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‘Piece by piece dissolution’ of the Anglican Church postponed

Conservative Anglican leaders have rejected as “deeply flawed” the Anglican covenant whose alternative Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said is “piece-by-piece dissolution” of worldwide Anglicanism.

The Church of England’s general synod in London votes voted today “on the Anglican covenant, which has been seven years in the making, and sets the Church of England at a crucial crossroads. The church is already facing probable defections to Roman Catholicism by some priests opposed to the ordination of women bishops.”

The General Synod voted Wednesday morning to continue debate and so it goes to dioceses for approval.

That is the outcome Williams sought.

Reuters explains:

The proposed agreement, called a covenant, would require member churches to undertake not to act in a way likely to upset fellow Anglicans in other countries.

The covenant was first proposed in 2004 after tension rose over the consecration of an openly gay bishop at the Episcopal Church, the official U.S. member church in the Communion.

Relations between Anglican churches became more fractious after conservative churches, mostly in Africa, responded by appointing bishops to serve in other countries, including the United States.

The covenant commits member churches to mutual accountability and consultation for settling disputes. Unlike Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism gives its leader no direct power over all members.

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November 24, 2010 Posted by | Anglican, Religion | , | Comments Off on ‘Piece by piece dissolution’ of the Anglican Church postponed

Interfaith uselessness

National Interfaith week in is under way in Great Britain, and a waste of time, writes Harriet Baber for the Guardian. Using the example of Consultation on Church Union (Cocu) in the U.S., she argues that interfaith efforts waste resources. And reduce worship choices available to lay people — exactly the wrong idea:

Mainline clergy deplored the idea that churches should provide the kind of services people enjoyed in order to get them in as crass consumerism. But if not enjoyment of the service, what was supposed to get people to church? Social – or legal – sanctions? Fear of hell? Desire for wealth, healing, or some other material benefit? Saddleback Megachurch got it right in this. With multiple “tents” on its campus, featuring black gospel, hard rock and Hawaiian-themed services in addition to its generic neo-evangelical WorshipCenter, Saddleback appeals to a range of consumer tastes.

November 24, 2010 Posted by | Religion | | Comments Off on Interfaith uselessness