What is the Anglican Covenant?
The Anglican Covenant intends to renew the commitment and relationship that all Anglican churches worldwide pledge to each other, as the 'Body of Christ'.
The process towards a Covenant
The covenant was first proposed in 2004, as a way of ensuring future contentious actions cannot be taken without consulting the whole Anglican Communion.
This Spring 2012, parishes, benificiaries and deaneries are being asked to engage with the Anglican Covenant. There will be a debate at the Diocesan Synod on 10 March, and Worcester Diocese will report back to General Synod the results of this debate before the Covenant can be approved by the Church of England as a whole.
How to get involved
If you would like to have your say on the Diocese of Worcester's view, please get in contact with your Diocesan Synod representative. If you're not sure who that is, contact your Rural Dean.
There's a wealth of information out there on this subject. Here are some useful links and documents:
- Draft of the Covenant (Anglican Communion website) »
- Bishop John's paper on the Anglican Covenant Feb12
- Briefing paper from the national Church of England (pdf) »
- Martin Davie presentation on the Anglican Covenant at teaching evening (pdf)
- 'The Anglican Covenant' by Paul Avis (fulcrum-anglican.org) »
- 'Reflections on the Anglican Covenant from Revd Keith Judson (pdf)
- 'Reflections on the Anglican Covenant from Diocese of Morogoro' (pdf)