ACSA reaffirms Anglican Covenant

With little fanfare, and no debate, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has adopted the Anglican Covenant. Meeting in Benoni, a town outside Johannesburg, the synod adopted a second reading of the covenant, which it had affirmed in 2010. The motion was introduced by the Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most […]

Canada postpones vote on Anglican Covenant

The Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of General Synod (CoGS) has voted to delay action upon the Anglican covenant until 2016 meeting of General Synod. In a statement released last week CoGS, the church’s governing body between meetings of the General Synod every three years, said the July 2013 meeting of General Synod will not […]

Scotland says ‘no’ to the Covenant

The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church has rejected a motion to endorse the Anglican Covenant. On the second day of the 7-9 June 2012 meeting of the General Synod at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh, delegates took up a motion for the church to endorse the pan-Anglican agreement, continuing a discussion began at […]

England allowed to discuss Anglican Covenant

The standing committee of the Anglican Consultative Council has held that the rejection of the Anglican Covenant by the Church of England will not affect the Archbishop of Canterbury’s role as president or Canon Elizabeth Paver’s role as vice-chairman of the ACC. In a statement released on 1 June 2012 summarizing the ACC Standing Committee’s […]

Wales votes “not yet” on the Anglican Covenant

The Church in Wales has declined to endorse the Anglican Covenant.  The Governing Body – the Welsh church’s general synod – on 18 April 2012 passed a motion calling for further study of the covenant in light of its failure to be affirmed by a majority of dioceses of the Church of England. The original […]

Cape Town covenant plea

The Archbishop of Cape Town has published an open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury that urges the provinces of the Anglican Communion to adopt the Anglican Covenant.On 10 January 2012, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba released a letter offering a theological rationale in support of the Covenant saying it was “necessary” ingredient for Anglicans “in recalling […]

Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea backs Anglican Covenant

The provincial council of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea (ACPNG) has endorsed the Anglican Covenant. Last week’s announcement by the ACPNG marks the fourth province to endorse or subscribe to the Covenant.  The West Indies, Mexico, and Myanmar have already backed the covenant, while the bishops of the Philippine Episcopal Church have rejected […]

Maori synod rejects Anglican Covenant

The synod of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa – the Maori strand of the Anglican Church in Aoteaora, New Zealand and Polynesia (ANZP) – has rejected the Anglican Covenant. The 5 November 2011 vote by the biennial runanganui (synod) meeting in Ohinemutu, New Zeland of the five Maori hui amorangi (episcopal units) passed a motion […]

US Executive Council rejects Anglican Covenant

The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council has rejected the Anglican Covenant. On 24 Oct 2011 the council unanimously endorsed a resolution recommending the General Convention – the governing body of the Episcopal Church – not endorse the covenant as it now stands.  The Anglican Covenant was a political and theological threat that would alter the American […]

Sydney rejects Anglican Covenant

By George Conger   Sydney has rejected the Anglican Covenant. The 11 October vote by the 49th meeting of the Diocese of Sydney Synod likely spells the death knell for Dr Rowan Williams’ plan for a global agreement to set the parameters of doctrine and discipline for the Anglican Communion. Support for the Covenant peaked […]

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