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After Communion

Bp Chapman says the post-communion prayer. Rainbow stole, frontal and banner have been at every General Synod since 1989

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June 13th, 2010 at 10:32 am

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  1. The Anglican CovenantThanks for offering this opputronity for comment. I am the General Secretary of Modern Church and a member of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition. I live in England and do not have first hand experience about how the issue is playing out in Scotland.Firstly I do hope the Scottish church takes care to ensure that the decision-makers are given the opputronity to hear both sides of the argument. This is not happening in England.Secondly, you rightly observe that ‘bonds of affection’ no longer seem adequate to hold the Communion together. Before abandoning one of Anglicanism’s central features, we should look carefully at the reason for the change.Anglican theology, in the tradition of Richard Hooker and his successors, has distinguished itself with its commitment to a balance of Scripture, reason and tradition. What distinguishes its epistemology from confessional denominations is its willingness to admit that we need different authorities because none is infallible on its own. Accepting that our understanding of spiritual matters is neither complete nor certain, we expect our understanding to grow. This means we value open debate, allowing disagreements to be expressed until such time as consensus is reached. This is now considered best practice in all research institutions.The recent tensions in the Anglican Communion have been promoted by pressure groups who do not accept this theology and seek to replace it with a uniformitarian one. There is no secret about this: it is clearly expressed for example in Drexel Gomez’ To Mend the Net and on the websites of organisations like Anglican Mainstream and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which make clear their aim to limit diversity of opinion.Although groups such as these often complain that the proposed Covenant would not be sufficiently disciplinarian, it would take a major step in that direction. The Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion would have authority to declare a ‘recommendation’ on matters of controversy, and provinces which refused to accept it would be threatened with exclusion from various functions. The ‘recommendation’, once declared, would thus become official Anglican teaching. One judgement at a time, Anglicanism would lose its diversity as freedom to engage in open debate would be curtailed by the establishment of an official Anglican answer. We would inevitably become a confessional church where members are expected to believe what they are told.


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  2. he was stepping down, and I woenerdd if it would even be able to continue under the direction of the new editorial team and, if so, what it would look like. (Obviously, they’ve done great . . .)I remember going through all of their categories systematically and thoughtfully, and it was there that I found links to what was then the Episcopal Synod of America, St. Sam’s Cyberparish & LUTI (an e-mail list for us GLBT folks), liturgy and theology resources, and a whole lot more.All of the nostalgia aside, it’s possible that I might not be an Episcopalian today if it hadn’t been for the resources they provided. I think they have a lot of lurking friends out there who will chip in to help them out of any crunches that they’re in.Thanks for giving us a heads up about this.


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