Guildford says 'No' to the Anglican Covenant

29 March 2012

After failing to vote for the Anglican Covenant on Saturday 24th March, Guildford's Diocesan Synod went on to pass a following motion. It urged support for the Archbishop of Canterbury and others in building unity in the work of the Anglican Communion and dialogue between Churches therein. Bishop Christopher particularly urged prayer for the present Archbishop of Canterbury and his successor, in the inevitably complex situation arising from the fact, that thus far, eight provinces of different traditions of the Anglican Communion have accepted the Covenant. The Archbishop of Canterbury will play a prominent role in the development of the Covenant for the future even if not supported by the Church of England in the present proposals.

Bishop Christopher paid tribute to the Diocesan Synod for a good debate, even though it was one with which he disagreed. There were excellent contributions on both sides of the debate and respect for all parties and views.

"We will have a rocky road ahead and face criticism from within the Church and from outside" says Diocesan Secretary Stephen Marriott, "but we can be confident of the love of God as we seek His will. We have the sure promise of His mercy and strength as we go about our daily business of furthering His mission in our parishes, homes, work places and lives".

The Address to Synod can be downloaded here

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