Magazine article Anglican Journal

Final Draft of Anglican Covenant Could Take Five Years to Sign On: Commentary Reacts to St. Andrew's Draft

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Final Draft of Anglican Covenant Could Take Five Years to Sign On: Commentary Reacts to St. Andrew's Draft

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EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE

The Covenant Design Group has published a document "which sets out the responses of the bishops at the Lambeth Conference in their discussions of the St. Andrew's Draft for an Anglican covenant," an Oct. 22 news release from the Anglican Communion Office announced.

The 33-page Lambeth Commentary, compiled at the Covenant Design Group's recent meeting in Singapore, was sent to all 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion "to assist in their discernment and response to the St. Andrew's Draft," the news release said.

The provinces have until March 9, 2009 to respond to the St. Andrew's Draft, which will also be sent to ecumenical partners of the Anglican Communion, inviting their reflections and responses.

The Covenant Design Group says it hopes that the Lambeth Commentary "will stand alongside the St. Andrew's Draft as a critique and as a stimulus for study and response.."

The idea for an Anglican covenant comes from the 2004 Windsor Report and has been supported by all the instruments of communion as a way for the Anglican Communion to maintain unity amid differing viewpoints, especially on human sexuality issues and biblical interpretation.

The bishops attending the 2008 Lambeth Conference spent two days discussing the St. Andrew's Draft--the second draft of the Anglican covenant that was released in February 2008.

"It is very important that [the bishops'] views are made available to the communion as the provinces assess the St. …

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