The Scottish Episcopal Church has said no to the Anglican Covenant.
The Anglican Communion News Service announced today that the Scottish Episcopal Church voted "No" on the Anglican Covenant. The motion to adopt was soundly defeated.
It seems to me the political argument for stalling for time, for accepting what we can of the Covenant, or even buying on gets weaker and weaker.
The mother churches to our own have said NO. Our own offspring (in the Philippines) has said 'No."
A whole pile of provinces whose leadership is not even interested in this Anglican Covenant because it is not stringent enough have said no.
At this point there is little reason to accommodate the Anglican Covenant process for adoption, unless, of course we want to on its ecclesial and theological merits alone. That option will find few buyers.
The origins and linage of the Anglican Covenant text has been well documented. It includes input from the brilliant, the conniving and the befuddled, often in the same persons. At one time or another it proposed remarkable power for groups previously viewed as advisory or consultative only. In its origins it looked a lot like Canon Law in the making. In its birth it looked like ecclesial machinery for making church governance sausage. In almost all forms it did not sing a new or even familiar song. There is nothing in it at sings. And there is no call to dance. It is, in a word, dull and pedantic.
Where is the argument now for The Episcopal Church affirming the Anglican Covenant?
Our representatives can go to the next meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in good company. They do not need this card to play at that table.
Those of us who have been working for a long time on what Anglicanism and the Anglican Communion is need to continue working on this. Matters are moving rapidly towards there being two sorts of Anglican Communion, one based on the ACC and Lambeth definitions of the Anglican Communion, the other based on the Jerusalem Statement and the collegial community of bishops who belong to that.
Our job is to make Anglican Communion I the sort of community of churches that both presents Jesus to the world and in which Jesus might be pleased to well. Let Anglican Communion II do its work however it wishes.