Standing Committee meets in London

The Standing Committee—comprising elected members of the Anglican Consultative Council, the Primates’ Standing Committee and the Archbishop of Canterbury—is holding its three-day annual meeting in London, England. It started Wednesday and will end today.


The Anglican Communion News Service released summaries of Day One, Day Two, and now (3:59 pm) Day Three.

The news release says the agenda is light because this is a year when the Anglican Consultative Council is meeting.

The Presiding Bishop and Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut are both on the Standing Committee.

If its seems strange that there has been no response from the Church of England on the covenant even though it has been voted down by the diocese, that's because it is. Apparently that there has been no official response to Anglican Communion office from the Church of England that the Covenant did not pass.

Members of the Standing Committee are:

Abp Rowan Williams (President)
Bp James Tengatenga (Chair)
Canon Elizabeth Paver (Vice-Chair)
Bp David Chillingworth
Abp Paul Kwong
Bp Samuel Azariah
Abp Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Could not attend due to visa issues)
Bp Katharine Jefferts Schori
Mrs Philippa Amable
Bp Ian Douglas
Dr Anthony Fitchett
Dato Stanley Isaacs
Canon Janet Trisk
The Revd Maria Cristina Borges Alvarez

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi attended as alternate to Archbishop Deng Bul Yak.

Comments (7)

The failure to acknowledge rejection of the Anglican Covenant by the Church of England is, at one level, not strange at all. As I have written elsewhere, it is virtually impossible to reject the Covenant definitively, since there is neither a set way to make a decision about it nor a deadline for action. The Church of England can reasonably be construed as being “still in the process of adoption,” and, twenty years from now, the church could take up the matter of the Covenant again. (This, of course, assumes that there will still be both an Anglican Communion and a Church of England in twenty years—hardly a sure thing.)

Alas, it is unclear how we can put the ill-conceived Covenant out of its misery. The best The Episcopal Church can do is to say “no” and move on without looking back.

Who is the intended audience for these dispatches. Is the world supposed to know what ACC 15 is?

What? ACC 15? Are there 15 teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference?

"Apparently that there has been no official response to Anglican Communion office from the Church of England that the Covenant did not pass." Presumably there's some procedural hoops to jump through. I wonder what those are.

It's funny what we have to pretend didn't happen in this age of instant information.

Wasn't there some mention that they had agreed that regardless of how a province votes, the officers of this august body or was it the Communion office were not representing their home provice, but the Standing Committee itself...and therefore elegible to continue?
Tom Downs

This whole thing is church bureaucracy run amok.

Complete and utter waste of time.

Btw, did anyone note the comments about funding. Apparently the budget that funds this waste of time isn't going up so they need to figure ways to get mor money...

There is no way, so long as Rowan misrules Lambeth that the Church of England will acknowledge that the Covenant has been sunk. They will carry on in the same delusional state, believing the Covenant is alive and believing the Church of England is relevant.

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