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Deputies/Bishops vote no decision on Anglican Covenant

Deputies/Bishops vote no decision on Anglican Covenant

Updated: Bishops Concur

The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops chose to follow the lead of the World Mission Committee and passed both of their recommendations:

D008

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring that The 77th General Convention express its profound gratitude to those who so faithfully work at encouraging dialogue within the diversity of the Anglican Communion, and be it further

Resolved, That we celebrate the great blessing of the Anglican Communion in its diversity within community as autonomous churches in relationship bound together in our differences in service to God’s mission, and be it further

Resolved, That we hold fast and reaffirm our historic commitment to and constituent membership in the Anglican Communion as expressed in the Preamble of the Constitution of The Episcopal Church, and be it further

Resolved, That The Episcopal Church maintain and reinforce strong links across the world-wide Anglican Communion committing itself to continued participation in the wider councils of the Anglican Communion, and be it further

Resolved, That The Episcopal Church deepen its involvement with Communion ministries and networks using where applicable the Continuing Indaba process: conversations across differences to strengthen relationships in God’s mission

(http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/continuingindaba and www.continuingindaba.com); and be it further

Resolved, That The 77th General Convention encourage dioceses, congregations and individual members of The Episcopal Church to educate themselves about the Communion as well as promote and support the Anglican Communion and its work.

B005substitute:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 77th General Convention

express its gratitude to those who so faithfully worked at producing and responding to the proposed Anglican Covenant; and be it further

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention acknowledge that following extensive study and prayerful consideration of the Anglican Covenant there remain a wide variety of opinions and ecclesiological positions in The Episcopal Church; and be it further

Resolved, that as a pastoral response to The Episcopal Church, the General Convention decline to take a position on the Anglican Covenant at this convention; and be it further

Resolved, that the General Convention ask the Presiding Officers to appoint a task force of Executive Council (Blue Book, 637) to continue to monitor the ongoing developments with respect to the Anglican Covenant and how this church might continue its participation; and be it further

Resolved, that the Executive Council task force on the Anglican Covenant report its findings and recommendations to the 78th General Convention.

We note, however, that the budget for the Presiding Bishop’s Deputy for Anglican Communion Affairs position is being sunseted in the proposed budget and the monies for the Anglican Communion Office and Anglican Consultative Council slashed. (e.g., Inter-Anglican Budget/Secretariat was 1,160,000 will be 700,000 and other grants within the Anglican Communion was 869,276 – now $0).

Not exactly a case of putting your money where your mouth is.

D008

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring that The 77th General Convention express its profound gratitude to those who so faithfully work at encouraging dialogue within the diversity of the Anglican Communion, and be it further

Resolved, That we celebrate the great blessing of the Anglican Communion in its diversity within community as autonomous churches in relationship bound together in our differences in service to God’s mission, and be it further

Resolved, That we hold fast and reaffirm our historic commitment to and constituent membership in the Anglican Communion as expressed in the Preamble of the Constitution of The Episcopal Church, and be it further

Resolved, That The Episcopal Church maintain and reinforce strong links across the world-wide Anglican Communion committing itself to continued participation in the wider councils of the Anglican Communion, and be it further

Resolved, That The Episcopal Church deepen its involvement with Communion ministries and networks using where applicable the Continuing Indaba process: conversations across differences to strengthen relationships in God’s mission

(http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/continuingindaba and www.continuingindaba.com); and be it further

Resolved, That The 77th General Convention encourage dioceses, congregations and individual members of The Episcopal Church to educate themselves about the Communion as well as promote and support the Anglican Communion and its work.

B005substitute:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 77th General Convention

express its gratitude to those who so faithfully worked at producing and responding to the proposed Anglican Covenant; and be it further

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention acknowledge that following extensive study and prayerful consideration of the Anglican Covenant there remain a wide variety of opinions and ecclesiological positions in The Episcopal Church; and be it further

Resolved, that as a pastoral response to The Episcopal Church, the General Convention decline to take a position on the Anglican Covenant at this convention; and be it further

Resolved, that the General Convention ask the Presiding Officers to appoint a task force of Executive Council (Blue Book, 637) to continue to monitor the ongoing developments with respect to the Anglican Covenant and how this church might continue its participation; and be it further

Resolved, that the Executive Council task force on the Anglican Covenant report its findings and recommendations to the 78th General Convention.

We note, however, that the budget for the Presiding Bishop’s Deputy for Anglican Communion Affairs position is being sunseted in the proposed budget and the monies for the Anglican Communion Office and Anglican Consultative Council slashed. (e.g., Inter-Anglican Budget/Secretariat was 1,160,000 will be 700,000 and other grants within the Anglican Communion was 869,276 – now $0).

Not exactly a case of putting your money where your mouth is.

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Leslie Scoopmire

And what exactly are we accomplishing by being wishy-washy about the alleged Covenant?

A Facebook User

I think this may be a belated realisation that Jensen/Sydney and their friends have heavily invested in controlling Colleges, and specifically those aimed at priestly formation throughout Africa and further afield.

I would suggest that the work of TEAC is amongst the more important collaborative Anglican Communion working parties.

I think this was a good decision.

Martin Reynolds

Adam Spencer

Yeah, so let me get this straight:

Our rectors expect us to generously/sacrificially pledge and then to honor those pledges.

Our bishops expect our parishes to pay their diocesan assessments.

The national church expects our dioceses to pay their obligations.

But we can’t give our fair share to the Communion?

Hmm…

Jesse Zink

More on the budget’s impact on the church’s relationship with the Anglican Communion is here.

Jesse Zink

We can also note that in line 251 of the proposed budget there is a whole lot of new funding for the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (equal to just about half of the amount cut from the ACO).

Has General Convention ever funded CUAC before?

Seems like CUAC has a much more powerful lobbyist than the ACO.

-Jesse

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