I was delighted to read today on Confessions of a Carioca the following resolution sponsored by The Rev. Dan Martins, Dr. Christopher Wells and The Rev. Bruce Robison. I know well two of the three sponsoring this resolution.
This resolution brings into focus one of the primary options regarding the Anglican Covenant draft we have in hand. I believe there is a better way forward, involving the reception of this draft for study and action in three years. The Ridley Cambridge Draft claims to make no implications regarding the constitutions or canons of the member churches. However the behavior it supports does indeed place considerable constraints and the mechanisms it opens up can lead rapidly to the institutionalization of a scheme of pastoral visitors, investigations, and new levels of international Anglican supervision that in effect limit the nature of autonomy in communion. Abiding by the terms of the RCDC for the next three years allows these schemes, investigations, and supervisions to go forward, and more importantly gives weight to the growing responsibilities of the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council.
As a deputy I will be interested in hearing more on this proposal and the others, but I have to say my immediate sense is this is not the way forward.
Still, the resolution is an important addition to the variety of resolutions on the matter and is well thought out. Read it with the explanation attached, HERE.
Resolved, the House of _____________ concurring, that this 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church make a provisional commitment to abide by the terms of the Anglican Covenant proposed in the most recent text of the Covenant Design Group (the “Cambridge-Ridley” draft); and be it further
Resolved, that the text of the proposed covenant be commended to the various dioceses of this church for study and comment during the coming triennium; and be it further
Resolved, that the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies appoint a Special Task Force to determine what constitutional and/or canonical measures may be necessary in order to make a permanent commitment to the Covenant; and be it further
Resolved, that this Special Task Force prepare a report to the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church that includes draft legislation that could be considered should the convention decide to make a permanent commitment to the Covenant.