It seems to me that many people are not happy about the proposed Anglican Covenant, and I have been asked in the comments of a blog post whether there is a draft letter available to sent to General Synod members (or indeed your Bishops). There isn't a draft letter available, to my knowledge, but I think I would put the following points forward:
- We are not a confessional church requiring members to sign up to a statement of beliefs, we work on the basis of Scripture, Reason and Tradition.
- Provinces should be autonomous and disciplinary action for holding alternative views is abhorrent. How can we be mission focussed if our decisions depend on churches thousands of miles away in radically different contexts?
- Anglicanism is not monochromatic but diverse; it thrives in the tension between different ecclesiological traditions and religious beliefs - we do not need uniformity to have unity. We have traditionally been a broad church.
- Decision making in the Anglican Communion belongs with elected lay people, clergy and Bishops, not with a ‘Standing Committee’.
- We will become stagnant if we sign the Covenant - decisions like the admission of women to the priesthood would have been impossible if we had needed the 'Standing Committee' to agree. The church has changed its position on slavery, marriage of divorcees, women in ministry, we do not stand still on these things.
- It won't work anyway - there will be endless squabbles if the Covenant is signed - Provinces wanting to throw each other out. This is not the route to unity.
- In a world where authoritarianism is increasingly distrusted and we wish the bishops, priests and people to have adult-adult relationships, this takes us back to 'Father knows best' and centralisation of power. It is extremely unwise.
For more ideas, look here. Please chip in with more thoughts.