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ACC-15 [Anglican Consultative Council-15] : A long, expected journey

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article36757
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican World
Date
2013 January
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican World
Date
2013 January
Issue
130
Page
6-7
Notes
"The ACC [Anglican Consultative Council] is the only instrument of Communion that comprises both ordained and lay members. Due to the relational nature of our Communion, this Instrument is consultative, but it does make strong recommendations regarding decisions and courses of action to the Member Churches. By the end of the meeting members reviewed and voted on 41 such resolutions". One of the resolutions voted on by the more than 80 delegates was one to "adopt a Safe Church Charter protecting vulnerable people. Australian Garth Blake, convener of the Communion's Safe Church Network, explained that society is watching to see what the Communion is doing about abuse in churches. 'There has been a disconnect between what churches say and what has happened', he said. 'People have been severely harmed in our churches. Trust has been lost. The charter is designed to rebuild that trust'." "Other ACC recommendations include Member Churches reviewing their current communications capacity and taking steps to improve it. ACC members were warned that many Provinces were letting the secular media and agenda-driven bloggers tell the Church's story for them. 'In today's world, of instant, global communications almost everyone within reach of a mobile phone or computer can tell their own story,' said the Anglican Communion's Director of Communications, Jan Butter. 'Member Churches can now, more than ever before, ensure that other Communion Churches hear the truth about their life and mission'."
There were three public evening sessions during the course of the meeting -- on peace, the environment and Christian witness. There were other presentations on the Communion's relationships at the global level with other Christian traditions and on the Anglican understanding and use of the Bible (Bible in the Life of the Church Project). The Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch, "spoke on the history and progress of the Anglican Communion Covenant. A member of the Commission mandated to review the unity, faith and order of the Communion, Bishop Matthews explained it was not the Commission's task to promote the Covenant, but rather monitor its reception".
Pages 8-9 include additional photos from ACC-15 with six (6) brief notes including links to websites and also QR codes at the bottom of the pages.
Subjects
Anglican Consultative Council. Meeting (15th : 2012 : Auckland, New Zealand)
Anglican Communion Safe Church Network
Sexual abuse - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Sexual ethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion - Clergy - Sexual behavior
Sexual misconduct by clergy - Anglican Communion
Blake, Garth
Communication - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Internet - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Blogs - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Butter, Jan
Anglican Covenant
Matthews, Victoria, 1954-
Bible in the Life of the Church Project
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ACC [Anglican Consultative Council] ends with cautious optimism

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35700
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 June
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 June
Volume
135
Issue
6
Page
1, 8
Notes
"The 14th Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) has not 'given evidence of any belief' that Anglicans worldwide have no future together', said Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, even as he warned that it would be 'inevitable' that the Anglican Communion could turn into a 'much more dispersed association' or federation if not all member churches sign on to the proposed covenant'." "Apart from the thorny issue of human sexuality, the ACC spent considerable time discussing matters like mission, evangelism and theological education. It passed a total of 40 resolutions on topics ranging from the environment to peace-making. They engaged in 'mission encounters' with local parishes and saw the 'joys and challenges' in their ministries." "For the first time in the ACC's history, Anglican networks were given more time and space. The ACC is composed of lay, clergy and bishop delegates from 44 regional and national churches in over 160 countries".
Subjects
Anglican Consultative Council. Meeting (14th : 2009 : Kingston, Jamaica)
Anglican Communion. Windsor Continuation Group
Anglican Communion - Membership
Anglican Covenant
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An Anglican Covenant : theological and legal considerations for a global debate

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog8645
Author
Doe, Norman, 1957-
Publication Date
c2008
Material Type
Book
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
Call Number
BX 5005 D6 A5 2008
Author
Doe, Norman, 1957-
Place
Norwich, Eng.
Publisher
Canterbury Press
Publication Date
c2008
Physical_Description
xii, 259 p. ; 23.3 x 15 cm.
Material Type
Book
Notes
"[By] Norman Doe".
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"This unique and authoritative guide to the proposed Anglican Covenant presents for the first time in a single volume: a full exploration of the proposal for the adoption of a covenant by the worldwide Anglican Communion and the drafts of the covenant itself; a summary of the responses to the draft covenants from proponents and opponents alike; a thorough evaluation of the arguments for and against the covenant in the light of the classical Anglican formula of scripture, tradition and reason; a comparison of the proposal and the drafts with current global Anglican polity, and the experiences of both ecumenism and other church traditions". -- back cover.
Contents divided into three main parts: Part 1: The Foundational Ideas of a Covenant -- Part 2: The Structure and Substance of a Covenant -- Part 3: The Implementation of a Covenant.
Contents: Preface -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- The Nature of a Covenant -- The Employment of a Covenant -- The Purpose of a Covenant -- The Form of a Covenant -- The Subject Matter of a Covenant -- The Content of a Covenant -- The Process for a Covenant -- The Adoption of a Covenant -- The Effects of a Covenant -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index.
The author "is a Professor of Law at Cardiff University and a specialist in canon law. He is a Consultant to the Anglican Communion Legal Advisers Network and was a member of the Lambeth Commission which in its 'Windsor Report' proposed an Anglican Covenant". -- back cover.
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Covenants - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Covenants - Biblical teaching
Anglican Communion - Structure
Canon law - Anglican Communion
Conflict management - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
ISBN
978-1-85311-904-0
Call Number
BX 5005 D6 A5 2008
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
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The Anglican Communion

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9929
Date
2010 January 7-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 001-01-10
Date
2010 January 7-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 001-01-10
Mover
Bishop [George] Bruce
Seconder
Archbishop Colin Johnson
Prologue
Archbishop Hiltz shared some of the observations made by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pastoral Visitors about their time with the Canadian bishops.
Bishop Bruce distributed a report from the Anglican Communion Working Group. He reviewed it. Discussion followed.
Text
“This House of Bishops recommend to the Council of General Synod that the final text of ‘The Covenant for the Anglican Communion’ be presented to General Synod 2010 for consideration by The Anglican Church of Canada.”
CARRIED HB Res-001-01-10
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
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Anglican Communion Covenant

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9785
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 73
Date
2010 June 3-11
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 73
Mover
The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford
Seconder
The Very Rev. Peter G. Elliott
Prologue
Bishop George Bruce, Chair of the Anglican Communion Working Group (ACWG) and Chair of the Anglican Ecclesiology Sub-Group of Faith Worship and Ministry, introduced the presentation which set the context for the discussion of the Covenant. He reviewed the composition of the ACWG, its mandate and work and introduced members Bishop Stephen Andrews, Ms. Suzanne Lawson and Archbishop Colin Johnson, and also the Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, member of the Covenant Design Group and the Covenant Review Group. Bishop Bruce reviewed the Covenant section by section highlighting changes since the first draft. He invited and responded to questions of clarification.
In table groups, members discussed and responded in writing to the question 'What materials would be helpful in your study of the covenant document ?'
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. George Bruce
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson
That this General Synod:
1. receive the final text of 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
3. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Amendment
Text
That the resolution be amended by adding the following two paragraphs after section two of the resolution.
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
Amendment to the Amendment
Moved by: The Rev. Canon James Robinson
Seconded by: Ms. Brittany Young
That the amendment be amended by adding "the Primate‘s Theological Commission" to paragraph 4 as follows: " . . .be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, the Governance Working Group and the Primate‘s Theological Commission. . ." DEFEATED
The amendment was put and was CARRIED
The amended motion with reads:
That this General Synod:
1. receive the final text of 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on 'The Covenant for the Anglican Communion';
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
was put and was CARRIED Act 73
Notes
Point of Order
Dean Iain Luke rose on a point of order, requesting that Resolution C004 respecting the Anglican Covenant be ruled out of order as it revisited the decision made in Motion A137. After consulting the assessors, the Primate ruled C004 to be out of order.
[Text of C004:
Moved by: The Rev. Canon Alan T. Perry, diocese of Montreal
Seconded by: The Ven. Ronald Harrison, diocese of New Westminster
Be it resolved that this General Synod:
1. Affirm the commitment of the Anglican Church of Canada to full participation in the life and mission of the Anglican Communion; and
2. Will consider a formal decision to adopt the proposed Anglican Covenant after the Church of England has formally adopted it.]
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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ANGLICAN COMMUNION COVENANT #015-03-13-03 : Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official10405
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-03-13
Mover
Chancellor David Jones
Seconder
The Ven. Harry Huskins
Prologue
Archdeacon Harry Huskins advised that this Covenant was considered at General Synod in 2010 and that Resolution A137 directed the Governance Working Group to prepare a report about the legal and constitutional implications and consequences presented to the Anglican Church of Canada by the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant. The GWG issued its report in June 2011. Archdeacon Huskins paid tribute to former Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, and to Archbishop Hiltz for their efforts and he described the rationale for this resolution now presented to COGS. He requested members to respond to the following questions:
1. Is the following text what COGS wishes to forward to General Synod, and
2. How can it best be presented at General Synod?
Proposed Resolution
That the following resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
Resolved that General Synod:
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
As a result of this resolution:
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant. FWM’s Reflections can be found at
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
-- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium, and
-- 2. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Ms. Martha Gardner provided details with respect to a resolution embraced in 2012 by TEC on the Covenant.
Lengthy discussion ensued and it was agreed that the text required modification.
Motion to Table
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. James Cowan
Seconded by: The Ven. Harry Huskins
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be tabled.
ADOPTED
Motion to Lift from the Table
Moved by: Chancellor David Jones
That the proposed resolution regarding the Covenant be lifted from the table.
The Chancellor introduced an amendment for consideration (see item 1 below in italics) with respect to the final paragraphs of the resolution, which was agreed:
[N.B. Italics in electronic text indicated by text enclosed in quotation marks.]
"1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;"
2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
Text
That the following amended resolution be forwarded to General Synod 2013:
General Synod 2013
Resolution
Subject: The Proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion
Background:
General Synod 2010 passed the following resolution:
Resolved that General Synod
1. receive the final text of The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
2. request that materials be prepared under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Working Group, for parishes and dioceses in order that study and consultation be undertaken on The Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. request that conversations, both within the Anglican Church of Canada and across the Communion, reflect the values of openness, transparency, generosity of spirit, and integrity, which have been requested repeatedly in the context of the discussion of controversial matters within the Communion;
4. request that the proposed Covenant be referred to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and to the Governance Working Group in order to support these conversations by providing advice on the theological, ecclesiological, legal, and constitutional implications of a decision to adopt or not to adopt the Covenant;
5. direct the Council of General Synod, after this period of consultation and study, to bring a recommendation regarding adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion to the General Synod of 2013.
Act 74 of GS 2010
- In June 2011, the Anglican Covenant Working Group prepared and issued materials entitled Exploring the Anglican Communion Covenant—A Study Kit for Individuals, Congregations and Dioceses. This study guide is designed to help people in parishes and dioceses dig more deeply into the wording of the Covenant, and the meaning behind the words, and to discuss together what the implications of adoption might be.
- In June 2011, the Governance Working Group prepared and issued its report entitled Legal and Constitutional Issues Presented to the Canadian Church by the Proposed Anglican Covenant. The GWG’s report discusses legal issues arising from the definitions and procedures in the Covenant; constitutional issues which the Covenant presents to the Canadian Church; and the consequences of not adopting the Covenant.
- In November 2012, the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee presented its report to COGS about the Theological and Ecclesiastical Reflections on the Adoption or Non-Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant.
Since General Synod 2010:
- At the Fall 2011 meeting of the House of Bishops, the Primate asked each Bishop to describe how their diocese was studying and considering the Covenant. This process is still underway. No consensus has yet emerged about what decision the Canadian Church should make about adopting the Covenant.
- Some Churches in the Communion have adopted (or subscribed) to the Covenant; others have made a decision not to adopt it; others have determined that their constitutions and canons prevent them from adopting the Covenant, even if they are in general accord with some parts of it; and numerous others are still in the process of considering whether or not to adopt it.
- The Anglican Consultative Council did not make a decision about the future of the Covenant at its meeting in New Zealand in late 2012, but will consider this question at its next meeting in 2016.
- Apart from the issue of whether to adopt the Covenant, there remains a strong and vibrant commitment by the Canadian Church to the life and witness of the Anglican Communion, which is manifested in many ways.
Given these developments in the Canadian Church and the Communion, the Council of General Synod recommends the following resolution to General Synod 2013:
- Resolved that General Synod:
- 1. request the conversation in the Anglican Church of Canada about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion continue during the next triennium;
- 2. request the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor continued developments about the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion and report to the Spring 2016 meeting of the Council of General Synod; and
- 3. direct the Council of General Synod to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2016.
ADOPTED #13-03-13
Notes
Discussion continued and it was agreed that a report submitted by the Anglican Church of Canada to the Anglican Consultative Council-15, which met in the Fall of 2012, could be used as a background document to provide information about the above resolution in the General Synod Convening Circular.
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Covenant Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
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Anglican Communion Issues

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9478
Date
2007 November 16-18
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-11-07
Date
2007 November 16-18
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-11-07
Prologue
The Report of the Joint Standing Committee #015-02-07-11
The Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan presented 'The Report of the Joint Standing Committee to the Archbishop of Canterbury' (Doc. #015-02-07-11) and invited table groups to discuss the report and respond to questions:
- What can you affirm ?
- What is challenging ?
- What gives you hope ?
The Primate noted that a similar exercise had been conducted at the meeting of the House of Bishops. Both results will be taken into account when drafting the response.
Response to the Covenant #015-01-07-11
The Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan presented 'A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant by the Anglican Church of Canada'. Council offered its comments and concerns and asked Archdeacon Harry Huskins and Canon Robert Falby to revise the draft response.
Council achieved consensus on revisions to the preliminary response proposed by the Anglican Communion Working Group and proposed:
Text
That this Council of General Synod forward “A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant by the Anglican Church of Canada” to the Covenant Design Group of the Anglican Communion. APPROVED BY CONSENSUS #20-11-07
Notes
The document, 'A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant by the Anglican Church of Canada', is attached as Appendix D.
APPENDIX D
A Preliminary Response to the Draft Covenant
by the Anglican Church of Canada
1. The Anglican Church of Canada takes very seriously its mutual responsibility and interdependence in the Body of Christ, and specifically its participation in the life of the Anglican Communion. We welcome the invitation to covenant if it means that the mission of the church is being strengthened as we partner together. To that end, our church has diligently participated in various processes and responded to various documents which have sought to deepen and enhance the Communion and give expression to our common life.
2. In particular we highlight the responses of our Province to:
- a. ‘Belonging Together’ (response in 1992)
- b. 'The Virginia Report' (response in 2001)
- c. 'The Windsor Report' (response in 2005 and 2007)
3. In addition we have responded to ecumenical documents in which Anglicans have been involved: agreed statements with Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Orthodox, and World Council of Churches’ documents such as 'Baptism Eucharist and Ministry'.
4. In the process of developing such responses, we have consulted widely with parishes, dioceses, and our internal provinces, and have tested the responses through our constitutional processes.
5. We are now being asked to respond to 'An Anglican Covenant: A Draft for Discussion'. At the General Synod of 2007 we committed ourselves to ‘the development and possible adoption of an Anglican covenant’. However, the timeframe proposed is impossibly short for us to engage in the adequate process of discernment and affirmation that our polity requires. The Covenant is an extremely important proposal, with longterm implications for all Anglicans, and we will need to take more time to prepare a response that truly speaks for the Anglican Church of Canada. Thus all we can do at this point is to repeat affirmations we have previously made and concerns we have raised, to offer some comment about the shape of the proposed draft covenant, and to ask some critical questions of the text in the light of those affirmations and concerns.
6. General Synod in 2007 endorsed a response to the 'Windsor Report'. We commend the whole document for consideration by the Covenant Design Group and the instruments of communion, and wish to emphasize especially in this context paragraphs 30 & 31:
- 30. We affirm the idea of developing an Anglican Covenant, noting the call of Windsor that it be developed through a “long-term process, in an educative context, be considered for real debate and agreement on its adoption as a solemn witness to communion.” (118) We are committed to such a long-term process and would hope that such a covenant would promote mutual responsibility and interdependence within the Communion. We have reservations about the constitutional tone of the example provided in the Windsor Report. We find that example too detailed in its proposals and we are concerned that such a model might foster the development of a complex bureaucratic structure which might stifle change and growth in mission and ministry. We would prefer a shortened and simplified covenant, perhaps based on the model of the baptismal covenant, or ecumenical covenants such as the Waterloo Declaration between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, or the covenant proposed by the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism. We value the Ten Principles of Partnership cited in Appendix 3 of Windsor and would hope that they inform the drafting of a covenant. We affirm that any group given the responsibility of developing an Anglican Covenant needs to be broadly representative of the membership of the Church, including men and women, clergy and lay people, a variety of geographical regions and theological emphases.
- 31. The Covenant process could provide a place where the evolving structures of the Communion can be discussed and agreed upon. The current practice seems to be the development of ad hoc agreements or actions based on reports which have not yet been received by the whole Communion. We affirm that “we do not favour the accumulation of formal power by the Instruments of Unity, or the establishment of any kind of central ‘curia’ for the Communion.” (105) In responding to the Virginia Report in 2001, many Canadians felt that the present structures serve well when used fully and creatively. “The personal and relational life of the Church is always prior to the structural. … Right structuring and right ordering provide channels by which, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ is discerned, the right conduct of the Church encouraged and the gifts of the many are drawn upon in the service and mission of the Church.” ('Virginia Report', 5.4) We would be wary of the over-development of structures which would make it difficult for the Church to respond quickly and easily to fulfill its mission in its local context. We are distrustful of the development of structural changes driven primarily by issues and in the midst of acute crisis.
7. The report of the Covenant drafting Group requests from Provinces an initial response to the fundamental shape of the covenant. We have experience in Canada of two previous covenants. The ‘New Covenant’ of 1994 is an invitation from indigenous peoples for the rest of the church to walk with them in partnership in a particular way. The ‘Waterloo Declaration’ of 2001 is also a relational covenant. In that Declaration, Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada declared themselves to be in full communion on the basis of a shared history and an affirmation of shared convictions. As churches in full communion we then made commitments to one another to ensure the closest possible collaboration and consultation to further our common mission in Christ. We believe that this shape of telling our common story, making common affirmations, and making commitments that arise from these is a helpful model.
8. Thus in this case, our approach was to analyze the motivation for the current draft; to assess the strategy employed to achieve that motivation and to examine the broad outline of how well that strategy has been achieved. With that in mind, we believe that there appears to be an overall consistency in both intent and presentation in the shape of the Covenant Design Group draft but the text itself could obviously be improved by careful editing. As already indicated, we are not able at this time to express an appropriate measure of consent to this text, as requested in the report of the Covenant Design Group, but study is continuing throughout our church.
9. We appreciate the emphasis on mission in the preamble to the document. We believe that the call to common mission could effectively become the central organizing principle of the covenant, and that this would be a faithful expression of the Anglican Communion’s vocation to proclaim the good news afresh in every generation. It would, however, require a shift in emphasis and ordering of the remaining sections of the document.
10. We also understand that our common mission originates in and returns to the eucharistic fellowship which is established by God the Holy Trinity. Only at the table of the Lord can we discern our common calling and be fed by common food for the journey.
11. We recognize that the community falls into disputes, and may need to have agreed upon means of resolving those conflicts as we stay at the table. However, we are troubled by Sections 5 & 6. Section 6 is an attempt to describe those means, but these sections have aspects which are non-synodical and raise serious concerns that will require broad consultation both in the Anglican Church of Canada and throughout the Communion. We are particularly concerned about 6.6. and the potential role and power of the Primates’ Meeting. We stress, as noted in para 31 of our response to Windsor, that this process needs to unfold over a much longer period of time, lest we create structures only in response to a particular crisis.
12. We thank the Covenant Design Group for their careful work on behalf of the Anglican Communion which we all love.
Adopted by the Council of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada November 19, 2007
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Covenant
Covenants - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Conflict management - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Working Group
Anglican Communion. Covenant Design Group
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ANGLICAN COMMUNION RELATIONS ADVISORY COUNCIL #015-01-14-5 : Adoption of Terms of Reference

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official10470
Date
2014 May 3-5
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 06-05-14
Date
2014 May 3-5
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 06-05-14
Mover
The Ven. Harry Huskins, Prolocutor
Seconder
Bishop Jane Alexander
Prologue
The Ven. Harry Huskins, Prolocutor, presented on behalf of the recently formed Council. He provided background to the Anglican Communion Covenant and explained that the Anglican Communion Working Group (ACWG) would continue its monitoring role and noted that it would be helpful to have a broader mandate. He presented the proposed Terms of Reference.
Text
That this Council of the General Synod adopt the Terms of Reference for the Anglican Communion Relations Advisory Council, formerly titled the Anglican Communion Working Group.
ADOPTED #06-05-14
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Working Group - Name
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Relations Advisory Group - Name
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Relations Advisory Group - Terms of reference
Anglican Covenant
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Anglican Communion Relations Advisory Council (ACRAC)

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Date
2016 July 7-12
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 36
Date
2016 July 7-12
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 36
Mover
The Ven. Dr. Harry Huskins
Seconder
The Very Rev. Peter G. Elliott
Text
That this General Synod:
- acknowledge that the Anglican Covenant process has had the positive effect of leading many to think deeply about the nature of Anglican ecclesiology and the nature of inter-Anglican relationships, and directs the Council of General Synod to continue to monitor developments related to the Anglican Covenant; and
- commit the Anglican Church of Canada to full participation in the Instruments of Communion, the Continuing Indaba, the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue and the strengthening of relationships through initiatives such as the establishment and nurturing of Companion Diocese relationships.
CARRIED Act 36
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Anglican Communion
Anglican Covenant
Continuing Indaba
Companion Diocese Program - Anglican Communion
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ANGLICAN COMMUNION WORKING GROUP #015-02-11-11

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Date
2011 November 18-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-11-11
Date
2011 November 18-20
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 13-11-11
Mover
Bishop James Cowan
Seconder
Major the Rev. Canon Michelle Staples
Prologue
Bishop George Bruce, Chair of the Anglican Communion Working Group, presented the report which outlined the Group's work and the proposed timeline for a decision on the Covenant.
Text
That the Council of General Synod thank the Anglican Communion Working Group and the Governance Working Group for their work and commend the Covenant for study and response to and from the dioceses and regions of the Anglican Church of Canada.
ADOPTED #13-11-11
Subjects
Anglican Covenant
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Communion Working Group
Anglican Church of Canada. Governance Working Group
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