Canon Kearon said that the membership and participation in the communion of provinces which decided to opt out of the covenant would not be altered, while Bishop Cameron had said, “at the moment, there is no linkage” but added that if 15 or 20 member churches approve the covenant “it might move quite quickly and give it more gravity.”
Asked to clarify, Bishop Cameron said, “we’re talking about a dynamic process … a process which is evolving and there’s no doubt that in the original vision for the covenant, it was envisaged that all the provinces of the communion would sign up to the covenant and that it would govern the life of the Anglican Communion in participation in the instruments of the communion.”
As the covenant process has evolved, said Bishop Cameron, “some have started to ask questions about what happens if others don’t sign up.” He added that it was the view of the Covenant Design Group that “at this stage of the covenant’s life, it didn’t want to link those two things – participation in the covenant with membership of the Instruments of Communion. It wanted to keep the two distinct.”
You’ve got to be kidding. Does this really say what I think it does? ‘No, no don’t worry. If you don’t like the covenant you can still participate in the Instruments of Communion.’ I don’t understand. To quote Denzel Washington: “Try explaining it to me like I’m a five year old.” If I read this correctly what they are saying is that you don’t have to sign up to the Covenant, but you can still participate in the Instruments of Communion (i.e. ACC, communion with the see of Canterbury, Primates Council and the Lambeth Conference).
Can anyone give me a different interpretation of the statement? I hate to say it, but if this isn’t the beginning of the end I don’t know what is….
I was reading through my regular cycle of other Anglican blogs when I happened across this post by BabyBlue. What struck me about the post was one paragraph particularly. It interested me because it is written on a clock I received as a gift after I received my MDiv. I concur with BabyBlue that we do not continue on because we are right, but because we seek to follow Jesus no matter the cost.
I include the relevant paragraph below.
May we all have such a perspective.
I was reminded by a friend in Lambeth who told me the story of Winston Churchill giving a speech during the Blitz at Harrow School (where my cousins now go), Churchill stood up and went to the podium and said simply, ” Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in.” Except to convictions of honor and good sense, Churchill said, “never give in.” We can’t give up – not because we are always right, hardly, but because we promised we would not give up. John writes in his first letter, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” It is not that we are right that empowers us to carry on, but because He is and we want to follow Him.
A great letter from the Bishop of Nelson (New Zealand) to his diocese. I think this pretty much sums up where I am at. I am more and more disenfranchised with the, to quote the Bishop, the ‘spinelessness of the communion.’
I include the entire text below:
We are now in the last couple of days of Lambeth and I am feeling deeply sad.
I don’t know why at the moment – everything I came here hoping for looks set to be agreed to:
It is very likely that the Windsor continuation report will be approved – which means that a moratoria on gay bishops will continue etc….
And it seems likely that a covenant process will be endorsed and a draft agreed to.
All this seems good to me and yet I can’t help this overwhelming sadness.
Because I am more convinced than ever that none of this will help us. Those who have stayed away will not agree to it and will continue their ministry in the States. And TEC will continue to bleat that they won’t follow the moratoria while these Africans continue to ignore it.
I believe (at this stage – and there are still two days to go) that this has been the most expensive exercise in futility that I have every been to.
The Indaba groups have been a joke. I can’t believe that no zulu has stood up and taken us to account for our abuse of this process. ‘Indaba’ is supposed to be very similar to the process our Maori use when they go onto a marae to achieve a consensus. We, on the other hand, arrived in our indaba groups only to be divided off into even smaller groups with little tasks to do – little questions to answer.
It feels as though this is a process to divide and conquer
The Bible study groups have been very good in relationship building – I have met some very special people from within TEC and I hope to keep in touch with some of them. But I’m tired of every study being reduced to the buzz-word around here – ‘What does it say in your context. Every second sentence you hear seems to start with that phrase – well, in my context. This is an abuse of the hermeneutical process.
The draft statement that will be released is so full of generalizations it says absolutely nothing. I am deeply dismayed at the spinelessness of the communion.
So what is good.
I have appreciated networking with some pretty amazing people.
I am so full of respect for Bishops Bill Love and Mark Lawrence (from within TEC) who are not afraid to stand up and call sin, sin!
I have the deepest admiration from the Bishops from the Sudan who came to let their voice be heard and have been treated with the most disgusting abuse from a woman Bishop from New York who labeled them ‘wife-beaters!’
I am ready to come home – with little energy for pursuing the covenant – but will do so because this is my church!!!
But I will be actively building relationships with the Global South which looks as if it will expand and grow beyond this Lambeth to include evangelical Bishops from all around the world.
With much love
Not as if there wasn’t enough coverage about Lambeth… I have decided to simply point you to other sources.
T19 has a great sticky page which lists the majority of blogs/news going on. Check that out here
One site which is a compilation of all the pages, which is quite excellent is here
Besides the fact that the Archbishop of Sudan has made some excellent and very needed comments (see the Ruth Gledhill’s article here) there are two articles which are interesting to me. First, on BabyBlueOnline there is the article about the CCP desiring to be recognized as the new North American Province. Definitely read it all here. The other article is from the Times and is regarding Cardinal Ivan Dias’ remarks about the Anglican Church having Spiritual Alzheimer’s. Read it as well.
There in many ways is already too much information (news) about Lambeth already. So I leave it to the others to say…
Grace and Peace…
I don’t know about you, but things seem to be getting stranger all the time. The last couple of weeks on this side of the pond have been interesting after the General Synod vote. People keep saying things will happen and as of yet have not done so. But it is early days… Which leads us to Lambeth which is beginning this week. I don’t really know what to make of it any more. So many conservatives are at each others’ throats that for anything productive to arise is next to impossible. I’ve been dismayed by both ‘sides’ of the evangelical debate. Some of their statements and comments on certain blogs or sites has been less than stellar. It is truly saddening.
All we are left with is prayer. Maybe that is where we should have started…