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New Jersey responds to Anglican Covenant

New Jersey responds to Anglican Covenant

The Diocese of New Jersey responds to the Anglican Covenant:

Response to the Anglican Covenant, prepared by the Deputation of the Diocese of New Jersey


From the website of the Diocese of New Jersey

Anglican Covenant

GC 2012 New Jersey Deputation’s Response: April 2011

Responsive to the September 8,2010 joint memorandum to Members of The Episcopal Church from the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies, and the Chair of the Executive Council D-020 Task Force, the 77th General Convention Deputation of the Diocese of New Jersey offers the following comments on the final draft of the proposed Anglican Covenant.

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On balance, we believe that The Episcopal Church should continue to be free to respond to its own discernment, through its own established polity, of God’s will. There are those among us that feel the adoption of the proposed Anglican Covenant by General Convention would seriously hinder this freedom.

In our conversation, Deputation members repeatedly expressed our deep desire to remain in the Anglican Communion and strongly connected to its member churches in conversation and mission. To that end, we believe that any General Convention Resolution that declines to endorse the proposed Anglican Covenant should {re-)state this sincere desire of The Episcopal Church to remain in the Anglican Communion and strongly connected to its member churches in conversation and mission.

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