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Episcopalians becoming more engaged in Anglican Communion

Episcopalians becoming more engaged in Anglican Communion

From Episcopal News Service:

The world’s 80 million Anglicans are much more aware today than they were 10 years ago that they belong to a global communion, a realization that has led to a flourishing of international relationships between the Episcopal Church and other provinces, dioceses and individuals.

The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, said that although he did not attend the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis, he is “more than heartened” by the passage of Resolution D008 that reaffirms the Episcopal Church’s commitment to building Anglican Communion partnerships.

Kearon said he also is “very impressed” with the extent to which the Episcopal Church has taken seriously the Anglican Covenant, a document that initially had been intended as a way to bind Anglicans globally across cultural and theological differences.

Through Resolution B005, the Episcopal Church declined to take a position on the Anglican Covenant at this time but committed to remaining a part of the process and to continuing to monitor the ongoing developments.

“What is surprising and very heartening is the extent to which even those opposed [to the covenant] are now talking about the communion in a different way,” Kearon said. “This has been a huge learning experience. People have learned in the process a lot about their identity and what the Anglican Communion is. Irrespective of the outcome, the experience of considering has been a very good learning experience for most Anglicans and has deepened their appreciation of what it is to be an Anglican.”

Of course, the election and ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson has been a key factor in shaping TEC’s current role in the Anglican Communion:

“One of the best things that has happened for the Episcopal Church with respect to our engagement in the Anglican Communion has been the election and ordination of Gene Robinson,” Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas told ENS in a recent interview.

Douglas said that for decades before 2003, if even two people turned up for a hearing on an Anglican Communion-related resolution at General Convention “we in the world mission committee felt like we were doing well … Then after 2003 and the Windsor Report … the hottest ticket in Columbus [at the 75th General Convention in 2006] was the open hearing on the Anglican Communion. More than 3,000 people attended and 92 witnesses testified. That’s a huge change.”

Douglas said that he also sees this change at the local level, in his own diocese, where every year an Anglican mission consultation draws 200 to 300 people from up to 50 parishes, “all of which enjoy direct partnerships in mission with dioceses, parishes, individuals around the Anglican Communion. That is facilitated by the greater awareness at the local level, which we didn’t have a decade ago, and the flatter, digital communication world … That’s all part of the great communion that God is bringing about and it’s the hallmark of the Episcopal Church’s response to the communion.”

Read entire story here.


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Malcolm French+

Typical Kearon. He simply can’t grasp that some of us may oppose the Anglican Covenant BECAUSE we love the Anglican Communion.

Or perhaps he actually can understand it but prefers to ignore it in favour of his manipulative and misleading talking points. Rather like when he falsely claimed that critics of the Anglican Covenant hadn’t read it.

Might I remind Canon Kearon that his job is to be a servant of the Communion, not a political fixer.

Jesse Zink

I sometimes get depressed about the state of reporting in the Anglican Communion. Then I read an article like this that does actual research and answers questions many of us had at General Convention about funding for the ACO. So thanks to Matt Davies for tracking down the information about the impact of GC’s budgetary decisions. It gives context to those of us (including me) who were sounding off on the budget in July.

I’m less impressed by the way the article claims to be about the entire Anglican Communion and then has evidence only from the American church. My sense—and I develop this point at greater length in this post—is that the last decade has been about the American church catching up with where the rest of the Communion already was.


“What is surprising and very heartening is the extent to which even those opposed [to the covenant] are now talking about the communion in a different way,” Kearon said. “This has been a huge learning experience. People have learned in the process a lot about their identity and what the Anglican Communion is.”

I’ve heard a lot of baloney fron Canon Kearon over the years but this one could just take the cake. What’s surprising is the extent to which those committed to continuing to push this ill-conceived mess of cohersion clothed in covenant clothing are willing to ignore how ontologically antithetical it is to the core traditional value of Anglican comprehensiveness.

BREAKING NEWS: We are opposed to the proposed covenant BECAUSE we value our identity as Anglicans … and what is disheartening is that after all this time Kearon still doesn’t “get that” as a data point. Seriously!

Susan Russell

All Saints, Pasadena

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