"Anglicans concerned about the draft Anglican Covenant have formed a new international coalition. About 1,000 strong, they appear to mean business. 'This isn't some sort of ecclesiastical Tea Party', says the Rev. Malcolm French, the Canadian spokesperson for the No Anglican Covenant Coalition. Formation of the anti-covenant coalition was announced in early November. The group aims to promote discussion of both the pros and the cons of the draft Anglican Covenant" (p. 1). "In June  the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod approved study of the proposed covenant and requested materials to support that study. Through French, the coalition has requested that the national church develop materials that present the skeptics' view of the proposed covenant as well as the positive view" (p. 1, 6). The coalition's English moderator, the Rev. Dr. Lesley Fellows has vowed to oppose the covenant in Church of England diocesan synods and the next meeting of the General Synod. The Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, the Anglican Communion's director for Unity, Faith and Order, said "Absolutely, there should be a debate in all the provinces".
"In other news, CoGS [Council of General Synod]: agreed to recommend that General Synod ask the Anglican Communion Working Group (ACWG) to 'monitor continued developments' around the proposed Anglican Covenant. It requested that the ACWG render a report to the spring 2016 meeting of CoGS, and directed CoGS 'to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant' to the next General Synod in 2016". "General Synod will also be asked to act on various motions dealing with church governance, including a new proposal for deciding clerical and lay membership that could reduce the size of the governing body. The proposed formula will calculate General Synod membership that dioceses are entitled to, based on average attendance at four liturgical celebrations -- Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and the second Sunday in September -- over two years. The motion also stated that minimum diocesan representation should be one clergy and one lay member, in addition to the youth member and bishop, rather than two of each".
A review of the development and current status of the Anglican Covenant. "The Anglican Communion as we currently know it inceasingly looks like becoming a thing of the past. The election of a lesbian suffragan bishop in California, and the approval that has now been given to this election by a majority of the American bishops and diocesan standing committees, evidently means that the Episcopal Church in the U.S. has unequivocally committed itself to 'walking apart' from the global Communion' ...". "A particularly interesting question arises with regard to the Anglican Church in North America .... which has stated publicly its intention of adopting the Covenant ... The ACNA was recently given strong support in this aspiration by the English General Synod, which passed by an astonishingly wide margin a motion of encouragement for the ACNA".
Editor's [Desmond Scotchmer] Note: "The Anglican Covenant is the Anglican Communion's response to this crisis in unity and common faith, setting out as it does the common understanding of what it means to be Anglican. By signing on, each Anglican Church will be accepting the doctrinal and spiritual discipline involved. It needs to be added that the contents of the Covenant are a striking vindication of every point the Prayer Book Society has fought for since its inception in 1985."
The "Anglican Church of Canada is preparing materials for next year's  discussions of the proposed Anglican Covenant. The covenant goes back to the 'Windsor Report', which came out of the Lambeth Commission on Communion, established in 2003. 'It was a time when there was a huge amount of tension over issues of human sexuality and unity', said Archbishop [Fred] Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. 'Many were uncomfortable with the direction some churches were taking, and the covenant was seen as a way to help member churches stay in communion and regular consultation on controversial issues'. The fourth section of the covenant sets out what happens when churches disagree". Progress reports on the covenant will be presented at the 2012 Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand.
"The second draft of the proposed international Anglican covenant [called the St. Andrew's draft] shows 'a significant improvement' from the previous one although there are still some areas that require 'greater clarity', the Anglican Communion Working Groups told member of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) at its May  meeting". The Working Group, chaired by Bishop George Bruce, said "its 'greatest area of concern' was with the 'unnecessarily legalistic' and 'unnecessarily antagonistic' tone of the appendix, which could open 'a Pandora's box of potential complaints'." "CoGS, by consensus, voted to receive the working group's report and to have it forwarded to the Covenant Design Group as a preliminary response to the St. Andrew's draft. It was also forwarded to the Canadian bishops 'for their use both before and during the Lambeth Conference'."
"General Synod 2010 will consider the [Anglican] Covenant. The question is whether or not the Anglican Church of Canada should approve or adopt the Covenant. We suggest that the church, given its present practice with regard to same-sex blessings,cannot in good faith adopt or approve the Covenant." "To approve the Covenant is to approve its insistence on the wider voice of the church in our own deliberations about same-sex blessings in Canada. It is to take seriously the inherited teaching of the church on scripture. To approve the Covenant is therefore to refuse to proceed unilaterally with same-sex blessings. Since we are already proceeding with same-sex blessings in three dioceses, it would be self-contradictory, if not dishonest , to approve, still less adopt, the Covenant". "Let the Anglican Church of Canada accept the potential cost of its call to its own standard of justice: a second tier status in the larger Anglican Communion. General Synod cannot, in good conscience, do otherwise".
Bishop George Bruce of the diocese of Ontario "who first had a career in the Canadian Forces, announced his retirement last August  after 24 years of service. Ordained in the diocese of Ottawa in 1987, he became rector of several congregations in the Ottawa area, and then dean of St. George's Cathedral. He also has served at the Council of General Synod (CoGS), and as a member of the faith, worship and ministry committee. Before he retires, Bishop Bruce will prepare study materials for the final text of the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion".
"I am astounded to learn that at General Synod [June 2010], 'respectful listening [has put] same-sex talks back on track' and that we have reached 'a watershed moment' in this intractable problem. Many of these articles are on process rather than on contents. I looked in vain for what the Anglican Covenant is about, nor could I get an idea of what the strategic plan, Vision 2019, tries to accomplish".
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 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.
Committee of the Whole
Moved by: The Very Rev. Louise Peters
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Michael Bird
That this General Synod move into an informal session for the consideration of this motion. CARRIED
Seconded by: The Ven. Dr. Harry Huskins
That this General Synod move out of informal session. CARRIED