Now it is out there to be seen. The Report of the D020 Task Force has been linked and available from the Episcopal Church documents area. The whole report can be downloaded / read HERE.
Episcopal News Service has done an excellent job summarizing the report and all the actions that led up to it being submitted to Executive Council today. Read the ENS Article HERE.
Here is the text of the resolution to Executive Council, which both transmits the report to Executive Council and that Council submit the resolution on the Covenant to the General Convention.
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Resolved, that the Executive Council at its meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 21-24, receive the report of the Executive Council D020 Task Force for inclusion in the 77th General Convention Blue Book and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Council submits the following resolution on Adoption of the Anglican Covenant to the 77th General Convention for its action:
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On Adoption of the Anglican Covenant
“Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That this 77th General Convention express its profound gratitude to those who so faithfully worked at producing the Anglican Covenant; and be it further
Resolved, that The Episcopal Church commit itself to continued participation in the wider councils of the Anglican Communion and to continued dialogue with our brothers and sisters in other provinces to deepen understanding and to insure the continued integrity of the Anglican Communion; and be it further
Resolved, that The Episcopal Church recommit itself to dialogue with the several provinces when adopting innovations which may be seen as threatening to the unity of the Communion; and be it further
Resolved, that The Episcopal Church is unable to adopt the Anglican Covenant in its present form.”
In the discussion of the report and the resolution it should be noted that the Resolution on Adoption of the Anglican Covenant is likely to be only one of several resolutions to come to General Convention on this matter. The Legislative Committee to which it is assigned will take all the submitted resolutions into consideration and in turn send a resolution on to the floor, where it will be debated and some final resolution will be perfected. Then a vote will be taken. THAT will be our response as The Episcopal Church.
This is an important statement and I was proud to be part of the Task Force. The examination of the Covenant is not over yet, and the decision as to what General Convention will finally vote for is still in the future. But I am content with the conclusion reached in this resolution: "The Episcopal is unable to adopt the Anglican Covenant in its present form."