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covenant design group named

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Archbishop announces Covenant Design Group members. LamPal copy here.

Tuesday 9th January 2006

The Archbishop of Canterbury today announced the members of the Covenant Design Group that he has appointed in response to a request of the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates’ Meeting and of the Anglican Consultative Council.

The group will meet under the chairmanship of the Primate of the West Indies, Archbishop Drexel Gomez, and includes experts in canon law, the nature and mission of of the church and ecumenical relations from around the Communion. In addition to a small core group, the Archbishop is also appointing a wider circle of corresponding members, who will be assisting the Group’s work.

The Group will hold its first meeting in Nassau, the Bahamas, in mid-January 2007, and present an interim report to the Primates Meeting and Joint Standing Committee when they meet in February in Tanzania.

The members are listed below:

The Most Revd Drexel Gomez, West Indies
The Revd Victor Atta-Baffoe, West Africa
The Most Revd Dr John Chew, South East Asia
Ms Sriyanganie Fernando, Ceylon
The Revd Dr Kathy Grieb, USA
The Rt Revd Santosh Marray, Indian Ocean
The Most Revd John Neill, Ireland
The Revd Canon Andrew Norman, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative
Chancellor Rubie Nottage, West Indies, Consultant
The Revd Dr Ephraim Radner, USA
Ms Nomfundo Walaza, Southern Africa
The Revd Canon Gregory Cameron, Anglican Communion Office, Secretary

Revised Item
Stand Firm has published a list of Corresponding Group members, see here. However, the validity of this is disputed by the Living Church in this report by George Conger Covenant Design Group Details Announced.

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Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
14 years ago

I hope someone more in the know than I will supply thumbnail sketches of these individuals. Some, like ++Drexel-Gomez, and Ephraim Radner, etc., I know of, but many I do not. A comprehensive list would be helpful in evaluating any report. I hope that the two representatives of the USA can keep errors about TEC and its polity out of whatever report results. I do not have much confidence in recommendations that are based on misinformation, e.g., Windsor, and some subsequent publications, refer to +Gene being ‘appointed’ to his see. Perhaps they can supply the other members with current copies… Read more »

Derek Pratt
14 years ago

As a Southern African Anglican I thoguht I better share with you what I know about our board member Nomfundo Walaza of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa is a qualified Clinical Psychologist who completed her training at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She earned a Bachelor of Social Science (B Soc Sci) degree in Sociology and Psychology in 1986, completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology a year later, and obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from UCT in 1991. Nomfundo worked at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital from January 1990 to July 1994. Nomfundo joined the Trauma… Read more »

Raspberry Rabbit
14 years ago

Wot, no Canadians?

John-Julian, OJN
John-Julian, OJN
14 years ago

And who of those on the list represents LGBT people – those at the center of the cyclone?

Prior Aelred
14 years ago

Hmmm — well, five of the twelve are from provinces whose primates refused to attend a Communion service because ++Frank Griswold was present & I have never been able to finish any work by Ephraim Radner (who always seems to me to be on the verge of tears). I can’t say that I find it at all encouraging (but this is no surprise ever since ++Rowan refused to reconsider having as chair of the drafting committee one of the primates who wants to expell The Episcopal Church from the WWAC). One of the sad things has been to hear from… Read more »

Weiwen
14 years ago

Based on Dr Radner’s interview with David Virtue below, I am skeptical as to whether he can “keep errors about TEC and its polity out of whatever report results.”

http://www.anglicancommunioninstitute.org/articles/radnerinterview.htm

I have to wonder how representative this group that the ABC has chosen is. perhaps someone can enlighten me.

drdanfee
drdanfee
14 years ago

Ditto, maybe, for accurate documentation of all other worldwide Anglican Communion provincial differences that can conceivably affect what and how the emergent covenant should take shape.

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

Maybe, TEC ought to consider a moratorium on its relations with the Anglican Communion until ++Rowan Cantuar steps down. ++Rowan has shown himself a partisan with little respect for TEC’s Constitution and Canons. ++Rowan’s Panel of Reference has shown its hand, overturning the 1997 non-discrimination canon, giving women equal access to the ordination process. By what constitutional authority did the Panel even presume to support Bp. Iker’s misogynist stance? The Panel was even confused over how a TEC diocese can claim membership in the AC. Last time I read TEC’s polity, it is through its membership in General Convention, TEC… Read more »

bls
bls
14 years ago

I concur with John Henry above; time for TEC to go on strike.

It’s one thing to try to keep open a “dialogue” with other members of the Communion, but of course there’s no real “dialogue” in the offing, and hasn’t been since this whole fracas began. We are dealing with people who’ve openly said they won’t discuss the matter; more, we’re dealing with people who openly support legislation that imprisons gay people.

I suppose that’s one way to avoid having to listen and deal with us. But that’s more than enough, now.

Martin Reynolds
Martin Reynolds
14 years ago

My attention is elsewhere today on more domestic issues, but what I found fascinating here was the announcement that this group are to meet in the next few weeks and get a preliminary report to the Primates Meeting next month! That is something approaching haste! The significance however cannot be missed. The next Primates Group does represent something of an obstacle for Rowan Williams and this preliminary report must offer him a way of holding on to a situation that he admits is spinning out of his control. There is already much criticism of the membership of the core panel… Read more »

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

Bishop Iker in a Lving Church Interview: “(PB Schori’s) statement strikes me as something carefully crafted to continue to deny the respect that should be afforded to persons who hold to our position. It is a long way from being commending. I see nothing positive in it at all. The really disturbing thing for her to read in the report must have been the recommendation that ‘no diocese or parish should be compelled to accept the ministry of word or sacrament from an ordained woman.’ That would include her.” The Panel of Reference has opened up pendora’s box. What next?… Read more »

Cheryl Clough
14 years ago

Martin rightly points out that it is only a few weeks before February. There is no way these people can put together a good paper in that time, certainly no way there is going to be good consultation. Again, undue haste is being applied. Is this the people who tried to do a “fait accompli” covenant that failed now trying to get another group to write a paper and present that as a “fait accompli”? I shudder to think that some cobbled together thing in the last few weeks before a global primates meeting might be decreed “the document” and… Read more »

laurence
laurence
14 years ago

I would think it would be a creative, interesting and useful thing to produce three ‘covenants’.

In alphabetical order : a Catholic, an Evangelical , and a Liberal ‘covenant’.

I guess if pictured as concentric circles, the centre circle could be an area of agreement held in common, by all three, in some sense; and then the other circle(s) contain distincitve colours of each particular tradition.

Leonardo Ricardo
Leonardo Ricardo
14 years ago

Oh, by George (Carey?) I’ve got *it*…the ABC has named a NEW “Panel of Predetermined Preference” instead of the “Covenant Designed Group” as earlier reported at The Southern Global Primates Meeting (the one that excludes major “Provinces” in the Global South)…I was confabulated and dang spinned-around thar for un momento! Dear Archbishop Gomez, please resign immediately as honorable “chairperson” and remove yourself from further acts of manipulating, coniving, excluding planning with your behind-the-scenes mischiefmaking Global South Provincial and Diocesean border-crossing ill-mannered buddies. The LGBT Christian/Anglicans in the West Indies/Caribbean need to be loved and embraced by YOU at all levels… Read more »

JCF
JCF
14 years ago

Two reps from the US, and one of them is *Radner*???

[If this was to truly represent TEC perspectives, Radner could be included . . . along with ***9*** TEC progressives!]

This is pathetic. 🙁

[Might as well entitle the “covenant” {snort} something like “How to make TEC Walk the Plank”!]

JCF
JCF
14 years ago

And who is the Revd. Dr. Kathy Grieb? [Not that it means anything, but I’ve never heard of her]

Graham Kings
14 years ago

This commission seems to me to be encouragingly creative. Cynthia, in the first comment, you asked for some sketches of members of the group. I’ve attempted a description of the significance of Archbishop John Chew in my Church Times article on Singapore: http://www.fulcrum-anglican.org.uk/page.cfm?ID=178 An interesting perspective on Ephraim Radner may be found by reading his jointly authored Fulcrum article ‘Human Rights, Homosexuality and the Anglican Communion: Reflections in Light of Nigeria’ on: http://www.fulcrum-anglican.org.uk/page.cfm?ID=167 The Revd Victor Atta-Baffoe is from Ghana, is Chair of The African Network of Institutions of Theological Education Preparing Anglicans for Ministry (ANITEPAM), is on the Inter-Anglican… Read more »

recusant
recusant
14 years ago

“Maybe, TEC ought to consider a moratorium on its relations with the Anglican Communion …”

Don’t worry. I think ECUSA will be non-voluntarily “moritoriumed” soon enough.

Our 1995-2005 statistical info was recently released–an 8.1% drop over ten years. There is a virus in the ECUSA body and others would be well to quarantine us.

Charlotte
Charlotte
14 years ago

My thoughts, such as they are, on the Covenant (a fuller version is at Preludium): 1) That the Design Group includes a number of prominent conservatives, and is chaired by one of the most prominent, should mollify conservative Anglicans. But I note that no member of the group supports schism, congregationalism, or the Network’s plan for a replacement Anglican province in North America. 2) The liberals on the Covenant Design Group will no doubt block attempts to include the most extreme sorts of provisions. However, the first draft will probably be quite conservative. 3) Before the Covenant goes into effect,… Read more »

davebubba
davebubba
14 years ago

recusant, i think the virus is our own infighting as much as anything else.

Dennis
14 years ago

This gathering can create all of the covenants they want. Until they are duly ratified by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the US they will not apply to us. And after the HOD was conned into passing the last act of appeasement at the last GC don’t expect much more from this church. Too many of us are not going to let gays and lesbians and women clergy be denied a place in the church to placate a dying off breed of traditionalists who in one generation will be forgotten. And we should not offer Rowan and… Read more »

Martin Reynolds
Martin Reynolds
14 years ago

Dennis, please do not forget Wales.
Our bishops have already made it clear they will have none of a coercive covenant – nor will they accept a Covenant that adds to the Creeds etc …

Prior Aelred
14 years ago

Dennis–

In a recent interview ++Rowan suggested that the Chicago/Lambeth Quadrilateral was too broad — this ignores the fact that the only times we have been able to reach out to anyone besides the Old Catholics (who have now evolved to being in the same place as TEC) is by “widening” the Quadrilateral (i.e., modifying the “historical episcopate”).

So the ABC has said that he thinks the Quadrilateral is not enough (& he is demonastrably mistaken).

Ford Elms
Ford Elms
14 years ago

Recusant, “Our 1995-2005 statistical info was recently released–an 8.1% drop over ten years.” And this proves what, exactly? That the message of TEC is not popular with a society that has bought into a Conservative Evangelical approach to Christianity? Well, that’s not exactly a stinging rebuke. The style of Christianity that is growing in the US is the one that essentially believes that George Bush is annointed by God. Some of their leaders have said that God wants Bush for president. These beliefs are simply wrong, and sinful. God does note vote in any nation’s elections, and America is not… Read more »

laurence
laurence
14 years ago

These are very helpful anyalyses Chrlotte and Dennis. I am much encouraged.

Very heartening to me.

Cheryl Clough
14 years ago

Dennis Don’t be optimistic about this dying out in a generation. The existence of homosexuals and the tensions on how best to handle them have been going on for millenia. They will continue after this generation as well. Our treatment and perspective of GLBTs is a good barometer of the health of our churches and broader society. When they are acknowledged as children of God and children of mothers and fathers (every child is conceived) and accorded the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, you will find healthy societies that attend to the needs of its vulnerable and take a trans-genrational… Read more »

JCF
JCF
14 years ago

“3) Before the Covenant goes into effect, it will have to be adopted by each of the member Churches in the Anglican Communion. It is not going to be imposed on any.” I wish I could believe this, Charlotte. …but as the ABC believes that the MESS that is Windsor has found “broad concensus”, so I fear the same for the covenant proposal (which I see depending more upon the liberals on the drafting committee—are there any, really?—rising to BLOCK the conservative juggernaut, and not making the Griswoldian 11/03 mistake of “Signing on, to Get Along”). IF a conservative draft… Read more »

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

Jim Naughton made an interesting point on the Daily Episcopalian Website, concerning the question of stewardship on the part of ECUSA. “This year ECUSA will contribute more than $750,000 to maintain the Anglican Consultative Council and the Communion Office in London. The Episcopal Church contribution accounts for roughly 30 percent of the office’s budget. Over the next three years our total contribution will be $2.35 million… “My question is whether we should continue to be so generous in our support of a body that a) requested that we not exercise our voting rights at its last meeting; b) permitted the… Read more »

Pluralist
14 years ago

>As a liberal, I believe I have reason to support the Covenant process and hope other liberals will do so.< It won’t work, because if it has the outcome you suggest (opportunities for liberals) then it won’t be enough for the Reform, Anglican Mainstream, Global South (selected) wing. If they get what satisfies them, it will not be acceptable to TEC, Wales, Scotland, much of the C of E, New Zealand, South Africa, much of Australia… I doubt it will be Covenants of Evangelical, Catholic and Liberal, as if the Liberal one is core on to which the others can… Read more »

Marshall Scott
14 years ago

I have not utterly despaired of the Covenant process. However, I think the Covenant process will not hold together the Anglican Communion as it is now. Enough voices have stated that “we have no need of you” that “the highest level of communion possible” may turn out to be hardly communion at all. That said, I think some sort of international communion among Anglicans is of the pleni esse of the Church, if you will; and if the Covenant process can contribute to that sort of Communion, well and good. A Covenant, in and of itself, cannot make that happen,… Read more »

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

For starters, even before we talk about an Anglican Covenant, the boorish behavior of ++Rowan toward PB Schori and TEC has to stop. Jihm Naughton, Daily Episcopalian, quoted Lionel Deimel’s essay which states:

“The Presiding Bishop should privately and politely ask the Archbishop of Canterbury for an apology for suggesting that she is present only by his sufferance. He had no right to exclude her, and to have suggested otherwise was an affront to her and to the church that she represents.”

Sadly, ++Rowan panders to the bullies from the Global South and Fort Worth, TX.

Terence Dear
Terence Dear
14 years ago

Several commentators have posted references to the CofE and questioned whether a Covenant would be acceptable to us. As Established by Law, the CofE does not recognise the authority of any extra-territorial body. Lambeth Conferences, Primates’ Meetings or any Communion-wide commission or organisation have no competency to determine or regulate either the doctrine or discipline of the CofE. The only authority on Earth that is recognised by the CofE is its Supreme Governor, who exercises power in all matters both spiritual and temporal. The General Synod exercises delegated power and is the only body in the world able to determine… Read more »

laurence
laurence
14 years ago

THis is very helpful to have chapter and verse on the Law.

How ironic that thins I would once have railed against as unprogressive are turning out to be our salvation. Such as the Establishmnet of the C of E., and the Parson’s Freehold.

I now love our Erastiansim ! So v e r y English !

Cynthia
Cynthia
14 years ago

“The CofE could only sign up to a covenant if it was dis-Established first. There is no support for this among communicant members of the Church, it would take at least ten years to accomplish, and it is inconceivable that the process could begin during the lifetime of the Queen.”

Perhaps someone should inform the Archbishop. Then we can save many trees, much ink, and oceans of emotions.

laurence
laurence
14 years ago

Letter to C of E Newspaper and ‘anglican’ ‘mainstream’ and titusonenine Bishop backs Covenant Bishop David Evans, formerly of Peru,former General Secretary of the South American Missionary Society and former General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, with a worldwide knowledge of the Anglican Communion, has written to the Church of England Newspaper thus Sir, I hope ongoing discussion in this country realistically keeps in mind the present situation in the Episcopal Church of the USA. I am appalled by the disintegration that is happening. The secular courts used in litigation against priests and bishops, the hounding… Read more »

mynsterpreost (=David Rowett)
mynsterpreost (=David Rowett)
14 years ago

The Rt Rev David RJ Evans expressed concern for
“our Global South brethren”

Wot about the sistren? And (for that matter) our GS brethren and sistren who don’t go along with ++Abuja?

Actually this letter just reinforces my feelings that an awful lot of COnsEvs want to claim the title ‘Christian’ all for themselves, and when someone within the camp chides them for this it’s looked on with extreme disfavour.

Andrew Carey
Andrew Carey
14 years ago

It would be helpful to know why Terence Dear makes the statement he does on the covenant and disestablishment. Does he think that the Covenant will affect the doctrine or discipline of the Church of England, or Royal prerogatives? There’s absolutely nothing in law to prohibit the Church of England from freely associating with its ecumenical partners, its Anglican partners and signing up to voluntary agreements. It’s a pretty big assumption that the Covenant will change the doctrine, teaching, structure, or discipline of the Church of England. I have no doubt that highly competent ecclesiastical lawyers will be able to… Read more »

Simon Sarmiento
14 years ago

Andrew
Regardless of Terence Dear’s potential argument, do you agree that such a matter would be regarded by the General Synod as “Article 8 business” and therefore would require a successful referral to diocesan synods, a majority of which would have to approve of it?

Andrew Carey
Andrew Carey
14 years ago

Simon I hadn’t really thought about that, but you’re probably right that it could come under Article 8. I suppose you could argue that it depends on the content of the covenant. But most likely it will not be a matter of bland housekeeping and will be referred to Deanery and Dioceses for approval.

People are getting ahead of themselves if they think a majority in the Church of England will not be in favour of a Covenant of some kind. It depends what kind of covenant it turns out to be.

Simon Sarmiento
14 years ago

Yes, my point (which I should have written in my earlier comment, sorry) is not so much about whether or not a majority would eventually approve a Communion-wide Covenant, but rather that the process of finding out whether that is so or not will take at least several years to achieve in the Church of England. This is not something that can be sorted out by e.g. 2008.

So it is on a similar time scale to the approval of women bishops.

Andrew Carey
Andrew Carey
14 years ago

Simon, I’m sure you’re right that for the C of E (and other provinces of the AC) it’s not just a matter of rubber-stamping a covenant. It will require much more discussion. In terms of Synodical time however this sort of thing can be done in a year. Let’s say it comes to Synod ‘to take note’ and referral to the dioceses in the February sessions. Unless I’m misunderstanding the process, surely it can come back to Synod at the latest by the following February for ‘final approval’? In contrast the women bishops legislation will go through lengthy processes of… Read more »

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