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I promised to bring this blog up to date with all the Covenant news that has passed me by recently. I think this is the final post to do that. I'll try to stay on top of it now that I'm feeling a bit better.
So Ireland 'subscribed' to the Covenant - see Thinking Anglicans for the statements and links to some great blog posts. The deal basically is that they are worried about it taking away their autonomy and so they are not comfortable committing fully. More of an agreement to a dinner date rather than marriage.
This No Anglican Covenant page lists all the provinces where it has been discussed or approved so far. It is quite interesting. The thing that strikes me is how begrudging it is. I feel quite strongly that something entitled 'Covenant' should be entered into with joy - like a marriage. The fact that there is so little trust and goodwill suggests to me that now might not be the best time to embark on a Covenant. I can't imagine any document signed up to in this manner will avail unity or trust.
Could we Anglicans write anything that would bring us together? I think we could:
We could commit to meeting together.
We could commit to loving Christ.
We could commit to serving the world.
We could commit to praying for each other.
We could commit to loving one another.
If we joyfully wrote a few short sentences like this I think it would have vastly more benefit that Anglican Covenant. But then that is just my opinion...