Thinking Anglicans

Church Times Guide to the Covenant

Last week the Church Times published a Guide to the Covenant. This is now available to non-subscribers, but only as a PDF file (4.1 Mb).

Download The Anglican Covenant – A Church Times Guide.

This is highly recommended reading. 🙂

One of the articles has been reproduced at Anglican Mainstream. See Church of Nigeria and the proposed Anglican Covenant.


  • This is a comprehensive and balanced introduction to the Covenant. Indeed, this is what the Anglican Communion Office and Church House packages would have looked like had their been a single person involved who knew how to spell “integrity.”

  • “Therefore, Africans interpret deviant behaviors such as homosexuality as abominable actions which corrupt the Church, dilute the Christian faith and jettison the very biblical foundations of the ‘faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints’.”

    – Bishop John Akao, Anglican Church of Nigeria –

    It was only to be expectecd that the oddly-named *Mainstream* web-site would publicise Nigerian Bishop Akao’s opinion of the LGBT community, in his rejection of ‘The Covenant’. He obviously perceives the current document to have lessened it’s original proscriptive attitude towards such -‘outcasts’ in the Church.

    It is perhaps ironic that, if Section 4 of the Covenant is not repealed, it could be that the bishop could still get what he wanted from the Covenant without bothering to oppose it.

    It may indeed turn out that, if Section 4 is not in some way repealed, neither party to the arguments about human gender sexuality will sign up to the Covenant as it now stands. so we may end up with 3 parts of the Communion, and not just 2 – or even a convergent whole.

    Africa’s distaste for any new understanding on gender and sexuality arising from hermeneutics and modern scientific and social observation on the subject has been made blindingly obvious in the formation of GAFCON and ACNA – whose origin (in the latter case) lies in the piratical invasion of TEC and the anglican Church of Canada by some conservative African Provinces.

    The question may be: Is the continuance of the modern Anglican Communion to be predicated on African opposition to LGBTs in the Church? Or is the Communion going to have to move into the 21st century, and realise that the Gospel must also be made available to people on the margins?

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