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Covenant! Communique? Communion?!?
February 19, 2007, 2:34 pm
Filed under: Anglican Crisis

BREAKING: Report of the Covenant Design Group

Covenant Design Group Report and Covenant Draft TextEnglish (PDF 219K)
Covenant draft textEnglish (PDF document 49K) online via this official page. Still nothing on the ACNS frontpage

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ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE— “A proposal for an Anglican covenant has been released. Here’s the “discipline” part” … (

BABY BLUE— ” Anglican Covenant Draft Released – Key phrase to watch: “Matters in Serious Dispute”; Inside the OODA Loop(

NUNLEY SPIN: “Covenant Design Group report” … (episcope)

THE TOON: “Anglican Covenant (Proposed) and The Anglican Formularies– An expression of gratitude and also concern from Dr Peter Toon”– “In general, I have to say that the draft Covenant published today, February 19, 2007, is as good as we could reasonably expect it to be, bearing in mind the power of the liberal mindset and political power within the administration of the Anglican Communion” … (webelf)

POULD— “Are TEC already non-Covenant compliant?” More questions here(peter-ould)

THE KRAALSPACE— The Grey Havens … (

TIMOTHEUS: Worshiping the Lord in Zanzibar … (

JANGWANI BEACH, Tanzania (AFP) – Bishop Katharine Jeffery Schori, whose election as the first woman head of an Anglican church has ignited much acrimony, was elevated to represent the Americas region to the church’s executive body … (

THINKISH ANGLICANS: “primates meeting: where is the communique?” … (thinkinganglicans)

GLEDHILL: Anglican Covenant now published … (timescolumns)

VARIOUS WATCHERS weigh in on the wait for the final communique/ news conference … (standfirminfaith)

WAITING— Tanzania Press Conference Rescheduled for 3 p.m. EST. The Final Press Conference and the Release of the Communique is delayed due to deep division … (standfirminfaith)

NAUGHTON: Report of the Covenant Design Group; Inclusivist Church comment; Scott Gunn has this to say(Various)

From Anglican Mainstream, More latest newsMonday February 19th 2007, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Primates Meeting Link to: this post
There will be no press conference until 11pm (Tanzania time). The Primates will break for dinner at 8.30pm, resume at 10.00pm and many will leave at 5.00am tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile we understand that the Covenant will be posted on the Anglican Communion website at 17:00 GMT.
.. The Communique and the Press Conference are Delayed. Still no final agreement … via Kendall…. Inclusive Church says this

POULD: “As we wait nervously for news from Tanzania, I’ve uncovered the ACO love song to TEC…” … (GitWeb)

picture here
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, arrives on
Zanzibar with the Archbishop of Tanzania, Donald Mtetemela.
Photo: Reuters/Emmanauel Kwiitema

THE REPORT of the Communion Sub-Group … (acns)

CAP’N YIPS: “The Communique and the Covenant. As to the Communique drafting committee, pretty good. That’s 9:45 CST; The final press conference will be addressed by the Archbishops of Tanzania, Canterbury and Australia tonight at 18:45 Tanzania time (GMT 15:45)” … (captainyips)

IMPORTANT Press Conference Expected at 10:45am EST; BREAKING: more re: the subcommittee report … (standfirminfaith)

STICK A FORK IN IT? — “It’s too bad that some Catholics think they should refrain from commenting on Anglican affairs. On those rare occasions she addresses the topic, Amy Welborn is always interesting. And when he directs his attention toward Canterbury, Diogenes has offered some of the most penetrating and insightful commentary on the Current Unpleasantness to be found anywhere” … (

GLEDHILL: “Schori triumphs in Dar as new Anglican queen”.. “So far from being excluded from the Primates’ Meeting in Dar es Salaam, I can break the news that TEC Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has been elected onto the all-important policy-making Primates’ Standing Committee”; Exclusion? No. Discipline? No… Promotion? Why not! Comments ensue(Various)

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Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the USA,
Katharine Jefferts Schori, center, first woman elected primate in the
Anglican Communion, enters the church for the Solemn Eucharist,
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007 at the Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar.
Leaders of the world’s 77 million Anglicans, in Tanzania for a
closed, six-day conference, traveled by boat from the mainland
for a Solemn Eucharist in the only Anglican cathedral on this
predominantly Muslim archipelago on the Indian Ocean.
(AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)

CONTINUUM: Anglican Communion Covenant. Subtitle: The Skinny Lady is Singing … (

THE PRIMATES Meeting: What to Prepare For Today … (titusonenine)

SARAH HEY: “Tonight & Tomorrow: Character Formed, Character Revealed” … (standfirminfaith)

FROM THE TELEGRAPH: Anglican Church on verge of schism. London Times: An Editorial from the (London) Times: Anglicans have come close to an open split but baulk at schism … (titusonenine)

PULPITUM: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Sermon in the cathedral in Zanzibar Yesterday; From the New York Times: Archbishop of Canterbury Appears to Chide Faction of Anglicans … (archbishopofcanterbury, titusonenine)

MAINSTREAM— Primates Meeting: Latest News … (mainstream)

POULD SPECULATES ON A POSSIBLE ‘Minority Report’ — “Jonathan Petre is reporting that there may very well be a minority communique issued today from Tanzania. Quick question. If the Primates issuing the minorty report represent two thirds of all worldwide Anglicans, how is that a “minority” report?” Mind you, there were rumours of a Minority Report out of Dromantine, too … (peter-ould)

THINKING ANGLICANS: primates meeting: communique on the way. primates meeting: Monday morning(thinkinganglicans)

chides archbishops seeking showdown on gays …

ZANZIBAR: More on the missing photo-op … (peter-ould)

THE BBC: Archbishops snub US Church … (bbc)

MEMORY of slave trade puts Anglican rows in perspective … (ekklesia)

ALL2 COMMON— “Divisions Remain as Deadline for Communique Approaches”; Anglicans and Unity – a confused picture; An Anglican unity of sorts, but bring on Lambeth(Various)

CAPTAIN YIPS: We’re Trying; Comic Relief(captainyips)

LEANDER HARDING: “Pastoral Dynamics and The Subgroup Report” … (leanderharding)

WOULD ECUSA Even Recognize A Parallel Jurisdiction In the U.S.? … (descant)

DRELL: Pop Talked With +Bruce Yesterday Evening; Baby Blue’s Email From Tanzania … (descant)

WALKER: A Primer on the Goings on the Anglican Communion … (

LONGENECKER— If You’re a Convert join the club … (

A LIBERAL TAKE— Mr. Tsirimokos: Unreasonable rift in Episcopal Church … (T19)

Other News

UPCOMING REPORT: Canterbury and Rome to Merge? As if the Anglican Communion Needed Another Controversy. The book itself; and the full text here. Various comments ensue. Pope rules ok. Or, ‘Growing Together in Unity and Mission’; an ACNS dash of cold water(albertmohler)

DIOGENES: “Over the past forty years we’ve witnessed a thorough-going warholization of authority and the custodians of authority. Public notoriety, once regarded by the professions as an embarrassment, is now a good so self-evident that any stunt is permissible to earn one’s 15 minutes of fame, provided certain canons of juvenility are honored. Chief among these is a fierce adolescent anarchy in matters of eros, and figures whose professional demeanor was, by tradition, so icily solemn that it was indecent even to speculate on their extra-professional lives now flaunt their sexual iconoclasm in technicolor” … (

KRAALSPACE: “What we need now is…a diversion!” … (

PLAIN-SPEAKING: “The Presbytery of Santa Barbara in California (PCUSA) has approved a statement that is as strong as anything I’ve ever seen come out of a mainline judicatory. It has called on the PCUSA to “turn from the naturalistic theology, romanticism, folly and idolatry that have characterized our church and return to its first love, Jesus Christ.” … (reformedpastor)

DISASTER in Whitehorse: “It’s all down hill from here for Christ Church, Whitehorse” … (magicstatistics)


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