Birmingham and Truro vote to reject Anglican Covenant

Updated: The Diocese of Truro has also voted against adopting the Covenant.

Thinking Anglicans is reporting that the Diocese of Birmingham has become the third English diocese to vote to reject the Anglican Covenant.

"According to our correspondent, the voting was:

Bishops 1 for. (Suffragan bishop absent).

Clergy 17 for, 17 against, 1 abstention.

Laity 12 for, 25 against, 1 abstention."

From here.

This brings the total so far to 3 against and 2 in favor (according to this story posted on The Rev. Lesley Crawley's blog.)

Looking back at the diocese which have rejected, the bishops have voted in favor, the clergy have been opposed or split their votes and the laity have been rather strongly opposed.

Comments (3)

Thinking Anglicans is reporting that the Diocese of Truro has also voted the covenant down. No precise figures yet.

That's four dioceses that have voted against the Anglican Covenant. Earlier, the Dioceses of Wakefield and St Edmundsbury and Ipswich voted against the covenant.

June Butler

Interesting observation, especially coming hard on the heels of the St. Paul's fiasco in dealing with the Occupy movement. From an American's outsider perspective, it certainly seems like the established English church creates a hierarchy that is quite remote from the conscience of its laity.

Neel Smith

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Looking back at the diocese which have rejected, the bishops have voted in favor, the clergy have been opposed or split their votes and the laity have been rather strongly opposed.

Update: the score is 4 to 3, viz

For the Covenant: Durham, Lichfield, Europe

Against the Covenant: Wakefield, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, Birmingham, Truro.

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