrity and courage to follow their example Jean Mayland

Posted by: Jean Mayland on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 at 12:22pm BST

"Thomas More. Hernry V111 appointed More as Chancellor as he recognised his integrity" - Jean Mayland

News International's address is 3 Thomas More Square, London. How unfortunate for a man of integrity!

Posted by: A J Barford on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 at 5:31pm BST

Finally OTHER points of view can be expressed and heard a dioceses throughout The Church of England without a ¨talking down to¨ from the ¨fixed election¨ campaigners at Lambeth Palace.

Posted by: Leonardo Ricardo on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 at 5:56pm BST

This is excellent news. Bishop John Saxbee's speech at synod last November received very long and loud applause and I sensed that he spoke for many more of the synod than were called to speak for themselves. They do indeed summarise well the reasons that a Covenant is neither Anglican nor Covenantal. I hope the debates in the dioceses will indicate how little support the idea has.

Posted by: Canon Andrew Godsall on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 at 7:44pm BST

Oh well done Bishops Saxbee and Selby. Thank you. I agree with every word of your statement. Love and mutuality is what binds us together in our Baptismal identity, not coercion to uniformity. Una

Posted by: Una Kroll on Thursday, 7 July 2011 at 7:23am BST

Why aren't there any executive bishops joining this campaign?

Posted by: A J Barford on Thursday, 7 July 2011 at 8:54am BST

Driving back from Orbiston Magna to Orbiston Parva cross country, trying to avoid the M4, we see the most wonderful gentle rolling countryside with fields of wheat, slowly growing taller and riper as the rain falls and the sun shines week by week.
What I also see is a strange contrast with some fields of wheat red with poppies, everywhere in the field, and others with just a strip of red as poppies grow where the farmer wasn’t able to spray weed-killer at the edge of the field. Such a strange contrast between the one and the other.
I rather miss the poppies when they are not there.

The plant that I seem to spend most time weeding is Japanese bindweed, and although it is attractive in bloom it strangles plants to death and is very destructive. Whenever I see some of it I have to get rid of it. Gardens seem to grow better with the weeds dealt with, and I enjoy spraying them with weedkiller just as much.

It is counter intuitive then to say not to weed, and that the weeds should be left alone, how can the plants grow properly with weeds everywhere? It’s not what Alan Tichmarsh would tell us is it?

Bizarrely that’s what Jesus tells his followers to do in Matthew’s Gospel – to leave the weeds to grow, as God will sort them out later when the harvest is done.

'Don't weed! Never uproot people in your mind or attitude by treating them as no longer of any worth!' (Bill Loader)

It’s all too easy to treat people as weeds in the garden in need of uprooting and throwing on the compost heap, to treat them with less than respect and dignity. It’s considerably harder to see people as they are, with a range of motives, skills and abilities, a mixed blessing, that God has put in a place, and who will be sorted out at the final judgement.

There is a lesson in patience and forbearance to be learnt here… God patience is very very long, and his forbearance massive. God knows so much better than us who, what , when and why. And if he can be patient, knowing so much, how can we be so impatient knowing so little.

The Anglican Covenant seeks to weed the garden of Anglicanism and to have second class citizens in the Anglican Church worldwide, with only the first division being allowed to relate to each other in an ‘unimpaired manner’ and to other denominations as representatives of Anglicanism. Can you see the parallel between today's parable and the Anglican covenant? Some church leaders would like to weed the garden of Anglicanism and exclude the Episcopal church in the United States, and the Anglican church in Canada, and perhaps the Church of England and to throw them on the scrap heap of history. But who are they to do that when Christ himself instructed us to leave the weeds where they are until judgement day? Just who does this archbishop think he is?

Posted by: Rev John Smallwood on Sunday, 17 July 2011 at 12:43pm BST
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