The 162nd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of California rejected the Anglican Covenant by a wide margin October 23rd. This was not a surprise since sentiment against the Covenant has run strong and deep since it was first unveiled. But there was a holy and healthy peace about the decision and a sense of sadness that the debate had produced such acrimony across the Communion.
The Anglican Communion was formed as a freewill association of independent churches sharing the common faith foundation from the mother Anglican Church of England. But America fought a revolution for its independence from England and has thrived for the past two centuries quite well on its own. America democratized the church with the invention of the Standing Committee.
While the Episcopal Church of the US clearly wants to remain in communion with the other Anglican Communion members, we are not prepared to sacrifice our independence or subordinate ourselves to a Standing Committee other than our own. Such a price is too high to pay—-and worse such a price is too high to even have the audacity to ask for. So the logical answer is no thank you.
In a world full of intolerance, the message from the Diocese of California is clear and unmistakable:
EVERYONE who loves God and seeks Christ is welcome at our table where we come together to find renewal, hope and unconditional love.
- TEC “unable to adopt Anglican Covenant” (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)
- The Episcopal Church Task Force cannot recommend the Anglican Covenant. (revdlesley.net)
- What’s Happening in the Anglican Communion? (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Michael Poon – An Eirenic Voice from the Global South? (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)
- Covenant clause ‘contrary to Anglican ecclesiology’ (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)
- More Anglican Covenant News (revdlesley.net)